“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.”
Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel
Tripel, 8.5% ABV
Sayeth the Guys
Ryan: This Belgian style Tripel – the flagship beer of Dragonmead – was poured from the taps of Dusty’s Tap Room in Okemos, MI and enjoyed on their patio on a sunny afternoon in early June.
The beer pours a lovely creamsicle orange in color with a finger or two’s worth of white, marshmallowy head. Banana and spices fill the nose. The smell almost reminds me of Ben & Jerry’s “Chunky Monkey” ice cream.
The taste is not far off the from the nose, minus the ice cream. Loads of banana, bubblegum and cloves bum rush the palate. There is also a hint of fruit sweetness about midway through – almost similar to kiwi but not quite as sour. Very interesting. The banana becomes far more pronounced as this beer warms.
What I found most intriguing is this beer is heavy enough to be a little bit syrupy but a good amount of carbonation offsets that and makes it highly drinkable.
This is a very refreshing summer beer. Dangerously refreshing in fact. You do not taste one drop of the 8.5% ABV.