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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3658) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle. Nice tripel aroma, pineapple, yeast, lemon. Light tropical fruit. Good body. Can feel the booze a little.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ulrikolsen (268) - DENMARK - AUG 11, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2016 Bottle@Chapitre. Pours hazy golden with white head. Aroma has light malt, somewhat sweet, spices and hops with citrus aromas. Taste is rather dry, spicy and hoppy at first with citrus, orange and pepper, leaving some maltyness and hops in the end. Moden tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
melush (2740) - SPAIN - JUL 26, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain. A: Hazy golden. T: Malt, sweet, yeasty, alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (1177) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2016

0.33 bottle.
A very hazy, gold color with a large, white head and lots of yeasty floaters. Aroma of yeasts, spices, and some hops; it is a bit floral and fruity too. Taste is sweet, yeasty, spicy, pleasant, and simply put good. A medium to full body, a creamy texture, and a lively carbonation. Finish is long and sweet. Overall the beer is good: pleasant, unimposing, and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 26C Belgian Tripel

AROMA: Lemon and orange peel, coriander, black pepper, slight tart character? 10/12

APPEARANCE: Amber hue; body is hazy with sediment floating in suspension. Huge, brilliant froth never dissipates with tremendous lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Sweet citrus flavor up front with spicy esters on the back. Soft, rounded grainy-sweet malt (no honey). Yeast esters create for Orange flavor without acidity Difficult to distinguish hop bitterness from natural spicy phenols. Alcohol is present, but complementary with faint vanilla character. Delicious palette. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium+ body, though gentle. Soft, rounded mouthfeel that feels a bit thick but is still carbonated enough to make it crisp (CO2 fades). Alcohol is tame and smooth; no warming sensation. Mostly dry aftertaste with minor lingering spice. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely one of the best examples of the style I can recall. I was worried this was an old bottle! 9/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer5000 (5862) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2016
750 ml bottle. Unclear orange body with a huge, lacing white head. Aroma has pale malt, spices, some fruit and “sugary alcohol” (probably not a good term, esters might be better). Flavor is quite sweet pale malt, white sugar, mild fruit, yeast and alcohol. Low bitterness. Medium body and moderate, sweet aftertaste with some hot alcohol. Feels quite plain and sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maakun (3567) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
Bottle at Kingsnight tasting. Clear light golden with fluffy off white head. Light peppery, very herbal and yeasty, lemon rind, light milky, Bit grassy. Under medium sweet and medium bitter. Under medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sjogro (2447) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
Sampled from bottle at Kingsnight Avoidance Tasting. Hazy pale golden with white head. Dusty sweet malts. Cloves, fresh coriander. Light sweet. Medium carbonation. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjakk (701) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - APR 22, 2016
Dark yellow lightly cloudy, white foam. Aroma of peach and fruit. Malt fruit with malty bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goofy34 (76) - Saint jean de vedas, FRANCE - APR 11, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2016 Belle couleur, mousse fine, amertume qui surprend des le début, du coup l’alcool est bien masqué, sinon du fruit et un peu de sucre, j’aime mais impossible de boire ça tout les jours...

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