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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 45
Gots: 75 | 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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Ratings: 482 | Reviews: 203
Photo of mooseisloose
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of DerekStek
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of GlennSt
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of king75
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of JamnesCameron
2.14/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

Photo of uno99
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gboy515duo
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap into a goblet.

Appearance: Was a deep gold color that was cloudy. Had almost no head. Almost looked like a hefeweizen.

Smell: Has a strong, sweet malt smell with almost no hop presence. Quite inviting.

Taste: Has a good malt backbone with a bit of citrus note. Had a slightly sour kick at the end. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body that is a little bit fizzy from the carbonation.

Drinkability: The high alcohol content brings this down the slightest notch for me. Other than that, this beer is excellent.

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
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
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
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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