Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

204 Reviews
THE BROS
93
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Reviews: 204
Hads: 498
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 50
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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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 breakingbland
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Honey golden. The short off-white head dissipated to a ring of foam.

Aroma: A slight sourness with sweet caramel.

Taste: Funky sour with some sweetness. Detected fruitiness (apricot?). Nice balance between the flavor components. A pleasant sweetness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A little light with low carbonation even when held in the mouth for a while.

Overall: Quite enjoyable. This is a very nice example of this style. I'll definitely have it again. (513 characters)

Photo of hackmann
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy golden body with a one finger white head; if it pours clear then you did not get the sediment off the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: mild earthy yeast, fruity, light Belgian spice, sweet

Flavors: fruity – white grape, banana, pear, apple and a touch of orange; sweet; spicy Belgian style yeast; light clove; mild floral hops

Mouthfeel: mild-moderate; sweet candied fruit, light tart feel, floral, smooth, very low carbonation, the alcohol does not come into play here on the taste so be careful

To the Point: a pretty good Trippel; a solid representation of this style; it is worthy to purchase (615 characters)

Photo of DragonzBreath
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel ..
This beer poured copper color and murky, but then cleared nicely .
A very crisp clean beer..Citrus and Honey up front with a light linger with the bitter.
Almost wine like. The smell was odd, a bit yeasty. I enjoyed this beer. The BrewCrew will be visiting this brewery! Abv 8.5
14600 East Eleven Mile Road
Warren, Michigan, 48089
United States (385 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

on tap at paint creek tavern. although i have had it on tap other places and bottled multiple times.

appearance- copper colored and a medium foamy head that slowly recedes leaving almost nothing behind. some leftover sediment at the bottom. medium carbonation, as it had some bubbles throughout its survival

smell- yeast and spices, maybe a touch of alcohol

taste- belgian yeast along with spices. possibly some honey sweetness up front followed by a bitterness that could be from some hops. the finish is dry as well as bitter.

mouthfeel- medium bodied. it seems heavier but it is drinkable.

overall- excellent beer. a good tripel that is drinkable and enjoyable. a semi-common beer at the more multi-tap-like places in my area and a beer that i find myself revisiting a lot. definitely worth a shot to anyone who is a fan of the style (843 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (461 characters)

Photo of PoopChute69
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to shamrock for surprising me with this one!

Boat loads of floral yeast stuff the nostrils... great pale fruit character with little competition from the malts.

Rather one dimensional... reminiscent of New Belgium's Trip... clove and spicy sweet fruit, good not great. (282 characters)

Photo of Michigan
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an Ommegang long-tulip. Left most yeast in the bottle

A- Orange glow. Opaque. Small frothy head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a ring. no lacing

S- BANANA!!! This thing is like a banana smoothie. As it warms, and after a rather sweet cigar, even more banana comes out along with clove, and some tropical fruits.

T- I love this beer. It's a nice American take on a Belgian classic. Good fruity flavor and Belgian yeast. Leaves a mildly crisp taste after the banana smoothie. I think I'm getting some pineapple in this too. Solid finish with fresh tree-fruit

M- Great! I really like this. It's not to thick but not too thin. I feel like I'm drinking a real beer. It's right where it's supposed to be. Similar to skim milk mouthfeel without the linger. Leaves the mouth with a happy and fruity feel.

O- Good Tripel. The alcohol was masked well. Dragonmead website has this listed at 10%. BA has it at 8.5%. I say it's around 9.5%. I will be stocking 4-packs of this throughout the summer. Good representation of the style (1,062 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle not dated

Dragonmead Final Absolution poured a cloudy [light yellow] peach color into a chalice. A ¾ finger white head was formed that dissipated rather quickly to a small collar of foam. The nose is sweet, dominated by; light fruit, banana, and bubble gum. The taste is very similar to the nose, up front it is of sweet candy sugar and banana followed by yeasty notes and a light clove. The carbonation was lighter than I am accustomed to for the style.

Final Absolution is a good American Triple, however, I was expecting a little more from Dragonmead. It has a way to go to compete with the top shelf Triples. (635 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fast growing and fast falling soapy head settles into a one-finger foamy white crust. Brew is quite fogged and has some yeast fallout.

Nice Belgian-y esters... Banana, bread, peach, and cloves...

Very bitter, not your normal heat sweetness from a Tripel. Heat is untraceable other then a funky bite at the tail end of the bread-y flavors. Belgian flavors are nice, but over powered by bitterness. Heavy carbonation also detracts from the flavors, but helps distract from the noticeable heat...

