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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

The ReverendThe Reverend

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very good

1,392 Ratings
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Ratings: 1392
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-21-2002)
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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange. Beige head is fairly thick.

Smell is complex. Dark fruits. Brown Sugar. Malt, yeast and spicy smells at the end.

The taste is similar to the smell. Dark fruits, malt. Some oak flavors as well. Very sweet though.

Not enough carbonation. Too flat and syrupy for my tastes.

Great quad that is only hurt by its excessive sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:38:02 | More by J_Dub
Photo of Mike-Harms


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Felt like a rather mild quad when I started at fridge temp, but as the time went on and the beer approached room temp, it started really growing on me and becoming so much more complex and tasty...at the end I was completely enchanted with this quad. So yummy.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 19:45:47 | More by Mike-Harms
Photo of SpenCycle


4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, dark brown color. Half finger head that sticks around. Hops, lots of malt, and alcohol on the nose. Amazing smooth, malty taste. Malt and alcohol overpowers the bitterness, but not in a way that it is unbalanced. I'm a huge IPA fan, but this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Aftertaste leaves a strong alcohol burn for a beer. Hops can really only be tasted when burping. Excellent beer, would definitely recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 17:42:58 | More by SpenCycle
Photo of 57md


3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a copper color with golden edges. There was a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose was surprisingly weak. The flavor profile includes the classic funky Belgian yeast flavor. The finish includes a slightly intrusive alcohol burn.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 19:38:10 | More by 57md
Photo of tigerbeer90

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served out of a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass

A: Hazy orange/brown body with a 2 finger head of off-white head that dies down. Good retention and lacing

S: Lots of bread, some dark fruits, and banana

T: Bananas, clove, bread, and a tinge of light fruit. Fair amount of alcohol present

M: A little thin for what I think of as a quad, but overall good.

O: Good American example of a quad. Not nearly the best quad, but worth a try

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 22:07:16 | More by tigerbeer90
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Quebec (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy ruby-brown with three inches of tiny-bubbled off-white head that quickly settles to one. Decent retention; some lacing.

Dark fruit, leather, dark crusty bread, gingerbread, some yeasty esters.

Rich and sweet with a malty, yeast-laden backbone. Dark fruits, molasses and crusty bread predominate with oak in the middle and some hidden raisiny alcohol at the finish.

Medium- to full-bodied with subtle carbonation and a coating, creamy mouthfeel. Feels just like it should.

Pretty solid Quad.
This is a tasty beer that has some very nice characteristics. On the scale of similar beers it is likely not the best, but it is true to the style and more approachable than some other Quads. Looks okay, smells and tastes okay, and has nearly exactly the palate that it should. While it may not be the best take on the style there is, it is a passable and drinkable beer.
May have again; good beer to use as a bridge into some of the bigger Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:07:56 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of BierJager89


4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red with a bit of brown and translucent with a tan, almost gray ring of head.

S: Syrupy fruit, cherries, banana in the nose.

T: Malt, citrus peel, banana, cherry, pine and other floral notes.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: A bit boring, and certainly not the best quad, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:29:48 | More by BierJager89
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up at Homebrew Stuff in Garden City a couple weeks ago... Finally getting around to drinking it tonight.... Pours a hazy amber with a short lasting white head.. No real lacing and a flimsy cap.

Nose shows caramel and bready maltiness ... light clove and perhaps some cherry if I concentrate, but overall there is a dusty sweet wet paper.... This has to be a very poorly handled bottle.

Caramel and red grape dominate the palate but the same malty cardboard is again the big player.

Body and carbonation are about right.

Too bad, I remember liking this beer.

I have been burned at Homebrew Stuff a lot lately... Buy at your own risk. I suggest buying only stuff you KNOW is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:54:06 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know if it was the draft lines or the quality of the glassware here, but I was expecting a little more umph all-around.

