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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2007
(Bottle, Hörnan Belgobar, Stockholm) Orangey yellow colour with foamy white head, rather cloudy. Fruity nose with dried fruit, mango, pineapple and spicy hops. Malty, slightly yeasty taste with fruity notes of dried pineapple and mango. Rather fiery mouthfeel. Balanced sweetness. Rather complex, more so than most standard tripels. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ridgeman (37) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Very golden color, little head which completely vanishes. Tastes a little of alcohol. Some carbonation is present. Not the greatest you will ever have but not bad either. 25.4 oz bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2984) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 Draft. Not too shabby, Pours ambery with a bit of head. Lots of fruit & spice. Not the greatest tripel but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Sampled with stegosaurus. Pours a light orange color with a 1 finger head white head. Aroma of sweet malt, fruity hops yeast and some spices. Flavor isweet and tangy with a very dry bitter finish. Overall a good tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle (330ml). Via trade with Boutip. Deep bright gold, very clear until I poured some yeasties from the sludge at the bottom, very large white fluffy head. Aroma of alcohol, pungent grassy hops, a hint of apple - very grainy. The taste follows - very grainy, tons of pungent grassy hops, solid malt (not very sweet) base, strong alcohol, very lively indeed, some yeast in the finish - quite a kick, perhaps too much. Strong golden more than a tripel, enjoyable but not exactly subtle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2007
This was actually the first Tripel I have ever tasted. It was part of BOM club. The beer pours a cloudy light amber color with a huge head. The scent was light and fruity with yeast and malt. Medium body with a crisp malt finish. There was a hint of honey and dough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured hazy amber color with a huge fizzy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate sweet fruity aroma. Light to medium body with a sticky texture. Medium fruity crisp flavor with a medium balanced finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours blush/golden with a small white head. Aroma of fruit, sweet malts, belgian yeast, and spices. The flavor is smooth, sweet, honey, nice hoppy undertones. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3718) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2007
33 cl bottle via Lubiere, cellar temp, tulip glass. AP04/07.

App.: Cloudy, deep golden with brownish hues, large fluffy white head. Aroma: Bread, dough, and dirty yeast; light spicy citrus notes, lots of spicy floral, herbal hops. Palate: Medium, powdery body, low, effervescent carbonation. Flav.: What seems to me to be the “typical” Belgian bitter and still cloying sensation; floral hops, coriander and other spices, bread dough, yeast, honey and citrus.

I drank this AFTER Pannepot. My bad. I’ll re-rate if I get a chance (not that I’ll look for one too fervently...)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3810) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2007
Bottle 0,33ltr: Good Tripel with a lightly citric taste and some other spices i think coriander.

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