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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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3.4
Zarrach76 (270) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 20, 2017
Blonde dorée à la clarté nette et avec une mousse bien blanche à montée centrale, dense. Le nez est très houblonné (houblons Européens surtout) avec un côté acidulé assez prononcé, des agrumes (citron vert), de la coriandre, du basilic. On trouve aussi une grosse charge de malts blonds avec ces notes de céréales juste chaudes caractéristiques. L’ensemble est très végétal, très floral également (avec de la jacinthe, du géranium). On retrouve un peu de caramel, mais les fruits sont absents tout comme les autres notes maltées. Un nez vraiment simple (pour ne pas dire simpliste). En bouche, belle carbonatation, texture ronde et bien souple avec du corps, les sucres sont bien présents mais pas trop écœurants, l’alcool est solide, un peu trop d’ailleurs (puisqu’il domine presque les saveurs), l’amertume est plutôt bien amenée surtout sur le final tandis que les levures sont vraiment neutres. On retrouve du fruit à coque avec des traces de noix, de noisette, d’amande et de cacahuète. La longueur est bonne en ceci que l’alcool fait le boulot pour maintenir le tout à flot. Le final est sur l’amertume principalement... Une triple moyenne de consommation courante qui est à des années lumières de ce que la Belgique produit dans le style... Bouteille 33cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrève.

3.5
MasDen (380) - Mogilev, BELARUS - MAY 9, 2017
Aroma: Fruits phenols, citrus, Belgian yeasts, malt Appearance: Golden, with white head. Taste: Malt, hops, fruits, alcohol, a bit unbalanced. Palate: Medium body, high carbonation.

4
jefcon (1858) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2017
A nice and dense, slightly sweet, really rich tripel. As advertised, plenty of malt character, with bread, caramel, and nutella on the nose. Light-bodied, crisp, and champagne-like. Dry finish and small-bead carbonation.

4.2
vinivini (2444) - Gomel, BELARUS - APR 8, 2017
Cloudy honey yellow, huge white head of perfect retention. The aroma is very spicy. Apple and pear all along. Medium to full body. Sweetish malty flavour. Decent spiciness. Light bitterness. I liked this tripel quite a lot

3.5
Salmaneser (163) - BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2017
33 cl bottle @ home. Hazy yellow colour, nice white, lasting head. Malty and yeasty aroma with some citrus. Bitter, long lasting taste, light body.

3.7
Iznogud (3811) - CROATIA - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle, 330 ml from Beergium, shared with Max and JFK10000. Pours cloudy golden, large white head. Spicy, fruity, malty, sweetish, smooth. Medium bodied.

3.6
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Keg Half Pint at White Horse Belgian Beer Festival 2009, Parsons Green, London in Aug 2009 - Hazy Pale Gold in colour. Very Malty; sweet malts, caramel. Fruity; citrus-orange. Yeasty. Quite Spicy; coriander, pepper. Sweet malty leading to a dry bitter finish. Deceptively easy drinking Tripel. Liked this a lot. Nice beer! (2009-08)

3.5
MrBeerFanatic (1059) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Pours a dingy orange yellow with chunks and a head that will never leave you, even in your hardest of times. Aromas of big spicy herb, sweet grain, slight sour. Flavors medium to high sweet hay/grain, slight sour, slight spicy herb, slightly earthly. Interesting tripel as the flavors are noticeable different than many. Not to bad.

3.1
thanatosti (1699) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2017
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ van Rooij, Culemborg. Hazy yellow with a white head and some sediment at the bottom of the glass. Sweet grainy aroma with some yeast. Sweet taste with a bitter finish. Nice but unremarkable tripel.

3.6
nutjes (963) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2016
33cl-fles van bij Tabac&Co - Palais des bières te Dottenijs (in Famiflora). U: Licht wazig goudblond met een grote witte schuimkraag. G: Bleekmout, banaan, gist en wat alcohol. S: Moutzoet vergezeld van een beetje bitterheid. Gist, fruitigheid en wat alcoholwarmte. M: Volmondig met medium carbonatie.


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