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RATINGS: 1432   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Judging from the appearance and aroma, I expected to thoroughly enjoy this one...then comes the taste. I know the sugar has to be up there to attain the high alcohol content, but this is OVERLY SWEET. Had trouble getting this one finished.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Deep, hazy orange color with a small off-white head. The aroma was very yeasty...caramel, plum, other dark fruits, and a slightly sour character. The flavor was very similar to the aroma, but with a slightly sweet tone. The feel was crisp... a little too crisp for this style...slightly thick...dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Golden amber color with a small off-white head. Bread, caramel and candy sugar aroma. Nice bread, caramel, toasted nut, hops and candy sugar flavors. Warming alcohol feel with a dry hoppy finish. Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Clear red color with a medium beige head. Aroma of yeast, spices and sweetness. Flavor is pretty spicy and candy sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Pours a nice clear crimson with a beige head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy like you would expect from a Belgian brew. The taste is overly sweet with tons of malt, belgian candy sugar and notes of spice/clove, dark fruits, brown sugar and caramel. Feels a thin on the palate. Overall, not bad but I wouldn’t seek it out again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Bottle just like the picture. Pours a deep clear red, head quickly fades, nice lacing. Sweet fruity aroma - rasins? Taste is a bit hot from the booze, sweet from the candisugar, perhaps a bit underhopped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2004
A strong and sweet brew lies beneath the thin head on this beer. Plenty of malt and sugar! The aroma belies the strength of this ale as well as its’ complexity. Well made, but probably not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
A rather thin head sits atop this copper-coloured barley-wine-like brew. The alcohol was evident from first sniff through the lingering finish - too much so in the finish especially. Caramel malty sweet and plenty of candied flavours too. Not bad but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Dark copper with a medium size white head. Sweet malt aroma with hints of dark fruit. Flavor of sweet malt, but not nearly as sweet as I expected. Hints of candy sugar with a touch of malts at the finish. Probably be better if laid down for a year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2004
clear copper pour with a medium off white head. Aroma is that of a traditional belgium...banana, clove, yeast. Peppery yeastly beginning, with some lingering banana toward the middle. Finish has something to be desired...definately missing. This quad had promise from the start, yet it finishes like a 3 legged horse.

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