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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 35
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-12-2002)
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed nicely golden apricot color with a ½” off-white head that soon recedes to a layer of foam on the liquid and that leaves some patches clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves

Smell: The aromas include some spicy yeast with citric and banana notes. Along with this there is some nice subtle malt with traces of vanilla.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There are some light white pepper notes along with some citrus and subtle banana. The malt contribution is a light sweetness with traces of vanilla and green orchard fruits. This is a very complex collection of flavors that come and go and dance about the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft creamy character from the gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish is gently sweet with a flowery character that slowly fades into a bit of dryness but no bitterness shows.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve enjoyed sipping this one. Each sip leaves me so ready for another and I’ll be happy to have this beer again in the future. My overall impression is that this is a very well made beer which is deserving of its awards and is an outstanding beer that is a nice expression of a Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:50:19 | More by drtth
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating on the bottle or label. Pours a slighly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. No lacing.

Nice aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, with some light fruit - mostly pear, not getting much apple. Some light grainy notes in the background.

Solid tripel flavor that does feature plenty of the light fruitiness and spiciness from the yeast. Much more apple in the flavor than the aroma. The spiciness combines well with the light, sweet malt.

Medium mouthfeel and very little alcohol presence. Solid tripel and one I would gladly have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 22:15:59 | More by FanofHefe
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Hazy golden color. White colored head holds for a minute, then fades away. A few tiny streaming bubbles, but not the visual carbonation I was expecting.

Spicy Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, pears and apricot. A hint of alcohol in the nose. Earthy notes finish things off.

Pale, cracker malt up front. Nice amount of ripe fruit follows. A spicy, earthy feel from the yeast goes along very well. some warmth from the alcohol. A hint of sweetness up front, but dries at the finish.

Seems to have a bit heavier body, or perhaps the carbonation is not as strong compared to others in the style. The fruity notes go very well with the character the yeast is contributing. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 00:24:41 | More by Bierguy5
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appeared a nice golden color with hints of orange with a nice white head that dissipated too quickly. The aroma was sweet and spicy as a good Belgian should be. The taste follows the nose well, but with a distinct banana and spice notes. There was also a slight pepper flavor that appeared during the beer. The beer was very smooth and easy to drink. The beer had a moderate mouth feel and good carbonation. Overall, a very fine brew and one that I hope to enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 23:02:04 | More by PhillyStyle
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rochefort Chalice.

Semi clear, pale gold. White head, one or two rings of lacing. Doesn't looks bad, doesn't look amazing.

This is nice. Lots of good fruitiness and not much at all of the weird Belgian yeast aromas that can happen when the yeast isn't done properly. Light levels of clove and pepper build a gentle spiciness. Lots of pear, peach and apple make a luscious fruit aroma.

Wow, this is a DAMN fine Tripel. Very balanced, but leaning towards candied fruity esters. Phenols and strange flavors are low, but a gentle spiciness breaks up the sweetness of apple sauce and honey glazed notes.

Full bodied, especially for the style. Carbonation is lively enough to keep the beer from being a burden but light enough as to not be sharp. A slightly dry, spicy finish is exactly what I wanted from this beer.

Dragonmead. Yes. I've had a small handful of their beers. I only get to try them once a year in July. Next year I need to hit their pub. Dragonmead is an extremely solid, unappreciated brewery in MI, a state FULL of extremely solid, unappreciated breweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:22:28 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tuba Museum in Okemos. Final Absolution was the big revelation of the night, as most of the drinkers in our large contingent gravitated towards drinking this beer.

In both smell and test, there's an intriguing combination of banana (normally I hate nanners, no problem here), spice, and caramel, all carried through in a nice smooth texture, which masks the alcohol wallop this bitch carries.

I'm no expert on Belgian beers (yet), but I have to think this is a damn solid rendition of the style.

The Dragonmead footprint seems small, and that is a shame. In my opinion, this is a candidate for Michigan's top beer. Go get.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 23:10:12 | More by lurpy1
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt yellow, almost orange, with a quickly fading one finger head. Slight lacing, I swirled the last bit in the bottle to release the yeast from the bottom which added a nice haze to the rest of the beer.

Smell is strong of buttery banana bread, sweet with some spice notes coming through. Extremely pleasant, reminds me of the holidays as a kid.

The taste follows the nose, thankfully. The typical banana/clove Belgian yeast flavors are very prominent which is kind of surprising as most American brewers don't often capture this quite this well. There's a slight peppery bite midway through with a mild citrus finish. I'm also picking up banana again but moreso in the form of dried banana chips with some nutty aspects.

