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Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by oberon on 03-12-2006

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I finally made it up there to take on the Solstice. I have heard such good things, and particularly regarding this batch that I really needed to get up there to try and see what Dave keeps raving about. Your typical looking Pisgah bottle, I pulled this one straight out of the fridge and served it in Mock Turtle.

Appearance - Holy Snikes! We have a foamer! This one damn near exploded when I popped the cork, literally waking the baby and scaring the neighbors, that was one hell of a pop. To its credit, nothing left the bottle. Poured it into the glass, this one simply foamed up the entire glass, and I had to make several additional to get a nice one poured, but wow this was big. Has to be the most carbonated beverage I have ever had the chance to try, Duvel included. A beautifully golden yellow, the haziness of it only served to magnify the shine it gave off. Some light sediment in the bottle, but that was from me, as I like it. A towering head of white foam at least four inches high, that never faded or let up in any way, in fact it seemed to just stay there forever. This was just insanely good looking. Very impressed with this.

Smell - The aroma was very light and airy. Lots of grains here with a touch of yeast in the aroma. Light banana and lemon. Some light touches of grass and even the slightest bit of grape. This was every bit as complex as it was light. The carbonation was literally tingling my nose, it was just that good.

Taste - The flavor was not coming on extraordinarily well also. Super light, and full of flavor, this was an instant classic as soon as I took the first sip. Very nice light notes of yeast and wheat, some light fruit backed in as well. Nice hints of peach and a touch of wine like alcohol, but very light and more of a subtle nice surprise then anything else. The flavor was insanely good, and at times effortless. The finish was dry; almost a champagne like dryness to it with a long lasting flavor of grass or wet hay, and you just had to go back for another sip when it was done.

Mouthfeel - The most light bodied, most highly carbonated triple you could possibly ever hope to drink. The carbonation was absolutely beautiful with tiny bubbles just rippling through your mouth and offering one of the nicest profiles I have ever seen.

Drinkability - This was absolutely outstanding. I could not even begin to describe how good this one tasted. It was just simply outstanding in every way; the alcohol was practically non existent and the lightness of the body just lended itself perfectly to being sipped constantly and even on a nice hot day.

Overall, wow, I am not even sure what to say. This was far and away my favorite of the big Belgian style ales from Pisgah that I have tried, my only regret was that I did not pick up more of it when I was up there, but that is sure to change as I intend to grab a few cases very very soon.

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Photo of atsprings
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and cages bottle into 2 Brooklyn tulips shared with rtratzlaff. Pours a nice hazy dark yellow with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is a abundance of sweet malts and spice, pepper and orange peel. Taste is a wonderful blend of sweet malts, sweet fruits, lemon, spices and a hint of citrus hops. The beer is medium bodied, but the dry smooth carbonation hides the alcohol well. One of the brewers at Pisgah told me how they won a taste test in New York that included some Trapist tripels, I must admit, this is likely the best American brewed tripel I've have yet.

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Photo of jekemp
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer out a few years back during a visit to Asheville NC.

After the first sip, I was hooked, Soltice is everything a great belgium style tripel should be and it was incredibly fresh.

Very excited to see that Pisgah is now available in bottles as before it was kegs or growlers. I think I would rather drink a 12 oz bottle in a sitting than a growler since this beer is on the strong side...

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Photo of cjohnson
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with an impressive white head that didn't last too long, but left lots of lovely lacing.

Yeast, bananas and lemon are the major smells and tastes. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, but is well carbonated enough to make the beer drinkable.

This is a very tasty beer that's a good representative (or incarnation, I suppose) of the style.

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Photo of craytonic
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC

Pours a dull-murky-golden-pale-straw, with a serious head and nice lacing. Had a bottle as well and it damn near exploded, soaked the floor and the counter. I lost nearly half the bottle, it had a bit of a leak problem before that. Oh well, at least the rest was tasty!

