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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 106 | 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 gpogo


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light amber with red/ruby tints with off-white head that quickly dissipates

A- Malty sweet aroma with tones of dark fruit. There is also a very faint spiciness.

T- Malty sweet with a slight spiciness similar to the aroma.

M- Smooth, but not silky smooth. As it warms a spiciness appears. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D- I like this more than several dubbels that I have had and feel it is more drinkable, though I think there could be definite improvements. A great beer and I would easily recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 20:05:34 | More by gpogo
Photo of Boto


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly ruby tinged amber color. There was a very small off white head that disappeared almost immediately. There is some alcohol to the nose. Also notes of spices, caramel, and some fruits. It is very flavorful. There are many. Caramel, a hint of spices, maybe cherries. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 20:07:22 | More by Boto
Photo of BretSikkink


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-ruby brown color, the lightness around the edges. Tan head is not quite as puffy as the real thing, but the lacing sure is there, in great sheets that line the rim of the glass. Light color I think.

The only thing my nose catches on first impression is a sugary, caramel sweetness. Upon further sniffing there are some fair notes of orange zest and some ethyl alcohol fumes.

The authentic Belgian yeast is less potent than I would hope for, while the hops are pretty strong for a quad. Caramel and lighter malts, as evidenced by the color, are used here, while there is definitely some candi sugar, and the previously mentioned citric hops.

Big mouthfeel, very nice if not exactly velvet-on-the-tongue amazing like the best of the purported style. Thick and chewy. Fairly active.

Not right on for style; in fact, some distance off. Still an above average beer selection.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:43:37 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of nickfl


4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear, amber-orange body topped with a one finger, light brown head. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Toasted malt and caramel with some darker roasted notes and a hint of hops as well as some fruity yeast notes in the background.

T - Fruity notes of plum and raisin up front with caramel and toasted malts. Some hops and a roasted note emerge in the middle. Dark caramel and roasted raisins linger in the finish with a good bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Fairly heavy body with moderately high carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Although the alcohol is by no means hidden in this one, it is quite drinkable for such a big beer. No one flavor component sticks out as exceptional, but there is something there where everything comes together and makes the overall experience more than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 06:26:10 | More by nickfl
Photo of donteatpoop


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice cloudy amber color with very little head.

Smelled very much of caramel.

The taste was similar to the scent, but more pronounced, the caramel malt was there and I thought I tasted some sugar as well.

Overall a good brew, very well balanced on the mouth without any unpleasant after-tastes.

Certainly a beer to be had again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 00:05:15 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of jwc215


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a glass chalice.

Pours reddish orange with a thin head that immediately becomes a patch with active carbonation keeping it alive in the center. Swirls dance around the center patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of candied citric-like fruitiness with a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet candy sugar with a citric-like touch. A bit of graininess, a hint of caramel and alcohol add to the sweetness, though there is a bitterish balance to it. Boozy finish. I can think of better examples of the style, as I don't know that this one really fits well, as it is a bit too sweet, aggressively boozy and lacks certain complexities. Yet, there is something charming about it's maltiness and sugar sweetness that I liked despite it all.

Relatively soft carbonation helps with smoothness and drinkability, which is in turn restricted by overall sweetness and sharp booziness, though it adds little to the liveliness of it. It doesn't really fit with the character of a great Belgian-style, but works to a fair degree.

I have a bit of mixed feelings about it. Though it could use more balance and move towards the hallmarks of the style more clearly, it had a taste that I liked well enough to continue reaching for my chalice.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 12:03:50 | More by jwc215
Photo of amiles


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this brew many times in the past due to it's price (4.99)... just now getting around to reviewing this one.

A: Poured into a large St.Bernardus goblet. Heavy pour down the middle creates a nice 2 finger head and decent lacing as I let it warm a bit. Tinted amber/orange colour.

S: Yeasty candy, slight alcohol scent, in a nice way.

T: Tastes exactly how it smells though there are more complex flavours hiding behind the strong candy flavor... perhaps some apple and vanilla under tones. Alcohol is present as it warms.

M: High carbonation helps clense the sugar.

D: One bottle is enough for a might.

Nice American Quad.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:08:21 | More by amiles
Photo of babyhobbes


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really feel like I got this in Beer Powerball and despite my excellent notes, I don't see this brew listed with anyone. Perhaps it was a late entry? Anyway, whereever I managed to procure this beer I really appreciate it. Thanks!

