Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel | Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Final Absolution Trippel
BA SCORE
4.07/5
558 Ratings
Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Final Absolution Trippel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States
dragonmead.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,656
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
558
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
4.16
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
129
Trade:
3
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Reviews by GR_Rick:
Photo of GR_Rick
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured July 2012. Bottle undated.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/apricot with absolutely no head.

S: Smells a little bready with some fruity sweetness. Almost a little white grape/grape skin. Light, but an appealing smell.

T: Follows the nose, with a little bit of mild, almost very, very mild grapefruity tartness. I get a little bit of the white grape again in the taste, and a little bit of that Belgian/saison "funky" finish (although the funk is much, much more subtle than a in a saison. A little bit of tartness and a dry finish; reminds me a bit of a champagne/heavy mimosa. My first trippel, and of the best Belgian-style beers I've had yet. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Thin for the ABV, with a bit of carbonation, but I'd say moderate/light body overall. Very easy to drink.

O: This is an easy drinking beer that goes down smooth for the ABV, almost too smooth! Taste is good, and although not necessarily something I'll seek out on a regular basis, I'd gladly drink one again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oldcrow1
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A co-worker of mine gave me 3 bottles of this to try. I like Belgian beers. I did no pre-research on the beer, and the bottle did NOT display ABV (I looked). I DID read "Trippel," but...

It poured light golden and pleasingly well-carbonated into an Air Force 50th anniversary beer mug. Taste was light, crisp, and just a bit fruity (not sweet, per se). This reminded me, more than anything else, of a really really good lager! It was a hot day and I quickly quaffed all 3 while working outside. Very refreshing, and a perfect summer brew.

The next thing I knew, I was dragging myself across my front lawn by grabbing handfuls of dirt and grass. I looked up to see my wife (who would have been perfectly comfortable in the Prohibition Era) frowning at me from the front door. She advanced. I dispassionately watched as she kicked me HARD in my side, sending me on to my back. Thanks to Final Absolution, I didn't feel much of anything. My afternoon only went downhill from there....

To summarize, this beer tastes and drinks just like a wonderful session beer. It is, however, NOT a session beer. Be advised.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of tectactoe
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had both in many bottles and on tap many times and the Town Pump bar in Detroit. Pours a somewhat hazy, golden-amber color; heavy cloudiness in the middle, fairly volatile with a large, foamy white head that dissipates surprisingly quick. The aroma is great - baskets of sweet, earthy esters, spicy Belgian yeast and bread, clove, white pepper, phenol alcohol, bananas, apple skins, pears, and a nice whiff of bubble gum. The taste is no slouch, either. Final Absolution hits the palate soft and slightly silky, medium-bodied and with a high amount of carbonation. Belgian yeast flavors - bready, spicy clove, pepper, banana esters, earth, and bubble gum - dominate the palate. Some floral and perfume-like hop notes hit up front with a very short and sweet bitterness that quickly gives way to the rest of the flavor profile. The aftertaste is heavy on the bread and yeast flavors, like you would expect from any decent Tripel.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Joebraggot
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of schnjac
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange brown with lits of suspended yeast, even with a careful pour, and about half a finger of off-white head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Candi sugar, some pepper and clove, bubblegum and faint lemon. Just a touch of alcohol.

T - Taste starts with lemon and candi sugar. This is followed by pepper, clove, and a prominent bubblegum taste. Finish brings a bit more spice, a bit of banana and more bubblegum, along with a faint bitterness. Very tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts with some sticky sweetness and transitions to a semi-dry and slightly bitter finish with a bit of numbing alcohol.

O - Nice take on the style and a very tasty brew. Nice local option when I'm in the mood foe a tripel.

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Photo of Todd
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Kbrowder
2.03/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not impressed with the taste or smell.

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Photo of Jackalope1977
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of rsquared59
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mireland
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured hazy light golden-amber with a decent head from a 12oz bottle.

Fruity, with hints of apricot nectar and light spicing.
Lightly sweet, but faintly bitter aftertaste. Moderate complexity.

Near medium body with medium, soft carbonation

O: very good American version.

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Photo of LaurensDeJong
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Shovelbum
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of goast8127
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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.

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Photo of BeerFinch
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've spent a lot of years drinking beers, being in to the IPAs and stronger flavors without really paying attention. The IPAs led me here but this is one of the first beers I've had that I sat and sipped purely for flavor. I don't know how to describe it, but it's smooth, not very carbonated and with a very distinct flavor. Bottled almost measures up to the draft. I'd recommend this beer any day of the week.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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