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RATINGS: 427   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6920) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2009
Draught at Coles, Buffalo, NY . Pours a deep orange-copper with a small diminishing creamy off-white head. Aroma’s sweet and fruity along with caramel malt, raisins and maybe some chocolate. Flavour’s sweet but not overly so, a bit sugary, malty and fruity along with some toffee and mild alcohol. Alcohol’s reasonably well hidden. Average bodied. A pretty good version of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2009
Raisins much? Pours a dark ruby red with a small amount of head that seems to leave too soon. A bit of plum, daites, more raisins, some figs and a hint of maybe brown sugar I want to say. Medium to full bodied. Different quad then any others I have had. Not sure how much I am on all the raisin puree but it does give the beer a more unique taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5938) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2009
I would go into one of my becomingly normal rants about what is going on, but I think the past rants have proved therapeutic enough to alleviate some of my angst against idiocy... at least for now. That being said, I just got done responding to discussion questions in preparation for my Philosophy of Sport class this evening. Fuck that! This one was a trade from PilsnerPeter. Thanks man. Nice aroma of raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, touch of yeast. Very pleasant aroma. Poured dark brownish red with a thin head, nice hues, some stick lace. Flavors of raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, more dark fruit. Very malty, but it was all in harmony and worked very well. Medium carbonation, very nice mouth feel, silky smooth, a delight to drink come to think of it. My 12th quad rating... For threeeee! Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottled. A surprisingly good American quad. Sweet and doughy, rich complex aroma, toffee and yeasty notes. Full, creamy mouthfeel, with a gentle, lightly boozy finish. Mellow and very drinkable, more reminiscent of the Belgian quad staples than any American version I’ve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a dark ruby maroon, with a medium light beige head. Smells of mostly dark fruits, grapes, plums, figs, and sweet malts. Maybe a dosage of candy sugar in there as well. Pretty standard, yet inviting aroma. The flavor also seemed fairly standard for this style, yet every other quad Ive been trying has seemed that way. Maybe the style is boring me. Very sticky on the palate. it was mostly the sweet fruitiness of it giving it its flavor profile. Just another solid quad, without any real noticeable flaws, but doesnt leave me grasping for another bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
Dark mahogany color, thin broken light tan head. Sweet aroma of plum, Belgian yeast, candi sugar. Taste is smooth, starts with a measured sweetness and moves on to a more caramel and Belgian yeast middle and finish. Not as much twang on the back end as most quads, but still a nice quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010
Date: March 21, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: hazy dark burgandy, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, dark fruits, touch of brown sugar sweetness, dark caramel brings out the fruityness

Date: May 18, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: trade
Score: 3.6 to 4.1
Aroma: huge sweet fruity aroma, lots of fruity esters brought out by the dark caramel sweetness
Flavor: same rich and fruity flavor, perfect marrage between the fruity esters and dark caramel sweetness, light spicyness adds complexity

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
(22oz. bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, dates, brown sugar, anise, dark cherries, and caramel. Flavor of raisins, toasted malt, caramel, rum, and molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark, dark amber color, not much head to speak of. Smells mostly of candied raisins and plums and peppery alcohol notes. Flavor follows the nose, with that black pepper bite showing up immediately in the front of the palate, with a hefty dose of warming booze heat in the back. Heavy dark fruit and malt sweetness in the middle that could use some toning down. Flavor improves as it warms, with the sweetness blending in more with the booze. Finish is thick and heavy but relatively clean on the finish. This one seems that it would benefit a lot from some time in the cellar, let the flavors blend a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Poured a clear chestnut color. Sweet malty aroma with some mild yeasty notes. Some dark fruits. Sweet malty flavor with notes of chocolate. The beer taste good but not much going on.

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