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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Photo of rolle
1.82/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wife and I saw this, and liking high-abv ales decided to give this 4-pack a go.

Nothing wrong with the pour or look, as a cloudy brownish brew, things start off well.. some sediment, store standing up. Head is acceptable.

S: meh...a little sweet & medicinal.

T: Admittedly I have been spoiled with drinking some excellent US Belgian craft/experimental ales. Still this frankly is hard to wash down and not very appetizing. Sweet raison, prune...and alcohol combined with a nasty slightly burnt bitter taste....that just doesn't fade.

What flavors are found are liberaly brushed with a bitter alcohol medicinal flavor. There's not that much else here. Four bottles rarely have lasted so long.

Medium bodied, syrupy, fizzy.

A sipper at best. Now I know, but would not buy again knowing there are so many high abv, but excellent tasting brews.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of frothyhead
2.54/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a medium-dark cherry brown with a good 2+ finger off-white head into a tulip. Moderate lacing.

Nose is Belgian yeast, bread, banana esters and sweet with candy sugar and a lot of dark fruit - pomegranate and raisin. Some minor barnyard-like funk seems to be present. Some earthy and citrusy hops. A solid alcohol bite forms the backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky and sweet with a dry, alcoholic finish.

Taste is sweet, bitter, and alcoholic - all in extreme ways. Yeasty breadiness forms the platform with a dark fruit sweetness up front. Way too much bitter hop flavor in the back and an overall alcohol bite that burns all the way through. Bitter alcohol lingers on the tongue. This is a palate killer.

Drinkability suffers quite a bit from way too much alcohol and bitterness that I don't believe should be present in the style.

Overall, this is a solid miss for Harpoon. I have had two other Leviathan series brews - the DIPA in bottles and on tap, and the Triticus wheat wine on tap, both of which I loved, so I had high hopes for this. Unfortunately, this is just all over the place and not well balanced in any respect. Maybe some aging would do this good.

I feel obligated to note here that I am rating this beer a little more "on style" than I normally would, because the Belgian Quad is one of my favorite styles. This beer and all the American attempts at Belgians that I have had before it makes me wonder if there should be a new category for American Quad and perhaps even American Tripel. Although some come closer than others (this being solidly in the "others" category), we clearly can't get the Belgians quite right.

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2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

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2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, clear burgundy-mahogany with a smallish head of bubbly beige foam that fades rapidly and leaves behind no speck of its past life on the walls of the glass. Rather disappointing in the looks department.

Raisin, fig, plum and spice cake in the nose, along with a hint of anise and boozy alcohol.

Medium-full body possesses a faint level of carbonation, adding a bit to the overall weight of the brew, though it isn't quite heavy. Things open up with a bit of dark brown sugar and molasses in the front, along with a bit of burnt caramel. Rum-soaked raisin follows, with a boozy, peppery, slightly bitter character filling out the middle and drying the palate immensely. Spicy phenols carry through well into the finish, lending more peppery notes and a powerful dryness, with a touch of fig and a dusting of clove lingering afterward.

A bit too boozy and unbalanced, with a disappointing body and appearance and a high price tag to boot, this is one of those examples of an American craft brewery's mostly failed attempt at recreating a Belgian specialty. Though not undrinkable, this is a passable effort and one of the weaker points in the Leviathan series.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured in a fancy glass.

Pours with a ruby/amber color with very little head or lacing. Smell is not too great, it's very sharp and alcoholic. Spicy and complex, but hard to move past the booze.

Wow. taste is very boozy as well. Raisins, vanilla, sweet fruits, very complex, slightly syrupy so you could age this for a few years without issue. A lot going on here. I like it but it's a bit too much to drink too often. I'd go for their IIPA or Imperial Pilsner over this.

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2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Pours a light mahogany. Not quite as dark as a lot of big Belgian quads, not nearly the carbonation I'm used to for the style as well. A careful pour yields a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly due to the high abv.

S: Dark fruit, some hops and alcohol phenols. Banana is also detected, I'm a little worried about the booziness of this one.

