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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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87
very good

1,507 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 113 | 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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mattcrill

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Aroma: Fruity notes of cherry, raisins, figs all over the place. A bit of banana that seems out of place but it's interesting.

Appearance: Crystal clear garnet colored pour with ruby highlights. A tight and bubbly off white head. Violent streams of carbonation throughout the body.

Flavor: Moderate fruity esters continue (more dried cherries and banana). Spicy and peppery notes that help balance out the fruit flavors. Maybe a bit of clove but not overdone. A hint of carmel sweetness in the back of the tongue as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, and slightly creamy. Finishes dry with some prickly and peppery alcohol notes.

Overall impression: Seems light and easy on the palate but I know this is a big beer. Dangerously drinkable and full of flavor. One of Avery's best and certainly the most balanced. An enjoyable American slant on a Belgian style. Color is a bit too light for a Belgian Dark Strong but overall an immensely enjoyable beer.

02-25-2007 01:40:02 | More by mattcrill
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roblowther

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

This one is a golden bronze with a thin, head that can't make up its mind if its going to be rocky or creamy. The small bubbles are microscopic, I just love that for no reason I can really identify. The smell is hops up front but the candi sugar comes on hard with a caramel smell that reminds me for all the world of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles. That's a very good thing in my book, btw. The taste has a grass-like note, which takes me by surprise, and is not nearly as sweet as the smell. This is good as it lends balance. The caramel malt is there but the sugar is really subdued. Odd, really. The carbonation level is nice and after that its all silk, not so substantial as to be chewy but definitely a smooth feel. The drinkability is good but limited by that grassy flavor. I think its the hops that are beating me over the head on this one, which is strange to say the least for a quadrupel. I think this is a quad for hop heads. Good. Definitely good but doesn't stand up to the quads I've had from Belgium, for the most part.

02-24-2007 02:56:13 | More by roblowther
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Braudog

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

On draft at KClingers: Bright red with only a thin veil to top it off. The aroma is somewhat raisin-like. Onto the drink ... this is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Sweet syrupy but not too much, very well balanced. Why do I think there’s a monster lurking just below the surface of this innocent-feeling brew? (#2715, 2/18/2007)

02-20-2007 21:59:08 | More by Braudog
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srrn

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

I hate to do this as this is an ok beer, but quads are probably my favorite beer. I like mine a bit funky, dark, cloudy (I do yeast pours) and with a lot going on in the smell dept. This poured a deep amber with a slight purple hue. What head there was leaves no lacing on the glass. I detect a very slight sweet smell, candy like. The taste is a bit like a sweet triple with only a hint of clove (I associate this with triples more than quads). This is a beer where I notice what is lacking more than what is there. As it warms the scent opens up and it gets very slightly more complex, but starts to get too sweet. I'll finish this bottle, not buy another and stick to their Czar and Hog Heaven which I enjoy.

I am interested in how this beer and St Bernardus abt12 are the same style as the colors are completely different, as is the sweetness.

02-18-2007 21:42:32 | More by srrn
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

I thought this the most drinkable Quadrupel I've yet had, but a bit lacking in the complexity department compared to Belgian Abt/Quadrupels I've had. Still, this is a very drinkable beer for this style.

Appearance is a dark reddish-brown, and sparkles just a bit. Aroma is of some sourness and some oakiness. Flavor is clovey, with additional sourness and oakiness (like a chardonnay). Mouthfeel is rather good, and I found this beer extremely drinkable.

I bought this 22 oz bottle at Evanston First Liquors in Evanston, IL.

02-04-2007 00:06:25 | More by BeerBelcher
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium amber with a 1 finger head and very good lace. Lots of caramel malts up frony mixed with brown sugar and sherry aromas. Again lots and lots of caramel malts mixed with brown sugar, sherry, dried fruits and a decent hop flavor and a bit of bitterness. Alcohol is hidden fairly well. Even at 10% it is smooth and easy drinking. Not the best Quad out there but still very nice and well worth the $6.99.

