The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 802
Hads: 1,717
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 49
Gots: 200 | FT: 0
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-21-2002

Beer Style: Belgian Style Quadrupel Ale
Hop Variety: Sterling
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Aromatic malt, Cara-45, Cara-20, Special B
Sugars: Belgian Candy Sugar
OG: 1.085 ABV: 10.0% IBUs: 24 Color: Tawny
The Reverend, was created in tribute to the life of our friend 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 the spirit and character of the departed Reverend, this beer is strong willed, assertive, and pure of heart.

Our brewers included as many authentic imported Belgian specialty malts as they could, making this the perfect beer for folks who love malty beers and are ready to take the next step. 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.

The Reverend is the second installment of “The Holy Trinity of Ales” series.

Food pairing: Try The Reverend with a gyro or paired with our favorite: steamed spicy saffron mussels.
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Photo of jmasher85
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Avery and this is a mighty fine, and remarkably smooth, Belgian-style quad. Actually, calling it Belgian-style is almost unfair - they imported Belgian hops, yeast, and I think some of the malts too for this lovely homage. I revere the Reverend, with its hints of oak and smoke, some nice cherry notes on the back end, and a good mix of spices where none shout out at you, but taste lovely in harmony with each other. This quad won't blow anyone's mind, but for Avery fans, and anyone who wants a strong, yet mild quad, this is worth a bottle. (553 characters)

Photo of khmel
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An American quad that truly tastes like it's from Belgium. Great nose with hints of cherries and pumpernickel. The Belgian yeast is present but balanced in the taste against the sweet fruitiness and hints of leather. A really great quad and by far the best American quad I've sampled. (284 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice treat for Father's day!

A: Deep brown in color with bright ruby tones, fairly clear with a nice light tan head.

S: A lovely sweet aroma comes up from this beer. Banana, and spice combine in an almost banana bread like aroma. A slight touch of toffee in the finish.

T: Nice caramel and toffee up front. A decent amount of spice and Belgian yeast character, and a touch of earthy bitterness in the finish followed by dark berries. Very interesting.

M: Medium full in body, with fine carbonation.. perhaps a touch low, but still nice.

O: Overall a very tasty beer. Interesting and enjoyable. (610 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Clear, yet solid body of coppered caramel with an ecru colored head which starts out at about half an inch tall, but melts within the minute. And yet, it leaves plenty of lace--at the end, the glass is coated with sticky white webbing.

Smell: A gentle combination of Belgian yeast and light stone fruit: barrels of apricots, and a small bag of peaches. Suddenly, a strong scent of strawberry jam breaks through, calmed by a fresh farmhouse bouquet of straw, grain, even some sawdust. Very interesting, but much too airy and summery for a Belgian Quad!

Taste: Strawberry jam on the tongue as well! A rare flavor for any beer. It deepens into more of a cherry cordial taste as it settles in the throat, aided by a light oakiness and a breath of brandy. There is a interesting bit of sourness mixed in, like squeeze of barely ripe orange juice. Some earthy hop bitterness brings good balance and fortitude, but a sweet malt base keeps things soft.

Mouthfeel: Silky medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming is quite light for the style. A solid mouthfeel which does a good job supporting the flavors.

Overall: This is sweet and gentle for a Quad, but still complex, and definitely worth trying. I personally prefer the more common examples of the style, with their dark fruit and spice. (1,315 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 09/2014 served in a tulip glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: poured pretty thin and dark brown with hints of copper shining through the exceptionally clear liquid. Pillowy head started but sank to a rim of foam around the glass with some nice alcohol legs. Not really a lot of Belgian lace on this one.

Nose: grape juice, raisins, figs, malty and sweet

Taste: foamy mouthfeel, not very thick, no alcohol presence in the beginning, this one really hides that 10%. Very malt forward and Trappist in nature. The hop presence is very, very subtle and is just enough to cut the massive caramel and toffee malt character. Yeast character is subdued and not very Belgian-like. I do like what little Belgian yeast phenols that are present in this beer: raisin, cherries and grape juice like some of the drink blends you find in the store. I get some bubble gum in there as well. The alcohol heat builds towards the middle and makes for a long and lingering finish of hot alcohol, but certainly not in a bad way. It really says, "Ya, thats right, I really am a 10% Quad. Don't doubt me again."

