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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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206 Reviews

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 508
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 50
Gots: 102 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of oldcrow1
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A co-worker of mine gave me 3 bottles of this to try. I like Belgian beers. I did no pre-research on the beer, and the bottle did NOT display ABV (I looked). I DID read "Trippel," but...

It poured light golden and pleasingly well-carbonated into an Air Force 50th anniversary beer mug. Taste was light, crisp, and just a bit fruity (not sweet, per se). This reminded me, more than anything else, of a really really good lager! It was a hot day and I quickly quaffed all 3 while working outside. Very refreshing, and a perfect summer brew.

The next thing I knew, I was dragging myself across my front lawn by grabbing handfuls of dirt and grass. I looked up to see my wife (who would have been perfectly comfortable in the Prohibition Era) frowning at me from the front door. She advanced. I dispassionately watched as she kicked me HARD in my side, sending me on to my back. Thanks to Final Absolution, I didn't feel much of anything. My afternoon only went downhill from there....

To summarize, this beer tastes and drinks just like a wonderful session beer. It is, however, NOT a session beer. Be advised.

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Photo of justinp444
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large pint, it has a inch and a half thick white head and a clear orange yellow body. Smell is of candi sugar, sweet biscuity malt, caramel, some dried fruit, and citrus. Taste is a large amount of candi sugar, biscuity malt, citrus, slight bit of spice (pepper?), caramel, fig, and some floral notes. It has a good amount of carbonation, pretty sweet, and a nice smooth moderate mouth feel and body.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of KLHBB
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ok, the first beer of vacation is always exceptional. Slapshotz at the Detroit airport, 10 oz tulip. yummy. Honey gold color, an inch of head, thick, sticks to your nose. Sweet, lightly malty, bananas, tropical fruit, medium weight, I'm feeling the alcohol, I recommend!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date; bought on 8/15/14. Brandy snifter. Reviewed 11-29-14

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark orangeish brown (brownish orange?) with no head, and little carbonation. Little grayish-white ring of foam around the edge. Dark for the style.

Aroma: Belgian yeast! Bubblegum, grape, sugar, honey. Smells like a Speyside scotch.

Taste: Sweet/tart arrival; tart/sweet across mid-palate. Earthy, medicinal hop finish lingers with peach and apricot.

Mouthfeel: very light carbonation; quite heavy and low carbonation for the style; slick.

Overall: To me, this is way more satisfying than Duvel, which I rated way higher because this does not appear to be done according to style at all. Alcohol is well-hidden, and aroma is fantastic. The taste is sweet, with the distinct potential to become cloying, but it doesn't on account of strong hopping. Bold, fruity, complex and sweet. Hides the ABV extraordinarily well. Wrong for the style, but I would definitely buy again. Wonder if it suffered from age.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Hazy golden with white foam that leaves rings. Aroma is banana, bubblegum, yeast, pepper, and clove. Taste is slightly sweet, strongly yeasty, gently bitter. Medium body, active carbonation, dry finish.

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Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date that I could find.

A: Hazy orange pour with a small fizzy tan head. No head retention as it fades out almost instantly. No lacing either.

S: Grassy with plenty of cloves. Sweet grains for a malt base. Spicy, like black pepper. Pretty typical tripel aroma.

T: More of the same. Somewhat grassy up front but with some sweet fruits underneath it. Maybe orange and pear? Heavy grainy sweetness in the middle and through to the finish. Finish is lightly bitter with some touches of black pepper to boot.

M: Medium-heavy body, smooth with a lightly bitter and dry finish.

O: Nice example of a tripel. Flavors are varied and balanced. Bold too but not overpowering or harsh. Nice combination of sweetness, spices and bitterness. Really, just well put together which makes drinkability stand out as well. Nicely done, Dragonmead.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Liquid golden sunshine effervescence. Perfection in a glass. A bubbly, Belgian paradise. Whether in a bottle or from a growler right from the brew pub, Final satisfies that itch you didn't know you had.

Smells and tastes of clove, banana and biscuit as a good tripel should. Make sure to sip and don't worry about carbonation; there's enough to last till the last drop is gone.

This one is my desert island beer.

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Photo of docoman
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Great Trippel ale, first I had ever tried and still one of my favorites. I've had from tap and bottle and both are great, recommend if you like trippel ales.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Hazy light gold. Almost no head. No lacing.

S - Fruit, banana, nutmeg, malt, alcohol.

T - Fruity malt; heavy on banana. Mixes with nutmeg, clove. Alcohol zing at the end.

O - Is this a mead, by definition? I dunno but it this is the most unique beer I've yet to review. Very sweet. This will make a great desert beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 7/29/14. My friend Rob brought me 2 bottles of this from their trip to Michigan last week. 4-pack is $12.00 (12 ounces). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a glass boot from Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn in Michigan.

Pours a apricot in color with a good 2+ finger white foamy head that settles down to a good 4mm. Spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is very pleasant and is of bananas, cloves and citrus for the most part. Even more going on with the taste. Lots of sweetness is right up front with the above flavors with some honey, black licorice with a hint of coriander even. Not to sweet and this is a sipper with the high alcohol content that warms your tummy. Perfect carbonation and full bodied with lots of good flavor. Goes down fairly easy but take your time and enjoy.

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Photo of barnabasdog
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-cloudy golden apricot color, 2 finger head that quickly receded, little lacing

S- banana, bubblegum, cloves, citrus

T- lots of sweetness up front, candied sugar and honey, bubblegum, cloves, coriander, almost black licorice, lemon, slight hops on finish

M- medium-heavy syrpy feel with high carbonation, smooth and dry

O- interesting American style Trippel. It's a little sweet for me but I love the complexity of Aroma and flavor

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Photo of patre_tim
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey amber tones, cloudy with particles also floating within, large and small bubbles rising to the surface, one finger of white head.

