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Harpoon Leviathan - Quad - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
83
good

278 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Leviathan Quad was fermented with a blend of two traditional Trappist yeasts. A mixture of two-row pale malts, caramel malts, and special aromatic malts gives the Quad its richness and texture. The subtle hop flavor imparted from Brewer’s Gold hops lingers in the background and provides just enough bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. The addition of imported Belgian Dark Candi Syrup rounds out the beer, giving the Quad its full body and deep auburn color. Expect notes of honeyed dry fruit with peppery phenols in the aroma, a velvet-like mouthfeel, and a superbly drinkable beer.

44 IBU

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009)
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frothyhead

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a medium-dark cherry brown with a good 2+ finger off-white head into a tulip. Moderate lacing.

Nose is Belgian yeast, bread, banana esters and sweet with candy sugar and a lot of dark fruit - pomegranate and raisin. Some minor barnyard-like funk seems to be present. Some earthy and citrusy hops. A solid alcohol bite forms the backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky and sweet with a dry, alcoholic finish.

Taste is sweet, bitter, and alcoholic - all in extreme ways. Yeasty breadiness forms the platform with a dark fruit sweetness up front. Way too much bitter hop flavor in the back and an overall alcohol bite that burns all the way through. Bitter alcohol lingers on the tongue. This is a palate killer.

Drinkability suffers quite a bit from way too much alcohol and bitterness that I don't believe should be present in the style.

Overall, this is a solid miss for Harpoon. I have had two other Leviathan series brews - the DIPA in bottles and on tap, and the Triticus wheat wine on tap, both of which I loved, so I had high hopes for this. Unfortunately, this is just all over the place and not well balanced in any respect. Maybe some aging would do this good.

I feel obligated to note here that I am rating this beer a little more "on style" than I normally would, because the Belgian Quad is one of my favorite styles. This beer and all the American attempts at Belgians that I have had before it makes me wonder if there should be a new category for American Quad and perhaps even American Tripel. Although some come closer than others (this being solidly in the "others" category), we clearly can't get the Belgians quite right.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 05:02:46 | More by frothyhead
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Harpoon Leviathan - Quad from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.