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Harpoon Leviathan Triticus Ale

Harpoon Leviathan Triticus Ale

Rated 3.550 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Harpoon Brewery, The

Boston, MA, United States

Style:  Wheatwine

11.5% Alcohol by Volume

57 International Bittering Units

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Latin for "wheat," Triticus is a strong and dark wheat wine-style ale that boasts 11.5% alcohol-by-volume. The blend of 50% wheat malts, including caramel and chocolate, provides color and depth of flavor. Complex hopping and dry-hopping lends a delicate spiciness and just enough balance to complement its strength. We originally brewed Triticus in 2005 with guest brewers Jason and Todd Alström, founders of BeerAdvocate.com, as part of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series. A draft-only batch was brewed to launch the Leviathan series two years ago and we have wanted more ever since. We are happy to now offer Triticus in bottles for the first time since its 100 Barrel debut five years ago. Original Release: as part of 100 Barrel Series (#10) in Summer 2005; as part of Leviathan Series in June 2008

ID: 45071 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Statistics

Overall Rank2437
Overall Percentile94.8
Style Rank9 of 77
Style Percentile88.3
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.733
Weighted Score3.550
Standard Deviation0.442

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  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Sampled at a brief tasting prior to the 2010 Barrel Aged Blackout Release party up in Cleveland. Bottled under the 4-pack Leviathan series. I've been looking for this ever since that tasting, it was that impressive. Immediately drinkable and enjoyable, especially as it's a monster of a beer. No doubt this would cellar well for quite a few years.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 8

    a nice brew, not quite hot but has alot going on, a tough nut to crack .. . .pours a dark bovril black .. decent foam .. light roast, with a boot to the face of dark cherry, tar and young barleywine-esk mouth .. . a nice brew, needs a touch of time to calm it down ... . Sexual harassment is no joke sweetcans..

  • JCFALBANY 51 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I can't believe that this beer is a 14.3% ABV! It tasted like it had the alcohol of a traditional IPA. Poured an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Slight hoppiness, unlike most Imperial IPA's. Definetly not what I expected but very pleased!

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A dark brown appearance. Some big maltiness in the nose with caramel and raisins showing. The beer is extremely sweet with a lot of plums, molasses, and brown sugar. I dont see how this is a wheat wine but the commerical description says so. Anyway I like it whatever it is.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This barley wine pours a dark brown color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium to light bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity , caramel and sweet. Dark fruity, brown sugar and molasses. Hops are spicy and earthy, Crisp and dry. Hides the alcohol well. I would never, ever, ever have guessed this was a barley wine if asked what style it was. Well maybe after guess 12 or 13.. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 3.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Thanks to whomever brought this to Noogfest II Looking at other ratings, I didn't taste the complexities that others did. I found it to be a simple, dry, brown beer. I'll have to try it again another time.

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Well, this beer has been kicking around for a while, and I've been lucky enough to get multiple tastings of it, in a variety of drinking situations: hanging out with a bunch of friends on a Friday night, on a much more sedate session with just a good buddy of mine (plus herb-crusted chicken and veggies), and again tonight, all by myself, relaxing on a Thursday evening. So, with such a relatively wide range of tasting environments, one would think that I would have something of a finer grip on this one. Nope, not really, to be honest. But for the time being, here's a few thoughts on it.

    Tasty enough, though it does seem to me that the alcohol is a bit too prevalent in the mix. Not "hot", but quite noticeable, compared to the supporting malt & hop profiles, respectively.

    That having been said, the flavor profile of this one does have some nice things going for it. A nice fresh and rather clean malt bill lets the hops shine -- I'm thinking most of the hop bill was in the front of the boil, since there is no distinct bitterness or hop aroma in the middle of the front end. Only the basic hop presence in the nose, allowing the wheat malt to contribute to the nose more than what I normally find in this as yet still developing beer style.

    Finishes a bit rough, though, as the beer warms, and the aforementioned alcohol warmth ratchets up a few notches in the last third of the bottle. Not a show stopper, by any means, but does highlight how this beer works better shared than going at it solo, IMO.

    But either way, still a well-made beer, with a unique slant on turning the volume up to "11"... :)

    Music: Clutch's "Transnational Speedway League"
    //TB

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured a hazy, reddish brown color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, chocolate, banana chips, strawberry cream candy, some cinnamon, and fusel alcohol as well. Taste of caramel malts, bananas, nuts, sweet toffee, citrus, some spices, light hops, and faint alcohol in the finish. More of a barleywine than a wheat wine, but honestly, what should you expect?

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle shared with Capflu, DumDum, Lubière. Poured a pitch-black color beer with small dark head. Aroma of sweet fruit with some whiskey. Taste is quite particular with some soy-sauce feels, fig like sweetness and a great body. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very different from usual barley wine, which I guess, makes it even more interesting.

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