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Ath, Belgium, the City of Giants, is famous for its annual Parade of Giants. Every year, Goliath – whose name is pronounced ‘Gouyasse’ in the local dialect – leads the parade. The Brasserie des Géants (Giants’ Brewery), in Ath, didn’t think long before naming its first brew ‘Gouyasse.’ Gouyasse is a golden Belgian ale, and a nice one, at 6% alcohol by volume.
Only trouble is, the Gouyasse, at a respectable but not intimidating 6% abv, was not ferocious enough to carry the name of the mythical giant, especially here in the U.S., where we like our beers big – the bigger the better. And so it was that we proposed to the brewery a stronger beer, with the name Goliath. They came back with Goliath Tripel, which they have also packaged for sale in Belgium. It’s become their biggest seller there in very short time.
Goliath is 9% alcohol by volume, a little more red in the face than your average tripel (almost an amber, really), nicely balanced with a bracing hop note versus a solid malt wallop. Goliath is the only Tripel in Belgium that is all-malt – without any sugar or other additives in. (Everyone else uses some sugar to ‘thin out’ their Tripels, which gives them alcohol, without the body that you normally get from malt.) That means Goliath starts out a bit sweeter than some, but over time, as the live yeast in the bottle do their work, it gets drier and more punchy. The first batch, after about half a year in the bottle, is about where we want it, but it will probably become a greater beer as time goes by. We recommend that you check in on Goliath every once in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thompson (318) - - APR 16, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Clear yellow colour, white head. Nice tripel, smell and taste malts, some spices, lightly bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (62) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - APR 11, 2014
i tasted it as Goliath Triple... the aroma is very spicy with shades of buckwheat... the taste is rough, spicy and bitter... it’s not typical triple, it’s rather hard and sharp... i like it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (879) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Out of the bottle. Yeasty, slight tart funk with hay and meadow. Pours a hazy deep straw with massive, chunky head that lingers throughout and champagne-like bubbling. Taste is fresh grass, banana and crisp dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fkoolen (144) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2014
Almost transparently golden coloured, foamy white head. Aroma (a bit thin) and taste get banana, citrus, honey, malts, rounded off by quite a firm alcohol punch and a slight acidic bitterness that lingers. Balanced but quite big flavours. Thick bodied, medium carbonation. Nice and interestingly different tripel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
timmwillum (52) - BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2014
Flot gylden tripel med en del gærrester i bunden og helt hvidt tyndt, men blivende skum. Smagen er tydelig bitter og krydret uden den normale sødme som en gylden normalt har. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Excalibur123 (64) - Soria, SPAIN - FEB 18, 2014
Vierte un color amarillo oro algo turbio, abundante cabeza de espuma blanca manteniéndose largo rato en la copa; en nariz aromas muy marcados a levadura belga, cítricos , limón y pomelo y uva moscatel. En boca entrada potente apreciándose un tanto el alcohol; con cuerpo medio-alto y carbónico medio; retrogusto largo con amargor equilibrado tirando a dulce; cerveza compleja que va desplegando más matices según se calienta, mejoraría con más tiempo en botella.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Icedwarf (117) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Aparte stevige smaak, heeft iets van citroen en limoen. Smaak is goed bitter, niet zoet. Kleur donker geel (troubel). Schuimt heftig, blijft goed staan. Nadronk is OK, blijft lang hengen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (596) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2014
Hazy golden - orange coloured beer with a huge white head. Aroma of fresh citrus. Flavour is yeasty, citrus and a bit acidic. Nice brew. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (1777) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle from Yamaichi. Mild yeasty, estery nose, with some honey. Cloudy medium straw color. Rounded fruit in initial: pears, harsh plums, honey / substantial bittering in mid / bitterness continues, and the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Satisfying stuff. Packed with flavor. The initial aroma hints at Orval. Well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (1563) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
Typical Belgian tripel. Grainy, malty, yeasty and a bit bitter. Nice, but far from original.

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