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Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
88
very good

220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 24
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Recipe changed from the original 2005 Triticus.

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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-21-2008)
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Photo of BostonHops
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a dark, chocolate-brown tone with less than a finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly; minimal lacing. [edit: raising my appearance score a half point - poured my 2nd a bit more aggressively, and it brought out a much more developed head. the initial pour may have been user error. :)]

nose is of chocolate malts, dark fruits, and alcohol; interesting but not overwhelming - nice but mild, nothing too remarkable.

taste makes me wonder what's going on with my sense of smell. a boatload going on... sweet caramel and chocolate malts, strong dark fruit notes, banana, a definite smoky character, a warming boozy kick and a hoppy finish. admittedly this is not a style i have a whole lot of experience with, but i find this really tasty. uniquely, certain elements of both a tripel or BSPA and a RIS are present.

nice, full-bodied mouthfeel with some chew to it. IMO, docked points on the appearance and smell more than made up for with the taste/mouthfeel. i would definitely have this again.

original review on: 08-23-2010

Photo of lackenhauser
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mctizzz
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep dark cola color with a thin beige head that was gone quickly.Alot of dark fruit and sweet toffee in the nose,faint toasted wheat mixed with sharp alcohol sweetness comes into play more as it warmed.Really sweet on the palate with spiced cherry flavors as well as some mild chocolate and faint wheat malt.Again as the beer warms the alcohol makes the sweetness even more intense.It's not bad but gets a little cloying about mid glass,it's a sipper that's for sure.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thin tan head.

S: Spice, burnt sugar, roasted malt and wheat, toffee and a light note of earthy and spicy hops.

T: Heavy sweetness with touch of toffee, caramel, thick malt and wheat syrup, spicy clove and touch of vanilla. Hops add some earthy and bitter notes but balance is to the sweet.

M: Full body and slightly syrupy with a medium carbonation level and noticeable alcohol warmth.

D: This was not as impressive at first but as it warmed this beer came out quite well. It is a sipper and can be enjoyed with dessert, dark chocolate or strong cheeses. Give it a try and be patient with it.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What the hell is a wheatwine, right?

A: pitch black with a very thick bubbly head - thinned out quickly, but looked great up front - surprised at the darkness of the beer - expect barleywine-esque beers to be dark brownish, but this was black (actually the edges has a translucent brown character)

S: not a big sense of smell guy - got some malt and some hops, some grains

T: coffee, and hell yeah, I tasted the wheat - something like the bran flakes in raisin bran - and some very dark fruits (like a dark quad such as Pannepot), but not too sweet - let's say 50/50 sweet and not sweet (does that make sense?); is it fair to say there were rye notes or was it just the wheat? Nonetheless, I picked up on the grains.

M: loved it - not heavy - medium-bodied, some crispness, some roughness - not a wimp beer, but classy

O: delighted - I've had a bunch of barleywines and maybe 2 rye beers, and maybe 2 witbiers as well - but this beer stands alone - it has aspects of all three styles, but is a really nice, bold brew - with a great aftertaste (gimme another) - it reminds me of an olden times beer - like medieval almost - and I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of lnanthony
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rinhaak
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bbeerman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sizemore84
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of meiiska
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of zhumphrey
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Netdigger2
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a bourbon whiskey colored brown, very clear with light tan head. No lacing in my wine glass.

Smells of scotch whiskey phenols, caramel and sweeter malt, toasted wheat bread, more booze.

Taste has some wheat and sweet malt, but it really resembles a watered down fine scotch whiskey. It really does taste distilled and even lent out some heartburn later. The flavor isn't bad, just overwhelmed by alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. No head retention.

It would be great in a 6oz pour, but 12oz is too much and not very enjoyable after a while. I will cellar the rest and try them as I go.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to snifter. $4.50 for the single. Batch 211 aged for at least 15 months & served at cellar temp. Sampled 9/25/11.

A: This dark wheat wine-style ale pours with 1 finger of light brown frothy/foamy head. Quick to diminish. Body is dark ruby-brown. No lacing.

