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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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435 Ratings
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 36
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
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.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy light amber color and formed a off white bubbly head that left latticed lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, banana, spices and Belgian yeasts. The flavor was of malt, bread, and a bit of butter. The body was medium and the finish was slightly sprite. This is not a bad trip, just a shame I have to go to Michigan to get it.

Wildman, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI two days ago. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Light yellow, pale. Little head but creamy it was. Some lacing. 4.0

S Light Belgian yeast, malt to the nose. This is one of my favorite smells in a beer. 4.5

T Belgian malt and yeast carries right over into the taste. Very nicely done! 4.0

M Syrupy, moderate feel. Very good, right on target with style. 3.5

D Good. 4.0

adamette, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a very nice, slightly cloudy, golden orange color. Two fingers of creamy white foam sit on top. The head recedes to a solid surface film. Lacing is plentiful, but somewhat slick.

A wonderful nose, filled with white fruits, candi sugars and a pleasant yeastiness. Peaches, apples, white grapes and a hint of pineapples. Very light hint of phenols.
This smells like candy.

My mouth is filled with orchard fruits. A very healthy amount of candi sugar sweetness, also. Big, bready, yeastiness. A mild kiss of hops, on the middle to back-end, give a nice touch of balance.

Full-bodied with beautiful carbonation level. Wonderfully creamy and very smooth and easy to drink.

Okay, for 8.50%abv, this is very drinkable. I can't detect the abv, at all. It's very tasty and smooth. This presumes that you don't mind sweeter, not so hoppy beers, though.

coldmeat23, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a chill-hazed orange/gold color with a 1/2" foamy white head. The head dropped to a thin skim in short order, but held on from there. Nice retention and some great sticky lacing made this a nice beer to behold.

S= The smell was great but unfortunately a little muted. Even after letting it warm significantly, it was never very aromatic and that was a shame as the aromas it did produce were outstanding. I found sweet bready malt, honey, spicy pepper, a lovely yeast funk, and a hint of clove.

T= Started off modestly sweet (but never heavy) and then progressed quickly into all sorts of complex flavors. There were phenols, peppery spice notes, honey, toasted grains, fruity esters, yeast, and even some mild grassy hops waaaay in the back. The finish came full circle and brought an herbal sweetness. Some alcohol warmth as an after effect.

MF= Medium bodied with a nicely effervescent Belgian carbonation level.

D= I liked this tripel alot, mostly due to its complexity of flavor. Without that, this beer would be a bit too sweet, but the spicy character really makes this ale shine. I would buy this again in a heartbeat!

spointon, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a golden orange color that produced a minimal white head that quickly turned to just bubbles.

(S)- Silky banana biscuits surrounded by lemon and clove. Rather sugary sweet smelling.

(T)- Very potent clay and mineral characteristics followed by apple and lemon fruit flavors. A spice funk on the finish.

(M)- Despite its wonderful aroma, the taste is rather backwards and slightly offbeat. Great carbonation level, but the mouthfeel is rather harsh due to a hot, boozy swallow and a strange apple juice concentrate quality to it. The spice, whatever it is, really conflicts with the rest of it.

(D)- An interesting and slightly bizarre triple that definitely has some funk with that strange apple presence. Could be young, could be too old, I have no idea. Tastes fine, but not what I would normally expect from what a Triple normally is.

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. Pour reveals a tangerine ale topped with a thin white head. Aromas are fruity Belgian yeast, hints of apricot, pear, apple, with some faint alcohol. Tastes are fruity and spicy Belgian yeast, alcohol prickles on the tongue along with some peppery notes and a slight mandarin orange along with notes of ethanol. Overall, not a bad Belgian Trippel. I guess you could say that there's nothing too wrong with it, but nothing great about it either.

barnzy78, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of poland7
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been going to Dragonmead for a while and this beer is by far one of my top ten.

The color is very nice and golden, it drinks smooth and has a little bit of a fruity taste (al be it a very slight fruity taste)

As is the case with all triples the ABV is nice and high but the beauty with this beer is that it doesn't have a very strong overpowering alcohol taste. This beer is perfect for just sitting outside on a hot day.

