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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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1,466 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 27
Gots: 104 | FT: 2
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 unibrew

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second time "trying out" this beer. The evil looking Reverend on the bottle should suggest something about the beer. He looks like he's gonna kick your ass, and he certainly does! At 10% he'll lay waste to you, and you'll enjoy his ass kicking! Maybe it's not THE best Belgian, but, it's pretty damn good, and usually not that expensive either. A bomber ran me like $6 or $7 in Atlanta. Bang for the buck and great taste, mouthfeel... well worth it!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 23:27:41 | More by unibrew
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Decent initial head that fades after a little while. Still stirs into a decent head after a while.

Smell of apple phenol. I LOVE APPLE PHENOL SON. Candy like smell with a lot of undertones and some caramel malt. Damn. I'm impressed.

Nice mouthfeel. This beer is just awesome.

Taste is slightly candy like. Has a slight apple undertone with some caramel malts, belgian funkiness and slight hop bitterness. I noticed the alcohol at 10%, but it wasnt' overbearing. My first quadrupel. I look forward to my westveletern now. Very nice style of beer. Nice upfront sweetness with good alcohol and slight hop finish. MMM. good beer.

Clings to the palate well. Very nice

I ran out of my bomber fast and wanted more. That says something doesn't it?

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 01:55:03 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz to a pint glass

Appereance: Orangish red, a good looking beer, it wowed me

Smell: Malty greatness, sweet

Taste: Tons of malt up front and mellows towards the back

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick

Drinkability: It is a big beer so it's one and done with this stuff, meal in a bottle, but could anything less be expected, I don't think so

I really enjoyed this beer and I recommend it to everyone

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 02:36:46 | More by Badgersno1
Photo of lifeboyq


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

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Cream head doesnt hold long. Smells of Belgian candy sugar and Belgian Yeast phenols, candy, maple notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly syrupy. Taste is slightly hot and phenolic (which i personally dont mind at all) that sometimes comes with a high abv beer. This is really a solid example of an American style quad. The flavors are very pleasingly sweet and smooth but not deeply complex The hop schedule is more apparent than an authentic Belgian quad. In fact, this offering is more like a 3.5 in between a tripel and a quadrupel with its golden orange color. A very solid example of an American style Belgian Quad and a highly enjoyable beer. As far as drinkabilty goes, I personally could put down a couple of these bombers and feel all nice and warm. Good job Avery!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 10:11:59 | More by lifeboyq
Photo of IPAcraig


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first purchase from the new Liquor Loft in Tallahassee. Poured into my De Garre Snifter whilst watching the Red Sox in the playoffs.

It pours a medium dark amber that is fairly transparent. Seems a lot lighter than a Quad, but still looks good. It poured a pretty good head, that had nice lacing.

Nice aroma of dark fruit and malt. A very big aroma ... big and creamy (can aroma be creamy). The smell of plums or raisins are present as the beer warms ... yogurt covered creamy raisins. Very nice

A very malty beer, that is balanced by a faint bitterness. The fruitiness of the belgian yeast is apparent, but faint. The alcohol presence is very well subdued in this beer despite it being 10% abv. A nice beer, but it finishes with the taste of Robitussin. Oddly enough the cough syrup taste subsided as the beer warmed, but it was not welcomed nonetheless.

A very creamy full moutfeel. This beer seems to envelope the tounge without being too heavy or syrupy. Nice.

This beer had some great aspects. The slight medicinal taste hurt the drinkability, but this beer had many other redeeming qualities and the bomber went down easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 01:13:54 | More by IPAcraig
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, we can get Avery in San Francisco.

22 oz bomber pours a rich copper hue. Nice carbonation with streams of tiny, tiny bubbles. Sweet malt aroma, candied fruit, mild hops. Despite their disparate origins, the aroma kind of reminds me of DFH burton baton.

I love the taste. Rich, sweet, caramelly flavor does a good job of balancing the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and not excessive.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 03:27:18 | More by waltonc
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised me, but then I am learning and welcome surprises like this. Having a friend (Thanks Mark) turn me on to Avery's Maharaji, I had to see what other Avery releases were like.

