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RATINGS: 423   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 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 (12367) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Beautiful garnet pour with magnanimous beige head. Aroma attacks the nostril upon uncapping and fills the immediate area with raisin and caramel. Molasses, spicy yeast, and toffee malts poke through with equal vigor. Flavor is tangy and sweet- a sneaky citrus poke followed by raisin wallop. Caramel, molasses, and toffee comprise the finish and act as a moderator to the subtle undertones of roasty delight. Palate is thick and coating, finishing clean and crisp. Perhaps a lighter example of the style, but expertly crafted just the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (3665) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2009
bomber. deep amber pour with a small light brown head. aroma dried fruits, toffee, caramel and yeast. sweet raisiny malt taste up front. also brown sugar, cocoa and molasses. thin to medium texture. doesn’t seem like a quad - but tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4576) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2009
The look is clear, red to brown in color, not too much head. The smell is apples, malts, sugar, yeast, pie like, and caramel. The taste is sweet, candi sugar, alcohol, fruits, and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours a mahogany brown body with amber hues and a yellow head. Big chewy raisins and plum, cane sugar, toffee and tobacco. Caramel sweet vinous with some light spices. Chewy sticky chocolate and rum. Good brew. Just a bit too sweet and concentrated with a big etoh warming.

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