Gouyasse Triple
Brasserie Des Légendes

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #135
ABV:
9%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,904
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 11.37%
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
242
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87
Very Good
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled from the Bottle and served to me by the Master Brewer, Pierre Delcoigne, during a Brewery Tour of Brasserie des Géants on Easter Monday 28th April, 2005.

Fifth and last of the five brews on offer was the Gouyasse Triple. The fifth and latest product of Brasserie des Géants, it was first brewed in 2004. Known as Goliath and often in 750ml bottles for the US market, but my sample was from a small 355ml ‘Belgian’ bottle that a dark blue label completely different to the US Export version.

Now, when questioned about this one, unlike the previous 4 brews, the Brewer just mentioned that this was a Giant version of the Gouyasse, maybe that is Belgium Irony at work but he had little else to add except that he confirmed that this brew is called Goliath in the USA when I asked the question, and also that he was so pleased with the result that it is now sold in Belgium as Gouyasse Triple and I quite popular, gaining ground on the other more established brews.

Appearance: Clear Golden body with the merest of milky tinges fluidizes and settles slowly under an absolutely massive but firm looking bleached white head when poured from the bottle. Saison-like, the brew looks extremely impressive. Brash conditioning that is nevertheless carefully controlled with its release. It laces the glass extremely well with thick carpet rings of Belgium lace top to bottom. A looker.

Nose: Light honey aroma and a soft hint of dark pepper and some spices. Orange rind is detectable in the finish along with some crunchy crispy apples, reminded me of an English-Cider at times. The nose builds in complexity as the brew warms, not that it got too long to warm in my hands though!

Taste: Toasty malts and a fresh earthy feel entrance the brew. Sweetish at times it benefits from a soft honey soaked malt middle and a lovely citric encrusted crisp Saaz hop finish. Bitter traits and a light yeast feel. Peppery traits in the lingering dry and very bitter finish with a licking of dried orange peel. Shit this is good.

Mouthfeel: Like the Gouyasse Tradition, the Gouyasse Tripel has a very soft feel on the palate, yet this is supported with a very strong pushing carbonation. The feel is very controlled at all times though. Bold throughout.

Drinkability: Now this one drinks **extremely** well for a 9% offering and it really goes down waaayyy tooo easily! I rather cheekily managed a second one of these before I left the Brewery!!! Damn Good.

Overall: The Gouyasse was great, but the Gouyasse Tripel was superb! All the power goes to the four wheels on this one, a Quattro Gouyasse, this really is a “Giant version of the Gouyasse”. Brasserie des Géants best offering by far.

Not to be missed, in Belgium, or the USA.

May 06, 2005
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly different than a lot of others in the style, this resembles Duvel with its clear golden color. It's not a bright gold, more of a faded dingy gold, but doesn't have the same orange hues a lot of other Belgians do. The head is thick and retains well. Extremely bright white color. Foamy. Thick lace gradually slides down the glass leaving a heavy spotting.

Classic for the style with plenty of pear, green apple, green grape and pepper spice all vying for attention. Smells a bit sweeter that others. Slightly bready, but malts and hops take a back seat.

Champagne notes. Pear and pepper fight for control. Bready, but also some malt hints appear. Hops are merely a bit player. Alcohol makes a cameo late.

Something is lacking. It needs a bit more body for something so strong. Not really light bodied, but not quite medium either. Carbonation is strong in the finish, but the beer feels a bit flat up front. Spicy finish, and it seems the hops finally show with some savory bits near the swallow.

Good, but not great. Has most of the Belgian bases covered, just a rough spot here or there prevents it from being world class like many of its breathren.

Feb 23, 2014
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Maduro. $4 a goblet.

Appearance: Cloudy orange-yellow with a thick white head that slowly reduces to spotty lace.

Aroma: Sweet musty grains, orange rind, bread dough, and green apples.

Taste: Sweet fruits and half-baked bread. Some orange rind and pepper in the finish but dominated overall by somewhat boozy, sweet light fruit. Hints of lemon in the finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Unbalanced towards sweetness. Slightly powdery feel. Aggressive carbonation.

Drinkability: Very low. This is just too sweet for me and the flavor is overly dominated by some displeasing sweet fruity yeast flavors. I think these problems all result from this beer being on tap. Sometimes beers like this need time to rest and develop. This keg didn't seem to have that opportunity.

