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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Gravitation Belgian Quad is the newest offering in the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. This strong dark ale is brewed using a variety of Belgian specialty malts along with 200 pounds of raisin puree per batch. The resulting flavor is a viscous mix of dark fruit, rum, toffee and raisins balanced with aromatic fruitiness of the Belgian yeast. The beer weighs in at 8.5% ABV from a starting gravity of 23 degrees Plato.

2010 version - 10% ABV


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (697) - Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Draft at Roasthouse Pub in Frederick, MD. Served in a snifter glass, hazy tan brown color with light tan head. Aroma of caramel, candy sugar, dried fruit and light yeast note. Taste adds notes of brown sugar, dark fruit (raisins, figs), bread, booze and some light spices. Heavy body, moderate carbonation, sticky, rich with sweet lingering finish. Itís a sweet fruity quad, pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5485) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a muddy river-bottom hue, and little head. The aroma is rich with candy sugar and syrup. The beer drinks with a strong sweet edge up front, the promised toffee and raisins definitely present ... I donít get any rum, and any yeastiness is buried in the sugar. (#5319, 11/8/2013)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3013) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2009 bottle. This bottle just kept starting at me in the basement. Fairly normal quad appearance with no head though. Big aroma of molasses and prunes. Nice flavor that tends to the sweet side with fruitiness. Very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2013
(bottle) dark amber with very little head. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, caramel. Flavor is dark fruit, alcohol, yeast, raisins.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Caramel, toffee, apple, and alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is strong and sweet, with caramel, grape, and some spice. Finish is long and sweet, with some drying alcohol. Really good, but only if you like sweet beers (and I do).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10341) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bomber from bottleselect.com. Pours very hazy orange/copper with a transient, slight light tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and dried grapes. Lots of sugar in there. Near full bodied. Flavor is grape/raisin. Sadly not plum. Treacle. Well, I guess I like my quads fruity/sugary. Cause I like this. Itís heavy, but somehow the fruitiness helps. Itís not really bitter, and far from dry, but my mouth reacts like itís astringent. Very nice. Comfort beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Luvystypotables (378) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2013
A great looking beer nice head with toffee colour. A sweet and sour aroma of fruit and a touch of vinegar. A complex taste of yeast, fruit, sour dough bread, with a tart palate.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike5326 (656) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Dark orange color, medium lived nice frothy off white head. Sweet candy malt smell. Full body with a sweet flavor that merges great with the alcohol level and a incredibly smooth finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fitwitchik (173) - USA - SEP 30, 2013
Poured from a bomber into a snifter a deep cloudy orange with a thin head. The aroma of fruity sweetness is strong almost no booze here (think it is hiding). Taste is of dark fruit toffee & caramel. Floral citrus as well. The finish is straight up boozy sweet malt. Feels sticky in my mouth. Overall an better than average Belguim quad. The uber sweetness keeps me from loving it more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2200) - Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2013
22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2011 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a small light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, grape, clove, pepper, toffee, candi sugar, molasses, toast, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, grape, brown bread, toffee, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, brown bread, toffee, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice flavor complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with a good malt and yeast flavor balance with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice quadrupel style. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; and fairly smooth to sip on slowly. A nicely enjoyable offering; this improved quite a bit as it reached room temperature.


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