Looks good, nice amber color, small head. Has a decent yeasty odor and a sugary scent. Taste is nice, not too bold, not too weak. Delicious drinkable brew, would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 00:08:34 | More by babyhobbes
Photo of jar2574


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Waldo Pizza in KCMO. It's a burnt orange color, and came out with a 1/4 inch head. Sweet, malty smell.

Thick, creamy and goes down easy. Malts and caramel flavored. The foam clings to the side. The alcohol is well disguised. There's a little too much sweetness in the aftertaste. It gets a little sugar-coated after a while.

It lacks the spiciness, hops, and berry flavors of some other quadrupels. But it's a sold beer. Good choice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2008 16:59:41 | More by jar2574
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a goblet. The beer is a red color with slight chill haze. Head was 1 finger thick after an overly careful pour, and was off-white.

Smell: Light fruits dominate the nose, with a hint of strawberry and citrus. Sweet sugar is evident, as is a slight balancing caramelly malt. Nothing special.

Taste: Introduction is nice and slightly sweet with hints of light fruits. Syrupy in the midpalate with a cloying sweetness. Finish is medicinal and sugary with the alcohol rudely making its way known. Not very pleasant going down.

Notes: Way too unbalanced. Probably won't be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 06:19:03 | More by BucBasil
Photo of Portertime


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yikes, this is a big ol' quad that slaps you right in the mouth. All I can think about is "viya con dios" from King of the Hill when I drink this one. Pours a mighty Maraschino cherry color with a hansome head. Smells of candied fruit and a bit of banana. The alcohol kicks you with some baked apple and candied sugar flavors. Mild yeast and banana undertones. Enjoyed in my Duvel chalice.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 21:47:22 | More by Portertime
Photo of BigJTrucker


3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA "Turbine2475"

Pours a clear reddish color, thin head settles fairly quickly. Smells fairly bready, brown sugar sweetness. Taste is candied fruit sweet, alcohol is readily apparent. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, lingers slightly on the finish with a bit of syrup feel. A fairly drinkable Quad. Not my favorite style, but a solid brew nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:43:42 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of Slynger


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my St. Bernardus chalice is beautiful crimson color with shades of orange showing around the edges. There is a minimal off-white head that leaves some loose, spotty, lacing. A somewhat light nose delivers pleasantly sweet and fruity smells, with a touch of spice and alcohol. Full, heavy, and oily smooth in the mouthfeel, with minimal carbonation. The taste is bittersweet of Belgian candy sugar and heavy caramel maltiness, with a modest apple fruitiness rounding out the edges and some alcohol in the finish. It's not bad, but far from great. Not overly complex and a bit rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 02:45:34 | More by Slynger
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Reverend poured a reddish orange hue that was clear with a a solid finger foam head with no much retention but some good sudsy lacing.

The aroma was a horsey smell. It reminded me as if I was in a stable getting ready to go riding. Faint smell of caramel malts.

The taste was similar to smell. The strong Belgian yeasty was apparent. The taste was malty all the way thru with little sweetness in the end. It left a tingling sensation on the lips and in mouth it is peppery. Overall another solid effort from Sir Avery.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 03:54:40 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of Pencible


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy, bright bronze with almost no head. It smelled like copper hops mixed with banana and wild yeast. It tasted halfway between a dubble and tripel, rather than a quadruple, with light flavors of sweet apricot and wheat. The taste wasn't exceptionally clean, and had some alcohol warming. It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation and a lasting tart aftertaste. Overall this wasn't bad, but it really wasn't deep or rich enough for me, to be a really good quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 21:16:04 | More by Pencible
Photo of Bubba83


3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at around 50 degrees fahrenheit. My first offering from Avery. My BevMo in Sunnyvale surprised me by finally getting three different Avery varieties in stock.

Poured a two-finger head with a rather vigorous pour. Retention is not great, and lacing is splotchy at best. Amber red hues with orange yellow glowing hints towards the thinner portions of the glass. Much lighter than I would expect a quadrupel to be.

The smell reminded me more of a belgian strong pale ale or perhaps even a saison, strong horsey aromas with some black pepper are mostly present, but I can tell there's some sort of sweetness in there as well.

Tastes a lot like it smells, unlike any quadrupel I've had before. The belgian funk is here in full force, reminds me more of a yeast strain I would encounter in a saison than a quad. Black pepper hits first, then fades into candy sugar with hints of plum and other mild fruits that make themselves more apparent as it warms. Alcohol presence is there throughout, and is a bit hot on the swallow.

