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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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, a most interesting place. The highest recommended to me. Lots of lace, cloudy orange and white ring head. Decent body, suitable though aggressive carbonation. Some fruitiness. Yeasty aroma.On sweet side, sugar, and also spiciness.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy chestnut color with a rocky head that fades a bit quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind

Smell: Spice cake phenols, apples, unripe banana and a hint of toffee

Taste: Opens with a yeasty spice cake flavor that adds some fruit (apples and pears), grassy hops, vague bubblegum, white pepper, vanilla and alcohol by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grassy hops and alcohol move forward for a flash, but the sweeter flavors come right behind and linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a little warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Quite a different take from many Belgian versions of the style, this is still a very nice beer with its own character; unlike some American tripels that are too one-dimensional with tons of alcohol, this one has some subtlety and complexity; this one has aged about a year and clearly benefited from that time in the bottle

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Photo of oline73
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange color with very little white head. I wouldn't call this one pretty, it kind of glows.

Smell: Initially, I'm picking up sweet Belgian spice. There is also some banana as well.

Taste: This beer is quite sweet, but not so much that I would call it cloying. I'm picking up some Belgian spice as well as some banana and grape notes. There is some honey flavor in the sweetness and some bitterness and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body seems to be a bit thin to me. Delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: I think this beer is good but not great. I don't know that I'll search it out again.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber honey gold with a slight cap of head that recedes to a ring. Aroma of clove and banana... Taste of Belgian candy. Very sweet with a slight pucker in the end.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bruery glass.

Pours a light layer of white head. Fades to a ring. Leaves some slight splattered lace. Color is a hazy golden orange.

Aroma: Tons of spice and fruit notes. Banana and lemon zest with hints of dried red apples. I then get some clove and wheat flavors.

Taste: Has a musky flavor to it. Fairly dry. Apple and pear flavors with some bananas. Similar clove and spice profile. Hops are pretty earthy. Has some biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some alcohol showing.

Overall, a pretty average tripel. Maybe a bit above average. Decent drinkability. Nothing really out of the ordinary here.

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Photo of superspak
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 8/16/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a small foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy esters; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, grape, banana, clove, pepper, bread, honey, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, bread, honey, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great tripel! All around great complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one as an extra recently along with a good few others from the lineup and was excited to give it a try. Served chilled and poured into a goblet, this one was consumed on 06/03/2009.
The pour was wonderful looking, rich golden in color with a huge head of white that towered over the top of it with ease. Light settling left behind just a ton of side glass lacing that was very nice I have to admit. Light cloudiness as well throughout. Light aroma of banana, peach and hints of light grains and grassy notes throughout. Smooth, mellow flavor here, with nothing really coming out of the gate as being really overpowering. Light grain again mid palate with some nice hints of fruit clearly coming out toward the end of the taste and a nice long and mellow finish to it. No real ABV concerns here as it was very drinkable for the style.
Overall a very solid Triple that was easy to drink and a decent shot at the style. Nothing really over the top here, but very enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to heliosphann for tossing one of this into a recent trade. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - 1.5 fingers of creamy white foam with solid retention and some patches of lacing. Opaque and hazy apricot color, with tons of tiny bubbles streaming to the top.

S - Clove, pepper, bubblegum, apple, citrus, and some funky Belgian-style yeast. Not a huge nose, but pretty nice, with good balance.

T - The taste is a little disappointing - some light apple and honey sweetness and a more earthy and spicy finish. The aftertaste is a little unpleasant and sour.

M - Really dry finish. Medium body with very active carbonation. Some nice warming sensations afterward.

D - As far as tripels go it's pretty good, I just don't care much for the style in general - too much carbonation and spice. The ABV, while not overly present in the taste gives a pretty big buzz, more than I'd expect from 8.5%.

It's a solid American take on the tripel, but just not a style I'd seek out.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A - Medium pale yellow with a thin layer of off-white head.

S - A lot of funk up front and some almost oak-like aromas. Some bready malts, Belgian yeast, cloves and fruity notes.