A: poured into a tulip with a nice 3/4" inch off-white head, clear ruby-hued liquid... head falls away and all but disappears... no lace

S: had to give this some time to sit and a few vigorous swirls but, eventually, some faint notes of perfumy esters and sweet dark crystal malt came to the fore.... not much going on, though, to activate the salivary glands

T: predominantly a decent balance round dark malt and dark fruits - sweet dried cherry, spiced plum... the heat and flavor of the alcohol was hidden superbly, however, I was left wondering if it was hidden too much, depriving the taste of explosiveness... moderate amount of residual bitterness.... not much aside from aromatics left in aftertaste

M: meager malt roundness, deceptively soft and light.... usually prefer quads to have a more well-defined, silky, honey-nectar viscosity....fairly dry, parching finish

O: not bad, but hardly memorable.... something tells something may have been off here - it was a bar somewhat reputable for its quality, too.... maybe give it a shot from a bottle sometime....

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 03:40:30 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of MrBoz21


4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Beautiful clear mahogany garnet with creamy tan head that settled into thick foam ring and lacy skiff on surface. Foamy lacing and mild bubbles.

Aroma: Faint pear and clove, Toffee and biscuit malt.

Taste: Caramel and slightly sweet (not cloying at all) with a smooth bitterness on tongue and slight burnt finish. Plum, raison and grape.

Mouthfeel: Substantive and chewy, crisp.

Overall: Nice smooth big beer - a nice example of a beer that can be enjoyed like wine.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:50:36 | More by MrBoz21
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad quad but there are far better quads out there than this one. It would make a good introduction beer for new quad drinkers.
There is the typical sweet, dark fruity nose that you would expect from a quad followed by tastes of plums and sour grapes. I picked up on gingerbread too if I wasn't mistaken.
Not a bad beer but not worth the price considering the other A+ quads available at similar pricing.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 18:17:32 | More by BeerGod27
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2013.

The color is mahogany brown to medium-dark amber with a modest little head that fizzles quickly.

Vague notes of Belgian sugar, Belgian biscuit malts, mild hops, and this kind of fruity character that is more akin to grape rather than pear or apple. It makes me think more of a wine.

The body is medium to full. Smooth too.

The 10% ABV is well-masked within the sweetness of the Belgian candied sugars and malts. But in all instances I still get this sort of wine or grape character, which I find brings the beer down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 21:04:36 | More by puboflyons
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South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Avery the Reverend
22oz bottle into a chalice
no bottling dates

A: Pours a dark copper with some reddish hues when held to light. 1 fingers width of tan colored head hangs around for a while before dissipating down. Leaves some streaky lacing and alcohol legs.

S: Lots of dark fruits, cherry and currants, some vinous notes, candied sugar, significant sweetness, estery banana, peppery spice and a hint of booze round it out. Complex, strong aroma, and very nice.

T: Different than the nose, not as rich or complex. Some bitterness, and a prominent booze are the first things I get. Once I get past those two components I then pick up subtle cocoa, banana, and dark fruits that are significantly less prominent than the nose implied. I also get a burnt plastic like component.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, gives a nice whole body warming sensation. Quite boozy though, definitely lots of booze in the flavor, and a bit hot.

O: Overall, not bad but somewhat disappointing. The aromas was very nice, but the palate profile feel short. Worth a try but there are so many great Quads readily available that I dont think Ill be purchasing this one again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:26:03 | More by zac16125
Photo of TempeBeerMan


4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy ripe plum color (reddish/amber with a hint of purple), with two-finger, off-white head. Spots of lacing. Head did dissipate after a while.

S - Strong aroma of Belgian yeasts, caramel, sweet breads, dark fruits and a hint of banana/clove.

T - Nicely blended flavors of black cherries, holiday fruit cake, and caramel-soaked bread. Clove and pepper spice present in the mid-palate. A touch of grapefruit from the hops present in the finish works wonders to prevent cloying. Complex. ABV barely detectable. Fruitier and not quite as decadent as some Quads I have sampled, but I found the difference to be rather refreshing.

M - Thinner side of medium bodied, with spritzy carbonation. Finishes quite clean. IMO, this could have used a little more body; but a minor flaw.

O - As a different take on the classic Belgian Quad, I enjoyed this quite a bit and would recommend it for those looking for something original, as this is not the toffee/date/prune bomb one might expect. All around pretty darn good though.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 05:03:14 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of a0lbudman


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark copper color with a small off white head
S-rich caramel malt with a spice aroma and a sweet banana fruit smell
T-malt hits you then the spicies hit you with a warming alcohol taste that leaves the mouth with a strong spice aftertaste that turns to a spicey caramel malt finish
M-high carbonation and medium body
O-very complex malt and spice and fruit smell make this a great beer

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:54:45 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful dark pour, minimal carbonation, a great scent that screams "QUAD!", but the flavor (and I've noticed this with pretty much all of the Colorado Belgian-style beers) isn't quite there.

