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.
Gethinbeer (2025) - Musky, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden pour with a frothy white head. Malt aroma with a spicy after note. Refreshing beer. Citrus finish.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to gethinbeer. Pale golden pour with a thick white head. The aroma is intense. Spicy and fruity with a bit of bright honey aroma with some nice wildflower notes. A touch of fruit and some nice white pepper notes. Nice honeyed mint flavour. Lovely.
Deu (514) - Nantes, FRANCE - AUG 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with quite a lot of residue, and a thick creamy head. Aroma is very nice and sweet, with flowery meadow and Belgian yeast. Full body with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with Belgian yeast and oak, as well as some funkiness and citrus. Long yeasty bitter finish. Y
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Virginia Wine Experience. Pours golden with a half inch of white foam. A little bit of sweetness on the nose. Surprising that it’s so dry on the tongue with a hint of malt. Finishes clean. Solid for style.
Atheist_Peace (854) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honey/golden pour with copious white head that leaves a lot of lace all over the glass. It probably would have taken half an hour to get the bottle into a glass if I wasn’t using my Tripel Karmeliet glass for this one.
Not that exciting on the nose, some light candi sugar notes and stone fruit.
More interesting on the palate with more candi pop and more fruit character. Slightly warm finish.
Russo (1469) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color with a white head. Aroma is fruity and hints of alcohol and belgian yeast. Taste is quite the same but a little bit more spicy. Medium body with a soft bitter finish.
UDBeernut (1254) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
yeah, 4:45 am rating thanks to the momo dto calling. pours gold with slight haze from the yeast i poured in. nose is of hay. taste follows the hay theme with cracker. finish adds slight grass. body is big, but the carbonation moves things along.
EddyBeer1 (576) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dorée opaque, effervescence moyenne, beau col crémeux. L’entrée maltée laisse rapidement la place à une bonne amertume houblonnée suivie de quelques notes d’épices (poivre et autres) et de fruits. Alcool présent mais pas trop.
EdwinLitzau (116) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Goudkleurig, weinig koolzuur. Ruikt naar citrus, fris en beetje zoet. Weinig schuim. Prima bier.
markextrae (433) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden color with good big white head. Aroma of citrus/lemon and a spicy taste. Taste of alcohol is a bit to hard. But a good tripel beer!
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