Overall: I haven't had a Quad in a while so I'll have to get my palate accustomed to them again. I really enjoyed this beer. It is a style that both my wife and I can agree on and enjoy together. Great beer; probably a bit too thin to cellar but I may get another bottle to try is out in a year and see how those phenolics and fusels change over time. ABV is certainly in the cellar range. (1,491 characters)

Photo of milehighhop
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark carmel in color with a tannish head
nice pleasant aroma, the smell of bananas popped out to me
nice malty tasting beer with a mild spiciness
overall I enjoyed this beer and will be picking up some more again (212 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a serious quadrupel, very full-flavored and strongly developed. Once again, Avery proves that they are the cream of the crop when it comes to high-alcohol beers. They don't crank up the ABV just because they can; rather, they make a damn good beer that just happens to be 10%. There's a difference, and they understand that. This is a classic Belgian quadrupel, well worth seeking out and trying. You may or may not want to share yours once you buy it though, fair warning. (486 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/28/2014 (year old):
Pours a cloudy amber brown, with some sediment in the bottom (bottle was in fridge a while). Head is silky light reddish-tan, collecting at the edge and providing some lacing. Nose is caramel toffee, with a hint of tartness (can't quite place it), breach. Also something line alcohol-soaked apple, hint of cinnamon - combined almost like an apple fritter.

Taste is like the nose, but a cola or chocolate licorice (brown kind I've had before) flavor is added. The sweetness reminds me of some dubbels. Lightly burnt sugars, hint of spice coupled with good carbonation adds some interest to the feel that is otherwise a bit dull. Body is fairly ful.

A fine beer that improves a bit as it warms. A good beer to sip slowly and enjoy. (773 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Side poured with standard vigor into a Chimay goblet. Picked this up mostly because the label looked cool and I wanted a different beer. I had never seen this before either, so it was interesting.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep maroon/crimson color with an off white, two finger head that leaves pretty good lacing and displays moderately good retention. I love the packaging, love the label and the concept of the Holy Trinity Series.

Smell - Dark fruits, mahogany, spiciness, sweetness, and almost a hint of tobacco. Although not an overwhelming nose, very good

Taste - The sweetness of the dark fruits are very obvious, as is the maltiness and the caramel background. Malts are a big boy in this drink, if you don't like malt I would stay away.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, big and rich, Nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Although you don't get a big bite from the booze, you know it is there pretty quick given the ABV.

Overall - This is a very good example of the Quad style. While it is not my favorite, it is a good one indeed. If you like Quads, malts, or just good beer, this is a good one to get ahold of. (1,136 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at 11,000 feet at winter park. Pours a murky red with a thin layer of head which leaves nice lacing. Nose features plenty belgo esters including bananas, clove, and dark fruit. Grainy notes towards the end. Taste is moderately sweet with red grapes and banana. Sweetness gives way to some malty notes at the end. Booze is well hidden, no burn. Nice quad. (362 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on draft

medium brown in color clear, not much head. rich malty aroma and taste. a bit boozy. some dark fruit flavor in there too. medium body. (154 characters)

Photo of sokol_1993
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, but not as dark as the other quads that I have had such as Rochefort or St. Bernardus. Not much bubbling.

Smell: Phenol smell, orange peels, really fruity smell

Taste: Fruity, some taste of dark fruit, but mostly light fruit. Somehow tastes more like a Belgian strong pale ale than a dark ale, as I could not detect the sweetness of chocolate and molasses. However, it is interesting in its own right. Strong alcohol taste at the end, which is nice for a day of below freezing temperature. After taste is great.

