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RATINGS: 1390   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Recommended to me because of my recent infatuation with belgian ales, this definitely did not disappoint. A nice reddish color and a decent head with a fair amount of lacing. For me, as with all belgians, the overwhelming flavor is that of apples. I can drink this in complete comfort. It’s just good. Not quite as complex as a tripel I had a few weeks ago, but with perhaps a better overall flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Bottle. A ruby amber color with a laced tan head. A spicy, clove/orange, sweet caramel aroma. A smooth enjoyable flavor and easy on the palate. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. A candy like flavor. Not too complex but enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle. Amber beer with a thin head. Little aroma - some malt and spice. Rich malt flavor, slightly bubblegummy, slight earthiness, some raisiny flavors. Lingering sacharine flavor. It seems like a poor American version of a Belgian that seems to be cropping up all over the place - no complexity, poor finish (too sweet and in a bad way).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 You know, if somebody gave me this and told me it was an English barleywine, I’m not sure I’d try to argue, at least not that much. The big malts are there along with dark fruits but there’s very little of that spicy yeast character that makes Belgians taste like, well, Belgians. It does pour a lovely dark amber with a nice bit of white head. And it is surprisingly crisp, smooth and easy drinking for any beer let alone one of such high gravity but a Trappist ale it is not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2004
Light copper colour. Thin white sustained head. Aroma has the plain sweet fruit scent. The taste is a plain sweet lovely scent. Instense alcohol taste. I must die....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Poured orangey amber with barely any head at all (might’ve been a touch too cold, but not that much)...smells a little a touch citrus, then sugar and alcohol, maybe some earth fruits...tastes very thin and watery up front, then artificially sweet and alcohol with a thick spicy, syrupy, alcohol after taste...not bad, but it really does bear a striking resemblance to a bad barely wine, not a fantastic Belgian...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
When you taste it rather warm, it is the best. Interesting effort and should be recognized for originality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalhead (641) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2004
This looked deep maroon to me when held up to the sun. Ok head. Very sweet aroma,candy sugar evident. Malty,sweet,dark fruit. Bit of an alcohol burn but thats ok. Great winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Deep red color, liveley carbonation, little creamy headm nice. Malt cherry nosem medium alcohol tastem initially very maltym light roasted coffee undertones. Peppery, thing mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - JUL 18, 2004
Spicy cinnamon nose with some dark fruits supported by alcohol. Tall foamy head - fizzy and lacy - with a deep ruby color - gorgeous! Heavy syrup and fig malt base. Some toastedness and caramell. The spicy end is the highlight of the profile - cinnamon and some pepper. Medium body and a warm round mouth feel accented by the strong lcohol. Complex, but there is something very straightforward about this.

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