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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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1,504 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,504
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Smooth, deep but not so complex. Very much sweetness of various malts, underlying spiciness. Orange cream, Cherry ice cream, yeastiness, clove, Full mouthfeel and drinkable, but with courses of a dinner to offset sweet attack. Orange colour. A smaller bottle would be better.

06-12-2005 04:03:45 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-08-2012 19:05:41 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a clear dark copper-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, yeast, and some spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice finish and a slight alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

09-01-2012 02:31:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-24-2011 00:32:46 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

Thanks to WhyBeNormal for sending this out in a BIF a ways back. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a clear garnet-copper color with a single-finger white head that falls quickly into a thick collar around the edges. A few bubbles on top as well. No real lacing. The nose brings forward some strong plum and prune character along with milder dark fruits in the background. Light cherry and a very faint amount of caramel. The flavor is sweet with a strong prune flavor and not much balance. Seems like a malty sweetness with fruit; no real yeast participation. Light-medium body with low carbonation and a bit of booze. Not a big fan overall, though nothing seriously wrong with it.

08-09-2011 15:02:50 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2011 21:20:14 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that left some lacing on the surface.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of candi sugar and dark fruit.
T: Like the smell, flavors of candi sugars stand out and contribute a moderate amount of sweetness to the overall taste. There are some hints of fruits in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, thick and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a bit dry and has some notes of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong, but the alcohol is well masked. However, it's definitely a beer that needs to be sipped because of all the sweetness.

03-22-2011 01:40:57 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -7%

Bright burnt orange suffused with liquid brass. The upper half of the snifter is occupied by a richly creamy, golden sandstone colored crown that develops a milkshake-like texture as it melts. Although they aren't abundant, assorted scraplets of delicate lace help the cause.

Even with the sloping sides of the glass lending assistance, the nose isn't powerful enough or complex enough to be considered special for a beer of this style. In fact, I'm reminded of an aged American barleywine more than a quadrupel. Minimally caramelized sugar coexists with a twist of orange peel and almost-buried ethanol.

The nose does not lie. The Reverend has much more in common with the barleywine style than the stated style. No matter what one chooses to call it, this big brew is astoundingly simple. 'Authentic Belgian yeast' may have been used, but evidence of its existence isn't easy to come by.

The malt tastes like equal parts pale and caramel. On second thought, it probably favors the former. Flavors that might have been attributed to the latter are coming from what tastes and feels like a generous amount of dark candi sugar. Orange peel soaked in dark rum adds additional flavor interest.

Styrian Goldings hops contribute very little, either in terms of flavor or bitterness. At only 10 IBUs, that isn't surprising. This bomber is now an estimated two years of age. Avery thinks it will last at least four. Maybe, but it isn't likely to improve over those last two.

The mouthfeel, while not massive, is definitely chubby, chewy and slick. Lovers of big beer will find plenty to like. The fine-bubbled carbonation is just active enough to provide a low-grade buzz on the tongue that is easily tolerable.

In my limited experience, American quadrupels are either hit (Victory V-12, Allagash Four) or miss (Sly Fox Ichor, Founders Bad Habit). The Reverend is closer to being a miss than a hit. If you're looking for an Avery brew that is similar, but better in all respects, look no further than Hog Heaven Barley Wine.

03-11-2008 22:39:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber body with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Picked up some dark sugar and caramel on the nose

Taste: A hundred and one desserts all packed together - cherries, molasses, candy sugar with just a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation

Drinkability: This is one outstanding Quadrupel. Perhaps it lacks a little in complexity but it makes up for that in approachability

04-22-2005 15:54:39 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-13-2014 02:45:06 | More by zestar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Good attempt at an American Belgian. Quad's often allow the alcohol to become harsh, abrupt, and over power all other flavors. This still happens with the Reverend, though lesser than most, even Belgians. This has a big candied flavor on the lips. Sweet alcohol soon rises. The spiciness is a bit overdone, but the body is nice and full. American hops decorate the body and help to create heat with the alcohol. The alcohol becomes too hot and stingy and the sweet body gives way into the finish. Reveals a bit of grainy and slickness. I'll have it again, it's a good attempt.

