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 Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 -1.3%
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 0%
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 -15.8%
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 -0.7%
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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Photo of ryantho00
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle to a deep hazy golden orange color. Two finger falls quickly and has nice lacing throughout.

Slight citrus aroma and small hints of hops.

This has a nice citrus, orange, hops, slight maltiness, with a peppery dryness. Its a nice full bodied beer, well done on the Belgium style. Alcohol is well hidden for the high octane level. Good biscuits and dryness aftertaste.

Overall, very nice Belgium style beer.


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

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed nicely golden apricot color with a ½” off-white head that soon recedes to a layer of foam on the liquid and that leaves some patches clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves

Smell: The aromas include some spicy yeast with citric and banana notes. Along with this there is some nice subtle malt with traces of vanilla.

Taste: The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There are some light white pepper notes along with some citrus and subtle banana. The malt contribution is a light sweetness with traces of vanilla and green orchard fruits. This is a very complex collection of flavors that come and go and dance about the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft creamy character from the gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish is gently sweet with a flowery character that slowly fades into a bit of dryness but no bitterness shows.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve enjoyed sipping this one. Each sip leaves me so ready for another and I’ll be happy to have this beer again in the future. My overall impression is that this is a very well made beer which is deserving of its awards and is an outstanding beer that is a nice expression of a Belgian style.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating on the bottle or label. Pours a slighly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. No lacing.

Nice aroma of spicy Belgian yeast, with some light fruit - mostly pear, not getting much apple. Some light grainy notes in the background.

Solid tripel flavor that does feature plenty of the light fruitiness and spiciness from the yeast. Much more apple in the flavor than the aroma. The spiciness combines well with the light, sweet malt.

Medium mouthfeel and very little alcohol presence. Solid tripel and one I would gladly have again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Hazy golden color. White colored head holds for a minute, then fades away. A few tiny streaming bubbles, but not the visual carbonation I was expecting.

Spicy Belgian yeast, ripe fruit, pears and apricot. A hint of alcohol in the nose. Earthy notes finish things off.

Pale, cracker malt up front. Nice amount of ripe fruit follows. A spicy, earthy feel from the yeast goes along very well. some warmth from the alcohol. A hint of sweetness up front, but dries at the finish.

Seems to have a bit heavier body, or perhaps the carbonation is not as strong compared to others in the style. The fruity notes go very well with the character the yeast is contributing. Very enjoyable.

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

The beer appeared a nice golden color with hints of orange with a nice white head that dissipated too quickly. The aroma was sweet and spicy as a good Belgian should be. The taste follows the nose well, but with a distinct banana and spice notes. There was also a slight pepper flavor that appeared during the beer. The beer was very smooth and easy to drink. The beer had a moderate mouth feel and good carbonation. Overall, a very fine brew and one that I hope to enjoy again.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rochefort Chalice.

Semi clear, pale gold. White head, one or two rings of lacing. Doesn't looks bad, doesn't look amazing.

This is nice. Lots of good fruitiness and not much at all of the weird Belgian yeast aromas that can happen when the yeast isn't done properly. Light levels of clove and pepper build a gentle spiciness. Lots of pear, peach and apple make a luscious fruit aroma.

Wow, this is a DAMN fine Tripel. Very balanced, but leaning towards candied fruity esters. Phenols and strange flavors are low, but a gentle spiciness breaks up the sweetness of apple sauce and honey glazed notes.

Full bodied, especially for the style. Carbonation is lively enough to keep the beer from being a burden but light enough as to not be sharp. A slightly dry, spicy finish is exactly what I wanted from this beer.

Dragonmead. Yes. I've had a small handful of their beers. I only get to try them once a year in July. Next year I need to hit their pub. Dragonmead is an extremely solid, unappreciated brewery in MI, a state FULL of extremely solid, unappreciated breweries.

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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 sweatervest27
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt yellow, almost orange, with a quickly fading one finger head. Slight lacing, I swirled the last bit in the bottle to release the yeast from the bottom which added a nice haze to the rest of the beer.

Smell is strong of buttery banana bread, sweet with some spice notes coming through. Extremely pleasant, reminds me of the holidays as a kid.

The taste follows the nose, thankfully. The typical banana/clove Belgian yeast flavors are very prominent which is kind of surprising as most American brewers don't often capture this quite this well. There's a slight peppery bite midway through with a mild citrus finish. I'm also picking up banana again but moreso in the form of dried banana chips with some nutty aspects.

This is very smooth drinking, the carbonation is just about perfect for the style. Medium to light bodied and just damn tasty. Belgian ales are usually sweet and spicy, the flavors are what make this style and final absolution doesn't fall short within this category. If you happen to come across one of these pick it up, dragonmead has done an awesome job replicating the flavor profile of a classic trippel.

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

Appearance - golden-orange and a bit hazy with a smallish white head that dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.

Smell - Sweet and spicy with apple, caramel, bubble gum and spice.

Mouthfeel - moderate body with nice crisp carbonation

Taste - Banana, spice, subtle bitterness. Finish is dry with a little bit of honey aftertaste.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange with a one finger head that dies away quickly and leaves no lace. On the nose there is a combination of fruitiness, largely banana, with a little bit of spice, perhaps cinnamon and clove. The banana is the most pronounced. In the mouth the bananas taste like the ones I ate as a kid, in a dish with toothpicks and a hint of sugar. There is also a little bit of clove and cinnamon here, too, and perhaps just a touch of alcoholic warmth. The body is medium with a shimmering finish, those goofy banana notes hanging on for quite a long time. Really, quite a long time.

