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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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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

GJ40, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of anycrew
2.3/5  rDev -42.9%

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.

anycrew, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

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 babaracas
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

babaracas, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

zeff80, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

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 John_M
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

John_M, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -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 runningjoke
4.15/5  rDev +3%

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.

runningjoke, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of bdupree
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

bdupree, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of younger35
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

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!

younger35, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

beer2day, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Deuane, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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 26, 2009
Photo of joe1510
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%

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!

joe1510, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
2.2/5  rDev -45.4%

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.

DefenCorps, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +3%

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.

Bitterbill, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

flexabull, May 18, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Got this one awhile back from BeerTruth. Thanks Adam. Bottled 12/19/07.

This one gushed just a bit on the pour, but eventually I got a somewhat pale golden color, pretty clear with a billowing two inches of off-white head. Head is a bit on the fizzy side but keeps a very nice, full lace and leaves a ton of stick on the sides. Just completely coats the sides of the glass in stick and never lets go of the lace on top. Very impressive.

Smell is floral and fruity with soft spicy notes, some earthy yeast, sugar and sweet malt. Lots of apple and pear in this nose, along with maybe a bit of citrus and muscat grapes. The sugary aromas go very nicely with the fruit, combining for a very pleasant and inviting nose. It's complex but also soft and floral.

Taste is not quite as complex as the nose, and it's a bit heavier on the sugar and also the alcohol. Pepper is more pronounced, with a bold spicy flavor along with some earthy yeast. Lots of sugars and sweet malt along with some zesty citrus, as well. The soft floral and fruit characters that were in the nose don't fully materialize on the palate. Instead it's a bit sweeter and boozier, heavier and spicier. Still quite good, but also a bit of a contrast from the smell.

The mouthfeel on this one is full and quite creamy, although the bold peppery spice is a touch rough and detracts from the smoothness and also contributes to a bit of a lingering burn along with some alcohol. Slightly dry in the finish, as well, with above average carbonation.

I found this to be a bit of a paradox. The nose was so light and floral, while the taste was sweeter, spicier and heavier. The immense black pepper flavor started to wear on me as I progressed through the bottle, making me long for some of the light fruitiness that was in the smell. All in all this is a very good tripel, especially if you prefer those on the spicier end of things. I would certainly have this again although next time i would share the bottle with a friend.

number1bum, May 17, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%

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
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

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 aubuc1
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

750 ml bottle dated march 2008 poured in to a st bernardus goblet.

Pours a clear golden with a big fluffy white head.

Smell is big for a tripel. Sort of spicy, light malt. Some sour fruit and sweet banana.

Taste is spicy peppery, dry fruit.

Huge carbonation mouthfeel and extremely easy drinking beer.

Classic.

aubuc1, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of jekemp
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%

I tried this beer out a few years back during a visit to Asheville NC.

After the first sip, I was hooked, Soltice is everything a great belgium style tripel should be and it was incredibly fresh.

Very excited to see that Pisgah is now available in bottles as before it was kegs or growlers. I think I would rather drink a 12 oz bottle in a sitting than a growler since this beer is on the strong side...

jekemp, Feb 20, 2009
Solstice from Pisgah Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.