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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 32
Gots: 122 | 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 Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a striking maroon/brown with a medium, soft white head which leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Malt and sugar dominated with some dark fruit.

T: Taste is good. While it doesn't have a great fruity complexity like I'd find in many of the Belgian-brewed examples of this style, the overall flavour is tasty. Huge amounts of malt and brown sugar, with a fair amount of alcohol form the main taste, with a lightly drying finish.

M: Boozy, full-bodied, viscous, strong and thick.

D: This is a good quad, and I found the flavour to have a lot more structure and concentration than when I had it for the first time back in 2006, definite re-buy.

Halcyondays, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/07/05- Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Shared this with another BA. Odd that his pour had a decent sized haed and better than average lace and mine had no head and no lace? Odd. Brilliant caramel colored pour almost looking like cognac.

Smell- Light alcohol whiff, dark fruits and malt.

Taste- Sweet caramel with a light burning of alcohol that comes in towards the end of the glass. Plums and prunes are dispalyed nicely in the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Heavy feeling in the pallete, alcohol coating in the mouth. Lightly carbonated.

GClarkage, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark burgundy color with a foamy tan head. Spicy and fruity aroma with a nice touch of maltiness. Very quaffable for such a high ABV. Spicy and malty yet sweet with hints of candi sugar, cherries and other dark fruits such as raisin, date, prune etc..

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

orangesol, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a matching Avery cervoise. Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the opportunity to try this one. This new appears a perfectly clear copper to amber color. Some orange is seen around the edges. A finger of tab head sits atop and as it slowly fades produces some patchy lace.

The smell is phenolic with Belgian yeasty spices of clove with mild banana and pepper. A little bit of rindy aspect like oranges and a hint of sweet smelling candy sugar.

The taste is spicy with cloves and Belgian yeast characteristics. Some herbal hops are present keeping a modest bitterness present to contrast the underlying sweetness and alcohol character. As the brew warms, it gets increasingly more felt down the back of the throat. Orange rind accents the herbal bitterness. It finishes with a nice fruity aspect mixed with strong yeasty components.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is smooth in the feel with a pleasant warming aspect for 10% abv. Overall this was nicely done, I could see it getting even better if given some time to age and mellow. Worth giving a try.

stakem, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Billolick, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly a chip off the Trappist block, this beer is still pretty good. It's an interesting take on the quadrupel style and a bit similar to Avery's other big beers. The beer looks good even though the amber-orange is fairly light in color for the style. The smell is nice enough, with sweet fruits, but isn't terribly complex. The flavor does open up a bit with raisins, figs, and dates mixed with marmalade, and mellow citrus flavors aided by hops. I guess it's a relatively hoppy quad, but that's not a bad thing. The flavor isn't on the same level as some of the brews from Belgium, but it's oh so drinkable and smooth.

tempest, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a somewhat transparent dark red color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation. A dirty white cap clings top the edge of the glass.

S: Dark ruits, spices, cloves, floral notes, and light candy sugar. Fruit and spices mix nice together.

T: Tastes of spices, pepper, cloves, bananas, apples, fruity malts, light bready malts, and light alcohol. More spices than the nose. At times th aste seems to be a little muddy. Finish has a sharp booze sting, sweetness and a tad sticky

M: Medium to big body and lower carbonation. Pretty smooth here.

O - Overall a nice quad. Some nice fruit, especially in the nose, and pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV. Would have it again.

barleywinefiend, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with medium sized white head. Good lacing.

Typical Belgian yeast smell of cloves and malt.

Taste is of bubblegum, cloves, malt, and some hops.A slight soy flavor is present at the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin.

Okay drinkability. Plenty of others better in this style.

Georgiabeer, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL foil capped bottle.

A: The quad's color is hazy orange red, a blood orange look alike. The haze is somewhat misleading, as the ale's body appears rather thick and viscous. The head has left small patches around the glass but it does not retain. A visually appealing copper color emerges when held to a light source.

S: The aroma is dark candi sugar, sweet and malty, with a big spice profile. The alcohol is intensely evident in the nose.

T: The upfront taste is harsh, tart green grape flavors (minus the sourness) with little hint of the candi sugars or spices. Alcohol is evident early on, nearly overwhelming any spices. The aftertaste allows the spices and sugars to breathe: sweet with darker sugar notes, some cinnamin and dark fruits. The aftertaste is by far the highlight of the ale.

M: The initial mouthfeel is harsh before allowing a luxuriously thick aftertaste to bubble up.

D: The quad is a whopper, so one bomber is the perfect size for a late fall night.

akorsak, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a warm reddish-brown crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The thick film of head is off-white and sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a soft sugary flavor with a light perfumed hops that are more green in flavor at the finish.