It poured a rich amber color, with a light golden head. After the Maharaji I wondered if there was going to be a big surprise in an unexpected flavor coming through, but it was much more subtle. I detected a slight smell of banana, but not very strong. I also got this feeling in the taste, plus a richness of berries, even without a true berry taste. It had a very rich taste that I found very drinkable, somewhat like cognac. This was a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:05:48 | More by Figgy
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22 oz. bomber with some good friends. Poured into a tall, rounded white wine glass. A wonderful copper-red with a bubbly white head that leaves a heavy ring of lace around the glass. Smells and flavors of sweet syrup, candy, burnt sugar, yeast, bananas, and some liqueur like brandy. Tart, even fermented apples. Hides the alcohol well. Very strong and sweet character - a bit overpowering, but still really good to drink. Small, sharp fizz on the middle of the tongue. A very pleasant Quad. Fine example of the style. Watch out for the 10% ABV, but otherwise enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 03:39:47 | More by ndekke39
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Very pretty beer: gold, thick white head, nice lacing, well-carbonated. The aroma of a lollypop. Big taste. Fruit, candy, malt, alcohol, yeast. A well-constructed beer, fun to drink. The 10% ABV makes it a beer to savor.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 14:23:39 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, rich amber honey color, but with barely half a finger of head that is gone almost immediately. From the brief glimpse I got of it, it was fairly creamy tan, and leaves a decent crown of lacing. Slightly cloudy with moderate lazy carbonation.

Smells somewhat spicy with obvious cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Citrusy and sweet, strong but smooth grain smell, I think there's some plum and pear in it too.

Completely not what I expected. Lots of clove and nutmeg up front, nearly overpowering the rest of the flavor. Very sweet, very strong grain, and the alcohol makes it especially spicy. The ingredients make sense with the smell, but the amounts and harshness of them is a surprise. Not balanced at all like I was expecting.

The carbonation is nice and mellow, the overall effect is somewhat creamy, but it clings to the mouth with kind of a sticky, syrupy finish that lingers for a long time, not in a very pleasant way. Extremely malty, though i understand this is the style. I guess for how it's made it would be difficult to style the malt any other way without making the drink overpowering, but I would expect much more balanced and present undertones from it. There are slight hints of pear and even apricot, but they are completely blown away by the esters, cloves and sugar.

The appearance is decent, but the flavors just aren't balanced quite well enough. It's fairly smooth and drinkable, albeit spicy, but it does go decently well with a good food pairing like swiss to help round out the experience. Not a bad brew, but I've tasted a couple better from this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 01:15:24 | More by Thanby
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks beautiful poured into a belgian glass. Dark amber color, beautiful bubbly carbonation, lacy two finger head, has curves and some junk in the trunk. Has a sweet, fruity, alcohol smell that makes you think if jolly rancher made alcohol, this would be it. Very big taste, overwhelming at first, sweet, malt, sugar, alcohol, all tastes lingering at the end. You have to be in the mood for this beer, if you are, enjoy it as it is a big sweet beer with alcohol to put you out. Enjoy over time.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 03:03:12 | More by Murchmac
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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of quadrupels and like my beer a little on sweet side as well. This one fit the bill on both accounts. Nice carmel color. Mediocre head. The taste is sweet and although it sports a hefty ABV, the alcohol was not particularly noticable. I liked this beer alot. As good an American quadrupel as I've had, and better than many of the Belgian ones. I would and will be purchasing The Reverend again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 03:25:07 | More by g00ey
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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: 22oz bottle to tulip glass. The beer is a dark apricot/cherry color and is topped by two fingers of light tan head. Lots of carbonation throughout the beer, the head is tight and sticky and unmoving. It sinks very slowly and leaves tons of webbing along the glass and pretty nice lacing atop the beer as well.

Nose: The aroma is sweet and estery: apricots, brown sugar, bananas, oranges. Very appealing.

