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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2006
From a capped 750 ml. brown bottle with a blurb on the back label, sampled at cool cellar temperature in a goblet. Poured a cloudy amberish hued yellow golden with a foamy white head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing. Aromas of dry earthy yeast, clove as well, a citrus fruitiness, spicy hops and a fresh baked white bread maltiness. Good carbonation and a crisp, dry, slick and carbonated smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Different tasting, because no sugars are used, the malts start sweet and turn tart and sour, citrus fruitiness with a touch of orange zest, a dry clove and earth yeastiness, the spicy hops provide a slight break to the malts, the alcohol provides a nice warmth in the palate, and a dry, tart fruity and bready finish, good tripel drinkability. This is a quite pleasant and dangerously quaffable tripel, I like the dryness and think this will only improve with age. Thank you RateBeer for suggesting this tripel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 5, 2006
750ml "Goliath" version at the Bier Garden, Portsmouth, VA. Clear gold with a substantial white head. Rather hoppy nose for the style, fruit seems to be behind thje hops, so to speak. Very well balanced flavor, just slightly to the sweet side, nicely fruity. I picked this from their sizable selection on a whim, and it really suprised me!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Good beer. hazy gold in color with the aroma of yeast and spices flowing from the bottle, This beer had a very smooth and slighty sweet taste. Nice medium size head and a nice mouthful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Bottle. Whoa this is a load. Aromas of Belgian yeast, bread and grains, very yeasty, alcoholic flavors, with a heavy body. Additional complexity is achieved by some fruit notes. This beer filled me up it is like liquid bread. This is one of the more memorable Belgian triples, not to say that it is the best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Clear, rich golden body with a large, sticky, long-lasting white head. The aroma is intensely hoppy and the noble hops blend well with the peppery notes of alcohol. The flavor is a little sweet, but balanced very well by the bitterness of the hops. This is really a surprise for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Pours cloudy pale gold with stable half inch white head. Aroma is sweet and flowery. Taste is full of yeast and malt with a sage and peppery background. Alcohol content is high, and you’ll feel it on your tongue after a couple sips. Makes the palate very smooth. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8054) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3063) - 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.

4
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3301) - 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.


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