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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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1,534 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 30
Gots: 117 | 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 notafood
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber color with a smallish tan head into a tulip glass. Some visible carbonation

Sugar and spice and everything nice. subtle fruit notes lay underneath, not citrus but more like banana, apple and cherry. Noticeable yeast presence.

Very sweet up front, nice dry finish brought on by the malts. I picked up on some peppery spices on a couple of sips. A small hint of alcohol, but not at all indicative of the 10% ABV.

Sweet but not very syrupy. Tickles the tongue a bit at first but goes down thin and easy.

I like this and its definitely a smooth, drinkable beer, but a little too sweet for me to consider drinking more than one. (A bomber is plenty.)

notafood, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a maple syrup caramel with highlights of cherry wood. Great amber resin clarity, almost gives this beer a syrupy look. Very little head or foam after the pour, and even fewer bubbles. Fruity, caramel covere appples and even a few nuts start the flavor profile. Elegantly toasted malts meld with some herbal hops that give a rosey flavor. Pretty warm alcohol gives the caramel and fruits more complexity. The palate is syrupy and warm, but not boozey. Lots of fruits and som banana nut bread qualities. A sippable night cap beer.

scruffwhor, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first pour at the Avery 15th Anniversary Party.
Just now typing up my notes.

a: amber body, off-white head.

s: Caramelized sugar, spice, cherries.

t: Sweet caramel, from caramelized candy sugar no doubt. Some spice and cherry in there too.

m: Medium body. creamy.

d: Good quad, not too sweet, nice creamy feel. A good American-made belgian brew.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours tomato orange in color, little head and carbonation, extremely fine ring of lacing.

Scent of candi sugar, some dark fruits, bananas, bubble gum, and yeast. A bit of alcohol is present, but it doesn't hurt the scent in anyway.

Taste of malts and candi sugar starts, warms into banana and bubble gum flavor finishing dry with yeast. Flavor washes through the mouth and changes with warmth incredibly well, the flavor compliment each other and balance out to make one damn enjoyable taste.

The mouthfeel is great, smooth and not too heavy, washes through the mouth gracefully.

paco1029384756, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, garnet in color, with a billowing tan head that aggressively attacks the sides of the glass. It eventually thins to nothing but a collar, some scattered lacing and a thin haze of bubbles over the beer.

The nose is slightly sour apples, and a bready yeast scent. The yeast kind of smells like a Belgian but isn't quite right. There is some sweet caramelized malts and a light orange peel spice.

The taste is fruity with a mix of apple, grape and orange flavors all peeking out at different times. A sweet malt flavor mixed with dark candied sugars subtly backs up the initial fruit flavors. Way, way off is a hint of some hops but they are all but gone from this flavor party. The finish is cidery with a processed tasting sweetness and little else.

Medium bodied with a confusing thickness to it. Sometimes it feels heavy but the next sip will seem watered down. Oddly inconsistent with its mouthfeel, this one seems to be a beer trying to be a Belgian. It makes a valiant effort but falls short of the mark.

jbphoto88, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a big white head. Head falls but stays and leaves a very nice thin lace behind.

Smells like a barley wine. Full, rich and malty.

Taste is sweet malts upfront followed by a mess of flavor and a nice little alcohol hint. Tastes like a barley wine.

Full smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Swish it around in your mouth though and you get a nice foaminess.

Nice, I like it and will enjoy drinking on a regular basis.

dstc, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of larsee01
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz foil-topped bottle poured into glass goblet

A--Aggressive pour produced a deep reddish-amber beer with creeping yet minimal head. Beautiful color! Moderately active carbonation rising from bottom.

S--Rather powerful yeasty banana bread and sweet fruity maltiness jumping out at you from a distance.

T--Aggressive and complicated first taste, with all the flavors hitting you seemingly at once. Sweet. Metallic. Grassy. Syrupy fruit booziness not unlike apricot brandy. Each following sip is better. Delicious!

M--Pleasant staying power, but relatively crisp! Not heavy for such a heavy-hitter.

D--For 10%, it is not a chore. But be careful about cracking a second bottle!!!

larsee01, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of scray24
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from CLO at $5.99.

Poured a clear copper orange with a 3 finger off white head that lasted for several minutes leaving a nice lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and steady.

Smell was cloves, little yeasty with citrus and a soft spiciness/sweetness.

The flavor was again very much cloves, some sweet orange and a lot of caramel/candi-sugar. As it warmed a bit, the alcohol "hotness" came out.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thick but smooth. Towards the end moved more towards a little syrupy.

Its more of a slow sipper - I like their others much better (Maharaja in particular).

scray24, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear red-copper with a small light tan head that goes away quickly, not much lacing.

smell is oats, hay, earth, nuts, light spice.

taste is quite different, oily, thick, somewhat sweet, wheat, burnt toffee, malt.

overall it was okay, average pretty much across the board, don't think that i would get this again when there are much better beers out there.

froghop, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a slightly hazy coppery-sunset orange with a 1 finger frothy light beige head that lasted for several minutes leaving a full band rim lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and steady.

