Harpoon Leviathan - Quad - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
Ruddy brown that you can see straight through topped with a thin ring of suds. Vaporous booze waft off the surface and delivers dark fruits, almost as if you're drinking hooch made from raisins.
The taste continues the dark fruits and alcohol medley, with the heat hitting both sides of the front palate. But despite all the booze in your mouth it still manages a light, smooth mouthfeel. This is a very approachable quad that wil sit you on your ass if you're not careful with it.
02-27-2011 18:59:25 | More by Naugros
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a very dark mahogany color with red hues against the light. Light brown head is small and dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of foam on top of the liquid. Lacing is below average.
Aroma is really powerful and loaded with dark malts, raisins, plums, banana, clove and acetone.
Taste is of dark malts, dark fruits, mollasses, and yeast phenols and esters like clove and banana. Ends in a bitter and boozy note.
Body is pretty heavy and carbonation is high and prickly. Mouthfeel is a little astringent and could be smoother. Warming aftertaste.
Overall an OK quad, has a good nose, ok taste and a poor mouthfeel and drinkability. Not even close to the Belgians.
02-27-2011 03:52:16 | More by paulozanello
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
A: Pours a very dark copper with a 1/2 finger head. Low carbonation.
N: Licorice, dark candy sugar, bubblegum, plum, nail polish remover and a hint of medicinal cherry. Smells fantastic!
T: Starts out sweet with black licorice, a very earthy barnyard funk, booze, figs, dates, burnt hay, medicinal grape and cherry and fades into a very earthy, dry and spicy (coriander and black pepper) finish.
M: Silky, smooth and warming.
D: Definite sipper. The spicy, earthy finish is rather cloying.
02-26-2011 20:28:07 | More by justintcoons
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
12oz bottle served in a snifter.
pours a chestnut/mahogany tone with ruby highlights; a quarter inch of tan head quickly dissipates into a collar around the glass... moderate lacing.
bold nose offers a lot of sweet malt. notes of dark fruit, banana, and spice. not bad.
flavor is quite good out front with a fruity, sweet maltiness and spice characters. opens up a bit more mid-palate, but to me the finish is subpar: not an undoing per se, just comes across as astringent and boozy.
medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. okay drinkability; holds its own as an american-made quad, just don't compare it too the likes of rochefort, bernardus, or westvleteren.
02-22-2011 03:37:53 | More by perrymarcus
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
A solid quad. Big on banana flavor, with dark fruits further behind. The alcohol does not attempt to disguise itself here - it's a sipper, and a tasty one at that. If I could give it a 4.25 for taste I would, but there wasn't quite enough there for me to give it a 4.5. Still it was a memorable quad and I could see myself putting one in the cellar for a while.
02-21-2011 05:03:01 | More by josefnewsong
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
On-tap at Prime 16 into an Old Engine Oil tulip.
A: Clear, radiant magenta body with a finger of fine tan foam. Average retention and spotty lace. Gorgeous color and clarity.
S: Bold, intense mixture of molasses + toffee malts, as well as candied prunes and other dark fruits. Big, sweet, and only slightly boozy.
T: Follows the nose precisely: dark sugary and fruity malts leading to a fruity alcohol finish. Huge, yet balanced and complex Quite nice indeed.
M: Slick medium body that explodes with soft, fine effervescence. Fun.
D: It's a sipper for sure, but a very tasty one.
Notes: I've been a fan of this beer for a couple years now; for the price it's hard to beat such a gigantic beer that also delivers a well-balanced array of flavors. Definitely a malt-forward example of the style, it doesn't really have any yeast character to speak of, but that's not much of complaint. I'll drink this any time.
02-21-2011 03:15:16 | More by woosterbill
3.78/5 rDev +3%
A: The beer is clear yet dark mahogany in color and poured with a thin creamy tan head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacy patterns in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sweet and dark fruits in the nose..
T: The taste is quite sweet and has lots of flavors of dark fruits including cherries, figs, plums and raisins. There are notes of alcohol and the finish has notes of spicy yeast.
