The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 802
Hads: 1,717
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 49
Gots: 200 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Bluestar
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clean tulip...

Appearance was very nice. Held up to the light the beer was a deep reddish-copper colour, with small burnt orange-white head, that dissipated quickly.

Smell is fruity. Notes of grape, raisins and general sweetness. Nothing spectacular/out of the ordinary here here.

Taste had hints of carmel, banana, citrus... Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel was very nice. The right amount of carbonation, thick enough to know you're drinking a beer, but not to the point of bready or malty.

Overall, an enjoyable Quad. Nothing out of the ordinary, but I wouldn't refuse a second glass if it was being offered. The alcohol sneaks up on you after the full 22 oz bottle. I wouldn't go for too many in one sitting. Would like to try on draft. (770 characters)

Photo of intensify
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark caramel colored body with a head that barely made it a minute.

S- Raisins, caramel, banana, biscuity and bready.

T- First off, the alcohol is very well hidden. The dark fruits take the stage while allowing the spices to come out. Cinnamon, biscuits, plums and raisins.

M- medium-bodied, medium to high carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall its a very solid quad. Lacked a bit on the nose but made up for it in the taste. If you like belgian ales, acquire a bottle. (488 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Taco Mac Virginia Highlands. 11 oz. Pour.

(Appearance) pours a clear deep copper with light brown accents. Off white head and light surface cover. Quite clear. Looks good. 4

(Smell) smells of mild fruit tones, Belgian yeast, coriander and various mild spices. mild bitterness to the aroma. Interesting and light. 4

(Taste) much more fruit in the first taste, including grapes, apricots, oranges, peaches. Bold coriander spice on the finish. Very nice and quite fruity tone to it. 4

(Mouthfeel) very slick with a bit of airy carbonation in the midsection. Medium/heavy body. Medium alcohol presence. Pairs nicely to the taste. 4

(Overall) A worthy experience, this beer is another great one representative of its style. 4 (735 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: ruby brown with a general clear appearance. Nice white lacing that holds tightly around the edge.

Smell: Molasses with a biscuit scent & a raisin/dark fruit hint.

Taste & mouthfeel: my god this ale hides the alcohol very well. Good on you Reverand. The raisin/plum/dark fruit flavor is what I notice upfront. It's a bit sweet with a bready feel. Like a mild cinammon raisin loaf. The molasses flavor then comes into play with a bit of drying effect and hop presence. The body is medium and like I said before, the 10% abv is hidden so well...what a conniving trick you have played upon me, Reverand!

Overall: glory be the light and mine eyes are open to the golden way! This is one awe inspiring beer that I'm glad that had rested in the belly of this beast! Amen my brothers & sisters...Amen! (810 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A crystal clear dark brown with ruby edges and a thin line of soapy tan bubbles on top.

S: Dark cherry and a little bit of banana and bubble gum with some toasted caramel malt and vanilla.

T: More of the same from the smell. Banana/clove with some dark cherry and an underlying toasted malt and alcohol flavor.

M: The feel is actually lighter than most Quads, and there is some smoothness to it.

O: A nice Quad. It differs from most in that it is a very sessionable Quad, which is rare. Dangerous in the fact that you don't get the big alcohol flavor and burn with the bold raisin and dark fruit. You could drink this all night, but you probably wouldn't make it too long. (680 characters)

Photo of iSip
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery The Reverend Quad: This brew is like mixing 3/4 of a Double with ¼ of a Triple. Does that add up to a Quad? The body has a mahogany color, and while pretty dark you can see through it. Not much of a head forms, and that which floats to the surface is off white. What comes in the way of aroma is a mellow mix of malt and hops. This is the first Quad I have tasted, so I was not sure of what to expect. The Reverend comes across as a very good Double to me, with the sweet malt and roasted caramel flavors tempered with a Belgian yeasty and bready notes along with hints of piney hops. Very good! (602 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this bomber open towards the tailend of my night, so hopefully my sloppy jotted review isn't as crappy as my disposition was towards anything walking at the end of this one. At 10%, I wasn't feeling any pain.

A: Pours a lighter brown from bottle, but as those tiny brave little pigments start massing in the cup they turn a darker hue, near black. A bone white head finishes off the pour.

S: A real sweet aroma mixed with some alcohol presence. The sweet smell is of sugar, syrup, dark fruits. Quite bready with some alcohol coming through the nose.

T: You can taste the sweetness in a nice combination with the warming alcohol and yeasty bread. The beer comes together nicely.

M: Sweet and wet with an intense warming, I'm guessing caused by the generous alcohol content. This is a strong beer that can quitely defeat you. (834 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clear amber, has a warm off-white head, leaving good lacing and curtains.

The smell is sweet, cookies with apricot, almonds, eggs, sherry.

