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RATINGS: 523   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 22, 2013
Some spice, mostly malt in the aroma. A nice cloudy orange appearance. It’s amazing how sweet this beer can seem without the added sugar. The flavor is excellent. It has sweet caramel malt and tons of Belgian spiciness. Really quite astounding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2005
750 ml capped bottle, pours a cloudy bright golden yellow with a nice creamy white lasting head that leaves good lacing. Flowery citrus and spicy aromas. Fruity pear, apple, vanilla and pepper flavors, very dry and crisp finish. Medium to full bodied with a full yet crisp mouthfeel, alcohol very well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (3275) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (1802) - BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2013
Voici une belle surprise de la brasserie des Légendes, ex Géants pour cette bière-ci. Une triple à 9 % abv, tout à fait naturelle, avec de l’orge du terroir. Couleur jaune doré foncé. Clarté nette. Bulles par milliers au centre du verre dans une fontaine d’une vigueur comme je n’avais jamais vu... Mousse blanche énorme, à gros flocons dans le volume, et cratères crémeux en haut. Arômes puissants de houblon, avec de la girofle, dans une amertume importante. Volume soyeux. 1ère bouche sur le houblon en avant, mais curieusement avec une petite pointe fleurie très originale. Arrière-bouche bien pleine. 2ème bouche déjà plus équilibrée, mais encore fort houblonnée. 3ème avec des céréales, des fruits blancs, avec une pointe de poivre blanc, quelques câpres et de la coriandre. La longueur nous installe dans des saveurs complexes avec une fine amertume. La levure est très fine, pure, nette : une vraie beauté. L’alcool est bien dosé, progressif. La finale nous révèle une grande amertume, de première qualité.µ Donc, une bière très habile et harmonieuse, même si parfois un peu déséquilibrée, mais on le pardonne au vu de ses beautés.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wcrpnf19971 (8) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - NOV 13, 2013 does not count
Aroma: orange,vanilla, cinnamon, lemon zest & wet hay. Appearance: nice alcohol legs, plenty of carbonation & a finger length of head Taste: This beverage can not be enjoyed cold. The beer must be served close too room temperature. Only then you will be able to taste all the spices, such as cinnamon & clove, lemon, vanilla,orange and a hint of ginger. Overall: I would recommend and enjoyed this Tripel again. At 9% you can't taste the alcohol but the spices do linger on the back of the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (4130) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2005
Hazy yellow/golden/orange with huge, frothy, irregular head and good lacing. Yeasy, spicy, banana, clove. Frothy, easy drinking and lightly effervescing palate. Really strong on many dimensions and a really fine beer to drink. Mine was a "Goliath" bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shielfing (12) - SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle in Planck, Ghent. Writing up my thoughts from a time drinking when notes should not be taken. Very enjoyable triple with a strong hop substance. Well executed. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vincentvega72 (615) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2016
Mooi goudblond licht troebel bier met romige witte schuimkraag. Fruitig en bloemig aroma. Vanille, brood, hooi, perzik. Vol en romig van smaak. Lekker fris. Drinkt lekker weg. Warme pittige afdronk. Toptripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2005
cloudy yellow with a white head. sour yeast aroma with some dirt. spicey taste that is earthy with dark fruits. silky enveloping flavors. love the spices.

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