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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (46059) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle. Light unclear meium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate to light yeasty and malty. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and bitter with a average to short duration. Body is light to medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (100907)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle @ Cambrinus in Bruggs.labeled Gouyasse Tripel. Deep golden color with nice tripel spiciness. Nice fluffly white head. Very good tripel

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15737) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
Gift from my Belgium beer pusher in Oudenaarde. Clear golden body with an egg white head & fine lacings. Aroma is very yeasty & fruity. Soft mouthfeel - pleasant filling texture. Typical tripel spices & light alcohol. This one is extremely enjoyable. Light warmth, dry finish. Very well made tripel!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Pours a fogged straw gold with a white head that falls very quickly. Nose is like wet wood and an almost musty character as well. Flavor is a bit antiseptic. Earthy and with a bit of alcohol on the tongue. Feel is decent. Nice bubble hitting the tongue. Kind of like an attack of small little bubbles just bombarding your mouth. Drinkable, sure. This is more of a tripel to pound, but not one to savor and enjoy. More of the brute of tripels I would say. Hence the name maybe?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Clear gold, aroma of yeast, orange, alcohol is barely detectable, slightly metallic. Body is fairly heavy, alcohol is noticeable in the flavor. A little spicy(clove?), with a well balanced light sweetness. Worth a taste

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (3083) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2007
On tap at Monks in Philadelphia. Nice and smooth. Sweet and fruity. Perfect with my bowl of mussels.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2007
Pours a cloudy peachy orange color with a lot of yeast in suspension and a thick, frothy, white head. Appealing aroma of orange peel, coriander and yeast. The flavor although, feels more dull than the aroma, there’s still the orange peel, coriander and yeast but it feels less sharp and pleasant. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (3260) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Little cloudy, deep golden color, with a nice creamy white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma a bit spicy, yeast, flowery hops. Between medium en full body. Taste = start a bit sweet, fruity, good bitterness, love the great balance with the little spicy touch, dry finish. Fine tripel to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8007) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2007
(Bottle, Hörnan Belgobar, Stockholm) Orangey yellow colour with foamy white head, rather cloudy. Fruity nose with dried fruit, mango, pineapple and spicy hops. Malty, slightly yeasty taste with fruity notes of dried pineapple and mango. Rather fiery mouthfeel. Balanced sweetness. Rather complex, more so than most standard tripels. Really nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ridgeman (37) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Very golden color, little head which completely vanishes. Tastes a little of alcohol. Some carbonation is present. Not the greatest you will ever have but not bad either. 25.4 oz bottle.


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