Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Final Absolution TrippelDragonmead Final Absolution Trippel

Brewed by:
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 beerinator
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light yellow-copper, slightly hazy beer with a firm whitish head.

Aroma: Banana and spicyness kick hard on the original sniff. There is a malty presence here that backs up the fruit and spice.

Taste: The upfront flavors are banana (heavy banana) and caramel cakeyness. The spicing is there, but muted slightly at the beginning. The spices (clove and cinnamon?) show up in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and solid.

Notes: I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It was very drinkable and seemed close to what I interpret to be the style.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While it certainly doesn't look anything close to one, this is a pretty good tripel. The beer pours to a hazy brownish red with a weak head. The bubbles seemed a bit large, and the head fell to nothing fairly quick. Once again, this is probably the least tripel-ish looking tripel I've ever seen.

The smell is good, however. Lots of banana, clove, and a nice grain aroma. Sweet and dry. For some reason one of the first things that comes to mind is Bazooka Joe bubblegum.

The taste is very similar, though a bit more dirty. The flavors are intense. The clove in particular. Still good.

The body is fairly full. Good balance between an initial sweetness fading into a nice dry finish. Not a bad tripel, but certainly not one of the better ones I've had.

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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 EPseja
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in a personal "taste-off" against Dragonmead Bell's Sparkling Ale.

Served from a 12oz. bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Straight up amber in color. Big bubbles with lots of carbonation. Decent tan head. Slight haze from bottle conditioning.

S - Sweet and fruity with the usual belgian yeast profile. Nice carmel maltiness.

T - Double Bubble bubble gum. Candy sugar sweetness. And interesting take on this style. Not cloying as I was expecting it to be. Very light in the hop department after the swallow.

M - Nicely creamy and satisfying. Only a small carbonation growth in the mouth with a smooth finish.

D - Interesting take on the tripel style; much darker and maltier than any other tripel I've had. However, it still manages to retain the overall character of a good Belgian tripel.

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Photo of numenor1
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep dull orange. Very dark for a tripel. Modest white head, a little less than i generally expect from a tripel. Banana pudding aromas leap from the glass, backed with spice. Starts off on the palate with a truckload of munich malts, quite sweet, but quickly shifts gears and fleshes out into some pear, light apply and grapefruit characteristics, banana not nearly as evident in the mouth. Suggestions of some pith. Peppery throughout with a fairly dry finish. Body is very heavy for a tripel and the carbonation a little lighter than normal. Unfortunately i like my tripels feather light and cottony. Drinkability is ok. This is definitely a different take on a tripel, not bad at all, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber. Phenolic, fruity and spicy aroma with hints of sugars, banana, clove, cinnamon and ginger. Again, very phenolic and a rather typical creation that shows a lot of fruity esters, banana, clove and fruits. Yeasty as hell and the hops are quite spicy in their lingering bite. Sugary. Good stuff.

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Photo of MrHolland
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Smittysguinness for this rare opportunity to try this wonderful beer.
Pours in my snifter glass which produces a cloudy amber color with a two inch thick white head that falls away quickly and leaves some lace around the glass.
A sweet smell which is a little fruity with a lot of cloves thrown in as well.
Think with not very much carbonation, has some fruity esters in there, has a spicy kick to it as well. The 8.5% alcohol warms up the mouth and throat. Pretty complex brew with loads of flavors for the palate. This is my first of the style and will be pursuing many more.

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

had this a little while ago. sampler from the brewery. poured copper with a light off white head that left some lacing. aroma, citrus, yeast, over ripe banana, cloves, hints of alcohol.flavor, the cloves and banana comes out first than got a nice taste of alcohol about the same. not to bad

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Photo of trumick
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of isubsmith
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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

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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 nortmand
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 nomad
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of blackthistle
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerFink
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.


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Photo of Higravity
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of winomark
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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