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Pisgah Baptista - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 36
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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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atlantic Ale meeting. I found this overated, also funky, apple juice. Thin mouthfeel. Some soapy head and lacing. Some spiciness, high alcohol noticeable, lemon peel astringency, a dash of pepper, and the barnyard odour, and just didn't go down that well.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a modest head that quickly becomes a ringlet and leaves only a few dancing patterns of lace

Smell: Very unusual aroma; sure, there is the candi sugar, bubblegum, overripe banana and phenolic alcohol that you would expect; but there is also a surprising stewed meat or tobacco element that adds earthy depth

Taste: Opens like a tripel, with plenty of candi sugar, banana and bubblegum; by mid-palate, a range of other fruits make an appearance - apricot, pear and date; after the swallow, the yeast and the phenols take over and provide a spicy, but rum-soaked fruity, finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with modest carbonation

Drinkability: This is the Winter 2007-2008 version and the alcohol will need a little time to settle down; somewhat challenging, but worth trying as a very good American attempt at the Belgian style

brentk56, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You could probably imagine I would have a few of these at least laying around. So I decided to crack one open after it had been sitting for almost a year in the cellar. Served at cellar temp in a goblet, this one was consumed on 09/12/2008 while watching the Ike landfall, good luck everyone.

The pour was very nice, with an extremely hazy, golden yellow that just gurgled out of the glass. A slight touch of a white head came up across the top of the glass which settled down into a slight little bit of a crown that strung together throughout the session. Decent amount of side glass lace as well.

The aroma was extremely rich. Lots of fruity yeast coming through immediately after popping the cork. Some nice notes of peach and banana, hints of apricot and light wheat mixing in throughout. Very light grassy hop notes as it warms up as well as a touch of grapes. The flavor was extremely mellow and that was an understatement. Amazingly clean and complex, this was just stunning for the style and ABV. Rich notes of apricot and peach with light hoppy notes riddled throughout. Some decent light grain which really balanced the middle of the profile quite well. I was literally floored by the mellowness of this one. It is a huge Belgian style ale that really is just soo subtle, I found myself really just taking bigger and bigger sips as I went through it. For a Belgian strong, it was amazing at how it brought its point home without overwhelming anything.

Overall this was amazing, especially after a good year sitting and waiting to be opened. I really just was amazed drinking this one tonight as the banana and clove flavors just whirled around and mixed with a nice apricot flavor which just came through so well. I am not sure what else to say, this was just impressive. I am always a big fan, but shit, this is just what it is all about, huge experimentation that really just pushed the limits, but came though superb. Go get this.

mikesgroove, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle from Winter 2007 with a Best Before date of 12/2019.

Appearance: Pours an orange-yellow body with a goodly-sized, white head.

Smell: A fragrant sweet and spicy aroma with vivid notes of candi sugar dosed fruits, aged spices, and good, wholesome booze -- particularly, a notable whiff of white wine.

Taste: Sugary sweet, lightly honeyish taste of pale malts and a heavy-handed inclusion of toothsome Belgian candi sugar. Almost instantaneously fruity, with rich, succulent tastes of apricot, peach, banana, strawberry, orange peel, and even pear. Why, it's a veritable buffet of fruit flavors! Splash of white wine. Toss in a few chunks of bubblegum. Earthy hops with some slight bitterness. Sprinkling of dusty spices, dried herbs, and, maybe, a quarter teaspoon of white pepper. Finishes rather sweet and rapturously warming with some lingering ripe fruit and spice hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-plus, somewhat lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Ole Janny Bap would be pleased there's ample carbonation to lighten up the proceedings, steer clear of a cloying nature, and even aid drinkability. Sure, at nearly 12% ABV, the alcohol presence is, well, present, but not heinously overbearing, thankfully. Another fine release from Pisgah -- now when the hell am I going to get to try that Valdez?

ChainGangGuy, May 21, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tarnished gold in color but without the huge frothy head signature of the style; instead, there's just a thin white cap that quickly settles to a crown.

Smell: Spiced apple cider with a faint lemony twang. Heavily spiced in general, but thankfully not cloying, and no spice is so extreme that it's plainly obvious what they tossed in here. There's a lot of estery complexity as well beneath the spices.