08-08-2005 21:09:39 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

lucky enough to get to try this one on tap i was thrilled when i saw it make its appearence. served in a 10 oz pour.

what a wonderful pour as the thick brownish colored liquid comes pouring out of the glass and rings the inside of my tulip with loads of light tan lacing and a firm head of two fingers.

aroma is everything you would want in a quad. rich malty backbone, hints of prunes, figs, earthy tones and light caramel sweetness that is balanced nicely against a tight profile of light spices. really well done. very nice full feel with near perfect carbonation is exactly what i was looking for. the flavor opens up with loads of dark fruits and brown sugar colliding with light spices and a smooth, even flavor that hides the alcohol and smooths the palate. really just a tremendously good offering here.

05-09-2011 01:55:19 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.95/5  rDev -49.4%

Bottle: Poured (in a Chimay glass) a clear medium copper color ale with a small head with minimal retention. Aroma is quite hot with alcohol and very sweet cookie dough. Taste is also dominated by the sweet cookie dough and some strong alcohol traces. Definitely lacking complexity and the dry figs/prune character that I usually like to find in a quadruple. Too sweet for its own good, alcohol is way too apparent and body is too thin are all characteristics in beer that I usually don’t track down and that’s why I won’t be buying this again.

05-15-2006 15:58:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-02-2011 17:00:46 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2011 09:00:33 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-11-2013 04:50:30 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

A dark honey color with a nice firm white head. Pretty to look at.

Nose of honey and orange blossoms and very attractive.

Mouthfeel is light with light carbonation.

Flavors of sweet candi sugar/Belgian malt flavors - cooked fruit, apricots/pears. A bit too sweet but pleasant. Light hop/grapefruit bitterness. This one is soft with a bit of a gentle malty mouth. Nice but nothing special.

Nice orange peel finish.

09-05-2009 19:27:53 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

2.5 finger frothy head with some lacing. Clear, red tinged amber body. strong fig and mild dark fruit aroma with a hint of spice and cola-like. flavor is syrupy with mostly dark fruit and candy like. moderate carbonation and medium to full body. Overall, this is a mild quad. Its not quite as bold as the belgian brewery versions but still a nice drinkable quad.

12-25-2011 04:43:52 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, orangey-amber body with a well-formed, light beige head.

Smell: Toasted nuts and bread followed by a distinct yeastiness and notes of sugar and alcohol coated fruits.

Taste: Sweet, bready maltiness with a caramel and honey sweetness jacked up by plenty of candi sugar. A tad yeasty. Peach schnapps soaked fruit flavors of fig and dried cherries. The tiniest pinch of nutmeg. Spicy hops with a medium, resilient bitterness that joins the various other flavors bouncing around the palate. Very faint wood component. Finishes sweet, fruity, and quite warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine, respectable attempt at the style, but comes up a bit short when stacked against the superior Belgian examples. Still though, it is an enjoyable sipper from the good folks over at Avery.

11-21-2008 03:05:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-20-2013 15:10:30 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

This poured out as a lightly hazy brownish amber color with a cream colored head on top. The head sticks around for a little while but does fade with time and leaves just a bit of lacing. The smell of the beer was sweet, a little boozy and has some yeasty bread aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer was also a little sweet upfront with some fermented dark fruit flavors with some boozy heat in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and had a good carbonation to it. Overall I found this to be a pretty good Quad, but not my favorite.

10-28-2011 16:21:55 | More by Knapp85
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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
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

07-28-2013 22:05:47 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-15-2011 17:14:33 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Pours out a borwn/burgandy color. A one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - Very floral and citrusy. Also, the alcohol presence was noticeable.

T - It was very spicy. Also, a good roasted malt flavor.

M - Crisp and sharp. Heavy-bodied.

D - A very good beer. Heavy and high in ABV but certainly worth drinking.

10-30-2006 03:13:11 | More by zeff80
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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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