A quite good quad, for what it is. (568 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.76/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a rich and unfiltered dark mahogany honey gold. Forms a half finger of quickly dissipating, slightly off wheat head. Little lacing left on glass.
S - Sweet alcoholic black cooked cherries, figs and plums, hops and notes of warm alcohol. T - Incredible. Sweet alcoholic black cherries, slightly bitter grape wine notes. Malts, slight tinge of warm caramel and a nice bubbly smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly, no trace alcohol in the taste.
O - A damned fine and outstanding Belgian quad. One of the top three I've ever had to date and a must try for Belgian beer fans!
V - Purchased in a 22oz. bomber, medium/high value. (629 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has a dried fruit, spicy, sugary nose with a hint of alcohol. The beer pours brilliant copper to ruby tinted amber under a 1” finely, moussey bubbled foam collar. The Reverend has a rich, creamy palate like a fruit cake soaked in alcohol with treacle lightly drizzled on top, filled with figs, dates, some other dried fruit and maybe a couple of nuts. The body is medium to a little above which is much less than all the flavor would lead you to expect. The carbonation is above average but it is natural and very fine and soft. There is some alcohol warming but it is hard to believe that this is 10.0% abv when drinking it. (632 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tap House Grill, arrived in a shaker pint (sigh).

A: A deep reddish brown, slightly cloudy. Arrived in the glass with a thin head, which dissipated rather quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: I was, alas, at a bar with a kitchen, which generally precludes my olfactory senses from making much sense. What I was able to detect was some sweetness, yeast, and cherry fruit.

T: Yep, that's definitely more than a hint of cherry fruitiness, and not much of any other type of fruit. The underlying malt is caramel, with candi sweetness. I did not detect much spiciness, nor much layered complexity.

M: Rather thin for a quad.

O: I had fond memories of this beer from occasions several years ago. It would appear that since that time, I have encountered Abt 12, Rochefort 10, and Trois Pistoles enough that this beer has lost some of that initial "what sorcery is this quadrupel you speak of?" luster. It's not bad, but it's not anything I would seek out. (967 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was wondering if I should let this settle and age for a while, but I was really curious, so I popped it, and as Scotty P says in We're the Millers, "No ragrets." I love all the lettas.

It looks the part. Not very cloudy, but very pretty. The aroma is sufficiently rich and fruity - loads of yeasty goodness, but inoffensive. Ditto for the taste. It is big but extremely well behaved, like it sat in my basement chillin for a couple years. Similarly the aftertaste is very mild for the style. This could be considered a weakness, but it is very drinkable.

Overall I like this a lot. This could be a go-to Belgian. In Ohio, it's about $7 for a bomber - a very good value, yenamsain? (684 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless wine glass.

Creamy, thick, foamy , frothy oatmeal-colored head. Streaks of lace. Brown and amber body with excellent clarity. 5

Creamy caramel and dark fruits with underlying floral sweetness. Yeasty and peppery too. 4

Peppery, sweet and floral. Caramel malt sweetness. Plum and fig join the malts for creamy sweetness. 4

The body is on the lighter side of medium and there's no hint of alcohol heat. Light yeast feel up front, creamy otherwise, with a dry finish. 4

Pretty nice. Mellower than I would expect and there could be a little bit more to the flavors, but still nice. 4 (605 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance: Black with a thin brown head.

Smell: Faint yeast and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel taste with Belgian yeast up front. Melts into a nice complex roasted malt flavor. Ends with faint sourness and moderate alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and thickness.

Overall: Good quad. Complex but nothing too out-there. (334 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Look: Deep amber with a minimal vanilla head that barely lines the glass. Lots of legs.

Smell: Dark candied cherries, toffee, brown sugar, currants, dark grapes, plums, dates, and white grapes. Smells sticky and sweet.

Taste: Brown sugar covered raisins hit the tongue, followed by dark cherries, big date notes, toffee, currants, very mild cinnamon, molasses, and every couple of sips I get a big moscato/white grape note that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: At first it's sticky and then but the bodies up really fast to a thick body that completely covers the mouth. Goes down sticky with a hint of booze on the finish that warms the back of the throat. Finish is sticky and dry that let's the date notes linger on the tongue.

