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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-12-2002

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Ratings: 572 |  Reviews: 219
Photo of msuspartan22
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/ amber color with a bubbly white head that settles to a nice white layer.

S: Green apples, spice of cardamom, clove, fresh apricots dipped in honey, and light citrus notes are nicely brought over a fresh biscuit and bready malt base.

T: Sweet and spicy on the tongue and in good balance. The sweet is of fresh apricots, honey, light vanilla, and fresh baked bread and toffee for the grains. Some cardamom and light clove meet with bitter grapefruit and tropical fruit esters from yeast and hops.

M: Medium body with lively, prickly carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

D: All ingredients are in a fine balance and this beer really surprised me for it's many fine qualities like, aroma, flavor and superb mouthfeel. Alcohol is where it should be for this style and not overwhelming. if you see this one out there do try it!!

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Photo of andrewj17
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of tyamhydrogen
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a 1 finger off-white head. No real lacing.

Smell is dominated by the Belgian yeast with some fruity lemon and sweet candy.

Taste is yeast dominated again. Not overly peppery. Lemon and sweet malts are the most noticeable here to me. The alcohol is well-hidden. No noticeable hop flavors aside from the just enough bitterness providing balance to the sweetness. The taste becomes more enjoyable toward the middle of the beer.

A fair amount of carbonation and medium body and a small amount of residual sugary stickiness, but not to the point that the beer feels syrupy.

This is a pretty good tripel from a brewery I'm totally unfamiliar with. It doesn't strike me as top-notch, but if I saw it on tap and was in the mood for a tripel, I would have it again. I'm curious to try more brews from Dragonmead.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of TheMonk41
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of UnknownMale282
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of buschbeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours amber with some sediment floating in it. I got a skim of off white to beige head.

S - The aroma is banana, clove, some pear, and even a little apricot.

T - The taste seems more centered around the spices. I get a little banana, but this is a spicy beer. I get the cloves and even some pepper.

M - Smooth. Low carbonation

O - I enjoyed to olfactory and taste aspects of this beer. It was a nice spicy smack in the mouth before going to a family dinner.

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Photo of clegolfski
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of morimech
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a slight haze. Half finger of head forms and quickly settles to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Does not smell like a tripel to this drinker. Smells like popcorn. Just the slightest hint of yeast esters in the background.

Thankfully it tastes better but far from the classics in the style. Did the yeast misbehave in this batch? Pale malt flavor with some phenols. Some honey flavor as well. No sign of alcohol.

Good amount of heft to the body. Nicely carbonated.

That concludes my reviews of Dragonmead beers I collected during my recent Michigan trip. I would put Dragonmead on the 2nd tier of Michigan breweries. Consistancy seems to be their issue and that is probably the case with this beer.

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

I got this one from lewis1rg a little while back. Thanks Ryan!

"Tis better to curse the darkness than to light thy hand on fire."

A: Peppery orange, cloudy, and with a nice finger or so head that died down leaving a cloud of spider web-like froth in its wake.

S: Classic trippel, through and through, with a bit of spice and not much sugar on the nose. Subdued.... yet effective.

T: Citrus, with a mild pepper note, with honey-like sugar content. Hmmm... somehow, I kept coming back to the common theme of honey, honey, HONEY. Considering the fact that I like honey, I was totally cool with that.

M: Didn't coat my palate much, but my glass might beg to differ. Not much booze on this one.

O: Really nice Trippel. I love this style, and this is a great addition to the already great repertoire....

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Photo of n2185
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky yellow-orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some spice notes up front followed by sweet light fruits like pears. Bubblegum and candy sugar aromas are in there as well. There are some bread and yeast aromas towards the finish. It smells quite nice.

T: Again, some spices and light fruit flavors up front along with light bubblegum and candy sugar flavors. The yeasty characters kick in then, fairly bitter with lots of bready flavors.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't thickly sweet like a lot of American tripels, but is a little on the thick/bready side.

O: A good tripel, overall. The yeast characters are a bit too strong and it's slightly too thick for my tastes, but still good.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish-orange w/ a nice two finger head. Good carbonation and lacing. On the light side for the style, but still a nice looking tripel. Nose is fruit, banana, spice, yeast, malt. Very pleasant, although not quite up to the best Belgian tripels. Taste is the same profile. It's a nice beer, just not a 'great' beer. I'd like a little more complexity w/ this one. Feel is good- although I'd like it to be a little smoother, too much carbonation. Overall, I liked this one- it's just not world class. Still, I'd have it again.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a duvel tulip.

Dark clear gold color with some small white chunky particulates floating in suspension. The head wasn't big or fluffy, but did hit the 2 finger mark-- for a while. After 2 sips we have nothing but a small collar of white bubbles left. Virtually no lacing.

Wow. Holy sugar covered bananas. Like those dried bananas from a trail mix. That note dominates the nose, but a light yeasty doughy quality and grainy malt comes through as well.
The taste is exactly like the nose, but adds a slight spicy note-- peppery?

The body is kinda heavy feeling-- and low carbOmarion levels don't help here.

Overall -- not a terrible version of a triple, but nowhere near my favorites of the style.

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Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Final Absolution pours a very hazy copper color. Light cuts through and gives it orange highlights. A soft, white mass of bubbles collects on the surface, but doesn’t rise much further. It dissipates quickly, leaving very light strands of lace lining the glass.

The nose is pretty impressive. It kicks off with a really nice, spicy yeast scent. Clove and pepper are easily noted and are complemented very well by a healthy dose of banana. The yeast smells somewhat Belgian in character, but I’d like it to be a little closer. It does have a sweet smell to it. Maybe a touch of caramel. Alcohol is noted and seems maybe just a tad strong.

The flavor is likewise good. The yeast has a very strong impact on the flavor throughout. It is spicy, featuring nice clove and pepper flavors. There’s a little banana, but not as much as the nose suggested. Still tastes nice. It is definitely on the sweet side. It does taste like caramel and seems to separate itself from the authentic Belgian Tripels in that regard. Secondary flavors include light apple and floral hops. Alcohol is a little too strong in flavor. It isn’t warm at all though. Good stuff.

Final Absolution has a medium body and light carbonation. Feels nice and smooth. Not quite authentic Belgian smooth, but good nonetheless. Goes down pretty well.

Final Absolution is my first beer from Dragonmead Microbrewery. For an American Tripel, it really is pretty impressive. It’s not quite on par with the elite Tripels out there, but it’s definitely good. Its biggest problems are that it’s overly sweet and a little too boozy in flavor. Other than that, it really does perform pretty well. If you’re in a pinch for a pretty solid Tripel, Final Absolution is worthy of your attention.

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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 572 ratings