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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
inbirraveritas (1258) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 6, 2014
Bottled, 33 cl. Unclear golden coloured one with swimming sediments in it and a big whipped creamy white head on its top, which remains finger thick. Liquorique nose with peach, bread and herbs. The aroma has liquor, some peach, mild honey, lemon, bread and herbs, mouthfeel is syrupy. Long sweetbitter, alcoholy finish escorted distinctly by herbs, citrusses and hints of resin. Serious brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tpaz1913 (13) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Pours hazy gold. Sweet on the nose with some banana and a little spice. Little sour on first taste with lemon in the forefront. Very full on the palate with a nice warm and sweet linger on the finish. Really solid triple blonde.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1230) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 25, 2014
hazy pale yellow colour with some yeast particles and huge, long lasting, less dense white head; aroma of floral and earthy notes, yeast, dry white wine, some honey and fruity notes; taste of malty sweetness, some dloral notes and hoppyness; really good tripel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (5636) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle (33 cl) from Beer Gusto. Clear golden, large white head. Fruity aroma with pears and peaches, some almond, strong notes of alcohol. Medium bodied, high carbonation. Semi dry, low to medum ccarbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (896) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head. Malt, yeast, fruit, spice and hop aroma. Yeast, fruit, spice, hop, malt and wheat flavors. Medium light body and lively carbonation. Fruit and yeast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2014
A little boozy tasting without much coriander or floral. Finishes lightly sweet. Cloudy golden with good head and lacing. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2578) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
750 ml. bottle pulled out of the cellar to share. Poured to snifters showing a cloudy, brownish amber hue, with a creamy layer of off white head foam, and light, wispy lacing. The nose initially presented some lively fruitiness with tropical, and guava-like hints, malt smoothness, and spice. Medium bodied, with moderate to low effervescence, age was more noticeable in the flavor as the fruit seemed just ripened, sweet, and supported by a now mellowed alcohol presence. Still tasty, fruity, and mildly boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DomD (103) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
330ml bottle ($3.82) from Premier in Halifax. Has a mild aroma of bread. Pours a very cloudy dark golden colour, with off-white head. Light sweet taste. Medium body with creamy texture and average carbonation. A good mild Tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (4240) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC feat. Yngwie and Meilby. Clear light amber body, small white head. Nose is marzipan, white sugar, honey, hints of straw. Taste is white sugars, Belgian yeasty esters, straw, honey and hints of oxidized port and caramel tones. Medium body and carbonation. Fair enough, but no winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Inbreak (2434) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2014
16.06.2014, 0,33l bottle @ BBGTC tasting:
Small creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, caramel malts, honey, grain, hay, flowers, weeds, sugar. Taste is kind of harsh and oxidized, weeds, hay, harsh grass, medicine, wet grain, harsh hops, hints of heather and honey. Medium bitterness, harsh mouthfeel. Meh!

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