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Dragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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89
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Grand Crus are traditionally known as "The best beer that a brewery makes." This Belgian-style quad lives up to that name and then some. Available once a year, in May to celebrate our Anniversary.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2004)
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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a murky copper color with a healthy white foam. Smells yeasty sweet. Tastes of honey, not too sweet. The bottom begins to taste a bit sickly sweet. Not as good as most tripels I’ve had (I would expect quadrupels to be a notch above tripels, but maybe that's ignorance), but this is still pretty tasty.

Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Joebraggot
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Pat316
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Kerrie
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Benny3000
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mikediesel124
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of danp14
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Dyerseve
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of msuspartan22
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Marti403
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Copper bodied brew with an off white head. Good Lacing.

Smell: Lots of big dark fruits. Spiciness from the yeast and sweet malts.

Taste: Raisins, plum, and figs. Brown sugar and caramel malts. Mild alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Full bodied beer with moderate carbontion.

Overall: Really goood Quad style beer. Reminds me of Rochefort 10, but kick up a notch. Belgian style ale that is fantastic!

Photo of womencantsail
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Derek for sending this beer my way.

A: The beer pours amber-copper in color with a sizable off-white head.

S: A weird citrus aroma to it along with some definite cardboard notes. Toffee and caramel sweetness along with some dark fruits and a bit of spice and yeast.

T: This is sort of cidery. Lots of apple and orange peel flavor. Certainly some cardboard, too. Sweet toffee and brown sugar, a little bit of dark fruits, too. Spices, yeast, and metal round out the flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not sure of the age on this beer, but it seemed like it might have been past its prime.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice. It is a pinkish golden color, very well carbonated and with head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells include bubblegum, allspice, cloves, and cherries.

Taste is a spicy and peppery mix of fruits: cherries, peaches, apples. More cloves. Alcohol is present, but it is drinkable enough. Fairly light-bodied for a quad.

Photo of mentor
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half-finger of light tan head over a light copper (with reddish) liquid. Many particulates suspended throughout. Smells mild overall. Phenol, candi-sugar, some pear esters, banana.

Tastes strongly of candi-sugar, with some pear, interesting alcohol edge, and phenol finish. Aftertaste sees a resurgence of the candi-sugar. Light and playful fruits tempt alcohol burn and spicy zip. In the aftertaste, there is a cherry flatness on the upper back portion of the mouth.

Interesting sticky sugar mouthfeel on a light bodied beer. Modest carbonation. Pretty drinkable, though more of a trippel than a quad, IMO.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to mjd83goblue for this one.

This one pours the color of golden, amber honey, with a slight haziness to it. Just a little over a fingers worth of loose, eggshell colored foam makes the head. It recedes to a light filmy surface covering. Lacing is loose and foamy, but fairly sticky.

Not a typical Quad nose. Big notes of sweet cherries and tropical fruits. Pineapple, papaya and mango are easily found. Mild yeast presence and a light oak presence. Belgian candi sugars.
It's not what I expected, but it does smell delicious.

This is the most boozy brew that I've had in awhile. Its got a lot of fruits surrounding it and some good spice notes, though. Some yeast and candi sugars. Nice oakiness, also.

Medium-bodied, just shy of full. Light carbonation level, which lets the alcohol run free. Lacks any real creaminess.

As a once a year item, when Dragonmead brews it for their anniversary, I like it. I wouldn't personally drink it much more frequently than that, though.

Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged.

Slightly hazy, tarnished copper to dark orange body. Big, rocky, light beige head. Good lacing. Big tropical fruits (fruit punch, kiwis, pears, and cherries) on the nose. Rummy, with sugary malts and some tangy yeastiness.

Toasted malts and light herbal bitterness up front. Big juicy fruits quickly follow. Sweet pears, strawberries, bananas, and fruit cocktail juice. Slightly scorched caramel and candy sugar. Rummy warmingness. Lingering banana finish with some peppery bitterness. Full-bodied with a syrupy feel. Big, fruity, and a little boozy, but pretty drinkable!

Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy amber orange with some red hues. The white head has pretty good retention. Good color, but a bit different for the style.

S- Does not smell like a quad, or even a Belgian beer for that matter. I get a boat load of cherries and some oak, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol. This is complex, but no where close to what the quad style.

T- Some cherries and caramel with oak and vanilla. The alcohol is barely noticeable and is just a bit warming. Not right for the style, but smooth and enjoyable as hell.

M- Just a bit numbing, but overall it is smooth.

D- A very nice beer, even if it is not a quad. This drinks way better than most 11% ABV beers.

Photo of BMoney575
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-7-09

Pours a hazy red/orange color that is very attractive, with a thin white head that leaves big bubbles on the sides.

Smell is all thick hops, lots of caramel malt, a hit of alcohol, and much lighter than you'd expect. The aroma is all cherries, and is absolutely wonderful.

Taste is thick with alcohol, lots of malt, caramel, a little vanilla, and lots of deep fruitiness. Complex, boozy, and awesome.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, boozy, slick and fizzy to keep everything fun.

Drinkability is scary good, the 11% will quickly kick your ass.

Overall, and outstanding quad, and I wish it was more readily available.

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Dragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru from Dragonmead Microbrewery
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.