Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Harpoon Brewery - Harpoon Leviathan - Quad

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter

Harpoon's 11.75% ABV quadrupel comes from their Leviathan series of beers. It pours a deep mahogany with a radiating ruby gleam. The tan head is moderate in size with a short-lived retention. It sticks around for a while as a thin layer of foam clinging to the top of the beer. As with most strong ales, the lacing here is nearly nonexistent. There's a potent sweetness on the nose with a yeasty Belgian must. A moderate spiciness adds a hint of depth.

There's only modest alcohol on the foretaste with heaps of very sweet dark fruits. The overt sugariness is tempered slightly by a peppery and complex spiciness. The beer is extremely sweet, but not cloying. The commanding nature of the beer's toothsome nature comes in part from the addition of Belgian Dark Candi Syrup. The finish is clean but carries a significant warming alcohol that heats the chest.

Final Verdict: A-

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