Mouth: Taste is fruity but too sweet. The sugars cover up the a lot of the potential depth of the flavor. It's all esters and alcohol, a hint of cinnamon, with a warm, cloying finish. Too sweet to enjoy, malty and yeasty and mouthfeel is oily & slick.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 17:59:42 | More by clickpush
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

I'll admit that this one is not for everyone off the bat....its pretty sweet, and with saying that I love it!

A-Ruby colored amber, very murky...minimal white heard, just light bubbles across the surface of the liquid, and a thin watery lace.
S-Ripe red fruits, big cherry and blackberry...as well as pear and raisin and plum too....fruity Belgian estery yeast. Light citrus and big alcohol. Caramel and sweet sweet sugar. Candy like.
T-Sweet sugar and caramel malts are the dominant flavors....big red fruit are huge in this one too. Again raisin plum, sweet cherry and a bit of grapefruit in the hops. Alcohol is covered by the sugar, and again this one is very sweet. actually beautiful.
M/D-Medium bodied, strong and sweet...I find it easy to drink at 10% b/c of the sweetness. This one I pick up when in the mood for a quad

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 00:58:36 | More by jameaterblues
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I suppose I have to really be in the mood for quadrupels as they are not very sessionable thanks to the high ABV (well, I could session these, but that wouldn't go over too well with my wife). Anyway, this is not to say that it isn't a good brew--it is--but at $6 for a pint bottle, I think I'd rather pay the extra buck for a genuine Trappist ale such as Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 00:53:20 | More by jonworth
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4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into my Konigshoeven chalice, since I assume it's meant to be similar to the their quad. The Reverend is bronze with slight chill haze, and a small eggshell head that quickly fades to a small, big bubbled collar, leaving slight lace. Lighter then most, but something about the auburn glow appeals to me. Unfortunately, there's basically no head. I love head.

The aroma is pretty subdued, honey like candi sugar, spicy belgian yeast and alcohol. I was expecting more of the grape aroma that you find in stronger, sweeter BSDAs, but there was no dark fruit to be found here. Nevertheless, it's nice and appealing.

From the first sip, I knew I really loved this quad. I'm about finished with the bomber, much faster then I expected mind you, and still really loving it. Blown away in fact. Sweet like honey, nicely balanced by the spicy trappist yeast, and remarkably smooth, with only a whisper of alcohol. So much better then the aforementioned trappist, IMHO.

While the taste is fantastic, the mouthfeel is the real star here. Luscious, creamy, and light, for a quad. I'm not sure how they can make it so sweet yet not cloying or thick, the total antithesis of barelywine in all but ABV.

This is one dangerously drinkable quad, look out! It taste fantastic, is highly digestible, is readily available, and fairly cheap. My new cigar beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 01:11:53 | More by ccrida
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful clear amber/brown body with some bubbles rising to the top. Large foamy white head that lasts and lasts. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. This is one beer that is just great to look at.

S- Lots of dark fruits like grapes and cherries. Hints of yeast, spice, and alcohol in the background.

T- Spicy yeast is the first to hit the palate. Grape, cherry and apple along with alcohol are strong and noticable in the background. Belgian sugars and caramal are subtle but can be noticed. Finish is of spicy yeast with an alcohol burn. This has a good balance and is pretty tasty. It could probably be a little bit more complex.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth creamy yeasty body. Goes down very easily.

D- This was a great treat but one was quite enough for the night. The alcohol is strong and noticable in this brew. I wanted to switch to an easy session ale after having it. Something I enjoyed and I will have again. Another great offering from Avery

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2007 15:04:18 | More by PittBeerGirl
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy reddish-brown color. It is quite lighter in color than other quadrupels I have had. The head is small, but recedes slowly and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and passion fruit. There is a faint hint of spices, but it is hidden behind the caramel and fruit. The taste is of caramel, and spices with fruit in the background. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but not a decent quad. It is far to lacking in spices to really make me think. However, it is still rather tasty, and I would drink it again, just not when I am in the mood for a quad.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 02:07:46 | More by KarlHungus
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pours a clear, dark amber hue with one finger of very creamy white head that is mostly diminishing, fair lacing, and tiny particulates

s- nose is of sweet, sugary malts as well as a variety of fruit tones (dark fruits and apples), nice Belgian aroma with light alcohol presence

t- Taste is well-balanced with caramel malts and sweet sugar, long full aftertaste is mostly bitter hops and a decent kick of alcohol

m- Full-bodied with adequate carbonation and rich mouthfeel

d- this is a nice, big quadrupel from Avery, very solid in all categories but not quite reaching the utmost tier

