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.
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - malty, mild sour notes, faint citrus;
Appearance - deep golden, hazy, opaque, thick pillowy head, laces well;
Taste - basic malt front, bold sweetness blends in throughout the back, finish is dry with the slightest alcohol burn;
Palate - unusually smooth, very nice body;
Overall - more "beer-like" than most tripels, almost like an imperial blonde.
langeveld12 (252) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like a tripel, tastes like a tripel with banana, vanilla and alcohol. not much going on, though. Enjoyed it, no need to try it again.
ruigo (1240) - PORTUGAL - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Hazy golden colour with a massive white head. Fruit, spices, caramel and light alcohol in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet with some dryness and a long finish. Overall, a very good beer.
mjik83 (640) - - DEC 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Niet mijn smaak
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Westchesterco (1092) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle it is a cloudy golden color with a massive white head. The aroma is sour cherries the taste is begins smooth and then becomes quite complex with a sweet taste that continues to have fruity flavors that continues into a strong bold after taste
Iphonephan (3627) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a clear gold with a massive white head. Aroma of banana and tropical fruits. Flavors of coriander. High carboantion. Dry, bitter finish.
Baramba (205) - ITALY - NOV 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ Cervoise. Golden colour with huge white head. Aroma of fruits with notes of alcohol. Sweet caramel malt flavour. Warmth due to alcohol.
BrewGoblin (462) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great beer to give someone. Seriously, it would be a really nice thing to do. Also, it’s a really decent quaff. It looks the part, hazy golden blonde crowned by a giant ivory blanket. There isn’t a whole lot of smell from it, light spiciness, candy sweetness, booze....sort of like a subdued Werther’s candy covered in black pepper and cloves and soaked in wheaty whiskey. There is a wee bit of banana in the mostly sweet taste with a tiny, prickling bitterness. Carbonation is mid-high and is zippy on the tongue. Vinous notes also appear in the flavour of this dry and sweet boozey finishing Tripel down lose-your-memory lane.
Trystan148 (28) - FRANCE - NOV 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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!
AndySnow (4060) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Where: Pressklubben, Stockholm.
Appearance: Opaque golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Fruit, yeast, grass.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, esters, spices.
minutemat (1878) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle @ a beer festival in Northern France. A vibrant, full-flavoured tripel touching all the right spots. That’s it.
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