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RATINGS: 1421   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Aroma iced raisin bread, dates, figs, maple sugar, honeysuckle, flowers, alcohol. Taste super-sweet with fruity overtones, candied nuts, slightly herbal finish, sticky alcoholic aftertaste. Okay mouthfeel. No head. Poured rusty brown. A little too sweet and not very integrated. Thanks to Beaver for the trade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Bottle. Pours a translucent orange with almost no head. Nose is sweet aromas of spicy orange and cotton candy, hint of alcohol. Taste is very sugary, cloying to be sure, but later on you do get some maltiness--caramel and fruits--and some genuine hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, but the alcohol comes on and makes you forget about that shortcoming. Finish reminds you about the sugary beginnings. It’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2005
Bottle. Poured copper and clear. I really wasn’t expecting the clear part. Aroma is sweet and musty, with hints of citrus, currants and a little astringency. The flavor is very inconsistant. One sip is very astringent, the next is sweet. Currants and cloves are the strongest flavor with those candy sugars on their heels. After the currants and alcohol numb your tongue, the reverand slams the back of your throat with a dry bitterness. Overall, it’s alright. A bit too inconsistant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 17, 2005
There is a strong malt and alcohol aroma. The color is a deep ruby red and the head is small and short lasting. The Reverend is full bodied with the taste of caramel malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2006
this is smooth for a big beer. Not sure it’s a good beligian though. Alcohol content bumps this rating up considerably

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Aroma is dominated by citrus (grapefruit). Flaovr is initially quite sweet with candy sugar, malty with some balance with the hops. Not their best effort but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2006
No date. Hazy amber/brown. Thin layer of tan foam forms and disappears. Rich caramel malt, dark past ripe fruits, spicy, bready yeast, candi sugar, subtle alcohol. Body is too light for the style, medium and smooth and dangerously drinkable. Unimpressive by Avery standards. Still very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
See-through copper body with short white head. Aroma is fairly weak and what is there is sweet — caramel, candy, plums, apples. The flavor was filled with peppery alcohol that gave way to brown sugar, cotton candy and hints of plum. Bitter, peppery finish. The medium to full body leaves a sticky, sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
holdenn (2106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Blind Quad tasting 07. 22 oz bottle thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a clear amber red with a small off white head. Toasted aroms with maple syrup, clove, rasins, and a heavy amount of yeast. Medium bodied, becoming flat. Lightly sweet and acidc some dark fruits, harsh grainy finish with a moderate high amount of alcohol. I liked this a lot last time and expected it to surprise everyone and do really well, but it surprised me and did pretty bad. Recieved 8th place out of 9. -------&# 22oz: pours a light orange with a thin head that slowly fades to a clinging ring. The nose is very cidery with residual sweetness and spice. The flavor covers the palate nicely with apple, strawberries, candied sugars, peppery spice, and a touch of alcohol. The sweetness is balanced well with the sourness and peppery spice. A very lingering slightly sticky taste coats my mouth. Very nicely done. 3.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EValP (30) - Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Beautiful color of dark ruby red in the glass. Very little head and lacing to this beer as well. Very sweet fruity taste and full bodied but smooth. Not to bad overall but not recommended as the last beer of the night…with all the sugar, it seemed heavier that 10%; had to walk this one off.

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