The Reverend, a beer fans first shot at blogging beer.
Sipping my first beer with the actual intention to "talk" about it.. is actually making me feel like i am defeating the purpose of it all.. Maybe because its the first time ive ever had a BELGIAN-STYLE QUADRUPEL (no Florida spelling jokes.. its the exact spelling on the bottle) ALE. Its really a taste all its own... Im hesitant to speak about something i know so little about. Everyone starts somewhere... so here goes it.. This one is from Avery Brewing Co. out of Boulder, Colorado. Its called "The Reverend" The Catch phrase... which i think i would have instantly bought instead of the double look hesitation it first received, is "Created by God, Feared By Satan, Loved by all" Yeah, Im all over it. The bottle is your standard pint and a half, light defending brown. Above the painted stained glass window on the label, The Reverend Luther Tucker stands out completely contrasted by by his hand-drawn colorless portrait.... clenching the good book and staring into the eyes of the grip. The crown is covered in a war-red champaign like foil with Avery's insignia... oh so classy!! Sold on the wrapping... time to get to the goodies.. I love the sound of the air equalizing while cracking open a fresh new beer! ..Even if its a stale old beer... the sound waters my mouth. While pouring, The Reverend shows off his head overly arrogantly. While the first impression wants to take over the glass itself... the head retreats quick into a thin sheet of contrasting color on the surface. Its smells like apples and alcohol... at a quenching 10% by volume.. a pint and a half could easily put the occasional drinker into a happy place in a hurry! The color looks as if it was a part of the bottle itself... faithfully identical. The taste is just as powerful as the smell... I have had Belgian triples at festivals and beer samplers... but never a quadruple.. If you dont know what to expect.. you are in for a "well thats different" experience. Those were actually the words that spilled out of me as Katie asked about my first sip. The alcohol is very warming to the mouth, which feels amazing against the immediate chill of the real temperature. It has a fruity kinda "beatn apple had a kid with a drunk fig" taste up front while taking it in. The after taste is sweet.. almost caramel candy like. The Reverend constantly reminds you of how much you have had as the beer laces the glass all the way down, leaving marks at every drink interval making the glass look pinstriped with tiny foam lines.... so thats where The Reverends head went! The bottle has enough for two people to have a glass a piece... and if your batchin it up on the lonesome... the second glass will get you there! Sadly... (oh so sadly) i have to finish this bottle myself... glass number two has submitted a nice warm stupid grin from my face. Though the first sip was very in my face.. as the glass got lighter the drink followed in suit.