Taste & mouthfeel: Unfermented apple cider and pumpkin pie; very spicy and fruity, though not extremely sweet. There's a faint acidity in the spicy finish along with a hint of heat from the alcohol, but all in all this is pretty mellow stuff, dangerously drinkable for its 11.5% ABV.

Notes: Got this one from mikesgroove as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks Mike!

largadeer, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, spices and apples. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. A significant alcohol sting comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, there are some better beers in the style, but this is a solid beer with sipping on for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Phatz for sharing this fine ale, Poured from the corked and caged 750ml into a tasting glass cold.

A - Golden w/ slight hazing and a very small white head, the bead is fine w/ many bubbles showing good carbonation

S - Very nice light malt odor w/ sweet sugar hints and a blessed yeast aroma. There is subtle spicing, but probably the yeast ester only.

M - Luxurious mouthfeel, sweet yet smooth nutty feel w/ a great finish. The texture is supple and moderately low carbonation which seems appropos for the size of beer

T - Sweet pils malt w/ a slight spice and creamy bready malt flavor. There are light fruit elements at work here, like pear and possibly white grape w/ a very light nutty malt taste w/ a spice that may be yeast or gentle hopping.

D - Very impressive offering - my second taste of Pisgah is very much appreciated. A nice tribute to the inventor of the concept of 'gas'. I found this to be highly drinkable for the abv and would love the chance to taste more than 6 or 7 ounces. This was a great beer to share, thanks Matt.

Slatetank, May 28, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting. 2008 bottle.

a - Pours a golden murky color with 1 inch of white head.

s - Smells of sour fruit, sugar, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of citrus fruits, tropical fruits, malts, and sugar again.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy too drink.

d - A pretty nice beer. Some nice sour and citrus fruits in the smell and taste. Would try again.

mdfb79, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 received in a past trade with GatorBeerNerd. Thanks a lot Donnie!

Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot orange color with golden yellowish hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading over the course of the glass into a lasting cap that leaves sporadic chunks of lacing in it's wake.

Slightly funky, tart aroma. Earthy with lots of interesting spice, bready yeast and estery crisp fruit notes. I'm picking up some peppermint, clove and cinnamon as well as some cherry, strawberry, raisin, grape and other berries. Thankfully there is no unpleasant medicinal cough syrup notes that are often associated with this style. Hopefully this holds up in the flavor.

Creamy medium body that's on the fuller end. Well balanced with zesty spice up front followed by a lactic creamy presence and bready yeast presence mid-palate. I'm picking up peppermint, cinnamon, coriander and pepper along with cherry, strawberry and pear. Sweet dry finish. Very well balanced and the alcohol is excellently masked. I can't believe that this beer is 11.5%. I would have guessed closer to 7 or 8%. This is one of the best examples of this style that I've had and I highly recommend it.

corby112, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brentk56 for the trade. Interesting, an organic Belgian strong. Dated 12/07, drink by 12/2019.

Pours a clear blond with a fluffly white head. The aroma has a hint of vinegar, like white wine, along with sweet bread. The flavor is mellow, no hint of booze, with light spices like white pepper and corriander. There's a both hints of lemon peel and candi, but not a lot of fruit really. This Belgian focused on the phenols, and while the flavor isn't the most complex, the spices and flavors present are excellent. I should also add the drinkability bordered on dangerous. At first sip I couldn't tell this was nearly 12%. Kudos to Pisgah.

tempest, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber with some copper notes- not as dark as some. The head is pure white and fine beaded, but there isn't much of it and no real lacing to speak of. The smell is of apples and especially of bananas as well of biscuits and honey. Becomes much more noticeable as it warms. The taste is lovely, with big notes of banana, molasses, a touch of clove, biscuits again, some apricot, and bubblegum on the finish. Very nice mouthfeel- creamy, even a little waxy with a fairly thick but not grainy body. Very drinkable! Smooth and delicious.It is warming but the high abv isn't that noticeable. Great beer, and my first from this brewery. I was lucky to get it.

Georgiabeer, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of mothman
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.