T - Funk dominates up front with almost an oak barrel flavour, which is odd since this is not oak aged. Belgian yeast, cloves, bready malts and lighter citrus and spice notes. A nice overall flavour profile.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a golden orange color that produced a minimal white head that quickly turned to just bubbles.

(S)- Silky banana biscuits surrounded by lemon and clove. Rather sugary sweet smelling.

(T)- Very potent clay and mineral characteristics followed by apple and lemon fruit flavors. A spice funk on the finish.

(M)- Despite its wonderful aroma, the taste is rather backwards and slightly offbeat. Great carbonation level, but the mouthfeel is rather harsh due to a hot, boozy swallow and a strange apple juice concentrate quality to it. The spice, whatever it is, really conflicts with the rest of it.

(D)- An interesting and slightly bizarre triple that definitely has some funk with that strange apple presence. Could be young, could be too old, I have no idea. Tastes fine, but not what I would normally expect from what a Triple normally is.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Stevedore
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no bottling date. Thanks David. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/22/2014.

App- Slightly hazy golden body, less than 1 finger worth of white head, ok retention, small bits of lacing.

Smell- Belgian yeast spices, very malty

Taste- Malty as heck, quite sweet with Belgian candied sugar, spices, Belgian yeast flavour

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, good carbonation, not difficult to drink

Overall- I find tripels to be a boring style and this doesn't change that perception. Still a solid beer without any offensive characteristics that I didn't mind drinking

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of markgugs
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HopHobo for this one.

Yellow & very cloudy, with a gutshot of suspended sediment, which I always enjoy swirling around. Smell is sickly sweet.

As is the taste. The spicing on this one is nice & tart, with a good kick to it, almost like it's a bit over-hopped for a triple - nice touch. Over & under that is a layer of sweetness. The overall effect works well.

Alcohol isn't noticeable. Mouthfeel is very dry & crisp. Easy drinking.

Nothing overwhelming or unique about this one, but I am enjoying it. As solid an example of a trippel as I've had.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. Pour reveals a tangerine ale topped with a thin white head. Aromas are fruity Belgian yeast, hints of apricot, pear, apple, with some faint alcohol. Tastes are fruity and spicy Belgian yeast, alcohol prickles on the tongue along with some peppery notes and a slight mandarin orange along with notes of ethanol. Overall, not a bad Belgian Trippel. I guess you could say that there's nothing too wrong with it, but nothing great about it either.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed orange-yellow color with a small head of white foam. The head fades quite quickly leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is that as may be expected for a triple. The strongest smell is that of some bubblegum and banana mixed with some aromas of a spice nature. The spice is heaviest of a clove smell but contains other aromas of some lemongrass and coriander as well. Along with these smells comes some light biscuit smells as well as some other aromas of a candied sugar and yeast cake smell. Overall it is on the sweeter side but delicious, hiding any boozy aromas quite well.

Taste – The taste begins quite sweet upfront with lots of candied sugar and fruit of banana, orange, and pear. From the start there are also some more doughy like flavors that create a base for the sweeter flavors to rest upon. Quickly some flavors of yeast and spice come to the tongue, bringing some degree of balance to the sweet. The spice is quite heavy of clove, coriander and some pepper with it really giving a nice bite to the beer. With the addition of the yeast and spice, so too comes some more biscuit like flavors in replacement of some of the doughy flavors, and with that transition there is also a nice increase in the candied sugar flavors as well as a nice bubblegum flavor. With a bit more banana and some grass coming to the tongue at the very end of the taste, one is left with a sweet but quite pleasant and enjoyable Belgian triple flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The combination of the two is very nice for the yeasty, spicy and fruity flavors of the brew, making for a rather nice easy drinking triple.

Overall – Overall a very tasty and quite nice drinking tripe that, while a bit on the sweeter side, was very balanced and smooth. Quite delicious and well worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Pours clear golden with small head for a Trippel. Aroma of yeast, spice, pears, honey. Tastes follows with a sweet honey pear flavor with a little belgian spice. One the sweet and heavy side for the style, but that's not surprising given the 10% abv. Overall I was impressed with this one and it is one of my favorite in the style.

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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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