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Solstice - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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89
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 24
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 03-12-2006)
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Reviews by atsprings:
Photo of atsprings
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and cages bottle into 2 Brooklyn tulips shared with rtratzlaff. Pours a nice hazy dark yellow with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is a abundance of sweet malts and spice, pepper and orange peel. Taste is a wonderful blend of sweet malts, sweet fruits, lemon, spices and a hint of citrus hops. The beer is medium bodied, but the dry smooth carbonation hides the alcohol well. One of the brewers at Pisgah told me how they won a taste test in New York that included some Trapist tripels, I must admit, this is likely the best American brewed tripel I've have yet.

atsprings, Apr 01, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 10oz glass lighter dull golden with thinner than expected white head,phenolic aromas dominate maybe a bit to much was hoping for some citrus aromas but not really there.A good full mouthfeel,flavors are pretty subtle for such a big beer some spice that of clove and maybe a touch of nutmeg with an underlying pineapple fruitiness but a little subtle.Hmm its a beer thats rough around the edges and maybe needs to be tweaked a little but its worth giving a try.

oberon, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Mantooth, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served side by side with a Delirium Tremens, otherwise I may have liked this more. The Delirium was better in both feel (partly due to the higher carbonation) and flavor.

S: plenty of yeasty banana with clove. Bready malt in the background. The flavor follows the nose,and had a bit too much of the banana/clove thing going on, as well being a shade too sweet.

Hazy, in contrast to the bright, crystal clear Delirium, but with a similar large white head that had good retention.

O: falls short of world-class, but a fine attempt for an American and organic version of this Belgian style.

chinchill, May 06, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pears, bananas, and Belgian candi sugar. As it warms light spice aromas come out but the sweetness is first and foremost throughout.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sugar-coated pear flavors up front carry through all the way to the sweet and crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the light side with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a solid trippel but I would prefer a bit more spice and a bit less sweetness. Still, it's worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lovely American take tripel, from Bruisin' Ales. Fresh yeast, very smooth mouthfeel,with an underlying orange cream taste. Very drinkable.Cloudy with a great white bubbly head.Refreshing yeasty inhale.Not with the best Belgian versions,but still quite good. On the sweeter side.

Sammy, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A - dark gold with a hazy orangish hue; thin lacing of white head; ton of carbonation rising to the top

S - orange peel, belgian funk, spicy

T - white grapes, spicy, yeasty, warming alcohol in the finish

M - warm, medium to full bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a pretty decent Tripel. It has decent flavor. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract from anything. It's worth trying.

tdm168, May 26, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - think i brought this back from asheville this summer

appearance: clear bright orange body, rather low carbonation, not much head.

smell: strong and sweet, honey, clove, booze, sharp citrus, lemongrass, pepper

taste: a lot of sweetness, spicy alcohol, lemon zest and lemongrass, doughy, clove, banana, sour fruit, biscuit malts, candied sugars, orange peel, peppery, spicy

mouthfeel: a bit syrupy, spicy booze, doughy

drinkability: ok

dirtylou, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light gold, straw-colored. Filtered, clear. A thick white head sits on top.

Fruits and spices fill the nose. Smells more like a wine or cider than a beer, but the scents are pleasant nonetheless.

It tastes like it smells, an overload of fruits and spices...too many to identify.

A lot of complexity in the mouth. It's sweet from all the fruits, before giving way to some bite from the spices. On top of that, there is almost a numbing of the lips from all the ingredients and high alcohol, with only faint warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

Despite the overload of flavors and the high alcohol, it's a pretty smooth beer that you'll be eager to drink. Nice lacing.

***I had to edit this and change my score for appearance. I had this in a 25 ounce bottle so the first pour didn't include any of the sediment. After you can spin the bottle and pour all the goodness into the glass, it's a much nicer looking beer. Cloudy and a cross between white and gold is what it looks like.

