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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Icedwarf (325) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2014
Aparte stevige smaak, heeft iets van citroen en limoen. Smaak is goed bitter, niet zoet. Kleur donker geel (troubel). Schuimt heftig, blijft goed staan. Nadronk is OK, blijft lang hengen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (632) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2014
Hazy golden - orange coloured beer with a huge white head. Aroma of fresh citrus. Flavour is yeasty, citrus and a bit acidic. Nice brew. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2127) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle from Yamaichi. Mild yeasty, estery nose, with some honey. Cloudy medium straw color. Rounded fruit in initial: pears, harsh plums, honey / substantial bittering in mid / bitterness continues, and the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Satisfying stuff. Packed with flavor. The initial aroma hints at Orval. Well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (2178) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
Typical Belgian tripel. Grainy, malty, yeasty and a bit bitter. Nice, but far from original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (928) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
33cl bottle at Zomaar. Hazy yellow/golden with a medium white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Citrus, herbs and grass. A decent triple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a large off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with coriander and light citrus notes. Sweet malty flavor with notes of yeast, coriander, light citrus and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
freretoc (685) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 23, 2013
Bu en bouteille de 33cl, une couleur blonde prononcée et peu de mousse, en bouche elle a un fort goût d’abricot, il en est même prégnant, très intéressant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Renobob (634) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 28, 2013
Arôme de fleurs blanches, palais peu présent. Au goût : bergamote, fleurs blanches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silvan7 (697) - Samarate, ITALY - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle @ home. Schiuma bianca, abbastanza grossolana, abbastanza persistente. Birra ambrata, più delle normali tripel, percorsa da una sottile velatura. Profumo di lievito belga, di frutta matura (pesca /albicocca), erbaceo da luppolo. Poco complesso. Il gusto è secco, abbastanza amaro, quasi acidulo. L’amaro del luppolo è eccessivo per lo stile. Il gusto caldo alcolico è ben bilanciato, vero, ma ne perde la complessità del gusto, che a mio avviso è appiattito verso l’amaro. equilibrata si, ma poco armonica. Ci si aspetta altro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lux_edwards (104) - - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle, purchased at Delhaize in tasting box, pours cloudy golden colour that is a little cloudy but clears. Taste of citrus, grass and with a little spice. Nice thick white head that lasts. Very nice triple.

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