Overall, I didn't really like this beer because of how overly sweet it was. It just wasn't enjoyable. Not for me.

mothman, Jun 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

afsdan, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

750ml bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a tulip a cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick white creamy lacing. The nose is malty, yeast, some nice tones of spices, slight dark fruits. The taste is mostly malty/yeasty, with some tones of spicyness, very slight dark fruits. Medium body, a complex brew. Very drinkable, this is a twist on a BSDA in my book, very nice, but quite different.

Wasatch, Mar 25, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day. I assume this is what I had, though it was listed as the Baptista Noel at the brewery (abv. was the same).

The beer pours a honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is sweet and spicey, with some holly and juniper as well. The beer is quite rich and sweet on the palate, though it was never hot or tiring. Along with a complex array of spice, there was vanilla, cherry syrup and light honey. The combination was very attractive, and I could see how this would be very popular during the winter months. Mouthfeel is full and long, but as already noted, it was not at all tiring or heavy on the palate. While certainly not something I'd want to drink by the pint, I still thought this flavorful was pretty drinkable, especially considering the sweetness and abv.

Another good one from Pisgah.

John_M, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Big thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a lightly hazed light golden, yellowish highlights, thin white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, few lace spots form, decent retention. Smell is nice, quite toasty and biscuity, some caramel, light fruits, mango, yeast, spices, alcohol, quite fruity, lots of apple and pear, quite nice. Taste is intense, very sweet and fruity, tons of apple, cinnamon, very apple cider like, some biscuit, toast and spice, caramel sweetness and candi sugar comes through, corn syrupy finish, quite dry and toasty in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, very nice and drinkable, right amount of sweetness. Nice and interesting example of the style. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Jan 01, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on NYE, 2008. Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
Gold colour with a faint haze and a thin, eggshell cap. Good head retention with some streaky, spotty lacing. The aroma was very bready with a lot of fruits - pears, stone fruit, apples. Mild spice, alcohol, and green olive character. The flavour was much more subdued - pears, peaches, bready yeast, and spicy alcohol. Medium to light bodied, moderate carbonation, off-dry, decent texture with a bit of warmth. Pretty tasty with a great aroma.

DrJay, Jan 13, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split with the lady during the ncaa tournament

bottle #1/2 of this offering in my cellar

appearance: poured into a de konink chalice...medium straw-golden, soapy white froth with light retention

smell: candied sugar, honey, fresh yeast bursts, banana and clove, dashes of pepper

taste: love this one from pisgah...full bodied with a big alcohol warming...apricot and peach, candied sugars, tons of sticky honey, fresh yeast, lemon zest, bubblegum, fresh hops...very rich and very impressive

mouthfeel: rich, full bodied, alcohol warming

drinkability: nice

dirtylou, Mar 28, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

KevinGordon, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: white head, good retention and moderate lacing...golden amber colored beer

s: Fabulously complex Belgian pale malts and light sugars are complimented by a well done spice and hop counterpart. Spicy sweet ethanol is a big compliment. A range of fruits from apple to banana and some light lemongrass. Love the yeast presence, not really very estery, but subtle and bready. Near 5.

m: medium-high, smooth carbonation and a clean medium body

t: Pale Belgian barley malts with great notes of spicy Belgian yeasts and an extremely light sweetness. Smooth and delicately complex with just a touch of ethanol heat. Apple, pear, and white fig. Nice, long finish with a papery aged hop flavor.

d: a dangerously delicious sipper at 11.5%

from my new Hommel snifter at the hotel...750 mL bottle from Bruisin' Ales, winter 2007

blackie, Dec 28, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Joey, the big cheese at Cigar City Brewing provided this one.

A: Pours a cloudy starw color with a thin white head at the edges. The retention is good and lace spotty.

S: . The aroma shows a very light citrus aroma with hints of orange, candied sugar, cake, and subtle hints of yeast.

T: Nice spice in this one. Nice blast of citrus as well. Nice candy sweetness that lingers from the middle to the finish.

M: Somewhat dry finish, yet smooth and well balanced.

D: Pretty good. This is a xmas brew that drinks very well in the middle of the summer.

tpd975, Aug 17, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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Pisgah Baptista from Pisgah Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.