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Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pisgah's tribute to the Belgian tradition and our home-brewing roots, this recipe comes directly out of Dave's old homebrewing notebook. We combine the rich flavor of a Baltic porter with the subtleness of a special Belgian yeast strain, imagine bananas dipped in dark chocolate liquified in your beer glass. Honor tradition, Respect beer.

Added by mikesgroove on 04-02-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
79
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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Photo of jorrx003
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had. I had this beer on tap at the brewery and it blew me away. A delicious mix of rich dark baltic porter with the fruity, banana-y flavors of the Belgian yeast. This beer was unlike any beer I have had before. The beer looks amazing, with a nice dark reddish hue, smells strongly of the belgian yeast, and then tastes like the beautiful combination of the dark roasted chocolatey porter and the dark fruit and belgian yeast flavors. This beer is amazing and I could not recommend it any more strongly.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical Pisgah corked and caged bottle. Large "POP" when I popped the cork. Fog rises out of the bottle as thick as the fog coming up Black Mtn on I-40. Black coffee in color with a large mocha colored head that is very rich in texture. Head hold well and leaves behind spotty sticky lace.
Mocha aroma mixed with a Belgian spiciness. Very unique.
Ohh a Baltic Porter with Belgian yeast. I like it very much. Both flavors are present but the beer doesn't lean more to one style or the other. Instead the Baltic Porter recipe and the Belgian yeast strain form a very unique and complex flavor profile that's unlike anything that I've ever had. Oh yeah, it's also very good. Rich coffee flavors but more of a sweet coffee. Kind of like a mocha. Dark fruits. Raisins, dates, plums with a hint of bannana. A touch of bourbon flavoring or subsitute any rich liquer for bourbon. Also has some hints of a milk stout. Very complex yet all of the flavors are very soft.
The mouthfeel is yet another suprise. Given the bold appearance and the complexity of the flavors I'd expect this beer to have a big bold mouthfeel. But it's soft and silky and kind of fluffy for the rest or the characteristics of the beer.
Drinkability is expceptional and I firmly believe that Pisgah brewery is the best little brewery that no one knows about.
It's organic to boot!!!

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Photo of bhalter8
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Eric at Pisgah, who hooked me up with this bottle to taste tonight. Pours an ink black with a solid, 2 finger, tan head. As it slowly recedes the head leaves amazing lacing around the glass. The smell is 100% contrary to the look, the smell must come from the belgian yeast that was used, because it has that crisp belgian scent, and not the dark malty scent the look would suggest. The taste is amazingly complex, the sweet chocolate malt contradicts the crisp belgian style yeast, but in an amazing way. I am absolutely awestruck by the taste, it is crisp upfront, but mellows to a chocolate sweet rather quickly. It is still a bit crisp in your mouth, but since it is such a blend of styles, I guess that should be expected. A wonderful taste, but tough to drink whole lot of. I am thrilled to have had a bottle, and cannot say enough about the blended taste

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Photo of corey0212
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with mikesgroove!

First off, I could stare at the label on this bottle all damn day...

Pours a dark cola-brown, with a big fizzy mocha colored head, fades somewhat slowly into a 1/4" layer of foam on top of the beer, some nice patches of lace. Lots of cocoa on the nose, some fig, some chocolate covered cherries. Taste follows right along, the cherry taste has a tart/sour quality to it, and I get some faint espresso flavors as well. Pretty actively carbonated, on the heavy side of medium-bodied. This is a fantastic beer, well worth trying to track one of these down.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark mahogany in color with a thick brown cap of foam. Head slowly fades to about one finger thick and leaves thick rings on the glass. Very active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Dark chocolate mixed with dark fruits. Hints of fig come to mind. A light roasted maltiness becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

T - Dark fruits and simi-sweet chocolate. Just a touch of roastiness underneath. The dark fruity Belgian yeast really comes through as the beer warms. Mixing Belgian yeast and roasted malts is an interesting concept, and I would have to say that Pisgah pulled it off.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a very slick feel. Alcohol is well masked and the beer is very easy drinking.

I have been a bit underwhelmed with Pisgah in thas past (they werent bad, they just werent as good as I had heard) but this one is excellent.

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Photo of devilben02
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have now had the good fortune to try this beer on multiple occasions, once fresh at the brewery and once with a buddy who was so generous in sharing his two-year old bottle. Both times, it was a pleasant experience, but the aged bottle was one of the better beers I have ever had.

