Pisgah Tripel | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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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

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Reviews:
73
Ratings:
109
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
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24
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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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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 JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 Pourharddrinkslow
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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%
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 -3.7%
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 -1%
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 -12.9%
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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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 tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A - dark gold with a hazy orangish hue; thin lacing of white head; ton of carbonation rising to the top

S - orange peel, belgian funk, spicy

T - white grapes, spicy, yeasty, warming alcohol in the finish

M - warm, medium to full bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a pretty decent Tripel. It has decent flavor. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract from anything. It's worth trying.

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

I had this on tap at an awesome store called "City Beverage" in Winston-Salem.

Served in a plastic cup... seriously?

A: Poured a hazy apricot-orange color, with a slight 1/4 finger head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: I got LOTS of banana, clove, coriander, and a candy sugar component that reminded me of diluted pixie stick dust. Nice!

T: The spice content was especially strong with this one, but the sweet component was kept in check by what I can only best describe as peat moss.

M: This had a really nice carbonation bill... perfect for this style actually which is really tough to do. Like I stated before, the sweetness was tempered and of the organic, fresh fruit variety, and with a tinge of salt mixed in as well.

O: This was my first Pisgah brew and I'm happy to report that they got it right... especially considering the duds that are floating around out there in the Tripel world.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served side by side with a Delirium Tremens, otherwise I may have liked this more. The Delirium was better in both feel (partly due to the higher carbonation) and flavor.

S: plenty of yeasty banana with clove. Bready malt in the background. The flavor follows the nose,and had a bit too much of the banana/clove thing going on, as well being a shade too sweet.

Hazy, in contrast to the bright, crystal clear Delirium, but with a similar large white head that had good retention.

O: falls short of world-class, but a fine attempt for an American and organic version of this Belgian style.

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Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a yellow-gold with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: lots of spices and bubblegum and candy sugar at first along with some faint light fruit notes with a sweet bready finish.

T: lots of Belgian spices again followed by bubblegum, candy sugar, and pear flavors. The finish is of sweet breads and yeast with a light alcohol burn.

M: medium-light body with highish carbonation, this beer is a little under-attenuated, but not too thick and sweet.

O: a good American tripel. It's tasty, though a little sweet and thick for the style.

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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 KidsDoc
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC

golden transulucent, almost champagne appearance with minimal white foam

aroma was sweet, apples, a slight souring scent

Taste was over-the-top sweet. hints of banana, stronger apple notes. I will say the 9+ abv was well blended and did not add any heeat/chaos into the mix.

Mouthfeel was light-medium and a bit bubbly.

I like Belgians but this was way too sweet. Still drinkable and I enjoyed it more for the local experience than the actual beer. The sweetness made this more dessert beer than an nice high-gravity Tripel sipper

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC. Served in a small goblet.

Golden and clear with a moderate white head. Aroma is black pepper and fruit. Taste follows with the spicy black pepper and fruit. A bit on the sweet side. Silky mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.

A smooth, balanced beer that most would enjoy.

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Photo of anycrew
2.36/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this one on draft served in a shaker pint. Good color for a tripel. Got a taste of belgian yeast character , but was overwhelmed by sweetness. It tasted like I was drinking unfermented wort. I drank about 1/3 of the pint and was over with this one.

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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 babaracas
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Pisgah tasting room. Cloudy amber with thin white head, sheet of fine lace left behind. Smell: pear, spicy, pale malt sweetness, decorative soaps. Taste: sweet pale, a little wheat note, pear, apple, spicy and earthy. Light-medium bodied with good carbonation. Booze level is pretty chill. Nice!

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Photo of RickS95
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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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 jsanford
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Pisgah Brewery in Asheville, NC on 5/29/10

A - Golden-yellow with a thin white head that dissipated quickly to a nice ring around the glass.

S - Bananas, pears, Candi sugar, Belgian yeast. Bit of hop citrus

T - More banana, pears, Candi sugar, Belgian yeast. Bit of orange citrus with a white pepper & clove finish.

M - Crisp! Medium bodied, surprised to see it's 9% ABV!

D - Could easily drink a few of these in a sitting if not for the ABV. Very quenching. Solid brew from Pisgah!

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