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Average: 4.07 | pDev: 10.57%

Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 112

Ranked #36 Belgian Tripel and #5,646 overall.

ABV: 9.50% | Availability: Year-round

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Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
pisgahbrewing.com

Notes: Formerly known as Solstice
BA SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 112
Reviews by VaterRoss:
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery as part of a flight.

Hazy straw yellow in appearance, definitely unfiltered. Smell of dry yeast and light funk. Taste is tons of yeast and spice and sweet. Spices are heavy on the coriander. Med-high carb and med-light body.

A very good and very spicy tripel.

from notes, Mar 17, 2012

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 10oz glass lighter dull golden with thinner than expected white head,phenolic aromas dominate maybe a bit to much was hoping for some citrus aromas but not really there.A good full mouthfeel,flavors are pretty subtle for such a big beer some spice that of clove and maybe a touch of nutmeg with an underlying pineapple fruitiness but a little subtle.Hmm its a beer thats rough around the edges and maybe needs to be tweaked a little but its worth giving a try.

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Photo of hyuga
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales...abv listed at 9.5%abv. January 2009.

Caged and corked 750ml, it pours, after a huge pop, a hazy orange yellow with about a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is very fruity with scents of orange and light lemon, maybe apricot, and a musty nose that is kind of Brett-like. In a Tripel, I could do without the mustiness as it hurts the overall smell, imho.

The taste is fruity sweet and fruity tart at the same time with more sweetness from candy sugar and tart notes of oranges and apricots. A little bit of pepper shows up as does light notes of clove that get stronger the more I drink. Still, this Tripel impresses me with how fruity it really is. The alcohol brings some warming after the swallow but I can't say I detect any in the taste. Yhis is a nice tasting brew that overall leans toward the sweet side but not by much. The tart factor never does let go....

Medium bodied with carbonation that approaches but doesn't reach high, it finishes with some nice malty tones and another touch of tartness. The second pour shows me a cloudy brew..no surprise for this bottle condition brew and head retention is superb and it has nice lacing.

Drinkability? I like what's going on here as the flavours are anything but dull and the abv doesn't come in to play much. It's any easy drinking and smooth brew. I made an excellent choice with this one.

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Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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 rodrot
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, medium golden color with a huge pillowy head that nearly ran over the sides of the glass. Looks very Belgian! The aroma was very Belgian too. Lots of spices, fruit and a hint of banana in the nose. Taste was quite sweet and syrupy at first and then began to mesh with flavors of pear, clove, pepper and bananas. Despite the strength of this beer, it was very refreshing to drink on an incredibly hot day in June. Excellent beer and a must try if your a fan of the style. Now, if only I could find some bottles to stash away.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer poursd a solid gold color with OK head retention and fairly decent lacing. The beer comes across as fairly sweet on the nose, showing considerable honey and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a soft, clean finish. There was just a hint of bitterness, which I thought helped to balance the sweetness. Drinkability was pretty good, with the 9% very well integrated into the flavor profile.

Not my favorite beer during my visit to the brewery, but certainly not bad.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lovely American take tripel, from Bruisin' Ales. Fresh yeast, very smooth mouthfeel,with an underlying orange cream taste. Very drinkable.Cloudy with a great white bubbly head.Refreshing yeasty inhale.Not with the best Belgian versions,but still quite good. On the sweeter side.

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Photo of RickS95
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light gold, straw-colored. Filtered, clear. A thick white head sits on top.

Fruits and spices fill the nose. Smells more like a wine or cider than a beer, but the scents are pleasant nonetheless.

It tastes like it smells, an overload of fruits and spices...too many to identify.

A lot of complexity in the mouth. It's sweet from all the fruits, before giving way to some bite from the spices. On top of that, there is almost a numbing of the lips from all the ingredients and high alcohol, with only faint warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

Despite the overload of flavors and the high alcohol, it's a pretty smooth beer that you'll be eager to drink. Nice lacing.