A nice Tripel, but not one I would seek again. Thanks, Adam for sharing... (571 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Travelers Club restaurant in Okemos. They have a huge selection of international beers and wines, surprising for a small town joint. Ordered this with my brother, was a very good Trippel indeed.

A: Poured a nice honey gold with a short white head that dissipated almost instantly with a small amount of lacing.

S: Smells yeasty, fruity and somewhat like bananas to me.

T: Tastes golden, very sweet, like honey, fruity, a lot of warmth from the alcohol.

M: very fulfilling, good carbonation but well balanced with the alcohol, just a perfect warm finish, great for a cold night.

O: Can't believe this is from Warren, this is an excellent fall beer, and a great Trippel. (694 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan.

Appearance: It looks like apple juice, to be honest. It looks REALLY poor... I got it with no head, and there was no lacing. Despite this, I still got a nice bit of carbonation while drinking it.

Smell: Like a faint grape juice... that's about it. Not bad but also not great, either.

Taste: Like the smell... but the taste of the smell is much better than the smell itself. Know what I mean? It's just a pretty heavy beer. Almost a syrupy texture with carbonation, and a smash to the face of really grape like flavors. Very fruity, but super enjoyable and WAY too drinkable.

Mouthfeel: As I said, nice carbonation. It drinks like a wine cooler, sad to say... it's just a great experience.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. A very fruity beer, but still a great one that I'd gladly have again. Though its looks are very unremarkable, what matters the most is the taste, and this tastes VERY good, in my opinion. Just beware of the ABV ... I didn't realize it was so high. Oops. (1,039 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Pours clear golden with small head for a Trippel. Aroma of yeast, spice, pears, honey. Tastes follows with a sweet honey pear flavor with a little belgian spice. One the sweet and heavy side for the style, but that's not surprising given the 10% abv. Overall I was impressed with this one and it is one of my favorite in the style. (380 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 tectactoe
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of srv33
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden pour, huge frothy head, very fine lacing. Smells of almond, tangerine and cream. Taste is much of the same with some additional almond and wheat flavors. Excellent brew, my first Trippel, and a fine Belgian. Wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again. (260 characters)

Photo of HarrySTruman
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

Gold color, near yellow, small head with minimal lacing. Looks very clear and crisp.

Smells of fruits and malt. Banana is very apparent, other tropical fruits seem hidden.

The taste is truly fantastic. This is the only tripel that I have had from the states that I feel rivals the best of Belgium. It is very close to the Belgian style, but it has it's own unique take. The alcohol is apparent in the taste, but not overbearing. Banana, apricot, tropical fruits, malt, a slight hoppy bitter flavor. It's a very complex taste, but very drinkable.

Not too carbonated. Very drinkable. Slightly "thick", but it matches the style well.

About as good a tripel as I have ever had. Certainly the best I have made in Michigan, and unless I am forgetting one, the best I have had made in the U.S. I honestly believe it competes favorably with La Fin Du Monde for the best tripel made in NA. (912 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of vinyljunkee
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not that skilled at waxing poetic on beer characteristics, but I do know beer and very specifically Belgian ales. Like the Bros have weighed in on this one, it is truly an exceptional Trippel. Very balanced and not overly sweet as you can sometimes find. I would like to feel a little more body (mouthfeel).

Lookout Ommegang (Love these guys)...Dragonmead might be in it to win it from right here in Michigan..."craft brewery" capital of the world.

Oh, get back on your feet carefully after a couple of these. (517 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nothing good nothing bad. Looks hazy with little head.
S: Great smell. Hints of bananas and pineapples with some yeasty smell as well.
T: Taste like bananas with hints of clove and other spices. Some alcohol flavor but it adds to the overall taste.
M: Sour on the mouth and a little too yeasty.

Overall a pretty good beer. Belgian styles are usually not my favorite but this one was pretty good with lots of unique flavors. I would recommend it. (451 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bob for this one. 12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher cuvee glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Half a finger of bright white head sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S - The aroma hits me as soon as I start pouring into the glass. Huge clove, banana, spice aroma. Also, grass and bubblegum as well as some cracker malts in the background. Fantastic.

T - Begins sweet with some pear and belgian yeast. Continues with some banana, tart lemon juice, and a little grassy hop aftertaste. Very little bitterness and big sour flavor for the style. Delicious.

