Pisgah Baptista | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 12-19-2006

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to mikesgroove for this via trade! Wow, I had to keep looking at the label to be sure this didn't come from Belgium.

A - nice straw color, bottle opened with no pop but definite solid streams of carbonation with a nice through the bottle white head.
S - complex Belgian yeast, spices and a nice clove / caramel character
T - spicey peppery belgian yeast notes dominate wiht a light undertone of clove and carmel to round it out.
M - medium to full in body with a solid carbonation level, sharp, dry in the finish.
D - please sir may I have another?

thankfully I have another to enjoy later. This is one heck of a belgian brew from NC. Yes, NC. Damn they got it soo right. Get it if you can.

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Photo of kkipple
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with Baptista was around 2am in Asheville, outside, sitting on the steps of a dance club with friends who were all dressed in Santa outfits. Tis better not to ask. But I knew upon my first sips from my plastic cup (again, never mind) that I wanted more of this stuff. And here it is again!

First off, whoever listed this under "Strong Dark" was mistaken, this is a Tripel or at worst a Strong Golden. It pours a dirty, cloudy yellow with a small head; a good swirl fluffs it up and leaves some moderate lacing on the goblet. Yes, I drank it out of a glass for this review. :p

Loads of esters in the nose. Green apples and lots of pears. There's a big yeasty / bready smell, some candy sweetness, light malt, sharp alcohol, spice, and metal. Spicy and complex. The bready nose could be a little diminished, but it smells wonderful all the same.

I really love the taste of this one... the vague spice and fruit (hints of white grape and pear) work together wonderfully. Pepper and coriander, sugary candy and light toffee all feature.
Finish is bready with a delightful mild spicy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and watery, lowly carbonated, it goes down easy. The booze tingles the back of the throat -- this is extremely drinkable for 11.5%, even though you can certainly pick it up in the smell.

Pisgah normally makes rather average brews, but in my opinion they've knocked this one out of the park. It's a wonderful example of an American brewer trying something Belgian and coming up with interesting results. This is actually better than some real Tripels I've had lately (Affligem, ahem). A great beer and recommended. I hope Pisgah makes this again next year.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly cloudy with a couple of fingers of creamy white head, that drops disappointingly quickly. A bit of lace remains, and other than the retention the appearance is excellent for a tripel.

S- Smells like candy. Like malty, cane-sugary, alcoholic candy. Hints of phenolics such as clove and nutmeg, the yeast is bready and spicy, with a bit of white pepper way in the back, alcohol is fairly strong, but malty sweetness is the predominant aspect.

T- Initially the sweet malt, followed quickly by some spicy phenolics, then a strong white-bready yeastiness. Finish is long, sweet and alcoholic.

M- Smooth, medium-full bodied, warming in the finish. carbonation is a little low.

D- Quite drinkable. the 11.5 alcohol is dangerous, but it tastes more alcoholic as it warms. An excellent example of what Carolina breweries are capable of.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty, slightly hazy, peach color in the glass with a white head that melts to a sticky ring.

Aromas of sweet citrus, tobacco, bubblegum, spices, biscuit yeast.

Flavor is lightly sweet oranges, bubblegum, lots of white pepper, and assorted spices such as cardomon, etc. Not overpowering but definitely present.

Aftertaste is bitter orange. Bubblegum also comes through in the aftertaste. Lots of alcohol warmth as would be expected.


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Photo of wcudwight
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy peach color with a thin white head that quickly retreats and leaves thin wet lacing. The outstanding color keeps the appearance of this beer from being average.
There is a mixture of aromas that I can't quite figure out but I like them. Peach tobacco comes to mind. Bananna, lemon. Herby and spicy.
Sugary, caramel, spicy, peppery flavor. Lot's going on but it blends well and stays balanced.
Good mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Big and filling.
This one is a sipper for sure. Sit by the fire, get a good book and grap you a Pisgah Baptista.