***I had to edit this and change my score for appearance. I had this in a 25 ounce bottle so the first pour didn't include any of the sediment. After you can spin the bottle and pour all the goodness into the glass, it's a much nicer looking beer. Cloudy and a cross between white and gold is what it looks like.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a billowy head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Doughy with hints of banana, spice and alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a fruity combination of overripe pineapple, banana and clove that builds in a peppery direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors meld together nicely, with a slightly boozy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with loads of carbonation

Drinkability: Sort of a cross between a BSPA and a tripel, but that is not such a bad thing in my opinion; I just purchased this one today and wasn't planning to drink it so soon but it blew its stack in the car on the way home (the outside temperature was in the high 90s) - I stuck it in the freezer when I got home and enjoyed it right away

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Photo of finepaws
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Hickory Hops beer festival. It has a nice pale golden color. Even in a small taster glass it had a nice creamy froth, that lasted to the end. Smooth fruity smells, maybe pineapplish, maybe pear, with a touch of spice. Has a medium body to the mouth. The maltiness helps to carry this beer to a 9% abv that you would not know, until it's too late. The sweet, crisp flavor keeps it well balanced and very enjoyable. Wish I could get this locally.

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 2. Got this one in a trade with mikesgroove, so thanks!
Yellow/amber and slightly hazed with a super fluffy eggshell head composed of big bubbles that was quick to settle. Lots of clumpy lacing. Fruity aroma, lots of apple and pear, bread, light yeastiness, faint spice and alcohol. Very much in line with what I expect from a tripel. Mild bitterness and alcohol, bready and fruity with mild spice and alcohol in the finish. Very clean profile. Unfortunately, it was overcarbonated, which was the only problem with this beer. Body was medium with some alcohol warmth, plus the texture was good once the carbonation settled down. Very nice other than this one issue.

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Day 2 of epic DrJay visit tasting, DrJay brought this one!

Pours a clear apple juice colour, almost yellow gold, huge and pillowy white head forms, drops some lace chunks, forms a solid layer. Smell is neat, apples, yeast, bread, some caramel, alcohol, pears, very fruity, some sugars, honey, quite nice, has all the elements. Taste is similar, tons of apple and pear, caramel, alcohol, quite spicy in the middle, wheat, light bubblegum, candi sugar, bananas, pretty neat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, little thick for me than most tripels, with pretty high carbonation, has a bit of a bite to it. Really nice tripel, I like what Pisgah are doing. Thanks Jay!

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Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely the best beer (of the few) I tried at the Hickory Hops festival. This one won a top award previously and deserved it. No noticeable smell or taste of alcohol, nice light color. Fruity esters supported by a soft malt character. Hits the spot, especially for a NC brewer just getting their feet wet with high gravity brews.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Barley's

a: hazy yellow in color, moderate head that recedes to leave a modest ring around the glass

smell and taste: Nice tripel aromas/flavors of yeasty banana with a moderately sweet, wheaty backbone. The big yeast character makes me think hefe-tripel. Delicate hop presence on the nose, with a papery hop flavor on the tongue and light bitterness.

mouthfeel: medium body, carbonation towards the medium range

d: Pretty easy, but two is plenty.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - think i brought this back from asheville this summer

appearance: clear bright orange body, rather low carbonation, not much head.

smell: strong and sweet, honey, clove, booze, sharp citrus, lemongrass, pepper

taste: a lot of sweetness, spicy alcohol, lemon zest and lemongrass, doughy, clove, banana, sour fruit, biscuit malts, candied sugars, orange peel, peppery, spicy

mouthfeel: a bit syrupy, spicy booze, doughy

drinkability: ok

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Photo of grub
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. DrJay contributed this one, so thanks jay!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled nov 28/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with an incredibly fluffy white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. apple juice. cracker and white bread. touch of caramel. nice light belgian spice. light alcohol.