M: It feels full-bodied, a bit sticky and slightly dry on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There are lots of warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: This beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given its strength. The alcohol makes itself evident in the taste, but doesn't detract from the drinkability.
02-19-2011 05:37:59 | More by metter98
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
A-Dark ruby red, active carbonation with small bubbles, minimal head that dissipates quickly.
S-candied sugar, fruity.
T-More candied sugar, somewhat bready, mild bitterness, clean finish, well balanced.
M-Medium, silky smooth.
D-This is very drinkable. the candied sugar is present but not overwhelming. The alcohol is noticeable but does not detract. Very smooth.
02-13-2011 18:05:21 | More by beancounter
4/5 rDev +9%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours dark brown/ruby color, with a light tan head. Lightly spiced caramel and dark fruit nose, the high alcohol is almost noticeable. Yeasty and sweet caramel malt flavor with dark fruits, the alcohol is not as noticeable in the flavor. Smooth, creamy and rich body, I think this is a somewhat underrated beer.
01-28-2011 04:30:59 | More by CuriousMonk
3.28/5 rDev -10.6%
Had a bottle hiding in the back of the fridge for a while now, figured I would pull it out and give her a go!
Appearance- Pours a rich amber with highlights of deep orange and faint garnet. Creamy, dense, light tan head builds and fades fairly quickly, leaving a sticky ring that laces nicely.
Aroma- Big fruity esters (green apples and overripe strawberries), juicy maltiness and some soft caramel, warm alcohol, and notes of papery oxidation.
Flavor- Starts with a big and sweet caramel maltiness and opens into a bit of a boozy middle with notes of raisins and rich malt. Sticky sweetness from high residual sugars. Finishes slightly astringent with with a moderately high balancing bitterness of herbal hops. Long lingering herbal hops/chewy malt/warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel- High residual sugars, full bodied, warming alcohol, decent balance. Low-moderate CO2. Some astringency in finish.
Overall- Not bad, but feels more like a boozy barleywine than it does a quad. Slight oxidation flavors/aromas and astringency take away from the brew just a little bit. Lacks Belgian character and is screaming with booze (definitely hinders drinkability)! Its worth a try, but nothing to get too steamed up about. I would suggest sitting on this brew for quite some time to let the booze mellow, but it may be prone to oxidation which is a bit of a bummer...
11-22-2010 05:10:01 | More by dudemuskie
4.28/5 rDev +16.6%
Reviewed from notes.
Served in a tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a tiny bit of a purplish hue. Off white head with some nice lacing as it makes its way down. Really nice lacing. The nose is dark fruits with plum, fig, dates, and a tiny touch of light caramel. A nice yeasty character throughout. Taste isn't quite as complex and the tastes blend together for some moderate malt and a dark-fruit presence. Feel is really nice and creamy with a touch of booze. A really nice American take on this brew.
11-13-2010 23:11:32 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
Review is from notes taken on 10/4/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pour is a coppery color with a bit of a plum hue to it; starts with a foamy 2 and 1/2 finger light tan head with massive retention; body is pretty dark, but still shows clarity and a moderately strong carbonation; thick foamy webs of lacing hang around as the head slowly dwindles and eventually fade to a few spots by the end of the drink.
Smell: Nice deep dark, sweet and very ripe fruits (fig and raisins); big Belgian spiciness like nutmeg and cardamom, a bit of cinnamon and even a bit of clove (with some bananas?); sweet caramelized malt and definite presence of alcohol.
Taste: Quite nice, albeit considerably hot as the alcohol is one of the first things that I notice; nice sweet and ripe dark fruits as mentioned in the nose and they blend quite well with the big caramel malts and Belgian candi sugars for an added blast of sweetness; the spiciness is there, but it a little overshadowed by the heat and the sweet.
Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and the carbonation is strong and lively, but especially tiny so it's kind of foamy too; a moist and thick sticky coating is left all over the mouth; gums are left very tingly and the belly is left very warm and the throat burns a bit as well.