I have never had it in a bottle so I cannot speak to that, however on tap or from a freshly filled Growler this beer is on of my favorites.

poland7, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of DrBell
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Dragonmead experience and I must say I like it. I purchased this in a 4-pack and upon first pour into my Red Salamander goblet, I observed it to be fairly clear (not cloudy as in other reviews) with a nice golden color and a nice white head.

Nose indicated a floral bouquet with a hint of spices, particularly cloves. First taste confirmed what the nose told me: mild overall mouth feel with floral, banana, and cloves coming forward. Then a hint of pepper and and spice, but nothing too overpowering. Nothing was ever too overpowering and was quite mild compared to many trippels. Not much lacing on the glass, but what there was was nice.

Those who are looking for more "oomph" mat be a tad disappointed, but I found this to be very drinkable and would buy this again. Not great, but not offensive, either... just a good, drinkable Belgian trippel.

I truly enjoyed this brew and look forward to trying more from this brewery.

DrBell, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.
 

mikesgroove, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy brownish-yellow color poured into Duvel tulip... very little head. Smell is sweet spices, bubblegum, cloves, and banana.

Nasally alcohol burn.. fairly sweet apple juice, honey, and more alcohol. There are several peppery flavors as well, but they are mostly drowned out by the alcohol.

This isn't bad but there are many much better Tripels out there.

webmanspidey, May 02, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MasterSki, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer as an extra from not long ago. This will be my first brew from Dragonmead. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Masters.

Appearance- Pours a really hazy bright yellowish with a small white head that quickly recedes. Almost no cap is left and a tiny collar that is thin as could be. A bit of lacing but it stays extremely tight to the top of the beer.
Smell- Very subtle hints of banana and clove along with a bit of yeast and a light sweetness. Spicy as well with a bit of white pepper and some zesty lemon peel. The yeast is vaguely musty yet remains earthy and fruity. A light bit of brown sugar or caramel add that licorice like sweetness.
Taste- Starts a bit sweet which is one of the reasons I don't particularly care for Trippels but this one stays in check and doesn't get cloying. Vigorously spicy with a white pepper and clove kick and a bit of alcohol. Banana and cantaloupe add the aforementioned sweetness as they blend with an extremely light toffee. I'm not sure I can necessarily pick out the hops but they do add a bit of bitterness that cuts in toward the finish. Finishes with a bit of alcohol and some lingering banana fosters.
Mouthfeel- Pretty damned full feel (bordering on syrupy for me but just shy) with a light smooth carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad. Like I said I'm not the hugest fan of the style but I do appreciate Trippels for what they are. This one is definitely on the better side as American interpretations go. Definitely worth a try if given the opportunity.

younger35, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the wonderful Hopcat in Grand Rapids during my business trip to the area in March. Served in a Hopcat-labeled tulip glass. Very citrusy aroma. On the house due to my purchase of a 750ml of Shorts Imperial Black Cherry Porter. Some sticky lacing after each pull. Typical wheat color for the style. A nice brew. Drinkable.

jim102864, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Peachy, golden, copper color with half finger white head with small, tight bubbles. No yeast sediment poured into beer yet it still exhibits a hazy shade.

Aroma is distinct banana clove with some sweetness and some alcohol. Nothing much from the department of Belgian yeast spice aroma.

A style that is hard to hide imperfections and this one comes across well.

The major characteristic I pick up is the banana/clove on the aroma and then an amazingly clean flavor profile which is noteworthy for a beer coming close to 9%. Light is an appropriate style term and I really want to use it to describe this one...just not a fan of the light vs. heavy description of beers.

Crazy, abstract artist lacing from top to bottom.

A very well done beer for a style that has no defining characteristic(s).

Yetiman420, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with two and half fingers of white head.

Scent of yeast, candi sugar, and some honey. Nothing amazing, but the simple scent is well balanced and the alcohol is nearly unnoticeable.

Taste of bread, yeast, candi sugar, citrus, and honey. A quality Tripel, but it is somewhat unbalanced with the sugars overpowering the other flavors slightly.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

paco1029384756, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of luciusgilmer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into tulip glass. wanted to try one of their beers as it is a "local" brand. should also note that this is my first tasting or reviewing of a tripel.

A: I was delighted with the bubbly appearance, but this beer, or this bottle of it, didn't generate any head, only a small, weak circle of foam in the middle (size of a quarter). Pleasant yellow/gold color.

