Dragonmead Final Absolution: 8.5% abv
We're still in Michigan, finding unique and awesome expressions of beer around the different areas. This one is a particularly noteworthy piece by Dragonmead Brewery in Warren, Michigan. This is a Belgian Trippel ale, which is known to be heavier and higher in alcohol content, so let's give this a go.
The nose is fruity and refreshing, providing flavors of grape, champagne, apple, honey, slight lemon, anise, vanilla, cantaloupe, a subtle peppermint, and pumpkin. The nose is pleasant and complex, with a refreshing body and tons of flavors to swoon over. The taste continues this trend, providing many of the same notes for enjoyment, including honey, lemon, honeydew, lots of apple, vanilla, grape and strawberry, wheat, bubblegum, fall spices and pumpkin, and a little bit of champagne.
The finish actually takes a slightly different path, having a subtle vegetal quality, covered with melon, slight hops, a continuation of peppermint, and that little reminiscence of pumpkin at the end. The length of the finish is medium and aptly satisfying. This beer is a great one, with tons of flavors and enjoyable complexity, albeit leaning on the side of sweet, as a Belgian would. It's definitely worth a check out if you like the style.