Dragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Armageddon Grand CruDragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States
dragonmead.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
44
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 44
Photo of coldmeat23
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of walleye
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of stoutman
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of docoman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Decent beer, not as good to me as their mainstay Final Absolution, but definitely drinkable. Funny I also bought this at local Costco for under $9 for a bomber size...

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Photo of Mavigo
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Bought this from Costco. Served into a tulip. Popped the cork but there was no sound or release of vapors. A bit concerning but I drank it anyways.

Pours a clear copper kettle color with a short off white head that dissipates rather quickly. To my relief, it is carbonated. It smells of honey, barley, yeast, oats, dried fruits. It is quiet sweet and a tad bit dense and syrupy. A touch of bitterness at the end from the hops. It has a full body but lower levels of carbonation, I wonder if it was a bottling problem, the cork made no sound when I popped it. Oh well, regardless, it's still excellent. Great flavor.

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Photo of KEH
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Quadrupels are probably my favorite style of beer. The Armageddon from Dragonmead represents this style quite nicely! It's heavy, malty and has a nice sweet-caramel/brown sugar character to it. Pouring this brew was a bit on the frustrating side - had to use pliers to remove the cork. There was almost no "pop" upon release. The beer did develop a nice 1/2" tan head when poured (I was suspecting it might have been flat.) I'll be buying this one again!

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Dragonmead Armageddon Grand Cru from Dragonmead Microbrewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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