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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2004
Speckled bright auburn color. The nose is fruity with hints of raisin and lots of alcohol. The body is fruity with hints of caramel. Thick and quite yeasty. Big alcohol and too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2857) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
Ruby-amber colour. Boozy cotton candy aroma. Flavour is quite bitter with harsh alcohol notes and a sugary background. I’m not sure of the age of the bottle I sampled, but I’d suspect that it could’ve done with a bit of aging to mellow it out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2004
clear copper pour with a medium off white head. Aroma is that of a traditional belgium...banana, clove, yeast. Peppery yeastly beginning, with some lingering banana toward the middle. Finish has something to be desired...definately missing. This quad had promise from the start, yet it finishes like a 3 legged horse.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (13288) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle shared with Mette, Morten and Lui. Small white head. Aromas as a bag of sweets, very sweet, no brown fullgrain bread (rugbrøds) as i like it. But some hops and alcohol. But to sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Once again I really feel that Avery is slagging these belgian styles. This pours an interesting bourbon color, a dark orangey-amber, but again its crystal clear and shows no hint of sediment in the bottle. The aroma was restrained, featuring a peppery, fusel alcohol and touch of burnt sugar. No real fruit to speak of. The flavor pretty one-dimensionally sweet up front, leading to hot and peppery alcoholic finish. It should hide the alcohol better. Again lacking the fluffy palate to lighten the body against the high alcohol. Just not getting it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stine (1490) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 On tap at the Happy Gnome. Reddish orange hue with a shy head of foam, with some aromas of blonde brownies, caramel, and alcohol. Tastes staunchly hot, with plenty of dark sugar and molasses to go with a wheelbarrow of malt. In the end the alcohol presents too loudly and clumsily here, like the overweight relative who assumes his invitation to a family get-together is a license to gorge himself to his heart’s content, getting wasted for free all the while. He just won’t leave, and he ruins what might have been an otherwise pleasant experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear, copper-brown, with a thin head that took some aggressive pouring to develop. Fruity, alcohol and even a bit of cinnamon in the aroma. Oliy body and a smooth heavy body mouth feel. A bit sweet and the taste lingers a bit too long.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
bottle. copper amber color. fruity yeasty aroma. sweet and alcohollic. bit simplistic. quite carpy and very yeasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MNovak (32) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Red brown color with a medium head. Molasses, raisin, and cherry flavor. Not very impressive

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Bottle pours a crystal clear copper with no head and a lace ring. The aroma is fresh bread, candy sugar, and spice. The flavor is drier than I thought it would be, peppery, spicy, currants, and alcohol. The palate is heavy.

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