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Pisgah Baptista - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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64 Reviews

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 35
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 84
Photo of younger35
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from brentk56 and mikesgroove (Black Booty BIF). Ive been sitting on brentk56 for quite some time now. Tonight seemed like a great time to pop this while watching all the conference championship games. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Winter 2007. Best before 12/2019.

Appearance- Pours a light golden yellow with a decent one finger bright white foamy head. The cap recedes fairly quickly leaving a thin top and thick collar with a bit of spotty lacing.
Smell- Lightly spicy from the start with a nice dark fruity aspect. Some white pepper, clove and mace combine with apricots and raisins to make a fairly inviting nose. A bit of candied sweetness is detectable but it's subtle and accentuates the fruitiness nicely. The Belgium yeast is noticeable but I don't find it overly powerful like some can be. I get zero alcohol in the nose as well which is pretty amazing considering its damn near 12%.
Taste- Starts slightly sweet with a light bit of spice and twang from the alcohol. Some rock candy and bubblegum slowly give way to some green apple and under ripened pears. The raisins and apricots I got in the nose come out more in the taste as the beer warms. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but considering the high ABV it's covered quite well. Some yeasty esters add a slight bit of banana but nothing over the top. Finishes with some lingering alcohol and light fruits.
Mouthfeel- This beer drinks quite a bit lighter than the mouthfeel suggests. It's pretty hefty and smooth but drinks light and crisp. All-be-damned.
Driankability- Honestly Belgium's, and especially American Belgium's, are not my favorite style. They are pretty hit and miss with me and I tend to like the ones more that are not sweet and the yeast isn't necessarily the dominating presence. That's what Baptista accomplishes. It's very balanced and tasty and I enjoyed every sip. Thanks much Brent and Mike!

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Photo of pwoods
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikesgroove and Unclejedi for the bottles.

750 corked and caged brown bottle, poured into a snifter. Review from notes from this past fall.

A: Golden straw pour with some good hazing. Strong head holds. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of Belgian spices and yeasty esters. Fruity, apples, apricot.

T/M: More spices and yeasty flavors but with a good Belgian sweetness. The fruits are much more tart and acidic than in the nose and adds great depth. Body is medium with strong carbonation.

D: Tasty and refreshing with basically no noticeable alcohol(11.5%?)

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Photo of DrJay
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pisgah Baptista, on tap at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria, Asheville, NC. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A darker, less bubbly Solstice. Arrives a hazed golden amber, deep-looking, with less carbonation, though what is present is oh-so fine and incredibly lazy - you can tell this one is thick. Head was mostly gone by the time it came to the table, but there were off-white rings of solid lace, sticky, meringue-like. The lacing is interesting-looking - it's "big," but thin.

Aroma: Very spicy and intense. The spice itself is neutral, peppery, as if the dimension is there without contributing much. The sweet fruityness comprises the other half of this one, with pear and apricot-like esters dominating. A fairly decent volume of alcohol spice emerges as it warms.

Taste: Wow. The alcohol isn't as well-hidden here as I'd like, but that's ok - this one has enough other stuff going on to make up for it. That is to say, it's one big fruity bitch. Rum-soaked pears, bananas flambe minus the fire, and apple skins comprise a majority of what I'm getting, and it's all crisp and relatively dry. Pleasant and decently complex, though not groundbreaking.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and crisp, but a little uneven because of just how big the effervescence is. Body isn't as thick as you'd imagine, which is nice, and it does even out as it warms. Give it time to warm up.

Drinkability: A solid brew, though not my favorite from Pisgah. Alcohol on this one's a little high and not as well hidden as I'd like. Everything is perfectly pleasant, though not quite enough to make up for the EtOH. Not that it's not a good beer - it is, and it's worth a try - it's just not my favorite.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of grub
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ncvbc hooked me up with this one. thanks walter!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. winter 2007 vintage, best before 12/2019. sampled dec 31/08.

pours crystal clear orangey amber colour with a small dense off-white head. the head drops quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. rich fruity character. caramel apple. dried apricot. bit of orange and tangerine. white bread and cracker. hint of floral character. slightly earthy.

taste is good. again, a nice caramel and fruity character starts things off, melting into a malty middle and finishing with some nice warming alcohol and a bit of spice. light caramel and honey. apple, apricot, pear, tangerine and orange. white bread, cracker, and a touch of grain. hints of cardamom, coriander, bit of clove. touch of yeast.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body. just over medium carbonation level. while the finish isn't quite dry, it isn't sweet either.

drinkability is quite good. the alcohol is higher than some, yet hides itself better than most. the sweetness, fruit, and decent malt base help to temper it and it mainly comes out as a lightly spreading warmth on the way down. i think i'll have to force myself to sip at this one, as i'd gladly see it going down dangerously fast. good stuff.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one earlier this year from Walt, thanks buddy! The bottle vintage is "Winter 2007" the first bottling of this beer.

