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Harpoon Leviathan - Quad - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 291
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) | 11.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

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
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Photo of Liverpool08
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark amber red. Nice size head. First smell is alcohol and a candied sweetness. The taste follows this, very candy fruit taste, almost too sweet. There is definately that alchohol feel that lingers in the mouth. But its a very warming feeling, you don't need to have more than two of these at a time. Overall I think I prefer the Sam Adams Imperial White to this Harpoon offering. The Harpoon is a little too sweet.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So far I have not been impressed by the Leviathan series brews from Harpoon. Alas, a Quad sounded really good to me tonight, and this one I haven't tried, so might as well go ahead. Pour yields a really beautifully colored beer, has a rosewood color, with a pillowy white head. Booze and stone fruits are the first thing that came to mind when I smelled. I suppose the alcohol is to be expected though with a beer this size. At the beginning there was a really strange smell in there, but that has since faded, so I guess I can disregard that. As it has warmed some honey and nectar smells have come through. Alcohol is more subdued in the taste, leaning more towards the dark fruit aspects of this beer. Toward the end of each sip however, some alcohol bitterness does manage to appear. Luckily it does not linger on the palate for too long. Decent enough heavy bodied mouthfeel on this one. Drinkability is not bad, as it definitely does not seem as rough as the other two Leviathans. Overall a pretty good effort from Harpoon. I would not go out of my way to seek out a four pack, but a single is a good enough buy in my book. Cheers

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Photo of mixylplik3
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Billy at Den Rock for this.

A: Pours a deep and dark reddish-brown with light clingy lace in my Westvleteren chalice.

S: Bite of alcohol with a mellow but prominent candi sweetness.

T: Dark fruits, hint of spice with obvious alcohol bite which doesn't linger too long.

M: Medium body with smooth effervescence, similar to what you find in any good Belgian. The alcohol overpowers what might otherwise be a heavier mouthfeel.

D: My beer preference is definitely on the heavier side, so this quad is right at home. It's boozy but smooth on the tongue. Will be nice to get some of this fresh but I think with some age it will take it to another level.

I have been a big fan of the Leviathan series. This is definitely another winner and I'm thoroughly enjoying the whole series so far.

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Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle pulled cold right off the line on bottling day :)

A - Dark caramel walnut color with a hint of red and a nice deep tan head and good lacing

S - Fruit, banana, clove, sweet. The 2 yeast strains seem to be battling it out for the nose.

T - Very subtle, sweet again, alcohol is obvious, but helps cut down on the "chewiness"

M - Definitely full bodied, coats the tongue but stops short of being syrupy, which the taste and smell would lead you to expect.

D - Good sipping beer on a snowy afternoon in Vermont.

Overall - another solid beer from the Leviathan series by Harpoon. I will say that the DIPA was probably our favorite so far, but this is worth picking up and giving a try.

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Harpoon Leviathan - Quad from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.