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Pisgah Baptista - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

80 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 35
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006)
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Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with Baptista was around 2am in Asheville, outside, sitting on the steps of a dance club with friends who were all dressed in Santa outfits. Tis better not to ask. But I knew upon my first sips from my plastic cup (again, never mind) that I wanted more of this stuff. And here it is again!

First off, whoever listed this under "Strong Dark" was mistaken, this is a Tripel or at worst a Strong Golden. It pours a dirty, cloudy yellow with a small head; a good swirl fluffs it up and leaves some moderate lacing on the goblet. Yes, I drank it out of a glass for this review. :p

Loads of esters in the nose. Green apples and lots of pears. There's a big yeasty / bready smell, some candy sweetness, light malt, sharp alcohol, spice, and metal. Spicy and complex. The bready nose could be a little diminished, but it smells wonderful all the same.

I really love the taste of this one... the vague spice and fruit (hints of white grape and pear) work together wonderfully. Pepper and coriander, sugary candy and light toffee all feature.
Finish is bready with a delightful mild spicy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and watery, lowly carbonated, it goes down easy. The booze tingles the back of the throat -- this is extremely drinkable for 11.5%, even though you can certainly pick it up in the smell.

Pisgah normally makes rather average brews, but in my opinion they've knocked this one out of the park. It's a wonderful example of an American brewer trying something Belgian and coming up with interesting results. This is actually better than some real Tripels I've had lately (Affligem, ahem). A great beer and recommended. I hope Pisgah makes this again next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 02:02:06 | More by kkipple
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3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to (I think) mikesgroove for this one! Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. 2007 vintage...

Unique color - a moderately cloudy persian orange body, with a milky ring of froth. Not much of a head, but superior retention for the ABV and age. Delicate sandy lacing.

Deeply funky vinous aroma with rose hips, melon, cork and vanilla in the background. Floral, estery, and unique.

Very strange palate entry - big waves of bubble-gum, cotton candy, and a hint of citrus. Very mild spicy hops and a background of clean malt try but fail to balance out the sugars which are only kept from being undrinkable thanks to the complexity of the yeast. Some spice throughout (can't place them, maybe cardamom?), and a candy-coated finish.

Rich almost syrupy mouth-feel with decent carbonation.

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2.6/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A little on the light side, it's easy to see thru the light brown liquid. The base is a caramel-coated green apple, and that's pretty cool! I suppose one big hit here involves the insufficient Belgian yeast. As others have noted, it's a little on the sweet side. The bready maltiness is subtle at best. It is indeed overboard on the sweet side. I don't wholly grasp all the chemistry involved, but what if more (better?) Belgian yeast were to eat up on this caramel candy even more? Would we have a higher ABV, spicier BSDA...or might we end up with more of an English barleywine? Pisgah can absolutely offer up some dope ass beers--and this one's okay--but it's a relative miss from them.

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12-27-2012 21:52:40 | More by marvin213
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Happy Earth Day. A bottle that is at least two, if not three, years old. In a goblet.

A: The pale ale is appropriately named, a lighter golden color that sparkles in its transparency. Wispy bands of head are all that remain from the initial pour.

S: Sweet caramel, overpoweringly so; I fear that this beer didn't last until 2019 as promised on the label. Residual sweetness, thank you Belgian yeast, adds some diversity to the nose.

T: Not entirely gone, although that caramelly flavor is building in intensity. Light fruits, think white grapes and apples, come from the yeast. The ale is still well carbonated, the zesty heat of the bubbles coming through in each sip. The ale loses all sweetness by the finish, a dry landscape left behind. I can taste the tripel-like spice and strength combination; it peeps through the caramel flavors sporadically.

M: Just a little long in the tooth here, too much caramel for its own good. I'll be visiting Pisgah in less than four weeks; I'll be looking for a re-try.

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North Carolina

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2.28/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours about a finger of white head. Color is a hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: A fairly sweet nose coming from this one. Some orange peel spice and other fruits. Maybe pears and dried red apples. Some yeasty flavors showing.

Taste: The taste is incredibly sweet, too sweet. It is so sugary. Has some of the flavors from the nose, but it's hard to pick them out over the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy stickiness. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more sweetness.

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kbutler1

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TheManiacalOne

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Winter 2007 release acquired from mikesgroove, courtesy of the Little Guy 2 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains apple, Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, honey, some spice, some spices and a touch of hops.

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A: As the cork was pulled out of the bottle a load "pop" was heard. The beer poured a hazy golden color with a one finger head which dissipated very quickly leaving a very minimal lacing on the glass.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank awhile ago and just adding past notes.

A - Small white head with very tiny little bubbles. Pours a deep orange and clears up when held to the light. Some of the little bubbles remain, but not much.

S - Orange zest, coriander, and nutmeg abound.

T - Apricot and orange, with a Christmas spice. Great sweetness, too. Very wonderful and amazing overall from front to back.

M - Orange zest creates a zip, and the sweetness creates a syrupy feeling. This one goes down like candy!

D - very nice and extremely enjoyable. VERY enjoyable! But it feels like alcohol and that syrupy sweetness is somewhat distracting over the long haul.

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Pisgah Baptista from Pisgah Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.