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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 bennetj17
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, deep golden appearance, massive white foam, holding nicely. Looks like quite a bit of carbonation. Even before I can put the glass near my nose I smell some sour barnyard funk. Is this intended? It smells like a Tripel also with a citrusy/spicy mix, but the gueuze-like tartness is certainly unexpected. Either way I like sour so it works for me.

Flavor starts out like your average Tripel, but changes alot toward the finish, with a drying, chalky taste. I get alot of melon and citrus fruit, with some mild tartness, but not what I expected from the aroma. The mouthfeel is paper thin and even though alot of carbonation bubbles seem to be there, they just don't pack any punch.

I think some critters got in this bottle and affected it a bit. I certainly enjoyed the funky aroma, but it slightly changed the flavor from its intended result. Not bad, I would like to try it again perhaps...

Photo of shivtim
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Okemos. Looks good; cloudy deep golden yellow with a nice small but thick white head. Lots of carbonation rises languorously to the top. Smell is sharp citrus peel, white pepper, and wet straw. Taste is sour sugary grapefruit, with more pepper, some spicy coriander notes. A tripel, but heavy laces with Belgian wit qualities. Alcohol is imperceptible. Good mouthfeel. Great beer overall.

Photo of HopDerek
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow/light amber color with 1 finger of foamy white head. Average retention leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of barnyard funk, bananas, clove, peppery spices, and fruits like apples and pears. Tastes of apples and spices up front followed by banana, clove, honey, and yeasty bread malt. Finishes with some peppery spices and alcohol kick. Medium in body with low carbonation, smooth and creamy but also having a crisp finish and a nice bite. A very easy drinking tripel with great fruity flavors but not tasting too much of alcohol.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast, spice, citrus, bananas and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy up front with complimentary flavors of Belgian yeast, caramel and citrus. There's a decent hops presence that comes in and provides some balance and then there's an alcohol bite in the end. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other beers in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours into my glass a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange with a half inch of white head on top. Patchy lacing sticks to the side of the glass as the head quickly falls. Aromas of crisp, earthy, grainy malts along with a nice light fruity undertone. Peppery spiciness is present with yeast accents. Mild green apple, banana, clove. Fairly nice.

First sip brings a crisp grainy, earthen malt upfront that moves into light fruity tones as it goes across the palate. Slight bread flavors as well. The yeast kicks in with peppery tones alongside light banana and clove notes. It flows down a bit dry and the finish leaves me with quite a noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy with a bit of sharpness to it as well. The graininess comes through quite a bit on the finish and the alcohol is a bit too pronounced in my opinion, making it a little harder to fully enjoy the brew. Overall, this one failed to really wow me, I'd probably choose another Dragonmead offering before this next time.

Photo of tab021
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dragonmead came highly recommended from a couple of guys on here so I found a few and this one caught my fancy... marked at 10% abv... good stuff

A: Pours hazy honey yellow cloudy with a head that disappears in seconds and fizzes just a bit

S: OH MAN how complex. spices and cloves with some fruit and all sorts of stuff on the nose. sweetness comes through and it comes to a uniquely intriguing sweet/spice scent. good good

M: Medium body with very little carbonation and a creamy but clean finish

T: Taste like it smells... that same complex mix of cloves and spices with sweet fruitiness with a slight slight bight from the alcohol, but it is very very well balanced.

D: The first I have had of tripel belgians but this is really good. I would definitely have it again. Just from sampling this beer is going to cause me to travel to the brewery! Highly recommended, although drinking the 4 from the box might be a challenge due to the 10%...

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

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear gold color with a thin brite-white head and some great retention around the edges and spotty lacing. The aroma is apples, bananas, spice, sweet maltiness, and yeast.

The tastes is similar to the aroma profile, with an in your face fruit one-two punch of banana and apple, clove and coriander notes, candied sweetness, and some pleasant yeasty accents. The mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth and creamy with just about a hint of alcohol beef in the body and that's absolutley it.

This is one of the best American Tripels I've had, with some lively flavors and an unbelievable drinkibility for a 9% beer. This was the gem of our visit when we checked out this surprising gem of a brewpub.

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

A- Golden almost orange, very thick looking, nice light white head, with good retention.

S- Yeasty with a fruity smell, Bananas mostly.

T- Very sweet and smooth with bananas right off the bat, with a nice blast of yeast on the finish. Not a lot of alcohol taste.

M- Very smooth and goes down easy.

D- This will get you, it goes down really smooth. It has a nice sweet finish and no bitterness.

Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew from knight84 god love him.

A: Pours nice and light like a hefe. Medium bold white head that dies to a collar. Spotty lacing noted.

S: Wow tons of fresh fruit and yeast. Front and center there is banana and more banana. Hints of green apple poke thru as does hubba bubba bubblegum. There is a nice yeasty character as well.

T: Very much like the nose. TONS of banana. Yest to the max. It is big on bubblegum as well. The strain of yeast used is rather tasty. One of the better American Trippels I have tasted.

M: Nice and light with ample carbonation.

D: Very, I would drink it everyday if I could get it.