Starting sweet cookie dough, caramel, dried peaches and apples, eggnog, almonds, sherry.

Medium low carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and oily, a smooth texture, a small dryness.

A very well done and worthy beer. Enjoy slowly. (386 characters)

Photo of Giggy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bronze coloring, clear, off-white head that doesn't last. Nice lacing.

S: Spicy, molasses, fruit.

T: Caramel, sugars, cherries, molasses, toasted raisin bread.

M: Smooth, thick & rich. Alcohol burn at the end.

O: A sipper. Every sip is like heaven. Rich finish. (268 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours brown, kinda opaque-ish, with a nice off white head. Sweet aroma of caramelized brown sugar, molasses, raisins , figs, cherries, and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet flavor; belgian yeast is there with some brown sugar, raisin, fig, molasses, and some alcohol. Medium body to this. Overall, its good but just too sweet for me personally. I will have to try this again on tap and see if I can enjoy it more when I don't have to drink a full bombers worth in one sitting. I definitely noticed my opinion of this was stronger at the start than it was at the end, when the sweetness had just become too much for me. (615 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery’s Dictator series has been great every time I’ve had the opportunity to try it; maybe it’s because Avery doesn’t come to Indiana anymore, so every beer is a pleasantly unexpected find. Let’s see if my expectations are warranted…

Brewed over a year-and-a-half ago (bottle code translates to June 1, 2010). Nothing wrong with a little age on a Quad.

A: The body looks just like apple cider: orange-brown and moderately opaque. Still looks pretty lively for such a thick beer, with a supremely creamy beige head; it’s pretty much two fingers of meringue. Only leaves a delicate string of lacing, with just a light retention bubble. Decent presence, and pretty light-looking for a beer of this style.

S: I can smell it from across the room – those dark Belgian fruits are pretty bold. Raisin, fig, cranberry, and black cherry, all on top of a bed of honey and caramel malts. It’s medicinal, phenolic, and absolutely Belgian all-around when it comes to yeast. Apart from that, it’s pepper, wheat bread, must, and clove. Smooth.

T: This palate manages to be light and thick at the same time: dark candy sugar with light banana bread, molasses with cherry syrup, and plum with applesauce. The hops are mild, though they still show a unique Euro-bitterness of pepper and acidic resin. Toffee and a little bit of malty chocolate, too. Finishes with a bit of apricot, citrus, dry pine hops, and cherry coke. Tastes like Duvel crossed with a barleywine…an interesting take on a Quad.

M: Slick, light, smooth. It has the light crackle of a Belgian Pale Ale, but with an odd smoothness. Incredibly drinkable for a 10% brew.

O: Not my favorite Dictator beer, but a respectable Quad. Avery has a great line-up, and this flavorful brew just adds to this brewery’s legacy. I’d be excited to try any of their other Belgian offerings, anyway. (1,861 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, served in a goblet. Enjoyed during an extended Donkey Kong session leading up to closing time.

A: Clear, deep rosy-amber body under a fine cap of white foam. Not bad, but a bit light for the style.

S: Booze, chocolate, and overripe fruit. Not bad, but a bit harsh.

T: Sweet raisins and dates up front, with equally sweet biscuity + bready notes midway through. Long, sweet, boozy finish. Tasty, but rough.

M: Nice full body with carbonation to match. Luxurious.

O: Enjoyable enough, but a far cry from a good Belgian Quad.

Cheers! (556 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color with a two finger off white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel and candi sugar.

The taste has caramel, candi sugar, and alcohol. I could not smell the alcohol, but it is strong in the taste. Sweet, with no hop flavor for balance. Too sweet in my opinion.

Full bodied with modest carbonation, and a sweet aftertaste. Unfortunately, there is not a lot to like about this beer. I will pass on it in the future. (447 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lacing, clear to light amber body, great retention, sticky appearance.

Sweet caramel, peaty smoke, some grainy cardboard. Smells a bit floral on the back end.

Tastes very very sweet. Wow! Like.... Caramels dates raisins and something beyond... Like. Oh gosh, fruit sweetness! Apples.

Creamy, just a tad bite of coffee bite, low bitterness, alcohol is just insanely well blended! (388 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a medium shade of brown, that allows enough light through the glass to see through the beer. It has a slight red color to it. There is a small layer of white foam and light lacing.

S: I get the smell of figs, some light caramel scent, and a light banana scent.

T: I get a lot of grain flavor from the beer. Tons of grain flavor in the aftertaste. I pick up banana flavor, some light vanilla, and some light bitterness. There is a very very small hint of alcohol but not much at all.

M: The mouthfeel is medium leaning towards light. It has a nice smooth presence but it's pretty light. Some carbonation bite.