01-28-2007 03:26:16 | More by sabrills70
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tooleypep

California

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%

I have this beer on tap at my work. I drink about 8 oz. every day I work. (along with a few others) This is my favorite one on tap, withj its sweet full flavor. The coloring is a darker brown not much lace on the way down. I love belgians and it seems the darker ones are more for my taste buds. It has a fair smell as opposed to another Avery belgian we have on tap.

01-23-2007 22:36:05 | More by tooleypep
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

pours an auburn brown with a little head. definitly has a good aroma. the smell is upfront with a caramel sweetness. i can definitly taste hints of orange cream, butter and maybe ginger. almost tastes slightly like a "winter version" of the style i guess. definitly a good beer, and fairly true to the style. it just lacked complexity. very starightforward this is what you get kind of beer. probably not something i'd sample again.

01-22-2007 13:35:51 | More by scarletfire79
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DaveFL1976

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

It's good, but not great.

Nice amber-copper body, but with a thin head. Smell is sweet, a bit yeasty, with some alcohol in the background. Not all that complex, but good. Taste is a bit fruity up front, then malty sweet, then a decent Belgian aftertaste, but too sweet at the end. Mouthfeel is medium, but dead. I don't like huge carbonation in a Belgian, but this seems a bit unlively. Drinkability is again good, but far from fantastic.

01-17-2007 01:07:15 | More by DaveFL1976
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warmstorage

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

22 ounce bottle, red foil capped, with witty notes on the label. States 10% ABV.

Poured into wide mouthed goblet. Poured a medium dense, slightly fizzy head that dissipates rapidly, leaves zero lacing, and basically zero head. Color is medium reddish copper, bright and clear.

Aroma is complex: sugar, figs, prunes, candy, and earthy spiciness.

Taste is delightfully simple, yet nuanced: most of the aromas noted above come through, and a bright, warm crispness and alcohol warmth. This isn't an iron fist in a velvet glove: it's an iron fist in an iron glove. I love it. Delicious and bright, crisp carbonation despite the lack of visible carbonation or head.

A delicious beer that I've been drinking regularly since at least 2002, and will continue drinking as often as I can get my hands on it.

01-07-2007 02:03:10 | More by warmstorage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Not exactly a chip off the Trappist block, this beer is still pretty good. It's an interesting take on the quadrupel style and a bit similar to Avery's other big beers. The beer looks good even though the amber-orange is fairly light in color for the style. The smell is nice enough, with sweet fruits, but isn't terribly complex. The flavor does open up a bit with raisins, figs, and dates mixed with marmalade, and mellow citrus flavors aided by hops. I guess it's a relatively hoppy quad, but that's not a bad thing. The flavor isn't on the same level as some of the brews from Belgium, but it's oh so drinkable and smooth.

01-06-2007 03:17:31 | More by tempest
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a clear dark amber with a giant tan foamy head. The head leaves good lacing and lasts a long time. The smell is strong with clove,banana,candy sugar, and fruit, pear ? This is one of the better smelling beers I've had in awhile. The taste is very sweet with candy sugar, pear,alcohol, and the typical Belgian spices. A nice tasting beer,but be warned,this is very sweet. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A very nice surprise. I have to admit that this is better than I thought it would be. This is a Must try.

12-30-2006 22:27:19 | More by jmz62565
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loren01

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Pours a ruby color, nice sized head, lots of carbonation in the glass
S: Smell is very complex. Fruity: Banana/apple/pear scents. Also has a good Belgian yeast scent
T: Taste is sweet and fruity, also has a nice spiciness, but not overly spiced up. Finishes slightly dry.
M: Medium to heavy bodied, goes down easy
D: Very good Belgian, would have this again for sure

12-21-2006 07:36:50 | More by loren01
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Pours a reddish brown with medium sized white head. Good lacing.

Typical Belgian yeast smell of cloves and malt.

Taste is of bubblegum, cloves, malt, and some hops.A slight soy flavor is present at the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin.

Okay drinkability. Plenty of others better in this style.

