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RATINGS: 1383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Syrupy sweet and sugary! Oh my, it's like sugar coated salt water taffy. The alcohol is not evident at all, but it's way too sweet and one-dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 Bottle - not really sure how to begin. Very nice appearance. Clear copper/amber color with an off-white head. Palate is acceptable. The flavor is pretty different. Almost a rye in there somewhere with spice. I don't really care for spicy beers. So ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Not my favorite of Averyís - and I do tend to like them. Guess Iím just not being reverential. A bit too syrupy while not having the other elements come together. Of course I will try again and see if perhaps it was just a day where we didnít meet on common ground.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Sample taste at <a href=http://www.chibeer.org>Chicago Beer Society meeting & Randy Mosher birthday party, Dec. 1. I should oughtta know better than take rating notes at a homebrew club meeting. Ya end up with vague impressions and hard to read notes as the evening goes on. Nevertheless: Found it to be a very dark brownish orange, darker than other beers of this style. Ruddy complexion and a nice smell. Taste gives a hint of light strawberries before the Belgian sugar takes over. Yup, sugar, sugar and more sugar waiting to turn into alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2005
This beer has a heavy malt aroma with some dough, cherry, and port. Not as a full aroma has many great quda have. The head was fizzy and disappeared in 15 seconds. There was no lacing. Body was brown. Initial flavor was heavily sweet with a short finish. Hard to nail down the texture; only slightly syrupy. The carbonation was soft and a difinite, moderate alcohol finish. Certainly not one of my favorite quads. I have another that Iíll let staty in the cellar for a year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2005
spicy aroma, pepper, fruitiness. Pours a flat copper brown, minimal head. Strong yeasty taste with overpowering pepper. Sweetish finish with alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
I will start by saying I really donít like this one as much as I thought I would. It has a sweet, yeasty, fruity aroma, somewhat Belgian and somewhat Bastard-ish. Very little head, not much lacing at all, and the look as it pours is viscous, clinging to the sides of the glass. The taste is much like the aroma: sweet, fruity, hints of yeast and spice. There is, however, an underlying sourness that for me takes away from the rest of the taste. That is what lingers on the tongue, and what makes this different from other Belgian-style brews. The palate is relatively thick and chewy, though not cloying. The candy sugar makes for a sticky mouthfeel but not unpleasantly so. The best thing about this brew is the hidden alcohol content, and even at 10 percent I didnít notice it until the warming started a moment or so afterwards. Not a bad brew, somewhat reminiscent of Unibroueís or Ommegangís offerings, but not in quite in that league, and not my favorite from Avery, either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2006
Clear copper pour with a thin white head, it seems quite pale for an Abt/Quad. Aroma of alcohol, mint and malty sweetness. Flavor of alcohol, mint and caramel with a sweet finish. The mouthfeel is liquorous and the carbonation is soft. What a letdown, I thought I bought a rich and complex beer but all I got is a cheap imitation of a belgian Abt/Quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2006
Smells like overripened pears and bubble-yum. Doesnít have a sharp aftertaste like some BSAís. little head, captain morganís color. Aroma good. Rather alcoholic. Pretty nasty. considered drain-pouring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 1, 2006
No bottle refermentation. The beer just canít muster the thick head it needs. An overwhelming wave of candied fruits, cheeries, apples, banana, and pear apparant. A little heavy handed with the sugar and a little light with the hops. The fruit is right on, but the balance of hops or crisp bubbles is just not here. There is a subtle spice that trys to dry the beer out of the finish but this is quickly checked by more sugar. Not my favorite but what a buzz.

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