This is very smooth drinking, the carbonation is just about perfect for the style. Medium to light bodied and just damn tasty. Belgian ales are usually sweet and spicy, the flavors are what make this style and final absolution doesn't fall short within this category. If you happen to come across one of these pick it up, dragonmead has done an awesome job replicating the flavor profile of a classic trippel.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 22:48:07 | More by sweatervest27
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden-orange and a bit hazy with a smallish white head that dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.

Smell - Sweet and spicy with apple, caramel, bubble gum and spice.

Mouthfeel - moderate body with nice crisp carbonation

Taste - Banana, spice, subtle bitterness. Finish is dry with a little bit of honey aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:41:48 | More by
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange with a one finger head that dies away quickly and leaves no lace. On the nose there is a combination of fruitiness, largely banana, with a little bit of spice, perhaps cinnamon and clove. The banana is the most pronounced. In the mouth the bananas taste like the ones I ate as a kid, in a dish with toothpicks and a hint of sugar. There is also a little bit of clove and cinnamon here, too, and perhaps just a touch of alcoholic warmth. The body is medium with a shimmering finish, those goofy banana notes hanging on for quite a long time. Really, quite a long time.

Overall, this is a fine brew, one of the better American tripels I've had, but not to the level of some of the Belgians. Still, there's no shame in that. I passed a bottle of this around at DLD and people had the same impression. A nice, under the radar brew that probably deserves a little more love than it gets.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:40:52 | More by EricCioe
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster.

Appearance: Fizzy, thin head which begins at about two-fingers fizzles quickly down to a fine but even froth on the surface of the beer. Carbonation is light, with most of it traveling in single-file bubble-trains. Beer itself is a burned straw color.

Smell: In two words: Banana Bread. Candy sugars, dark fruits, heavy caramel malt, a good dose of ester and some spice notes. A little too pungent to be great, but not bad by any means.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a super bite upon entry. Carbonation makes it very light on the tongue, with strong bitterness leading the way for sweet spices and fruits. Very foamy, but once it calms down, there's a nice malt underneath it all. Rinses with a lot of bitterness in the back of the throat, but all that fizzy carbonation kinda throws me off.

Overall: I used to be big on Tripels, but perhaps my tastes are changing; either that, or it tastes super-different on tap. Either way, I think it's just slightly above average for a tripel. Not bad, but I won't go out of my way to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 00:36:52 | More by Lauthaha
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3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:45:26 | More by techfed87
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer form my buddy Dave (Bierenutz). Thanks Dave! Poured this one in my Struise glass. The beer looks very good with the big white head. Too bad there are only a few bubbles of carbonation in the glass. The head stays quit a while.

The smell is pretty neutral, not much going on in the nose. The taste is somewhat sweet and some pineapple/banana comes around. This beer has a full taste and it is very worth trying+++

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:14:53 | More by Brabander
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3.45/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:48:41 | More by oline73
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer, in fact, I have brewed a clone of this I like it that much. It is suprisingly smooth for the alcohol content and isn't too sweet. It is not heavy or overpowering. I have turned many people on to this beer - its great that you can also get it bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 17:51:11 | More by Aubreyr6
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part of a beer score of Michigan brews graciously bequithed upon me by relatives visiting at Christmastime, let's give it a whirl. At first glance I see it is bottle conditioned as it has yeast on the bottom, give a swirl and let it rest a bit as to avoid playing "beer hunter". Popping the top of this brew it smells, well, yeasty. Also very malty with hints of licorice, spices and candies. Pours to a cloudy yellow orange with a fizzy off white head that recedes quickly. I'm letting it warm a bit as this is one I don't want to drink too cold. On the first sip the first standout is mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is like syrup with a fizziness that adds to flavor. The flavor is sweet at the start almost citrus like but then quickly shifts to a sour tartiness that then transitions into a slightly bitter finish. There is some warming but for the most part the high AC isn't readily evident. This is a very tasty brew, that will, without a doubt, knock your socks off.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 18:03:03 | More by mooseisloose
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (bottled 10.05.10) into a Chimay chalice

A: A delightfully murky gold color. Poured 3/4 into the chalice and it formed less than half an inch of thin wispy head which quickly disappeared, allowing me to pour the rest of the bottle into the chalice.

S: Good smell of bananas with hints of cinnamon, and perhaps clove

T: Spice notes on the front, with a predominance of clove, followed by a slight alcohol finish with hints of banana.

M: Nice and smooth, yet seeming just a bit lacking for something with this body IMO

D: I'm torn here. This is a decent trippel, and the strength of it is well hidden until you're about halfway through the chalice. I remember trying this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beerfest for a couple years and thinking this was one of the best every time I was there, consistently going back for more. However, as I taste this now, I notice more of the alcohol taste than I used to, and would probably stop after one bottle in an evening. This is not to diminish from it's quality, it's just not quite what I remember in my head.