Drinkability: Quite good, but only a little bit better than moderate due to the massive heat -- I really feel this would be a good one to let sit for a couple of years and I would like to see how it is then. Very nice flavors though and I feel that it's a fair representation of the style.
10-06-2010 01:14:15 | More by bamadog
4/5 rDev +9%
Pours a transluscent chestnut with a thin head. Smells quite fruity with typical Belgian yeast notes. Tastes like a textbook quad with dark fruit, Belgian yeast notes, and rich malt. Decent mouthfeel, but a bit hot. Everything is done right here, yet still, something is lacking to elevate this to superlative. perhaps its that it isn't perfectly integrated, or lacks some of the esters that unleash some particularly interesting fruit notes, but although it is pleasant enough enough, its just lacks that "moreness".
09-06-2010 03:22:31 | More by Georgiabeer
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
Harpoon Leviathan Quad pours up rather neat with a moderately lacy tannish cream head that sustains nicely over the deep tawny-reddish brown body. The clarity suffers initially from a touch of chill-haze, but becomes very bright as it warms in hand. The aroma is quite enticing with a hint of spiciness (coriander, cinnamon-nutmeg & vanilla) supported by a lusciuos fruitiness (banana schnapps, black currant, cherry cordial). The alcohol adds complexity to the underlying rich, almost cloying-honeyish malt notes. The nourishing flavor starts off very rich with a sweet/candied Melanoidin maltiness that carries all the way through the slightly chewy finish that's balanced by the faintest touch of spicy, hop bitterness. This quad shows some finesse with age which differs drastically from when it was young & brash delivering a lusciously rich maltiness with surreptitious alcoholic warmth. Hats off to Harpoon for even trying to haul in this sea monster!
07-31-2010 04:46:33 | More by Beertracker
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
I had a twelve ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam ale house in manhattan. I think this is the last leviathan draft that I hadn't had. It was very good and a very god example of the style. The bartender wasn't sure if it was the imperial red or the quad a d there was no question after I one sniff and a sip. Dark brown color, great Belgian aroma and amazing sweetness combined with alcohol. Very good!
06-25-2010 21:08:54 | More by david18
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
Bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a murky reddish amber with an absolute ton of floaties. There is a small beige head that recedes quickly to a swirl along the top. It's not too bad looking but there's just way too much stuff floating in there.
Very sweet aroma with candi sugar and lots of dark fruits, raisins figs and maybe even some tart cherries. There is also a bit of alcohol burn.
The taste starts out like the aroma with lots of dark fruits dipped in sugar. Touch of tartness coming out. It's also crazy boozy from start to finish - it seriously burns in the finish. Lots of fruity esters and phenols as others have mentioned.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style with plenty of carbonation.
I'm not exactly sure what to make of this as the alcohol is really in-your-face and there is tartness coming out that doesn't seem quite right. An interesting but not overly tasty quad.
05-12-2010 03:15:16 | More by gford217
2.95/5 rDev -19.6%
I had to drink this aged I felt that fair because when I got this it was new and fresh. I let it age and I am now reviewing.
This beer is very tart and is strong in a bad way to get to the alcohol.
I know this is a quad and I have had abt 12 from st berardus. I have had a westy 12.
This does not meet those beers. Not even close.
04-18-2010 05:30:00 | More by Casey10
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle.
A- Pours a dirty murky brownish red color. Half finger tan head comes and goes rather quickly which is what I expected with this beer. Whisps of foam left on the top of the beer that kind of took me by surprise. No lacing on the sides of the glass which was expected.
S- I think a little age on this beer did it well. Banana and clove are two of the main aromas in the nose along with a caramel malty backbone. Some light notes of brown sugar and daker fruits. Also, the alcohol has toned down a little bit and is not so hot anymore (meaning doesn't burn the nose when sniffing).
T- The age on this makes the beer taste a lot better than the first time I had had it. Caramel malts come through at first making up the backbone. Lots of darker fruits running around with a sweet alcohol taste (rum). Some light candi sugars in this as well making everything blend in together really well. The alcohol is still present in the ending of this but not to the overbearing extent that it was when I first has this.
