The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company
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4.21/5 rDev +9.6%
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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