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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (2596) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle. Hazy copper liquid with small off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, toffee, bread, mango and port wine. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee and bread. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jnankivel (3) - - FEB 13, 2014 does not count
From a 22 bomber into a goblet, not much head at all. Deep amber color. Raisin, apple, bread dough scents. Bright taste with the scents above with a heavy, creamy mouth feel. A bit astringent. Nice big Belgian.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARH (706) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2014
22oz bomber poured into a goblet. Initially the aroma of bread dough, toffee, and maybe some dark chocolate come through. As it mellows and opens up a bit, notes of raisin, green apple jolly rancher, pine sol / alcohol, and old wet sponge come through. It’s a deep, crystal clear amber-red color with a creamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film - although it leaves an abundant, soap-water-like lace. It’s sweet, very sweet. Not fruit beer / lambic sweet, but I have to imagine that this is one of the sweeter quads available. There’s a light bitterness at first, but that hides by mid glass. The alcohol is definitely the most prevalent flavor on the tongue upon first sips, but this mellows out by mid glass. It’s lighter than other quad, and perhaps even some tripels - I’d have to say a medium bodied beer in the grand scheme of things. The fizzy carbonation is also a bit different than I was expecting for the style (although I’m still amateurish when it comes to quads so who am I to say) and it has a bit of a sticky, oily quality to it. After the alcohol kick, the flavor of sweet, dark dried fruits becomes apparent and is accompanied by a toasty toffee and molasses flavor. The alcohol flavors that started it off quickly turn to more woody, oak-like, bourbon notes, but near the end of the drink, the alcohol disappears altogether and the flavors of cherry (both dry and fresh) with caramel, toffee, and molasses dominate. This finishes with a candy and roasted nut flavor. Initially there’s some spice or pine kick to the finish, and it left a dark chocolate and cherry aftertaste, but by the end the combination of caramel, jolly rancher, and cough drop flavor dominates the finish and aftertaste. The aftertaste is very mild, there’s perhaps even some traces of banana and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ljwatson1 (4) - - FEB 6, 2014 does not count
This needed to be seventy five characters long. Just want to save my rating. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EcnarM (111) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Hints of cherry in both the aroma and taste. Pours a deep amber color with minimal head. Solid offering without being outstanding at any particular aspect. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2014
650ml bottle into a Trappist glass; served cold. Aroma: Heavy spice. Wonderful yeast! A little bit of caramel and apple. Appearance: Moderately hazy, dark caramel body. No head at all, but nice lacing. Taste: Brown sugar, snickerdoodle cookies, caramel, spices. The high alcohol content is very well masked, there’s no booziness at all. Just wonderful! Palate: Medium+ body, light prickly carbonation. Long, mildly sweet, and spiced finish. Overall: A treat! Wonderful brew, lovely spice and sugar flavors. Just delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (1064) - New York City, TURKEY - FEB 1, 2014
Drought. Reddish amber with foamy beige head, faint cloves aroma, sweetish mollasses taste with medium carbonation, long finish with alcohol aftertaste. Interestingly easy to drink for such alcohol content.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Murky copper. A whole lot of yeast in this one, but not much else going on. Maybe some dried fruit too. Kind of boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mittenator (1500) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bomber. Deep, hazy copper with a tan head. Dark sugar and tart aromas. Similar flavors with some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JohnnyShake (3) - hayward, California, USA - JAN 31, 2014 does not count
Smells like raisins. A blackberry honey color in the glass. Drinking this out of a New Belgium 2014 snifter. Sweet, fruity, ever so slightly spicy finish. Johnny likey. Amen.

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