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Dragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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88
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | 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.

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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -9%

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.

09-10-2009 16:36:12 | More by coldmeat23
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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!

08-15-2009 02:03:39 | More by alexgash
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david131

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

08-10-2009 02:10:15 | More by david131
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BMoney575

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

08-08-2009 01:20:41 | More by BMoney575
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Been a challenge lately to get through anything new, but I decided to let my family have a crack at a few things this weekend and pulled a sample off of each. Part of the " Random BBQ Event" at my in laws on 07/19/2009.
 
Appearance - The pour was pretty good here. Hazy amber in color, nice head on top with good retention, left behind a good deal of lacing along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Some light sediment in the final pour.
 
Smell - Aroma was ok...light fruit notes, grapes, dates, perhaps some prunes at first come through. Lots of grain notes and a touch of alcohol as well. Not really very complex and overall a touch light for my tastes, but no matter we push on.
 
Taste - Average here, perfect word. Not the most complex thing I have ever run across in my lifetime to say the least, this seemed to be amped up enough as the abv was quite apparent, but the rich fruit notes and complex taste were lacking. Lots of bland flavor that really did not go anywhere for me.
 
Feel - Good carbonation with a solid feel to it. Nothing too heavy or cloying at all, rather nice feel to it and as heavy as it should be given the style.
 
Drinkability - Decent, but nothing crazy. It was drinkable but the flavor just did not really do anything for me.
 
Overall - I don't know, it just wasn't all there for me, I wanted it to be, but alas, it was not. I would not really go after this one again.

07-23-2009 20:44:22 | More by mikesgroove
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1%

Picked this bottle up on a recent trip through Michigan.
Pours a dark amber in color. There's a little bit of a frothy head that forms on the pour. But is quickly gone.
Smell is candy sugar, with a little bit of smoke and peat.
Taste is more of the candy sugar. Lots more smoke and huge malts. This is a bruiser of a beer. The alcohol is hidden quite nicely, but believe me, it's there. Very full and easy drinking. Incredibly smooth and creamy in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit lite, but it works. Good beer.

06-29-2009 03:03:44 | More by FtownThrowDown
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stoutman

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

Soft red-orange color, light haze, slightly translucent with a small rapidly disippating fluffy cloud colored head. Smells of light chocolate, raspberries, a hint of doughy yeast and some bit of clove. Flavor is quite impressive, full of candy sugar and sweet sweet caramel flavors. Lots of red fruit and a medium-full body. Even when served warm, this stuff is able to mask the 11 percent alcohol very well.

11-27-2005 03:30:03 | More by stoutman
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walleye

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

had this in late may. at the brewery,from the tap. poured a ruby color with a small head,I think it was off white it is had to tell in this place because of the dim lights. aroma spices like cloves, chocolate, berries, sweet, flavor, caramel, sugar, medium dark fruits, with just a hint of alcohol

08-29-2005 04:04:54 | More by walleye
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

On tap at the brewery pub.

Dark amber brew with a small smattering of lace on top. The aroma was composed of light fruity esters, sweet sugary candy, and a bit of alcohol. Sweetness from the candy sugar was very strong in the flavour, and was accompanied by a ripe fruitiness and alcohol warmth. Full bodied and smooth, lightly carbonated. Overall, not as complex as the Final Absolution, mostly just very sweet.

08-05-2004 23:48:23 | More by DrJay
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Dragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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