taste is good. once you get past the insane carbonation level there's a great tripel in there. cracker and white bread. light belgian spice. light alcohol. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. initially the carbonation was very high and carrying a decent sting with it, but after a little swirling it drops to a much more pleasant level. nice light body with a good dry finish.

drinkability is good. the carbonation takes away initially, but by mid glass this one starts going down very easily. good stuff.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I recommend opening this one in the sink! When a popped the cork with a LOUD pop a geyser of foam rushed out and soaked my counter-top, counters, floor, shirt and me up to my elbows. After the mess was cleaned up I gave it +.5 in apperance because it was pretty cool. I've had them gush out before but never quite like that.
Pale gold in color. Hazy. Massive pillowy head. Looks like a bubble bath. Thick lacing last forever. Very attractive and sophisticated looking beer.
Bananna and Belgian yeast in the aroma. Somewhat faint but pleasant.
Flavor is pale malts with hints of wheat. Bananna and light spices. It's not the typical flavors of a triple but I kinda like the light subdued flavors. No less complex than other triples just more relaxed tasting.
Good mouthfeel with lively carbonation.
It's a sipper. The alcohol is well hidden but it's not one you would want to drink several of. Just a nice relaxing beer.
Solstice is not one of Pisgah's best beers. But an average beer from Pisgah would be a lot of breweries best.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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 kkipple
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap with my buddy Khaismus in Asheville, whose review precedes mine.

Showed up in a goblet, was a hazy straw-yellow, with a 3cm tight white head that diminishes fast.

Yep, there’s certainly an overload of bananas in the smell, along with a bready, yeasty smell and some vague “spice”. Quite sweet, perhaps a bit overboard. No pineapple whatsoever for me, but there was an odd non-hop bitter smell going on...

Flavor is a bit lacking, the requisite bananas are there in spades, along with a sweet corn-syrup hit and some noticeable alcohol. Rather close to a very boozy German Hefe. Has a bit more complexity but nothing that jumps out aside from the bananas, which I felt were excessive. Mild esters and honey come through, although the finish is a bit sour. A good attempt at the style, and no off flavors, but a bit confused for my liking. Needs to be more balanced and with more discernible spice for my tastes.

Mouthfeel is acceptable, not overly carbonated.

Decent overall. If you’re crazy for bananas add a point to my score. Nice to see a regional brewer trying a difficult style.

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Photo of Enola
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a cloudy orange with a good sized head and the beer is very carbonated. The smell is citrus and the Belgian nature shows strongly. The Belgian yeast is very prominant in the taste as well as wheat. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and the abv certainly shows. Overall this is probably a decent beer of the style.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright, clear, pale golden yellow with a thin bright white head. This reduces to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Sweetness up front from the biscuit malts and Belgian candi sugar. Pears and banana fruitiness with a nice spicy peppery backing

T-Belgian candi sugar and biscuit malts up front. A fruit bowl of esters with pear, apple, banana and a touch of bitter orange peel. Nice backing spicy notes with clove, pepper and some earthiness. Maybe just a touch too sweet.

M-Medium-light to medium bodied. Smooth yet crisp with a light syrupy feel. Nice lingering sweetness and spiciness.

D-A flavourful and easy drinking triple. I could easily enjoy a few of these. Solid spiciness backs up the initial sweetness very well.

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Photo of bdupree
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden hues with a very short-lived head.

B: Many different aromas with banana, fruit, clove.

T: So smooth on first taste with immediate banana hitting the tastebuds. Tastes like liquid candy. At the finish, very strong alcohol hit.

M: Slightly heavy but very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink. Could be dangerous, as with most great Tripel brews.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 2009 release acquired from fogdog courtesy of the Secret Bunny 2009, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, apples, some spice, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with mildly sweet flavors of apples, caramel, spices and some citrus. Then bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character follow. There's a bit of an alcohol sting and a mild hops presence, but a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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