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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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1,514 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 115 | 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 mcmidc


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

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


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

02-24-2008 00:44:03 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of jyeast101


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Sweet and Belgian sugary in smell. Also a strong smell of alcohol. Pours a golden amber with a large white head. No surprise that this is a quadruple. The dominant tastes are the sugars and alcohols of the smell. One thing about The Reverend is that it gets better as you drink the bomber size that it comes in. Possibly, as it warms up, you get more flavor, but I think that your taste buds get used to the "wham" that it first brings to the palate, and settle down to grasp on to the variety that it brings. It's tough, not, to wax poetic about Belgian beers. This one is extremely drinkable, until you fall to the floor from the high alcohol content.

Boy, I'm getting wordy in my advancing age.

02-21-2008 01:03:50 | More by jyeast101
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.08/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a bottle a bright and clear orange-amber with a quickly fading light off-white head.

Aroma is bready with a sweet fruitiness. No booziness at all in the aroma.

Tastes of Belgian yeast, bananas, peaches, raisins and enough booziness to remind you that it's 10%.

Light mouthfeel, very dry with a warmth from the booze and moderate carbonation.

This is a well made quadrupel from Avery and one worth trying.

02-17-2008 18:43:35 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of hustlesworth


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

A- Burnt apricot/tangerine and baltic amber/golden with some rising bubbles and a slight chill haze. tight creamy off-white head is short lived in a goblet but has pretty good retention in a tulip glass. either way, the foam is a good indication of the beer's texture. stringy lace forms 'humps' like a sea serpent rising from a sea of ale before settling down to the thin soapy disk. mystical.

S- the candy sugar gives a honey sweetness ranging from pound cake to coffee cake to pineapple upside-down cake to cotton candy. orange liqeur type aromas too, but mostly a fruity pineapple-banana & melon combo, clove, pear, red plum, sherry, white raisin, irish mist, strawberry candy, soft malt and just a lil bit of alcohol.

T- mostly sweet and a lil sour up front, then the sweet gradually increases to a confectioner's sugar type feel until it's met by a sharp crisp tea-like hop bitterness. from that point on, it's a great balance of bitter & sweet. the sour fades away early. without the sugar, it'd probably taste like an IPA infused w belgian yeast. i can taste the alcohol. spiced rum, clove, and pineapple banana jiuice. malty sweetness, floral & spicy hops linger both linger well into the long slightly cloying finish.

MF- a little cloying from all the sugar, but that & the yeast is what makes this stuff special. i still prefer the craftsmanship of the minks, but this is a decent representation of the style. consistency of a smooth thick juice and low carbonation, like drinking a spiced rum spiked dessert.

D- the rev packs one hell of a punch! after this bottle, i feel woozy. at 10% it ain't no candy. not a session beer though...that would make for a pretty short night.

02-13-2008 21:05:43 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.85/5  rDev 0%

Pours a light gold in color with some ruby highlights. No head appears on the pour. Smell is belgian candy sugar and some delicious dark fruits in plenty. Taste is the same in sugar and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is full and creamy and easy drinking. Not a world class quad, but $4.99 a bomber makes it an occasional purchase.

02-12-2008 21:56:25 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of bort11


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

22 oz bottle split between myself and the wife. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Nice off white head that stands a fingers width. Slow to recede and leaves a lovely webbed lacing on the glass. Color is an orange amber.

Smell is rich with fruity esters. Pears and apples baked with spices. Taste is also quite sweet and fruity, but is balanced with a nice peppery spice in the background.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium body and is slightly sticky on the lips. Goes down very smoothly. The ABV makes itself known but is not overwhelming.

Avery is fairly new to MO, and I'm looking forward to trying more.

02-11-2008 04:57:00 | More by bort11
Photo of woemad


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $5.79, IIRC. Is it me, or is that one creepy-looking man of the cloth on the label?

Poured a ruby-ish orange, with about 1 1/2 inches of beige colored foam. Not a whole lotta lace.

The nose is boozy, with fruity esters and some spiciness. Seems a little too sweet for the style.

The taste starts out with a bready maltiness that is quickly joined by a warming alcohol blast. This one wears it's 10% abv on it's sleeve. There's a fruity flavor not unlike apples that is matched with a coriander-ish spiciness. Very mild dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

A decent U.S. stab at a Quad, but a bit too fruity. Far too boozy for a session beer, I used it as a way to unwind after getting home from work past midnight on a cold winter's night. I would drink this again, but only if I can't get a St. Bernardus 12.

