Leviathan - Quad | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Leviathan - QuadLeviathan - Quad

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

Style: 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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed with "a mixture of two-row pale malts, caramel malts, and special aromatic malts" as well as Belgian Dark Candi syrup, hopped with Brewer’s Gold, and fermented with a trappist yeast strain (I'm guessing 3787, the Westmalle strain).
OG=26.2, 11.75% ABV, 44 IBU, 74 EBC per the website. I paid $12.99 for a 4-pack of 12oz bottles.

Pours out to a very clear dark mahogany, forming a small, but very creamy yellow head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Mild carbonation (not true to style, but I prefer my quads this way). The aroma is very nice...browning bananas and banana bread, suggestion of toasted pecans, carob and the complex aromatics of dark candi syrup. Mouthfeel is pillowy soft with a dense syrupy body. The taste is a recap of the aroma, as it should be...lovely browning bananas, carob, and candi syrup. No perceptible off-flavors or aromas. Sweet and syrupy, with a mild herbal bitterness. The bittering hops is a bit off style, taking on a decidely English character that is appreciable even had I not know they were using an English variety. Despite this, it's still a really tasty standout brew.

I haven't liked the other 3 or 4 harpoon beers I've tried because I think their house yeast strain is awful, so knowing that they brewed this with a trappist yeast strain is why I tried this one. This is a really good, if not great, American version of a Belgian quad, better than many other American brewed Belgian quads. Up there with Allagash and Avery. I would definitely buy it again and highly recommend you try it.

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4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty strong brew, good for getting over a hard day at work.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I'm really enjoying this one! Pours a hazy mahogany tinted dark amber color with an absolutely huge stiff light tan head that decomposes slowly like an ice cream float. Sheets of lacing...wow, i'm really surprised. The smell is really good...classic earthy Belgian yeast, notes of figs over lighter harvest fruits. The mouth feel is tangy from the alcohol, lightly carbonated and full bodied. Full flavored, and complex...there is a strong earthy taste, pears and apples carried over nicely from the nose and a great spicy character over a caramel-like sweetness. It has a nice warming creamy smooth drinkability. This one is scoring BIG points for imagination and complexity. Highly recommended. Its interesting that previous reviews are using words of praise yet the scores aren't there...i don't understand. If it kicks your a$$ you must ACQUIT... : ) Peace...Go Team Harpoon!!

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I think I give this beer a very high rating because I had a great beer and food pairing experience with it. Took 2 bottles to our favorite Italian Restaurant. My wife drank red wine and I had these two bottles of Quad. Never tasted it before. Ordered rack of lamb crusted with parmesan cheese with a brown cognac gravy.
This beer matched with that entree was outstanding. The food and beer were perfectly complimentary and overall added to an excellent night. This is a quadrupel belgian style that for me is a 1 for 1 fine wine replacement. Being $10 for a 4-pack you can't drink it all the time but it is a nice treat for special occasions.

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4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby amber color with a foamy white head.

Scent of dark fruit, sugars, yeast, grain, and banana. A great scent, well balanced, strong and the alcohol is hidden very well. Doesn't have all the qualities a good Quad scent should, but it excellent nonetheless.

Taste of yeast, dark fruits, sugars, banana, and clove. Alcohol is hidden very well. Strong and balanced flavor, replicates one of my favorite styles very well, this has surpassed my expectations.

Mouthfeel medium heavy bodied with strong carbonation.

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4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan head builds slowly after a vigourous pour. Didn't think it was going to amount to much at first, then it kept growing and almost overtook the rim of the glass before starting to settle. Hazy red brew with a small amount of sediment falling to the bottom.

Scent is sweet and fruity, banana, candied cherry, raisin, vanilla and oak. Taste is much the same, well rounded and well balanced. Thick and sweet, but not overly so, which undoubtedly helps to mask the EtOH. Alcohol is warming to the face but undetectable on the palate, very well hidden.

Overall very enjoyable and well made. Will definitely seek it out again. Highly recommended.

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4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep dark brown/amber color. Hazy complex appearance. A proper pour yields a 1 finger mahogany head.

Smell: Strong mix of spice, dried fruit (raisin, plum, pear), sugar, and alcohol.

Taste: I love this. Good sipping beer. Starts out sweet with the dried fruit, especially raisin. Definite sugar syrup, that leads into some wine like flavors before finishing with strong alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Dry, syrupy, and thick bodied.

Drinkability: I have no problem going through one or two of these slowly. Not something you would finish a 4 pack of, but I definitely could enjoy a sipping session with this.

Final Thoughts - I seem to be one of the few on this site, but I am really loving this beer. Great sipping beer that provides a largely complex blend of various flavors that are harmonious rather than clashing. Leviathan is a great addition to Harpoon and I really hope they expand and keep it going.

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4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At 11.75 abv, this is a knock you on your ass beer from the word go. heavy everything. Belgian candy, yeast, alcohol and sweet malt are all right in your face, but it all comes together and works well.I had my head up my ass and the first bottle I tried was right out of the refrigerator, and while it was good,it was too cold and dulled the flavors. I let the second sit @ room temperature for while, and had one of those 'WOW' experiences. If you like big Belgian Style Ales this is a must try.
I'm going to buy a four pack for the cellar and see how this is with a little age on it.

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4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark ruby color, almost looks brown until the light hits it. topped with a very nice frothy tan head.

S: Big BIG dark fruits here. Plum, cherry, fig, date, and raisin dominate all equally.

T: Big, delicious, malty beer. All the scents are present in the taste with the added sweetness of brown sugar and molasses.

M: Heavy-bodied with generous carbonation, maybe too much, defiantly a sipping beer.

D: Very low, its just too heavy and thick to have a lot.

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4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Somewhere between brown and garnet, with a beautiful tan, nearly everlasting head.

S: Heavy on the belgian. Raisins, caramel, with a tinge of tart fruit.

T: I really find this brew to be DENSE with flavor. Sweet caramel and dark fruit dominate. "Special B" is prodominate. Not overly complex, but simple and very flavorful. Slight bitterness in the finish. Not alcoholic as I'd expect... no burn.

M: Smoooth. Moderately thick and silky as a good quad should be.

D: Very drinkable, but certainly not a session beer. I like these 1 at a time, thank you.

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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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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