Tag Archives: Quadrupel

135. Smuttynose Gravitation

This one was a surprise to me. Not because it was another great beer from Smuttynose but because it was 12% ABV. I finished off this bomber in about 30 minutes as it was a smooth easy drinking beer not realizing it had a high ABV. I was asleep on the couch by 7:45. The beer pours a dark copper with minimal head, aroma was very fruity. The beer was strong but not overwhelming, lots of raisin and a slight alcohol burn. Overall a quality beer but not up to the same standard as the previous Smuttynose Big Beer series offerings.
Pros: Color
Cons: Lot of raisin taste
Alcohol Content: 12.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Smuttynose
Brewers Description: First released in January, 2009, Gravitation Belgian Quad is the newest offering in the Smuttynose Big Beer Series.  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.  This beer has a starting  gravity of 23 degrees Plato.

102. Allagash Brewing Four Ale

This was my post-Thanksgiving dinner beer so the review may be slightly skewed as I was full of turkey and good food at the time. I was really excited to try this beer and I believe this is also my first Allagash review which is too bad it took me 100+ beers to come back around to Allagash as I always enjoy their beer. This one has a great color too it, photo is very accurate with a nice amber appearance and crisp white head. Smell is sweet and a bit yeasty (if that is a word). Taste is excellent and very well balanced. No hint of alcohol even though it is 10% ABV. Just a really good beer from Allagash.
Pros: Color, taste, very well balanced
Cons: Expensive
Alcohol Content: 10.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Allagash Brewing
Brewers Description: We brew this beer with four malts, four sugars, four hop varieties and we ferment it four times, using four different yeast strains. The complexity of the brewing process is matched by the complexity of this unique beer. Flavors of raisin, candied fruit and plum express themselves throughout.