Essentially, it is everything it promises to be and more. Poured in the glass, it is dark and brooding with a thin, lingering, creamy head. The aroma is exactly what I expected based on the description on the bottle: chocolate and dark roasted malt sweetness of a Baltic Porter but with the Belgian yeast adding a little something different. The flavor is a bit more skewed towards the chocolate flavors but with that yeasty tang underneath. The combination is something like a quad that used more roasted malts than usual, but with a candy-sweet finish develops as the beer warms. There's nothing particularly different or interesting about the mouthfeel other than the fact that alcohol was quite mellowed after two years on the shelf, with no hint of the 9.5%.

It's probably a good thing that I don't get out to Asheville often and Pisgah does not distribute out my way, because otherwise I may be tempted to shell out the premium price to always have a bottle of this around. Superb stuff.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber in to a wine glass.

Pours black with a two finger tan head.

Smells like wine with malt. Very enticing.

Sweet fruity taste followed with real malt backbone.

Very carbonated and light feel in the mouth.

Heavy taste, but the carbonation moves it away very quickly.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shaun and Angie for bringing this one all the way from North Carolina. From a Corked and Caged bottle this opened with a nice pop, and poured a very dark color with a big creamy head and thick lacing. Very attractive for a dark beer. Nose was of ripe fruit and sour yeast, and interesting combination. Mouthfeel carbonated and a little fizzy. Flavor is very complex, with coffee, chocolate, ripe fruit, burnt wood, and something sour. Finish is sour. Alcohol shows in the finish as well. A very different and interesting beer.

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Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Duckworths. Very dark brown pour, ample off white head that laces the glass well.

Aroma is pretty much a dark chocolate banana. Yeast and roast.

Taste has more roast, to add a great balance to the the yeasty banana, malt and cocoa.

The lighter mid body makes this quite drinkable. Alcohol is non-existent. Another impressive organic offering, as usual for Pisgah.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a slight light tan head. A tad bit of lacing. Nose brings some dark fruits and roasted malt. Good notes of chocolate. The taste is dark fruits, dates, burnt sugar, some roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol. The feel is nice with the flavors playing nice with the slight alcohol tinge. Drinks quite well and is really nice overall.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy creamy tan head, getting some nice creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight roastiness, figs, plums, raisins, slight toffee, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, malts, dark fruit, and some roastiness that I've never had in a BSDA, almost like a stout, nice touch of toffee/caramel. Full body. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, nice warming effect afterwards. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, and my first from Pisgah, I also have a bottle of Baptista to try later on. Thanks Eric.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a nicely capped tan head that fizzes away while managing to leave a few lace patterns

Smell: Dark fruit (dates, figs and rum soaked raisins), dark chocolate. a hint of molasses and a whiff of fusel alcohol

Taste: Opens with a fruity flavor, with a building molasses and dark chocolate complexity that deepens the profile by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors balance each other well, with some coffee touches appearing at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, with overeager carbonation

Drinkability: Kudos to Pisgah for a Belgian Dark that verges on the Baltic Porter style; if they could work on the mouthfeel, it would be outstanding

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Photo of Vancer
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good ol' beer sent from brent56 in some trade many moon ago - the label says bottled on Feb 2008. Thanks again Brent!

Had to use a wine opening to get the cork outa this 750ml. And the carbonation was another first - sounded like soda in the glass, crackling and foamy. The body was still well carbonated and tingly on the tongue. Dark mahogany in the Corsendonk tulip.

Very nice brew, tasty with the dark fruit and malt dominating the aroma and the quaff. Subtle hints of caramel, coffee and toffee really round out this nice frosty. No hint of any high alcohol, just an easy drinking big hitter. Sweet, but yet finishes with a nice dose of hop backbone.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown. Almost black. A gorgeous cocoa tan head rises up, staying nearly the entire session and leaving great sticky lacing patterns down the glass. Smell is subtle, not very powerful at all. You can tell there's a Belgian influence. A spicy yeast character and fruits that are a bit sour. Some dark malts that I can't really pick out. Taste is nice and definitely interesting. It has more of a Baltic Porter flavor than the smell suggests, with the dark malts easier to identify. Some good chocolate flavors along with light toffee and caramel. These malts are almost covered by a spicy flavor, an interesting combo. The fruits are still present and provide some good depth to the brew. Mouthfeel is awesome. So soft on the tongue and silky like velvet. I think a little more time to mellow would do this wonders. As it stands, if this was an experiment it turned out great. Flavors of a Baltic Porter intermingled with Belgian influence. I like!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bottle picked up at Brusin Ales April, 2015

L - Pitch black, with 1 finger tan head, no clarity. Looks black and creamy

S - Looks like a porter, but smells like a Belgian beer! Candy sugar and sweet. Smells great

T - Sweet, but not overly. A good mix of a belgian ale and a porter. Belgian sugar and yeast dominates. Tasty as hell.

