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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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89
very good

204 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 204
Hads: 502
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 51
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
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Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-12-2002

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.
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Reviews: 204 | Hads: 502
Photo of wvmi
2.02/5  rDev -49.1%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.14/5  rDev -46.1%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of TheDM
2.58/5  rDev -35%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
2.71/5  rDev -31.7%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of stevenseg
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (2,290 characters)

Photo of trumick
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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... (901 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was a dull, hazy butterscotch color with a modest head that sizzled out pretty quickly.

The smell was fruity and yeasty. Fresh and bright.

The taste was of chalky yeast and coriander. Creamy and peppery. quite drinkable and better than expected flavor. Very well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium/light with enough carbonation. (416 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (1,519 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a slight haze. Half finger of head forms and quickly settles to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Does not smell like a tripel to this drinker. Smells like popcorn. Just the slightest hint of yeast esters in the background.

Thankfully it tastes better but far from the classics in the style. Did the yeast misbehave in this batch? Pale malt flavor with some phenols. Some honey flavor as well. No sign of alcohol.

Good amount of heft to the body. Nicely carbonated.

That concludes my reviews of Dragonmead beers I collected during my recent Michigan trip. I would put Dragonmead on the 2nd tier of Michigan breweries. Consistancy seems to be their issue and that is probably the case with this beer. (756 characters)

Photo of ballewblake
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at the brewery in Warren, poured into my Duvel tulip.

One finger white head on initial pour, falls quick to a haze over the opaque orange body. Big soapy bubbles sit in random spots over the body. Smell is overly malty, not really appealing in my opinion. Taste is nice and sweet up front, bitter on the back, some banana and bubble gum too. Whoa, am I drinking a hefe? I remember this tasting okay on draught at the brewpub, this isn't working it for me. Alcohol starts to come through mid way down, and even though this is almost balanced I don't think I'd go out of my way for this one again. (606 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of spice and yeast
Head average (3 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to broken 1-2 mm ring and some small islands
No lacing
Body is medium yellow with slight haze
Flavor begins slightly sweet with yeast and spice; a slight alcohol burn becomes very pronounced immediately after swallowing. No hops or diacetyl are noted.
Palate is medium, slightly oily, with lively carbonation.

Over the years I have had various Dragonmead brews and have yet to be impressed. This is no exception. (546 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bruery glass.

Pours a light layer of white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some slight splattered lace. Color is a hazy golden orange.

Aroma: Tons of spice and fruit notes. Banana and lemon zest with hints of dried red apples. I then get some clove and wheat flavors.

Taste: Has a musky flavor to it. Fairly dry. Apple and pear flavors with some bananas. Similar clove and spice profile. Hops are pretty earthy. Has some biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some alcohol showing.

Overall, a pretty average tripel. Maybe a bit above average. Decent drinkability. Nothing really out of the ordinary here. (691 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a duvel tulip.

Dark clear gold color with some small white chunky particulates floating in suspension. The head wasn't big or fluffy, but did hit the 2 finger mark-- for a while. After 2 sips we have nothing but a small collar of white bubbles left. Virtually no lacing.

Wow. Holy sugar covered bananas. Like those dried bananas from a trail mix. That note dominates the nose, but a light yeasty doughy quality and grainy malt comes through as well.
The taste is exactly like the nose, but adds a slight spicy note-- peppery?

The body is kinda heavy feeling-- and low carbOmarion levels don't help here.

Overall -- not a terrible version of a triple, but nowhere near my favorites of the style. (713 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of BeerFink
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with a slight head. Aroma reeks of malt with some acidic green apple notes, alcohol, and faint bananas. Taste is very rich malts enfused with bitter green apples. Although there is some subtle bananas, the apples really come though. An interesting take on the trippel style, although I'm not sure I really like it. Alcohol is present in the flavor, but to a small degree. Mouthfeel is kinda thin, nothing too interesting. Overall, the flavor is pretty acidic, on account of the apples. It diminishes the drinkability. Not sure if I would pick this one up again, but it was interesting nonetheless. (618 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dragonsmead Absolution Trippel.

