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Harpoon Leviathan - Quad - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
83
good

286 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of rodlavers
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 vintage poured into a snifter, super thin light tan head, no lacing, dark ruby/brown color, relatively clear, bubbly. Smell is easy, dark fruits mostly, hints of malt, some sweetness. Taste is similar, but also with a little spice. Not exactly what I am used to recently with other quads. Mouthfeel is average; carbonated, not particularly smooth. Overall not a huge fan, but not surprised.

Photo of MinnTwins
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of ferrettman687
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of harrynuggs
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of shick1
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MightyMonk
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Pours a clear and dark ruby red when held up to light. A fingers worth of foam quickly recedes to a faint ring.

(4.0) S: Dark fruits (cherries & plums), dried fruit (dates & figs), brown sugar, nutmeg, and gingerbread. A healthy and varied batch of aromas that are very pleasing, albeit fairly sweet.

(3.5) T: First thing that comes to mind is cherry cough syrup- not a necessarily bad taste but quite dominant. Must be the brown sugar and cherry flavours combined with the noticeable alcohol feel. I can also pick out some nutty elements, dried fruits, and raisins. Generally speaking, I do like the strong cherry flavour (almost like a pile of Nibs in your mouth) but the brown sugar is a bit too dominant for me.

(3.5) M: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Very syrupy and sticky with a warming finish.

(3.5) D: Likely not something I would pick up again considering the whole cherry cough syrup thing. A little disappointed considering my enjoyment of the other Leviathan line offerings :(

Photo of chcfan
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Mikeynas
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark ruby red with almost no head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Sweet malt, raisins, plums, dry figs, alcohol, slight hops, and the slightest caramel malt ever.

T - Very sweet burnt malt up front with sweet fresh raisins in the middle and a dark plum finish. Alcohol makes it's presence known as well. Good for almost 12%.

M - Mouthfeel adds some additional alcohol flavor with almost no carbonation and an extremely heavy body.

O - Overall, this is a very interesting beer, and the first quad I have ever had. If this is considered to be a bad quad, I cannot wait for Rochefort 10!.

Photo of jriggins6
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of RyanGoodman
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BPudd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Green Growler Grocery, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Pours darker brown, tan head quickly goes from 2 inches to nothing. No film, no collar and no lacing.

Light malt and light chocolate sniff

Malty brew with chocolate, minty chocolate brownies/chocolate chip cookies and waves of caramel notes.

Alcohol present but not really intruding onto the enjoyment of this flavorful, bold and flavorful offering.

Happy to enjoy a growler fill, as a lot of the reviews from bottled samples are middling to downright negative.

Not the worlds greatest quad, but I found this to be a fairly drinkable and pretty tasty take on the style.

Photo of chugalug06
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

One and a half finger head, poured dense and foamy yellow-brown. Brew is dark purple with lots of reds. No lacing. Nice clarity.

Heavy, sugary, and tons of raisins. Prunes, figs, and sweet. Kinda smells like my kitchen trash can..

Large amount of bite. Heat strikes in a bad way, nothing refreshing about this on a hot day. Bitter and rough. Heavy carbonation too. Thick raisin-y suagr without any smooth flavors.

A mess of a brew.. I was very disappointed with this brew! It's becoming more and more rare to find a good quad, maybe I should give them up. This one didn't end up in the drain, but it's not recommended.

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of johnh7
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of superspak
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, 2012 vintage. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing clings to the glass, with a small amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of plum, prune, molasses, caramel, cherry, toast, biscuit, banana, allspice, cinnamon, clove, and a bit of alcohol. Some pretty nice and quite unique Quadrupel aromas; with good balance and complexity. Taste of prune, cherry, toast, raisin, biscuit, allspice, banana, clove, and alcohol. Lingering notes of dark fruit, toast, spices, clove, banana, molasses, caramel, and biscuit on the finish for a good bit. Flavors are pretty good, but it is a bit boozy and not as complex as I was hoping. No cloying sweetness. Medium-low carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly slick and thick mouthfeel that is decent. Alcohol presence is quite noticeable with a large lasting warming on the finish. Overall this is an ok quad. Decent flavor balance and complexity; and pretty smooth to sip on slowly.

Photo of dgeebs07
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Celtics76
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Dark red in color with a plum-like aroma. Taste is overwhelmingly boozy, enough to almost completely offset the flavors. I generally don't mind "boozy" beers, as long as it is balanced out with strong flavors. Not the case here.

I always have high expectations for Harpoon Leviathan beers, and this one does not meet them.

Harpoon Leviathan - Quad from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.