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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 39
Gots: 166 | FT: 0
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 fastsrt
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle in to a challice

A: light brown, thin weak head, lighter in color than others

S: bread, sour bite apples, yeast

T: sweet candi sugar, booze caramel bits of fruit not much complexity but tasty for what it is. reminiscent of a darker triple

M: thin, booze comes through big time.

D: one bottle is enough for me. I would drink it again at a price tag of 5.99, for 10 percent for 22 ounces, but would much rather buy a 11.2 ounce rochefort 10 for 4.99.

Photo of backfat
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle courteous of manahansf. thanks sean for not bringing the mojo. haha
pours a dark clear copper/amber with a white, filmy, and quickly dissipating light tan head. the nose is just beautiful- toasty and sweet with candied fruits. mmm. the taste is dominated by sweet malt. candied yams and fall with backrounds of dark fruits and pleasant nuttiness. reminds me of pancakes and syrup, never a bad thing. biscuity goodness and sugar sweetness. alcohol as it warms. im going to seek out another one of these.

Photo of Crowls
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into beer mug

Appearance: Deep golden color definitely not transparent. Two finger head poured with nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Not a very distinct aroma could be due to a great combination balance of the various malts.

Taste: A little bit of spice and bitterness with some fruit flavor. Overall a well balanced brew where nothing is to distinct or overpowers any other flavor.

Mouthfeel: Rich and complex makes me feel good.

Drinkability: Definitely feels like it could give a good knock out so only the 22oz is all that is needed.

Photo of hoplover82
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized head that has very good retention and excellent lacing.

S-The smell is very simple and plain of light cloves and spices with very slight green apple note to it. And some sweet bread from the grains.

T-The flavor is where this beer really seems to be lacking. It was too simple and plain imo. All I got from it was bland cloves and spices with a little bannana and spicy hops, but in a bland way. For a beer being this big, I expected way more. I said to myself, I like New Belgium's Tripel better than this... That should tell you something. Not saying this was a bad beer, but they could've done better on this one. But I love most of their beers. Glad I tried it.

M-The mouthfeel has a big body with a sweet but dry finish. Good carbonation.

It was very drinkable. It went down oh so smooth. The alcohol was barley noticable, which is hard to pull off. So props to Avery for that for sure.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, goblet, no fricking freshness date.

Straw red, this is much lighter than I expected and very clear. Only faintest of swirly white froth graced the top even on a harder pour.

Musty, wet basement, straw, broken green branches, sum up the funky smells. Some lighter fruit lurks but I don't want to call it pear. Possibly fresh apricot and wheat. Stifled lemon.

Not overly sweet on the uptake, sugar as an adjunct seems obvious. Many of the same funk and fruit elements from the nose are present. Definite peppery flavors and sensations, tending towards white pepper and wild herbs, arugula. Alcohol is not readily apparent flavor-wise but warming of the stomach and eventually mouth is marked. Slight bar soap flavor in the finish, but not in the way very heavily hopped American IPAs present such a flavor. Clove and peppery alcohol stand out as warming occurs.

Avery didn't carbonate this to nearly the level of most Belgian beers I have tried. There is a matte feeling on the palate. I have seen some describe what I believe I am experiencing as terry cloth, and I am considering adopting this as an adjective.

Well, at 10% abv with some challenging flavors I don't think this brew is especially drinkable or meant to be. Lately I have been trying to open up to Belgian beer styles. I have enjoyed the new flavors, but they really haven't become obsessions or new favorites. This is a good beer with a monstrous abv for the price. It was fun picking it apart as far as I am able.

Photo of Proteus93
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite a clean golden / amber. It's a fair bit lighter than most traditional quads I have had in the past, which tend to lean more towards a deep brown hue. White head forms well, retains within reason, and leaves a misty wisp-like cover, like a little spritz-spray over the actual brew.

S: Sweet, malty, with plenty of candy sugar aromas swirling around in there. I detect a bit of a dark fruit hint - mostly raisin and fig, but it's not as big as others can be. The sweet, sugary aroma is certainly the most intense of them all.

T + M: An interesting, sweet flavour... at first, I thought it was almond, like marzipan, but that's not quite right. It's more like a brown sugar & butter cookie... Pepperidge Farms makes a specific Bordeaux cookie that is probably most accurate. It's perhaps a little bit excessively sweet, but not cloying and tacky feeling. The body is a little fuller, appropriate to style, and works with the flavours. In many ways, the alcohol cutting through helps the beer from being too sticky or sickly sweet.

D: A bit of a heavy hitter, but nothing too hot at all. It goes down very smooth with plenty of warming which makes it so much more pleasant to drink slowly. As it breathes and warms, the flavours open up a little more, like a red wine. That's a nice quality to have, and though I might not put it on the same pedestal as I would with other quads, it's still a pretty tasty beer.

Photo of DaveJanssen
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Split a 22 two ways. Poured into chouffe tulips. Reviewed 6/24/2009.