Pours a golden color and settles to a more amber hue in the glass, a nice half inch of foam from a careful pour.

At first I got a huge toasted malt and fruity esters, but in the glass it smells more of apple or grape juice. Some notes of pear, apple, strawberry, yeast, honey, and flowers. Very strong aroma, fruity for the most part and a low peppery and spicy aroma. Alcohol is well hidden in the nose. After a few moments I can pick up more malt, mostly toast and a bit of caramel, as well as Belgian candy sugar and Sweet Tarts candy. A bit of orange and cherry. The alcohol is slyly hidden in the background now. Very good aroma.

Sweet, malty, and fruity. Sweet upfront with a rush of various fruits, tropical and dark fruits, in the middle, and a finish of toasted malts and alcohol in the end. Peaches, apricots, cherry, and pears. A little chalky flavor. Some bitterness in the finish and slightly alcoholic, not too bad though. A bit of banana in the finish. Lightly toasted malts as the beer warms up.

The first sip felt a little overcarbonated, it felt like tiny needles on the tongue. A warming alcohol finish too. The following sips were a little better, not as aggressive on the tongue.

A very good example of the style.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this fine brew in a trade with Mikesgroove, thanks for all the great brews.

Faded golden body. Somewhere between a cloudy yellow and a tarnished gold. Fluffy white head that dies quickly and leaves only tiny bits of lacing behind.

Lots of spiciness in the nose. Also various fruits, a little bit of pepperiness.

Lots of spice comes through in the nose. Very sweet, but not in a sickening way. Apples and a little bit of a sourdough quality. Just a tiny bit boozy in the finish. Medium to full bodied, almost something to chew on.

Dinkability gets high marks here because this beer is not only tasty, but extremely easy to drink for the 11.5% ABV it carries. Wonder if this ages well?

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gold in color with a huge pillowy white head. Smell is coriander, spice and some citrusy fruit. Taste is more of the spice and citrus, but you also get a very nice dose of belgian candy sugar and even better than that, some tartness. This was a very pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Surprisingly, didn't notice the alcohol too much at all. I've only had a couple beers from Pisgah, but this one's easily my favorite.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of tdt560
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Won a bottle in a generous LIF from mikesgroove, thanks again.
Appearance - Poured a golden apple cider like gold with a fair head that lasted and left a nice white lacing.
Smell - Smells of apples, citrus, fruit, numerous spices, a bready yeast and alcohol are all present. Nice complexity for the nose.
Taste - The taste is just as complex as the aroma. Apples, spices and alcohol are definatley dominate but there are numerous other tastes going on as well.
Mouthfeel - a smooth slippery-like mouthfeel leaves a slight tingle on the tongue.
Drinkability - Overall this is a complex brew but very drinkable but the ABV will limit the amount you can consume in a sitting. Outstanding would definatley drink again. I would like to find another and age it for awhile to see what happens then. Seek this out if you can and give it a try.

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Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of unclejedi, thanks again!

Pours a bright gold color, slightly hazy, with a nice white head.

Aromas are spicy, with an apple cider like note, and a pink bubblegum smell as well.

Taste is very spicy, green apple like, and a bit boozy. There is a definite spicy yeast flavor, crisp, and biting on the finish, a bit creamy, with an alcohol bite. A very complex and big tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is prickly, and highly carbonated. But still thick and full. Maybe a bit too prickly feeling for my liking, but not bad at all.

Drinkability gets knocked down a bit because this is a big powerhouse beer with lots of flavors, and pretty obvious alcohol. But it is REALLY tasty and well worth trying. I am really glad I got to try it, and I now wish that I would have sat on this one even longer. 6+ months wasn't even long enough, I think this could sit for a few years.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of drinksandeats
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a chance to sit down and drink this with one of the brewers.

Appearance: nice yellow/orange color, gamboge perhaps, bright as the sun. One finger of head.

Aroma: Wow! Full of lots of spices. Freshly crushed pepper and lemon were prominent.

Taste: This is the most flavorful beer I've ever had. Lots of great fruity Belgian flavors, and winter ale spices, and some other flavors I'd never tasted in a beer before. The brewer confirmed the presence of some unusual herbs used in the brewing process. Nice spicy flavor that melds well with the fruitiness and maltiness of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Slight carbonation, good body.

Drinkability: Definitely a "desert island" pick.

