Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Final Absolution Trippel

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Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

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.

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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 549
Photo of Tripel_Threat
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Liquid golden sunshine effervescence. Perfection in a glass. A bubbly, Belgian paradise. Whether in a bottle or from a growler right from the brew pub, Final satisfies that itch you didn't know you had.

Smells and tastes of clove, banana and biscuit as a good tripel should. Make sure to sip and don't worry about carbonation; there's enough to last till the last drop is gone.

This one is my desert island beer.

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Photo of likebutts52
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

it is good. v creamy, lots of head - SOMEWHAT frothy, GOOD MOUTH FEEL YES.
taste - too sour. needs more citrus fruit.
overall 10/10 would bang

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Photo of GlennSt
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smoky yellow in color; slightly cloudy but not heavy or dirty in appearance. Bright smell with definite scent of bananas and clove, slightly less so of citrus. The taste starts both sweet and peppery; then the hops kick in before finishing with a creamy mix of both sweet and bitter. This beer has all the taste of a Belgian beer you'd ever want.

This is the tastiest tripel I've had. I'd love to stock my fridge with this stuff. Better still, the brewery is 5 miles away.

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Photo of BeerFinch
4.76/5  rDev +19%
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 docoman
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Great Trippel ale, first I had ever tried and still one of my favorites. I've had from tap and bottle and both are great, recommend if you like trippel ales.

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Photo of Hudsonvalleyman
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle bought 12/31/15. Clear golden color with light white head with negligible lacing. Candy, honey, banana aroma. This beer tastes like heaven: honey, clove and banana in a complex blend that is drinkable and refreshing. Sweet but not cloying. Substantial mouth feel — again, just right. Love this beer; very tasty and nicely balanced. I'm not a fan of trippels, but this one suits my taste for a trippel that I can finish and still want more.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.72/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of proc
4.72/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of Rickk
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
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

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

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Photo of poland7
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been going to Dragonmead for a while and this beer is by far one of my top ten.

The color is very nice and golden, it drinks smooth and has a little bit of a fruity taste (al be it a very slight fruity taste)

As is the case with all triples the ABV is nice and high but the beauty with this beer is that it doesn't have a very strong overpowering alcohol taste. This beer is perfect for just sitting outside on a hot day.

I have never had it in a bottle so I cannot speak to that, however on tap or from a freshly filled Growler this beer is on of my favorites.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tuba Museum in Okemos. Final Absolution was the big revelation of the night, as most of the drinkers in our large contingent gravitated towards drinking this beer.

In both smell and test, there's an intriguing combination of banana (normally I hate nanners, no problem here), spice, and caramel, all carried through in a nice smooth texture, which masks the alcohol wallop this bitch carries.

I'm no expert on Belgian beers (yet), but I have to think this is a damn solid rendition of the style.

The Dragonmead footprint seems small, and that is a shame. In my opinion, this is a candidate for Michigan's top beer. Go get.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

Gold color, near yellow, small head with minimal lacing. Looks very clear and crisp.

Smells of fruits and malt. Banana is very apparent, other tropical fruits seem hidden.

The taste is truly fantastic. This is the only tripel that I have had from the states that I feel rivals the best of Belgium. It is very close to the Belgian style, but it has it's own unique take. The alcohol is apparent in the taste, but not overbearing. Banana, apricot, tropical fruits, malt, a slight hoppy bitter flavor. It's a very complex taste, but very drinkable.

Not too carbonated. Very drinkable. Slightly "thick", but it matches the style well.

About as good a tripel as I have ever had. Certainly the best I have made in Michigan, and unless I am forgetting one, the best I have had made in the U.S. I honestly believe it competes favorably with La Fin Du Monde for the best tripel made in NA.

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Photo of vinyljunkee
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not that skilled at waxing poetic on beer characteristics, but I do know beer and very specifically Belgian ales. Like the Bros have weighed in on this one, it is truly an exceptional Trippel. Very balanced and not overly sweet as you can sometimes find. I would like to feel a little more body (mouthfeel).

Lookout Ommegang (Love these guys)...Dragonmead might be in it to win it from right here in Michigan..."craft brewery" capital of the world.

Oh, get back on your feet carefully after a couple of these.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

on tap at paint creek tavern. although i have had it on tap other places and bottled multiple times.

appearance- copper colored and a medium foamy head that slowly recedes leaving almost nothing behind. some leftover sediment at the bottom. medium carbonation, as it had some bubbles throughout its survival

smell- yeast and spices, maybe a touch of alcohol

taste- belgian yeast along with spices. possibly some honey sweetness up front followed by a bitterness that could be from some hops. the finish is dry as well as bitter.

mouthfeel- medium bodied. it seems heavier but it is drinkable.

overall- excellent beer. a good tripel that is drinkable and enjoyable. a semi-common beer at the more multi-tap-like places in my area and a beer that i find myself revisiting a lot. definitely worth a shot to anyone who is a fan of the style

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Photo of KLHBB
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ok, the first beer of vacation is always exceptional. Slapshotz at the Detroit airport, 10 oz tulip. yummy. Honey gold color, an inch of head, thick, sticks to your nose. Sweet, lightly malty, bananas, tropical fruit, medium weight, I'm feeling the alcohol, I recommend!

