Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Harpoon Leviathan Saison Royale

In Reviews, Saison on September 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

The Harpoon Brewery, based in Boston has the “Leviathan Series,”  a line of limited edition big beers, with high alcoholic content.  High alcohol and limited production are part of the holy trinity of making a beer geek salivate (the third being a tie between barrel aging and adding more hops or malt than necessary for an ordinary beer).  With my cynicism out of the way, I love Harpoon’s beers, they make a really great IPA as part of their base product and they are pretty new to Louisiana so I gladly support them.  This beer is one of my favorite beers I’ve had all summer, and according to my notes I’ve tried about 100 new beers this summer.  This beer is a Saison style, but a little ramped up. Here’s my review:

Pours a golden straw color with a lively and dense white head that stays around for a while.  The large head is expected from a Belgian style.  It looks very bright, and promises sweet malt and a refreshing, crisp taste.

Smells initially of the yeast with some strong esters coming through, then some sweet grain.  A delightful and bright aroma, that begs to be drank.

The taste is subtle but delicious and everything desired in a Saison.  There is the initial influx of lively carbonation that bites the palate then gives way to floral and breadlike, pale malt qualities.  There more of the fruity esters on the palate, notably lemon an banana with clove.  Following the fruit is more sweet malt and a crisp, peppery dry finish that lingers like a bite of sweetbread.

This disappeared from my glass quickly and I wish I had more.

The sweet bread a herbal, floral, and fruity flavors makes it complex, yet widely appealing beer.  Harpoons Saison Royale is simply sublime.

I think pairing some soft cheese like Brie or St. Andre and French bread with this beer would make for a great afternoon escape.  Also, try a stronger cheese that might harmonize well with the subtle complexity of the beer lifted off the tongue by the resilient carbonation.

Style: Saison

ABV: 9%

Cheers!

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