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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 157 | 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 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 SassyBootblack
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse at Colorado Mills.

Thin tan head and deep burgundy color. Very plesant aroma of abbey phenolics. Tastes of caramelly malt and banana, but the body is appropriately thin. Some hop bitterness on the back end, but this isn't hoppy in any real sense.

Photo of Jeriba
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber-red in color, topped with offwhite latte-style head.

S: Barley, yeast, roasted malt and coffee.

T: Sweet raisins, toffee, licorice, brown sugar, and a pleasant rum-like heat.

M: Very creamy and a bit oily.

D: Like drinking a liquified rum raisin bread.

Photo of ktrillionaire
1.79/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On-tap at Ale and Witch, my favorite new bar.

A - The beer is brown, with a normal head and regular appearance for the style. Nothing at this point suggests anything amiss.

S - Uh oh.

T - Uh oh.

M - There is nothing too terrible about the feel, except that the actual beer is contacting my sensory faculties.

D - The smell and taste are astonishingly bad, so there is just no drinkability here. It is so bad that I do not have an inclination to commit not-critical elemental observations as to the experience. In the interest of summarizing my objection to this brew, however, I will pontificate on this matter of sheistiness. There is a nasty wet hay element in the malt and a horrendously foul mushy pea aroma from the hop 'contribution'; the essence of the beer is putrid.

Photo of LazyL
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good clear colour and a nice large creamy head when poured into a large glass. The belgian yeast scents are here, very appealing nose that beckons you to taste. Nice malty, fruit based notes taste typical for a beer of this style. Quite sweet, but it balances the high alcohal well. Very easy to drink for a 10% beer. Overall this is a good beer and I like the labeling.

Photo of spree92
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber/cooper color with a small head and lots of carbonation rising from the bottom. Begian yeast, alcohol, fruits and a floral note make this a delight in the glass. A real creamy brew, that is also tart, but not sour. I didn't know what to expect here, but I really enjoyed it. 10%, this was smooth, mellow, and went down easy. Had a hard time sharing it so I just kept drinking. Man, something nice here.

Photo of kflack
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber color, poured from a bottle... one finger head for a couple of seconds. Nice lacing.

S: Very fruity, dark, lotsa biscuits.

T: Very sweet up front. A Quad? Hmmm.... not too sure about that. Chewy but still somehow very smooth. Man, really sweet.

M: Like I said, chewy.

D: Seems like they used the sweetness to hide the ABV. Very drinkable, but it really doesn't seem to be a true quad. Don't get me wrong, its a fair bottle and I am a fan of Avery, but look elsewhere in their label.

Photo of CaptainTripps
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well im back at it. I told myself i would stop but i fell that with moderation, ticking can become fun again instead of a beer related chore! So this is my re-debut to reviewing! Yahoo!

A: I must say, after i got the ridiculous foil off the cap (pain in the butt) i thought i got gipped and they bottled a amber and labeled it a Quad. It looks more like a distant cousin the Dubbel. Full amber in color. Little to no head, barely any lacing.

S:Not as "smelly" as most beers in this style, but pretty good. Belgian yeast is there along with some biscuit and other bready-malt types. Small amount of dark fruits are present; figs, raisons, etc.

T: This might pass of as a decent dubbel but to call it a quad is becoming a stretch. Got some spices up front and some dark fruits/brown sugar at the end. Semi sweet at the finish as well.

M: Not the thickest of quads but pretty decent, almost no carbonation which is something i have never seen before in a quad. As the beer warms, has a little bit of alcohol bite on the finish.

D: If you drink it semi cold the alcohol isn't to horribly present, but as it warms it really starts to become noticeable. Not the greatest drinkability, but not the worst either.

Middle of the road beer for me that I think is miss labeled. More of a Dubbel for me rather then a Quad or BSDA.

Photo of Radome
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a large wine glass.

A - 4.5 - Deep amber with a red/orange tint. Perfectly clear. The head is off white and thick initially, but fades to a ring around the glass and some wisps on the surface.

S - 4.5 - Very nice aroma that emphasizes malt. There are biscuit, dark fruit and wine-like smells . The yeast and hops notes are more muted. It smells more like a British barley wine than a Belgian style because the yeast is so clean-smelling.

T - 4.5 - Plum, molasses, dark fruits, raisins, brown sugar. All these are swirling around in the taste. Some Belgian yeast notes that add complexity. Alcohol and hops are not noticeable.

