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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.

agillespie81's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2288) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
750 ml. bottle pulled out of the cellar to share. Poured to snifters showing a cloudy, brownish amber hue, with a creamy layer of off white head foam, and light, wispy lacing. The nose initially presented some lively fruitiness with tropical, and guava-like hints, malt smoothness, and spice. Medium bodied, with moderate to low effervescence, age was more noticeable in the flavor as the fruit seemed just ripened, sweet, and supported by a now mellowed alcohol presence. Still tasty, fruity, and mildly boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DomD (23) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
330ml bottle ($3.82) from Premier in Halifax. Has a mild aroma of bread. Pours a very cloudy dark golden colour, with off-white head. Light sweet taste. Medium body with creamy texture and average carbonation. A good mild Tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC feat. Yngwie and Meilby. Clear light amber body, small white head. Nose is marzipan, white sugar, honey, hints of straw. Taste is white sugars, Belgian yeasty esters, straw, honey and hints of oxidized port and caramel tones. Medium body and carbonation. Fair enough, but no winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Inbreak (1883) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2014
16.06.2014, 0,33l bottle @ BBGTC tasting:
Small creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, caramel malts, honey, grain, hay, flowers, weeds, sugar. Taste is kind of harsh and oxidized, weeds, hay, harsh grass, medicine, wet grain, harsh hops, hints of heather and honey. Medium bitterness, harsh mouthfeel. Meh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (7210) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ ClubGonzo
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, dried fruits, alcohol and a hint of oxidization. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a warm, fruity and oxidized finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OOKPIKABLE (50) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
Tastes of raisin, hops, booze and a bit of winery vinegariness. Lingering raisiny aftertaste. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
NateH10s (12) - - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle 33cl in Julip glass A golden clear with lots of floaters, white foamy head that remains f A hops, malt, potato bread T bitter bread stays on the palate full body minimal range of taste P carbonation moderate smooth very dry O not my favorite triple more like a blonde triple mix nothing to balance the bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markschiedon (171) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2014
Drinking from a 33 cl bottle. Citrus and banana in the aroma. The unclear golden beer has a large white head that sticks for a long time. A spicy, citrus taste. Triple with a bite. High carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuedmaster (196) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 6, 2014
This is impressive, quite a sight for the eyes and a treat for the mind and body. Here in the US it is sold as Goliath Tripel. Pours golden amber with a phat 2 finger white head that lasts all the way to the end, and leaves amazing lacing. Aroma of dough, barnyard funk, sweet malt, and lemon zest. Flavor is a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and bitter, it is heaven in a glass. Full bodied, smooth texture, medium carbonation, and balanced, long finish. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzgorog (224) - FRANCE - APR 25, 2014
Blonde dorée avec un beau col de mousse persitente et cremeuse, laissant une bonne grosse dentelle sur le verre. Nez très levuré : pain frais, abricot, un peu fleuri également. En bouche, l’attaque est sur l’amertume et l’alcool, assez brutale. Puis la levure se fait bien ressentir, pour finir sur des notes légèrement fruitées. Corps assez important, alcool omni-présent. Une triple belge typique.

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