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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.

superspak's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2012
750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, light orange zest, bread, honey, herbal, floral, light pepper, and light yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance; a touch muted. Taste of big honey, apple, pear, grape, light caramel, light citrus zest, bread, floral, herbal, light pepper, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, honey, caramel, bread, herbal, floral, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a very malt forward taste with low yeast spiciness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian Tripel. Very nice flavor complexity with solid balance; and very smooth to sip on for 9%. Even though I prefer more peppery Tripels, this was very enjoyable. This likely had some significant age on it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syfher (176) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle of 33cl, in a Trappist glass;from the fridge. Nice triple beer with a great aroma and taste. Blond colour with a white creamy head. The aroma is overhelmed by the hop and a little banana. The taste is hoppy and malty, strong. Great and deep palate. Try it ! Love it !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werthergoethe (80) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 26, 2015
Питкое, нефильт& Горечь в послевк&

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (100) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 13, 2015
Amber colored, very nice and quite lasting white head with large but few floaters. Aroma is of pale malt, sour hay, spice and pepper, some fruit but also bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet malt overshadowed by spices and pepper, some soury hay and at the end alcohol and alcoholic heat. Medium bodied. The amount of noticeable alcohol is really too much for me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (6067) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2015
Draft at BBF ’15. Pours clear golden with an off white head. Aroma of yeast, spice, fruit and caramel. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msbernac (899) - Krakow, POLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle Aroma-floral, fruits Appearance-pale, hazy, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, lightly sour, light sweetness, Palate-full body, slick feel, lively, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shielfing (12) - SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle in Planck, Ghent. Writing up my thoughts from a time drinking when notes should not be taken. Very enjoyable triple with a strong hop substance. Well executed. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (25) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JAN 25, 2015
Look: hazy with many particles. Aroma: apricote liqueur, spices, herbs. Taste: medium bitterness, light sweetness. Long dry aftertaste with hoppy and spicy and bread notes. Overall it is a good trippel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1227) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Cloudy tripel. Smells quite complex. Very nice mouthfeel, though perhaps a touch too sweet. A very pleasant tripel, though there are better examples of the style around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Robv (60) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2015
This beer has a sweet-and-sour aroma, strengthened by the hops. Also in the taste you can recognize some of the sweet-and-sour taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (179) - MOns, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2015
Robe blonde. Nez puissant sur le houblon, la banane, pointe de levure. Bouche à l’attaque tendue, beaucoup de sécheresse et une amertume très marquée en finale. Un bière puissante, marquée par l’amertume, d’une belle longueur.

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