The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,689
Reviews: 807
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 43
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,689 | Reviews: 807
Reviews by StevieW:
Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep shiny copper, with garnet tinges around the edges. Nice fluffy tan head. Bubbely and full. Filled my Corsendonk glass very nicely.
Smells of sugary sweet vapors, cherries, plums, and other sweetness. Hints of alcohol stun the senses too. Fresh snap of big hop bitterness, but that quickly fades. Taste is loaded with flavors, plums and cherries again. Belgian candi sugars yeild lots of high alcohol heat, but still very smooth and mellow. Medium bodied, but alcohol thins things out toward the finish. Syrupy sweet finish but sticky to the tongue. A bit thin at the bottom, but all the flavors together. An eye raising experience. Cheers to the Belgianbum for this big beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Photo of TheCondor
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper color with a small creamy-like head,complex aromas at first I picked up some orange rind and a little butter and the alcohol makes it presence known in there as well.pretty straight forward flavors sweet dark fruit with a touch of spicey/yeastiness,the alcohol really warms late.First time trying this Avery big brew solid but there are better ones out there of the style,thanks to hoppedup for sharing his bottle.

Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Florescent red in color with a mild head that went down quickly. This looks like liquid, radioactive sugar water.

Smell – Very sweet and fruit juicy with strong alcohol notes. There’s a malt base in there and some traditional Belgian spices, but this one is all about the alcohol and fruit juice, mostly cherry, orange, cranberry, and apple.

Taste – The malt comes out bigger in the taste, but the cherry, orange, and cranapple flavors are still out in force. The alcohol is HUGE in this one. It tastes like straight vodka.

Mouthfeel – I hate to sound redundant, but this feels like fruit juice passing through your mouth. Heavily-spiked fruit juice, I may add.

Drinkability – I thought that this one was a little unbalanced and went down rather clumsily.

Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark light amber color, extremely hazy, moderate head that faded to a lacing pretty quickly. Moderate to low carbonation.

S - Lots of sweet malt, some caramel and that is about it. Lacks phenols or spiciness I expect in a Belgian beer of this style.

T - Things start to get better at this point.Very rich malt backbone with a good deal of caramel sweetness. The phenols do some through although in extreme moderation, would like some more. End with a nice alcohol bite, but nothing offensive or jet fuel like.

M - Thick and rich, lots of body, coats your mouth which helps balance out the high alcohol content.

D - This is a big beer with a lot of malt flavor, would have liked a little more than just malt, some more penols, some spice, some more flavor from the yeast. It is good, but just a bit flat.

Edit: Wow...can't believe I am doing this...but bumping a few categories up .5. I let this warm up to about 55 degrees and it came alive.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer reminded me most of a barleywine, as it seemed to share a lot of the same qualities. Its pretty much the same color, maybe a slight shade lighter. Very malty sweet nose. I taste barleywine all over this beer. I'm not even sure how I'd differentiate between the two. I drank this with dinner in the hot July Maryland summer, and it was not very refreshing

Photo of sellmeagod
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The reverend is apparently known for inspiring thoughts of the divine. I think it is a decent beer, and in the large bottle size, it is an easy one to get twisted on, but there are some drawbacks.

Sweetness - perhaps too sweet. A bit cream-sicle, maybe, but it still tastes like that Belgian quad. The dark coloration and creaminess are major benefits, but too much is truly too much with this beer, even when we're talking 10 flat abv. It could be easier to drink, and I don't like fighting sweetness; that feels less manly.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Very pretty beer: gold, thick white head, nice lacing, well-carbonated. The aroma of a lollypop. Big taste. Fruit, candy, malt, alcohol, yeast. A well-constructed beer, fun to drink. The 10% ABV makes it a beer to savor.

Photo of NWer
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark clear brown into my chalice.
Head retains well and settles nicely.
Nice aroma. A very pleasant sweet smell .
Taste is sweet, malt, spice, smooth, tasty.
A nice representation of the style that masks the 10% ABV well.
A very drinkable sipping beer.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really feel like I got this in Beer Powerball and despite my excellent notes, I don't see this brew listed with anyone. Perhaps it was a late entry? Anyway, whereever I managed to procure this beer I really appreciate it. Thanks!

Looks good, nice amber color, small head. Has a decent yeasty odor and a sugary scent. Taste is nice, not too bold, not too weak. Delicious drinkable brew, would buy again.

Photo of shapudding
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap over at the Drafting Room in Springhouse, yay! Great brandy color with good amount of carbination and light on the head. Yummy scent of sherry and dark fruit. Lacing in the glass. Great barleywine style here. This is just so freaking good!! Tastes of dark cherries, sherry, and you can taste the alcohol in it- which I do love. The taste changes so much from when you first taste it when it is chilled, to when you let it warm a bit, to the point where it comes to room temperature... well, if you can wait that long! There were some huge chunks of scrod inside the glass from it, but hey, that is the risk we all gotta take here and there! Was not allowed to take any of this away in one of their growlers, rules against it said this was the only one on tap that was a no-go at the time. Big Sigh. But if it was allowed, I think me and drinking buddy would have drained the keg. Next trip back, the handle was gone. This is one I could definately have more than a few of in a sitting, not too heavy/thick, not too sweet, just so good.... yummmm....