T- This beer has a light smooth candy sugar flavor with a soft hint of banana and a light caramel malt note. This beer finishes with alight bitter hop perfume flavor. There is a soft alcohol flavor with a light mead note aswell.

M- This beer has as light mouthfeel with a creamy texture and an alcohol heat in the finish.

D- The smooth flavor with the alcohol heat is nice but there is not much complexity or interest. The yeast doesn't add much flavor to this beer but it would really help.

rhoadsrage, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.3%

ejimhof, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounces of high octane stuff. On to the beer:

Amber bronze color....pretty looking color. Not a hazy moment in the body. The head drops to a creamy lace on top, leaving a ring of itself on the glass. The aroma is a dissapointment. Weak, with some dark candi sugar. A touch of boozy fruit. Odd steeley note at times. More candi sugat slowly emerges.

Apple skins and pie crust flavors are the first to be recognized. The added sugar adds an additional sweetness to this beer. Not cloying sweet, fortunately. Plums, dates, and baking spices add another dimension to this beer. The alcohol is noticable, though it is sweet, provides heat, and spice. Yet it finds a way to continue to be sipped on. It numbs the palate at times with the spice and booze.

The Reverend is a pleasant enough American-made quad. It's not in the same class as a few recognizable Belgians, but at $5.99 for a bomber, it's the best priced.

DoubleJ, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, raisin, toffee, biscuit, toasted grain, grape, candi sugar, and light yeast spices. Some very nice and well balanced aroms; with good complexity and strength. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, toasted grain, light clove, and slight yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, raisin, fig, biscuit, molasses, and light yeast spices on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Extremely easy to sip on; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed other than a minimal warming after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic Belgian quad style. Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. Loved this one.

superspak, May 14, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near clear red brew.

Smell is very sweet with a raisins and spice scent.

Taste is sweet malt and walnuts and almonds, a very nutty brew, similar to a really good sherry wine. Alcohol content is very well hidden in this brew. A bit of grain bran flavor is present.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty and light brew for its strength. A competent attempt to create the Belgian brew in the USA.

Zorro, May 11, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is spicey alcohol. Starts with a brown sugar and oak taste, hops are hidden in the background and the high ABV is not really noticeable. 22oz bottle for $6.20 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Avery : The Reverend
Aged bottle, approx 2 years age on it.

LOOK: Light brown color, cloudy with some sediment. Off white head forms and recedes to a ring around the goblet.

SMELL: Apple butter, toffee, rummy alcohol.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee, caramel apples, soft fruitiness. Bitterness is very mild. Brown sugar, mild toast and faint raisin. Just a touch of spicy alcohol heat, well guided for sure.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, alittle sticky.

OVERALL: Think this one peaked, but I like the way this came out. Mellow and easy drinking, this was a cellar treat. You can take your time when deciding to crack this one, still very tasty.

Stinkypuss, May 16, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Falling Rock had this on cask the other day. thought I'd try it.
Pours like the Rev, but little to no head and carbonation is all but gone. A bit creamier looking as well.
Smells richer, not as tingly.
Taste is nice, but it's not exciting. After a half-pint I wanted something lively. IMO this is better out of the bottle. Just has more perk to it.

Mebuzzard, May 16, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber Pours a cloudy copper color, some carbonation, small head which leaves pretty quick, nice lacing though. Scents of malt, fruit, and sweetness. The taste is very sweet and kinda syrupy. Medium body. Very drinkable for a 10% ABV brew. This is my first Avery and first Quad. I like this brew alot very nice in deed. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. I would highly recommend this to people.

Wasatch, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BillRoth, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very murky orange/reddis color with a small off-white head that reduced rather quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Mostly some candied dark fruits, some wheat, malt, and a little bit of spice. As it warms some bready/doughy malt comes forward.

T: Sort of muted dark fruits mixed with some caramel and toffee. Not really that much going on.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not much alcohol presence.

O: Slightly disappointed, the flavors didn't really stand out for me here.

mdaschaf, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice giving off just a little bit of decent 1/2 finger head. Dark brown in color with reddish hues, nice lacing upon glass fairly clear as well not opaque as all. Cream/brown colored bubbles on the head. This is a very nice looking drink.

Smell is a tripel bread consistency, some faint nutmeg. Cheap chocolate bar smell but it is very faint.

Taste is booming expansive in the mouth, it feels like your mouth swells after you swallow and you puff up. Cherries on the after finish, chewy. Not heavy either. Mouthfeel is quite decent but the finish upon swallowing is a great sensation of blow up in your jaw as everything just expands.

Drinkability is soild. Like most quads, it's a sip by the fireplace! I like the feel of this beer a lot. Good job and nice spin on this style.

smakawhat, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.6%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,563 ratings.