Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery
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3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
On tap at the brewpub, a most interesting place. The highest recommended to me. Lots of lace, cloudy orange and white ring head. Decent body, suitable though aggressive carbonation. Some fruitiness. Yeasty aroma.On sweet side, sugar, and also spiciness.
06-29-2006 03:47:19 | More by Sammy
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
Lightly foggy, moderately yeasty, pumpkin orange with generous amber highlights. The khaki colored crown is more American than Belgian, but there's nothing wrong with that. The foam develops a gentle rockiness as it deflates and lays down an decent amount of lace.
The aroma is ripe fruity (bananas especially) and is somewhat spicy. Even though the beer smells authentically tripel-like, and even though it's enjoyable, it isn't in the same league as versions from Brouwerij Bosteels (Tripel Karmeliet), Brouwerij Westmalle and Brouwerij St. Bernardus.
I feel pretty much the same way about the flavor profile: good for a U.S. craft brewery, but short of world-class status. Final Absolution is, nevertheless, still good beer that is a credit to Dragonmead. No wonder it's won numerous awards and no wonder the brewery considers it to be their 'signature product'.
My two biggest complaints are that the flavor comes across as harsh and a bit dissonant rather than smoothly integrated, and the alcohol is a fraction too noticeable. Maybe time and warming will remedy both. There's certainly no shortage of flavor: sugared bananas and apples, sprinkled with ground clove and soaked in banana brandy.
The beer is also too highly hopped. The Saaz don't contribute an abundance of flavor, though their bitterness easily matches (and probably exceeds) malt and candi sugar sweetness. It's tempting to knock the taste score back one notch, but I won't do it.
The mouthfeel is medium-full and slightly too harshly bubbled. It's more than passable, but is nowhere near the airy, soft and creamy mouth candy that one experiences with most Belgian ales.
This Dragonmead offering sounds like the title of the ultimate workout DVD. "Drinking too many six-packs? Beer belly getting you down? Get 'six-pack' abs in mere minutes a day by using 'Final Ab... solution'. Okay, maybe not. Final Absolution is good, solid beer that still doesn't come within sniffing distance of Allagash Tripel Reserve for the title of Best American tripel.
01-02-2008 14:23:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev -3%
Appearance: Pours a very cloudy chestnut color with a rocky head that fades a bit quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind
Smell: Spice cake phenols, apples, unripe banana and a hint of toffee
Taste: Opens with a yeasty spice cake flavor that adds some fruit (apples and pears), grassy hops, vague bubblegum, white pepper, vanilla and alcohol by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grassy hops and alcohol move forward for a flash, but the sweeter flavors come right behind and linger into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a little warmth in the gullet
Drinkability: Quite a different take from many Belgian versions of the style, this is still a very nice beer with its own character; unlike some American tripels that are too one-dimensional with tons of alcohol, this one has some subtlety and complexity; this one has aged about a year and clearly benefited from that time in the bottle
10-05-2009 23:02:42 | More by brentk56
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
Grabbed this one as an extra recently along with a good few others from the lineup and was excited to give it a try. Served chilled and poured into a goblet, this one was consumed on 06/03/2009.
The pour was wonderful looking, rich golden in color with a huge head of white that towered over the top of it with ease. Light settling left behind just a ton of side glass lacing that was very nice I have to admit. Light cloudiness as well throughout. Light aroma of banana, peach and hints of light grains and grassy notes throughout. Smooth, mellow flavor here, with nothing really coming out of the gate as being really overpowering. Light grain again mid palate with some nice hints of fruit clearly coming out toward the end of the taste and a nice long and mellow finish to it. No real ABV concerns here as it was very drinkable for the style.
Overall a very solid Triple that was easy to drink and a decent shot at the style. Nothing really over the top here, but very enjoyable none the less.
06-04-2009 21:51:22 | More by mikesgroove
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast, spice, citrus, bananas and some hops.
T: The taste is malty and spicy up front with complimentary flavors of Belgian yeast, caramel and citrus. There's a decent hops presence that comes in and provides some balance and then there's an alcohol bite in the end. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly bitter.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other beers in the style that I would pick first.
07-10-2008 03:42:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
Thanks to heliosphann for tossing one of this into a recent trade. Served in my Darkness goblet.
A - 1.5 fingers of creamy white foam with solid retention and some patches of lacing. Opaque and hazy apricot color, with tons of tiny bubbles streaming to the top.
S - Clove, pepper, bubblegum, apple, citrus, and some funky Belgian-style yeast. Not a huge nose, but pretty nice, with good balance.
T - The taste is a little disappointing - some light apple and honey sweetness and a more earthy and spicy finish. The aftertaste is a little unpleasant and sour.