Overall, an very good brew that deserves to be tried if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 05:05:08 | More by duffcalifornia
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought this four pack home the other day since he has really been into tripels lately. I have only had the ring of fire and some meads from dragonmead, so lets give it a try and see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a hazy golden lemon color with a finger and half worth of fluffy white head.

S- The best way to describe the smell is fruity and yeasty, that's about all I get from the aroma.

T- The taste is full of banana and cloves and maybe a little green apple in there, similar to a hefewiezen. The wheat really comes through on the finish along with a slight amount of hoppy bitterness.

M- Medium light bodied, good carbonation and very crisp on the finish.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable. The flavors are balanced well and the alcohol is hidden very nicely, I would have never guessed this beer was 8.5% since there is hardly any trace of booze.

Overall I thought this was a good tripel, it wasn't mind blowing by any means but it was a nicely balanced tripel. I would not turn down a chance to have this brew again. I hope to try to some more dragonmead beers in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:54:59 | More by StoutHunter
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New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 23:25:58 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Final Absulution has an opaque butterscotch color with bits of sentiment floating around in it. A thin yet frothy head quickly fizzed away. The smells are sweet, fruity, and almost waxy like. It has a light and creamy fruity and nutty taste to it. The beer does well in masking the alcohol with flavor. A top choice for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:57:35 | More by DerekStek
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3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 13:30:53 | More by Cresant
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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smoky yellow in color; slightly cloudy but not heavy or dirty in appearance. Bright smell with definite scent of bananas and clove, slightly less so of citrus. The taste starts both sweet and peppery; then the hops kick in before finishing with a creamy mix of both sweet and bitter. This beer has all the taste of a Belgian beer you'd ever want.

This is the tastiest tripel I've had. I'd love to stock my fridge with this stuff. Better still, the brewery is 5 miles away.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 18:03:00 | More by GlennSt
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a dirty golden yellow color, very little head. Very cloudy but in a good way.

S-banana cloves and wheat

T- Can definitely taste the banana cloves and the wheat. Very gritty in feel starts out bitter with the wheat and hops coming through. Finishes light and sweet with a buttery banana taste. Pretty well balanced.

D- Is lower just because of the gritty nature of the beer.

Notes: not a bad beer just not a huge fan of this style of beer. Worth trying but I probably wont go out of my way to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 05:07:31 | More by king75
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:25:15 | More by JamnesCameron
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

58 Degree bottle poured into my wet Lucifer goblet.

A: Respectable bright white head leaves an average amount of lacing. Head dissipates quickly and forms a tight ring around the glass. Body is deep straw color. almost like a heavy wheat beer. Very murky. lots of yeast particles or something floatin around.

S: a bit of alcohol here, but wait there's more. Quite sweet. hoppy and fruity. Quite a lot of banana coming through here. Familiar scent of Belgian yeast.

T: Again this is quite sweet for a trippel. more banana, peach and coriander. Seems more and more like a wit beer with each sip! Not bad though, but not exactly what I like to see with a trippel. It is well hopped however, which does help contain the sweetness.

M: I tend to appreciate the parching dryness of a good trippel, and this doesn't cut it unfortunately. its a little thick. probably a good medium-full body, and it just feels heavy in on the pallet.

D: Well I think if the mouthfeel were better suited to the style, it would help the drinkability as well. quite average for the style.

In conclusion; in my experience if you want a good trippel, look to the Belgians, or at least Unibroue. This is a good effort however, and certainly not a bad beer - no off flavors or any major complaints.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:37:29 | More by uno99
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

"'Tis better to curse the darkness than to light thy hand on fire," sayeth the label.

Pours a fairly clear, rich golden color with slightly hazy, burnt orange hues, topped with a most-worthy, creamy head that drops to a healthy looking lace with stick. Aroma drops notes of yeast, fresh apples, must, peppery alcohol, green banana and soft bubble gum or even taffy. Smooth and even consistency on the palate, medium-bodied, with a building creaminess. Some hoppiness up front with a gentle dose of bitterness, leafiness, and more raw banana and lingering taffy. Soft floral. Quite yeasty, too, providing some roughness and breadiness. Thin candy sweetness, but well attenuated, like a good Tripel should be, and dry, with just enough residuals to keep it from being bone-dry. Finishes bready with a light peppery back.

Pretty damn spot-on, especially for an American brewer. Many tend to allow their Tripels to finish way too sweet and often fruity, and not so Belgian. We'll gladly light our hands on fire for another.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 05:10:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.