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.
Shielfing (11) - SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Planck, Ghent. Writing up my thoughts from a time drinking when notes should not be taken. Very enjoyable triple with a strong hop substance. Well executed. Lovely.
artemb (5) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JAN 25, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: hazy with many particles.
Aroma: apricote liqueur, spices, herbs.
Taste: medium bitterness, light sweetness.
Long dry aftertaste with hoppy and spicy and bread notes.
Overall it is a good trippel.
prawlie (1205) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy tripel. Smells quite complex. Very nice mouthfeel, though perhaps a touch too sweet. A very pleasant tripel, though there are better examples of the style around.
Robv (50) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has a sweet-and-sour aroma, strengthened by the hops. Also in the taste you can recognize some of the sweet-and-sour taste.
Ysok02 (61) - MOns, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe blonde. Nez puissant sur le houblon, la banane, pointe de levure. Bouche à l’attaque tendue, beaucoup de sécheresse et une amertume très marquée en finale. Un bière puissante, marquée par l’amertume, d’une belle longueur.
langeveld12 (259) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like a tripel, tastes like a tripel with banana, vanilla and alcohol. not much going on, though. Enjoyed it, no need to try it again.
ruigo (1291) - PORTUGAL - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Hazy golden colour with a massive white head. Fruit, spices, caramel and light alcohol in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet with some dryness and a long finish. Overall, a very good beer.
mjik83 (734) - - DEC 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Niet mijn smaak
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Westchesterco (1163) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle it is a cloudy golden color with a massive white head. The aroma is sour cherries the taste is begins smooth and then becomes quite complex with a sweet taste that continues to have fruity flavors that continues into a strong bold after taste
Iphonephan (3714) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a clear gold with a massive white head. Aroma of banana and tropical fruits. Flavors of coriander. High carboantion. Dry, bitter finish.
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