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RATINGS: 473   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma has a buttery yeastiness to it with some flowery hops. It pours a hazy golden-orange with a small white head. The flavor starts with moderate yeastiness and a hint of cream. The finish is moderately flowery with some acidity and a hint of metal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Pours a light gold with giant GOLIATH sized head and nice carbonation. Aroma is yeasty and spicy ripened fruits. Flavor is malty with the trademark Belgian candied spice flavor. A wonderful Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20560) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Bottled. Hazy deep golden, small head. Pineapple aroma. Sweet, syrupy and densely malty. Fruity mingles with esters. Flavours are compact, and it finishes heavily salty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Pours hazy orange-gold with a large white head. Wonderfully complex aroma: a yeasty mustiness takes center stage, but funk, light fruit (mostly apricot, it seems), straw, and honey are also in attendance. Acidic flavor. Once the acid settles down, perfumey hops mix with musty yeast and pseudo-sweet malt. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10123) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 1, 2006
hazy dark orange colour with some impurities within; little foam and a nice lacing; aroma of yeast, apricot and tangerines; full-bodied, a strong tartness comes very soon followed by a robust bitterness; long and very dry bitter finish with more fruity notes - a beautiful tripel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrAndo (39) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club thing, and man was it good! This is a great example of a belgian strong ale. It is light and drinkable with a little bit of that sour stong note to let you know this is no wussy beer. there is a little bit of spice and bannana in there but , it could use a little more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10514) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Pours hazy straw yellow with a small and fizzy, frothy white head, some lined lacing. Aroma is floral and fruity hops, grassy yeast (earth, dough), malt (meal, straw) and bananas. Moderate acidity and bitterness, sweet floral yeast and hops, malty body, alcohol burn and spiced banana notes. Medium and warm bodied, fizzy and spicy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2006
From 750. Hazy bright orange pour with large foamy off white head. Nose is fruity spice, peach and biscuit. Flavor follows with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2006
this might have been the worst belgium beer I’ve had that was actually brewed in Belgium. No real flavor But I will say the alcohal is hidden nicely. It’s smooth with a flat finish. pass on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2006
A Sim Rate (on tap at Heeren van Liedekercke): Sweet but almost bleach-like aroma. Peaches. Great colour. Looks like a fruit beer but flavour proves it’s not. Thick syrupy texture for a tripel. Slightly sour flavour. Not much of a finish, but a nice beer overall.

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