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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
91
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449 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 53 | 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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1.98/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Very nice amber, slightly hazy Good head, lacy.

the first smell gave me a flashback to the dentists' office. Couldn't figure it out until I tasted it.

Overwhelming, repulsive oily clove taste suppressed the malt and hops. A little bit of grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel was good. Rich, filling; starts a bit over-carbonated but settles quickly.

I will not be buying this again. If someone offers a freebie I'll taste a bit to ensure this wasn't just a fluke bad bottle.

wvmi, Sep 07, 2007
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2/5  rDev -50.7%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.7%

Drk93TT, Jun 12, 2012
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2.13/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a St. Feuillien chalice.

Pours an extremely hazy gold with a thin white head that does not last at all. A barest whisp of foam remains.

Aromas of solvent, banana, and some sweetness. The aroma of solvent (acetone/nail polish remover) comes on a little strong as it warms up.

First sip is fruity, with lots of banana and green apple. Some bitterness at the back, but this is malt/sweet forward, hops/bitterness take a back seat.

Mouthfeel is fully coating. Not cloyingly sweet, but as it warms, the solvent really itself known.

Drinkability is a bit low, mainly due to the solventy character. Not that pleasant or enjoyable.

This may be a bad bottle. I'll have to try this again to be sure. My ratings appear to be out of sync with the mainstream on this one.

JamnesCameron, Oct 26, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

98green, Sep 25, 2014
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2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized bubbles that left a fair lacing and had a cloudy orange brown body. It had a fruity aroma with an apricot flavor which was not greatly to my liking. We had this brew at the Festival in Frankenmuth Michigan.

TheDM, Jul 19, 2003
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2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured with a small head that unfortunately dissolved quickly. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. It had a very cloudy appearance to it. The aroma was fruity in my opinion. This brew was not to my liking.

hotstuff, Jul 08, 2003
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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, Nov 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

smartassboiler, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

fredmugs, Apr 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

beersniper13, Aug 05, 2014
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3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy lime yellow with a ring of white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices (especially clove). Flavor is again mostly Belgian yeast with lots of spices and some bready malt. An ok Belgian but not very trippel-esque actually without the usual fruity undertones.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sitting here at CK Diggs, a pretty robust draft house in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where I am patiently waiting to watch my beloved Detroit Pistons lose again. Hopefully Dragonmead's Final Absolution will be a good consolation. Dragonmead is based in Warren, Michigan, and falls under my Detroit Craft Beer Examiner duty umbrella. The tap handles always looked really cool, so hopefully their brews follow suit.

This Dragonmead brew is classified as a tripel, and though Beer Advocate purports the ABV to be 8.5%, the beer slinger at CK Diggs claims it boasts an 11% ABV. One sip will tell the tale, but first thing's first. Final Absolution, which sounds eerily like a WWII Holocaust creed, poured a very light amber color, much lighter than I expect from a tripel, into a 10oz snifter. The head appeared a nice and creamy orange tinted off-white for the short period it lasted. I liken the look to an apple juice or even a hard cider.

The nose is sweet and fruity with hints of peaches and pear. Hardly any hops or Belgian yeasts were detectable, but apparently sweet is the point here. Fruity and sweet wheat malts overshadow all else.

This tripel has a taste that is quite unique. It does have an ABV <10%, closer to the 8.5% suggested by beer advocate. It has a very orange-like flavor reminiscent of an alcoholic less-sweet version of Tang, everyone's favorite childhood orange flavored drink. There are no hops detectable at all, but almost a spiced coriander comes through. It kind of reminds me of a grand croux wheat ale. It's good, just not in line with my standard for a tripel.

Belgian-style ales are typically a little smoother by nature because of the fruitiness, and the Final Absolution is no exception. It warmed a little as I sat here typing, which I believe lends to its taste. In fact it has gotten better after warming a few degrees. Great consistency, low viscosity.

This Final Absolution we can classify under the category of after-meal dessert beer. I can't see myself drinking more than one at a time until they start serving them in 20oz glasses (in which I am about to blow through a Founders Breakfast Stout) and lower the prices. It was a good experience, but I'll probably only experience this Dragonmead concoction at a tasting in the future.

stevenseg, Mar 11, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange with a huge off white head that dissapates quickly with spotty lacing.