Overall this brew was enjoyable, but I wish the funk and pepper was a bit milder so I could get at the fruit flavors better. A milder yeast strain and a little bit heftier malt bill could do this brew a lot of good.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 10:42:31 | More by Bubba83
Photo of mltobin


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quadrupel Ale, sounds enticing. Very minimal head, which almost immediately disappears to a thin, wispy ring. Oddly though the beer bubbles at a higher rate than any beer I've seen. Held at eye level it has a red tint (like fruit punch red.) Very clear appearance. The 10% alcohol is fairly obvious, in the beginning sips. There is a nice slightly spicy bitterness from the Styrian Goldings hops, and the aroma is exceptional to say the least. The sweetness of the candy sugar is evident, especially as the brew warms, very evident in the aftertaste. The concept of the brew is very attractive to me, but I'm not totally sure if they pulled it off. Kind of a thought provoking brew, I have mixed feelings about the numbers I gave.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 04:16:01 | More by mltobin
Photo of tmitch75


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, almost neon orange color with light head that drops to almost nothing.

Smells fruity and yeasty - bananas, apples, pears - and a little spicy.

Taste is really sweet, like candy sugar. Bananas, pears, and pineapple too. Not much hops at all. Cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is full and rich. Solid.

This is a tasty beer and a good representation of the style, but I'm not a huge fan myself. It rates pretty high, but I think it's way too sweet.

Tasted on 3/16/08.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 05:34:56 | More by tmitch75
Photo of mwilbur


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into snifter.
A: Cloudy orange with nice light, but fairly thick creamy head. Slow dissipation.
S: Belgian yeast, fruit, and spice.
T: A little weaker and less complex than I was expecting...but not bad. The candy sugar is a little overpowering...but it hides the ABV well. Malt, dried fruit, and a little spice.
M: A little light on the palate for a quadruple. Not bad, but not great.
D: Technically, it's quite drinkable especially considering the ABV. But, honestly I would turn to another quadruple instead of going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 02:22:34 | More by mwilbur
Photo of mcmidc


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This quadrupal poured a orangish copper color, with a white lace of head that dissipated fairly quickly. Smell was average but not as aromatic as I would of thought it may be. Seemed to be some fruity smells with alcohol lingering in the backround. Taste was there, and pretty good, but I was still left waiting for more at the end. The alcohol was there but not overpowering. Mouthfeel was nice with the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability was also good, I'd recommend this beer, drink up.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 00:47:25 | More by mcmidc
Photo of Norsebrew


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red/brown color. I used a goblet type glass to bring out the aroma of spices, alcohol, and fruit, but it was not as aromatic as similar beers. The flavor was not as complex as I had hoped. Sweet dry flavor of fruit and alcohol. Overall, I expected more complexity and flavor from a quadrupel. It is worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 20:45:47 | More by Norsebrew
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 22:39:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with foil wrapped cap. Bright clear orange in color with a tan head that quickly dissolves into a light lace.

Candy, cinnamon spicyness in the nose.

Not particularly deep or complex in it's flavor, but there is a lot of it. Dark candy and cinnamon. Cloves, and potpouri drive deep into the palate. An alcohol bite is there in the finish, making it go down warm.

Overall, too sweet for my liking, and certainly not what I was expecting when i saw the quad classification.

I'd try this on tap again, but probably wouldnt spring for another bottle, it's just too rich.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 03:00:40 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of FleeVT


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt. 6 fl.oz. bottle.
A: Pours a beautiful amber with a nice quick carbonation leaving a creamy white head that dissipates to a thin lace layering the beer.
S: A light sweet smelling brew that hides it's alcohol content from the nose. Hints of fruit, banana and melon.
T: This beer has a lot of flavor, all at once. It's a bit overwhelming at first, but settles down as you drink it. The lack of alcohol in the smell is made up for on the palate. It finishes dry. Fruity tasting, though not banana and melon; more of a berry medley, which is mixed nicely with the sugars and malts common to quads.
M: Lighter than I would have expected, so medium body.
D: Great beer for the price. One bomber is more than enough for a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 01:00:33 | More by FleeVT
Photo of OKCNittany


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a chimay goblet

A: 1 finger off-white head that fell to a cloud with nice lacing. Nearly clear amber body.

S: Fruity aroma of apricot and cherries. As it warms, the yeast and spice come out a bit.

T: Lots of sugar, too much really. Some spice, pepper, a little fruit - plenty to enjoy, but it's just so sweet. The alcohol is present, but not harsh.

M: Soft carbonation. Smooth. Near full body, but a bit syrupy. Sweet (I'm sensing a theme here) and spicy warming finish.

D: A sipper due to the high alcohol content, but that's ok. There's plenty to enjoy, but the problem (as you may have picked up already) is that it's so damn sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 00:44:03 | More by OKCNittany
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.