Feb 11, 2008
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy Belgian head that leaves all wonder of lacing patterns

Smell: Bubblegum, passionfruit, pineapple, pepper and funky Belgian yeast aromas

Taste: Starts with a sweet honey candy flavor that persists through to the finish; in the middle, a fruity peppery flavor that was present in the aroma asserts itself; after the swallow, a distinct grassy/hoppy element appears that joins with the other flavors to provide a complex, floral and long-lasting finish; a touch medicinal, otherwise very nice

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and effervescent; a bit of warming alcohol is present

Drinkability: A fine Belgian that provides a different twist on the tripel concept but that is OK with me

Nov 25, 2006
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to all that made it possible for me to try this. Upon opening the bottle, a small bit of foam proceded to slowly erupt from the crown. Pouring was slowed by the large amout of foam that really doesn't want to recede so we can pour the remainder of the beer in the glass. The beer is a nice hazy, slightly orange straw color. I turned around to grab the beer off the table and the aroma greeted me before I even bent towards the glass, not much, but it was there. Upon further investigation, there is nice sugary sweetness with some really nice spiceyness going on. Some corainder and peppery spice are most prominant. The flavor is very peppery with spice. The orangey sweetness comes more on the finish. The alcohol is detectable right at the end of the swallow, adding some interesting flavor as opposed to detracting from the flavor. The feel is thick, but not srupy. I like it. Overall, the flavor could use to tone down the spicey just a touch. There is a slight bitterness on the finish that I'm less than excited about, but I won't complain. I dig it. Nice beer.

Mar 04, 2005
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DrJay from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA. Slightly hazed, deep gold colour (just short of amber). The fluffy, bright white head showed good retention and formed clumpy rings of lace down the glass. Sweet, acidic fruit aromas of citrus and pineapple, with earthy/grassy hops, mild bready malt and light alcohol. These characters carried into the flavour, but the malt was more pronounced and fruitiness was a little more restrained. Still, there was plenty of pineapple sweetness. Mild bitterness, but still a little sharp at the end, with increasing hop flavour. Medium bodied and a bit syrupy with lightish carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth. Tasty and interesting with lots of tropical fruitiness. This was a nice beer to finish a short session and was easy on the palate.

Jul 12, 2006
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer; on the subtle side. Bottle opened really easy; cap just came of with no effort and I thought that it might be bad, but no, it has plenty of life. Poured with a large, foamy, frothy, textured, off white head that settles down to a nice cover quickly and good lacing. Color is a slightly hazy amber with no bubble trails and surprising given that it's unfiltered. Aroma is yeast, malt, caramel. Flavor is subdued. A bit on the dry side. Like the nose and ok. Not inspired. Nice to know that it's all malt. Body is good and carbonation is great. Finish is like flavor and super short. A bit boozy at the very end.

Oct 06, 2010
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sweethome from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with rocky head - right on to the style. Coriander in the nose with yeast. Somewhat buttery.

Hard acidic mouthfeel - Again follows the style. This beer grew on me - maybe it was the 9% alcohol. At first the flavor put me off just a bit, barnyard. I like my belgian ales to be somewhat rounded and complex - I don't describe this one that way. It is a pretty straight forward trippel style. Lots of yeast - honey malts Nice warming from the alcohol.

This is nice beer for a cold night - which it is here in Chicago....decent triple but not a favorite.

Dec 11, 2005
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at the request of our resident hard-ass ballbuster (Ven-somethingorother), i re-tried this beer in its 750ml bottled form.

clear body, as orange as it is gold. bubbling like a hot spring, very light and soapy head of foam.. like palmolive mixed with lipton iced tea. quickly gone, it leaves soap bubbles all over the wall of my duvel tulip. aroma is clean tripel, mostly candi sugar with some orange, butterscotch, and strawberry notes subtly accentuating the overall floral character. taste is rather champagnish, bubbly bitterness with sweet notes emerging in the finish. dry champagne.. light and reeks of small-batch freshness. 9% is no surprise given an alcohol sting which evolves into a nice warming. strawberry is very evident in the aftertaste in all its summery crispness. easy to forget this is beer.

after a bad draft pour, this bottle represents supreme belgian redemption.

Jun 16, 2005
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a single for $3.99. Poured into a Leffe chalice. Orange-yellow color. Very thin head for tripel. Very strange tangy chewing gum smell. As for taste, it was OK, but reminded me more of a blonde ale than a tripel, again. There was a citrusy flavor that seemed out of place. A bit watery also, not much body. I drank it, but didn't get much out of it. I bought it on a whim to give it a shot, and while it was a decent beer, it pales in comparison to other tripels I have had, both from Belgium and America.

