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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Smells like an old west coast pale or amber ale.It has a milky smell/smokey raisin tastes at times(grand cruish)Very smooth 10% Well hidden.Not one of my favorites from one of my favorite brewerys.Religion never was what it is supposed to be.Nice head/sick lace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2003
The beer poured a dark amber color with a large head that settled quickly. The aroma was filled with notes of caramel and alcohol with some malts as well. The flavor was surprisingly smooth, given the alcohol aroma. The malts were present foremost in the taste, with the caramel being close second. Not a bad beer at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
The beer pours and cremy amber color with a head thats white, but dies quickly. The aroma is sweet with a hint of pepper or spice. Very sweet on the palate with honey goodness and a hint of rum. Alcohol isn't as present as one would expect for the alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
22 oz. bottle. Pours a gorgeous red-amber color - like the red sky of a Colorado sunset - with a foamy white head. Aroma is sweet, yeasty with a noticible alcohol nose. Also features the distinctive Belgian malt smell along with spices, citrus and dried cherries. Flavor is rich and complex - delicious actually - like a rum soaked fruit cake (the kind that you actually like and eat rather than the kind that you send off to your relatives the following year), cherries jubilee and apricot syrup all together in one mouthful. Palate is thick, syrupy, smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall a wonderful brew. One of my favorites to this point, I'm signing up for this Reverend's religion!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Brandy color and very light carbonation making this beer seem to deviate from style. Aroma of vanilla and other alcohol notes. Some woody, cognac flavor with apparent alcohol, candy sugar sweetness and flavor, plus some light hops. This one definitely provides some belly burn and considerable residual sugar. Would appeal to me more if sweetness was pared down a bit. Seemed better in the past.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2452) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Lasting, large offwhite head. Clear copper/amber color. Malty sweet, spicey nose, cinnamony, caramel notes. Med body. Sweet brew, spicey . Alc is well masked. Sweet finish, a little too sweet fer my tastes. Should try to age the sweetness out. Gots potential here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3664) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2003
I just wasn't that impressed with this. Pours nicely as a amber-hued, slightly oily/syrupy beer with a completely dissipated head. The aroma just screams candy sugar, and though there were some decent caramel, malty aromas, it didn't suggest depth, and indeed, the flavor didn't have it. There were some raisin and fruit veins amid the caramel, along with an acidic burn at the back of the throat, and some basic flavors that are really just English bitter/pale ale on steroids. Decent palate is provided by carbonation at first and the sweet acidity later. This just lacked depth and had a couple of hard edges that didn't suit it well. Oh well, it was certainly decent and well worth the try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Small and quickly diminishing white head. Clear sparkling orange color. Aroma is very sweet, apple, almost cidery. Flavor is also very sweet, apple, yeast. Pretty one-dimensional. Alcohol is not very prevelant. Full body but it does not really feel so towards the middle of the taste. Very sweet bubble gum-ish finish. Not bad but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Rather nice, if straightforward in nature. Pretty brown with a ruby tint, moderate head fades away rather quickly. Aroma is of Belgian candy sugars. The flavor is beery molasses, with some malty bittersweet chocolates and mild hoppy bitterness. Quite sweet, but not cloying, and the yeast stays nicely muted in the background. Quite well done, good depth of flavor, but a bit one dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
I've had this acouple of times. First time I didn't like it much. Second, I liked it more. This time I like it even more. I tstes more like a spicey barley wine instead of a Belgian. All around, a very good beer. Prettysmooth palate. Excellent reddish tinted color. Some lace.

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