M - 4.0 -Body is medium to high, but the beer is drier than expected given the tastes. Alcohol is not noticeable.

D - 5.0 - Dangerously drinkable. You cannot sense the alcohol here. The tastes are incredibly complex and clean and crisp at the same time. Very well done!

Photo of manzilla86
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually am not a big belgian fan because I am not into the sweeter beers, but I figured I would give this a whirl because I like getting the large bottles for home brewing. It's so much easier botteling.

Anywho, let's get this rolling.

Sampled 1/8/10 poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: When poured it seemed a little cloudy with a good head. After sitting a little the head retention is good and the beer is a clearer golden red with lots of carb bubbles.

Smell: Unfortunately someone else said to me they noticed an apple/cranberry smell, and now I mainly notice that. It's a really sweet smell (as in sugary).

Taste: Really sweet tasting. It's like they don't use any hops when brewing these because I don't get any bitterness from it. I mainly notice the apple taste. It's 10% but the alcohol isn't super noticeable.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a good mouthfeel. It feels a little thicker then most beers, making it like a meal-in-itself beer.

Drinkability: I usually like the dark beers or hoppier beers, but my wife loved this one. If you are looking for a sweeter brew, this is a good one.

The 10% alcohol does sneak up on you a little. You can drink this pretty fast due to the sweetness, but be careful...

Photo of mwrecording
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm not a world class reviewer that has a wide palate by any means but I am reviewing this based off the impression that I'm drinking a Quad style beer and reviewing it as one.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.
First half of the 22 ounce bomber looked a little light for a quad and more like Tripel's I've had.(this theme continues)
Had a nice 1-2 inch head that didn't overstay its welcome but didn't fade too fast.

Smell was real sweet and belgian yeasty. Much more of a Tripel than a Quad and the dark fruits I've grown to love weren't there much.

Taste was real sweet at the front and when that faded it went to a real subtle, faint dark fruit and malty taste.

Very drinkable beer, 9 or 10 percent alcohol that never seemed to phase me. A little too sweet for me to want a lot of and especially more of.

This beer would be rated higher if it was a tripel, but its labeled a quad.

Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the way Avery beers pour. The way the head forms. This pours a burnt orange color, opaque with a nice finger and a half of beige head.

Pretty exceptional smell of spices, candy, molasses and apricot or peach.

It tastes like it smells, minus the spices. The candy, fruit and molasses all come through.

It's a bit on the sweet side, and that's what cuts through the high alcohol making this a very smooth easy drinking beer, maybe a bit too smooth for such high alcohol.

Like I said, this is sweet and you might find yourself gulping it, but at 10% ABV, you'll need to slow down.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of davesway10
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wish I was a better reviewer of beers, tastes, smell, etcc. I'm not great with these so I'll do the best I can here. Nice Brown, red, amber coloer. good tan, thick head. Nice Taste. Really this is a very enjoyable beer to drink, nice fruity, Belgium. I'll buy it agian if i see it.

Photo of SteveLyman
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - If orange peel and ruby red grapefruit could have offspring they would be this color. Reminds me of a Mexico sunset, burnt orange and tints of pinkish red hues. Significant lacing.

S - Smells of vanilla and caramel malts. It has earthy tones, somewhat nutty. Some reviews say cloves but I am not picking that up.

T - When the beer first hits my pallet, I notice an orange/banana fruit flavor. The alcohol cuts through like a knife (not uncommon for a 10% ABV). Good balance, with some hints of caramel.

M - Good balance of malts to carbonation. Ends with a alcohol kick but not overpowering.

D - Good drinkability, the alcohol is not overpowering as expected.

Photo of mariposafan
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours with half a finger of relatively persistent head over a burnt-orange body. Some lacing continues throughout.

The aroma is very sweet, with some light banana/cloves and some pretty clear orange peel notes.

A bit sweet but the minor bitterness and the intense alcohol bit cut through it. Cloves, banana and caramel malts. Some burnt orange again - a nice addition since it works very well with the banana. Pretty rich taste - much more so than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is exceptional - thick enough with soft carbonation it just feels super rich.

You can tell it's 10% and at this richness there's no way I'm doing more than one pour in a row.