Taste & Smell - dominated by over-ripe pineapple, some banana & yeast, a little pear and a touch of peach. Some spice and nutmeg as well. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - nice & full. Very light for a tripel, which really helps the drinkability.

I had this back towards the end of 2008 and it is much improved now. Much sweeter and very smooth, it is distinctly southern and tasty.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Lordsloth
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, plenty of light colored head. Smells Belgian, all right, with banana notes, spices. Tasted awesome. Very little bitterness, a bit of wheat... somewhat sweet, but just sweet enough- just the right amount. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a bit of character/graniness. Drinkability was good.

I only had half the bottle myself, due to other people wanting a taste. I could have definitely went for more Solstice. Excellent Tripel!

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Photo of finepaws
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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 smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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 corey0212
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem I got from mikesgroove!

Getting the cork out of this bottle was at times a harrowing experience. I was once taught to open a bottle of champagne as quietly as possible, a practice that has carried over into the realm of corked beers....but alas, the 'pop' on this bottle was epic. Pours a hazy golden color with an absolute beast of an off-white head....rocky, dense, and long-lasting, foamy lacing clings to the glass. Some pineapple on the nose, slight banana and apple, clove & peppery spice. Flavors follow right along, but I also get a slight nutmeg taste, some lemon zest, and a bite of alcohol on the finish. Extremely lively carbonation, and refreshing as hell. An extremely tasty Tripel....both beers I've had from this brewery have done nothing but impress me.

Now, excuse me while I go add the whole Pisgah lineup to my "wants" list.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to mikesgroove for the chance to try this southern gem!

A - cork had a bit of beer crusted on the edge, loud pop and a glass full of white foam ensue. It settles out and the first glass is a crisp straw yellow with a heavy bubble stream to the top. Subsequent pours show an increasing cloudyness as the sediment is increasingly disturbed.

S - wonderful belgian yeast notes with a nice light grains and a hint of lemon.

T - wonderful belgian yeasts dominate with a clean crisp light grain note and spices.

M - medium bodied, highly carbonated, crips and zesty. could be less carbonated but oddly the over carbonation of this brew does not detract from the drinking experience.

D - it takes a while for the foam to settle. It's worth the wait. this drinks nicely and crisply.

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Photo of beer2day
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Barley's in Asheville. Have had this many times in the bottle, but finally got to have this on draft.

Pours dark gold with a thin head. Nothing to retain.

Lots going on in the aroma. Bananas, ripe fruit, cloves, and plum all present.

Strong clove hit. Very creamy. Reminds me of banana bread. Slight licorice finish with lots of yeast. Stong alcohol presence.

Good mouthfeel, slightly thicker than expected.

Great drinker!

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Photo of yeastsipper
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle received in a trade with goRideYourBike. Thanks Mike. After fighting the cork for at least 5 minutes, poured into some oversized wine glasses.

Beer pours a bright gold color with a nice white head. Nose of banana and apples and lemon peel with some pear, honey, yeast and a very slight touch of spiciness. Taste is great. Fruity, yet not overly so. Nice balance with the yeast. All flavors from the nose are there. My only knock would be that it was a touch sweet, but this is a fantastic beer and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the better, more interesting tripels I have had. I will be seeking out more Pisgah in the future....

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Photo of DCon
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC for $5. Tapped from an unknown tap handle (sitting @ a table) into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Strongest aroma and definitely hits with tons of hop and malt. The coolest part of this aroma is the Banana Chip scent that is dominant! Wild!

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that lasts for decent time. Has a clear, golden body and barely leaves suds behind. Most of them disappear after each drink.

Flavor- Starts with the nicest banana flavor I've ever found in a Tripel. Then a good amount of sweetness and malt hit nicely. A medium-high bitterness level comes from hops and ingredient.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Good Carbonation, Bites the palate hard, and then has a nice malty finish.

