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RATINGS: 514   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (3589) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2015
Bottle from The Beerhive. Hazy golden body with small yeast chunks and a medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma of pear, papery malts, custard and spice. Flavour of pear, lemon sherbet and a peppery finish. Medium body with a spritzy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Uncomplex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (2144) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 5, 2015
BOTTLE 33 CL as Goliath. Golden with a small sediment, huge white head. The aroma is strong and bright - white wine with notes of honey and flowers, as well some peppery and bready notes. The taste is similar but with a different balance - leff wine and fragrance, more spice, alcoholic bitterness and warmth. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJoer (1207) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2015
Medium white head, golden coloured body, muffy some apple fruit yeast bread smell, medium to high carbonation, medium bitter, fruity yeast taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (3329) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle from the bar near manneken pis . Golden body. Resinous earthy, pinetc spring banana. Taste is sweet yeast and a tingly palate nice tripel .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (4884) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2015
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway, on order(BU). HAzy golden color, with plenty of sediments and good foam. Medium/high aroma intensity; fruity, light honey, floral and nice yeast influence. Medium full body & complexity. Some immediate sweetness, balances well. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (2174) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle 33cl. as Goliath Triple. Clear medium golden color, large frothy white head, diminishes slowly, fair lacing; yeasty and fruity nose, malts, yeast, banana, apricot, orange peel, candy sugar, bit caramel, dough, grass; taste light to medium sweet and bitter, yeasty, fruity (orange), spicy notes, slightly alcoholic; medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, aftertaste mild bittersweet, dry finish, citrusy, woody undertones, alcohol notes; a decent Tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lbianchi66 (338) - FRANCE - JUN 18, 2015
Robe blonde et opaque. La mousse se forme et tient bien. Saveurs très fruitées (pêche, mirabelle). Beaucoup d’esters. Le fruité est équilibré par une amertume prononcée. Texture assez épaisse, carbonatation fine. Longue en bouche. Une excellente triple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2015
Clear blond body. White head. Hoppy caramalt aroma. Moderately bitter flavour, lightly sweet. Heavily bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (11497) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2015
750ml wire cradle bottle as Goliath Tripel bought at Vinmonopolet Tromsdalen. Gives a good shot followed by smoke when opened. White foamy head over a near-clear golden body. Floral aroma with spices. Taste of earthy malts, yeasty esters, and dark spices. Malt-fruity ending with noticeable alcohol. Accepted, far from great (tasting session in Tromsø together with Stefan and Elisabeth 03.06.2015).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2811) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
On tap @ restaurant Barbeau, Sippenaeken, as Goliath. Cloudy, blonde color. Head is white with dense parts and other parts with big bubbles, good lacing. Aroma’s of fruit and some grains/malts. Retronasal it’s fruity, slightly alcoholic, hopbitter. Flavor is fruity, moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Fairly dry finish with a good bitterness. Actually a pretty good triple.

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