Photo of Schmittymack
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Chicago Westminster on 12 November.
A ten ounce pour that was dark reddish brown in color came with no head. Temperature was a bit too cold so after first sip, let sit a few minutes. Aromas of malt goodness with a touch of fruit. Taste was malty goodness with very little bitterness. Alcohol content was present but not overpowering. Drinkability is good if you limit yourself, otherwise I'd say lower due to the brew being 10%. I've had this brew on several occassions and will sip it again, though one is generally enough; glad this was a small pour versus a bomber.

Photo of Schemy
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

A: Clear dark golden/ruby color. Light tan 1 finger head. Very little lacing.

S: Malty sweet smell. Slight fruit smell.

T: Fruity malty taste. Hints of bananas, nothing over powering.

M: Good mouthfeel, malty coating.

D: Good drinkability. Not a heavy alcohol taste, despite the abv of 10%. Will drink again.

Photo of cosmicevan
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into Chimay chalice.

A - wow, almost looks like raspberry soda. Soft read with a crazy school of bubbles jumping to the top of the glass. Head was minimal and gone quick leaving a thin layer of bubbles along the edges of the surface. Not really very Quad looking.

S - Much subtler than most other Quads I've had. Almost a watered down version of what I expected. With a strong olfactory pull I get a nice mix of alc, soft fruit punch, cherry with mouth watering sweetness. Smells pretty nice just not that strong and certainly not as dark and creamy as I had expected.

T - Mostly alcohol. Once I got over the alcohol and my taste buds opened up seemed pretty spicey without much else. There are some subtle grapes but overall more like a flavored vodka than a beer to me. Pretty uninspiring for a Quad.

M/D - I was really looking forward to trying this one and now that the mystery is over this isn't one I'll be looking for again. Don't get me wrong, not a bad beer, but not a great Quad. Found it mostly too hot and not well balanced and frankly not a Quad.

Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of mexikrainian
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

Appearance: bright ruby red with short-lived off-white head and non-existent lacing.

Aroma: Belgian spices, molasses and dark fruits.

Flavor: sweet, caramel, malty and spicy.

Mouthfeel: syrupy medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: decent quadrupel but not my favorite. what it lacks in body and carbonation, it makes up in taste. recommend serving at a lower temp to enjoy the true flavor. worth a try.

Photo of claybeer
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color on this one surprised me. The best way to describe the color on this beer is that it is the same color as honey. That golden dark yellow with some orange in there as well. It smells sweet and doughy. Some dried fruits are hidden in there as well like apricots. It taste a little too sweet for my liking. It is a Belgian Quad that has been Americanized with over the top sweet fruit, an odd yeast like taste, a dry finish with a lot of alcohol. A little too much going on with this one. It's a very good beer but be ready for your taste buds to be overloaded with flavors.

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed June 1, 2010

Clear bronzed amber with peach highlights. Small dense beige cap, dissipated into a thin film. Organic centipedes of laces crawl up the glass.

Sweet belgian candi sugar. Caramel. Graham cracker. Apple and pear yeast esters. Spicy, herbal, some aspirin,

Sweet Belgian candi sugar and caramel. Graham cracker. Mild herbal spiciness. Fruity apple and pear yeast esters. Bitter orange rind. Dark Rum.

Smooooth. Rich thick and sticky. Drying. Med full body.

Very drinkable for the 10%. Smooth sweet and toasty American Quad. Worth seeking out.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Notes from 10/15/2010:

22 oz. bottle at 42* into a chalice.

A: It pours a mostly clear red-orange with a small, bubbly head. This is very light for a Quad.

S: It features lovely aromas of dark fruit and citrus notes, spicy Belgian yeast, and sweet caramel malts

T: We have berries, aprticot, spicy yeast, and a very sweet and boozy background.

M: It's overbearingly sweet and hot. Yuck!

D: I wouldn't exactly describe this as a Belgian Quad. This tastes, looks, and smells like a failed, hot, and sweet mess that tried to be like Victory V12. I was reluctant to finish it.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish brown with minimal head

S - smells of sweet fruits, brown sugar and caramely malts

T - there is a bit of a contradiction going on in the pallete. There are some sweet fruits (green apple) as well as dark fruits (figs), with brown sugar and caramel malts. Really nice quad.

M - greay mouthfeel - creamy mouthfeel with a full body

D - really soild quad here. I feel like I pass up Avery too frequently...beers like this remind me why I need to buy more from them.

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.