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Pisgah TripelPisgah Tripel

Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JeffreyJDavis on 10-28-2013

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 21
Photo of Gavage
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a golden color with a 2" head that lingers around awhile. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: yeast, cracked pepper, and some lemon zest comes through to the nose.

Taste: biscuit, cracked pepper, yeast, some pears, green grapes, and some lemon zest and a hint of grass. Bitterness is moderate, and alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a great tripel which tastes like its from a top Belgian brewery. Great flavors, well balanced, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is really a top shelf Tripel. I may have rated it higher than some of the better Tripels I have tried because I was surprised that it was this good. Picked it up at Bruisin' Ales, Asheville NC as a recommendation from the guy that waited on me. Pours a clear dark gold/light copper color with a HUGE frothy and bubbly white head. The head comes up so thick that there is foam higher than the Chimay goblet...kind of like the whipped cream on an Irish coffee (Except there are bubbles too). The head is long lasting and there is plenty of filmy lacing on the glass. Smell is good, light fruit (apples and pears), some yeastiness and a little spice (pepper). The flavor is very good. I often rate my favorite Tripels with a comment that there is a rich aspect of ripe cheese with it. This beer rates that comment. Light fruit, clove, pepper and a strong yeasty presence place this among my favorite Tripels. Mouthfeel is rich with a nice balance between spices and yeastiness. There is no noticeable alcohol presence. An excellent Tripel. Next time I am back in Asheville, I will seek out this and some other Pisgah beers.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Look - I thought the beer poured beautifully, and it had a very vibrant golden color. When you see this beer in a glass it definitely gets you excited to drink it.

Smell - Nothing crazy here, smelled like a standard tripel, there were some hints of banana and dark fruit and a little bit of yeast. I don't have the strongest nose in the world.

Taste - Very nice beer. I found banana to be the most prominent taste, with a nice balance of maltiness to go along with slight nutty and dark fruit notes. Very drinkable, goes down smooth and it's so delicious you will be done before you know it.

Feel - Very drinkable. A little too carbonated for my taste, but that's just being super critical. One of the most refreshing triples around

Verdict - Worth getting if your a fan of the style. Moderately priced and a very nice beer.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

A - Clear ruby orange, with a one finger head that moves to an almost non exsistent lace.

S - Banana, yeast, slight bubblegum, clove/spice

T - Follows the nose, with some pepper.

M - Carbonation medium, a burst of effervesence with the semi dry finish.

O - Visit the brewery if you can, they make a number of quality beers, this one among them. Now that their cans and (via the Beer Growler) kegs being available here, I can enjoy them more often.

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Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit on the boozy side, but nice fruity esters and a substantial malt backbone. There's some residual sweetness, but the spicy finish keeps it drinkable.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Asheville Growler. Served in a short Oskar Blues glass.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of sheer surface foam. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Firm Belgian yeast aroma brings about some banana, spice and a hint of booze.

T- Sweet flavor of Belgian candi sugar, yeasty fruitiness and more banana. Slightly soily, very mild bitterness.

M- Tight and snappy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I gotta say that Pisgah does good justice to the Belgian styles. This and Bastogne are two that I would recommend.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super clear golden beer, with a moderate white head that fades. Little lacing, but it is a fine looking brew.

S - Typical tripel elements, with yeast playing across a malty grain base. Mostly, the nose is of fruit esters, pear and apple, but with a trace of wilder notes and a slight sourness.

T - Solid tripel, on the sweet end of the spectrum, following the nose, but with a bitter turn in the close that lingers.

M - A bright bubbly brew, with significant carbonation. The bitterness lingers but does not generally build.

A - A good beer, with solid components, and easy drinkability. The alcohol is well hidden, which means you can drink this easily, but be prepared for the hammer hiding behind its luscious fruits and bright carbonation. Very happy with my purchase.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into an Orval Chalice.

A: Pours a nice luminescent orange/yellow, clear with very limited turbitiy. Disappointingly head was one half finger and subsided quickly.

N: Smells nice and creamy / fruity. Pretty strong fruity esters, with green apples and sour pears dominating, maybe a bit of pineapple. Not getting much yeast or bready malts that I would expect.

T: Consistent with the nose for the most part. Complex fruit driven by green apples, pear and mild citrus. I'm missing the yeasty biscuity maltiness that I would expect in a top shelf Tripel. For me, this is a little too sweet for the style and it tastes like they over sugared it , and possibly didn't use legit Belgian candy sugar. Pisgah is big on organic, which is cool, but.... It actually ends up being slightly boozy due to the sweetness.

MF: Lack of carbonation is the big miss here. I think the low carb level accentuates the sweetness and allows the booziness to come through.

O: Don't get me wrong, this is a nice beer. Not at the same level as Boulevard Long Strange Tripel or LFdM, but a nice North American Tripel , nonetheless. This is admittedly a hard style for North American brewers to master.

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Pisgah Tripel from Pisgah Brewing Co.
4.01 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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