Harpoon Leviathan - Quad | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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83
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291 Ratings
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Harpoon Leviathan - QuadHarpoon Leviathan - Quad
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
291
Reviews:
180
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.67%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: 2012 pours a clear, deep mahogany color with a bubbly two-finger tan head that settles out quickly.
S: Molasses, dried plums, light vanilla, and brown bread make out the sweeter aromas. There is some peppery aromas and other spicy notes from the hops and yeast characteristics.
T: Buttery caramel and molasses envelop the tongue with a brown bread and candi sugar sweetness. Hints of dried plums, sherry and peppery hops in the background. A bit boozy for this style.
M: Medium to full body with a buttery texture and light, crisp carbonation. Alcohol warmth is a bit too much at times.
O: Harpoon gives this style a decent effort but it is a bit hot in the alcohol presence and it may need to rest a few years to mellow. Decent fruit esters and nice peppery bite give the drink some good interest.

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Photo of beercatbrew
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of tim21983
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of rodlavers
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of MinnTwins
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of ferrettman687
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of shick1
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MightyMonk
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 :(

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Photo of chcfan
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Mikeynas
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Raime
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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!.

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Photo of jriggins6
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of RyanGoodman
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BPudd
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Harpoon Leviathan - Quad from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.68 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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