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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 20, 2002
Pours with a auburn/red color, a light amount of carbonation, and produces a short-lived thin head of foam. The nose presented Is sweet and malty, vaguely reminiscent of the Ale Delirium Tremens brewed and bottled by the Huyghe Brewery. Flavor is pure sweetness, with a pronounced candy sugar smack. There is some hop bitterness in the finish, but the sweetness from the candy sugar does tend to overwhelm the palate. Verily I say unto you: this ale is too sweet to consume with your meal. Enjoy it on its own, as a dessert or a nightcap. If I have one complaint, it is this: youíll need to keep a knife handy to open this bottle. There is this annoying, plastic, faux dripped-wax coating that caps this bottle and it is very tough to break through with oneís fingers alone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mmather (172) - Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Much better than the one on tap (also 1 year old) at the Falling Rock at GABF time (02). Seems to have aged well. Smooth rounded sweetness but surprisingly drinkable for a 10% abv beer. Luckily I have another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2008
22 oz. Bottle (Probably a year or so vintage) - The little liquor store I frequent is out the way enough that they have a few treats which tend to be nicely aged because its normal customers buy 40s and cheap vodka. Pours a reddish amber with a small tannish head. Aroma is Belgian candi sugar, malts, dark fruits. Flavor is the same, but I expect a little more punch from a beer that claims to be a Quad. It was almost watery compared to some others I íve had. Donít get me wrong, itís not a bad beer, itís complex, and has a lot going on; but maybe it just needs more time or balance. Iím not quite sure - just a little lacking somewhere.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
The color is burnt orange with small white head. I smell yeast, clove, caramel, some banana, raisins and dark fruits. I taste yeast, dark breads, raisins, brown sugar and hops in the finish. Itís cool....., just cool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2008
This beer looks like the blood of christ, tainted with a lttle burnt sienna and brilliant golden-orange- shining, gleaming... and intimidating. The head is very small and quickly receds into a light film atop the beer. This is a very distinct color indeed, looking more like a big glass of Grand Marnier. The aroma is very straightforward and "alive"- full of yeast complexities, apparent candi sugar, burnt malt, and dried, rich fruits. Morello cherries, dates, plums and grape jam complement an earthy, pungent, dry grappa-like smell. This is followed by a very herbal character, with damiana, red licorice and cinammon. Very aptly named, this beer has a rather "sacred" feel. The taste is rather strong at first sip, with an immediate hint of alcohol, but this quickly fades into notes of sour curacao oranges, strong sour cherry, and a woody, earthy herbalness that washes the palate and leaves a slightly drying, bitter, and rather medicinal gentian root finish, with spicy ginger and even a wormwood bitterness. Overall, this is a very interesting, powerful beer that hints at being too medicinal, but makes up for it with it’s spicy, fruity finish. All hail the Reverend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - OCT 19, 2001
man,íjesus christí,this beer had taste and a healthy head.went down good all the way through.strong without the harsh alc taste.kinda sweet for a qaud ale,but bountiful in taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 12, 2002
Very good indeed. Cant wait to have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Tap. At the 14th Avery Anniversary party. A mild gold in color with a very light hop aroma and a faint malty aroma overpowering the hops. A dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bitter, bitter, bitter beer. Disgusting. Beautiful color/tolerable aroma, tastes like sweaty feet. My girlfriend liked it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Copper colored with light carbonation that does not lace well. The aroma is nice and mouth feel is good. Not a super complex beer but very stylistic. The alcohol is hidden well...the sweetness from the candy sugar is overbearing...thus the ABV. Some bitter orange peel or corriander in the aftertaste would be nice.

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