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Solstice - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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89
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
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

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Beer added by: oberon on 03-12-2006

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Photo of aubuc1
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jekemp
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of yeastsipper
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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....

Photo of CrellMoset
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pisgah Solstice, on tap at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria, served in a snifter.

Appearance: Arrives a crystal clear, gorgeous pale gold with tons of crisp-looking, active effervescenc, fast and fine, capped with one-finger of foamy snow white head. Retention isn't amazing but it's solid, and it leaves solid sheets of lace with occasional eruptions of fluff. If the retention were better, it'd be a 5.0 (to give you an idea of how attractive everything else is).

Aroma: Sweet, crisp grainy notes and candi sugar seem to make up most of the malty notes, with flourishes of white pepper and cloves and a handful fruity notes - not-quite-ripe bananas balanced with pears.

Taste: Sweet Belgian candi sugar and light, pils-esque malts bring a good mix of sweet and dry to the party. Lots of light fruity esters - bananas, obviously, with some orange peel, some apple skins, simple pear notes, all light and very balanced. A good dose of spicey notes, too: cloves yes, but also a few others, hints of white pepper and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly smooth and even, crisp but creamy, with big and bold but fine-bubbled effervescence.

Drinkability: This is organic? And brewed in NC? Very impressive. Not my first Pisgah experience, but if they tend to taste like this, it definitely won't be my last. The 9% on this one is nowhere to be found and is about average for the style, but everything else here makes it more than worthwhile. Highly recommended.

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!

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

Who else but mikesgroove supplied this one to me. Thank you sir!

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a chalice. June 2008 stamped on the label.

Pours a clear golden hue with a frothy two finger cloudy white head that dies down to a thin creamy layer that lasts throught tasting. A good amount of stick on the sides with a shit load of bubbles racing to the top. Sweet smelling candy sugars and caramel with some metallic notes in the nose. Ripe apples and pears with a peppery undertone. Banana and yeast tickle the nostrils as well. Taste begins with sweet Belgian yeasts and pear as well as the previously mentioned metallic flavor. Midway, sweet sugars and carmelized grains emerge. The continued sweetness remains in the aftertaste with hints of lemon, banana, and clove. Light body with a silky smooth feel. Active carbonation, but by no means would I say it's overcarbonated. To me, the mouthfeel really helps with the drinkability, very soft and crisp. The 9.5% is almost non-existant in this beer, I love it. Pisgah continues to amaze me with their organic offerings, hopefully they start bottling more. Thanks again Mike, you da man!!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of corey0212
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem I got from mikesgroove!

Getting the cork out of this bottle was at times a harrowing experience. I was once taught to open a bottle of champagne as quietly as possible, a practice that has carried over into the realm of corked beers....but alas, the 'pop' on this bottle was epic. Pours a hazy golden color with an absolute beast of an off-white head....rocky, dense, and long-lasting, foamy lacing clings to the glass. Some pineapple on the nose, slight banana and apple, clove & peppery spice. Flavors follow right along, but I also get a slight nutmeg taste, some lemon zest, and a bite of alcohol on the finish. Extremely lively carbonation, and refreshing as hell. An extremely tasty Tripel....both beers I've had from this brewery have done nothing but impress me.

Now, excuse me while I go add the whole Pisgah lineup to my "wants" list.

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

Serving type- Bottle poured into chalice.

A- Pours a golden yellow with a nice white lace that lasts till the finish.

S- Hints of alcohol and fruit-bannanna and spice tones.

T- Nice smooth fruity start to the beer that finishes with an strong alcohol end. Hints of pepper and pineapple move across the tongue on the way down.

M- Good mouthfeel and high drinkability. Picked this up a few months ago in Asheville and this is my first chance to try a Pisgah offering. Good strong Tripel that drinks well and is very enjoyable. I hope to have this again someday and also to try other Pisgah beers in the near future.

Photo of craytonic
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC

Pours a dull-murky-golden-pale-straw, with a serious head and nice lacing. Had a bottle as well and it damn near exploded, soaked the floor and the counter. I lost nearly half the bottle, it had a bit of a leak problem before that. Oh well, at least the rest was tasty!

Taste & Smell - dominated by over-ripe pineapple, some banana & yeast, a little pear and a touch of peach. Some spice and nutmeg as well. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - nice & full. Very light for a tripel, which really helps the drinkability.

I had this back towards the end of 2008 and it is much improved now. Much sweeter and very smooth, it is distinctly southern and tasty.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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.

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!

Photo of rkuhnel
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shaun and Angie for bringing this all the way from North Carolina. This corked and caged 750 mil bottle opened with a satisfying pop, and poured a cloudy deep and rich golden to orange hue and raised a huge off-white head that looked like whipped cream in the Duvel glass and simply did not want to go away. I let is sit so it could warm a little more, and if finally settled down after about 5 minutes and left big chunks of lacing. This may be one the the thickest and longest lasting heads I have ever seen. The nose was complex consisting of aromas of ripe fruit,, citrus, and some yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit lively and carbonated which may explain the huge head. Flavor are again of fruits, and there are touches of apricot, orange, grapefruit, and coriander. Finish is slightly sweet and it is good to the last drop. A very nice tripel.

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.

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

Pours a hazy golden color, plenty of light colored head. Smells Belgian, all right, with banana notes, spices. Tasted awesome. Very little bitterness, a bit of wheat... somewhat sweet, but just sweet enough- just the right amount. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a bit of character/graniness. Drinkability was good.

I only had half the bottle myself, due to other people wanting a taste. I could have definitely went for more Solstice. Excellent Tripel!

Photo of rodrot
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, medium golden color with a huge pillowy head that nearly ran over the sides of the glass. Looks very Belgian! The aroma was very Belgian too. Lots of spices, fruit and a hint of banana in the nose. Taste was quite sweet and syrupy at first and then began to mesh with flavors of pear, clove, pepper and bananas. Despite the strength of this beer, it was very refreshing to drink on an incredibly hot day in June. Excellent beer and a must try if your a fan of the style. Now, if only I could find some bottles to stash away.

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.

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

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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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.

Photo of cjohnson
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with an impressive white head that didn't last too long, but left lots of lovely lacing.

Yeast, bananas and lemon are the major smells and tastes. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, but is well carbonated enough to make the beer drinkable.

This is a very tasty beer that's a good representative (or incarnation, I suppose) of the style.

Solstice from Pisgah Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.