Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Brasserie des Géants Goliath Tripel

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20ChadPolenz (1635) - 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.

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