May 22, 2009
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geexploitation from Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light, yellowish color with a fine bubbled white head that leaves a solid ring of lace on the glass. Aromas of fresh apples, yeast and grape juice, along with some sweeter smells of candi sugar. On the palate, the beer is balanced very well between some intense sweet flavors and equal, offsetting bitter notes. The flavors remind me of richly sweet coffee or tea The finish is metallic -- overpoweringly metallic; it's the only really offputting note in this beer. Mouthfeel is snappy with hop oils and creamy with carbonation. Overall, this is a very decent Belgian beer. The metallic thing is a bit unpleasant, but otherwise things are spot on here, even if they aren't anything too special.

May 13, 2007
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB end 2009. Good head and bronze beercolor, slightly clowdy. Nose is good also giving a nice flowery and sweet fruity arome bathing in alcoholic maltyness( with light caramellic candyhint). Taste is very alcoholic, sweet but has good maltnote, freshness and aftertaste is nicely bittered. Moutfeel is good but the alcohol& sweetness is overwelming what does no good for mouthfeel and drinkability.

Jun 21, 2005
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ypsifly from Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 that is capped, undated and poured into a chalice.

Large white head over hazed pale gold. The head settles to a uniform quarter inch and leaves layered lace in its wake.

Solid triple aromas of slightly funkified lemon zest, candy sugars and chalky yeasts. Good, but nothing to get excited about.

The taste has a lot of tart citrus and a good but quick dose of bitter hops, sugars and some earthy yeast flavors. Like the smell, the flavors are good. Everything expected for a triple is there, but nothing to take it to the next level.

The mouth is full with no residuals. A good example of the style, and quite drinkable given the abv.

If a friend asked me to introduce them to a good triple, this would be a good example of the style. This doesn't imply that this is an "entry level" triple, but rather everything that should be here is....it just lacks that extra special something that beers from this country are famous for.

Dec 18, 2005
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neonbrown82 from Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer, otherwise known as Goliath, was a dead-ringer for Duvel -- though just a tad bit stronger and just as smooth. Maybe just a bit lower on the perceived bitterness scale as well. Exceptional beer with an equally dangerous drinkability.

The beer pours to a light golden blonde color with a towering white head. Many tiny carbonation bubbles stream rapidly to the top to support the retention. Lacing sticks to the glass in sheets, even with a marshmallow-y poof that sticks out in many places.

The smell is of a light Belgian candi sugar with a subtle noble hop bouquet. Not too complex, though that is not a bad thing by any means. Just an easily accessible beer.

The taste is great, however not much more complex than the nose. Sweet candi sugar up front falls way to a very pleasant floral hops bitterness in the finish. Not much in the way of yeasty esters, though it is just a tad bit spicy as well. The malts do not stand out so much, as does the candi sugar, but it doesn't taste like a sugary bomb either. Just an incredibly smooth and dangerously drinkable Belgian ale.

The body is full and creamy. While the carbonation is very active from the appearance, it is very gentle on the palate. No alcohol sensation. As I've said before, it's dangerously drinkable. As a tripel it fails, but if you lump it in the same category as Duvel (Belgian Blonde / Strong Golden Ale, whatever the hell it is classified as on this site) it is quite the phenomenal beer. It would be a great one to introduce a new beer drinker to Belgian beers, or just good beer in general.

Dec 26, 2006
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PhillyMonk from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on tap and decided to give it a try because I'd never heard of it before. Very drinkable and well-crafted beer for its high alcohol content, but not at the "elite" quality of some other Belgian triples.

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a good amount of head in its flute-glass, but not as much as some other triples. Head lingered for quite a while. Slightly sweet, yeasty-alcoholic smell. Taste was full with a good amount of sweetness and malt, finishes with a pleasant alcohol taste - nice, long finish.

I'd definitely try this one again.

Jan 04, 2007
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janubio from Spain

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle with the blue label. Good head with big bubble that comes quickly to a thin film. Gold-orange cloudy colour.
Smell of banana and cloves with hints of apple and a citrusy touch. Silky flavor, taste of apples, with honey, flowers and clove.

Jan 02, 2009
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wl0307 from England

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 10/2010, served chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl.

A: semi-murky dark orangey amber in colour, a 3 cm thick white frothy head lasts pretty well, while the fine carbonation remains moderate and not too fierce.
S: lightly salty, exotic fruits, Chinese pears, hints of huge bits of white candy sugar, and assertive scent of butter-scotch-like cream-iness, with a rather light tinge of citric sourness in the corner. Fairly sweet and fruit-estery overall, not without a decent level of complexity.
T: the exotic edge of Chinese green-bean paste and candy-sugary sweetness come with a touch of Goldings-like orangey fruity hops upfront, then gradually the dry-ish bitterness from spicy yeasts and hops creep up, along with a semi-tangy/woody mouthfeel lingering in the end. Very decent finish, somewhat herbal and chewy, as well as consistently semi-dry.
M&D: the soothing carbonation makes the palate refreshing enough, and the body is surprisingly light for the alc. content, making this Triple a pretty approachable example. Alas, the well-executed flavour is slightly too moderate, with everything staying within the conservative boundaries, hence not extre...mely attractive or delicious by the standard of a Triple.

