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Solstice - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 86
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 23
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: oberon on 03-12-2006

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 86
Photo of DefenCorps
2.26/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks, Mike! Unfortunately, I did not care for this beer at all. Bottled Jan 09

A: Mildly hazy orange with a thin, white head with OK retention. Mild carbonation.

S: Floral and sweet with citrus and honey. Mildly spicy with white pepper. Very fruity with a combination of light fruits (peaches, apples, banana) and bubblegum

T: I'm not kidding, my first description of this beer was "gag reflex". Opening up with a mild citrus and apple juice sweetness before a massive, cloying sweetness washes over the palate, with floral, honey and sugar syrup. Mid palate brings out the banana and bubble gum character, before a sweet finish

M: Way too big and sweet both in body and finish. The carbonation is way too low as well.

D: I drank about 2 oz of this before I had to dump it.

Notes: Is there a good American-brewed tripel? Apart from the Brewer's Art stuff, I've been mostly horrified at the American interpretations of the style. Dry out your beer, folks. In fact, go have a St. Bernardus Tripel before you brew your next batch. (1,035 characters)

Photo of anycrew
2.36/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this one on draft served in a shaker pint. Good color for a tripel. Got a taste of belgian yeast character , but was overwhelmed by sweetness. It tasted like I was drinking unfermented wort. I drank about 1/3 of the pint and was over with this one. (252 characters)

Photo of KidsDoc
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC

golden transulucent, almost champagne appearance with minimal white foam

aroma was sweet, apples, a slight souring scent

Taste was over-the-top sweet. hints of banana, stronger apple notes. I will say the 9+ abv was well blended and did not add any heeat/chaos into the mix.

Mouthfeel was light-medium and a bit bubbly.

I like Belgians but this was way too sweet. Still drinkable and I enjoyed it more for the local experience than the actual beer. The sweetness made this more dessert beer than an nice high-gravity Tripel sipper (580 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml

This bottle came a lil' while back from my man jraycee, thanks Justin! Solstice happens to be one of the clearest beers I have ever seen. A sunrise golden body graces my glass with carbonation rushing up from every surface of the glass, its craziness. Streams of carbonation engulf the entire body. The first pour fills half my glass with meringue-like sticky head. The head does fall to a finger thick cap but not before leaving chunky, Belgian-esqe lacing down the glass.

Interesting nose for a tripel. It has the usual suspects but there's something a bit off. Mushy, overripe green apple with a solid layer of dust greet me upfront. An odd touch of cinnamon that actually picks up the overripe apples comes next but a medicinal quality I'm not so fond of jumps in and takes hold. A little peach here and pear there try to make up for the medicinal notes but fall short. Some dusty yeasty esters float around in the background with a mild graham cracker maltiness taking hold.

The flavor has many of the same problems the nose brought to the table. Musty, overripe apples and semi-tart peach flash upfront and last throughout but become somewhat watery, somewhat fast. An odd fruity sweetness hits mid-palate and detracts from the flavor. Sugar cookie sweetness, a flash of booze, and big green apples come along on the swallow. Dusty yeastiness plays its role with a sprinkling across the entire spectrum.

The body is airy upfront but as it works over the tongue becomes a little heftier with a touch of stick on the swallow. The carbonation is lively but dies down after being in the glass for a few minutes. It's strange with the airiness, almost wateriness, upfront and the stick on the back.

One glass Solstice is enough for me this evening. I was hoping for a better domestic tripel but what I found was a bit of a letdown.

I like the growlered beers I've had from Pisgah a great deal but most of the bottled versions are on the weak side, most of which being overcarbonated. Solstice's problem is much too much muddled flavoring. I appreciate the bottle Justin, thanks man! (2,096 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap with my buddy Khaismus in Asheville, whose review precedes mine.

Showed up in a goblet, was a hazy straw-yellow, with a 3cm tight white head that diminishes fast.

