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:
108
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 108
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 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 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 lightindarkness
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jraycee for sending this my way! A caged corked 750 mL.

Pours a very slightly hazy golden straw color with some decent depth. A nice soft creamy off-white head forms and stays at a thick little cap. Sheets of lace hang down the sides of the goblet.

Smells of dry grains and nice yeasty bread dough. Light notes of hay, lemon-grass, and vinegar.

More doughy goodness in the taste, with some faint lemon zest, wheat, and hay. Sweetness comes in and out, with an almost tangible independent identity, as if it's swirled in as a separate ingredient. Some soft ripe melony fruit blends into the middle. A little grainy, then kind of watery leading into the finish. Ends with some soft, mildly bitter, mildly sweet breadiness. A decent balance of dynamic, but lacks much standout character.

Feel is nice. Spicy carbonation up front mellowing into a smooth medium body, cleaning up at the finish, but leaving a film of sweetened aftertaste.

Overall a very nice beer that's growing on me considerably as I drink it. It's tasty, but tame. Nothing stands out in spice or taste that really gives it something unique other than the fact that it's a nicely drinkable tasty tripel.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really admire Pisgah brewing and their brews. There's nothing like visiting their brewery on Thursdays when it's open to the public. You can taste several of their offerings and purchase anything they've got bottled. Local folks fills the place and give it a real community atmosphere. On my last visit I picked up bottles of Solstice, Cosmos, Hellbender, and a growler of their Pale Ale. The Solstice is the first of this set I've sampled.

It pours a dark amber with lots of bubbles and a light, frothy, white head that sticks around a long time and clings to the side of the glass while the level of beer drops. Aromas of bubble gum, lemon, and a spicy floral essence waft up from the brew with a good sniff. This aroma certainly invites tasting! Floral and sweet malts are prominent on the front, while the finish is mostly bitter with a bright citrus character and a nice lingering aftertaste of bread.

If you're into Belgian styles, particularly Triples, I highly recommend this brew. Heck, I recommend everything Pisgah does!

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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 Enola
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
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 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 rodrot
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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 brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 wcudwight
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip glass.

Appeared to be a hazy yellow/light orange color. Unfortunately the bartender did not leave a head on it.

The beer smelled of bananas and possibly some other citrus fruits, orange or lemon. It also had some spice to it as well as some yeast.

The taste was great. Classic Belgian tripel. The citrus and banana really came out and the alcohol was very noticeable but not completely overpowering. It is sweet and complex and finishes smooth.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but I am not sure that one would want to drink more than 2 of these at a time. Definitely a beer that you want to sit back and enjoy. This is a beer that I would definitely want to order again.

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Photo of drperm
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from a Pisgah tasting, December '07.

This is their year-round Belgian Trippel offering. A sour nose (yum!) gives rise to fruity esters, and the only thing that made it less than superb was that once-again slightly watery finish. Otherwise, very solid and true to the style. Gouda made it better with regards to the finish.

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

Nice beer from Pisgah. In general I find their bigger brews, especially their Belgian styles, to be their best offerings. This one pours a cloudy pale golden with a wispy head that leaves some sticky lacing. The smell is fairly light with some typical tangy Belgian yeast notes as well as a fairly large hit of coriander. The taste is bright with layered orange, lemon, and a slight graininess. Sweet with candi sugar throughout. Mouthfeel is bright and sweet without being sticky or cloying. A fairly mellow interpretation of the style, but bright and delicious nevertheless. Nice.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the chance to enjoy this before but never got around to reviewing it.

It is a pale golden color and the only flaw being a thinner head than there should be, which also fades somewhat quick. Still, a slow and steady carbonation.

Smell is very nice. Mostly fruity scents coming through...bananas, yep. Also some pear and a light hint of cherry for me. Spiced tones are also present.

Taste is pretty good but not quite what I expected. Definitely a spicy wheat combo going on. Slight alcohol burn and banana again. A little tart.

Mouthfeel is slick and somewhat chewy/sticky. Not bad at all.

Overall the drinkability is good...it kind of seemed to fall between the lines of a Tripel and Weizenbock but I still thought it was a good job by the people at Pisgah.

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Photo of kkipple
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
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 khiasmus
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Barley's in Asheville.

A- Golden and cloudy, with light white head that settles to a ring quickly.

S- Bananas, honey, pineapple, malt, white bread, yeast, anise. I didn't catch any hop aroma. The Bouquet is flowery, sweet, and complex... makes you excited about the coming taste.

T- The taste is very good, but sadly not quite as good as the smell. Saccharine, dried bananas, citrus, sour yeast, corn, and alcohol. That about does it. No hops to speak of, and though complex, not as complex a flavor as the nose.

M- Medium-high carbonation, but slick, thick, and honey-like.

D- I could have several in a row. I loved it.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 oberon
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
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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