Harpoon Leviathan Saison Royale

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! How did you celebrate today? The wife and I made some bean burritos and Mexican rice. I didn’t have any Mexican beer, so I had a Samuel Adams Blackberry Wit. Real festive, I know. Now I’m watching the Bruins game and trying out this 9% ABV Harpoon Leviathan Saison Royale.

When I first poured, I knew I ‘dun’ screwed up. Massive amounts of head ensued. Did I piss off some yeast or something? No matter…it made for an awesome aroma coming from the glass. Lots of bready smell. Citrus and banana are what my nose picks up.

Upon first sip, I’m a bit taken back. This is a STRONG tasting beer. Not what I expected from a saison. Normally I’m thinking easy-drinking, yet full flavored, sweet(ish) type beer. The spiciness is what’s assaulting my senses. I can’t even tell what the spices are. Maybe coriander? Maybe even nutmeg? Call me clueless.

The aftertaste is remarkably drawn out. Slightly hoppy, but mostly lemony. Overall, I’m not a huge fan. That said, I have very little experience with saisons.

What’s the best saison you’ve ever had? What would you recommend?

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.