Yep, there’s certainly an overload of bananas in the smell, along with a bready, yeasty smell and some vague “spice”. Quite sweet, perhaps a bit overboard. No pineapple whatsoever for me, but there was an odd non-hop bitter smell going on...

Flavor is a bit lacking, the requisite bananas are there in spades, along with a sweet corn-syrup hit and some noticeable alcohol. Rather close to a very boozy German Hefe. Has a bit more complexity but nothing that jumps out aside from the bananas, which I felt were excessive. Mild esters and honey come through, although the finish is a bit sour. A good attempt at the style, and no off flavors, but a bit confused for my liking. Needs to be more balanced and with more discernible spice for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is acceptable, not overly carbonated.

Decent overall. If you’re crazy for bananas add a point to my score. Nice to see a regional brewer trying a difficult style. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a cloudy orange with a good sized head and the beer is very carbonated. The smell is citrus and the Belgian nature shows strongly. The Belgian yeast is very prominant in the taste as well as wheat. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and the abv certainly shows. Overall this is probably a decent beer of the style. (325 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from Mikesgroove in last years Black Booty BIF. I've been sitting on this one for awhile and tonight seemed like a good time while watching the Twins vs. Tigers play-in game. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Bottled on 12/19/2007

Appearance- Wow, definitely the lightest and clearest Tripel I've seen. Pours a light yellowish orange with a really bubbly two finger bright white head that manages to leave a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Some lightly fruity esters with hints of peach, tangerine and passion fruit right from the get-go. A bit grainy with a doughy sort of maltiness. Some cotton candy, brown sugar and tart green apple as well. A bit hoppier (maybe just fruitier?) than I'd expect a Tripel to smell.
Taste- Starts very earthy and hoppy with a 'green' sort of hop bite. Grassy and damn near minty it's lightly bitter and pithy. Some dirty yeasties as well before that doughy grain slides in. I don't really get the Belgium candy as the beer is fairly dry with a couple years on it. The alcohol is still present though and is slightly warming.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with some fairly intense carbonation for a sharp zesty feel.
Drinkability- Not really what I was expecting when I opened the bottle for sure. It's light and a bit more American that what I wanted. Which is weird to say because I'm not the hugest Belgium fan. A bit disappointing but glad I had the opportunity to try. Thanks Mike! (1,435 characters)

Photo of CWiggins
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really admire Pisgah brewing and their brews. There's nothing like visiting their brewery on Thursdays when it's open to the public. You can taste several of their offerings and purchase anything they've got bottled. Local folks fills the place and give it a real community atmosphere. On my last visit I picked up bottles of Solstice, Cosmos, Hellbender, and a growler of their Pale Ale. The Solstice is the first of this set I've sampled.

It pours a dark amber with lots of bubbles and a light, frothy, white head that sticks around a long time and clings to the side of the glass while the level of beer drops. Aromas of bubble gum, lemon, and a spicy floral essence waft up from the brew with a good sniff. This aroma certainly invites tasting! Floral and sweet malts are prominent on the front, while the finish is mostly bitter with a bright citrus character and a nice lingering aftertaste of bread.

If you're into Belgian styles, particularly Triples, I highly recommend this brew. Heck, I recommend everything Pisgah does! (1,035 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (454 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bruisin' Ales poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a creamy white head that stays as a cap for the duration with massive amounts of bubbles straming up from the bottom. Lacing is plentiful

The aroma is seriously sweet with candi sugar, fruity esters and tons of light fruit - pears, apples and apricots. There is also a bready malt aroma as well.

The taste is even sweeter than the aroma suggests. The sweet fruits and candi sugar are dominant throughout with bananas, apricots and pears on top of a light citrus and bready malt base. Good, but a tad sweeter than I prefer.

The mouthfeel is massively carbonated and fruity sweetness lingering on the palate.

This is a very good Belgian style beer from Pisgah though the sweetness was a tad overpowering for me in the flavor and limits the drinkability a tad. Still nice. (866 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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! (501 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the chance to enjoy this before but never got around to reviewing it.