M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little on the weak side for me and the style. Caramel malts were left on the palate and a light alcohol taste into the aftertaste. The alcohol was a bit drying on the palate with every sip but I expected that for a higer ABV beer. Flavors were mostly clean and blended well together.
D- This beer, although I could only have 2 and be done, turned out to be a good beer after all said and done. I would suggest looking for this if you can. Not the greatest of true to style beers but this was a tasty treat that cellaring did some justice to.
04-11-2010 15:17:38 | More by alleykatking
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a deep dark red with about an inch of eggshell head. There is an absolute ton of yeastie beasties floating around. I feel that there is way too much sediment floating around in my glass, even if it is an unfiltered beer. The head dissapates quickly, but leaves a ton of lacing atound the edge of the glass. The aroma is extremely sweet malt. eviathan Quad is extremely thick and malty with a very sweet beginning and an ending that has more than a hint of boozey warmth. Not quite as complicated a taste as a Bernardus or any of the great Quads, it's more of a simple type of sweetness similar to Troeggs Mad Elf. This just feels like the high abv beer that it is. This makes it a little harder to drink, especially the way the sweetness coats the tongue and contributes to a sweet aftertaste. Finally, the sediment floating around actually makes the odd taste chewy and for me that is a problem.
12-31-2009 01:01:18 | More by degerbah
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
Quad pours a reddish copper color. It's a little hazy due to yeast particles swimming around. Backlighting gives it a strong scarlet appearance. A creamy, vanilla colored head tops it off. It's about a finger and a half tall and recedes to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was a little sticky, but light.
The nose is pretty good, but is a little weak. Dark fruit notes of raisin and fig hit first. They blend well with a strong malt presence. It's a little earthy and spicy. I'm getting light cinnamon, clove, and pepper. There's a little yeast noted, but it's not the thundering Belgian yeast presence it needs. That's an obvious deficiency. Alcohol is noted. Tough to hide at 11.75%. Not bad. It could use a little work here.
The flavor is easily above average, but doesn't dazzle in any way. Quad has a big malty backbone that's the centerpiece. It's complemented by flavorful dark fruit varieties (most notably raisin and fig). Cinnamon, pepper, and clove spices work their way in nicely and add depth and complexity. The lack of Belgian yeast flavor is a bummer. There's some yeast, but it doesn't taste distinctly Belgian. That needs to be rectified. It does have some light earthy and herbal notes. Alcohol is easily noted and sticks around through the aftertaste. Not a great attribute. It finishes spicy and a little warm.
Quad has a medium body that feels thick and chewy as its temperature rises. Carbonation is light and gives it a smooth feel. This is honestly its strongest asset. Drinkability is about average. The flavor here is pretty good, but it's far from an award-winning Quad. There are much better out there. It doesn't help that it's warm and slightly boozy. Did I mention it's almost 12% abv?
Harpoon continues to disappoint a little with this Leviathan series. I'm still waiting to be blown away by one of these beers. Quad is okay, but could use a bit of work. The nose is a bit weak, it's warm and boozy, and lacks a strong Belgian yeast presence. Despite those shortcomings, it still manages to be an okay beer. One that's definitely worth a try. If the opportunity is available, grab a single bottle and skip the 4-pack.
12-28-2009 03:26:12 | More by prototypic
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured with a decent half-inch mocha head that quickly faded to lacing. Would've liked a little bit thicker head on this, but I'll attribute it to the abv. A great dark red copper color.
Alcohol is definitely present in the smell, some caramel, some burnt grain, a little plum. The aroma on this beer is a little bit of a lot of different tones, with nothing over-powering, really nice.
Taste is decent. The high alcohol is clearly present and takes away from really picking up on the characteristics of the malt. Can pick up on some burnt tones, some berry flavor, and a smooth bitterness. The carbonation is a little bit too much as well.