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz bomber, as shown in the image here. Pours a clear brass colored amber with a small light tan head that fades quickly to circled lacing. Nose is of dark fruity sweet malts and alcohol, but molasses dominates. Mouthfeel is creamy, good carbonation, and pleasant to the palate. The very small head that remains is here to stay. The Belgian candy sugar, advertised on the label, is certainly present in the taste, but is balanced by the Goldings hops quite well here. The high abv, surprisingly, is well disguised by the complex ingredients. Very impressive taste, though a bit heavy. This is a very likeable ale that is very Belgian in nature.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BT NYC. Almond in color and clear. Tiny bubble head, nice lace left behing. Full bodied, Malty sweatness, alcohol noted and warming. Spicy Belgian yeast present. Another very big and bold, complex Belgian style brew. Alot of flavor and character packed into this offering. Not for the faint of heart, will be loved by some including me

Photo of badbeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange copper color; a little lighter than expected, but the lack of head retention and only a small, non-lasting head is what brings this one down. Smell is of caramel and dark fruit, some cherries as well. Taste is real nice, starts out with a burnt caramel flavor, toffee, and some dark fruits. I think this may even meld better with age. Mouthfeel is chewy, definitely full bodied with carbonation on the lower side, but still present. Pretty solid, and if I remember correctly, the best United States brewed quad that I've had. Certainly worth a try, I think I'll be picking up a couple to age next time.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is candy sugar, brown sugar, dates and alcohol. The beer smells like a quadrupel should. The flavor is heavy on the alcohol, but I also get a lot of candy sugar and dark fruit notes. There is also some caramel malt notes and a little bit of molasses. Medium to full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Mle_Emily
4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious, strong, and the color was gorgeous!

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with nearly no head. Aroma full of sugar, cherries, and malt. Syrupy mouthfeel compliments the sweet and fruity taste. Lots of currants and candy sugar in this one. The yeast seems to take a back seat. Gets better as it warms, but still keeps the sweet character.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a surprisingly light slight amber with almost no head at all. Nose is lightly boozy, hoppy, rye and very rich, no idea this is a quad.

Taste is awesome! Pretty damn complex with a light hoppiness and a solid toasty/malty backbone to it. Great beer and my favorite quad after three philosophers.

Photo of jondeelee
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber with some ruby red. Lots of bubbles stick to the glass. Only a little bit of off white head appears then quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A nicely malty, fruity, and spicy Quad aroma. Belgian yeast with some pepper and cinnamon spicing. Big scent of Belgian candied sugar and a little molasses. Toasted malts with big hints of caramel and toffee as well as some soft biscuit and cracker. Big dark fruit aroma with hints of dark cherries, grapes, raisins, plum, fig, dates, and currant. Also some subtle earthy hops in the background. Very solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, malty and spicy with a big mix of dark fruit flavors. Belgian yeast with some pepper, cinnamon, and clove spices. Sweet candied Belgian sugar and a touch of molasses. Toasted malts with a big taste of caramel, toffee, and soft biscuit and cracker. Very juicy with a taste of dark grapes, cherries, fig, raisin, plum, dates, prune, and currants. Towards the finish is a light presence of earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, spicy, and very smooth. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good American take on a Belgian Quad. Has all the malty dark fruit taste you look for in the style.

Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bomber into the tulip glass.

Dark honey colored with a slight off-white head that sinks quickly. Inviting arroma of sweet malt, pungent cinnamon, and sweet fruits, and candy. Flavor is big and rich, sweet but not cloying, not overpoweringly yeasty like some belgian styles seem to me. Definite flavor of clove, some sweet pear and honey, and a warm alcohol tingle in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a bit on the dry side. This is an enjoyable sipper. Thanks to Brent for sharing.

Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly translucent but bright reddish-colored brown, decent yellow head of almost 1/2 an inch in height. Laces in dripping rings. Nice aroma, fruit infused, honeyish, with generous tones of vanilla and malted milk. Mouthfeel is silky and more than medium -- carbonation is fine in texture and well-spaced. Starts very sweet, almost tooth-achingly so, candied cherries and peach jelly predominate. Thickens and shows some underlying alcohol toward the finish. Not very yeasty, a little too thick and like a syrupy cordial, actually out sweetens LaTrappe's Quad -- no mean feat. It stands out as pretty drinkable, surprisingly, if you are in the mood. There is a touch of hop bitterness late, but also something very empty in the glass.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not the appearance that I was expecting from a quad a clear amber tone big frothy fine bubbled creamy off white head lacing is strung lightly but with regular patterns. Aromatics bring out deep ripened fruit notes brown sugar carmelized with raisins, tart apples and spicy yeast strain with alcohol flowing openly with no apologies. Flavor spicy Belgian yeast strain sweet trademark candi sugar additions thick flow of raisins and tart apples with molasses sturdy slighty burnt malt sweetness herbal hop finish peeks through but not the key player in this show. Mouthfeel has a bit of a syrupy residual sugar content going on medium bodied and sticky flows with tightly bubbled carbonation. Drinkability is mediocre a style and version of it that drains the beer senses and gets you happy or sad depending on what type of drunk you are.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,689 ratings.