S: Very complex floral and fruity bouquets, true Belgian yeasts, mold, apples, peaches and pears, some alcohol, lots of floral qualities like a perfume.

T: Seriously good. I get the floral notes, fruitiness, perfume, melon, candy corn, russet pears, Chinese pears, Belgian yeast, and mold. Its quite sweet but well balanced with all the complexities. Light bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M: Thick, syrupy body, medium carbonation.

O: Very surprised by this one. I like it more than some Belgian trippels I’ve had from Belgium, though, this one is from Michigan. Its appearance, smell, taste, mouth feel, and overall impression put this one near the top of my list. Great stuff coming from Michigan! Found it in Saginaw at Opperman’s Cork-n-Ale.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed orange-yellow color with a small head of white foam. The head fades quite quickly leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is that as may be expected for a triple. The strongest smell is that of some bubblegum and banana mixed with some aromas of a spice nature. The spice is heaviest of a clove smell but contains other aromas of some lemongrass and coriander as well. Along with these smells comes some light biscuit smells as well as some other aromas of a candied sugar and yeast cake smell. Overall it is on the sweeter side but delicious, hiding any boozy aromas quite well.

Taste – The taste begins quite sweet upfront with lots of candied sugar and fruit of banana, orange, and pear. From the start there are also some more doughy like flavors that create a base for the sweeter flavors to rest upon. Quickly some flavors of yeast and spice come to the tongue, bringing some degree of balance to the sweet. The spice is quite heavy of clove, coriander and some pepper with it really giving a nice bite to the beer. With the addition of the yeast and spice, so too comes some more biscuit like flavors in replacement of some of the doughy flavors, and with that transition there is also a nice increase in the candied sugar flavors as well as a nice bubblegum flavor. With a bit more banana and some grass coming to the tongue at the very end of the taste, one is left with a sweet but quite pleasant and enjoyable Belgian triple flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The combination of the two is very nice for the yeasty, spicy and fruity flavors of the brew, making for a rather nice easy drinking triple.

Overall – Overall a very tasty and quite nice drinking tripe that, while a bit on the sweeter side, was very balanced and smooth. Quite delicious and well worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of myelo
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dense bright gold/orange with thin white head, mild lacing and tiny bubbles.

Aroma is peppery citrus, orange and lemon with cloves. Some ethanol and light malt.

Initial taste is banana and cloves then sweet candy orange. Mild spicy, clean bitterness. Dry phenol and ester aftertaste.

Medium-light body with high carbonation and a bit of oily sheen. Medium ethanol warmth.

I'm no expert on trippels but this has a lot of interesting flavors and is well balanced if a tad sweet. The alcohol waits until you aren't looking and sneaks up on you.

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Photo of CHSeattle1
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an absolutely great example of Trippel. Initial color is semi-opaque, dense yellowish; typical for a tripple. I can't fully comment on how it pours as it was on-top. Head was good and very aromatic. Taste is exceptionally sweet with citrus notes. Mouthfeel is decent and lingers notably. Overall, this is a great beer and one of my favorite trippels.

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Photo of LooseGasCap
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very, very malty with a nose only a mother could love. If you're into malty, sweet brews, this one is for you. Very smooth on the way down, almost gulpable. I found myself fairly full afterwards, but wanting more of that caramel, malty flavor. A delicious brew and fun to drink. I had it at HopCat, Lansing, MI, served in a belgian beer glass.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no bottling date. Thanks David. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/22/2014.

App- Slightly hazy golden body, less than 1 finger worth of white head, ok retention, small bits of lacing.

Smell- Belgian yeast spices, very malty

Taste- Malty as heck, quite sweet with Belgian candied sugar, spices, Belgian yeast flavour

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, good carbonation, not difficult to drink

Overall- I find tripels to be a boring style and this doesn't change that perception. Still a solid beer without any offensive characteristics that I didn't mind drinking

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Photo of lochef81
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Tasted 14 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pour a pale clear amber, the color of scotch. Brought with no head, leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smell is warm and fruity. Clean and full of esters, almost banana-like. Reminds me a touch of a hefeweizen, but only the pieces that belong in a tripel, IMO.

Taste is outstanding. Hard to describe what I like so much about it; it’s fruity, rich, and packed with Belgian yeast-digested candi sugar. Sweet and dry, clearn and varied. Yum.

Feel is good. Not thick, but mouth-filling in a buoyant way. Lasts just the right amount before drying out, leaving me wanting the next sip.

An excellent tripel. Definitely on the sweet side, but with enough dryness to balance it out. Delicious.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 8/16/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a small foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, grape, banana, clove, pepper, bread, honey, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, bread, honey, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great tripel! All around great complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (070813 stamp on the label - I assume is bottled on date) poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear (barest amount of haze) amber-gold. Thin white rings of foam, Occasional strand of lacing, but eventually this all died away.

Smell: Yeast, hint of fruit, very typical Belgian pale ale style smell.

Taste: Lots of flavors. Fruity esters, candi sugars, sweet malt, hint of phenol, herbal & flowery hops at the finish. Lingering sweet, caramelized/burnt sugar finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, smooth, slick, tiny bit of stickiness to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty, and if it didn't say Tripel, I would have just chalked this up to a very good Belgian pale ale. Alcohol is very well hidden. I would not mind at all having another but as a proper Tripel should, the alcohol will sneak up on you and let you know it's there by the end of the second glass. Good overall beer, but the appearance was a disappointment - it should have had better lacing and head.

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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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