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 04:49:10 | More by Stoneman78
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West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not the appearance that I was expecting from a quad a clear amber tone big frothy fine bubbled creamy off white head lacing is strung lightly but with regular patterns. Aromatics bring out deep ripened fruit notes brown sugar carmelized with raisins, tart apples and spicy yeast strain with alcohol flowing openly with no apologies. Flavor spicy Belgian yeast strain sweet trademark candi sugar additions thick flow of raisins and tart apples with molasses sturdy slighty burnt malt sweetness herbal hop finish peeks through but not the key player in this show. Mouthfeel has a bit of a syrupy residual sugar content going on medium bodied and sticky flows with tightly bubbled carbonation. Drinkability is mediocre a style and version of it that drains the beer senses and gets you happy or sad depending on what type of drunk you are.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2007 17:55:42 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A very clear coppery liquid streams out of the bottle into the glass. A wonderful, thick white head forms and leaves a thick petty on top. The lacing is astounding.

S- Some pineapple, banana, smooth orange juice, brown sugar, vanilla. This is really complex.

T- Pretty sweet, and same as the aroma. The alcohol is slightly apparent on the swallow due to the warming effect. This is quite different for the style, and some of the flavors aren't exactly complimentary.

M- A tad on the dry side, but the carbonation gets the job done. Pretty smooth.

D- For the ABV, this is about right. Nothing spectacular, but the alcohol is not apparent. A unique quad worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 04:00:09 | More by david131
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy, honey color. Thin, but sturdy head, with great lacing.

Aroma is fruity, like many Beglian ales. Plum, coriander. Phenolic alcohol dances across the nostrils.

The taste is up front, a big fruity malt smack. Sweet, but dark. Brown sugar and dark fruit. A bit spicy in the middle. Dry and medium-bodied. Alochol warms the palate the more you drink.

I like it, but I like other quads better. Still, not a poorly made brew but any stretch of the imagination.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 02:55:06 | More by Freshie
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3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- The beer pours a reddish-brown body. It is strongly carbonated. The head is thick and creamy; very good lacing.

S- I'm getting a lot of conflicting smells. The hops smell perfumed; I don't really know what to expect.

T- This beer has a light candy sugar flavor. I'm also getting caramel malts and some banana. The alcohol isn't hidden well at all.

M- The beer is thin bodied. Again, the alcohol is very present, which is kind of strange for such a light bodied beer.

D- I'm not even sure if I would call this beer a quadrupel. It doesn't seem to fit the style. It was a good beer, but I probably wouldn't try it again, or at least go to great lengths to seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 05:50:37 | More by sessycuban
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2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow. The collective wisdom here at beeradvocate usually doesn't lead me astray, but this was a truly uninspired quadrupel.

The attractive price tag (for a supposedly belgian style quad) and the high reviews tempted me into trying this one. The smell was an immediate turn-off, as it was muddled and unappealing. The taste was a jumbled mash of sweetness and competing flavors that did not blend well at all. The alcohol taste was apparent, and raw. Not enjoyable, will not be returning.

I would take an Allagash 4 in a heartbeat over this when it come to U.S. quadrupels.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 07:49:41 | More by Overlord
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3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Certainly of the orageish amber hue, small even faint head. The flavor is good, I’m surprised it’s a quad as it doesn't seem that "big" but is nicely balanced, crisp and full. Quite easy to drink. I think the alcohol is very nicely hidden and not over the top.
I'm a fan of Avery, especially the Maharaja which is one of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 07:56:55 | More by ChazMania
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.