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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
22oz bottle. Clear dark brown with a red tint and a big yellow-tan head. Lightly yeasty, caramel, and raisin aromas. Sweet, malty flavors with lots of raisin, lightly fruity yeast accents, and a good dose of caramel. Medium-thick with low carbonation and some stickiness. The only way I can figure they thought this was a quad is because they planned in it fermenting more and adding a couple more percentage points of alcohol, becoming a much stronger, dryer beer; thatís how sweet this stuff is. Maybe alright in the right dessert setting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Deep brown pour with a thin cream head. Nose of malts, vanilla and dried fruits. Hewavy fruit flavor with a thick almost chewy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - cloudy purple-ish beer, with minimal head - aroma of dough, fig, diacetyl, prune, raisin - sweet, but relatively dry for the style - kind of lacking complexity and balance, with a lot of dough and innocuous dark fruitiness - caramel and toffee - some strange tart acidity late - the alcohol is quite strong for the 8.5% - meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle. Sweet fruity aroma, with a big malty backing. Deep red body, light brown head. Flavor is much too sweet (but nowhere near as cloying as most of the Allagash line). On the positive side, it does exhibit complex fruitiness, with spices and malt. One of my favorite brewers, the best label art in the business, but Iím somewhat disappointed with this effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle shared by SamGamgee: Pours a transparent bright copper ruby with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of lots of sweet dark caramel and raisins with a smooth bittering hop balance and plenty of dark fruity complexity. Starts with good, rich dark caramely sweetness and brown sugar, raisin complexity before a semi-sweet doughy finish. A pretty interesting quadruple, but it a little under-attenuated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bomber from LIquor Depot (Tampa, FL). Pours a generally hazy dark cola brown with a one finger tan head that settles slowly and laces the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of fresh nuts, caramel, candy sugar, ripe dark fruit, brown sugar, hints of molasses and toffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, sweet raisins, caramel, brown sugar, molasses and hints of toffee and coffee toward finish. Generally medium body with a pleasing sweet and malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2009
bottle, 2009, thanks to bu11zeye, almond colored pour with a wine like balsamic nose, flavors of almond, maple syrup and soy, finish is sweet also

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (2919) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
one thing is certain, there is plenty of raisin flavors, deep sweet flavor and lots of malts. which in the caramel and some candy flavor. barely any hop. still very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
The nose is too sweet, itís got fruit (raisins, figs, dark fruit in general), syrup, malt, yeast, and toffee. The appearance is deep amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is a tad thin but OK. Overall itís a very decent beer but cloyingly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2009
22 once bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a ruddy copperish brown with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee and raisins. Taste is sweet toffeeish malts, raisins and a subtle leafy hop note. Full bodied.

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