Gravitation (Big Beer Series)
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Gravitation (Big Beer Series)Gravitation (Big Beer Series)
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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #142
Ranked #25,542
3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Mar 02, 2021
Jan 01, 2009
Gravitation (Big Beer Series)Gravitation (Big Beer Series)
Notes: This big, 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.

25 IBU

2009 - 6.6%
2010 - 12.0%
2011 - 12.5%
2012 - 12.0%
2013 - 11.5%
2015 - 12.3%
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Scored a 2013 bottle for a good price. I question the value of reviewing an 8 year old version of a beer that has not been brewed in several years, but here goes nothing...

Pours a brownish copper color with a slight layer of head. The nose has very mild breadiness to it. The flavor is generally the same with modest bready and malty notes. The body is super thin.

I genuinely can't say if this offering is way past its peak and moved into has-been territory or if this beer is a never-was.
Mar 02, 2021
Rated: 4.45 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

May 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Stout80mizer from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this before multiple times last one was from 2011 and it was fantastic! Just scored another one from 2011 amid Co-virus ..stay tuned to updated review ...Sexy
Mar 20, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Light purple hue.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Intense plum, raisin & booze nose. Dark yet sweet.

Medium mouthfeel.

HUGE raisin flavor, with a slight cinnamon & booze finish.

Bold; a touch over the top but pretty damn tasty. 2012 edition, drank August 2013.
Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 4.81 by perkineh from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Aug 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was 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. Overall, this means everything for a good Quad. Would I have it again? Quite possibly.
Aug 01, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by GravityKills from Massachusetts

Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Jul 14, 2017
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
22 oz bottle marked "bottle conditioned 2015 ABV 12.3" poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp. The beer is copper colored with orange highlights when held to light. The head is light khaki and recedes fairly quickly leaving a ring around the glass and no real lacing. The aroma is a beautiful mixture of plum, brown sugar and sweet caramel without any alcohol notes. The taste is similar with sweet caramel, plum, raisin and brown sugar all making a brief appearance. It finishes without any notes of bitterness and no shift in flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, well carbonated and semisweet in the finish. Overall, good. This beer lacks some of the dimensions of a world class example. It has gotten better with age and for the price, it's worth grabbing a couple and tucking them away.
Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From a 22oz bottle, bottle conditioned 2013, served in a tulip.

Pours a reddish-yellowish-amber, sort of like fig preserves or maybe pee the morning after you got kicked in the kidneys. There is no head, so nothing to talk about there. Lots of busy-busy, big-bubbled carbonation which suddenly stops, leaving the glass looking like a Jello shot. Shit, I'm scared.

Smells nice, though. Plums, acorns and tobacco. Also, it might smell a little like those jeans you were wondering whether you needed to put in the laundry.

Actually, it tastes really nice. Maybe I'm just super-suggestible but it tastes like the fig preserves I said it looked like and the plums I said it smelled like. Lots of nice warm fruits, the figs and plums, cherries, walnuts, dried leaf-tobacco and caramel creams. I think I'm going to add points here just because I was expecting it to taste like crap and, in fact, it's really, really good! No trace of the faint copper I detected in the nose and then forgot to write about. Super clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, no more than medium-bodied and, while there's not much carbonation left after the (apparently) overly-enthusiastic pour I subjected it to, there's still enough to keep it easy-drinking. There's no abv stated on the bottle and, I think, that's just about right because I can't actually taste any alcohol.

Overall, this was an excellent quad! And one of the things that made it so excellent was that I thought it was going to suck! Point of clarification: I don't think this is the same raisin-purée-mess that Todd subjected himself to back in 2010 or, at least, there's no mention of raisins on the label today. It just says that it's abbey style that they've 'tinkered' with and 'tweaked,' whatever the fuck that may mean. It's too bad because I bought this bottle for somebody and then decided to drink it myself after I saw the ratings and it turned out to be fucking awesome. By the way, I drank the whole bottle while I was writing the review, in case you couldn't tell.
Mar 20, 2017
Rated: 3.36 by lochef81 from Michigan

Mar 09, 2017
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Pours bright orange and kind of flat with no head to speak of.

Smells like a high octane quad. Big ripe fruit and then sharp fruity alcohol that's bordering on that of a bad mead.