RickS95, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely the best beer (of the few) I tried at the Hickory Hops festival. This one won a top award previously and deserved it. No noticeable smell or taste of alcohol, nice light color. Fruity esters supported by a soft malt character. Hits the spot, especially for a NC brewer just getting their feet wet with high gravity brews.

Backer2004, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had during an afternoon ticking session at Pisgah! Served from tap into a sampler imperial pint. Poured a golden straw yellow with a half finger pure white head that remained throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. While this one was not very complex, it was really easy drinking. 9%!?!? Where the Hell did Pisgah learn the ninja-art of hiding alcohol in their beer!? Holy Christ... I need to take a DD with me next time I go. Pretty good flavor profile going on here as well as the aroma for the style. Another standout on my ticking session while at Pisgah.

thagr81us, May 04, 2011
Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev -0.7%

cwd, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip glass.

Appeared to be a hazy yellow/light orange color. Unfortunately the bartender did not leave a head on it.

The beer smelled of bananas and possibly some other citrus fruits, orange or lemon. It also had some spice to it as well as some yeast.

The taste was great. Classic Belgian tripel. The citrus and banana really came out and the alcohol was very noticeable but not completely overpowering. It is sweet and complex and finishes smooth.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but I am not sure that one would want to drink more than 2 of these at a time. Definitely a beer that you want to sit back and enjoy. This is a beer that I would definitely want to order again.

PhillyStyle, May 12, 2008
Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a yellow-gold with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: lots of spices and bubblegum and candy sugar at first along with some faint light fruit notes with a sweet bready finish.

T: lots of Belgian spices again followed by bubblegum, candy sugar, and pear flavors. The finish is of sweet breads and yeast with a light alcohol burn.

M: medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is a little under-attenuated, but not too thick and sweet.

O: a good American tripel. It's tasty, though a little sweet and thick for the style.

n2185, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Pisgah Brewery in Asheville, NC on 5/29/10

A - Golden-yellow with a thin white head that dissipated quickly to a nice ring around the glass.

S - Bananas, pears, Candi sugar, Belgian yeast. Bit of hop citrus

T - More banana, pears, Candi sugar, Belgian yeast. Bit of orange citrus with a white pepper & clove finish.

M - Crisp! Medium bodied, surprised to see it's 9% ABV!

D - Could easily drink a few of these in a sitting if not for the ABV. Very quenching. Solid brew from Pisgah!

jsanford, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of hyuga
4/5  rDev -0.7%

hyuga, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I finally made it up there to take on the Solstice. I have heard such good things, and particularly regarding this batch that I really needed to get up there to try and see what Dave keeps raving about. Your typical looking Pisgah bottle, I pulled this one straight out of the fridge and served it in Mock Turtle.

Appearance - Holy Snikes! We have a foamer! This one damn near exploded when I popped the cork, literally waking the baby and scaring the neighbors, that was one hell of a pop. To its credit, nothing left the bottle. Poured it into the glass, this one simply foamed up the entire glass, and I had to make several additional to get a nice one poured, but wow this was big. Has to be the most carbonated beverage I have ever had the chance to try, Duvel included. A beautifully golden yellow, the haziness of it only served to magnify the shine it gave off. Some light sediment in the bottle, but that was from me, as I like it. A towering head of white foam at least four inches high, that never faded or let up in any way, in fact it seemed to just stay there forever. This was just insanely good looking. Very impressed with this.

Smell - The aroma was very light and airy. Lots of grains here with a touch of yeast in the aroma. Light banana and lemon. Some light touches of grass and even the slightest bit of grape. This was every bit as complex as it was light. The carbonation was literally tingling my nose, it was just that good.

Taste - The flavor was not coming on extraordinarily well also. Super light, and full of flavor, this was an instant classic as soon as I took the first sip. Very nice light notes of yeast and wheat, some light fruit backed in as well. Nice hints of peach and a touch of wine like alcohol, but very light and more of a subtle nice surprise then anything else. The flavor was insanely good, and at times effortless. The finish was dry; almost a champagne like dryness to it with a long lasting flavor of grass or wet hay, and you just had to go back for another sip when it was done.

