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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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Ratings: 1,503
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
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 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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-21-2002)
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

06-20-2005 11:41:32 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


3.35/5  rDev -13%

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.

10-13-2003 02:45:15 | More by RoyalT
Photo of jono0101


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-14-2014 17:37:55 | More by jono0101
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-14-2014 14:45:13 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

11-03-2010 01:19:41 | More by steelerguy
Photo of bulldogg915


2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

03-06-2014 21:32:46 | More by bulldogg915
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

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

07-18-2006 01:14:42 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of sellmeagod


3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

10-01-2010 00:57:25 | More by sellmeagod
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

09-22-2007 14:23:39 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of NWer


4.08/5  rDev +6%

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.

06-22-2011 00:01:43 | More by NWer
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2013 07:51:11 | More by freshflesh
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

04-28-2008 00:08:34 | More by babyhobbes
Photo of shapudding


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

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....

06-05-2004 11:34:11 | More by shapudding
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-01-2014 13:26:52 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of merlin48


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

12-23-2003 00:01:59 | More by merlin48
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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

04-23-2004 11:43:03 | More by Billolick
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-20-2014 23:11:51 | More by henryclay_
Photo of locckdown

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

03-24-2012 22:47:52 | More by locckdown
Photo of badbeer


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

11-21-2006 05:15:30 | More by badbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-24-2014 02:36:31 | More by reitzbrewing
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

02-28-2011 02:18:53 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Prospero


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-29-2014 21:56:55 | More by Prospero
Photo of magictrokini


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

12-04-2008 23:37:58 | More by magictrokini
Photo of kingcrowing


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

12-05-2009 20:26:06 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Tabni


5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-14-2011 15:16:28 | More by Tabni
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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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