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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

461 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 40
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dragonmead's signature product! 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.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-12-2002)
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Reviews by lochef81:
Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with a very slight and short lasting off white head. The smell is malty sweet with a bite of alcohol and a little yeast. The flavor follows suit. Quite sweet but tangy at the same time. Definite alcohol and yeast notes but we'll balanced by the sweet malts. This is a well crafted Belgium style ale but I ask...why buy an American alternative to the classic style when there are so many perfect examples coming straight from the original source. Just my opinion.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had both in many bottles and on tap many times and the Town Pump bar in Detroit. Pours a somewhat hazy, golden-amber color; heavy cloudiness in the middle, fairly volatile with a large, foamy white head that dissipates surprisingly quick. The aroma is great - baskets of sweet, earthy esters, spicy Belgian yeast and bread, clove, white pepper, phenol alcohol, bananas, apple skins, pears, and a nice whiff of bubble gum. The taste is no slouch, either. Final Absolution hits the palate soft and slightly silky, medium-bodied and with a high amount of carbonation. Belgian yeast flavors - bready, spicy clove, pepper, banana esters, earth, and bubble gum - dominate the palate. Some floral and perfume-like hop notes hit up front with a very short and sweet bitterness that quickly gives way to the rest of the flavor profile. The aftertaste is heavy on the bread and yeast flavors, like you would expect from any decent Tripel.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

"'Tis better to curse the darkness than to light thy hand on fire," sayeth the label.

Pours a fairly clear, rich golden color with slightly hazy, burnt orange hues, topped with a most-worthy, creamy head that drops to a healthy looking lace with stick. Aroma drops notes of yeast, fresh apples, must, peppery alcohol, green banana and soft bubble gum or even taffy. Smooth and even consistency on the palate, medium-bodied, with a building creaminess. Some hoppiness up front with a gentle dose of bitterness, leafiness, and more raw banana and lingering taffy. Soft floral. Quite yeasty, too, providing some roughness and breadiness. Thin candy sweetness, but well attenuated, like a good Tripel should be, and dry, with just enough residuals to keep it from being bone-dry. Finishes bready with a light peppery back.

Pretty damn spot-on, especially for an American brewer. Many tend to allow their Tripels to finish way too sweet and often fruity, and not so Belgian. We'll gladly light our hands on fire for another.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours into my glass a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange with a half inch of white head on top. Patchy lacing sticks to the side of the glass as the head quickly falls. Aromas of crisp, earthy, grainy malts along with a nice light fruity undertone. Peppery spiciness is present with yeast accents. Mild green apple, banana, clove. Fairly nice.

First sip brings a crisp grainy, earthen malt upfront that moves into light fruity tones as it goes across the palate. Slight bread flavors as well. The yeast kicks in with peppery tones alongside light banana and clove notes. It flows down a bit dry and the finish leaves me with quite a noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy with a bit of sharpness to it as well. The graininess comes through quite a bit on the finish and the alcohol is a bit too pronounced in my opinion, making it a little harder to fully enjoy the brew. Overall, this one failed to really wow me, I'd probably choose another Dragonmead offering before this next time.

Photo of Joebraggot
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange brown with lits of suspended yeast, even with a careful pour, and about half a finger of off-white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Candi sugar, some pepper and clove, bubblegum and faint lemon. Just a touch of alcohol.

T - Taste starts with lemon and candi sugar. This is followed by pepper, clove, and a prominent bubblegum taste. Finish brings a bit more spice, a bit of banana and more bubblegum, along with a faint bitterness. Very tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts with some sticky sweetness and transitions to a semi-dry and slightly bitter finish with a bit of numbing alcohol.

O - Nice take on the style and a very tasty brew. Nice local option when I'm in the mood foe a tripel.

Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I fell in love with Dragonmead and its crew back at the 2001 GABF, so when BA sakaroo offered up a sample, I could not resist!

Pours a hazy amber with copper hues, topped with a snapping white foam head that dissipates quickly to a ring lace. A dusting of sediment is left in the bottle.

Sweet to the nose, with notes of fresh bread, soft white pepper and plenty of clove.

