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Harpoon Leviathan - Quad - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | 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:
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 Jimmys
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: deep maroon/chestnut brown. brownish fluffy head dies a little too fast and is not leaving any lacing behind. actually leaving a little bit of alcohol legs. through the darkness, i would actually say this one is clear.

S: caramel, banana bread. strong fruity esters. raisins and plums. alcohol is actually pretty intense.

T: same sweet caramel. more of a spicy clove than banana bread on the palate. pretty hot. finishes sort of dry/slightly sweet.

M: pretty moderate carbonation on a full body.

D: just not super impressed by this one. it's big and boozy more than big and complex. a decent attempt at the style, but not really worth seeking out.

Photo of raszputini
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from a belgian style glass. This is a decent version of a Quad. Nose is dominated by citrus fruitiness, phenols and alcohol. Coriander and belgian yeast and sugars round out the flavor. The mouthfeel is moderate, with substantial carbonation. i enjoyed this quite a bit and will look for it again

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very small head for a quad; even after a strong pour there was only 1/2 finger and that dissipated almost immediately. Dark garnet color, but crystal clear when held to the light.

Smells nice and fruity with rich malt and a bit of alcohol to perk up the nose hairs, but 11.75% is not obvious.

Dark fruits dominate (raisin, black cherries, plum), bready malts and wine-like alcohol. Just a touch of spiciness from the yeast in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the overall body lacks some substance due to the disappointingly low carbonation.

Still, the flavor is good, but it could use a bit more balance. This is just a bit too sweet and the lack of carbonation doesn't help that at all. I would say the overall B rating is pretty accurate.

Photo of avalon07
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish color with ruby tints and a slightly hazy consistency. There was no head at all. No lacing either.

S: A decent aroma of yeast, malt and some fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, Belgian yeast, apples, pepper and some other spices. A solid flavor, but it never really jumps out at you.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium- bodied.

D: On the whole, this is decent beer, though not at exactly the quadrupel I've ever had. Drinkable, though.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12z bottle into a st. bernardus chalice late at night...

A- Dark chestnut ruddy reddish/brown in color that brings forth just a centimeter of off white/tannish foam that leaves just as quickly. Becomes still and leaves no evidence.

S- Leviathan Quad has a American twist to it, the residual sugar that is prevalent in Belgian quads is barely a whimper here. This one is a dark fruit bomb with plum at the center backed by somwe chocolate and hot alcohol.

T- Pretty straight forward, plum fruits with hints of apple, also some grapes giving off somewhat vinious notes if you can imagine it. Rye bread, The sweet sugars (turbinado) reminiscent of St Bernie 12 etc is not here. Alcohol, almost 12 percent is noted and felt.

M- Hot, very hot, not really masked, feel is a big medium approaching full for the style. A light carb going for it. The fruit and alcohol reminds me of a very watered down bum wine.

D- I drank it to help me sleep, which helped, but I won't help myself to more of this. Sure some age may tame this beast in terms of alcohol, but I don't see it tasting any better.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very deep dark cherry color. When I poured this, there was some head for a minute or so,but died down to absolutely nothing on top. Carbonation is almost non-existant.

S - Boozy, phenolic, Belgian spices, dark candy sugar, dark fruit.

T - Taste is very sweet, unlike all the others in the Leviathan Series, however, for a Quad, it is hoppy. Taste stays even throughout, no complexity, no layers, just straight forward booze mixed in candy sugar and dark fruit/ fruit. Plums and white grapes are the first fruits that come to mind. There's some bready, yeast-like character in the taste also. There's an alcohol warming on the way down and the mouth is left with a coating of dark fruit sugar and some pepper bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is quite velvet smooth, heavy, heavier side of medium body, yet still a little thin in the middle.

D - Decent.

For a Quad, it's definitely hoppy but in the Leviathan Series, this one doesn't work so well for me. It's a booze bomb and so far to date, it's the biggest beer in the series coming out of Harpoon. The Imperial IPA remains my most favorite in the series and a regular resident in my beer fridge whenever I can find it.

Photo of YouSkeete
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Thick reddish oak wood color, very dark red. Virtually no head whatsoever, with only a small amount of lacing.

S: Heavy on the yeast and bread-like malts from the aroma. Candied dark fruits including plums and dates, honey, licorice, and some hints of vanilla. Very boozy on the nose as well.

T: Extreme candied fruitiness. Fruits definitely include plums, dates, figs, and grapes. The amount of yeast and malt character makes this brew drink more like a doppelbock. Overwhelming sweetness, fruitiness and malt doesn't mask, or balance the 11.75%. Peppery and spicy on the palate. Wheat grain and bread aftertaste. Mildly hopped, and in turn, mildly dry in the finish.

M: So fruity it is almost 'tart'. Sticky, and sweet. Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: The flavor itself is simply more aggressive, strong and powerful than it is balanced, complex or centered. Not one of my favorite Harpoons.

Photo of Naugros
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of paulozanello
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of justintcoons
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beancounter
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dudemuskie
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

Photo of Beertracker
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of david18
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of gford217
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Casey10
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Harpoon Leviathan - Quad from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.