02-10-2008 08:50:49 | More by woemad
Photo of BrewmasterNPB


4.78/5  rDev +24.2%

The Reverend was one of the first big beers that I have ever enjoyed. I first drank it about 5 or 6 years ago, when it still had the wax cap covering. I just drank it last night, which was my first time in a long time. It has a beautiful orange color and a nice, sweet malty aroma. What I like the best about the Reverend is that it is very strong and complex, yet it is so enjoyable to drink. There is no harshness at all. I taste dates in the malt, but not overbearing. The hop profile is low, as it should be. This is a sneaky beer, in that you don't realize that you are drinking a 10% quadruple ale!

02-03-2008 16:21:24 | More by BrewmasterNPB
Photo of satowns


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Nice foil top adds class.

Excellent amber orange hue to this beer. Tightly packed head that recedes quickly.

Spicy esters fill your nose as well as anise and white pepper. A little phenolic.

The Reverend is very earthy and the Goldings lend a spicy quality. Almost a tingling sensation on the your lips...In the back there are some over ripe peaches. Complex flavor profile and tons of body!

Nice beer overall although not as deep and complex as the authentic quads. The Reverend is a lighter and fruiter interpretation.

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Misconceptions by Mealticket.

02-03-2008 01:08:31 | More by satowns
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Pretty, but not impressive upon pouring. Looking at the glass one wouldn't think this was a quadrupel. No head, and looking more like a pale ale than a Belgian dark ale with its clear copper color.
The first thought that comes to my head when reacting to the odor is that of urinal cakes. There's some funk along with a toilet bowl cleaner kind of thing... but in a good way!
Very highly phenolic in character in both scent and taste. Sweet fermented fruits all around, more in a peach/apricot way than a cherry/prune/plum way. Dried apricot flavor is what is loudest to my palate. White grape juice! I haven't had any of that stuff in awhile but this is a sharp reminder of that.
This comes across as just a little bit boozy in a style of beer that is competitive and complex. As a bang for the buck quad this isn't too shabby; I paid 5.99 for my bomber at the Whole Foods at Union Square... but I could do without this particular brew.

02-02-2008 07:47:43 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of 1fastz28


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

pours a beautiful light copper color with some mild red hues. the smell is good as well, sweet malt aroma with lots of fruit and even some strong alcohol. taste is complex and full, first impression is sort of wine like, very fruity with a strong alcohol body. another really good Belgian style ale. recommended

02-02-2008 02:36:15 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of DavidEddie


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

Appearance - Copper with tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Fruity, sweet and some spice.

Taste - Pears, apples, white grapes, yeast, bananas, candied sugar, and spicy clove. Some alcohol warming after each sip. Has a boozy peppermint crisp finish.

Mouth feel - Slightly creamy and coating.

Drinkability - is okay. I wasn't sure about this one at first. Took about half way through the bomber to become more enjoyable for me. Worth a try!

01-27-2008 05:26:05 | More by DavidEddie
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Another big, solid brew from Avery... Copped a 22oz bomber from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... Pours a lucid, clear, ruby-red, mahogany hue with a frothy head that soon dissipated within about a minute... slight carbonation visible... smell was outstanding, full, fresh, and replete with fresh fruits, pears, and grapefruit... flavor matched the aroma with a strong floral, caramel, brown-sugar flavored that was sweet and flavorful without being overwhelming or cloying... One of the better Quadrupels that I've sampled... full-flavored, malty, butter taste... very rich and thick with a dominant candy taste... an enjoyable brew... slight alcohol presence, but not as noticeable as you would think for a 10% ABV... a solid offering from Avery... recommended...

01-27-2008 00:08:31 | More by dsa7783
Photo of wolffman17


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

The Reverend is a clear, reddish-orange. Looks good but appears to be much lighter in color than the majority of Quads. There's not much head or lace to speak of.

Aroma is alcholic and somewhat medicinal. It's also sweet and spicy.

Initial taste is very sweet; candy and fruit dominate the palate. But even after just a few sips the sweetness dies down a bit. Alcohol is noticable but doesn't interfere with the enjoyment of the drink. The dry, tart aftertasted lingers for quite a while. Nice level of carbonation. Not too much to get excited about, but not bad.

Easy to drink despite not tasting outstanding. Overall this is a good Quad, maybe I'll try to cellar it, but I probably won't seek it out anytime soon.

