on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
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 - 10% ABV
2015 - 12.3% AVB

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1395) - Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2015
Sampled from a bomber bottle, this ale had a gold and brown pour with some red hi-lights, there were plenty of particles floating around in the glass, the pour made a faint off-white small cover that receded to a thin ring, there were some small fingers and spots of lacing on the glass, the nose had aromas of dark fruit that resembled raisin with some malt and raisin sweetness, faint hints of dough yeast, alcohol esters with some spice and faint floral hints, the flavors were raisin, big malt with a touch of toasted bread and dark fruit sweetness, the finish had a little pepper spice on the tongue with a generous malt sweetness and raisin following, the spice lingered a bit on the palate, the mouth feel was medium to full, it was a little syrupy on the lips and had soft to average carbonation, there was some alcohol warmth on the throat, this beer is not as dark as your usual Belgian dark strong beer would appear, the nose and flavor had raisin fruit and malt with generous sweetness, it did not have the big dark notes and it was pretty sweet but not overly so and did not over power, I can see this drink as a good sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2469) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2016 Tap at World of Beer Sugar Land. Reddish brown wish a small tannish head. Aroma full of dark fruit with some rum and Belgian yeast. Sweet, but not that much, particularly for this style, semi-boozy, but not that much. Medium-full bodied. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
closey22 (1496) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2015
Amber rimming offwhite head; aroma is malty and sweet; Flava is samewith hop me alcoh notes; feels medium with semi fizz; finishes sweet malty licoricy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3780) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle shared at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a deep brownish red with thin ring of tan head. Aroma and taste are over the top dark fruit sweetness, not really Belgian esters, just malt and fruit. Boozy and strong, not really a quad for me, meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROMTHEBOTTLE (64) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
650 ml bottle. Pour is copper/amber with redish hue. Head is whisper thin and is gone quickly. As in commercial discriptuin, dark fruit,rum and toffee notes dominate. Sweetness is too dominant for a Belgian Quad.Think addition of all the raisin puree deviated this beer from typical quad. Am fan of Belgian Quads, but this misses the mark. Too sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Nice big quad with a dark fruit taste that keeps it on the slightly harder to drink side but it is none the less enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2015
I love quads so therefore I was eager to try this beer. Unfortunately, it is a bit of a let down as it just lacks the sophistication of most Belgian quads. The head is lacking and while the aroma is good, the beer is way too sweet. Very nice dried fruit and clove characteristics with alcohol becoming more prominent as the beer warms. If the sweetness could be dialed back a bit it would do wonders for the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9999) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle. Orange, raisin, toffee malt and alcohol aroma. Hazy amber with small head. Sweet orange, peach, raisin, toffee malt, and moderately bitter herbal flavor. Rum finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (73) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Dark fruits abound in the aroma and taste. Pretty complex and a delight to drink. Smooth and very drinkable especially at 12.3%. Not a huge fan/pro of quads but this is really good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chucklemation (1205) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Pours an amber color with no head. Aroma is lots of dark fruit, some caramel, a touch boozy. Flavor is similar, very sweet. Goes down smooth. Excellent.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2  3  4 5 6 » 44

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50