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Final Absolution

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Dragonmead Microbrewery
Warren, MI

Style: Abbey Tripel
ABV: 8.5%

Jill’s Rating:
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It must’ve been hard to be a knight. First you have to wear the suit of armor (I can’t imagine going to the bathroom in that thing). Then you actually have to move in it. Then you’re expected to do things like joust and slay dragons and woo the ladies. Well, I think Baby Boy would think that’s not a bad life, but I think it’d be kind of a pain in the ass.

Perhaps the one good thing about being a knight is that at the end of a long day of sword fighting, you could go to the pub and get a nice big tankard of something similar to Dragonmead’s Final Absolution to take your mind off things.

Dragonmead pulls out just about all the stops to brew this Belgian-style trippel ale. It pours out a beautiful deep golden color that seems to have a touch of red in it. It’s slightly cloudy, which is what you’re looking for in this style. The head is not quite as large as I would’ve thought it would be, but it does stay and lace nicely on the glass.

The smell is sweet and malty—you won’t get that hop scent with this beer—and the flavor is pretty big and robust. The sweetness makes it nice and creamy going down.

The only thing that prevents me from giving this beer the full five mugs is that it’s slightly watery on the end. The robustness dies a little bit, and you don’t have the full flavor that’s promised to you at the beginning of your swig. I thought it might help if the beer opened up a little bit, but it doesn’t fully improve enough for me. Of course, once the 8.5 percent ABV starts to kick in, you think it just might be the best trippel you’ve ever had, which is not a bad way to think; however, I’ve got to rate on style and be honest by saying Final Absolution is almost—but not quite—the final word on this style. Still though, it’s a great beer to enjoy, even if you don’t have to slay dragons on a daily basis.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on May 2, 2008.
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