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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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417 Ratings

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 36
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

07-27-2011 02:22:28 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

06-18-2011 23:10:12 | More by lurpy1
Photo of sweatervest27


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

06-07-2011 22:48:07 | More by sweatervest27
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

06-02-2011 23:41:48 | More by
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

05-20-2011 00:40:52 | More by EricCioe
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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

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.

04-25-2011 00:45:26 | More by techfed87
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

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+++

03-20-2011 22:14:53 | More by Brabander
Photo of oline73


3.45/5  rDev -15%

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
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

01-11-2011 17:51:11 | More by Aubreyr6
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-08-2011 18:03:03 | More by mooseisloose
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

01-04-2011 05:05:08 | More by duffcalifornia
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

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

3.03/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

12-23-2010 23:25:58 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.63/5  rDev +14%

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.

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

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.

12-09-2010 13:30:53 | More by Cresant
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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

11-20-2010 18:03:00 | More by GlennSt
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

11-15-2010 05:07:31 | More by king75
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2.13/5  rDev -47.5%

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.

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

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

10-15-2010 00:37:29 | More by uno99
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

09-14-2010 05:10:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.15/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

09-13-2010 18:58:16 | More by kbutler1
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev -18%

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
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Bought in a bottle at St. Andrew's Hall, in Michigan for $4.

I poured it into a cup to try and get a good look at it about halfway through drinking it. I can' ttell you much about the head, but the body was a nice golden color.

Smelled of cloves and malts, hints of citrus.

First sip is a huge punch of spices, mostly cloves and basil. Drinks easily as you sip on the malts. Very nice mouthfeel, not too sharp, not undercarbonated.

I really enjoyed this offering on my trip into the midwest.

07-27-2010 00:00:05 | More by gboy515duo
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3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

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).

07-02-2010 03:36:38 | More by BedetheVenerable
Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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