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Leviathan - Quad | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Leviathan - QuadLeviathan - Quad

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.75%

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 180
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
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".

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Djenx
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mbs11
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jborg
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 50 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a very dark brown and purple with no head or lace to speak of. It is depressing to look at its murky qualities.

S: Sweet and super-ripe dark fruits, a bit of yeasy spice, and a touch of booze. Even after warming, this does not really change.

T: Currant, fig, date, and plum puree mixed with some peppery, earthy spice. It is incredibly boring and lacks complexity.

M: The body is medium-thick with very low carbonation and a sticky finish.

O: This is too simple; American versions all seem to be similar to this; strong dark fruits, a lack of complexity and carbonation, but well-hidden alcohol. I'm still searching for a decent American-made Quad.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown/crimson w/ a sliver of a brown head which goes away very quickly. Lacing is below average. This looks very similar to a barleywine, not a quad.

S- Whoa Nelly! I think I burned my sniffer. This smells like a port. Caramel, dates, toast, figs, fruit, alcohol. Very strong smelling beer, but nice. Smells a lot like a barleywine as well, which happens to be one of my favorite styles. I guess I shouldn't be surprised at almost 12% ABV.

T- First sip, and my insides just warmed up- nice side effect. Very sweet, w/ all the smells coming through into the taste. Pretty smooth overall. No yeast flavor, which I'm surprised at. No alcohol burn in the aftertaste, which is pretty amazing. I would like a little more alcohol burn though. Nice beer.

M- Very smooth, and very sweet, w/ a slightly bitter aftertaste. It's like drinking a port. Not too bad, just not in the best of this style.

O- Nice beer- but definitely not what I was expecting for a quad. Still, this is worth seeking out if you haven't tried it. Cheers.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruby, not much carbonation, one finger head, very light tan two finger head.

S-Dark fruits, plums, vanilla, alcohol makes its way into the nose.

T-Lots of dark fruits, plums, raisins, not much bitterness, but the alcohol is still present present.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, alcohol heat is present.

O-Maybe with some aging, the alcohol will calm down. Because this beer has to much alcohol.

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Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of RedHunter
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of cornucopia
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temp. in a snifter

A: deep, dark ruby red; very little head;
S: raspberry, sweet, bottle fermentation
T: outstanding flavor; perhaps not exactly what I expect in a quad; strong, complex, bold belgian-style ale with prominent streaks of cherry, berry; toffee and caramel flavors enter too; this beer aims toward the flavor profile of a port

I liked this beer very much, overall; although it is quad-style, don't expect it to try to reach the quad prototype; quaddish is probably a better name, and you'll enjoy it all the more.

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Photo of bamojr
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a tanish frothy head.
very floral in the nose with some coriander and malt background.
I can smell a hint of chocolate I believe.
A bit of a metallic flavor with a good bit of alcohol coming through as well in the flavor. A bit on the bitter side but it still has a very aromatic and flowery flavor.
Finishes with an almost thick coffee taste left on the tongue.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep mahogany in color into my snifter with only about one finger of head for a very aggressive pour; dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S - Deep caramel malts, candied sugar, molasses, raisins, banana, clove, bubblegum and alcohol.

T - Starts off pretty nice with the dark malts and sweet candy sugar, then moves into some darker fruit - raisins, plums, figs, as well as banana and clove. But, what remains on the palate is a very artificial fruity medicinal alcohol combination that is not all that pleasant.

M - Really think and syrupy, rather astringent.

D - It's not a bad beer, and the only thing I really dislike is the lingering cough medicine finish on the palate. Other than that I could and probably will drink a few of them.

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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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a murky dark brown color with a small foamy light tan head, short retention that fizzes out, leaving just a ring of lace

S-lots if dark fruit, dark licorice, some herbal-medicinal notes, sweet caramel malt and some alcohol burn in the aroma

T- the medicinal flavors follow the aroma, lots of dark fig and licorice, herbal hop, toasted bready malt with sweet caramel-toffee flavors, sweet finish with alcohol on the finish

M- thick, viscous and syrupy mouthfeel, low carbonation, sticky finish as it seems to coat the tongue, alcohol heat on the finish.

O- huge flavors with some nice dark fruity notes, wasn't a fan of the mouthfeel but a worthy American example of the style.

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Leviathan - Quad from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 293 ratings