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

A - there is almost no head on this trippel when it gets to my table, except for a small pure white rim, despite the thick haziness, some active carbonation is evident

S - citrus-esque aromas hit my nose first, followed by an amalgamated spiciness that for now is hard to discern, then it hits me, it has the distinct aroma of birch beer soda, not a bad thing at all, an inviting bouquet

T - slightly sweeter than i expected, with an addition of a bubble gum flavor, and a continuation of the birch beer in the flavor, the spices become more distinct as well, coriander and nutmeg, a great american trippel (emphasis on American), but dont take anything away from this beer, it is great, the girlfriend loved it, which has some heavy connotations

M&D - slightly fizzy so its lively on the tongue, but smooth and inviting as you finish the taste, well-crafted, their flagship beer and not a bad foot to put forward, imho

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly foggy, moderately yeasty, pumpkin orange with generous amber highlights. The khaki colored crown is more American than Belgian, but there's nothing wrong with that. The foam develops a gentle rockiness as it deflates and lays down an decent amount of lace.

The aroma is ripe fruity (bananas especially) and is somewhat spicy. Even though the beer smells authentically tripel-like, and even though it's enjoyable, it isn't in the same league as versions from Brouwerij Bosteels (Tripel Karmeliet), Brouwerij Westmalle and Brouwerij St. Bernardus.

I feel pretty much the same way about the flavor profile: good for a U.S. craft brewery, but short of world-class status. Final Absolution is, nevertheless, still good beer that is a credit to Dragonmead. No wonder it's won numerous awards and no wonder the brewery considers it to be their 'signature product'.

My two biggest complaints are that the flavor comes across as harsh and a bit dissonant rather than smoothly integrated, and the alcohol is a fraction too noticeable. Maybe time and warming will remedy both. There's certainly no shortage of flavor: sugared bananas and apples, sprinkled with ground clove and soaked in banana brandy.

The beer is also too highly hopped. The Saaz don't contribute an abundance of flavor, though their bitterness easily matches (and probably exceeds) malt and candi sugar sweetness. It's tempting to knock the taste score back one notch, but I won't do it.

The mouthfeel is medium-full and slightly too harshly bubbled. It's more than passable, but is nowhere near the airy, soft and creamy mouth candy that one experiences with most Belgian ales.

This Dragonmead offering sounds like the title of the ultimate workout DVD. "Drinking too many six-packs? Beer belly getting you down? Get 'six-pack' abs in mere minutes a day by using 'Final Ab... solution'. Okay, maybe not. Final Absolution is good, solid beer that still doesn't come within sniffing distance of Allagash Tripel Reserve for the title of Best American tripel.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a thick hazy apricot body with a matrix of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. Three is a thick yellowish- white head that last for a good bit and sticks to the side of the glass.

S- The smell of banana is big with a light pear smell followed by a candy sugar sweetness that finishes with a faint undertone of green hops.

T- The taste is big candied banana with a clove spice to it followed by a sweet honey note and a light watery taste. As the beer warms there is a faint bubblegum quality that adds a good bit of depth. The finish has a soft fusel alcohol and a soft hops bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat.

D- The yeasty fruit flavors are a bit overpowering but the sweetness blends well with the softer hops.

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head, hardly visible even is the white trim. A murky complexion that permits only shadows to be visible on its other side. A toasted orange colour, lighter in some spots than others.

The aroma has an appropriate yeast that gives off esters of banana, spice, and clove. Actually a little spicy. Soft notes of citrus. Quite pleasant.

The mouthfeel doesn't let on the alcohol. It's 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 wheat too. Sugary sweet malts.

This is a great American draft at the tripel. I still maintain the American renditions can't quite compare exactly to the Belgian originals. This is quite a lovely ale though, true to style, and wonderfully brewed. I would place as one of the top US tripels. Thanks Dad for picking this one up!

