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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 36
Gots: 48 | 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 trumick
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange with a huge off white head that dissapates quickly with spotty lacing.

Scent is bubble gum, alcohol and banana cream pie.

Taste absolutely follows the nose yes bubble gum alcohol and banana cream pie. There is a peppery spiceiness that tries desperately to punch through the rich creamy sweetness, but it fails miserably.

Mouthfeel is average for the style, meduim to full bodied with a bit too much carbination.

Drinkabaility, well this isn't my cup of beer, as it were. This is too sweet and unbalanced for me. The bubble gum/banana cream was too much.

trumick, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange. Unique looking tripel. Large, creamoid head with the will to endure. Bubblin' like a pot of neck bones. Lace horns on the horizon.

Nanners for sure. Like bubble bananaberry punch, or, or some crazy damn thing that the kids chew on these days. Sweet and lofty. Spiced and peppery as well.

Bananas and bubblegum. A sweet flood followed by a spicy and dry finish. A fattened malt section looms, making this a bit more stocky than anticipated. Sweet. Quite boastful, in fact. No cutting of corners here. A hearty beer trying to claim its worth.

Heavy in comparison to like types. Deeper colouring shows through in the body.

A pleasure to consume in moderation. A loss of control would most likely not be in order. A good remedy for a rare craving of this nature. 'Twould not be a bad idea to have it close at hand for a moment of need. " 'Tis better to curse the darkness than to light thy hand on fire." Hmm. Okay. Alright. Talked me outta that hand lighting I had planned. Damn the darkness!

SupaCelt, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of isubsmith
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wonderful dark orange color. Very hazy. Reasonable head that dropped down to nearly nothing quickly.

Nose: Yeasty, grassy smells. Fruity - bananas, other citrus. Spicy - maybe clovers.

Taste: Sweet, biting start. Tart mid-section. Hoppy finish. Complex. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Coats the palette but doesn't linger.

Quite drinkable for 8.5% ABV

isubsmith, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy golden brown with a clumpy off white head that fizzles out into a slight film and decent collar. Sticky lacing is left behind. Solid streams of carbonation make this murky brew even more enticing.
Smell is of yeasty dough, sugary peaches,apricots, vanilla cream.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild peppery touch.
Mouthfeel is zesty, creamy and full bodied with a sugary, yeasty, Belgian candy sugar standing out. Not too friggin shabby.

weeare138, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of nortmand
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber/dark golden with a whitehead and lots of lace.

Banana-clove dominayes the smell. Some alcohol comes across as well.

Flavor starts off with a distinct graininess, then is totally huge banana ester. Ends with some alcoholic sourness.

Full bodied and greasy with alcohol, this is an aggressive beer.

nortmand, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of Shovelbum
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured rom a 12oz into my Piraat tulip. White sticker on the side with "7 05" If this is the freshness date it mean this bottle is 3 months old.

Thin off-white head over a hazy orange-amber body. Smells of sweet malts, orange, cloves, notes of pepper and a touch of hops. The taste strikes a good balance between sweet and spicy. Belgian candi sugar sweetness provides a base for the orange citrus, clove and pepper. Alcohol is present but does not dominate. Crisp in the mouth, but finishes smooth and clean.

This is a very enjoyable tripel. The booze is warming, but subdued enough to let the malts and spice come through. Complex and well-balanced.

Shovelbum, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of nomad
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the darker tripels around, quite amber, almost red in low-lighting. Served in a pretty little tulip glass it had a thin little head that persisted quite nicely.

Smells of very soft caramel-dipped fruitiness with much more phenolic verve surrounding it. Light pils sweetness forms the base for bready, whispy, clovey scents wafting about. Not terribly effervescent, something I look for in a trippel, but the carbonation was very low from the tap. Aromatic enough, though, and warmer temperatures brought out more cherry-lite scents with barely banana and bubblegum edges.

Taste hits all the notes in an interesting pattern. A little caramelized and candy-ish at first, quintessential light breadiness and elegant Westmalle-type phenols are deftly integrated to round out the sweetness. Hops are moderate and pleasing, really finishing the quiet but noticeable interplay of sugar, vanilla, clove, and plush malt complexity. Felt a little heavy and thick on the tongue, but smooth and enjoyable nonetheless.

A good American-made trippel. Solid on all accounts and quite a night maker at the pub!

nomad, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a chalice. The label sez "Tis better to curse the darkness than to light thy hand on fire." Good advice in my book.

Hazy amber with not much of a head despite the active carbonation. A veiled ring that leaves sheets of lace as it goes down.

The nose is rather sweet with a strong yeast aroma that is slightly chalky with clove, banana, and some candy sugar. Yep, this smells belgian.

Tastes sweet, but it is paired nicely with subtle hop bitterness. Slightly tart in the middle with refined sugar, bubblegum, and a rather dry finish. Doesn't have that "off twang" that I have a problem with regarding other trips. There's more complexity here than I can articulate. Its damn good.

Nice full mouthfeel that seeks out every part of my mouth, but doesn't leave anything awkward in its wake. Quite drinkable despite the abv.

ypsifly, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange with a mist of sediment clouding it. Quickly fading ivory foam leaves the top with a moderate collar. Lacing drips quickly back into the collar and nothing to very little sticks.

Aroma is of melon and banana candy sweetness with a great addition of lime peel zest, pink roses, mild musty yeast, and is lightly spiced with clove and white pepper.

Taste has a short banana and pale malt dry front. Spice kicks in pretty quickly with yeast, pepper, and clove. A mild melon candy and dulled caramel sweetness soaks up the extras and keeps an adequate balance. Fluffy banana bread, airy rosey perfume, and delicate left over spices fade off the finish with carefully placed alcoholic esters and flowery hops.

Feel is just a nudge over a medium body with a solid carbonation, hold, and texture. Has a malty smoothness and light candy sweetness overall with a good spicy kick and airy dryness about its touch. Nice complex flowery spicey finish.

A pretty good Tripel. Complicated enough and well made with that certain American playfulness that suits its character. Thanks tr!

tavernjef, Jul 18, 2005
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
Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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