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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6094) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 13, 2009
Rudy hue when the light shines through the umber body. Moderate taupe head and just a little bit of lace(3+). Dark fruit aromas, with figs and dates. Some yeast and I catch a bit of corn silage along with earthy toasted grain and nuts. Quite light in feel for the size of this brew. Light fruity malt flavors. Raisins, light currants and lightly fortified white wine flavors sneak in. Finish shows a hint of alcohol. The linger has a nice return of toasted malt and brown sugar. Not a ton of complexity, but a good strong ale for a cold spring day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1944) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2009
Colour... garnet brown. Nose... SWEET, malty, toffee. Palate... Theres that sweet malt again! Belgian yeast is quite evident. Plenty of dark fruit and more toffee with a loooooong finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2009
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of raisin, plum, date, pepper, carmel and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, molasses, raisin, date and light spice with a smooth dry malty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2009
22oz from Chevy Chase Wine, D.C. Nice garnet pour, slightly dusky brown at the edges. Decent 1-finger head, which quickly dissipates but leaves some moderate lacing. Sticky malts and raisins dominate the nose. The body is a bit too thin and slick. Figs and currant blend with the caramel, mild smoke in the finish. Pretty nice warming beer, but perhaps a bit too one-dimensional.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2009
Mahogany with a nice tan head. Too many off tastes to be a great quad. A bit too sweet. But the more I sip it and compare it in my mind to other quads, the more I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2646) - New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
VERY NICE BEER it is an inventive and demonstrative brew indeed. a honey, vanilla, caramel, i dunno just a genuine sweetness with appropriate but low volume of spice that i appreciate combined with a great malt flavor that has a raisin, prune and plum fruit character and full chewy and slick mouthfeel that a Belgian could be envious of. this brew could turn people on to the style. a nice looking brown elixer with interesting highlights and a nice light brown cap. best abt/q i ever had!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2009
22 oz Bomber-Someone bonused me this beer in a trade, but I cant recall who!-Deep mahogany color w/a slight tan head & good lacing. Sweet Belgian aroma. Big brew, flavors of dark fruit. candied sugar, toffee, raisins, & roasted malt. Had a lot of carbonation; alcohol was quite evident, but not in a bad way. Definite after dinner sipper, would go well sitting around the fire w/a fine cigar! Long sweet finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle. Dark red colored pour with a tan head that goes away pretty quick. Smell is sweet, fruity with some cherries perhaps, sugar, some malt, yeast. Taste is sweet and fruity , no alcohol detected, lively body with CO2. Pleasing to drink, very good fresh, no need to age this one. I am always partial to Smutty, and this is no exception. I may pick up some more of these, nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2009
Sweet malty aroma almost butterscotchy. Flavors of raisin and toffee. Very Very Ecxellent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured deep mahogany with a yeasty cherry nose. This had some decent depth to the flavors and is a pretty good take on the style. I tasted Cherry flavor may have been a bit overpowering, but I guess it was more raisin than cherry. The alcohol is blended nicely, but with too much sweetness, could see this possibly being a bit cloying. Would like to age one and re-rate.


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