Overall, this is a fine brew, one of the better American tripels I've had, but not to the level of some of the Belgians. Still, there's no shame in that. I passed a bottle of this around at DLD and people had the same impression. A nice, under the radar brew that probably deserves a little more love than it gets.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster.

Appearance: Fizzy, thin head which begins at about two-fingers fizzles quickly down to a fine but even froth on the surface of the beer. Carbonation is light, with most of it traveling in single-file bubble-trains. Beer itself is a burned straw color.

Smell: In two words: Banana Bread. Candy sugars, dark fruits, heavy caramel malt, a good dose of ester and some spice notes. A little too pungent to be great, but not bad by any means.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a super bite upon entry. Carbonation makes it very light on the tongue, with strong bitterness leading the way for sweet spices and fruits. Very foamy, but once it calms down, there's a nice malt underneath it all. Rinses with a lot of bitterness in the back of the throat, but all that fizzy carbonation kinda throws me off.

Overall: I used to be big on Tripels, but perhaps my tastes are changing; either that, or it tastes super-different on tap. Either way, I think it's just slightly above average for a tripel. Not bad, but I won't go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of techfed87
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange. Smell has a quite particular yeast characteristic to it.

First sip is interesting. The belgian yeast really does dominate the body and flavor of the beer. It has, what I would consider, the "Belgian yeast" flavor, something I can't really get a handle of in terms of being able to articulate it correctly. However, this beer has it in abundance. And while I can see that as being a pretty redeemable quality for a trippel, I guess I was just expecting it to be a bit more than what it turned out to be.

Good, to be sure, but definitely not great.

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

I got this beer form my buddy Dave (Bierenutz). Thanks Dave! Poured this one in my Struise glass. The beer looks very good with the big white head. Too bad there are only a few bubbles of carbonation in the glass. The head stays quit a while.

The smell is pretty neutral, not much going on in the nose. The taste is somewhat sweet and some pineapple/banana comes around. This beer has a full taste and it is very worth trying+++

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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 Aubreyr6
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing beer, in fact, I have brewed a clone of this I like it that much. It is suprisingly smooth for the alcohol content and isn't too sweet. It is not heavy or overpowering. I have turned many people on to this beer - its great that you can also get it bottled.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part of a beer score of Michigan brews graciously bequithed upon me by relatives visiting at Christmastime, let's give it a whirl. At first glance I see it is bottle conditioned as it has yeast on the bottom, give a swirl and let it rest a bit as to avoid playing "beer hunter". Popping the top of this brew it smells, well, yeasty. Also very malty with hints of licorice, spices and candies. Pours to a cloudy yellow orange with a fizzy off white head that recedes quickly. I'm letting it warm a bit as this is one I don't want to drink too cold. On the first sip the first standout is mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is like syrup with a fizziness that adds to flavor. The flavor is sweet at the start almost citrus like but then quickly shifts to a sour tartiness that then transitions into a slightly bitter finish. There is some warming but for the most part the high AC isn't readily evident. This is a very tasty brew, that will, without a doubt, knock your socks off.

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

Poured from a bottle (bottled 10.05.10) into a Chimay chalice

A: A delightfully murky gold color. Poured 3/4 into the chalice and it formed less than half an inch of thin wispy head which quickly disappeared, allowing me to pour the rest of the bottle into the chalice.

S: Good smell of bananas with hints of cinnamon, and perhaps clove

T: Spice notes on the front, with a predominance of clove, followed by a slight alcohol finish with hints of banana.

M: Nice and smooth, yet seeming just a bit lacking for something with this body IMO

D: I'm torn here. This is a decent trippel, and the strength of it is well hidden until you're about halfway through the chalice. I remember trying this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beerfest for a couple years and thinking this was one of the best every time I was there, consistently going back for more. However, as I taste this now, I notice more of the alcohol taste than I used to, and would probably stop after one bottle in an evening. This is not to diminish from it's quality, it's just not quite what I remember in my head.

Overall, an very good brew that deserves to be tried if you get the opportunity.

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

My brother brought this four pack home the other day since he has really been into tripels lately. I have only had the ring of fire and some meads from dragonmead, so lets give it a try and see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a hazy golden lemon color with a finger and half worth of fluffy white head.

S- The best way to describe the smell is fruity and yeasty, that's about all I get from the aroma.

T- The taste is full of banana and cloves and maybe a little green apple in there, similar to a hefewiezen. The wheat really comes through on the finish along with a slight amount of hoppy bitterness.

M- Medium light bodied, good carbonation and very crisp on the finish.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable. The flavors are balanced well and the alcohol is hidden very nicely, I would have never guessed this beer was 8.5% since there is hardly any trace of booze.

Overall I thought this was a good tripel, it wasn't mind blowing by any means but it was a nicely balanced tripel. I would not turn down a chance to have this brew again. I hope to try to some more dragonmead beers in the future.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy lime yellow with a ring of white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices (especially clove). Flavor is again mostly Belgian yeast with lots of spices and some bready malt. An ok Belgian but not very trippel-esque actually without the usual fruity undertones.

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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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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
4 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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