- Armageddon Grand Cru (89 Points)
- Crown Jewels (75 Points)
- Final Absolution (95 Points)
- Sin Eater (94 Points)
- St. Nicole’s Weizenbock (88 Points)
ARMAGEDDON GRAND CRU: 89 Points
This Belgian Quad is released once a year in Spring in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s 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.”
My Description: This Quad is extremely smooth and flavorful, though it is lacking some depth. It begins with a weak, tan colored head that fades quick to a ring leaving no lacing. The aroma is welcoming with fruity notes taking center stage like raisins and prunes. This is accompanied by notes of toasted bread, honey, and caramel. Armageddon is full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely with notes of caramel malt, toasted bread, and some fruity notes. There are also some herbal hints and raisins. The alcohol creeps in slowly and does not distract. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with lingering toffee notes. The beer is more on the sweeter side and slightly sticky but it doesn’t become too cloying. This is a great sipping beer and one you should look for in the Spring. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, baked ham, or mild cigar.
ABV: 11.6% Color: Golden/Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
CROWN JEWELS: 75 Points
This English IPA is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: N/A
My Description: You think a beer named Crown Jewels would be of world class caliber but I guess these aren’t they royal crown jewels. It begins with a weak, off-white colored head that fades quick to a film that leaves no lacing. The aroma is probably the best part of the beer. Notes of noble hops and woodsy hops blend smoothly with biscuit malt; this aroma is very welcoming. Crown Jewels is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is a let down in that the flavors do not blend cleanly and some alcohol notes do come through. There are notes of caramel malt, noble hops, and a hint of dark fruit but overall this beer is basically just a noticeable sweet undertone that transitions into a moderately bitter aftertaste rather abruptly. I find this to me a mediocre representation of an English IPA that is not memorable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with smoked ham, baked chicken, or baked brussel sprouts.
ABV: 7% Color: Orange/Amber Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10
FINAL ABSOLUTION: 95 Points
This Belgian Tripel is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This is the ultimate Belgian style. The very high gravity of this beer is balanced by the smoothness of its finish. Banana and Clove aromas come from the Belgian yeast strain combining with the generous dose of Belgian Candi Sugar. The Saaz hops help to give this beer a balanced bitterness with no noticeable hop aroma.”
My Description: A beautiful representation of a Belgian Tripel, Dragonmead has created a world class beer that is easy drinking and addicting. It pours a very weak head that fades to nothing, a little disappointing. The aroma quickly makes up for the lack of head. It is welcoming with sweet light fruit notes accompanied by bananas and a hint of malt. Final Absolution is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is pleasurable; highly complex and bold with an alcohol taste that is beautifully hidden. Faint fruit notes and candi sugar are accompanied by mild clove notes, biscuit malt, bananas, pears, and some pale malt. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a lingering hint of spice. I love the flavors in this beer, they work harmoniously together and nothing seems out of place. This beauty is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with a heavy salad, grilled asparagus, or cheesecake.
ABV: 10% Color: Orange Ruby Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
SIN EATER: 94 Points
This Belgian Strong Dark Ale is available in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: N/A
My Description: This beer showcases bold flavors that work nicely together to deliver a great sipper. It begins with a decent sized, dark beige colored head that fades quick leaving some spotty lacing. The aroma is welcoming with an overall herbal presence and notes of bananas, toasted malt, bread, raisins, and a hint of spice. Sin Eater is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is highly complex and enjoyable with notes of caramel malt, dark candi sugar, molasses, plums, and spice undertones. The aftertaste shows a hint of bitterness bringing the sweetness down some. The alcohol is nicely hidden behind the flavors and warms you up slowly. Overall, this is a very smooth Belgian Strong that is clean and decadent. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled salmon, strong cheeses, or a chocolate dessert.
ABV: 11% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10
ST. NICOLE’S WEIZENBOCK: 88 Points
This Weizenbock is released seasonally in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: N/A
My Description: This beer is smooth, flavorful, and great for any occasion. It begins with a decent sized, light beige colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is welcoming and slightly complex with notes of dark fruits like raisins and black cherries along with a hint of toffee, herbal notes, and dark breads. St. Nicole’s is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely. A minimal hop presence and nutty undertones hold up notes of raisins, dark breads, malt, chocolate, and a hint of clove. The flavor profile is complex and delicate with hardly any hint of alcohol. The aftertaste is slightly sweet and lingers for a second. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with smoked beef, German sausage, or chili.
ABV: 6.7% Color: Reddish/Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10