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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8001) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy deep golden pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of floral spices, some hopcitrus, and some candi sugar notes. The flavor is spicy and dry-floral up front, with back end hopcitrus and dry female gymnast sweaty assy funk notes and some heat as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3049) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
Hazy yellow honey hue, with an off-white head, leaving lacing, sweet fruity pale malt nose, with a vanilla spiciness, candied apricots, yeasty note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a smooth yeasty sweet pale malt and faintly corny character, with an alcoholic punch, candied fruity accent, hint of spicy notes, leading towards a warming lingering faint bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Obviously beer is alive, and every bottle or cask will be slightly different. We had this one on tap at Monk’s in Philadelphia and it was bone dry, with a dry woody cedar taste and great spice, more pepper than coriander, and even a hint of mint on the back of the throat. Long bitter finish and wonderful balance. Beautiful cloudy golden body with a small white head that vanishes, leaving wonderful rings of lacing up and down the side of the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3265) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Pour is a sparkaling yellow with a white fluffly head. Aroma is average. Some corriander with a yeasty vanilla. Flavor is a bit weak for a tripel. There are some yeast and pepper in there but nothing that knocks you off your chair like some other belgians. Slight alcohol burn as it goes down. Overall this is fairly average with nothing to put it over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2006
On tap at Monk’s as "Geant Goliath Triple". Coriander sweety aroma, on golden orange body with soft white head. Another ho hum typical strong triple with a bit much coriander and sugar and lacking any substantial complexity or verve. Passable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 7, 2006
750 ml bottle. Pours to a hazy, golden color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is very inviting with lots of good pale malt aroma, aroma of candy sugar, and spicy yeast aroma. The palate is firm with good pale malt and candy sugar flavors. This beer finishes with more good pale malt flavors up front, the ends with a very pleasing earthy yeast flavor and light hints of cracked pepper. Very tasty Abbey Triple. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4127) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Decent. Yellow-ish look. Fruity-ish taste. Almost didn’t buy because of the cheesy name and picture on the bottle. Not my favorite Belgium, but decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2006
Big fluffy head from a 9.4 oz bottle. A bit sweet with a apple cirtrus flavor. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (13724) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
Bottle. Weak CO2 aroma. Quite cloudy, dark golden/orange colour. OK stable, white head. Good mouthfeel. Long bitterness with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 15, 2006
750ml bottle. Sweet, floral aroma, honeyish and full of yeast esters, featuring notes of lemon frosting, pear, melon, bubblegum and anise, with a mild, spicy alcoholic presence. Light-medium golden amber color, mostly clear, with a massively rocky, foamy and lasting head. Flavor is strongly sweet to start, seeing an influx of mild herbs, spice and a slight medicinal tinge before the lightly peppery, mildly bitter, long and warming finish. Palate is highly effervescent, frothy and buoyant, body is on the full side. Has some nice attributes but lacks a certain degree of complexity.

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