S: yeasty, with bright oranges with a soft spiciness and light candi-sugar sweetness.

T: The flavor was tart, with citric oranges, some caramel sweetness, candi-sugar, and a spicy floral bitterness. A light yeasty sourness is detected as well. Overall it starts out with a nice candi-sugar sweetness and finishes with dry oranges and a spicy alcohol fade.

M: medium viscosity, very smooth and leaves a big, tart dry orange fade. Overall, only moderately drinkability.

D: Really didn't impress me as much as their other beers. Abv was fairly well hidden for its 10.0%abv but was still enough to take notice and hinder this a slow, casual sipper. Probably wouldn't consider this for future consumption.

beerthulhu, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured transparent coppery mahogany red with a 1/2" head that diminished quickly to a ring. Little lacing. So far it's looking ok...

S - Hmm, quite interesting. Slightly sour with citrus notes, coriander, dates, and dark grapes. A large wafting of sweet malts as well. Somewhat wine-like. Alcohol is apparent.

T - Wow! Malty sweet with some hints of toffee and a lot of caramel. Bittersweet aftertaste, with a very small touch of hops balancing the powerful sweetness and alcohol. Figs and dates are highly detected. Did I mention the alcohol?

M - Full bodied and medium carbonation. A little bit chewy

D - For such high alcohol, it is very drinkable. I'd rather sip it.

Overall - Split a 22 oz bomber with my gf. This is a good twist on a Belgian Style Quad. Very tasty, very potent. Almost reminds me of an English Barleywine. It isn't what I would buy if I wanted a real Belgian Style Quad but I would definitely buy this again just because it was tasty and drinkable.

DmanGTR, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful, ruby red - amber. Decent amount of frothy head that quickly dissipated. There appears to be a decent amount of carbonation mostly coming from the very center of my goblet. The smell is mostly of dark fruit, yeast and spice. Taste is pretty good. Dark fruits coming through providing some sweetness, but not as much as some other Quads. There's some spiciness as well. The alcohol is there and noticeable. It's a bit warming and adds to the spiciness. It's drinkable and enjoyable. Not my favorite Quad, but worth a try. I'd buy it again just to mix things up.

Deus1138, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper (at first), turning to a light brown (later), with a little garnet glint, with some very nice head and lacing. Nice deep scent, very broad, very malty, with a huge caramel scent. Deep drink in flavor as well, vaguely sweet from the malt, but a huge amount of caramel, with fig undertones, and a nice malt/hop balanced ending. It goes down nice, with just a bit of alcohol tinge to it.

JamesS, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Talk about a beer that just totally takes your by surprise....This one did just that. When I think of a quadrupel, this is far from what I expected.

A- A dark hazy copper orange color, beautiful head and lacing.

S- Smell was of liquid candy. Tons of sugar going on here a long with a nice mix of spice. Alcohol was evident in the nose.

T- If you don't like sweet and sugary beers, this one is not for you. Some fruit flavors (citrus- orange), gingerbread, alcohol, grassy earthy flavors...An amazingly complex and sweet quadrupel, the alcohol was really toned down for 10% ABV.

M- This was a medium bodied beer with a superb warming quality at the back end.

D- This one crept up on me and actually made me fall asleep. Probably because of the high but unnoticable ABV. Great stuff, next time I will share the bottle.

DavidSeanNJ, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of deanhead
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant glowing amber color, with a rich head of bubbles that laced down the entire glass.

Nice rummy scent, thick and almost dank. Slightly sweet, with a hint of bubblegum.

Taste is very well balanced between a touch of edgy sweetness, coupled with a relatively dry finish. It is warming, and strong tasting. This beer has an excellent malt backbone that is matched well, with the sugar, and hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and dank, warming with a very crisp dry finish.

This is a nice example of a Quad. It's not overly sweet, and alcoholic tasting like most other quads. At 10%, I could only really have one of these during a drinking session. It's a fine beer, and I would recommend picking up a bottle.

deanhead, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- dark orange to amber with a small off white head.

S- Sweet, like candy. a bit fruity. not what i was expecting

T- Very sweet. no trace of alcohol. mild summer fruit tastes.

M- Nice carbonation, but a little light and watery feeling.

D- I enjoyed this, but its very different for the style. the alcohol is well masked, so it would be easy to have another but if youre craving a quad this probably isnt for you.

jwinship83, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Taffle
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant orange-amber pour - transparent and leathal. Rich lacing holds well from the nice, colorful head.Malty sweet and sour smell. Sweet and mildly floral hints with intense, zesty finish saying "ah". Huge body, but mildly filling. Sucked this one down rather easily so I definitely needed an intermission after the first 12 oz.  It's a circus on your palate.

