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RATINGS: 525   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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3.5
Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Draft at Monk’s Cafe, Philadelphia. Hazy yellow-orange with a thin whispy head. The aroma is sweet banana creme. The flavor has more of a spicy edge, warming to the palate. Still a sweet base, with a bit of bubblegum twist. Good Belgian. (#3187, 11/9/2007)

3.3
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle: Pale caramel, dirty, thick and hazy, large frothy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Musty and barnish malt nose.   Very minor herbish and floral notes.   Seems hearty, more bready than floral.   Somewhat comes across as an American example.   Fairly sweet on the tongue.   Has a weird astringent twang on the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Slight alcohol is noticeable.   Tiz okay, but wished for it to be a bit more floral.   Other than that, fairly average for a Tripel.


3.4
malrubius (2896) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 4, 2007
750 ml bottle in Duvel glass. Hazy orange with lasting flat white head and lace. Nice aroma of green apples, yeast, and candy sugar with slight alcohol presence. Mild fruitiness (apricot peach) with candy sugar, honey, and lingering tobacco bitterness. More bitter than dry. Medium body and medium-low carbonation. Fairly complex but not my favorite kind of triple. Still a nice brew though.

4
dmac (6262) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2007
750 ml bottle purchased at The Oak. Ok so maybe it was partly my fault but when I opened this sucker up GUSHER is not the word. It took both hands pushing a single thumb into the botle to hold the pressurized liquid inside the bottle in order to keep my basement from looking like the set of Titanic. After the bottle settled it poured a nice unfiltered cooper/amber with an average to large creamy white head that disipated but was quickly awokened from it’s slumber up with a few vigorous girations in my snifter. Sweet vinous aroma of green apples, white grapes, yeast, honey and candied sugar. Flavor reminiscent of a white wine with vinous qualities, yeast, fruit and slight wood. Medium body with a slightly dry finish. This is one fine beer.

3.7
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2007
750ml bottle-pours a big creamy off white head and slightly hazy gold color. Aroma is nice grassy/citrus hops (saaz), some grain, yeast, barnyard. Taste is malty-barnyard/some sweetness, some grain, yeast, nice grassy/citrus hops (saaz). Smooth, easy drinking. OK effervescence.

3.3
Skinnyviking (9570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle. Fluffy white and high but lasting head. Hazy yellow body. Alcohol dominated sweet barley malt aroma. Sweet and relatively fruity sweet flavor of barley malt. The alcohol is there but not dominant. Low carbonation. Long and bitter aftertaste.

3.8
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2007
750 ml. bottle. Poured a cloudy orange/amber. Frothy white head which was weirdly spit-like at the perimeter. Spotty lacing. Aroma of biscuit/cookie malts, with candied peel/marmalade notes. Zesty hops/spiciness infuse and awaken the flavor of sweet biscuity malts and underlying yeast/fruitness. Smooth with fine carbonation. Really nice tripel.

3.2
fonefan (49293) - 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
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
Dedollewaitor (16158) - 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!


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