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: white head, good retention and moderate lacing...golden amber colored beer

s: Fabulously complex Belgian pale malts and light sugars are complimented by a well done spice and hop counterpart. Spicy sweet ethanol is a big compliment. A range of fruits from apple to banana and some light lemongrass. Love the yeast presence, not really very estery, but subtle and bready. Near 5.

m: medium-high, smooth carbonation and a clean medium body

t: Pale Belgian barley malts with great notes of spicy Belgian yeasts and an extremely light sweetness. Smooth and delicately complex with just a touch of ethanol heat. Apple, pear, and white fig. Nice, long finish with a papery aged hop flavor.

d: a dangerously delicious sipper at 11.5%

from my new Hommel snifter at the hotel...750 mL bottle from Bruisin' Ales, winter 2007

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Photo of drperm
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last at a 5-brew Pisgah tasting at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC

11% ABV. Pisgah's "Belgian Noel" seasonal offering, a strong dark (but not too dark!) brew. Beautiful bronze color with a complex nose that immediately caught my attention -- too many things going on to single any one out, yet not too busy to be confusing. All I could say was, "Wow." This was clearly the coup-de-grace of the day for me. Truly complex, truly amazing...I must say that I have as of yet not had any true Christmas Ales from Belgium or the Netherlands, so I can't compare the Baptista against the heralds of the style, but style aside, I fell in love with this thing. And, no watery finish here! More along the lines of a dry barleywine or sherry finish, really. And wonderful with cheese all the way. More, please!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber with some copper notes- not as dark as some. The head is pure white and fine beaded, but there isn't much of it and no real lacing to speak of. The smell is of apples and especially of bananas as well of biscuits and honey. Becomes much more noticeable as it warms. The taste is lovely, with big notes of banana, molasses, a touch of clove, biscuits again, some apricot, and bubblegum on the finish. Very nice mouthfeel- creamy, even a little waxy with a fairly thick but not grainy body. Very drinkable! Smooth and delicious.It is warming but the high abv isn't that noticeable. Great beer, and my first from this brewery. I was lucky to get it.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

KilgoreTrout27 is the man for hooking me up with this beer. Winter 2006, best by 2018. If I'm still alive in 2018, I'd like to sample this beer.

A: First off, file this label away to be nominated later for "coolest label". They recommend it goes into the chalice, so in it goes.
Copper chestnut in color, clean and refined with a smatch batch of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Dozens of lazy bubble streams make their way to the top of the glass. At the surface, a finger full of creamy vanilla bean colored bubbles form a nice head.

S: Yeasty dough with tobacco, gentle banana, butterscotch, cloves, dried prunes and dark cane sugar.

T: The first impression is how sweet this beer is. There's a lot of sugar in here but that's ok, its going to help this beers shelf life. The sweetness starts with banana, brown sugar and wheat grass with bubblegum right on their tail. Explosive flavor, nobody will accuse this beer of being dull. Next stop is golden raisins, yellow plums and apricots with a real sticky persona to it. I also detect coconut, mango, vanilla and other tropical delights. As it warms, the flavors keep shifting, reinventing itself if you will...like a moving target. Gentle sprinkling of spices are folded in; nips of pepper, dash or fresh coriander and even some earthly thyme. Finishes tutti frutti with lip smacking preserves and banana's foster considerations.

M: Full, soft, silky with syrupy aspects.

D: This is a really friggin good beer and its only going to get better with age. Bit cloying after an entire bottle, so its recommended that you share this with another beer lover. Each sip was an adventure, wondering which part of my palate would react after each swallow. North Carolina representing :thumbup:

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4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice medium brown with an off-white head which never rose tall and retreated to the edges of the surface due to the alcohol content.

The aroma was deep and complex with a nice Belgian yeast spice character and a fruity profile which contained a light banana, citrus and light presence of alcohol. The aroma's spice contributions were very lightly clove and pepper based. The alcohol led to a mysterious character and did not detract from the aroma.

The flavor was lighter than one would expect on an 11.5% ABV beer. Dark fruits were presence, raisins and prunes, but not at a high level, more muted and melded. The spice from the Belgian yeast was lightly peppery and contained a clove character. The flavor was fruity and estery with light banana as the predominate characteristic. Caramel accentuated the fruit and spice very well.

The finish was just dry with lasting fruit and pepper spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and with a moderate, but not high level of carbonation this one was easy to consume. Alcohol was certainly present in the aroma, flavor and warming after consumption, but the presence was restrained and well achieved. A beer just a notch short of being phenomenal. Get some if you can.

22 ounce capped bottle (mine had no label and was purchased at the brewery).

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