Smuttynose Gravitation Belgian Quad

Smuttynose Gravitation Belgian Quad

Rated 3.443 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Smuttynose Brewing Company

Portsmouth, NH, United States

Style:  Abbey Quadrupel

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 34652 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank4370
Overall Percentile91.7
Style Rank52 of 247
Style Percentile78.9
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.564
Weighted Score3.443
Standard Deviation0.470

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  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours the color of a liquid penny. The aroma sort of smells like grape and apples. The mouthfeel is decent but not thick. The flavor is slightly sweet with some spice notes. Side note the bottle I drank was labeled 12.3 % this listing has it rated 8.5 %

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I am getting "Gravitated" on this one. The initial look was scary. Thick, murky medium brown appearance. Looks and smells like apple cider, but the sweetness I am getting is from raisons. After gettin through the first few sips, it actually blends in well and becomes more drinkable. Some beers, the alcohol is hidden....but not this one (I've had 11-12% Barleywines easier to drink than this!). Not sure if that is a good or bad thing. In the end though, the flavor is solid, so that is the most important. A close representation to this style.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a fairly thick pale tan head. Strong aroma has fruity, caramel, butterscotch and woody notes with hints of molasses and licorice. Whoa, that is one strong flavor, jumping on the taste buds with banana, apple, caramel and malt notes plus hints of wood, butterscotch, horehound and wood. It is fairly sweet, but not cloying, and has quite a strong alcohol bite. Lively, edgy texture has near-full body and leaves a sweet, fruity, slightly candy-like finish. Let this beer's gravitational field draw you in! ;)

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    A bright amber colored beer with a small foamy textured, off white head. Not much hang time on this one. Settles into a medium ringlet. The profile, stronger in the tasting is phenolic and dark fruit. Light-medium bodied. Low carbonation but a slick smoothness.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Bottled in 2010, so this may have about a year on it if it's still a spring seasonal. I was blown away by this beer. Very aromatic and flavorful with a deep fruity yeast, mild tobacco and heavy raisin medley. Firm and strong, it's a pleasant sipper.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured with almost no head at all...prompting worries of complete flatness. Boozy aroma. A little low on carbonation, but okay. Strong sweetness, dark fruits with plum and raisin. A lot of yeastiness. Rich, full flavor. Pretty good effort...seemingly a different beer from ratings from a few years ago (checked ratings of a couple friends)...for the better.

  • BFELDMANN 1056 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Not what i wanted. Pour was a brown with orange tint to it small head junk lacing. Aroma was of dark fruits, plums and yeast. Flavor was much the same but was overwelmed by sweetness. Sticky beer.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a huge light brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry fruit (figs and raisins) with some rum notes and some candi sugar. Taste is a well balance mix between some candi sugar, some dry fruits and some rum notes with a great malt backbone. Body is little bit hint for the style with good carbonation and no hints of alcohol. Very well done but I thought the candu sugar was a little bit too upfront and some additional body would have brought this to classic level.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle from Knightly. This pours a deep reddish-brown color, nice color, with a decent sized head and blotches of lacing. The aroma is caramel with some dark fruits following, dates, raisins, figs. Simple flavors, heavy on the brown sugar with dark fruits, particularly raisins. A slight spiciness to it but extremely easy to drink. Way too thin for a Quad and maybe even a little thin as a Belgian Strong. Abv is lower than any other Quad I can recall anyways. Regardless of style, this is an enjoyable beer, simple yeah but enough there and nothing out of place.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Bottle from SL. The pour was dark orangey-brown with a decent initial head, weak retention, lacing kinda weak. The aroma was fruity (plums) and yeasty with some caramel. Flavor was dark fruits (raisins, plums), yeast, sweet sugar (Belgian candi-sugar? I think not, residual sugars, probably). Mouthfeel was a bit sticky, moderate to full body. Higher attenuation with a more airy body would have been appreciated - not a better variant of Smutty's.

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