12-20-2006 04:15:49 | More by Georgiabeer
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Ok, I didn't get Avery's running religious theme until now. Didn't put the Hog Heaven and Salvation thing together, but now with The Reverend, I get it! (Hit me over the head with a hammer and, yeah, I get that too...) It's not turning me born-again or anything, but Avery certainly have a good thing going.

Into the trusty Moinette goblet it goes, and damned if that doesn't look appetizing. A bubbly, soapy head on top of a burnt copper/amber, very "Belgian" looking indeed. But wait...the head dies way too quickly, and now I'm not so sure...

Aroma leans heavily toward the apple-juice side of things, with a supporting cast of dessert-y spices and yeast dancing around in the background. But kinda timid.

The sipping is divine, with fruity notes appearing first (apple, pear, grape), balanced by a slight warming from the alcohol (which, at 10%, is incorporated very well), candy sugar sweetness, vanilla, clove, pepper, and a delicate yet toasty malt character. Only a hint of the yeast comes out, and typically I'd like any quadrupel to be dirtier/earthier, but this is still pretty great. Might be way too sweet for some, but I like 'em that way, and after the average looks and aroma, this definitely delivers on flavor.

Mouthfeel is soft, silky and creamy while also having enough heft to carry the more robust flavors on through.

A complex enough beer that you can ride this one out for a good hour, taking in its many nuances. Good stuff, and despite the 10% ABV it drinks like a slightly more session-friendly ale, so beware, but most of all, enjoy.

12-19-2006 23:10:58 | More by Metalmonk
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a ruddy, orangey caramel color, with a medium-thickness head that fades to a collar. The nose is mainly phenolic, with a bit of cinnamon and caramel malts in the background. The taste is less phenolic, with allspice and some sharp date fruits, but that band-aid-ish note is still there in spades. Very little sweetness for the style. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, with carbonation that is sharp but not big. Very drinkable for the style, with no alcohol burn present (and for a 10% ABV brew, that's impressive), but that drinkability is not matched by depth of flavor. For an American Belgian brew, it's got some interesting notes (especially the phenols), but it just doesn't have the same oomph and the same depth you'd expect to find in a Belgian quadrupel.

12-08-2006 04:47:03 | More by geexploitation
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

22 oz bomber poured into a large brandy glass, as my Chimay chalice is dirty. Nice looking ruddy red/brown beer,clear with attractive carbonation. Gorgeous large thick light tan head. Nice aroma of dark fruits,malts, some spice, cherries and demerara sugar. Quite sweet ,but with bitter undertones,,papya fruit,kiwis come to mind, alcoholi in the finish, but mostly rich malt.Spiciness is there but slight. Ok on the pallate, not great though. Overall a goodish beer but not one that I can class as great.

11-28-2006 20:57:57 | More by Reidrover
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

This beer pours nicely leaving a light, creamy head and a golden amber hue. A bit too translucent for a quad, though. The aroma is very light with hints of raisins and prunes(?).

The taste is somewhat bland, slight hints of caramel and fruit, with a strong alcoholic aftertaste that is not well masked. The Reverend is quite dry and has low to moderate carbonation. I would try this beer once, but look for other quadrupels before purchasing.

11-27-2006 05:30:52 | More by wagenvolks
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badbeer

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured a nice orange copper color; a little lighter than expected, but the lack of head retention and only a small, non-lasting head is what brings this one down. Smell is of caramel and dark fruit, some cherries as well. Taste is real nice, starts out with a burnt caramel flavor, toffee, and some dark fruits. I think this may even meld better with age. Mouthfeel is chewy, definitely full bodied with carbonation on the lower side, but still present. Pretty solid, and if I remember correctly, the best United States brewed quad that I've had. Certainly worth a try, I think I'll be picking up a couple to age next time.

11-21-2006 05:15:30 | More by badbeer
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allengarvin

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Served in a large chalice glass. Pours a beautiful copper color with an large, solid head, about an inch tall, creamy and frothy and long-lasting. Quite malty nose, with grassy, citrusy hops and subtle fruitiness. Very malty (but not heavy) taste, ripe fruity character, well-placed bitterness that balances well. Finish is noticibly alcoholic, detracting slightly. Nice body, not too heavy, but plenty full.

