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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 45
Gots: 67 | 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 semibaked
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new Bell's Pint Glass.

A - Pours a super hazy dark yellow/light organge with a finger of bright white head.

S - A combination of cloves, bitterness and faint banana dominate the smell, Very pleasant though.

T - Clove flavor hits me right away (almost a little too much), hop bitterness, funky yeast flavors and more banana.

M - Light and highly carbonation.

D - The clove is a bit dominate for me but the light crisp and very refreshing aspects of the beer kick up the drinkability.

Photo of kbeals
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Comes served in a snifter. Bright yellow in color with a finger of white sticky head resting on top. Good lacing throughout.

S- Not much here, yeasty with a touch of cloves/bananas. A bit of bitterness to it, but the banana-like smell seems to dominate.

T- A refreshing sweet banana flavor up front rounded off with some bitterness. A little booze shows up but not much.

M- Lighter body with a smooth finish. A bit of carbonation.

D- Very refreshing and tasty, easily drinkable.

Photo of tubacharlie
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice aroma of fresh yeast and sweet, flowery hops.

Medium head when poured that leaves a small ring and some lacing on the sides of the glass.

A cloudy, light straw color, almost a blonde in appearance. Terrific explosion of hop, yeast and sweet malt flavors when sipped. Dissolves nicely on the palate and has a slightly sweet afterglow.

I have been drinking this beer on tap for several years, never had it in a bottle, but have never been disappointed and recommend it regularly to others.

Photo of stevenseg
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sitting here at CK Diggs, a pretty robust draft house in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where I am patiently waiting to watch my beloved Detroit Pistons lose again. Hopefully Dragonmead's Final Absolution will be a good consolation. Dragonmead is based in Warren, Michigan, and falls under my Detroit Craft Beer Examiner duty umbrella. The tap handles always looked really cool, so hopefully their brews follow suit.

This Dragonmead brew is classified as a tripel, and though Beer Advocate purports the ABV to be 8.5%, the beer slinger at CK Diggs claims it boasts an 11% ABV. One sip will tell the tale, but first thing's first. Final Absolution, which sounds eerily like a WWII Holocaust creed, poured a very light amber color, much lighter than I expect from a tripel, into a 10oz snifter. The head appeared a nice and creamy orange tinted off-white for the short period it lasted. I liken the look to an apple juice or even a hard cider.

The nose is sweet and fruity with hints of peaches and pear. Hardly any hops or Belgian yeasts were detectable, but apparently sweet is the point here. Fruity and sweet wheat malts overshadow all else.

This tripel has a taste that is quite unique. It does have an ABV <10%, closer to the 8.5% suggested by beer advocate. It has a very orange-like flavor reminiscent of an alcoholic less-sweet version of Tang, everyone's favorite childhood orange flavored drink. There are no hops detectable at all, but almost a spiced coriander comes through. It kind of reminds me of a grand croux wheat ale. It's good, just not in line with my standard for a tripel.

Belgian-style ales are typically a little smoother by nature because of the fruitiness, and the Final Absolution is no exception. It warmed a little as I sat here typing, which I believe lends to its taste. In fact it has gotten better after warming a few degrees. Great consistency, low viscosity.

This Final Absolution we can classify under the category of after-meal dessert beer. I can't see myself drinking more than one at a time until they start serving them in 20oz glasses (in which I am about to blow through a Founders Breakfast Stout) and lower the prices. It was a good experience, but I'll probably only experience this Dragonmead concoction at a tasting in the future.

Photo of JToad
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keep in mind, Belgian Trippel's are not my fav style, I prefer a Dubbel, but here we go.

Pours a pretty clear golden yellow. Little lacing.

Smells of banana and cloves. Very aromatic, in line with what a Trippel should be.

Tastes of malt and yeast. Banana is very upfront and in your face.

Not the most well balanced Belgian Trippel Ive had, but a solid example nontheless. Im a big fan of Dragonmead, just not my fav of their brews.

Photo of teovaldi
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a decent head leaving some lacing.

The smell and taste are both sweet, spicy and malty. No hint of alcohol.

Very nice carbonation makes this quite lively on the tongue but also finishes very smooth.

This is a highly drinkable beer. You can not taste a whiff of the 8.5%.

Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev +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.

Photo of adamette
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of coldmeat23
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of sweemzander
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of poland7
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of DrBell
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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).

Photo of paco1029384756
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of luciusgilmer
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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).

Photo of gotweid
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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.

Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.