Overall: A wonderful American Trippel. Nice sweet fruity yeasty flavors that leave me yearning for more. Very good, very drinkable...I wish I had regular access to this one.

Photo of Lothore
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice peach color with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S- Smell is pretty faint, belgian yeast, sweet fruits, barnyardy funk.

T- Taste is very nice, light fruits, tangerine, belgian yeast, very balanced.

M- Quite a bit of carbonation medium viscosity.

D- This was an excellent beer. I havent had a tripel in a while and this one definitely hit the spot. Great one to sip on.

Photo of Rickk
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Deserved a tulip glass but the bar tender did not give this fine nectar justice.

A - Pours out with a half finger head with a nice lasting lacing, cloudy and light golden.

S - Malt, banana and bubble gum come to the nose. Followed by a some candy sugar sweetness.

T - Phenolic, fruity and spicy with Strong banana and clove with hints of cinnamon sugar and ginger.

M - medium body with good carbonation and slightly sticky.

D - great example of the tripel style; I enjoyed it very much and wanted another, but too much alcohol for that!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of markgugs
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle (which I've had since May 2007) poured into an oversized wine glass (consumed: 2/12/08)

A: Pours a light orange/copper, made cloudy from the ample amount of yeast in the bottle. A minimal bubbly white head appears with nice lacing, but quickly dissipates.

S: Mmmm! Big wafts of yeasty fruits (banana and pear, mostly) coupled with cookie-like malts and some raisins are what's happening here. The alcohol isn't very disguised either.

T/M: The tongue is immediately assaulted by a burst of sweet flavors, ranging from bananas to hints of vanilla. The alcohol is clearly evident, as is a nice bittering finish from (my guess) a decent use of hops for balance. Prickly carbonation carries the flavors throughout the mouth; this beer is just right. Not too syrupy, not too tangy or thin.

D: An excellent style representation, the noticeable alcohol keeps the drinkability down somewhat, but this is a very, very nice beer. Paired beautifully with a penne carbonara dish I had prepared. Recommended!

Photo of flowerysong
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy peach body.

Nose: Sweet bread, banana, and bubble gum.

Taste: Light malt, yeast, white pepper, mild phenolic spiciness, with banana and clove esters floating on top. Finish shows a medium-high hop bitterness and a bit of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, effervescent carbonation feels coarse.

Overall: Fairly good, but not top-class. I'd like to see a creamier mouthfeel and a slightly dryer finish.

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

Beer #23 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/23.
Gold medal winner at '06 World Beer Cup.
Big thanks to hoppymeal for the sample!

A: Pours a very hazy, celemtine-colored body into a tulip glass. A massive, dense white head grows relentlessly and retains well. Billions of yeasties float around in the glass.

S: Really nice aroma, with authentic Belgian goddness. Rich and spciy with candi-sugar, bubble-gum, peach and tropical fruit (pineapple?) as well as some coriander and clove spice. Just a light hit of alcohol is even present w/ a peppery note. The fruit is really appetizing. Light grains and subtle husk notes finish it off.

M: Med. body, low-med. carbonation. The M.F. is full and creamy smooth.

T: Taste mimics the aroma, which is a good thing. This is a delicious Tripel, one of the better US interpretations. A big, doughy and spicy yeast character carries an authentic Belgian character, wile orange and peach fruits, candi-sugar, spices and alcohol round it out.

D: Great example of the style, and nearly fooled me as I thought it could be Belgian. Packed with flavor and complexity yet warming. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.
Drink this stuff.

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

This was poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - pours out with a thick foamy head that settles somewhat but is retained in a collar with a good deal of lacing

S - sweet malt with yeast fruity accents and hops in the background

T - initially sweet malt flavor (but not cloying) with fruity yeast characteristic flavoring; hops are present most notably on the finish

M - medium body with high carbonation

D - great example of the tripel style; I would swear this was made in Belgium if I didn't know better

Photo of Beertracker
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a tulip or pear shaped stemmed glass or chalice. This microbrewed Belgian-style Tripel pours up with a small, lacy whitish head that's barely sustanable over a rather hazy, deep golden-ochre body. The clarity suffers initially from chill-haze, but becomes brighter as it warms in hand. The initial aroma is relatively clean & unremarkable, but as it comes to room temperature it becomes filled with an intermingling of spicy (cracked black peppercorns, coriander), and grassy (cilantro, lemongrass), plus fruity (Applejack, freshly grated lemon-rind, craisin) notes. There's some notable alcoholic warmth and just hint of Zatec hops underlying. The mild flavor starts off a little cloying with a sweet candi sugar maltiness, but this eventually gives way to some spicy, hop bitterness that compliments and balances nicely towards the warming finish. It's easy to see why this one won the gold medal at the 2006 World Beer Cup. This is a finely crafted microbrewed tripel and as good as any you'll likely find in the US. Give penance to Dragonmead Final Absolution!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Taster's Note: *Special thanks to arrogantbastard1 for procuring a bottle!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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
2.02/5  rDev -50.4%
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
4.56/5  rDev +12%
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
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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