11-17-2006 01:58:01 | More by allengarvin
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Avery's The Reverend is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a tulip or pear shaped stemmed glass or goblet. This finely tuned Belgian-style Quadrupel pours up ever so softly with a large, pillowy white head that sits craggily over a hazy, deep bronzish-tawny body. The enticing aroma is filled with a nice intermingling of spicy (lemon pepper, coriander, cinnamon-nutmeg & vanilla) & fruity (bananas foster, black currants, cordial cherries) notes. There's also plenty of alcoholic warmth and a hint of Slovenian hops underlying the rich honeyish malt notes.The satisfying flavor starts rather rich & chewy with a sweet candied maltiness that carries into a slightly earthy, spicy hop influenced bitterness which takes over to deliver a harmonious finish with a surreptitious alcoholic warmth. Avery's Quad is a divine elixir that matches up against any challengers. Pop a top on one and let 'The Reverend' make a believer out of you!

CHEERS! Beertracker

11-10-2006 18:06:35 | More by Beertracker
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phisig137

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Let me start by saying that the Reverend holds a dear place in heart. It was the first "extreme" craft beer that I'd ever had. A few years ago, I got it as a birthday gift from a friend, and was blown away by it. It's been quite a while since I revisited this beer, and it brings me back a few years.

Undated bomber pours a brilliant orange color, with red highlights. Half finger head quickly falls into a creamy ring around the glass.

Aroma is quite fragrant. Cherries, plums, toffee, and loads of alcohol. Slight sherry aroma as well, leads me to believe that this bottle is a little older.... perhaps last year's release.

Flavor again is quite huge. Very fruity, with flavors of rum soaked cherries, and sherry soaked figs. Very strong caramel presence, and fairly sweet. Again, hugely prevalent alcohol. Could have used some more time in the cellar. Full and creamy smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is decent, but the alcohol hampers it a bit.

Not the same as I remember, but not in a bad way. I guess I have just changed quite a bit in the past 3 years or so. I truly love Avery, and have never been disappointed in anything they make. As long as you're ready for the large alcohol presence that is typical in many Avery brews, you'll love it.

I'll leave you with something that a macro-drinking friend of mine said after first tasting the Reverend. True then, and still true now. "The Reverend? ... <takes sip>.... WHOA!!! It tastes like a sin!"

11-10-2006 00:29:31 | More by phisig137
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

A-Brownish/red color body with a small head that went away fast.Some lacing on the glass,looks like cherry Kool Aid.

S-Cherrys,booze and maybe raisons and or beets.

T-Cherrys and booze.Very sweet taste,taste of grapes and maybe peaches.

M-Very sweet mouthful and its pretty thick as far as quads go.As it warms it gets stronger.

D-Its a good belgian,very sweet though.I dont know if I will have more.I would drink this once in a while.

11-06-2006 14:52:20 | More by MmmIPA
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wingman14

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours brown with a thin white head. Smell is mostly malty and fruit, cherries maybe, with noticable alcohal. Taste is fruit upfront with some malt characters, followed with a huge alcohol flavor. The aftertaste consists mostly of a doughy taste probably from the yeast from the quad style. The mouthfeel has good balance in flavor but seemed flat, and had a very strong dose of alcohol. It didn't seem like they tried to mask the ABV any, which I don't know if they were trying to do in the first place. These aren't the easiest to drink, have to have a taste for quads, but this is a decent one. I enjoyed this beer.

11-04-2006 03:42:22 | More by wingman14
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Pours out a borwn/burgandy color. A one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - Very floral and citrusy. Also, the alcohol presence was noticeable.

T - It was very spicy. Also, a good roasted malt flavor.

M - Crisp and sharp. Heavy-bodied.

D - A very good beer. Heavy and high in ABV but certainly worth drinking.

10-30-2006 03:13:11 | More by zeff80
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.