Never tried a beer outta these guys...that I can remember at least. So let us see.

Look - Very, very clear burnt orange straight into the glass with the carbonation set on high. The head doesn't have much upon the pour and doesn't leave anything except a few spotty cloud formations. 3.5.

Smell - Sweet candies, a tad boozey with the usual farmhouse qualities that come out of this style. Hay with bubbelgum. Nothing overtaking though. 3.25.

Taste - Not even sure of the ABV on this guy as it doesn't say, but the alcohol takes a massive hold upon first hit. All the usual suspects including hay and bubbelgum are there. Has a touch of dextrose, and finishes very mustardy and unbalanced..3.25.

Feel - Very alcoholic body with enough carbonation power to destroy the United States. No detectable creaminess. 3.

Overall - Over paid on this bottle. For $3.59 I'd pass in the future. Not really a whole lot else to say, aside from the first two beers from Dominion, the rest have beh terrible or meh. 3. (1,038 characters)

Photo of GR_Rick
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured July 2012. Bottle undated.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/apricot with absolutely no head.

S: Smells a little bready with some fruity sweetness. Almost a little white grape/grape skin. Light, but an appealing smell.

T: Follows the nose, with a little bit of mild, almost very, very mild grapefruity tartness. I get a little bit of the white grape again in the taste, and a little bit of that Belgian/saison "funky" finish (although the funk is much, much more subtle than a in a saison. A little bit of tartness and a dry finish; reminds me a bit of a champagne/heavy mimosa. My first trippel, and of the best Belgian-style beers I've had yet. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Thin for the ABV, with a bit of carbonation, but I'd say moderate/light body overall. Very easy to drink.

O: This is an easy drinking beer that goes down smooth for the ABV, almost too smooth! Taste is good, and although not necessarily something I'll seek out on a regular basis, I'd gladly drink one again. (1,004 characters)

Photo of semibaked
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new Bell's Pint Glass.

A - Pours a super hazy dark yellow/light organge with a finger of bright white head.

S - A combination of cloves, bitterness and faint banana dominate the smell, Very pleasant though.

T - Clove flavor hits me right away (almost a little too much), hop bitterness, funky yeast flavors and more banana.

M - Light and highly carbonation.

D - The clove is a bit dominate for me but the light crisp and very refreshing aspects of the beer kick up the drinkability. (502 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; really cool label but no freshness date

Appearance: Attractive dark gold beer, bright until I accidentally poured just a TOUCH too much, now my glass is a veritable cyclone of yeast...this is the most yeast I've seen in a glass since my rookie days pouring Belgians for the first time...nice white creamy head with good retention

Smell: Fruity Belgian yeast up front with hints of sweet orange, and a hint of banana. Pleasant, if not overly complex or unique.

Taste: No idea how old this is, but there's a decent sweet boozy kick to this still; you taste the 8.5% for sure. Hints of vanilla, sweet orange, light spice, and booze. It's almost a bit distracting here. Ends with a hoppy bitterness just overtaking the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, a bit slick

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Really glad to finally get to try a Dragonmead beer! This one is not a bad tripel, but New Belgium's has a bit more character/depth than this for less money (and it's available here). (1,013 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange color with very little white head. I wouldn't call this one pretty, it kind of glows.

Smell: Initially, I'm picking up sweet Belgian spice. There is also some banana as well.

Taste: This beer is quite sweet, but not so much that I would call it cloying. I'm picking up some Belgian spice as well as some banana and grape notes. There is some honey flavor in the sweetness and some bitterness and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body seems to be a bit thin to me. Delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: I think this beer is good but not great. I don't know that I'll search it out again. (702 characters)

Photo of techfed87
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange. Smell has a quite particular yeast characteristic to it.

First sip is interesting. The belgian yeast really does dominate the body and flavor of the beer. It has, what I would consider, the "Belgian yeast" flavor, something I can't really get a handle of in terms of being able to articulate it correctly. However, this beer has it in abundance. And while I can see that as being a pretty redeemable quality for a trippel, I guess I was just expecting it to be a bit more than what it turned out to be.

Good, to be sure, but definitely not great. (572 characters)

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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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