Overall Impression- Can't even describe this brew... You have to have it yourself! The banana chip aroma and flavor was UNREAL. I could drink this all day but was very strong. Had a huge buzz after enjoying this one and the other 3 from the Mellow Mushroom. Get your hands on if you can! One of my top Tripels I've ever enjoyed.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had during an afternoon ticking session at Pisgah! Served from tap into a sampler imperial pint. Poured a golden straw yellow with a half finger pure white head that remained throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. While this one was not very complex, it was really easy drinking. 9%!?!? Where the Hell did Pisgah learn the ninja-art of hiding alcohol in their beer!? Holy Christ... I need to take a DD with me next time I go. Pretty good flavor profile going on here as well as the aroma for the style. Another standout on my ticking session while at Pisgah.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shaun and Angie for bringing this all the way from North Carolina. This corked and caged 750 mil bottle opened with a satisfying pop, and poured a cloudy deep and rich golden to orange hue and raised a huge off-white head that looked like whipped cream in the Duvel glass and simply did not want to go away. I let is sit so it could warm a little more, and if finally settled down after about 5 minutes and left big chunks of lacing. This may be one the the thickest and longest lasting heads I have ever seen. The nose was complex consisting of aromas of ripe fruit,, citrus, and some yeast. Mouthfeel is a bit lively and carbonated which may explain the huge head. Flavor are again of fruits, and there are touches of apricot, orange, grapefruit, and coriander. Finish is slightly sweet and it is good to the last drop. A very nice tripel.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pisgah Solstice, on tap at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria, served in a snifter.

Appearance: Arrives a crystal clear, gorgeous pale gold with tons of crisp-looking, active effervescenc, fast and fine, capped with one-finger of foamy snow white head. Retention isn't amazing but it's solid, and it leaves solid sheets of lace with occasional eruptions of fluff. If the retention were better, it'd be a 5.0 (to give you an idea of how attractive everything else is).

Aroma: Sweet, crisp grainy notes and candi sugar seem to make up most of the malty notes, with flourishes of white pepper and cloves and a handful fruity notes - not-quite-ripe bananas balanced with pears.

Taste: Sweet Belgian candi sugar and light, pils-esque malts bring a good mix of sweet and dry to the party. Lots of light fruity esters - bananas, obviously, with some orange peel, some apple skins, simple pear notes, all light and very balanced. A good dose of spicey notes, too: cloves yes, but also a few others, hints of white pepper and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly smooth and even, crisp but creamy, with big and bold but fine-bubbled effervescence.

Drinkability: This is organic? And brewed in NC? Very impressive. Not my first Pisgah experience, but if they tend to taste like this, it definitely won't be my last. The 9% on this one is nowhere to be found and is about average for the style, but everything else here makes it more than worthwhile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of grub
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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 zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. The head was short-lived and left minimal lacing.

S - This one has the aroma of a great Belgian Tripel. Spicy and yeasty notes with hints of sweet fruit.

T - Spicy upon the first sip. Good yeast flavor with some grain flavor and tropical fruits.

M - Sharp mouthfeel that crackles on the tongue. A medium bodied ale with a mild alcohol heat.

D - This is a really tasty Tripel. Another very fine brew from Pisgah.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle dated march 2008 poured in to a st bernardus goblet.

Pours a clear golden with a big fluffy white head.

Smell is big for a tripel. Sort of spicy, light malt. Some sour fruit and sweet banana.

Taste is spicy peppery, dry fruit.

Huge carbonation mouthfeel and extremely easy drinking beer.

Classic.

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Photo of cbros
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- Bottle poured into chalice.

A- Pours a golden yellow with a nice white lace that lasts till the finish.

S- Hints of alcohol and fruit-bannanna and spice tones.

T- Nice smooth fruity start to the beer that finishes with an strong alcohol end. Hints of pepper and pineapple move across the tongue on the way down.

M- Good mouthfeel and high drinkability. Picked this up a few months ago in Asheville and this is my first chance to try a Pisgah offering. Good strong Tripel that drinks well and is very enjoyable. I hope to have this again someday and also to try other Pisgah beers in the near future.

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Photo of bdupree
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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 DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 farrago
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Solstice from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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