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merchant's in Dearborn, purchased about ten days ago. Poured a murky, cloudy golden with orange / tangerine flashes. Generous small bubble carbonation. It sure smells like a Belgian Trippel, yeast is very up front with citrus and orange peel. The taste is a fruity marmalade, orange and lemon rind presence with hints of all spice, paprika, more fruit rind in the finish. Went flat after a short time but the taste got more intense as it warmed with more fruit, bitter, slightly acidic taste and mouthfeel but the alcohol also got more pronounced too. Overall, this is a great example of a Belgian Trippel and I'll have to get more of this next time I'm in the area.

Photo of wvmi
1.98/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Very nice amber, slightly hazy Good head, lacy.

the first smell gave me a flashback to the dentists' office. Couldn't figure it out until I tasted it.

Overwhelming, repulsive oily clove taste suppressed the malt and hops. A little bit of grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel was good. Rich, filling; starts a bit over-carbonated but settles quickly.

I will not be buying this again. If someone offers a freebie I'll taste a bit to ensure this wasn't just a fluke bad bottle.

Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear and dark gold into a Westy chalice. Nice head, but it fades quickly into nothingness.

Smells great! You go the same whitepepper honey spice wheatishness of Duvel only with a wonderfully crisp, weedy background. Mix a Duvel with a great all Keller and you kind the idea.

Tastes very nearly as good as it smells. Big nodes of weeds, pollen, and wild flowers backing up a spicy, crisp, lightly lemony Belgian pale.

Not exactly what I expect from a tripel, but who cares when the beer tastes as good as this?

Photo of enfield249
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange brown color. 1 fingers worth of head. Decent lacing

S - Sweet smelling. A bit of alcohol in the smell, but not much.

T - Sweet, sharp, a decent amount of a alcohol warming.

M - Sticky, but not overly so. A touch on the sharp side with plenty of carbonation.

D - A good triple. I really enjoyed this beer, and would have it again.

Photo of StargherKing
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, hazy gold color, with just a bit of slightly off-white head. Smell is slightly fruity (grape, plum maybe?), with some spicy notes and an overall sweet scent. Taste follows very closely with the plum flavor coming out more, a bit of clove-like spice, and a definite sweetness. Mouthfeel is very heavy, almost like cough syrup. Drinkability is ok, though between the heaviness and the high ABV, it's far from something you'd want to do all night. All in all, a very nice beer.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK.... all I can say is... I LOVE this bier!

OK...I'll say more.... The Bier Band (well 5 of us...) stopped by Dragonmead Microbrewery this past Saturday between Tony's wedding and reception. This was the second bier I tried.

It arrived at the table in a 12 oz goblet with a 1/2" creamy off white head over the top of a hazy light amber colored bier. The head dissipated to a foamy ring.

The aroma was spicey with a tiny citrusy note.

OK...the TASTE!.... HEAVENLY! For me, a definate 5. Right on style and very good...no, EXCELLENT! BA says 8.5% ABV.... but their menu says 10% ABV... whatever.... it was masked very well, and didn't have that alcohol aftertaste... Bold taste with hints of spice and citrus.... a tiny malt taste mixed in for a wonderful balanced flavor. This is kind of like a very bold wheat bier. Perfect hoppiness for this style.

Mouthfeel was nice and chewey.... not too thick... just very robust! Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability.... VERY NICE! I could get used to this... should have brought a growler home with me.... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Photo of aforbes10
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange, mostly clear in my goblet. streams of little bubbles rising to the surface and forming a little covering of a head. odor is spicey and old bananas. flavor is assertive citrus and banana flavors with some coriander and cloves thrown in. well balanced and well made representation of the style. Seems like DM is really making CRAFTbrews.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep orange with 3 fingers of white head.

S - Bubblegum, spicy peppery yeast, banana, cloves and a slight graininess.

T - Heavy alcohol presence, bubblegum, raw grains, banana, clove and spicy pepper.

M - Medium to thick and almost syrupy with a big warming feeling.

D - An average tripel that I probably will not try again.

Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a almost clear light golden color. The head that forms isn't that big and settles down to a very thin sheet over the top.

