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RATINGS: 1428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The Reverend, was created in tribute to the life of Sales Mgr. Tom Boogaard's grandfather, an ordained Episcopal Reverend. Tom was inspired by the life of his grandfather and wanted to create a tribute beer that contained his sterling traits. True to both our "small brewery, BIG BEERS" philosophy and to the spirit and character of the departed Reverend, this beer is strong willed, assertive, and pure of heart, a heart of candy sugar. It contains as many authentic imported Belgian specialty malts as the brewers could cram into our mash tun, and lots of Belgian dark candy sugar stirred into the brew kettle. A divinely complex and beautifully layered beer with hints of dark cherries, currants, and molasses, complimented by an underlying spiciness. Sinfully smooth considering the high alcohol content. Cellarable for 4 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2005
I’ve just sampled this so far. Pours a nice copper color as someone else said. It pours kind of like the V12 actually. The aroma is a little weak for a Quadrupel. It is dominated by cherries, caramel wine and malt. That is all I am getting so far. The taste is the same, but with the addition of apples in it as well. The mouthfeel feels like white wine to me with a strong alcohol presense. Quite a nice mouthfeel. Overall I am pretty pleased with this. However I have had the Westy 12, so I am spoiled.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
screigh (628) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Pours a very nice looking deep copper color. Not much aroma at all. I would guess this is a typical Belgian taste. I have never liked this style but thought I would give Avery a chance since I like other beers by them. Other reviews say that it is true to the style but I am a bad judge. I do not like this beer at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Pours a clean and clear copper mahogany with a thin light tan head with fine lacing. Aroma isn’t particularly complex, but has some sweet caramel maltiness, a touch of pepper and some Belgian yeasty esters. Body starts fairly viscous with appropriate carbonation. Has a nice Belgian malty and candi sugar sweetness throughout with some bready yeast character toward the dry, peppery and fizzy finish. This is fairly well balanced, but the great complexities, especially that of dark fruit, that can be found in a Westy or Rochefort are just bereft here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Dark red color with no head. Slightly sweet aroma. Mainly a malt body with some hops to back it up, but not enough to distract. Some cherry, but again, not much. It’s quite tasty, but basically just very malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Dark Reddish Amber Coloring With White Ring. Similiar to a Dry, Alcoholic Kriek... Malty...and Hops...Fruity - Cherry, Yeast.... and Nice Warming. Subtle for What it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
Red amber ale with no head. Apple cider aroma, slighlty spiced. Porto sweetness with resinous pinhey hops. Rich bodied and delicious. May 2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2004
Pours dark copper with only a white ring for head. Caramel,sweet malt and hard sugar candy in the aroma. Very sweet initial taste lasts quite awhile. Alot of sugar present in the flavor. Candy,caramel and molasses. Has only a slight warming feeling. Already bought one more. Can’t decide if I want to drink it or store it. I will agree with the "sinfully smooth" description without a doubt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Orange/amber color with virtually no head. Aroma of fruit, alcohol and yeast. Flavor is sweet from the malt and candy sugar. Slight tartness in the finish. Alcohol is definitely present but not overly so. Nice. I’ll have to look for their imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Heavy malt and yeast nose, with a bit of head. This has a powerful flavor; full of rich fruit, roasted malts, Belgian character and a pleasant alcohol presence. Very full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Brownish amber with a shiny little tan head. Has a Belgian character with some roasted malt, fruity aroma, and hints of yeast. Sour and bitter flavor with hints of alcohol. There is an active carbonation and a nice roasted malt that peaks out from deep in the throat. A litle dirty in the mouth, not complex enough, just big.

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