T: Fair. Weird clash between the malt and hops. More hop bitterness than I'd expect from a quad. Malt wants to run rampant but can't. Too much banana for my taste. Alcohol definitely present.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body. Kind of washes over the palate and disappears.

D: Very limited due to the high abv and banana qualities

Overall, not a bad attempt at a quad, just not my first option. Don't think I'll go back to this one too soon.

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2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle pulled from the cellar with a couple years of age. It appears a dark copper to brown color with khaki colored head.

It smells sugary like candied oranges and then goes to all medicinal booziness.

This tastes boozy with slight yeastiness, herbal hops and solvent alcohol. Lacking in the expected yeasty phenolics and malt backbone.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Kinda hard to put down, would not get again.

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2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a cloudy caramel with almost no head. It appears to be unfiltered or/and bottle conditioned. I was unable to find any real info on the brewing, but there's definitely some sediment floating around in there. There's barely a smell, which came as a slight disappointment.

The taste is bold and fairly complex. Bitter cherries, a strong raisin quality, and dark chocolate. Slight hops at the end. Noticeable alcohol presence, much more than other Leviathans I've had. There's also the same characteristic hoppy aftertaste that I've noticed in almost all Harpoon beers - which is definitely not a good thing. Some interesting yeast complexity, but it doesn't save the beer.

Full article: http://timdudley.net/beer/?p=99

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2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently had the Double IPA and wasn't impressed. I saw this one and decided to give it a go. Here is the review:

A: Pours a cloudy brownish red. No sediment, just cloudy. Head is tan and leaves light lacing.

S: Smells like banana, spice, and bread. Smells a little medicinal.

T: I may be spoiled by some of the Belgian ales I have had recently as this is not very appetizing. Lots of banana, yeast, earthy undertones, and alcohol. All of these flavors are topped on a medicinal current that flows through the beer. I don't get any dark fruit or rich malt flavors that are common in these types of beers. Just not my type of beer.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Somewhat syrupy. A little fizzy. Alcohol is pretty prominent.

D: This is a sipper, even if you like the flavor here. If you don't, this might end up down the drain. Its kind of a waste drinking such a high ABV beer if you don't like the flavor. I am speaking on personal accounts, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

Not the best. Tastes way too medicinal and leaves an almost dirt like aftertaste. It does taste a little better as it goes, but still nothing to change the way you think about Belgian Quads. Not recommended unless you really love Belgian ales and want to try something different.

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2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of damienblack
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber, almost dark pink. Massive head shoots to the top. That so familiar very candy sugar, malty sweet smell punctuated by dark fruit like cherry. Little bit hoppy smell in there too.

Tempered sweetness throughout, most prominent up front. Quickly has a spicy twist to it that opens up a huge raisiny sour bitterness. Towards the end, a decent hoppy kick (for something like this) comes in, and the bitternesses mingle into something leaving almost an acrid trail down my throat, yet it's all slightly sweet. Not at all what I was expecting. Complex in a different way than I was expecting. Definitely not a normal-style quad. I'm really torn. I hate the bitterness, but somehow it all seems OK at the end. Still not my favorite flavor, though. Mouthfeel is bold, exciting, different. Drinkability suffers bigtime between the high ABV and the sour kicks. The alcohol doesn't really burn a lot, but it is very evident in the finish. For me, this is nice to try, but I think that's all it will be.

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2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11 ounce pour - $8.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Surprisingly clear, golden-amber body with a slim head comprised of near-white foam.

Smell: A nose of pale malted barley grains, spirits, stone fruits, Oregon cherries, banana, and hints of sugar and spice, though nothing really standing out and all of it kind of mild.

Taste: Simple syrup washed barley grains with caramel in the flavor, but, yeah, mainly just the simple syrup. Fairly sweet throughout. Ripe cherries, tart-ish pears, and green bananas. As the graininess ramps up the alcohol drops in bringing about a noted hotness. Sweetish finish, quite warm, with some late-breaking spicy phenols.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. It's almost sticky. Almost.

Overall: It's big, sweet, and Belgian-esque, but it doesn't hold a candle to the principal Belgian quads (or even many of the domestic American renditions).

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Photo of Casey10
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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