S- As soon as I cracked the top off, the smell of bananas hit me. Once poured and I really got my nose into it did I smell some other fruit and a good amount of sweetness. A good amount of breadiness in there too. From my description it sounds like banana bread, but that is not the impression I got when I drank this. I got some citrus out of it too.

T- Sweet, bready, fruity. Some spiciness to it as well. Not an outstanding Tripel, but decent.

M- Kind of thin. Actually, really thin. This just did not have enough for me.

D- The sweetness of this kind of got to me. I don't really feel it was worth the money I paid for it, but hey, what can you do?

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A: Wonderful peach color with a 3 finger, just off white head. The head slowly recedes to a gently sloped mound of foam leaving big lace all the way.

S: Very nice aromas of clove, bread, pepper, alcohol, and grassy hops.

T: Pretty much just see above. Also add tea, green apples, belgian yeast, bananas, and fresh baked biscuits.

M: Big and smooth. Prickly carbonation calms down quickly after first pour and then creaminess prevails.

D: The alcohol, other than a slight hint in the nose, is very well hidden. This is very balanced and makes for a fine Tripel to sip on.

Photo of SaucyA
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How good is this brew? It's my favorite from Dragonmead, and probably my favorite tripel of all time.

Poured out of a growler, into a tulip, it's a wonderful golden hazy yellow, with a thin layer of head that leaves little to no lacing. The appearance is about the only drawback of this beer.

The smell is great, tons of phenols and fruit. Belgian sweetness abounds.

Taste is amazingly complex, yet not overbearing by any means. A fruity bouquet of cherries, oranges, apples, with a fantastic banana aftertaste... nutty malts, and no alcohol bite at all... just a warm tummy after sipping.

Mouthfeel is perfect... slightly thick with not a lot of carbonation, which lets it go down the hatch WAY too easily without turning sour or cloying.

I'm at a point where this is nearly the only tripel I'll go out of my way for. It's amazing... and anyone lucky enough to be able to get it on tap is just that... LUCKY! I'll keep drinking this as long as Dragonmead is brewing.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tangfoot for this bottle. Served a bit too cold at first so I let it sit and warm a tad. Poured a tangerine gold color. Essentially flat except for a slight scuzz on top. Lots of really, tiny yeasty floaties. Nose malty with a slight hint of citrus.

Flavor is quite nice. More malty sweet than candy sweet, except for a lemon candy thing goin on. Also, am I picking up what (both in the flavor and texture)? Lots of citrus, especially as the beer warms--both citrus and orange. Medium to full mouth that wantsw to be sticky. Not sure what, but there is something missing to really puch this beer's score up.

Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at 50 degrees F.

Golden yellow body with straw edges, lotsa bubblies. Ample cushion of thick, slightly rocky, off-white head. Nose shows bubble gum, fruity esters, banana, lots of tropical fruits, yeasty bread, and spicy, peppery hops. Nice, if not a bit too bubble gummy. Sweetish, candyish tropical fruit cocktail up front. Light booziness, plenty sweet. Honeyish too. Peppery spice and yeast before a tangy yeast and Saaz-esque hop finish. Sugary malt lingers. Warming me up a little too! Full-bodied, rocky, lively carbonation. Syrupy finish. Not a bad American tripel at all! Nice job.

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

pours a bright golden with brighter golden where the light strikes it, has a hint of a head, that is one thing with this beer is it never has a head.
the aroma is sugary, malty and bananas.
the flavor is a little malty sweet, nice and spicy, some corrandier, hint of banana.
this is my second review of this beer. i do think it has a better taste on tap, but its not bad in the bottle. just remember to let it warm up a little and that dry carbonation funk flavor goes away.

Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into goblet.

It has a nice light orange color. Carbomation is slight but not absent and a ring remains throughout.

Smells and tastes like an average tripel - lightly sweet bubblegum-type taste and semi-ripe cantaloupe malt smell. Good sweet-to-bitterness balance.

