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 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. (280 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a billowy head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Doughy with hints of banana, spice and alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a fruity combination of overripe pineapple, banana and clove that builds in a peppery direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors meld together nicely, with a slightly boozy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with loads of carbonation

Drinkability: Sort of a cross between a BSPA and a tripel, but that is not such a bad thing in my opinion; I just purchased this one today and wasn't planning to drink it so soon but it blew its stack in the car on the way home (the outside temperature was in the high 90s) - I stuck it in the freezer when I got home and enjoyed it right away (754 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
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. (2,896 characters)

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. (500 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 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 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 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. (460 characters)

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. (1,197 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)

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 DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 2. Got this one in a trade with mikesgroove, so thanks!
Yellow/amber and slightly hazed with a super fluffy eggshell head composed of big bubbles that was quick to settle. Lots of clumpy lacing. Fruity aroma, lots of apple and pear, bread, light yeastiness, faint spice and alcohol. Very much in line with what I expect from a tripel. Mild bitterness and alcohol, bready and fruity with mild spice and alcohol in the finish. Very clean profile. Unfortunately, it was overcarbonated, which was the only problem with this beer. Body was medium with some alcohol warmth, plus the texture was good once the carbonation settled down. Very nice other than this one issue. (695 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Day 2 of epic DrJay visit tasting, DrJay brought this one!

Pours a clear apple juice colour, almost yellow gold, huge and pillowy white head forms, drops some lace chunks, forms a solid layer. Smell is neat, apples, yeast, bread, some caramel, alcohol, pears, very fruity, some sugars, honey, quite nice, has all the elements. Taste is similar, tons of apple and pear, caramel, alcohol, quite spicy in the middle, wheat, light bubblegum, candi sugar, bananas, pretty neat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, little thick for me than most tripels, with pretty high carbonation, has a bit of a bite to it. Really nice tripel, I like what Pisgah are doing. Thanks Jay! (692 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales...abv listed at 9.5%abv. January 2009.

Caged and corked 750ml, it pours, after a huge pop, a hazy orange yellow with about a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is very fruity with scents of orange and light lemon, maybe apricot, and a musty nose that is kind of Brett-like. In a Tripel, I could do without the mustiness as it hurts the overall smell, imho.

The taste is fruity sweet and fruity tart at the same time with more sweetness from candy sugar and tart notes of oranges and apricots. A little bit of pepper shows up as does light notes of clove that get stronger the more I drink. Still, this Tripel impresses me with how fruity it really is. The alcohol brings some warming after the swallow but I can't say I detect any in the taste. Yhis is a nice tasting brew that overall leans toward the sweet side but not by much. The tart factor never does let go....

Medium bodied with carbonation that approaches but doesn't reach high, it finishes with some nice malty tones and another touch of tartness. The second pour shows me a cloudy brew..no surprise for this bottle condition brew and head retention is superb and it has nice lacing.

Drinkability? I like what's going on here as the flavours are anything but dull and the abv doesn't come in to play much. It's any easy drinking and smooth brew. I made an excellent choice with this one. (1,389 characters)

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. (690 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 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 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. (781 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 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 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 flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

Pours a dark gold color, a little hazy, with a nice white head.

Beer has a nice spicy and bready aroma.

Taste is very spicy, kind of sweet, with a prickly feel to it. Overall a creamy malt flavor with hard candies. Finish is crisp, with some cloves, and other general spice notes.

Mouthfeel is good, a little prickly from the carbonation, but it blends nicely with the general sweetness of this beer.

Drinkability is very nice. This is a nice Tripel, it's not top notch, but still very solid, tasty, easy to sip, and quite refreshing. (584 characters)

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. (917 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 grub
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. DrJay contributed this one, so thanks jay!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled nov 28/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with an incredibly fluffy white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. apple juice. cracker and white bread. touch of caramel. nice light belgian spice. light alcohol.

taste is good. once you get past the insane carbonation level there's a great tripel in there. cracker and white bread. light belgian spice. light alcohol. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. initially the carbonation was very high and carrying a decent sting with it, but after a little swirling it drops to a much more pleasant level. nice light body with a good dry finish.

drinkability is good. the carbonation takes away initially, but by mid glass this one starts going down very easily. good stuff. (895 characters)

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Solstice from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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