Scent is bubble gum, alcohol and banana cream pie.

Taste absolutely follows the nose yes bubble gum alcohol and banana cream pie. There is a peppery spiceiness that tries desperately to punch through the rich creamy sweetness, but it fails miserably.

Mouthfeel is average for the style, meduim to full bodied with a bit too much carbination.

Drinkabaility, well this isn't my cup of beer, as it were. This is too sweet and unbalanced for me. The bubble gum/banana cream was too much.

trumick, Jan 17, 2006
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3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, deep golden appearance, massive white foam, holding nicely. Looks like quite a bit of carbonation. Even before I can put the glass near my nose I smell some sour barnyard funk. Is this intended? It smells like a Tripel also with a citrusy/spicy mix, but the gueuze-like tartness is certainly unexpected. Either way I like sour so it works for me.

Flavor starts out like your average Tripel, but changes alot toward the finish, with a drying, chalky taste. I get alot of melon and citrus fruit, with some mild tartness, but not what I expected from the aroma. The mouthfeel is paper thin and even though alot of carbonation bubbles seem to be there, they just don't pack any punch.

I think some critters got in this bottle and affected it a bit. I certainly enjoyed the funky aroma, but it slightly changed the flavor from its intended result. Not bad, I would like to try it again perhaps...

bennetj17, Aug 20, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear golden straw color with a collared white head. Fairly effervscent. Belgian yeast characteristics in the nose through and through. Sweet smelling with banana and clove. Pretty smooth tasting as well. Sweet up front with flavors of banana, clove, and some spice. Finishes with a lingering belgian yeast taste. Overall, not bad at all in my opinion.

kbutler1, Sep 13, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a golden orange color that produced a minimal white head that quickly turned to just bubbles.

(S)- Silky banana biscuits surrounded by lemon and clove. Rather sugary sweet smelling.

(T)- Very potent clay and mineral characteristics followed by apple and lemon fruit flavors. A spice funk on the finish.

(M)- Despite its wonderful aroma, the taste is rather backwards and slightly offbeat. Great carbonation level, but the mouthfeel is rather harsh due to a hot, boozy swallow and a strange apple juice concentrate quality to it. The spice, whatever it is, really conflicts with the rest of it.

(D)- An interesting and slightly bizarre triple that definitely has some funk with that strange apple presence. Could be young, could be too old, I have no idea. Tastes fine, but not what I would normally expect from what a Triple normally is.

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle

worst label ever. silly d&d theme. small red crest displayed behind the main graphic.. a picture of grass. oh, and a tree. and? ugh.

pours out a rather dark ambery orange.. very rich looking for a tripel and not at all what i expected. the head looks about right though.. a rich, dense foam that quickly becomes a bubble-tight ring floating solidly on the high gravity brew. some bubbles are observed moving through despite the wavy haze caused by the beer's thickness.

this beer smells of cotton candy. the burnt, crispy wet-looking ends of cotton candy. fruity, slightly bubblegummy, with a disappearing phenolic quality that borders on plastic and chewable aspirin.. but warmth kills that last bit of off-scent. i am endlessly fascinated by the overall aroma here. non-traditional but succulent nonetheless. i am enjoying the odor here waaaay too much. time to drink, perhaps?

the alcohol sticks out a bit too much. it's the first thing i notice and that's usually not a good thing. lots of sweet, raw grains here and a bit of creamy vanilla in the finish. no hop presence really evident. it's got a nice mouthfeel, creamy and soft, but is interrupted harshly in the finish by the sting of alcohol on my tongue. further warmth mellows it a bit, and brings out the estery fruitness from the nose. some candied orange rind and perhaps a dose of peaches and cream. complex, but damned by its lack of controlled abv.

a decent brew, with some real shining points. not a tripel i would revisit.

goodbyeohio, Aug 21, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

chrisbokmuller, May 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

kynap55, Jul 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

detroitpat, Aug 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

jrcmlc, Dec 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

emac1224, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Dshep1340, Mar 14, 2014
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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.