S: Smells nicely of malts and the smell did prepare me for the sweetness.

T: sweeter than I expected, and not unpleasantly so. Toasty and almost fruity. Not too far from a pilsener style but richer.

M: very well carbonated and nice to slosh around before swallowing; a good balance with the alcohol being a bit high but not showing it too much.

D: I would not turn one down, but I wouldn't drink too many (sweetness factor is a bit much).

luciusgilmer, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of gotweid
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Small head when brought to the table. Big lacing. A little cloudy and orangish in color. Aroma is sweet and spicy as is the flavor. A little malty as well. I thought the bitterness was light to medium, the spice good and the sweetness a little strong. Too sweet for my tastes. Medium bodied. Slightly peppery. It does have a nice, dry, well carbonated feel and the aftertaste was pleasant and didn't linger. A good beer, but not great. Based on the local hype I thought it was a little overrated.

gotweid, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HopHobo for this one.

Yellow & very cloudy, with a gutshot of suspended sediment, which I always enjoy swirling around. Smell is sickly sweet.

As is the taste. The spicing on this one is nice & tart, with a good kick to it, almost like it's a bit over-hopped for a triple - nice touch. Over & under that is a layer of sweetness. The overall effect works well.

Alcohol isn't noticeable. Mouthfeel is very dry & crisp. Easy drinking.

Nothing overwhelming or unique about this one, but I am enjoying it. As solid an example of a trippel as I've had.

maximum12, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may not be on par with the top Belgian tripels, but it certainly lives up to the name.

The beer is cloudy and full of floating particles. Smells like sweet, dry fruits, but also a bit sour.

Taste was more bitter than expected, but finishes nicely with some sweet fruits and sour peel flavors. Pepper and clove spices round out the list of flavors and offer the complexity you'd expect from a tripel.

Smooth and crisp finish, and highly drinkable at 8.5% ABV.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 10/26/2007 (Sampler @ Dragonmead Brewery, Warren, MI):

Cloudy orange yellow color. Small bubbles, foamy white head. Sweet Floral aroma, cloves, light fruity smell. Soft, nut taste, floral & sweet. Light orange. Spices aftertaste. Clove maybe. Deliciousness.

jujubeast6000, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of ballewblake
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at the brewery in Warren, poured into my Duvel tulip.

One finger white head on initial pour, falls quick to a haze over the opaque orange body. Big soapy bubbles sit in random spots over the body. Smell is overly malty, not really appealing in my opinion. Taste is nice and sweet up front, bitter on the back, some banana and bubble gum too. Whoa, am I drinking a hefe? I remember this tasting okay on draught at the brewpub, this isn't working it for me. Alcohol starts to come through mid way down, and even though this is almost balanced I don't think I'd go out of my way for this one again.

ballewblake, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. "4520" is printed on the side of the bottle. I'm guessing that must be the batch number.

Appearance: Lively carbonation, not much of a head, hazy orange color. Darker than I expected.

Smell: Kind of a sweet clove and pepper aroma.

Taste: Much like the smell. The flavor sticks around long after the swallow. Has a bubblegum aftertaste once it warms up a bit. Very nice.

This isn't the best tripel that I've ever had but at $10.99 for a four pack it's definitely the most affordable. If you like tripels you should try to pick this one up.

BierFan, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours beautiful even if the taste didn't match up it still might be worth it. It ahs a radiant orange hue mixed with a bit of straw. The smell is floral up front with citrus back. It tastes just a bit below how it looks. A touch of bitterness on the finish makes this beer a near perfect brew. The mouthfeel is smooth and champagne like. Overall, I say, try it. Enjoy it.

midnite2sixman, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky golden-orange with loads of sediment,one finger head of tiny white bubbles,looks initially to be well carbonated.
The aroma has an agreeable yeasty quality that gives off sents of banana, spice, and clove. Actually a little spicy (pepper,maybe ginger too). Soft notes of citrus. Quite pleasant once it warms,at first I thought it may just taste like Heff by the aroma witch im not really a fan of. Mouthfeel is 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 grain,and sweet malts. This brew is way better at almost room temp .

WakeandBake, Nov 12, 2008
Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.