Not the best quad ever, but a pretty good representation. The alcohol is a little bit too prominent for my liking - even at 12%. A little bit over-carbonated, which takes away from it a little bit.
12-07-2009 03:07:47 | More by Soozy
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
My first impressions were that this was a little light in colour, and a little light in the foam department as well, to be considered a textbook style Belgian Quad. The complexion is of a caramelly tone, with almost persimmon highlighting into the light, and its head is utterly insubstantial (despite the fact that it does a considerable job on the outlining).
The aroma, likewise, is slightly off-course for the style. Although it has all the right characteristics there is something that gives away the fact that I'm not smelling one of the classic Belgian examples (despite that this is brewed with two authentic Trappist yeasts). A perfumy, rose-like alcohol, esters of dried cherry, fig and prune as well as a peppery spice fit the style description but the lack of maltiness makes it far too seasoned and frenzied.
In like manner, the taste is also unbalanced and incomplete. The malts, which are thin and gangling and contribute little else than faint hints of dried dark fruits, are completely thrashed by the Belgian candi syrup; the result is a sticky, honeyed taste that overcoats more desirable flavours of melon and pumpernickel. The spiciness becomes scathing.
As does the alcohol. Eleven and three quarters percent is a heck of a lot of alcohol to hide and Harpoon seems not to have tried at all, or at least failed to. The heat is scorching - whether from the spice or the alcohol or more likely some combination of both - and given the lack of flavour, rather than take the heat, I'd just rather get out of the kitchen.
I'd be more understanding if this were a mulled mead. As a supposed Belgian-style Quad, I cannot be the least bit complementarity or feel at all gratified. For one, it is sickly sweet and anemically thin; tastes of banana are festering and flavours of dried fruit are macerated in ethanol. This belongs in a medicine cabinet not a beer cellar.
This beer has some tough competition within its style; when I think Quad I think of some of my favourite all-time beers, most of which are permanently on stand-by in my cellar. That being said, all comparisons aside, this is simply not a good beer. Unless they find a way to scale back the alcohol and diversify the flavour this is just not worth drinking. Period.
12-06-2009 23:36:05 | More by biegaman
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into a snifter from bottle.
Appears dark red/brown color. Off white lace with a cloudy thin layer head.
Smells like peanut butter. Really? Kind of odd. Must be that yeast im not quite used to yet? Sweet floral aromas. Hints of toffee? Kind of a funky sweet smell.
Taste is sweet... of course. Dark fruits. Rasin. Peppery/spicey. Aftertaste malt is tolerable. Almost like a mixture of dried fruits with a dash of spices. Not as boozy as I thought. I kept detecting oxidation but I am convinced that it's the spicy hints throwing me off.
Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body. Velvety.
I am still pretty new to quads. Not sure if this is the best of the best but still a intresting brew.
12-06-2009 07:19:36 | More by bargerking
4.15/5 rDev +13.1%
A- Pours a clear deep burgundy color with a small foamy head.
S- Sweet and boozy, Fruity notes of figs, raisins, dates, and cherries. A bit of diacetly mixed in there too....
T- A dry sweetness fades to grassy hoppiness in the finish. Definitely boozy, some dry fruityness...
M- Very dry, moderately carbonated, boozy but not hot. Has that Belgian yeasty, musty, funkiness to it.
D- Very, very drinkable for this style. At 11.75% ABV the alcohol is very smooth on the palate. Also a nice dryness to the brew. Perhaps slightly overhopped.... Overall a fine brew from Harpoon!
11-21-2009 00:53:51 | More by JayNH
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
On-tap 10/31/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of cherries, bubble-gum, caramel, Belgian yeast and a faint touch of hops, a little different for the style.
T: The taste is malty up front with sweet flavors of caramel and dark fruits. The flavor of Belgian yeast is there, but it's subdued and in the background faintly. There's a strong alcohol sting and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, not the best Quad that I've had but it's a decent strong Belgian-style beer to drink for a while.
11-01-2009 22:14:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
Harpoon Leviathan - Quad from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.