S: The big malt bill includes toasted toffee and caramel plus a bready aroma reminiscent of a honey roll. Slightly herbal and resiny. The wheat character is minimal or indistinguishable altogether.

T: Toffee and honey-forward with some notes of dark fruit not far behind. Dates, figs & fermented red apple. Light tobacco, herbal with general spiciness in the background. Well integrated alcohol lingers, providing warmth from the belly up. Long lasting flavor and incredibly sweet. Truthfully, not too far off from an English Barleywine. Overall, the flavor is good - just lacks complexity.

M: Very smooth. Medium body with a slick, very alcoholic texture. Soft carbonation.

O: Triticus is an above average wheatwine. I probably wouldn't make it a repeat purchase, although I'd be very interested in trying some of the different wine barrel treatments. Those sound tasty...

Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep ruby, almost balck in the glass, one finger head

S-The smell is off, can't quite place it, maybe a result of some wheat and spice combination.

T-Strong wheat presence, a little spice, bittering hops are present however there is some alcohol bite.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and smooth.

O-A decent wheatwine, however the nose was off putting and you can detect some alcohol.

Photo of itchytasty
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma of malt, caramel, coffee, and booze.

T: Tasted of coffee, caramel, malt, and a slightly astrigent quality. The alcohol was noticeable to a certain degree. An interesting, robust flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A pretty good beer that's worth trying, though I don't think I'd add it to my regular rotation.

Photo of pschul4
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ToasterChef
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra from Smakawhat. It's the temperature of my chilly cellar, and I'm pouring it into a tulip glass.

It's an opaque beer, colored dark brown. The head is tan and not very thick. A small layer bubbles built up as soon as I finished pouring, but it quickly settled back down to a ring of bubbles an small skim of foam.Swirling brings the head back and leaves a nice film that holds onto a few patches of foam.

This beer certainly smells like a spicy malt-forward offering. I can detect anise, earthy roots and some alcohol.

The flavor is also very malty, as you'd expect from a wheat wine. My limited experience with this style has lead me to expect a more floral flavor than this, but since this is a "dark" version of the style, more earthy flavors make sense to me. There is a hint of chocolate that I can taste, and a slight coffee bitterness. Alcohol can be tasted as I swallow, but the beer doesn't come across as overly strong.

This is a full bodied beer. There isn't a whole lot of coating, but what's there has some good malt flavors. The beer feels more carbonated that I expected, which was a pleasant surprise.

This is an interesting beer. I'm not always a fan of beers that are "the dark version of a style you already know," but this one seems to take wheat wine in an interesting direction. I'm glad I got it as an extra in a trade, as I don't think I would want an entire 4 pack. I feel like a few of the bottles would sit around for a while (although with this ABV that shouldn't hurt the beer). I think the original packaging—a 22oz bottle—would be a great way to enjoy Triticus.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind beer #3 from Shogo--
Calls for a pint... Into my nonic with you!

I was honestly hoping for something hoppy tonight... Like a nice IPA or something (call it hopslam envy-- it hasn't hit the SW burbs of Chicago yet!). I grabbed this and hoped against hope...
Tis not to be.

This is dark-- very deep reddish brown, with a tan head. Very nice retention.
Smells of giant coffee notes, some piney resin, even a touch of mint.
This beer has an odd tongue-numbing sensation to it-- it's quite hard to explain. The flavor has all the notes I expected from the nose, and reminds me of a porter crossed with a barleywine in a strange way.

Feels pretty fully and oily.

Well... I have NO IDEA what this is.

REVEAL-- Harpoon Leviathon Triticus.
This is a wheatwine? A wheatwine??? Wow. This is a dark wheatwine! Very complex, tons of flavor-- quite interesting.
Having this blind, wheatwine wasn't even something I considered as a style.

Now knowing what it is, here are my ratings;
A-4
S-4
T-4.5
M-4.5
D-4

Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
88 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.