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RATINGS: 504   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13163) - 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 (3652) - 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 (3731) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2007
Bottle 0,33ltr: Good Tripel with a lightly citric taste and some other spices i think coriander.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bkurtz (1021) - PERU - APR 5, 2007
Poured a beautiful, full white head with lacing. All the usual ¨triple¨flavors are there (coriander, spices, fruit9, but the alcohol is too pronounced. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3773) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2007
11.2 oz bottle-A slight amber golden body with a nice head and an aroma of yeast, wheat, malt, and caramel. Taste of malt, caramel, and yeasty. Pretty decent tasting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (3048) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
Aroma:yeast,light wheat,light citrus... Appearance:light hazy gold,good head... Flavor:alcohol,light spicy,grainy....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
Robe blonde dorée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse en dentelle qui periste. Arômes de levures et de mangue. Saveurs d’épices, de houblon aromatique, de sucre candi et de levures.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt is slightly weaker then expected. Taste is a mix between some typical Belgian malt with some candi sugar and some very light spices. Above average body with some great carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. I thought this was slightly weak in general and would have appreciated a spicier character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3645) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2007
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 6/2009, savourée le 6 mars 2007; eye: golden, hazy, opaque, voluminous creamy white head, no effervescence, lots of lacing; nose: yeast, fruity, light caramel, grapefruit, a bit of alcohol; mouth: simple, yeast, light caramel, a bit of grapefruit, spices, pepper, finale in alcohol with a hint of pepper mixed with a bit of grainy hops, creamy texture , full body, mildly sweet, slightly bitter, quite carbonated; overall: good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 6/2009, savourée le 6 mars 2007; oeil : dorée, voilée, opaque, mousse blanche abondante crémeuse, pas d’effervescence, beaucoup de dentelle; nez : levure, fruitée, léger caramel, pamplemousse, un peu d’alcool; bouche : simple, levure, caramel léger, un p’tit peu de pamplemousse, épices, poivre, finale en alcool avec une pointe de poivre entremêlée de houblon granuleux, texture crémeuse, corsée, moyennement sucrée, très légèrement amère, assez carbonatée; en résumé : bonne

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