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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 36
Gots: 41 | 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 blackthistle
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle; no freshness date; $2.79 for single bottle

Pours crystal clear orange color with a creamy looking white head that dissipates slowly. Sweet malty and fruity aroma with a slight clove/coriander/spice character. Medium body, good carbonation, sweet malty background with a moderate fruity flavor and warming alcohol feeling. The light bitterness and spices balance out the maltiness and the candi sugar sweetness quite well. Not to miss for trippel fanatics!

blackthistle, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice. Poured out to a golden amber color with a nice foamy head that held up well. Some lace noted around the glass. Scent of spices and pine are noted as well as some sweetness. Traces of hops and an almost vinegar like character were also noted. Flavor was complex, with overtones of caramel, clove, spice, hops and a good kick of alcohol. Finished with a syrupy like taste and feel. Kind of weird. Still, its a well made beer, but on the expensive side for what you get. Recommended for trippel fans.

Frozensoul327, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with a slight head. Aroma reeks of malt with some acidic green apple notes, alcohol, and faint bananas. Taste is very rich malts enfused with bitter green apples. Although there is some subtle bananas, the apples really come though. An interesting take on the trippel style, although I'm not sure I really like it. Alcohol is present in the flavor, but to a small degree. Mouthfeel is kinda thin, nothing too interesting. Overall, the flavor is pretty acidic, on account of the apples. It diminishes the drinkability. Not sure if I would pick this one up again, but it was interesting nonetheless.

BeerFink, May 14, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying this brew for a good while now. I'm glad I finally got around to reviewing it as I procured a few bottles of it.

This sucker is a knock-out punch, no kidding, an extremely satisfying and beauty of a tripel. Pours a cloudy deep amber in color with a creamy off-white and thick tan head. Nose is quite estery, ripe and sweet bananas, apple peel, hint of citrus, very yeasty, sugary-sweet. Taste is much like the nose but even moreso. The immediate flavor reminds me of biting into a just ripened banana, lots of layers of fruit, not overly complex, just enough that it doesn't feel like a flavor wrestling match but enough to really wake up your tastebuds. Mouthfeel is buttery, extremely rich and powerful. Very warming, but the alcohol is barely noticable in the flavor. A slight carbonation and a little bit of a hop kick to balance things off nicely on the palate.

This is certainly a favorite, I'm so glad they started bottling it, no kidding. I highly recommend this one. A very interesting take on the style.


Gaisgeil, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Higravity
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this in a Secret Santa trade from cretemixer.

It poured a golden body topped with a white head that hung around and left little lace. It has a bready smell with spices of pepper, alcohol, sugar, clove and ginger. The taste is of a sweet triple ladden with spices in the nose the alcohol carries slightly into the finish and follows with the yeast flavor. The body is thickish but I enjoyed it and I could have several more of these.

Higravity, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of winomark
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper, much darker than most trippels I have encountered before. Stick, yet small bone white head. Aromas of candy sugar, bananas and pineapple. Sweet malt and sugary palate. Again, bananas show up in the finish. A very pleasing palate. Well done. Coating, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Thankfully, the good carbonation prevents it from being too thick. A nice beer. I hope this brewery's other offerings are just as good. Definately worth a try. Thanks to Realale for this opportunity.

winomark, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of CortexBomb
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy, burnt tangerine with a tall, white, frothy head. Nice. Smell is sweet, lightly fruity (green banana peel, apricot) with yeast also present.

Taste carries over from the smell, sweet and fruity (quite tropical), and some alcohol, with a nice malt presence that gives way to a light floral effect (not bitter) on the back of the tongue followed by a peppery sensation and a *very* carmel flavoured presence midway through before finishing with a softly sweet tinge, and the vaguest rememberence of a bitter.

Middle weight on the body, but nice for the style while the drinkability is quite good as well, tasty offering, an American Tripel which doesn't resort to overhopping.

CortexBomb, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery pub.

Nearly clear, golden colour with a thin, long-lasting white head. Very mild sweet/fruity (banana) aroma with a light spiciness. The flavour was quite complex, with ripe fruit, spice and belgian candy sugar all coming to the forefront at different times. A light alcohol flavour was also perceived, but was not strong and didn't detract from the other flavours. Lightly carbonated, medium/heavy body and very smooth texture. Quite a decent beer with a nice balance.