Tastes, unfortunately, more like the booze than like the fruit. It's like they were going for a BIG quad but then just let the BIGness totally overwhelm the quadness. Sharp, unpleasant alcohol starts things off, very incredibly sharp, and then ending on some pleasant enough spice and fruit. It's not horrid. I've had worse. But this is still a beer to forget.
Feb 10, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by GRG1313 from California

Feb 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3.63 by RRB328 from Massachusetts

Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by BigSmooth12 from Massachusetts

Sep 19, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 17, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by dwoolley1 from New York

Aug 21, 2016
Rated: 3.72 by dansmcd from Australia

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3 by wpreynolds from New Jersey

Jul 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Purple-red, with a tan ring.

Aromas of grape and prune both.

Raspberry or maybe dried cranberry flavor coats the mouth with a really frothy body and tons of flavor. A bit tart as well, with cherry in the background.

This is the second quad I've had that is this sweet. At first I thought it was off, but after having Gulden Draak I'm not sure what to think about quads going forward.
Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

May 10, 2016
Rated: 4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by Newport_beerguy from Rhode Island

Mar 27, 2016
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Reviewed by GreatStoutman from Texas

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
22oz bomber dated 2015.

Pours somewhat murky dark copper color with no head and the faintest of off-white rings.

Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruits and sweetness.

Taste is dominated by the sweetness and yeast, decent malt and surprisingly high bitterness.

Feel is medium body with long sticky feel.

Overall, I like smuttynose and this is the cheapest 12.3% Belgian I've ever purchased, but it missed the mark for me. Nothing to get excited about here.
Mar 11, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Feb 27, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Feb 07, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by whatname from Pennsylvania

Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 4 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 4 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire

Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 4.45 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Dec 15, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by hop_junkie from New Hampshire

Nov 14, 2015
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Reviewed by PorterLambic from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a rich, golden color with a bright, white head. Retention isn't a strong suit, dropping to a wispy film with a minute.
Smell has notes of apples, grapes, rum, nail polish, and some grain.
Taste is apples & grapes again with a very sweet maltiness. Rum and some light spice are in there as well.
Nearly full bodied, very faint carbonation. Sweet and cloying, especially in the aftertaste. Not their best effort.
Oct 23, 2015
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Reviewed by ClavisAurea from New York

4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2015 bottle served at cellar Temps.

This was the lightest colored quad I've ever had. It was like a dark honey color with a nice team head that sank to a rim of foam. Delicious Dark fruits and malty sweetness. Belgian yeasty character led to a nice lingering finish off Dark fruits and malts. Wonderful brew. There was some alcohol but it was 12.3% so it's to be expected. I'd buy this again. It was in my cellar for about 6 months and I have no doubts it would be beat for years. I'll have to but more next year.
Oct 04, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by JOldewurtel from Maryland

Oct 03, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by Lettsgo3 from Maryland

Oct 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a nice Amber with a slight white bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of spice, clove and cardamom, sour yeast, bread, and dark fruit :raisin, fig, plum.

Taste fellows the nose some spice bitterness with notes of clove and cardamom. Then, a slightly breads malt middle gives way to rich, dark fruit notes : fig, raisin, plum. It finishes dry and crisp, very drinkable and delicious.
Oct 02, 2015
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Reviewed by madelfonatree from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
2013 vintage enjoyed October 1 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.

I did not have high expectations for this beer as I bought it with other "expired" Big Beer Series beers for pennies on the dollar. Keep in that in mind when I rate this beer higher than others. Why is the rating so low?!

Look - Bright red, almost pink when held to the light. See through. The head was slim to none and didn't stick around long. It had think bubbles and was a little off white. There is no lacing to speak of because of this.

Smell - Booze on the rum side of things. Grape. Raisin. Caramel. Low rating due to alcohol strength.

Taste - Booze doesn't come on strong until the finish. Very sweet. Grape and raisin. Caramel. Spicy. I can only assume based on the reviews this beer has mellowed with age.

Feel - Sticky. Heavy. No alcohol. Syrup. Alcohol burn.

Overall - Very disconnected ratings on this one. Two years must have done this beer well. Very sweet but strong flavor to go with it.
Oct 02, 2015
Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 615 ratings