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Pisgah Tripel | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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4.02/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Solstice

Added by oberon on 03-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,274
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
109
pDev:
10.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
5
Trade:
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of farrago
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super airy head with no density at all, crests at two to three fingers and then sizzles off faster than Carl Lewis to a light, spotty surface dusting, the lacing broadens well but has close to zero stickiness. Deep worn gold color, the bubbles form a veritable maelstrom inside the glass, looks like a raging blizzard, mild haziness prevents full transparency. The nose quietly explodes into a full perfume of white grape, pear, apple, apricot fruit, white pepper, Saltine crackers, dried yeast to pie crust, coriander spice, when it sweetens it’s mostly as bubblegum and fruitcake. Full-bodied with a satiny texture which well disguises its actual heft, the carbonation also helps relieve weight without allowing it to get fluffily soft. More banana, fig here to go along with the pear, apple, grape to strawberry fruit. Likewise, clove equal to the pepperiness. It’s fresh enough that the yeastiness is not a real major factor. There is a booziness to it which helps warm the belly and in no way distracts from being able to enjoy the flavors. Lemony finish with a hint of basil. For the category this is eminently smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 2" head.

Smell: loads of belgian yeast, citrus, and some spiciness comes through to the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with pear, green grapes, yeast, cracked pepper, and a hint of bubblegum. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a great tripel with loads of flavor and a well balanced beer.

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Photo of Eziel
2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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 KingEdward
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbmiche
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bit overcarbed for my liking

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NCJEFF77
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Contacted brewery, their listed Tripel is actually the same beer as Solstice.

Big frothy off white head out of the bottle, growing nice and strong, but with some snapping carbonation and shampoo like retention but big clumpy and rocky. Easily three fingers tall with a big roaring middle column of carbonation, if through an opaque deep orange colored tangerine body. Quite nice.

Thick malts and fruity esters come off this wonderfuly. Nice sense of sugars, a little bit of banana, but moves to hints of pear and apple. Dense smelling brewed malts, an almost husky and thick quality coming off of it too. Very impressive.

Excellent palate but with one minor flaw. Carbonation comes off a little strong and even a bit hot and gaseous. It really just manages to take away from a very delicious palate. Thick juicy apples and pear like flavors in the mid palate wash all over. Juicy and full bodied though with rich nice malts. A hint of mild banana finishes the palate with thick chewy body. Bubbless still manage to feel snapping on my tongue long after first sips.

I just wish this wasn't so prickly but it's still a great tasting tripel.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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 BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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 RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -0.7%
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 Dave1999
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of craft_shannie
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Ljoreilly
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 MaximumYuks
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Pisgah Tripel from Pisgah Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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