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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
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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 - 10% ABV
2015 - 12.3% AVB

   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 (2130) - 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 (3346) - 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. doesnít seem like a quad - but tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4375) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle received as a bonus from Beerlando (Big thanks Man!) Very dark brown clear pour with minimal carbonation. Aroma of candi sugar and sweet malts. Flavor of caramel, plum, herbs, spices and a little boozy on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Appearance: Pours a near opaque, reddish-brown body with a thinnish, beige head. Smell: Sweet-smelling, fruity nose of complimentary fruit trays, toasted sugar-coated bread, and dark caramel. Slight hints of good, clean alcohol. Taste: Richly sweet, bready upfront maltiness quickly followed by a veritable blast of fruity flavors: raisins, dates (you eatím!), cherries, and even a little bit of banana. Very tiny pinch of mulling spices. Thereís a recovery of malts with tastes of caramel and brown sugar. Mild transitional bitterness. A bit more candy. Warming, fruity finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Whaddya know, thatís pretty good. A lovely, sweet, fruity beer from the fine folks over at Smuttynose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man: Pours a brown amber with a nice dense tan head that retains well. Toasted sweet Belgian aroma. Dark malts- raisiny, toffeeish, maple- sweet, but balanced with a touch of soft phenolic notes. Very sweet flavor, but the body remains fluffy, and not at all under-attenuated. The flavor has tons of sugary maple. Itís so toffeeish and sweet that itís hard to put down the single pint. Pretty homogeneous profile of maple and toffee, with very low bitterness. Some residual toasted sweet Belgian malts on the back. Now that I read the commercial description, raisin puree makes sense- Iím just surprised the flavor is that sweet, but the body remained as light and fluffy as it did. Too sweet for my liking- lacks nuance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11436) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2009
22 oz bottleĖpours a big foamy brown head and ruby red color. Aroma is initially dark fruit which dissipates, then dark malt-molasses/chocolate, earthy/spice hops sharpness that cuts through. Taste is sweet dark fruit, then dark malt-molasses/chocolate, earthy/spice hops sharpness that cuts through a bit more smoothly than on aroma. At cellar temperature smoother still and more chocolate and dark fruit. Thanks to kw1014 for picking this up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2009
22oz - Perfect Pour. Clear dark reddish brown, fizzy tan head. Bready fig and date aromas warm to hints of brown sugar and candied plum. Sweet dark fruit and port-like flavors blend into caramel coated grape tones. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sweet finish. Good stuff, but the sweetness needs to be toned down in my opinion...

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