O: Overall I thought it was a very good quad. It does an amazing job of hiding the alcohol. The body feels a little light and there is some bite in the carbonation but it's still a really good beer. I would drink it again, I would recommend it. (869 characters)

Photo of duckrabbitfan
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had the pleasure of enjoying this one on tap in asheville, nc at the thirsty monk some time ago.

lovely head, beautifully light brown color.

yeasty, malty smell reminiscent of bananas/candy and various spices. extremely enticing.

bready, date-y taste, with a spiciness that is to die for. hard to tell it's quite so alcoholic.

so easy to drink, and so delicious. the well-stocked bottle shop down the street has had this many a time, and I have bought bottles numerous times in addition to having it on tap. this has got to be one of the best of it's kind that is readily available. (586 characters)

Photo of cooncat
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a crystal goblet.

The pour produces a deep burgandy color, with ruby highlights and a medium off white head. The head is not long lived, but not unexpected at 10% abv. Some splashes of lacing develop.

The nose is malty and sweet, but lacking in "Belgian" character. No hop presence in the nose, but definite malt and caramel. Not very typical of the style, I would say.

The taste is similar to the nose, in that it is predominantly a sweet malt/caramel flavor, with few hints of Belgian yeast. Usually some kind of citrus-like yeast esters are evident, but not in this rendition. I'm thinking the flavor is more like that of a barley wine than that of a Belgian Quad.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and the alcohol makes itself known in a slight fusel note, which is not harsh.

Overall, I would say this is not a classic representation of the style, which is surprising, as generally Avery hits things spot on. If you're looking for a good Belgian Quad, perhaps Victory's V12 or Weyerbacher's Quad would be a better choice. The Reverend is probably worth a shot .. at $6.99 for a bomber, it's not over priced.

Na Zdravje! (1,134 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A- Pours a hazy dark amber/ light brown. Beer lets light through
when held up to a light. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a small
amount of lacing after taking drink.

S- Sweet malts, candied dark fruits like dates, and plums. Caramel.
Smells of the 10% alcohol, but not too much.

T- Really taste the candied fruits. candied malts, brown sugar, etc.
after taste you can feel the 10% alcohol, but its not

M- Thick, with moderate carbonation.

O- Solid quad, a bit sweet. Would buy again. Would like to see
how it ages. (568 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
4.81/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz served into a duvel tulip

pours a dark mahogany brown with a frothy 2 finger head.

smell of clove, toasted malts, spices, candy, and belgian yeast. probably one of the only beers id rate the smell a 5

taste is superb. starts with dark fruits and sweet bread, round out to spices, and finishes with the slightest hop flavor

this beer beer masks the 10% abv well. goes down better than almost any quad ive had. truly the best american made quad ive ever had (464 characters)

Photo of wannabbrewer
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a glass goblet

Appearance: a clear dark amber, lovely. Not much in the way of a head, about one centimeter of quickly dissipating white tight foam

Smell: Alcohol and rum soaked dark fruits, plum maybe... Faint malty bread tones, slightly sweet with a barely noticeable grassy hops character, some yeasty undertones

Taste: Interesting. Rum soaked apricots with distant raisin and plum, sweet and slightly bready, light molasses, no hops flavor

MF: smooth and slick, goes down easily for the 10% abv

While certainly not my favorite beverage made by Avery it is interesting and worth a try for those interested. (644 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap poured into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a transparent amber.

Sm: Caramel, interesting yeast, a milky lactic notes, and great hops. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Candied sugar, some caramel, lovely cream undertones throughout, and great yeast. Fairly complex, but too sweet on the finish. Decently layered.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with coarseness on account of the candied sugar. Suits the flavour fairly well.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV. I enjoy it and would have it again - preferably aged. Hides its ABV well. (737 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wide mouthed wine glass. Pours a ruby/brown color with little bubbles coming up continuously. This brew has very little head but pretty good retention with a little lacing. Good to know there are still active yeasts in there : ). Speaking of yeast- it smells quite strongly of belgian yeast and also of malt; has an earthy quality to it but crisp. The taste is full-bodied and clean- has the same yeasty and malty qualities as the smell with a little carbonation to keep it refreshing. The 10 percent abv is noticeable but more of a sweet sensation. There is nothing overpowering about The Reverend- everything is well balanced. That being said maybe I would like a little more excitement from a quadrupel? Boulevard's "The Sixth Glass" is my favorite but this one holds up to the best of them. (828 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (362 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown cognac color with hints of cinnared, fluffy off-white head and good lacing.

Smells of sweet ginger bread and molasses.

Tastes up front and on the side of spicy fruitcake, and a spice aftertaste.

Doesn't have much carbonation, coats the tongue and has a smooth finish.

Overall this is a fine beer and a great value. Darkly sweet flavors make this a great taste, but not necessarily a great beer, but certainly a good beer.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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