01-26-2008 00:12:12 | More by wolffman17
Photo of pmcadamis


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

A - The brew is red-orange and clear....that's surprising! I was expecting murky chunky sewage water brown. This is the color of O-fests and amber ales. The head is about three fingers before sliding down to a nice cap. Lots of foamy lace is left on the glass, and swirling brings the head right back again.

S - Right off the bat I could smell sugar, booze, and piny hops while pouring this one into a snifter. Malty, sweet, honeyed, yeasty, and a bit fruity. There are a lot of honeycomb aromas here along with some floral fresh dew notes that really make this beer lively and keep the sweet notes from becoming cloying. This smells like scotch (sweet Speyside region, not peaty Islay malts) with a big fat hop bud as a garnish.

T - This is good. Honeycomb, peaches, sugar, and big piny hops drizzled in clove honey and The Macallan. This really tastes like more of a barleywine than a Quad, but then again I don't have all that much experience with quads. It's still damn good whatever it is!

M - Full bodied and very heavy with sugar. The sugar coats the palate before the oily hops and tight alcohol wipe it away. The finish is neutral and very herbal with a lingering taste of honey.

D - Not bad. I was all excited about this one, and it is very good, but it's not quite top notch IMO. It also doesn't seem all that quad-like due to the big hops and tea-like herbal flavors. Like English barleywine perhaps. Too sugary to be really drinkable IMO.

Funny story: One of my buddies at work was given two or three of Avery's big beer series bombers as a present from a friend....not knowing what they were he proceeded to down all three in the span of a couple hours! I'm sure he was three sheets to the wind after that experience! (he's now a BA 'orangemoustache' but like all of us he used to just down pisswater brewskies like any red-blooded American).

01-24-2008 21:58:33 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of AndySR15


3.85/5  rDev 0%

Purchased this 22zo bottle from BevMo in Santa Rosa.

A. Very clear amber color, poured with minimal head into a belgian style glass.

S. Big and malty with hints of citrus. You can smell the alcohol but it is pretty mellow.

T. Sweet and fruity. Lots of bannana and a little bit of pineapple flavor.

M. cant really say anything but its pretty well on par wth most other Quads i have had. So good.

D. Easy to drink even though it is high in alcohol. I will surely buy another.

01-20-2008 02:00:11 | More by AndySR15
Photo of reeder


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

a solid creamy head
nice deep amber, slightly hazy
a very attractive beer

smooth funky aroma
some pear, maybe some cranberries

crisp, light, a little bit yeasty
definitely some alcohol in there
not unpleasant, but somewhat disappointing
no depth to the flavor
i expected a huge complex flavor experience from this style of beer

a nice refreshing mouthfeel, especially for a strong beer

the refreshing mouthfeel and light flavor made for a surprisingly drinkable strong ale. unfortunately, there was nothing really interesting about this beer. i agree with another reviewer that after a while i felt like i was just drinking whisky. albeit a watered down whisky. bottom line: this strong ale doesn't taste bad. a 22 oz bottle of this is very drinkable and will give you more than a good buzz. unfortunately, i expected something deeper and more intellectual.

01-11-2008 10:09:16 | More by reeder
Photo of deepsouth


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

this beer poured a wonderful amber color with a tan head that seemed to stick around quite a while and leave some real good lacing.

this beer smells sweet and citrusy.

this beer tastes like candy. sweet with a little bitter. overall, quite a nice balance.

the mouthfeel is pretty full and sticky.

a very nice quad that i could drink easily. i probably couldn't drink more than a bomber of it in a serving, but that's more due to the alcohol percentage than the taste of the beer.

thanks to barefootbrewer for sharing this beer wiht me.

01-07-2008 14:56:36 | More by deepsouth
Photo of stephendr


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

22 oz. glass bottle- color of dark honey, with a frothy off white colored head - nose of bright sour cherries, and some malts – taste of ginger, cloves, dark fruit mango, and anis- body is medium, and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of Dark cherries, yeast, gummy, and lingering

01-05-2008 07:41:58 | More by stephendr
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours clear amber and I got virtually no head off it. Very little lacing. Nose is super sweet and alcohol is heavily present. Taste is extremely thick on the mouth and you get a firm syrup flavor, which for me is a bad start. There are tones of alcohol and fruits, but overall it feels too syrupy on the mouth. Over time this is a characteristic I still can’t come to appreciate. This is a sipper, but not one I would run to the store to grab again. For a quad, I’d turn to the Rochefort 10 or most other quads over this one any day.

12-30-2007 05:52:54 | More by RblWthACoz
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.