DrJay, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle brought back from Michigan from BA pals cupbeerman and beergeek279. Pours a deep orange copper color with a short-lived tan head. Very decieving, colorwise, for a tripel. Nose is very sweet and tropical, like Swedish fish candy. No hops discernable. Phenolic and estery. Fusels meld the taste with the aroma. Reminiscent of Heavyweight's Lunacy Grand Cru a little bit. Further notes of tropical fruits; papaya, banana, kiwi and mango and a good dosage of clove. Good, but flawed a bit by its synthetic, tropical taste for it being classified as a tripel. Healthy carbonation. A little too amber tasting for what I like in a tripel-style Belgian; it's missing that dryness I so yearn for.

crookedhalo, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of mikeys01
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle, sent to me courtesy of trbeer. Color is a fuzzy deep orange, just a bit hazy, graced with just wisps of thin white head. Aroma is very sweet and full of peach and fruit esters. Taste is initially fruity and just a bit bitter, then becomes very sweet and malty through the middle, nice caramel flavor. Alcohol was noticeable but not overpowering throughout. Finish brings out the barest hint of peppery spice, as well as a slight bit of banana and some of the bitterness comes back to wrap it up. Hops make anice appearance in this tripel. Body is quite full, but a nice dryness in the finish as well. Very enjoyable.

mikeys01, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear blood orange under a small and sturdy dirty white cap.
Enormously fragrant. Bananas and candied mangoes and pears. Brown sugar and clove and pepper.
Begins all Munich maltified. Caramelly sweet, and even somewhat toasty. Dark fruit, too, is suggested briefly, but never located for certain. It almost seems a Belgianized Octoberfest, or perhaps more of a Dubbel right away. Gradually, it assembles more traditional Tripel hues. Dripping with honey and full of sugared fruits of tropical (and not-so-tropical) origin. Mangoes, guava, pears, red apples and bananas. Spice is a steadfast offsetter. Cracked peppercorns and cloves. Flashes of alcohol- very rummy, especially upfront- though it seems to lose heat as it warms and takes on a more solvent-like persona, yet one devoid of actual booze. Ends botanical, with lingering fruit punch sugars.
It's a bit heavy and clumsy, (as many US tripels seem to be), but that is easily overcome here.
Pretty nice.

Thanks inebrius.

cokes, May 28, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a hazy caramel, requiring a very firm pour to achieve a head. The head is soapy and has poor retention and average lacing. Carbonation is mild. Aroma of very noticeable coriander, cloves, fruity esters, and rip bananas. Mouthfeel is very soft with a very spicy finish and medium-dense body. Taste begins with the bananas and cloves, followed by a fruity higher alcohol ester sheen, kinda like varnish but not in a bad way...the middle is punctuated by coriander, and lots of it, followed by a mild caramel bitterness and a soapiness from the coriander in the finish. Alcohol is very perpectable in warmth, and to a medium degree in taste (mild isopropyl tinge, but predominantly estery). As it warms, it takes on more character, and I begin to detect oranges and certainly more breadiness. Despite it's strength, it's not cloying, and not very sweet for a trippel.

This is very similar to how I remember it on tap, however, it seems the coriander is more pronounced, the alcohol is more evident, and the finish is spicier. Still, a very fine brew despite the hefty price tag. I would drink more of this if it were available in my area.

Mitchster, May 24, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Banana candied bananas.
Plantains, iguana food, banana bread, banana candy, banana syrup, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans and spice. Chardonnay from the desert. Alcohol fuels the beer - nail polish-like. Banana cereal. Banana peels. Caramel covered bananas and caramel covered apples. Thick, clean, slightly bitter on the finish, and very sticky.

putnam, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of jsolack
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and red... nice fluffy head. Heavy lacing after head starts to recied.

Smells nice... banana and hops. Slight alcohol smell. Scent is sweet overall... very nice.

Strong banana and carmel taste. Very sweet and smooth. Alcohol comes through in finish. Very smooth finish is not bitter at all.

Coats tongue with sweet caramel like texture. Carbonation is at a very nice level.

Very good brew... hard to drink a bunch just because of the high alcohol content. Very smooth finish and overall a very satisfying brew.

jsolack, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured with an ivory colored head over clear brassy/amber liquid. Banana and tropical fruitiness in the nose amidst a malty background. Taste was more tropical/banana flavors, malty sweetness with nice hoppy bitterness behind it all...almost a lighter bodied Quadrupel in taste. Gentle carbonation gives a smooth flowing mouthfeel. Alcohol looms in the back, not to steal the show, but rather as a reminder of the power of this beer style. Finishes fruity and sweet with lingering alcohol notes. A slightly ballsy take on the style, well done.