Ar: Tart and sour fruit, similar to the Avery golden strong, rummy, alcohol, earth, light powdery floral, alcohol, toffee and caramel, spice, hints of solvent, caramel and coffee

Ap: Clear red copper, medium light tan creamy head, good retention, light lace

F: Dark syrupy sweet, heavy, dark fruit, nutty, plum, dark overripe cherries, chocolate cherries, dark funk, very sweet balanced, burn and molasses hints, minimal hop bitterness, prune, too candy/fake sweet, reasonably good fruitiness, definitely not a belgian, raisin

M: warming/hot alcohol in stomach, heavy with mid/low carbonation, lightly syrupy

O:does not come close to other quads, don't like their yeast too sickly sweet

Photo of khinman7
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to goblet.

Slightly hazy amber color. Little to no head and no lacing. Aroma was mild and slightly medicinal.

Mouthfeel is slick and one tidge short of syrupy. Hints of candied fruits and a bit of a funky alcohol taste (which I like). Great quad for the price- and its local to me.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear golden amber color with a slightly off white head that has solid retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is not that big but it does bring some interesting aromas. at first a hint of wild yeast hits the nose but is immediately taken over by sweet sweet malts. some dark fruits set in first with plum and raisin, the lots of candied sugar set in with some notes of alcohol at the very end

T-the taste brings much more yeast to the playing field than the aroma did. clove and yeast hits first and lingers throughout the entire tasting, some dark fruits set in next accompanied by sweet candied sugar. the finish brings a strong presence of alcohol and needs to mellow out a little

M-this has quite a thick and syrupy texture with a pretty full body. it is very smooth and is carbonated nicely. slightly astringent towards the finish.

D-great mouthfeel but it just shows the alcohol too much. lots of funk in there and I'm not a big fun of the big funk.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.84/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Up close it looks dark yet see through amber-highlighted dark copper. black cherry cola??
head rises high but fades almost imediately to foamy islands.

The aroma is quite sweet with ripe dark fruits candied sugar and clove.

Complex yet balanced flavor. A touch more sweet than spice. candied sugar and ripened bananas as well as other fruits lead the parade but are kept from getting to cloying by spice. some alcohol is also noticable on the follow though.

Slick and a notch less than syrupy. body is medium full and although ample carbonation is present, when compared to Belgian versions, one may call this under-carbonated.

I have yet to be dissapointed by Avery's big bomber lineup -add yet another winner. @ 7 bucks for 22 ounces for a delicious quad, this one is a no-brainer.

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

First time I've tried a quadrupel, so here it goes. Served out of a bottle into a pint glass. Poured nice with decent light brownish head. The beer was amber in color with a clear body. It has smells that are lightly fruity and hoppy which blend together well. The smell is reciprocated with the taste which adds a nice bite to the whole mix. For me the alcohol content and bite that the beer has make it a little difficult to drink, but I like hoppy beers enough that I could have a couple.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pretty light compared to other Quads Ive had. Its a clear amber beer with hardly any head. No retention and no lacing. It mostly looks like apple juice.

S- Belgian candi sugars are strong on the nose as well as banana.

T- Less dark fruit and doughy yeast than the other Quads Ive had. This is juicy. Apples and alcohol. A strange medicinal taste in the finish.

M- Lighter and crisp with mild carbonation.

D- The alcohol seems to lend a bizarre medicinal and astringent taste that isnt very pleasing to me.

Photo of snaotheus
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a very large snifter

Pours thick cloudy orange-amber with a medium head and slow carbonation. Smells fruity and sweet.

Taste is surprisingly sweet, a little dirty dishwater taste. Fruity and floral. No real bitterness or anything else to balance out the sweetness. Something about the taste is hollow or watery.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, very slightly effervescent.

Too strong and too sweet to be very drinkable.

Bottle code: 1331036 09:46267

Yeah, that's still sweet as hell. I get a little bit of a medicinal flavor now.

Photo of AlexMunse
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've never had a Quadrpuel before (except Omegangs Three Philosophers, but that was a blend and I don't think it counts). I has Westmalle for the first time last night and I think it's time I moved on to a Quad. Here goes.

I'm pouring from a 1pt 6oz bottle at 51.1 degrees into a 16oz chalice.

It pours an amber color with a one finger head that doesn't stick around. The carbonation seems to have dispersed after about 30 seconds.

Its got a very nice smell, though I really had to get in there to get anything at all. I can't really get anything but hops, though mild at best. I'm really not the kind of guy that can "detect a hint of brie cheese" in beer. There's a little hint of orange, or some other citrus.

The taste, at first is slightly bitter with a, kind of, freshness that I'm not used to. It's kind of light, not overpowering. A bit of alcohol with a bitter hoppiness to it that is intriguing. The aftertaste isn't as pleasant as others. It kind of reminds me of "morning breath", but that just makes me want to drink more!