M - Really dry finish. Medium body with very active carbonation. Some nice warming sensations afterward.
D - As far as tripels go it's pretty good, I just don't care much for the style in general - too much carbonation and spice. The ABV, while not overly present in the taste gives a pretty big buzz, more than I'd expect from 8.5%.
It's a solid American take on the tripel, but just not a style I'd seek out.
04-16-2009 20:23:17 | More by MasterSki
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a clear gold color with a thin brite-white head and some great retention around the edges and spotty lacing. The aroma is apples, bananas, spice, sweet maltiness, and yeast.
The tastes is similar to the aroma profile, with an in your face fruit one-two punch of banana and apple, clove and coriander notes, candied sweetness, and some pleasant yeasty accents. The mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth and creamy with just about a hint of alcohol beef in the body and that's absolutley it.
This is one of the best American Tripels I've had, with some lively flavors and an unbelievable drinkibility for a 9% beer. This was the gem of our visit when we checked out this surprising gem of a brewpub.
05-07-2008 16:41:23 | More by Kegatron
3.45/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
03-03-2011 02:48:41 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Appears a cloudy golden brown with a clumpy off white head that fizzles out into a slight film and decent collar. Sticky lacing is left behind. Solid streams of carbonation make this murky brew even more enticing.
Smell is of yeasty dough, sugary peaches,apricots, vanilla cream.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild peppery touch.
Mouthfeel is zesty, creamy and full bodied with a sugary, yeasty, Belgian candy sugar standing out. Not too friggin shabby.
11-16-2005 03:17:58 | More by weeare138
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
(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.
12-13-2007 23:01:01 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.33/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
09-13-2010 00:18:37 | More by mothman
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-19-2013 04:57:58 | More by superspak
4/5 rDev -1.2%
No head, hardly visible even is the white trim. A murky complexion that permits only shadows to be visible on its other side. A toasted orange colour, lighter in some spots than others.
The aroma has an appropriate yeast that gives off esters of banana, spice, and clove. Actually a little spicy. Soft notes of citrus. Quite pleasant.
The mouthfeel doesn't let on the alcohol. It's quite smooth and only mildly drying on the finish. Slightly grainy at times. A pleasing aftertaste that lingers. The taste is of dried citrus peel and banana, clove, coriander, pepper and other like spices. A little wheat too. Sugary sweet malts.
This is a great American draft at the tripel. I still maintain the American renditions can't quite compare exactly to the Belgian originals. This is quite a lovely ale though, true to style, and wonderfully brewed. I would place as one of the top US tripels. Thanks Dad for picking this one up!
10-29-2007 01:09:56 | More by biegaman
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
On tap at the brewery pub.
Nearly clear, golden colour with a thin, long-lasting white head. Very mild sweet/fruity (banana) aroma with a light spiciness. The flavour was quite complex, with ripe fruit, spice and belgian candy sugar all coming to the forefront at different times. A light alcohol flavour was also perceived, but was not strong and didn't detract from the other flavours. Lightly carbonated, medium/heavy body and very smooth texture. Quite a decent beer with a nice balance.
08-05-2004 23:43:28 | More by DrJay
3.55/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
08-03-2014 22:15:06 | More by chinchill
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottle to snifter.
A - Medium pale yellow with a thin layer of off-white head.
S - A lot of funk up front and some almost oak-like aromas. Some bready malts, Belgian yeast, cloves and fruity notes.
T - Funk dominates up front with almost an oak barrel flavour, which is odd since this is not oak aged. Belgian yeast, cloves, bready malts and lighter citrus and spice notes. A nice overall flavour profile.
M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.
12-10-2012 02:29:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Amber orange with a mist of sediment clouding it. Quickly fading ivory foam leaves the top with a moderate collar. Lacing drips quickly back into the collar and nothing to very little sticks.
Aroma is of melon and banana candy sweetness with a great addition of lime peel zest, pink roses, mild musty yeast, and is lightly spiced with clove and white pepper.
Taste has a short banana and pale malt dry front. Spice kicks in pretty quickly with yeast, pepper, and clove. A mild melon candy and dulled caramel sweetness soaks up the extras and keeps an adequate balance. Fluffy banana bread, airy rosey perfume, and delicate left over spices fade off the finish with carefully placed alcoholic esters and flowery hops.
Feel is just a nudge over a medium body with a solid carbonation, hold, and texture. Has a malty smoothness and light candy sweetness overall with a good spicy kick and airy dryness about its touch. Nice complex flowery spicey finish.
A pretty good Tripel. Complicated enough and well made with that certain American playfulness that suits its character. Thanks tr!
07-18-2005 02:15:53 | More by tavernjef
Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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