It is a pale golden color and the only flaw being a thinner head than there should be, which also fades somewhat quick. Still, a slow and steady carbonation.

Smell is very nice. Mostly fruity scents coming through...bananas, yep. Also some pear and a light hint of cherry for me. Spiced tones are also present.

Taste is pretty good but not quite what I expected. Definitely a spicy wheat combo going on. Slight alcohol burn and banana again. A little tart.

Mouthfeel is slick and somewhat chewy/sticky. Not bad at all.

Overall the drinkability is good...it kind of seemed to fall between the lines of a Tripel and Weizenbock but I still thought it was a good job by the people at Pisgah. (773 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of drperm
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from a Pisgah tasting, December '07.

This is their year-round Belgian Trippel offering. A sour nose (yum!) gives rise to fruity esters, and the only thing that made it less than superb was that once-again slightly watery finish. Otherwise, very solid and true to the style. Gouda made it better with regards to the finish. (329 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer poursd a solid gold color with OK head retention and fairly decent lacing. The beer comes across as fairly sweet on the nose, showing considerable honey and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a soft, clean finish. There was just a hint of bitterness, which I thought helped to balance the sweetness. Drinkability was pretty good, with the 9% very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Not my favorite beer during my visit to the brewery, but certainly not bad. (612 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright, clear, pale golden yellow with a thin bright white head. This reduces to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Sweetness up front from the biscuit malts and Belgian candi sugar. Pears and banana fruitiness with a nice spicy peppery backing

T-Belgian candi sugar and biscuit malts up front. A fruit bowl of esters with pear, apple, banana and a touch of bitter orange peel. Nice backing spicy notes with clove, pepper and some earthiness. Maybe just a touch too sweet.

M-Medium-light to medium bodied. Smooth yet crisp with a light syrupy feel. Nice lingering sweetness and spiciness.

D-A flavourful and easy drinking triple. I could easily enjoy a few of these. Solid spiciness backs up the initial sweetness very well. (734 characters)

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. (461 characters)

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. (949 characters)

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

Thanks to jraycee for sending this my way! A caged corked 750 mL.

Pours a very slightly hazy golden straw color with some decent depth. A nice soft creamy off-white head forms and stays at a thick little cap. Sheets of lace hang down the sides of the goblet.

Smells of dry grains and nice yeasty bread dough. Light notes of hay, lemon-grass, and vinegar.

More doughy goodness in the taste, with some faint lemon zest, wheat, and hay. Sweetness comes in and out, with an almost tangible independent identity, as if it's swirled in as a separate ingredient. Some soft ripe melony fruit blends into the middle. A little grainy, then kind of watery leading into the finish. Ends with some soft, mildly bitter, mildly sweet breadiness. A decent balance of dynamic, but lacks much standout character.

Feel is nice. Spicy carbonation up front mellowing into a smooth medium body, cleaning up at the finish, but leaving a film of sweetened aftertaste.

Overall a very nice beer that's growing on me considerably as I drink it. It's tasty, but tame. Nothing stands out in spice or taste that really gives it something unique other than the fact that it's a nicely drinkable tasty tripel. (1,183 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC. Served in a small goblet.

Golden and clear with a moderate white head. Aroma is black pepper and fruit. Taste follows with the spicy black pepper and fruit. A bit on the sweet side. Silky mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.

A smooth, balanced beer that most would enjoy. (328 characters)

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

Nice beer from Pisgah. In general I find their bigger brews, especially their Belgian styles, to be their best offerings. This one pours a cloudy pale golden with a wispy head that leaves some sticky lacing. The smell is fairly light with some typical tangy Belgian yeast notes as well as a fairly large hit of coriander. The taste is bright with layered orange, lemon, and a slight graininess. Sweet with candi sugar throughout. Mouthfeel is bright and sweet without being sticky or cloying. A fairly mellow interpretation of the style, but bright and delicious nevertheless. Nice. (582 characters)

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Solstice from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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