Smooth, hard water mouthfeel, a bit thick-ish. Plenty of tea-like sweetness and herbal character, backed by a dominant, and aggressive spicy/yeast character, more pepper, phenols and faint grass that rounds the soft bitterness. Warming alcohol presence. Some toasted malts, caramel and blossom honey characters are also present. More clove. Bubblegum flavours pull through as the beer warms, toward the end, where the beer finishes with yeast residuals. Pretty decent tripel, complex and tasty.

Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jsolack
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Clear and red... nice fluffy head. Heavy lacing after head starts to recied.

Smell:
Smells nice... banana and hops. Slight alcohol smell. Scent is sweet overall... very nice.

Taste:
Strong banana and carmel taste. Very sweet and smooth. Alcohol comes through in finish. Very smooth finish is not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel:
Coats tongue with sweet caramel like texture. Carbonation is at a very nice level.

Drinkability:
Very good brew... hard to drink a bunch just because of the high alcohol content. Very smooth finish and overall a very satisfying brew.

Photo of rsquared59
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mireland
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured hazy light golden-amber with a decent head from a 12oz bottle.

Fruity, with hints of apricot nectar and light spicing.
Lightly sweet, but faintly bitter aftertaste. Moderate complexity.

Near medium body with medium, soft carbonation

O: very good American version.

Photo of LaurensDeJong
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Shovelbum
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured rom a 12oz into my Piraat tulip. White sticker on the side with "7 05" If this is the freshness date it mean this bottle is 3 months old.

Thin off-white head over a hazy orange-amber body. Smells of sweet malts, orange, cloves, notes of pepper and a touch of hops. The taste strikes a good balance between sweet and spicy. Belgian candi sugar sweetness provides a base for the orange citrus, clove and pepper. Alcohol is present but does not dominate. Crisp in the mouth, but finishes smooth and clean.

This is a very enjoyable tripel. The booze is warming, but subdued enough to let the malts and spice come through. Complex and well-balanced.

Photo of goast8127
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a thick hazy apricot body with a matrix of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. Three is a thick yellowish- white head that last for a good bit and sticks to the side of the glass.

S- The smell of banana is big with a light pear smell followed by a candy sugar sweetness that finishes with a faint undertone of green hops.

T- The taste is big candied banana with a clove spice to it followed by a sweet honey note and a light watery taste. As the beer warms there is a faint bubblegum quality that adds a good bit of depth. The finish has a soft fusel alcohol and a soft hops bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat.

D- The yeasty fruit flavors are a bit overpowering but the sweetness blends well with the softer hops.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber-colored brew is transfered from tap to glass, and it's got a white head, initially of moderate size but going wispy with time, though some foam is always there. Lacing is light on the glass.
There's a beautiful spicy, soft, sweet blend of banana and clove in the aroma. Yeast is pure, just offering those soft notes and no graininess or anything interfering. Soft apple flesh and a very light dust, a sort of gentle earthiness, round it out for impressive depth.
The taste follows suit, and what's impressive is the attention to detail, the smoothness in how the flavors meld, and the lack of anything else to take away. It's a fantastic marriage of softness and strength. A little bit of bubble gum, a peppery bite, the banana and clove I hope for and that the nose provides, light, far from cloying candi sugar sweeness, just a kiss of herbal hops; this beer's got it going on.
The body is smooth, with a soft but firm crispness. It's creamy, with a light to medium body.

Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of pstouffer
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (bottled 10.05.10) into a Chimay chalice

A: A delightfully murky gold color. Poured 3/4 into the chalice and it formed less than half an inch of thin wispy head which quickly disappeared, allowing me to pour the rest of the bottle into the chalice.

S: Good smell of bananas with hints of cinnamon, and perhaps clove

T: Spice notes on the front, with a predominance of clove, followed by a slight alcohol finish with hints of banana.

M: Nice and smooth, yet seeming just a bit lacking for something with this body IMO

D: I'm torn here. This is a decent trippel, and the strength of it is well hidden until you're about halfway through the chalice. I remember trying this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beerfest for a couple years and thinking this was one of the best every time I was there, consistently going back for more. However, as I taste this now, I notice more of the alcohol taste than I used to, and would probably stop after one bottle in an evening. This is not to diminish from it's quality, it's just not quite what I remember in my head.

Overall, an very good brew that deserves to be tried if you get the opportunity.

Photo of GRE680
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.