M - Medium thickness and carbonation.

O - My first DragonMead beer. The aroma is great and flavors are a complex mix of tart and sweet. This is probably the best tripel I have had in my limited experience with the style with the possible exception of La Fin Du Monde. Highly recommended. (873 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a snifter from the bottle. A cloudy gold color was observed during the pour with hints of banana growing during the pour. The banana scent is a reflection of the Belgian yeast that is very apparent in the scent and taste. The initial taste was a pleasantly tart banana taste that danced along the sour borders of the tongue. A hint of spice may be observed by some during the initial sip. In the aftertaste, a hint of butterscotch becomes somewhat apparent but the banana continues. The trippel is smooth yet thick enough to stick to the tongue and allow the taste to linger. As the alcohol warms on the way down the gullet, it becomes apparent that the beer looks, tastes, and feels good. (714 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chimay goblet, it pours a cloudy amber/light orange color with an off white creamy 1 finger head that faded quickly and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of banana, clove, spices like pepper and cinnamon, sweet malt, light caramel, herbs, bread, yeast, light floral hops, grains, lemon, tea leaf and coriander; the aroma was nice and sweet and had some funk and yeast dominance that let the banana and clove really shine in a very pleasant way.

Flavor is very sweet and complex, with yeast, banana, sweet malt, clove, spices like pepper and cinnamon, lightly roasted grains, light caramel, herbs, bread/biscuit, light floral hops, lemon zest, sour apple, tea leaf and coriander. Good amount of yeast funk to go with the sweetness, it’s almost got mead-like characteristics and honey in the finish which would seem appropriate with this breweries mid-evil themed artwork.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with carbonation that’s both zesty and mild at the same time, a medium body and a funky finish that has a bready sweetness to it, which allows the ABV to peek through; well balanced and extremely drinkable for this style, this was a very good beer and worth trying.

7/1/2015: Had a 3 year aged bottle poured into a Chimay goblet and it looked the same, but the head that faded slowly and it had a lot of yeast particles floating around in it. Better looking than when I first had it in 2012. Smell is a lot more malty and sweet, like wheat bread dipped in beer then booze and rolled in mild spices and dry hops; enjoyable still, just pretty different. Flavor is again sweet and complex, with yeast, light banana, sweet malt, pepper and cinnamon, lightly roasted grains, light caramel, bread/biscuit, faint floral hops, fruit and coriander. Mild yeast funk shows up again, but the malty sweetness is more dominant likely from the aging. Overall good again, this brew aged well. (1,910 characters)

Photo of ribby
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured quite cloudy, despite my careful decanting, as there was a good quarter inch of sediment on the bottom. There was definitely a yeasty sourness to both the aroma and taste. The sourness ends up accenting the strong but well balanced malt and hops. On the whole, this tastes more like a strong farmhouse ale than a tripel, and although it's not my favorite style, this is one of the best examples I have tried. (420 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/ amber color with a bubbly white head that settles to a nice white layer.

S: Green apples, spice of cardamom, clove, fresh apricots dipped in honey, and light citrus notes are nicely brought over a fresh biscuit and bready malt base.

T: Sweet and spicy on the tongue and in good balance. The sweet is of fresh apricots, honey, light vanilla, and fresh baked bread and toffee for the grains. Some cardamom and light clove meet with bitter grapefruit and tropical fruit esters from yeast and hops.

M: Medium body with lively, prickly carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

D: All ingredients are in a fine balance and this beer really surprised me for it's many fine qualities like, aroma, flavor and superb mouthfeel. Alcohol is where it should be for this style and not overwhelming. if you see this one out there do try it!! (861 characters)

Photo of tyamhydrogen
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a 1 finger off-white head. No real lacing.

Smell is dominated by the Belgian yeast with some fruity lemon and sweet candy.

Taste is yeast dominated again. Not overly peppery. Lemon and sweet malts are the most noticeable here to me. The alcohol is well-hidden. No noticeable hop flavors aside from the just enough bitterness providing balance to the sweetness. The taste becomes more enjoyable toward the middle of the beer.

A fair amount of carbonation and medium body and a small amount of residual sugary stickiness, but not to the point that the beer feels syrupy.

This is a pretty good tripel from a brewery I'm totally unfamiliar with. It doesn't strike me as top-notch, but if I saw it on tap and was in the mood for a tripel, I would have it again. I'm curious to try more brews from Dragonmead. (846 characters)

Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
89 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.