Taffle, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was somewhere between a red and amber color. I was a little disappointed with the head and head retention as there was not much of either. The smell was fantastic though, sweet and yeasty. The taste was good, although almost too sweet for me. I enjoyed the first glass from the bomber, but by the time I started the second I was looking for something a little less cloying. Overall a tasty brew, but could use a little more character to round out the intense sweetness. Definitely a sipping brew!

HoppyMcStout, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A small white foamy head forms and recedes to a small cap. Light sticky lace is left behind.
S: A malty fruit aroma (apples, pears, cherries). Lots of yeast and barnyard funk.
T: A very sweet and malty flavor. Lots of fruit with some apple and peach cider flavors. Bordering on a cloying sweetness, but over all a very nice flavor.
M/D: A syrupy character that is medium bodied and a bit oily. Over carbonated with a crisp snap on the tongue. Some alcohol burn that makes this a sipping beer. Though I would be content to sip on a bottle all night.

A good and pleasant Belgian style ale that I enjoy. It seems typical and maybe a bit too sweet. Though, I did not have any trouble finishing a bottle. Something I would try again.

champ103, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a translucent amber-orange color with no foam to speak of and no lacing. This is probably due to the high alcohol content, but was expecting a little more. Smell is Belgian yeast, pancake syrup, and some big-time earthiness. Taste is sweet as can be. Lots of Belgian candi sugar, large doses of malt, raisins, a bit of apple cider sourness, lots of warming alcohol, and slight hop bitterness in the finish. Sweet as can be, super thick and full bodied, moderate carbonation. Not highly drinkable due to the high ABV but a relatively nice interpretation of a Belgian Quad.

KeefD, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pass by this all the time at Green's in Atlanta, and it took the pressing of a server in Oklahoma City for me to try this. Pours a deep copper color (looks like an IPA - weird) with a ivory frothy head that leaves A LOT of lacing on the glass. Smells is incredibly sweet: alcohol, malt, and brown sugar. Taste is not what I was expecting at all. Traces of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, maybe some fruit. Overall, this is a very satisfying beer. Not what I was expecting at all. I will definitely pick this up in Atlanta when I get back.

jdubjacket, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it's a nice deep caramel color with red and brown hues and a thick white head that quickly thinned out and hugged the glass and it has some mild lacing; there is some good active carbonation and it's crystal clear. It smells fruity, almost like dried apple and grapes mixed together. It tastes ... mildly sweet with a strong alcohol presence, just a tad bit bitter on the side of your tongue and mildly tart on the tip of your tongue. It has a bitter aftertaste with a strong alcohol flavor that really warms up your mouth. After warming up a bit it picks up a slight liquor taste like a warm whiskey and the overall flavor becomes a little sweeter; the alcohol in its aroma becomes more apparent and the thin head sticks around too. This is a good beer and tastes better at warmer temperatures in my opinion.

vickersspitfire, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of mojopilot
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I am a huge fan of The Reverend. I can't say its the best quad, but for its price, it really can't be beat.

I am reviewing a bottle I have set aside for about a year, I really thought it would mellow out and become a much better beer. unfortunately, that was not the case. The look and smell are good, a deep amber color and a smooth smell of some sort of fruit I can't put my finger on. The color and look has not changed much, maybe its a little lighter, but I don't recall much of a difference. the smell seems a bit smoother than a new bottle, there might be a bit more alcohol note but nothing significantly different.

The first taste is tremendously disappointing. I remember my first sip of Reverend, it was just how a quad should taste. After a year in a basement closet, everything good is lost. it has a very "musky," old taste. The alcohol seems much stronger, the burn on your tongue and throat are more pronounced, and I feel pretty good after just one bottle.

This is a good beer for the money, I suggest it to anyone who wants a decent quad, at half the price of a good Trappist. I would not suggest storing this beer in hopes of making it better. Crack it open right away and enjoy!

mojopilot, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Double-deuce bomber with some serious hype on the label... "Created by God. Feared by Satan..." Oh yeah? Well, pouring this 'Creation' into a Chimay chalice yields a hazy, glowing, fiery-orange gold with very little foam that stays at the perimeter of the glass, doing little past leaving the occasional speck of lacing.

The smell is an alcohol-based perfume of syrupy malts and dark fruit.

Taste is mellow and malt-candy sweet with a significant alcohol presence and a dry, lip-smacking yeasty twist that introduces a clean bitterness in the finish. Floral and fruity notes duck in and out of the constant yeast/alcohol baseline, masquerading as apples at one appearance, then as plums the next. Spicy hot pepper notes work on drying the fruity flavors up a bit, as do earthy hops.

Carbonated just right. A full-bodied drink cut to pretty good drinkability for such a big, strong beer.

cvstrickland, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Golden copper, heavy head, which hangs around like the turd you cannot shake free.

S - Dark candi sugar, smoke, and notes of alcohol.

T - Smoke + whiskey. Feels like they aged it a bit long and let the barrel take over the characteristic of this beer.

M - Heavy, hearty, and good. Light alcohol feel.

D - Much better than last year's version. Very similar to Allagash Curieaux.

MisterClean, Jun 20, 2008
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.