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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 44
Gots: 72 | 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 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.

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
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
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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