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Photo of Floydster
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle acquired in a trade with tprokop7, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, split with my friend Drake tonight during the Hornets' devastating loss, poured into a Guinness pub glass

A-Golden orange that was a little on the yellow side, head was white, pretty foamy, and almost an inch, did not stick around long, weak retention, only a few spots of lacing, at least it did not gush all over the place when opened

S-Excuse me if any of these sound weird, but my nostrils were going crazy with this one, blueberry muffins, apples, honey, lemon juice, faint hoppiness, dark fruits and other berries, orange peel, Belgian yeast, variety of spices, dark sugar, and earthy accents

T-Taste started off with a nice standard Belgian sweetness, then came some sweet malt and sugar in the middle, finish had hot alcohol and more sweetness in it, the bad parts being the sugar, overly sweet fruit, and booze became prominent as the liquid warmed, hops were barely even noticeable at any time, needed to more balanced and weaker for its flavor to be more enjoyable, the aftertaste was almost too much to handle and I definitely drank a big glass of water after finishing my glass of this, overpowering flavor

M-Boozy, sweet, and fruity mouthfeel, needed more carbonation and was rather syrupy at times, body was medium but fuller than most Belgian pales, taste lingered long even when you did not want it to, stinging tongue sensation towards the end

D-Could have never finished this bottle by myself, ABV is too high first of all, then the sweetness is heavy on the stomach, does not go down easy and expected it to be a lot smoother, too much alcohol in the taste

Have been hearing a lot of hype about Pisgah lately and wanted to try one of their beers, this is my first experience with this brewery, just not impressed with this brew, hopefully their stouts are better than this and worth all the fuss, thank goodness I did not trade any great beers for this stuff, would not drink again because of availability, price, and overall enjoyment, could go either way on a recommendation but if you are curious, it never hurts

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Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer received from Brentk56 in a good trade, thanks guy!

Poured a hazy orange, with a thin but sturdy sticky white head - not bad considering this baby packs a 11.5% wallop. And best by June of.. 2012!! WOW,

Nice whiff of the candied sugar fruit I the aroma, and the quaff packages it up nicely with a strong backbone of candy apples, that have been soaking in a brandy barrel. Good ol' Belgium yeast also come a' knocking.

Boozy, but not overpowering. A true sipper beer, so grab your tulip/snifter glass as the label recommends.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

750ml bottle

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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to atsprings for the share...bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Pours a pale, hazy orange body with a rusty brown core. A slight off-white head shows decent retention, but no lacing, as small flecks of yeast slowly swirl at the bottom of the glass. The aroma is a perfect mix of fruits: starfruit, boysenberry, grapefruit, peach, mango, and raspberry all combine with a whopping presence of raw ethanol. The alcohol definately works, making Baptista one of the best smelling, American-brewed belgian beers out there.

The flavor has an excellent spicy hop and citrus-rich body balanced by sweet, pale belgium malts & fruity, chewy yeast. Apple, pear, alcohol, spice, and more hops pull through as this beer warms, as does a syrupy sweetness. The body is well-carbonated for the ABV, and delivers a warming alcohol finish to the back of the throat. The complexity here is almost too overwhelming, but this beer works on many levels. One I would definately have again.

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Photo of atsprings
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma was dominated by tropical citrus fruits. Tropical citrus also dominated the complex taste with dried fruits and apple thrown in as well. The beer is certainly on the heavy side with noticeable syrupy alcohol. This one is a sipper for sure, but a very enjoyable one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper to rust in color, small white head fades to a ring. Aroma shows apples and lemons, both sweet and slightly tart. Some applesauce and honey sweetness blend with green apple and lemon tartness. A little musky yeastiness as well along with some showing of the alcohol. Taste follows the aroma with some decent lemony tartness and honey sweetness, some breadiness is followed by a grassy hops before a warmth of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium in body, somewaht crisp bite and a slight peppery dance on the tongue, dry and tart in the finish. A very good beer, the alcohol, although evident is very well balanced. Drinks very nicely now but also seems like it will do quite well with some age.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

White fuzzy head is clean and quick fading from its early one finger stance. Body is a honey straw color with a bit of murky haze tword the center of the glass. Nose includes notes of lemon and orange zest, sharp alchol, and even a barnyard funk with light spice thrown in. Enters the mouth with a very complex mix of soft spice and creamy citrus rind. The style comes off very much like a well made saison with complexity and balanced tones of honey and sugar cane sweetness with a bit of malt balance. Alchol is ther but the 11.5% is well hidden in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is thick , glazing and almost sticky. Nicely drinkable on a variety of levels.

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Pisgah Baptista from Pisgah Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.