Harpoon Leviathan – Saison Royale

After a great day at the gym (did quads, hams and calves), what better way to end the day than a beer and some COD:MW2 (see a pattern). I did a full leg workout and did 45 minutes of cardio. In addition to loving beer, one of my other loves is weightlifting. Drinking and working out seem to be polar opposites, but the working out helps me keep off the pounds from the beer. So, without further ado…

ABV: 9% (BeerAdvocate says 9.5%)

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Leviathan is a sea monster referred to in the Tanakh and the Bible. In Demonology, Leviathan is one of the seven princes of Hell and its gatekeeper. The word leviathan has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. In classical literature (such as the novel Moby-Dick) it refers to great whales and in Modern Hebrew, it means ‘whale.'”

Random: I hit a new PR on leg extensions, 150 lbs x 12 reps.

First of all, the head on this is crazy. I tried pouring really slowly (into a pint glass), but no matter how slow I poured, there was too much head. It ended up being 3 fingers (after I waited for some to dissipate) of fluffy head, like whipped egg whites. The head lasts pretty long and there’s a lot of lacing on the glass. The color was a slightly cloudy, yellow-orange.  On the nose, I got sour citrus and wheat. I later got some spice, coriander and cloves. When I asked the girlfriend what she got on the nose, she responded with “a lot of foam.” We later discuss the presence of apple in both the nose and the taste, and I get it after a few sips. There’s a lot going on here, to say the least. Tastewise, I get citrus and a lot of spice. The citrus is lemony, but pleasant. I also get a sweetness at the end that is kind of like honey.  There’s some other sort of flavor that I can’t really describe at the end. It tastes a little like the North Coast Pranqster. After some research, I assume that it’s the Belgian yeast that everyone is talking about that is the unknown flavor, the girlfriend disagrees and calls it “yumminess.” The last thing I get is a sort of earthiness, others have described it as “grassy.” Having not chewed on grass, I can’t attest to that, but definitely has an earthy quality. For one thing, this beer does not taste like 9%. But, I’m really digging it. There’s a decent amount of carbonation in it as well. As a fairly new craft beer drinker, I can say this is probably one of the more complex beers that I’ve had so far. I keep finding new scents and taste with every sip. But, it’s not a typical saison. I would definitely get this again. If you haven’t tried it, I would highly suggest it.

He’s not drunk…just sleepy.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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