The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but still good. I like a beer with more substance though. Most belgians I've had have been a bit thicker. I think I'll have to try this one again to get a full feel for it and really appreciate it.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a standard pint glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a caramel with a light tan froth, good retention, & average lacing. The nose is pronounced & complex with aromas of caramel, raisins, clove, banana, prunes, toffee, light earthiness, brown sugar, very light orange, spice, & a sourdough starter yeastiness that follow through on the palate with additional flavors of dark belgian candy sugar, maple syrup, figs, & alcohol. For being such a high abv beer, the alcohol is well hidden. Overall this is a very good beer, but, unfortunately, not as good as it's Belgian brothers. To be honest, I'm on the fence between a B+ & an A-, however, I'm an Avery fan so I'll go with an A-. Recommended.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a surprisingly light slight amber with almost no head at all. Nose is lightly boozy, hoppy, rye and very rich, no idea this is a quad.

Taste is awesome! Pretty damn complex with a light hoppiness and a solid toasty/malty backbone to it. Great beer and my favorite quad after three philosophers.

Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color and a lighter golden along the bottom of the glass. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, slight hops, yeast, slight citrus, and molasses. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly creamy with an average carbonation level. The alcohol is so strong at first it burns the throat, but that passes after the initial taste. Tastes of alcohol, slight hops, caramel, sweet malt, slight tart malt, and a toffee sweetness. Overall, the alcohol is not well blended, but otherwise a good body, complexity, and aroma.

Photo of jnezda
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into a chalice glass. Had thin head that faded immediately. Pours light amber copper and very clear which I found surprising for a quadruple. Aroma is malt and toasted malt with slight hints of fruit. Taste is also of the malt up front then hints of alcohol finish which could be masked better. The viscosity of this beer is thin but the body still shows through well and is accompanied by a good flavor profile that is typical of the style. Over all a good Belgian considering it comes from Colorado.

Photo of dbexpert
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Amber/Orange in color with a solid head that dissapates to leave behind a full head covering with solid lacing.

S. Nose is dominated by yeast with penetrating malty aroma cut by a subtle orange citrus notes.

T. FLavor profile follows the nose's lead. A strong malty flavor with subtle belgian yeast characteristics apparent. The light citrus helps cut the sweetness, giving it a crisp persistent finish. As the beer became warmer the malty notes became more complex with dark fruits dancing through the dominated bready characteristics. A definite plus.

M. Sweet, powerful, dominated by malt, clean dry crisp finish

D. One 22oz bottle is plenty. A great brew to share with a friend. A must if you like quads and are lokking to define the style for yourself.

Photo of ryanonline
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a medium brown, very cloudy not much head. little to no lacing.

smells like bran and sugar. maybe some fig. booze.

dark cherries, fig, a little brown sugar and bran flavor. incredibly malty, little to no sense of hops. booze.

nice feeling in the mouth low carbonation, kind of creamy. warm going down.

kind of heavy, but still pretty good in terms of the beer itself. could only handle one or two, though.

this is something else, the scent almost immediately reminded me of raisin bran. Really a beer that you need to try, even just once.

upon revision I realized what it reminds me of: Malta (I tried it with tequila once and this tastes pretty damn close)

Photo of rfabian
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head that doesn't last long and leaves little lacing. The appearance is amber and a bit cloudy. The smell is slightly of grassy hops, maybe some piney character there. The taste is of roasted malt with a little chocolate and moderate hops. The high alcohol is noticeable and does not blend well, like adding a jigger of Everclear to a pint. (We've all done that, right?) If I were in the mood to get hammered it would be nice. The feel is full bodied, and I get the alcohol in the finish. Not one of which to drink one after another, but interesting.

Photo of sweemzander
2.15/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. sized bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy copper color that produced a mediocre white head that dissipated quickly. If I am not mistaken, Quads are usually darker than this.

(S)- A super sweet, berry/apple cider-like fruits with tons of yeast.

(T)- There is so much yeast and sugar in this, that it is all I taste. Some banana is trying to make its presence known, but thats all this has to offer.

(M)- Good carbonation level, but way too sugary sweet and way too yeasty. Nothing about this causes me to think that it is a quad except for that essence of banana.

(D)- This was a very disappointing beer. I have thus far, enjoyed most of Avery's offerings, but this one falls very short; it really doesnt even fit the style at all. This was definitely not a bad bottle, its just not in the ballpark so to speak, let alone the same planet.

Photo of bminor7
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.
Consumed on 10.18.2009

A - deep ruby brown. no foam initially, had to elevate the pour to get any.

S - roasted malts, honey. Sweet...rhubarb?

T - same, bitter, fig, little candi sugar, something funky in there. chocolate cake.

M - good, rich

D - low for a heavy beer.

not a good a style example as the "ruler" series brethren Maharaja.

Photo of Yesac
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper orange in color, small thin layer of white head that quickly fades away to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing on the glass.

S- Faint Belgian style yeast. It smells more like a cross between a triple and a barleywine than a quad. Not much going on with the aroma at all. Slight hints of alcohol and fruit.

T- Right along with the smell.. faint Belgian yeast with a very present toasty malt backbone. Sweet sugar tones and a alcohol burn finish.

M- Dry. Medium carbonation.

D- Nothing spectacular here, not the quad taste I was hoping for.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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