F - Full bodied and creamy. Well balanced. Fully carbonated.

O - Another awesome brew from Pisgah. I am going back in June..can't wait!

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Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark brown, bordering on black. It poured with a massive, fizzy, sticky, light tan head.

s: The nose strikes a fantastic balance between Baltic Porter and Belgian Strong Dark ale. Dark roasty malts, big cherry aromas, and something a little sour as well.

t: Things start off with sweet notes of vanilla and smooth, lightly toasted malts. Big yeasty, cherry flavors come next. The finish is dry and perfumed.

m: This has a great body and carbonation that is fizzy yet still somewhat creamy.

d: This was unique but not too far out there, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Thanks to mikesgroove for this extra from the barleywine BIF.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from cage and cork. Many thanks to mikesgroove for hooking me up with this many moons ago. Shared with betsona. On a side note I flicked the cork with the cage still on and it blew off. Holy shit this beer was bottled with some pressure! No spilling happened. Onto the review.

A- Poured a deep almost chocolate brown color. Three finger mocha colored head showed crazy long retention. Nice thick streaks of lace along with some sheety lace left on the sides of the glass. If the head would have died down a little quicker this would have been a perfect 5 appearance to me.

S- Roasted malts cut with baker's chocolate in the front of the aroma. There is some darker fruits in the there as well but it seems like they also are chocolate covered as well. Hints of clove and banana linger toward the middle and backing. Backing has a underlying burnt sugar aroma to it. Damn this beer smells good!

T- Roasted malt in the front gets calmed down like the aroma with some chocolate malt. This brings forth a nice balance from where you can taste the clove and banana from the yeast strain. Middle of the beer shows some light caramel malt with some burnt sugar flavor as well. Hints of darker fruit come out in the middle of the beer and linger into the ending. Light chocolate malts overrun in the ending along with hints of belgian yeast. The alcohol is clean and not very present.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little heavy for the beer I thought. Chocoalte, roast, banana, and clove are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light sweet alcohol, chocoalte malt, clove, and hints of darker fruit mixed with banana. Flavors were blended well overall with one flavor leading into another smoothly. No off flavors were present in the drinking. Light alcohol drying overall on this beer.

O- This beer was good I thought. I'm not sure of Andrew's thought on this one but I'm leaning toward a lesser opinion of it. My first beer from this company and I was glad to have tried it. This one was bottled in 2007 or 2008 and to be honest was drinking fantastic right now!

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Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ncvbc hooked me up with this one. thanks walter!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. february 2008 vintage. sampled dec 31/08.

pours deep brown and mostly opaque with a small loose cola-like light brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. touch of coffee. whole wheat bread. biscuit. cracker. toasty and slightly roasty, with a bit of a belgian twist on things. bit of dark friut. touch of smoke.

taste is great. dark and milk chocolate. toasted multi-grain bread. cracker. some nice dark fruit too. bit of smoke. touch of roast. bit of coffee with cream. the flavour and aroma match very well with the bottle description - a baltic porter brewed with a belgian yeast strain. the usual baltic character is all there, tempered with the fruit and yeast of a belgian yeast strain.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-high carbonation. the carbonation is a bit high for a baltic porter, but works in this baltic-belgian hybrid.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, an interesting flavour blend. this one hides its alcohol well and has no trouble keeping your interest clear through the end of the glass. i wish i had another bottle!

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer was quite complex, showing leather, funk and a hint of coffee and dark fruits. The flavor profile is impressive and showed an interesting blend of cherry, vanilla, spice and cola. Very nice, and quite the intriguing combination of flavors. On the palate, this beer was not heavy or tiring at all, and I found this to be yet another high abv. beer from Pisgah that carried its alcohol very well. The finish on this beer was smooth and spice filled, with the underlying spice countering the moderate sweetness very well. Nothing seemed to be out of preportion in this well balanced, enjoyable beer.

