“Created by God, feared by Satan, loved by all”
As quoted on The Reverend by Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO label (ABV 10%)
“This could become one of my favorite beers – if only it was available in Florida” said my anonymous guest-taster who was over for a Sunday afternoon tasting. I’d agree! I had the good karma to taste three different Avery blends at the Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder a couple of weeks ago, but this brew is by far the best I’ve sampled. The Reverend comes in a 22 oz bottle and not yet available this far east (to my knowledge)… but I’ll be on the lookout for Avery in Florida (apparently J.J. Taylor distributors in Tampa carries it – just haven’t found it yet!)
Here’s my unOfficial observations:
- Nose: Amazingly, the aroma with this brew is unobtrusive and faint, almost like a faint sweet floral perfume – and does not give credence to the amazing burst of flavor that comes with the first taste.
- Weight and color: A translucent coppery-red that reflects rather than allows light through. When you first taste The Reverend – respect is immediately given – there is a sweetness that hides the alcohol content – who would have believed that in the mug was a 10% brew! Who knew Belgians could be so tasty!
- Enjoyment factor: Clearly an award-winning brew in the making! I guess I should have sensed royalty in the Red Metallic foil around the cap! The Reverend inspires confidence and is malty and amber-like with a caramel flavoring but not hoppy. Reminiscent of my Canadian upbringing as it reminded me of MacIntosh toffee chunks but much more lingering flavor.
- Recommendation: If you like beer at all – especially if you like craft beers with a body and soul – you’ll love The Reverend. A thumbs-up 8 out of 10 from a generalist point of view, but my guest would give it a full 10 out of 10 (with the hopes that either Avery will ship some brews out to this outpost in Florida or that a local source is discovered!)
Until the next pint,