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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trystan148 (44) - FRANCE - NOV 8, 2014
Very good on the palate, but the smell can be better as well as the taste. I expected more taste for a triple beer to be fair!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (4846) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Pressklubben, Stockholm.
Appearance: Opaque golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Fruit, yeast, grass.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, esters, spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (2504) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
330ml bottle @ a beer festival in Northern France. A vibrant, full-flavoured tripel touching all the right spots. That’s it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (639) - Airvault, FRANCE - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle, 33cL. A golden yellow opaque beer with a some yeast sediments. Huge white head ; good retention. Herbal aroma, fruit (lemon), bread. Medium dry bitter, light sweet. Medium body, silky texture, good carbonation, bitter finish with a warming background. Overall, a great triple : delicious herbal aroma, good bitterness and silky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jspronck (148) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2014
Goliath Triple. Nice hazy golden color with white head, average carbonation, aromas of melon and cotton candy, oily texture, well crafted

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
0.33l bottle shared with and courtesy of yngwie, Meilby and the Tasting Crew. A soft blurry golden looking one with a small but white soft lacing head. The nose is quite oxidized, sweet caramel, some ripe fruitiness. Not to sweet though and hardly any alcohol detached. Quite lively on the bubbles, not aggressive but not to far off either - it feels only and slightly sticky in the mouth. It’s somewhat oxidized in the taste also. A nice sharp alco cut burns through the sweet caramel oxidation. Old ripe fruits, grapes and some sugar also. Not bad, but not to memorable either really. 16.06.2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ppils (143) - - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear golden reddish beer. Aromas of grass, citrus. Taste is zingy, dry and with a nice bitter hop finish. A really good beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (8567) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4oz on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Labeled on the menu as "Geants Goliath", but it’s listed as a 9% tripel and does not taste like a noel beer, so I’m entering my review here. Clear golden color. Minimal ring of white head. Some thin ropes of lace. Kind of a soapy, lemony aroma to it. Some toasty belgian yeast. Floral flavors (heather?) and honey. Ginger. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, mild zest, light bitterness, moderate spiciness. Mild tartness. Light bit of heat on the end. Medium to bigger body. Slick finish. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. OK, but I’m not crazy about this one. Weird aroma and flavor. Like a lemon-scented cleaning product, with a strange bite in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonkiedeaap (428) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle from de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer has a yellow to golden color and nice large white head, with a nice carbonation. The aroma is very fruity, citrus like lemon. Also tones of grass, flowers and hops are well noticable. Even before drinking the aroma is a pleasure to smell. The taste starts fresh with the tones from the citrus. After that an explosion of a lot of tones like ginger, grass, pepper and a little sweetness from the honey makes this a well balanced beer. The finish is fresh and a little bitter and is noticable for a least a minute.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (10518) - 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.

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