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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 Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of spice and yeast
Head average (3 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to broken 1-2 mm ring and some small islands
No lacing
Body is medium yellow with slight haze
Flavor begins slightly sweet with yeast and spice; a slight alcohol burn becomes very pronounced immediately after swallowing. No hops or diacetyl are noted.
Palate is medium, slightly oily, with lively carbonation.

Over the years I have had various Dragonmead brews and have yet to be impressed. This is no exception.

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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 myelo
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dense bright gold/orange with thin white head, mild lacing and tiny bubbles.

Aroma is peppery citrus, orange and lemon with cloves. Some ethanol and light malt.

Initial taste is banana and cloves then sweet candy orange. Mild spicy, clean bitterness. Dry phenol and ester aftertaste.

Medium-light body with high carbonation and a bit of oily sheen. Medium ethanol warmth.

I'm no expert on trippels but this has a lot of interesting flavors and is well balanced if a tad sweet. The alcohol waits until you aren't looking and sneaks up on you.

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Photo of CHSeattle1
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an absolutely great example of Trippel. Initial color is semi-opaque, dense yellowish; typical for a tripple. I can't fully comment on how it pours as it was on-top. Head was good and very aromatic. Taste is exceptionally sweet with citrus notes. Mouthfeel is decent and lingers notably. Overall, this is a great beer and one of my favorite trippels.

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Photo of LooseGasCap
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very, very malty with a nose only a mother could love. If you're into malty, sweet brews, this one is for you. Very smooth on the way down, almost gulpable. I found myself fairly full afterwards, but wanting more of that caramel, malty flavor. A delicious brew and fun to drink. I had it at HopCat, Lansing, MI, served in a belgian beer glass.

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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 lochef81
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with a very slight and short lasting off white head. The smell is malty sweet with a bite of alcohol and a little yeast. The flavor follows suit. Quite sweet but tangy at the same time. Definite alcohol and yeast notes but we'll balanced by the sweet malts. This is a well crafted Belgium style ale but I ask...why buy an American alternative to the classic style when there are so many perfect examples coming straight from the original source. Just my opinion.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Tasted 14 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pour a pale clear amber, the color of scotch. Brought with no head, leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smell is warm and fruity. Clean and full of esters, almost banana-like. Reminds me a touch of a hefeweizen, but only the pieces that belong in a tripel, IMO.

Taste is outstanding. Hard to describe what I like so much about it; it’s fruity, rich, and packed with Belgian yeast-digested candi sugar. Sweet and dry, clearn and varied. Yum.

Feel is good. Not thick, but mouth-filling in a buoyant way. Lasts just the right amount before drying out, leaving me wanting the next sip.

An excellent tripel. Definitely on the sweet side, but with enough dryness to balance it out. Delicious.

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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 Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber-colored brew is transfered from tap to glass, and it's got a white head, initially of moderate size but going wispy with time, though some foam is always there. Lacing is light on the glass.
There's a beautiful spicy, soft, sweet blend of banana and clove in the aroma. Yeast is pure, just offering those soft notes and no graininess or anything interfering. Soft apple flesh and a very light dust, a sort of gentle earthiness, round it out for impressive depth.
The taste follows suit, and what's impressive is the attention to detail, the smoothness in how the flavors meld, and the lack of anything else to take away. It's a fantastic marriage of softness and strength. A little bit of bubble gum, a peppery bite, the banana and clove I hope for and that the nose provides, light, far from cloying candi sugar sweeness, just a kiss of herbal hops; this beer's got it going on.
The body is smooth, with a soft but firm crispness. It's creamy, with a light to medium body.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (070813 stamp on the label - I assume is bottled on date) poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear (barest amount of haze) amber-gold. Thin white rings of foam, Occasional strand of lacing, but eventually this all died away.

Smell: Yeast, hint of fruit, very typical Belgian pale ale style smell.

Taste: Lots of flavors. Fruity esters, candi sugars, sweet malt, hint of phenol, herbal & flowery hops at the finish. Lingering sweet, caramelized/burnt sugar finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, smooth, slick, tiny bit of stickiness to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty, and if it didn't say Tripel, I would have just chalked this up to a very good Belgian pale ale. Alcohol is very well hidden. I would not mind at all having another but as a proper Tripel should, the alcohol will sneak up on you and let you know it's there by the end of the second glass. Good overall beer, but the appearance was a disappointment - it should have had better lacing and head.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear honey color with a small white head and no lacing

S-banana, honey, slight citrus, light toast

T-bananas, caramel malt, orange, clove, slight bitterness to the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a nice tasting Tripel, enjoyed savoring this one

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Photo of Roman5150
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into snifter

appearance: dark cloudy unfiltered orange, slight white head, intricate lacing

smell: heavy coriander, clove, belgian yeast, subtle ginger, citrus, some grape

taste: coriander, citrus, lemon, not getting much of the malt presence, sourness is prominent, notes of apricot, hint of white wine, slight ginger in the finish. Very well balanced and smooth

mouthfeel: average carbonation, semi-full bodied, the finish is pretty thin..

overall: Probably my favorite American take on a trappist style trippel. While not equal to any Belgian equivalent, this is a damn good beer. Well balanced, refreshing, with a nice sour/fruity presence that adds some zest to the normal bready trippel style. My favorite offering from Dragonsmead, a quality brew that I will buy again. Pretty hard to find, even in SE Michigan.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Honey golden. The short off-white head dissipated to a ring of foam.