Very nice effort.

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Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 18 month old bottle shared on 9-20-09--Thanks folks!

A-Deep, dark chestnut (cola) colored with a thick light tan head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Spicy yeast notes with a ton of dark fruits (cherry and plum) with a healthy dose of bitter dark chocolate and supporting notes of earth, dry cocoa, coffee and toasted grain.

T-Much like the aroma but even MORE complex! All of the aforementioned with a the addition of caramel sweetness. in the dry finish.

M-Medium bodied long lingering flavours with a building dry, slightly oaky, finish.

D-So complex it almost overwhelms my palate....but so interesting I want to keep drinking. Interestingly tasty, a real treat for the senses!

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Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a recent trade with mikesgroove. Thanks Mike!
Very dark, pretty much black, with faint mahogany edges. Fizzy yellowish tan foam that settled to a ring. A little bit of spotty lacing was evident, but short-lived. Interesting aroma, a mixture of dark malts and belgian yeast character. Caramel, cocoa, fruit, raisins, alcohol, bread, figs, spicy yeast. Flavour mirrors the aroma. Fruit character was more pronounced, with lots of plum, fig, and raisin. Bitterness provided an anchor, keeping caramel sweetness in check. Chocolate notes were more subdued and alcohol stayed balanced, though it was definitely on the warm side. Finished a little peppery with lingering bread and molasses. Carbonation was quite high and provided a bit of lightness to the otherwise full body. I liked this one. It's an interesting mix of characters that really work well together.

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Photo of joepais
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this extra he's a beer Karma God

Bottle poured into a Chalice produced a good two fingers worth of tam head that just stayed around for the whole beer. The body of this brew was jet black in color

Aromas of Belgian yeasts and roasted grains some grape sourness in there as well. It gets better as it warms up for sure

Flavors are great reminds me more of a Baltic than a strong dark, big roasted mats with some nice sourness in there from the yeast quite delicious really enjoyed it
Good carbonation and good medium to full mouthfeel.

Thanks so much Mike for giving me the opportunity to try this unique beer. A great brew to enjoy the last of summer. Very drinkable, I would drink it again. looking forward to trying more Pisgah

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Photo of Viggo
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged, big thanks to grub for opening this one on NYE.

Pours a very dark reddish brown, dense colour, very light tan head which disappears very fast, no lacing, not the best looking BSDA. Smell is nice, lots of dark fruit, raisins, alcohol, biscuits, some spice, candi sugar, cranberries, a lot of sweet maltiness but pretty complex, a wide range of aromas are kicking around, some chocolate and roastiness. Taste is similar, very raisiny, caramel, brown sugar, light bit of floral, lots of fruit, sweet alcohol at the back of mouth, a lightly tart fruit finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very drinkable a nice beer for the style. Sweeter and roastier than a BSDA should be, but still very enjoyable. Thanks for the sample Russ!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during an afternoon ticking session at Pisgah! Served from tap into a shaker pint. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, earth, and banana hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was definitely a big Belgian influence going on in this one. The banana was quite evident in the nose and in the flavor. Wasn't surprised at all to find an earthy character in this one if I'm honest... This one was pretty well balanced but definitely more robust in specific aspects. Definitely worth trying if you have not already!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black as night with a very small head that was about a half inch high. This faded quickly leaving behind a decent amount of lace, not too thick, but definalty noticeable.

S - Smell started off light, with a nice aroma of caramel and a hint of alcohol. As it warmed a nice fruit and spice like flavor started to come through, almost reminescent of a Belgian Dark, very complex yet sweet. An intresting bit of a twist.

M & T - First taste was very very sweet. Very nice full body here full of carbonation and a very nice consistency. Lots of fruity flavors could be picked up in here, grapes, pears, and hints of almost cinammon sugar. Again really came off to me as more a Belgian dark then a porter, though I would take a porter like this anyday. Very fruity and robust. Awesome drink here.

D - Overall this was fantastic. No hint at the ABV at all which was shocking. Though it did have a slight warming effect on me which I guess could be the alcohol but it was very nice. This was a definate sipper, but alot of sips would be creeping up on you. I love the stuff they brew over at Pisgah, and have not had a bad one yet. Very good stuff indeed.

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