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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft at Churchkey, 7/12/14. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized fizzy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of nuts, candi sugar, floral and vegetal notes, glue. The taste is candi sugar, spice, candied fruit. Medium bodied, low carbonation, boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reynaldg (36) - FRANCE - AUG 22, 2014
Couleur clair, non filtré. Tête peu dense. Arôme malt, levure et banane. On retrouve la banane au palais ainsi que le malt et l'alcool. Belle réalisation, à vraiment ne pas boire trop fraîche. --- Bright color, unfiltered. Sparse head. Aroma malt, yeast and banana. There are bananas on the palate and malt and alcohol. Beautiful realization, really do not drink too fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2937) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Tripel version of Gouyasse, also tasted under its more conventional export name Goliath Triple. Off-white, sticky, irregular head, pretty stable in view of the alcohol strength. Colour a deep peach blonde, orangey, tending towards amber, cloudy. Strong fruity aroma of orange, apricot, grapefruit, cloves, coriander, white pepper, caramel and gin. Fresh fruitiness, caramel sweetishness, soft malty character with yeasty and spicy notes and a mild but sufficient hop bitterness in the finish, which is unfortunately abruptly disturbed by a strong, wry alcohol effect. Would have been a very decent tripel had the alcohol been hidden better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikske79 (1278) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een goede, deftige tripel met een lekkere smaakt zoals een tripel hoort te zijn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
inbirraveritas (1300) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 6, 2014
Bottled, 33 cl. Unclear golden coloured one with swimming sediments in it and a big whipped creamy white head on its top, which remains finger thick. Liquorique nose with peach, bread and herbs. The aroma has liquor, some peach, mild honey, lemon, bread and herbs, mouthfeel is syrupy. Long sweetbitter, alcoholy finish escorted distinctly by herbs, citrusses and hints of resin. Serious brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tpaz1913 (13) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Pours hazy gold. Sweet on the nose with some banana and a little spice. Little sour on first taste with lemon in the forefront. Very full on the palate with a nice warm and sweet linger on the finish. Really solid triple blonde.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1373) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 25, 2014
hazy pale yellow colour with some yeast particles and huge, long lasting, less dense white head; aroma of floral and earthy notes, yeast, dry white wine, some honey and fruity notes; taste of malty sweetness, some dloral notes and hoppyness; really good tripel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (5808) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle (33 cl) from Beer Gusto. Clear golden, large white head. Fruity aroma with pears and peaches, some almond, strong notes of alcohol. Medium bodied, high carbonation. Semi dry, low to medum ccarbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1075) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head. Malt, yeast, fruit, spice and hop aroma. Yeast, fruit, spice, hop, malt and wheat flavors. Medium light body and lively carbonation. Fruit and yeast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4904) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2014
A little boozy tasting without much coriander or floral. Finishes lightly sweet. Cloudy golden with good head and lacing. Tap at Churchkey.

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