Aroma: A slight sourness with sweet caramel.

Taste: Funky sour with some sweetness. Detected fruitiness (apricot?). Nice balance between the flavor components. A pleasant sweetness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A little light with low carbonation even when held in the mouth for a while.

Overall: Quite enjoyable. This is a very nice example of this style. I'll definitely have it again.

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Photo of hackmann
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy golden body with a one finger white head; if it pours clear then you did not get the sediment off the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: mild earthy yeast, fruity, light Belgian spice, sweet

Flavors: fruity – white grape, banana, pear, apple and a touch of orange; sweet; spicy Belgian style yeast; light clove; mild floral hops

Mouthfeel: mild-moderate; sweet candied fruit, light tart feel, floral, smooth, very low carbonation, the alcohol does not come into play here on the taste so be careful

To the Point: a pretty good Trippel; a solid representation of this style; it is worthy to purchase

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Photo of DragonzBreath
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel ..
This beer poured copper color and murky, but then cleared nicely .
A very crisp clean beer..Citrus and Honey up front with a light linger with the bitter.
Almost wine like. The smell was odd, a bit yeasty. I enjoyed this beer. The BrewCrew will be visiting this brewery! Abv 8.5
14600 East Eleven Mile Road
Warren, Michigan, 48089
United States

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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 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 PoopChute69
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to shamrock for surprising me with this one!

Boat loads of floral yeast stuff the nostrils... great pale fruit character with little competition from the malts.

Rather one dimensional... reminiscent of New Belgium's Trip... clove and spicy sweet fruit, good not great.

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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 bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle not dated

Dragonmead Final Absolution poured a cloudy [light yellow] peach color into a chalice. A ¾ finger white head was formed that dissipated rather quickly to a small collar of foam. The nose is sweet, dominated by; light fruit, banana, and bubble gum. The taste is very similar to the nose, up front it is of sweet candy sugar and banana followed by yeasty notes and a light clove. The carbonation was lighter than I am accustomed to for the style.

Final Absolution is a good American Triple, however, I was expecting a little more from Dragonmead. It has a way to go to compete with the top shelf Triples.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fast growing and fast falling soapy head settles into a one-finger foamy white crust. Brew is quite fogged and has some yeast fallout.

Nice Belgian-y esters... Banana, bread, peach, and cloves...

Very bitter, not your normal heat sweetness from a Tripel. Heat is untraceable other then a funky bite at the tail end of the bread-y flavors. Belgian flavors are nice, but over powered by bitterness. Heavy carbonation also detracts from the flavors, but helps distract from the noticeable heat...

A nice Tripel, but not one I would seek again. Thanks, Adam for sharing...

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Photo of Mavigo
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Travelers Club restaurant in Okemos. They have a huge selection of international beers and wines, surprising for a small town joint. Ordered this with my brother, was a very good Trippel indeed.

A: Poured a nice honey gold with a short white head that dissipated almost instantly with a small amount of lacing.

S: Smells yeasty, fruity and somewhat like bananas to me.

T: Tastes golden, very sweet, like honey, fruity, a lot of warmth from the alcohol.

M: very fulfilling, good carbonation but well balanced with the alcohol, just a perfect warm finish, great for a cold night.

O: Can't believe this is from Warren, this is an excellent fall beer, and a great Trippel.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan.

Appearance: It looks like apple juice, to be honest. It looks REALLY poor... I got it with no head, and there was no lacing. Despite this, I still got a nice bit of carbonation while drinking it.

Smell: Like a faint grape juice... that's about it. Not bad but also not great, either.

Taste: Like the smell... but the taste of the smell is much better than the smell itself. Know what I mean? It's just a pretty heavy beer. Almost a syrupy texture with carbonation, and a smash to the face of really grape like flavors. Very fruity, but super enjoyable and WAY too drinkable.

Mouthfeel: As I said, nice carbonation. It drinks like a wine cooler, sad to say... it's just a great experience.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. A very fruity beer, but still a great one that I'd gladly have again. Though its looks are very unremarkable, what matters the most is the taste, and this tastes VERY good, in my opinion. Just beware of the ABV ... I didn't realize it was so high. Oops.

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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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