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Solstice - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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very good

64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 86
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 24
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Contacted brewery, their listed Tripel is actually the same beer as Solstice.

Big frothy off white head out of the bottle, growing nice and strong, but with some snapping carbonation and shampoo like retention but big clumpy and rocky. Easily three fingers tall with a big roaring middle column of carbonation, if through an opaque deep orange colored tangerine body. Quite nice.

Thick malts and fruity esters come off this wonderfuly. Nice sense of sugars, a little bit of banana, but moves to hints of pear and apple. Dense smelling brewed malts, an almost husky and thick quality coming off of it too. Very impressive.

Excellent palate but with one minor flaw. Carbonation comes off a little strong and even a bit hot and gaseous. It really just manages to take away from a very delicious palate. Thick juicy apples and pear like flavors in the mid palate wash all over. Juicy and full bodied though with rich nice malts. A hint of mild banana finishes the palate with thick chewy body. Bubbless still manage to feel snapping on my tongue long after first sips.

I just wish this wasn't so prickly but it's still a great tasting tripel.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery as part of a flight.

Hazy straw yellow in appearance, definitely unfiltered. Smell of dry yeast and light funk. Taste is tons of yeast and spice and sweet. Spices are heavy on the coriander. Med-high carb and med-light body.

A very good and very spicy tripel.

from notes, Mar 17, 2012

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at an awesome store called "City Beverage" in Winston-Salem.

Served in a plastic cup... seriously?

A: Poured a hazy apricot-orange color, with a slight 1/4 finger head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: I got LOTS of banana, clove, coriander, and a candy sugar component that reminded me of diluted pixie stick dust. Nice!

T: The spice content was especially strong with this one, but the sweet component was kept in check by what I can only best describe as peat moss.

M: This had a really nice carbonation bill... perfect for this style actually which is really tough to do. Like I stated before, the sweetness was tempered and of the organic, fresh fruit variety, and with a tinge of salt mixed in as well.

O: This was my first Pisgah brew and I'm happy to report that they got it right... especially considering the duds that are floating around out there in the Tripel world.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of DCon
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC for $5. Tapped from an unknown tap handle (sitting @ a table) into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Strongest aroma and definitely hits with tons of hop and malt. The coolest part of this aroma is the Banana Chip scent that is dominant! Wild!

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that lasts for decent time. Has a clear, golden body and barely leaves suds behind. Most of them disappear after each drink.

Flavor- Starts with the nicest banana flavor I've ever found in a Tripel. Then a good amount of sweetness and malt hit nicely. A medium-high bitterness level comes from hops and ingredient.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Good Carbonation, Bites the palate hard, and then has a nice malty finish.

Overall Impression- Can't even describe this brew... You have to have it yourself! The banana chip aroma and flavor was UNREAL. I could drink this all day but was very strong. Had a huge buzz after enjoying this one and the other 3 from the Mellow Mushroom. Get your hands on if you can! One of my top Tripels I've ever enjoyed.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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

On-tap at the Pisgah tasting room. Cloudy amber with thin white head, sheet of fine lace left behind. Smell: pear, spicy, pale malt sweetness, decorative soaps. Taste: sweet pale, a little wheat note, pear, apple, spicy and earthy. Light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Booze level is pretty chill. Nice!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. The head was short-lived and left minimal lacing.

S - This one has the aroma of a great Belgian Tripel. Spicy and yeasty notes with hints of sweet fruit.

T - Spicy upon the first sip. Good yeast flavor with some grain flavor and tropical fruits.

M - Sharp mouthfeel that crackles on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a mild alcohol heat.

D - This is a really tasty Tripel. Another very fine brew from Pisgah.

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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!

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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.

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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

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Photo of runningjoke
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a tough time getting the cork out of this one, so I was a little suspicious of the quality.

It poured yellow with a tough of orange, maybe like orange flower honey. Big white head settled to some galactic remains on the surface.

Smelled of over ripe soft fruit with a touch of honey and lemon grass.

Tasted of candy sugar, mushy apples with clove up front, finished with a lemon zest and pepper.

The lack of carbonation allowed the beer to linger and let me take in the beer.
I wouldn't want to drink too many of these because of the alcohol, but it was still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of bdupree
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden hues with a very short-lived head.

B: Many different aromas with banana, fruit, clove.

T: So smooth on first taste with immediate banana hitting the tastebuds. Tastes like liquid candy. At the finish, very strong alcohol hit.

M: Slightly heavy but very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. Could be dangerous, as with most great Tripel brews.

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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!

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Photo of beer2day
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Barley's in Asheville. Have had this many times in the bottle, but finally got to have this on draft.

Pours dark gold with a thin head. Nothing to retain.

Lots going on in the aroma. Bananas, ripe fruit, cloves, and plum all present.

Strong clove hit. Very creamy. Reminds me of banana bread. Slight licorice finish with lots of yeast. Stong alcohol presence.

Good mouthfeel, slightly thicker than expected.

Great drinker!

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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.

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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.

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


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!

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Solstice from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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