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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeadyDE (658) - Delaware, USA - JAN 3, 2015
2011 vintage bottle..medium brown red color..one chunk floating about amidst the carbonation, nose is laden with dark fruit, fig, raisin, mouthfeel is ok, nothing special, medium bodied, fairly smooth, palate is slight buttered rum and the high abv comes around at the end, brown sugar and molasses substantial as well, billed as non traditional quad that could use some more tradition..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (832) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
Brune. Peu de collet. Nez: Caramel. Banane. Épicé. Fruits séchés. Datte. Figue. Bouche: Noix. Très sucré. Rhum. Boisé. Toffee. Raisin sec. Très bien.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2130) - - SEP 9, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-4-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – Pours a brownish amber color with a small cream colored head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a toasted grain and malty smell with a good dose of darker fruits of raisin, fig and plum. Along with these aromas are notes of yeast and candied sugars and a moderate amount of orange and clove, which all all are mixed with a boozy smell produce a sweet and warming aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins with a big lightly toasted malt flavor and a good showing of lighter sweet flavors of raisin, plum and cherry along with a rather strong flavor of a sweet tangerine. As the flavor advances notes of some buttery toffee, yeast, as well as some flavors of alcohol start creeping their way into the taste profile. The yeast bring with it some flavors of spice as well as a banana flavor bringing the more characteristic Belgian character to the brew. The maltiness fades slightly more toward the end (but still overall remains rather strong) with the boozy flavor becoming more intense and taking on an almost rum like flavor. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side. The combination of thick and creamy body as well as lower carbonation suit this big, sweet, malty and boy brew quite well. Overall – Quite a potently sweet and big beer. Rather tasty, but nothing too exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (5090) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Poured a darker amber color with aromas of dark pitted fruit, light bread, malt, and some toast. Flavors matched the aromas, decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1303) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2014
22 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL. Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (765) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Its body has a deep warm reddish color with a small light tan head on top. This slowly fades to thick ring with a wispy thin island of foam in the middle. This makes some slick lacing on the glass. There are lots of fruity and yeasty notes that offer hints of raison, dried apricot, caramelized malt and alcohol. Its big full body has full smooth texture with lots of dark dried fruit notes, apricot, musty and bready yeast as well as dark caramelized almost chocolaty malts. There is an overall sweetness like Belgian sugar with a low hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours cloudy dark orange to amber with a medium, frothy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel, cookie, and nutty malt with dates and figs, dark Belgian candi sugar and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet caramel and cookie malt, dark Belgian candi sugar, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bomber. Pour is hazy amber with the expected visible sediment. Wispy khaki head. Aroma is dark fruit, banana, citrus and clove. Taste is plum, clove, caramel, pineapple, sweet citrus. Booze isn't overbearing. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3166) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - MAY 17, 2014
I am reviewing this from notes and I had it poured into a chalice. The appearance was a hazy muddy brown color with light purple tinges on the sides of the glass. A half finger white to off white foamy head fills the top of the beer. The smell was that of a normal Belgian Quad in that it has the Belgian spices combining with some bananas, plums, raisins and ends up adding a nice bready and earthy yeastiness to it. The taste was sweet and spicy through the previously mentioned flavors leading to the same flavored aftertaste and into a dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium and indicated that this one was more of a sipper for the most part. Sessionable? Maybe, perhaps. Overall, this means everything for a good Quad. Would I have it again? Quite possibly. I’m super glad I found the notes of this today.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
On tap @ Radio Maria. Deep tea-coloured amber. Rum& raisin aroma, a little grapey even, sweet. Rich fruity toffee palate, juicy acidity in the back (grape juice), light metallic tang in the finish.

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