Overall: This definitely covers more of the toffee/Belgian sugar side of the style then the raisin/dark fruit of most quads. It's kind of like a quad style barleywine. It's good but nothing mind blowing (943 characters)

Photo of higherbrow
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

I was given a 750 ML bottle of The Reverend for my birthday by a good friend, and sadly wasted the bottle by drinking it after I had already had enough scotch to dull my senses. Deciding to give it a fair trial, I picked up a second for a fairly budget price ($6.50), and decided to give it a shot. The aroma was a little bland, but it was a very attractive brew once I poured it. The aroma concealed complex and rich flavors, with the sweet fruit notes complemented well by just a touch of bitterness. Each of the first few sips gave me new subtleties to explore, and I found myself favorably comparing it to Three Philosophers and Gulden Draak 9000, two other favorites of mine. I will be purchasing a great deal of The Reverend in the future, as it deeply impressed. (769 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet malt, yeast and Belgian candi sugar emanates from the glass bringing notes of dark fruit, caramel and light booze.

T- More dark fruit plus some vanilla. The alcohol is quite apparent but meshes well with the overall profile. Mildly toasty malt and even milder bitterness. Certainly a slow sipper.

M- A bit syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I remember liking this more when I first had it years ago. Now I find it to be decent but having a bit too much alcohol presence. All the right flavors are there but there's just too much heat. Maybe some aging would help. (907 characters)

Photo of techdiver
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Malty nose, molasses and dried fruit on palate. Raisins and cherries most evident. Minimal head and lacing. Seems smoother as it warms, but ABV shows its presence. (163 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber shared with friends. My serving was in an Innis and Gunn stemmed glass (not quite a tulip, but not a straight walled goblet either). No date on the bottle.

Appearance Clear/bright dark amber. Thin ring of white foam. Some small islands of lacing.

Smell: Toffee, dark fruits, and a hint of phenol. A very deep and rich aroma.

Taste: Toffee, Candi sugar, caramel, cherry, phenol, with a mild bitter finish that complements the other flavors. Very rich.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but sticky on the teeth. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: The Reverend has given me his sermon and I'm a converted believer. This is a very good beer. Deep flavor and aroma profiles, good looking, and even the mouthfeel works with everything else going on. I'd hesitate to put it in any more of a religious connotation, but I effective went to a service, listened to the sermon, took communion, and left uplifted. This is one damn good beer. The alcohol does make itself a little bit known, but not enough that I found it hot. I had such a good experience I know it's dangerous enough for me to reach for another one and be in real trouble and in for a proper preaching against sin after the 2nd bottle. Great beer and I'll be picking this up again. (1,249 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a short head on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is rich and fruity: orange, mango, pineapple and spices. Really good.
The taste is quite sweet beginning to end, but it has a decent balance going on. The finish is long and sweet.
The texture is a bit sticky with lower carbonation.
It's a nice sipping brew. (322 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter at cellar temperature.

An off-white, one-finger head of froth fizzles away to a ring encircling some lingering splotches above a beautiful deep blood-ruby body. Oh, and there's some lacing left behind, too. Quite pleasing to behold.

The aroma has a big dose of dark fruits, like raisins, cherries, and dates. Festive spices like ginger, nutmeg, and cloves also abound. Smells very Belgian.

It tastes sweet, spicy, and bready. Much like fruitcake. First it's like tart dark fruit, then sweeter like cherries, and ultimately drying into that wonderful Belgian breadiness in the finish. Regarding the spiciness, I think I taste cinnamon specifically! VERY nice. This is how an awesome quad should taste, I think.

The feel is effervescent, but still sufficiently substantial to support the rich flavors.

I'm very impressed with this beer. But also vexed and perplexed. This is a STELLAR American-brewed, Belgian-style ale. And yet it seems to be so over-looked... Could it be because it isn't from Belgium? Or because it's so commonly available? In any case, I now revere The Reverend. And I'm not even religious. (1,127 characters)

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.