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Photo of DerekStek
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Final Absulution has an opaque butterscotch color with bits of sentiment floating around in it. A thin yet frothy head quickly fizzed away. The smells are sweet, fruity, and almost waxy like. It has a light and creamy fruity and nutty taste to it. The beer does well in masking the alcohol with flavor. A top choice for me.

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Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +14%
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?

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Photo of Tshane
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lovely wheaty straw. Lacing stays a while, following a half inch head.

Aroma: Ripe unknown fruit (meloney), sugar, fermented (VERY slight vinegar)--but that complements, does not distract from or detract from the aroma.

Taste: Sweet and bitter (a little too bitter) but fairly well-balanced, even for this bitterness hater. Fruity and tasty. I know "tasty" isn't much to go on, but I don't have the taste buds to tell my brain exactly how it tastes to you supertasters. Wish I could discern banana esters and apple peels and cloves... Not in the cards with my deficient taste buds, apparently.

Feel: Fizz dances interestingly but a little too much on the tongue after each sip. Thinner than most, but not quite thin.

Flavor is excellent: complex and balanced fruitiness, bitter and sweet malt. The only downers are a little too much hops and a little too fizzy. If one could put 7UP, ripe fruit and a bitter finish together, you might come up with this, except take out a lot of the over-the-top sugar in the 7UP.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey amber tones, cloudy with particles also floating within, large and small bubbles rising to the surface, one finger of white head.

S: Very complex floral and fruity bouquets, true Belgian yeasts, mold, apples, peaches and pears, some alcohol, lots of floral qualities like a perfume.

T: Seriously good. I get the floral notes, fruitiness, perfume, melon, candy corn, russet pears, Chinese pears, Belgian yeast, and mold. Its quite sweet but well balanced with all the complexities. Light bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M: Thick, syrupy body, medium carbonation.

O: Very surprised by this one. I like it more than some Belgian trippels I’ve had from Belgium, though, this one is from Michigan. Its appearance, smell, taste, mouth feel, and overall impression put this one near the top of my list. Great stuff coming from Michigan! Found it in Saginaw at Opperman’s Cork-n-Ale.

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Photo of DrBell
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Dragonmead experience and I must say I like it. I purchased this in a 4-pack and upon first pour into my Red Salamander goblet, I observed it to be fairly clear (not cloudy as in other reviews) with a nice golden color and a nice white head.

Nose indicated a floral bouquet with a hint of spices, particularly cloves. First taste confirmed what the nose told me: mild overall mouth feel with floral, banana, and cloves coming forward. Then a hint of pepper and and spice, but nothing too overpowering. Nothing was ever too overpowering and was quite mild compared to many trippels. Not much lacing on the glass, but what there was was nice.

Those who are looking for more "oomph" mat be a tad disappointed, but I found this to be very drinkable and would buy this again. Not great, but not offensive, either... just a good, drinkable Belgian trippel.

I truly enjoyed this brew and look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a amber color.
The head is minimal. There is carbination in the beer after pouring.
The nose is, well, for a word, delicious. It does have some sweetness, but not obnoxious. There seems to be a slight citrus aroma also.
This beer tastes, and here's my quote from first tasting it "well heloooo". It is smooth. Has a bit of booziness. Damn, it is delicious.

If you can get this beer, please do so. It is very good.

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Photo of Michigan
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an Ommegang long-tulip. Left most yeast in the bottle

A- Orange glow. Opaque. Small frothy head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a ring. no lacing

S- BANANA!!! This thing is like a banana smoothie. As it warms, and after a rather sweet cigar, even more banana comes out along with clove, and some tropical fruits.

T- I love this beer. It's a nice American take on a Belgian classic. Good fruity flavor and Belgian yeast. Leaves a mildly crisp taste after the banana smoothie. I think I'm getting some pineapple in this too. Solid finish with fresh tree-fruit

M- Great! I really like this. It's not to thick but not too thin. I feel like I'm drinking a real beer. It's right where it's supposed to be. Similar to skim milk mouthfeel without the linger. Leaves the mouth with a happy and fruity feel.

O- Good Tripel. The alcohol was masked well. Dragonmead website has this listed at 10%. BA has it at 8.5%. I say it's around 9.5%. I will be stocking 4-packs of this throughout the summer. Good representation of the style

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Photo of beernut7
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This monumental Belgian representation combines a sweet light ester quality with a bold, but uncannily smooth alcoholic warmth. Just a fantastic enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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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