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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2005
Bottle. Golden colour with a rich head. Nice complex aroma of spice and malt. Nice taste but not as goos as it smells. Flavour of spice that ends up dry and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sunevdj (3130) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
Pours a hazy yellow. Very sweet with aromas of caramel, yeast, oatmeal and a hint of spices. Rather sticky. Too sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
Hazy golden colour with a white head. Fruity and yeasty aroma with a light alcohol note. Hoppy perfume flavor and a dry spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle. Light hazy yellow colour with a big white head. Yeast, hay, citrus, fruity aroma and a sweet yeasty, perfumed, fruity taste. Medium body with a perfumed finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10136) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled: Golden coloured. Very unclear. Off white dense head. Sweetness, perfume, spice and yeast in the nose. Quite overwhelming. Grassy, alcoholdense and yeasty spice flavour. Is quite full bodied. Has some bitternotes in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Very unclear - almost unclean - pilsener golden with a very creamy head. Very yeasty nose. Sweetish malty flavour with some lightly perfumy notes - probably coriander. Solid hoppy finish. 031205

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20545) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy golden coloured with a white head. Aroma of fruits and spices. Sweet flavour of fruits, marzipan and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (782) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle. Did I step into a bakery? This beer has the aroma of bread in it so much, that I’m more hungry now than thirsty. Nice malt aroma and with the slight lemon from the hops and the yeast aroma, this beer gets along just fine with my nostrils! Nice white head too! Upon tasting it, the bakery scent is also recognizeable in the flavour. A rather high carbonation makes it wonderfully prickly on the tongue. This is a very interesting tripel, which I’ve had once before, but didn’t take as much notice of it at the time. I’ll remember it in the future!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2005
(Bottled) Hazy orange with medium, foamy head. Fresh aroma of orange-peel and lemon, some yeast and perfume. Crisply lemony, yeasty and mildly spicy (orange-peel, white pepper, lavender) flavor with sugary-syrupy sweetness, which hides the ABV well. Medium-bodied, a bit syrupy palate with balanced carbonation. A quite nice, perfumy and sweetish tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bright golden ale with a remarkably firm, persistent, rocky head. Leaves a beer moustache upon first sip. Citrusy, bready tripel aroma - very inviting. Oranges, raisins, apricots, spices. Carbonated mouthfeel, perhaps a little too much. Bitter, dry finish that lasts. Becomes creamy around the tip of the tongue. Alcohol warmth at the very end, trickling down the throat. Quite pleasing.

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