Oct 23, 2008
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a hazy yellow, golden color body with a maybe 2 inch head, thick and fluffy. Nice yeast and citrus in the aroma. A bit sweet as well. The taste was citrusy up front along with a hop bitterness on the tongue. I thought I detected a bit of a celery taste as well which was odd but not unpleasant. Medium body.

Apr 06, 2008
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grassrootsVT from Vermont

3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a bottle from the stash at the blind tiger.
very much a tripel. the aroma is of spicy yeast - as the previous reviewer remarked, probably would benefit from some further maturation. poured a cloudy yeller-orange - but was difficult to tell due to the very poor lighting in the bar...my head retention was on the weak side and it notably dissipated. tasted light, low esters, with escaping bubbles on the palate. sweet in the early side, crisp and concluding in the finish. generally...mediocre. could easily drink a few of these - much more so after the yeastiness left the aroma.

Aug 17, 2005
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dirtylou from New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at brasserie V, paired with a roasted beet salad at lunch

appearance: served in a chimay chalice...hazy golden body, patchy beige foam, lathered lacing

smell: flowery, white pepper, corriander, touch of honey, clean yeast, citrus hops

taste: a good tripel - citrus hops and spiced pineapple, white pepper, corriander, big fruity example of the style. This one leans to the sweeter end of the spectrum and also focuses some ripe light fruits like pear and apple

mouthfeel: active carbonation

drinkability: nice lunch beer

Jun 09, 2009
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours peach colored wiyh a fluffy 1 finger deep off-white head. Fairly good lacing & real good (filmy) head retention

S: Yeasty & passionfruit notes

T: Big herbal presence and honey sweetness up front. Hints of lemon & grapefruit follow. Peach or nectarine fruitiness comes through as it warms. Finishes dry, crisp, hoppy (lemons)& spicey

MF: Medium bodied, slick & low carbonation

Drank pretty easy for the ABV, this was by one of the fruittiest trippels I've had, interesting

Oct 27, 2006
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RWD1 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, cloudy gold, with a large, rocky white head that lingers.

Smell: Interestingly, the first thing that jumps out at me is a pilsner-like note; is it the hops? Then it becomes more of what I expect - fruit (mostly pears) and some pepper.

Taste: The hops come across first, which I wasn't expecting, and only the patient taster will appreciate the honey and fruit notes that follow. The hops return for the finish (as if they ever left). I'm drinking this one pretty cold, however, so the character may change as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Lively and crisp, which works here. Any less carbonation would likely make this feel heavy in the mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty high; particularly good if you're a hophead. If you're expecting a traditional tripel, you might be a bit disappointed and disinclined to hang with this one.

Feb 07, 2010
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Phatz from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have no way of actually knowing but I hope the lack of flavor in this beer is because it was sold to me, too old. It was simply boring.

Appearance: It starts off nice, pours a hazed gold color with a big frothy head and spots of lace in my snifter glass.

Smell: It is a dull reserved aroma with a wet grass smell and maybe a dab of bread if I reeaally stretch my imagination a lot.

Taste: Hints of lemon grass and soggy bread with a Saison like funk I don't expect in a Triple. I though the pale malts seemed a bit oxidized and the aftertaste a bit metallic. After inquiring I was assured it's fresh but ... I don't know, I tis not a very exciting triple in my book. The flavors are muddled and the aftertaste has a disarray of residual spices and sugars that I feel like I want to wash off my tongue.

Mouthfeel: The bready malt base is dependent on all the sugar and spices and it is hard to determine if it would hold up with out them. The carbonation is solid and the feel consistent throughout.

Drinkability: If I enjoyed the flavor more maybe it would be more drinkable. Overall a so-so beer that cost me $10 a bottle, a real loss of money in my book. I can get ~ eh - beers for a whole lot cheaper than that.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Mar 30, 2007
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akttr from Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.5%

Aug 18, 2012
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Absumaster from Netherlands

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a golden/orange color with a course head and a lot of glass sticking foam.

Smell was very good, some solvent with a nice floral and hoppiness. I get hints of liquorice that really rounds off the smell. Beautifull balance of everything a good tripel has to have.

Taste was bitter with liquorice and fruity. The generous amount of hops give the beer a dry aftertaste. The beer is remarkably mild en smooth, drinkability is therefor very high. A great triple!

Aug 13, 2006
Gouyasse Triple from Brasserie Des Légendes
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 242 ratings