I don't know if Colorado has its own "Belgian" convention I'm unaware of, but their Belgians just a little off compared to their European or Canadian counterparts. </rant>

Ultimately, this is a good beer and I'd recommend it if you're looking to try something new, but if you are going to have one quad this year, this beer just isn't quite it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:26:36 | More by DrinkNewport
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Alberta (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, from Tipsy's Liquor World in Denver's suburbs.

This beer pours a clear, orange-brick amber hue, with a half-finger of weakly foamy, and mostly fizzy beige head, which leaves some random columns of mitochondrial lace around the glass as things eventually sink away.

It smells of dark raisins, figs, biscuity caramel malt, dry toffee, molasses, a bit of underripe apple, cloves, and a threatening booziness. The taste is quite fruity up front - stewed black cherries, applesauce, red currants - followed tightly by sopped bready caramel, crystallized toffee, a bit of muddled clove and white pepper, some ethereal earthy hops, and more menacing, but still restrained, alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly light, and even AWOL at times, the body a decently trim medium weight, and decidedly smooth, with a hint of hollow creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the muted caramel and toffee notes dropping deeper into the shadows, the sugary fruit holding fast, and the spices melding nicely into a now (relatively) low-ABV liqueur state.

An agreeable enough new-world ode to the Belgian greats of the style, the booze deftly integrated, however the malt just seems more like the simple country cousin, rather than the urbane grand uncle of the family. Glad I got to try it - it's noted here to remind me of just how close it really was that I didn't.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 07:10:40 | More by biboergosum
Photo of thebigredone


3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish hue with a moderate amount of head.

Smell is okay. Sweetness, some dark fruit. Not overly aromatic.

Taste reflects the nose. Primarily sweet with some dark fruits and some clove and spice notes. Lacking the depth and complexity of it's Belgian counterparts.

Mouthfeel is good, just a touch thick and oily.

Overall, a good American Quad. In the future I'll stick to the Belgians, but this was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 20:59:41 | More by thebigredone
Photo of spoony


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (I didn't catch the date) into a wine glass.

A-This brew is lighter in color than most quads. I'll call it rusty amber. The head is pretty thin, maybe a half-finger of tan foam that doesn't linger for very long. The carbonation is minimal.

S-This brew smells of sweet molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and light pepper. There is a bit of warming alcohol in here, too. It lacks the typical prune/raisin of many quads, but the scent is not half-bad.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with toffee, caramel, golden raisin, and molasses flavors being dominant. The alcohol is sweet, solventy, up-front, and slightly aggressive. This is slightly lighter in flavor profile and carries more honey/caramel than typical quads.

M-The feel, like the color, is lighter for the style. The carbonation is smooth and fine.

O-This is a slightly different take on the quad. It lacks the raisin/prune/tobacco flavors (well, it might have a little tobacco), but it packs a big alcoholic punch and a decent toffee-forward flavor. If you are looking to replace St. Bernardus Abt 12 or Westy, look elsewhere, but if you want something to pair with a graham cracker crust cheesecake or toffee bread pudding, this is a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 18:33:53 | More by spoony
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a chalice:

A: somewhat dark amber/caramel colored body with a half finger off-white head that dies within about fifteen seconds, very little lacing spider webbing around the glass

S: sweet combination of apple, cloves, cherries are there but seem really light, a little bit of some spice

T: mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, sweet apple aftertaste, dry spicy finish

M: medium to almost heavy - hmmm.... actually probably closer to medium, but not sessionable as ABV is somewhat felt

O: I'd say this is a pretty good quad, but I think there's other quads I'd rather have before this

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 16:00:46 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Reverend opens to a full-bodied Belgian nose, bananas and cloves leaping from the bottle, joined here by additional fruity notes of pineapple, cherry, melon, and light apple to form a sticky-sweet bubble gum-like overtone. This mixes with a bit of white pepper, as well as a nice hit of lemon oil and pine resin from the hops, the latter notes nicely balanced to blend with the fruits and spices. Dollops of caramel and brown sugar, as well as vanilla and even a bit of toffee, add to the sugary experience, the beer smelling in many ways like caramel-ed/toffee-d fruits. A base of light, yeasty whole wheat dough, as well as biscuit and cereal grains, helps ground the experience, preventing things from running amok and becoming overly sweet. As a whole, the nose is excellent, featuring a fine array of sugary notes kept in check by lovely citrusy-piney hops and rich breads, and offers almost everything one could want in a Quad. The only drawback is the bubble-gum overtone, which smells overly of artificial strawberry-cherry esters, but this is slight.