Mouthfeel is nice, but ends up a bit too thin, not enough presence for a tripel.

Alcohol content makes this a sipper and drinkability does not tire through the finish.

Tried to go over a few times to make sure of my solid 4 rating for each category, but did not change. Ends up a "good" beer. Must say that my memory of drinking it off the tap at their brew pub seemed much better.

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

I poured this twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. With and agressinve pour I got a nice head topping a couldy amber body. Nice and sweet with a bit of citrus, slight hop at the end. Very smooth. The aftertaste is a bit acidic, slight pepper and spice. Soft on the pallate, proper carbonation. Enjoyable, would buy again.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle

worst label ever. silly d&d theme. small red crest displayed behind the main graphic.. a picture of grass. oh, and a tree. and? ugh.

pours out a rather dark ambery orange.. very rich looking for a tripel and not at all what i expected. the head looks about right though.. a rich, dense foam that quickly becomes a bubble-tight ring floating solidly on the high gravity brew. some bubbles are observed moving through despite the wavy haze caused by the beer's thickness.

this beer smells of cotton candy. the burnt, crispy wet-looking ends of cotton candy. fruity, slightly bubblegummy, with a disappearing phenolic quality that borders on plastic and chewable aspirin.. but warmth kills that last bit of off-scent. i am endlessly fascinated by the overall aroma here. non-traditional but succulent nonetheless. i am enjoying the odor here waaaay too much. time to drink, perhaps?

the alcohol sticks out a bit too much. it's the first thing i notice and that's usually not a good thing. lots of sweet, raw grains here and a bit of creamy vanilla in the finish. no hop presence really evident. it's got a nice mouthfeel, creamy and soft, but is interrupted harshly in the finish by the sting of alcohol on my tongue. further warmth mellows it a bit, and brings out the estery fruitness from the nose. some candied orange rind and perhaps a dose of peaches and cream. complex, but damned by its lack of controlled abv.

a decent brew, with some real shining points. not a tripel i would revisit.

Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a quarter inch head that settles very slowly to a thin layer of foam, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace. This is the darket Trippel that I have seen, although I've read that they used to be pretty dark before Westmalle made their lighter colored version.

Smell; this has some very good banana and clove aromas, as well as what I can only describe as bubblegum. I also get a bit of a grainy profile as this warms a bit.

Taste; wow, the bananas stand out even more in the flavor. The cloves and bubblegum flavors are there as well, but not quite as strongly as the bananas. I'm getting a little bit of a pepper, and candied sugar with a little orange peel thrown in the mix. Did I mention bananas yet? Moutheel is thick and a touch on the syrupy side. Drinkablility is also really good, with only a little bit of alcohol present. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of beerinator
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light yellow-copper, slightly hazy beer with a firm whitish head.

Aroma: Banana and spicyness kick hard on the original sniff. There is a malty presence here that backs up the fruit and spice.

Taste: The upfront flavors are banana (heavy banana) and caramel cakeyness. The spicing is there, but muted slightly at the beginning. The spices (clove and cinnamon?) show up in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and solid.

Notes: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was very drinkable and seemed close to what I interpret to be the style.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While it certainly doesn't look anything close to one, this is a pretty good tripel. The beer pours to a hazy brownish red with a weak head. The bubbles seemed a bit large, and the head fell to nothing fairly quick. Once again, this is probably the least tripel-ish looking tripel I've ever seen.

The smell is good, however. Lots of banana, clove, and a nice grain aroma. Sweet and dry. For some reason one of the first things that comes to mind is Bazooka Joe bubblegum.

The taste is very similar, though a bit more dirty. The flavors are intense. The clove in particular. Still good.

The body is fairly full. Good balance between an initial sweetness fading into a nice dry finish. Not a bad tripel, but certainly not one of the better ones I've had.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, a most interesting place. The highest recommended to me. Lots of lace, cloudy orange and white ring head. Decent body, suitable though aggressive carbonation. Some fruitiness. Yeasty aroma.On sweet side, sugar, and also spiciness.

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