Mouthfeel - The most light bodied, most highly carbonated triple you could possibly ever hope to drink. The carbonation was absolutely beautiful with tiny bubbles just rippling through your mouth and offering one of the nicest profiles I have ever seen.

Drinkability - This was absolutely outstanding. I could not even begin to describe how good this one tasted. It was just simply outstanding in every way; the alcohol was practically non existent and the lightness of the body just lended itself perfectly to being sipped constantly and even on a nice hot day.

Overall, wow, I am not even sure what to say. This was far and away my favorite of the big Belgian style ales from Pisgah that I have tried, my only regret was that I did not pick up more of it when I was up there, but that is sure to change as I intend to grab a few cases very very soon.

mikesgroove, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I recommend opening this one in the sink! When a popped the cork with a LOUD pop a geyser of foam rushed out and soaked my counter-top, counters, floor, shirt and me up to my elbows. After the mess was cleaned up I gave it +.5 in apperance because it was pretty cool. I've had them gush out before but never quite like that.
Pale gold in color. Hazy. Massive pillowy head. Looks like a bubble bath. Thick lacing last forever. Very attractive and sophisticated looking beer.
Bananna and Belgian yeast in the aroma. Somewhat faint but pleasant.
Flavor is pale malts with hints of wheat. Bananna and light spices. It's not the typical flavors of a triple but I kinda like the light subdued flavors. No less complex than other triples just more relaxed tasting.
Good mouthfeel with lively carbonation.
It's a sipper. The alcohol is well hidden but it's not one you would want to drink several of. Just a nice relaxing beer.
Solstice is not one of Pisgah's best beers. But an average beer from Pisgah would be a lot of breweries best.

wcudwight, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -0.7%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Barley's

a: hazy yellow in color, moderate head that recedes to leave a modest ring around the glass

smell and taste: Nice tripel aromas/flavors of yeasty banana with a moderately sweet, wheaty backbone. The big yeast character makes me think hefe-tripel. Delicate hop presence on the nose, with a papery hop flavor on the tongue and light bitterness.

mouthfeel: medium body, carbonation towards the medium range

d: Pretty easy, but two is plenty.

blackie, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of yeastsipper
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle received in a trade with goRideYourBike. Thanks Mike. After fighting the cork for at least 5 minutes, poured into some oversized wine glasses.

Beer pours a bright gold color with a nice white head. Nose of banana and apples and lemon peel with some pear, honey, yeast and a very slight touch of spiciness. Taste is great. Fruity, yet not overly so. Nice balance with the yeast. All flavors from the nose are there. My only knock would be that it was a touch sweet, but this is a fantastic beer and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the better, more interesting tripels I have had. I will be seeking out more Pisgah in the future....

yeastsipper, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to mikesgroove for the chance to try this southern gem!

A - cork had a bit of beer crusted on the edge, loud pop and a glass full of white foam ensue. It settles out and the first glass is a crisp straw yellow with a heavy bubble stream to the top. Subsequent pours show an increasing cloudyness as the sediment is increasingly disturbed.

S - wonderful belgian yeast notes with a nice light grains and a hint of lemon.

T - wonderful belgian yeasts dominate with a clean crisp light grain note and spices.

M - medium bodied, highly carbonated, crips and zesty. could be less carbonated but oddly the over carbonation of this brew does not detract from the drinking experience.

D - it takes a while for the foam to settle. It's worth the wait. this drinks nicely and crisply.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Hacksaw34
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Hacksaw34, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 2009 release acquired from fogdog courtesy of the Secret Bunny 2009, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, apples, some spice, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with mildly sweet flavors of apples, caramel, spices and some citrus. Then bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character follow. There's a bit of an alcohol sting and a mild hops presence, but a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 03, 2010
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Solstice from Pisgah Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.