On the tongue, the beer is big and bold, the bananas and cloves marching onto the tongue and setting up camp. Pineapple, cherry, melon, apple, orange, and white grape fruit esters add additional layers of sweetness, and the hops add a bit of pink grapefruit to the mix. Thankfully, they also add a touch of lemon oil and pine resin to keep things from becoming cloying. Again, dollops of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and brown sugar add additional sweetness, and a bready base of yeasty rising whole wheat dough, biscuit, floury baguette, and chewy wheat bread helps ground the experience. An alcoholic vapor does run through the entire mouthful, the 10% ABV definitely making itself known, but mostly pleasantly so. It does get a bit strong toward the end of the mouthful, though, and lasts into the aftertaste, which is otherwise a long-lasting fruity and spicy continuation of the main mouthful. Mouthfeel is a slightly dry medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very nice Quad, with potent flavors that are, for the most part, nicely balanced. The heavy alcohol kick is a bit of a problem, and the beer does feel like it needed a bit more of a bready note to help counter the sugars, but for the most part this is excellent fare.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:54:52 | More by jondeelee
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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I don't know why, but I feel "The Reverend" sounds like a badass blaxploitation film... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, chocolate-covered pomegranate, stone fruits, brown sugar, nutmeg, light candied orange peel, and some bready yeast in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the fruits and spices colliding at times with occasionally untoward results. In addition, a vein of booze pokes its head in from time to time. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly pillowy feel. Overall, this is a solid quad, but one that doesn't quite balance the flavors completely. Still, it's definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 22:05:47 | More by TMoney2591
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Trappist Westvleteen glass
From: K’nB Wine Cellar’s in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.49
Purchased: July 20, 2013
Consumed: July 25, 2013
Misc.: Foil wrapper; Part of bottle read “Created by God, Feared by Satan, Loved by All” - Reverend Luther Tucker

Poured a dark caramel amber color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Very good layered lacing all the way down on the sides. Average retention on the top.

Smelled apple, kiwi, cloves, Juicy Fruit, dark sour fruit, banana, dark cherries, caramel, toffee and Belgian spices. Sharp whiff of alcohol at very end.

Tasted like a stronger version of the smell, that kind of dies out at the end. Got apple, cloves, kiwi, watered down Juicy Fruit, dark cherries and Belgian spices, all with a strong alcohol background. Not 10 percent background (which it is), but close. A bit sweet and sugary.

Light-to-medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Alcohol seems a bit lower than the 10 percent. Best part of the beer.

I’m still rather new to Quad’s, but this one seemed to be a bit below average. It did get better as it went down.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 05:38:37 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought from little's liquor and wine

A&S: almost translucent ruby red lively looking beer. Very light brown foamy head, with not a ton of retention and good lacing. Very pungent aroma, lots of dark fruit tons including: cherries, apricots, raisins; sweet alcohol is present but not overwhelming;

T&M: powerful fruity tartness. Not internally malty palate centered, but it is still present. rich, creamy texture. Full bodied medium carbonation.

Overall: A good example of an "american born" quad.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 05:57:02 | More by minterro
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New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber color with a reddish hue. No lacing of note; No carbonation either.

S - Scents of cherries, red grapes, dried fruit, and berries hit the nose. An extremely fruit flavored quad.

T - Sweetness has a cloying feel. Slightly tart in the finish. There is a warming brun int he finish that belies the boozy nature of the Reverend.

M - A sipper for sure, this appeals to those that like a sweeter quadrupel. Heavy in its body, but also complex.

O - Worth trying and a good domestic quad that is perfect for after a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 14:21:51 | More by socon67
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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.