Thanks to CRJM for the bottles!

beerluvr, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is amber, with a wispy white head. The smell is very cotton candy sweet. The taste is a very floral cotton candy sweetness with a very slight hoppiness, and no alcohol readily present. Mouthfeel is well-carbed. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. This reminds me a lot of the young Great Lakes Anniversary Ale....the bubblegum/cotton candy sugar sweetness is quite nice. Quite good, and one I hope to have again.

beergeek279, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light maroon, darker than any Trippel I've had. No head but lots of obvious carbonation. Small white heads fades completely away pretty quickly.
Aromas of citrus fruits, orange most obvious, sweet malt, grass, coriander, yeast and bread.
Flavor has a sweet citrusy front and very spicy warming finish. No apparent bitterness but very nicely balanced ale.
Mouthfeel not quite as lively as other Trippels but very drinkable beer.

CRJMellor, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first sample of a Dragonmead Bier.... Pours a rich, deep, slightly hazy russet-brown hue. Head is minimal save for a ring of off-white bubbles clinging to the rim of my Rapscallion snifter. There's some lacing, though not a whole lot. Nice to look at, and with more head it'd be a 4.5 easily. Aroma? Bubblegum big time! Some fruitiness, and perhaps a smidge of yeasty spiciness. The body here does have a bit of oomph, getting about into the medium range. Carbonation is at a fairly low level, making the feel on the tongue relatively smooth. Taste is also loaded with bubble-gum phenols and esters. And where's Aunt Est(h)er? Sanford & Son, I believe.... Has a nice toasty malt flavor, along with a candi-sugar sweetness in addition to the Aunt Esters.... Some floral hoppiness is present at the finish, though the bubble-gum aspect predominates in the somewhat dry finish. Pretty good bier, though honestly I like my Tripels heavier on the spiciness, with some bite. Thnx go to Anson Carter (aka Sakaroo) for schlepping this bier back from Michigan and tossing it my way. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I fell in love with Dragonmead and its crew back at the 2001 GABF, so when BA sakaroo offered up a sample, I could not resist!

Pours a hazy amber with copper hues, topped with a snapping white foam head that dissipates quickly to a ring lace. A dusting of sediment is left in the bottle.

Sweet to the nose, with notes of fresh bread, soft white pepper and plenty of clove.

Smooth, hard water mouthfeel, a bit thick-ish. Plenty of tea-like sweetness and herbal character, backed by a dominant, and aggressive spicy/yeast character, more pepper, phenols and faint grass that rounds the soft bitterness. Warming alcohol presence. Some toasted malts, caramel and blossom honey characters are also present. More clove. Bubblegum flavours pull through as the beer warms, toward the end, where the beer finishes with yeast residuals. Pretty decent tripel, complex and tasty.

Todd, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I heard that they only bottled a few cases of this so I guess that I am lucky for being able to get it. Anyways this was one solid tripel but its flavors were slightly immature. Definitely a strong yeast precense and the yeast strain was excellent and made the beer what is was. The other flavors were very fruity and strong banana flavor at that. The banana flavor was almost too strong. I also noticed some grape flavor and plums. Slightly bready and slightly bitter in the finish. This beer was well carbonated and had a nice slick mouthfeel. All in all a good beer but definitely could use some aging to mellow that banana flavor.

granger10, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, honey amber in color with a thin, white, finely bubbled head. It settles to just a thin collar in no time flat.
The aroma is fruity & vinous. Grape skins, sour apple, yeasty with alcohol noted.
Warming at the onset. Flavor of grape skins comes though, along with a mild bready note. Bitterness is slight, but noticable in the finish.
Soft mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. A finely crafted version of the tripel style and one I am glad they started bottling. Thanks to trbeer for the personal delivery.

cretemixer, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of TheDM
2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized bubbles that left a fair lacing and had a cloudy orange brown body. It had a fruity aroma with an apricot flavor which was not greatly to my liking. We had this brew at the Festival in Frankenmuth Michigan.

TheDM, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured with a small head that unfortunately dissolved quickly. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer. It had a very cloudy appearance to it. The aroma was fruity in my opinion. This brew was not to my liking.

hotstuff, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of proc
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A truly wondeful beer. Sampled several times over at the Polar Beer Fest. A nice presence of clove, nutmeg and pepper spice up this yeasty, malty treat. This is a liquid meal that is filling and satisfying. Complex and delicious. A beer to have when you are having one. Well-done.

proc, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Where're the monkies!?!? Seriously, this is the beer for monkies. Why? Because it's like a freakin' bunch of bananas shoved into some glassware.

Amber/orange-ish color. Big fruit, jungle banana aroma. Tastes more or less the same. Very candied sugar sweet. For the strength, not too overwhelmingly alcoholic -- though it's definitely there in abundance. Drinkability is only hampered by the fact that after 2-3 of them and no food, you're in the bag already. :)

marburg, Feb 05, 2003
Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.