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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,651
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 157 | 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 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 jrjohnso
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Boulder, CO in 2/2004 and flown to Buffalo (back when you can take beer on a plane). Cellared until 11/2007.

Not too much of an aroma, slight sweet grape smell.

Taste is very nice - alcohol is very present yet balanced with candy sugar, honey, and vanilla.

This beer leaves a nice long lasting creamy aftertaste.

Overall, a solid quad that aged well.

Photo of genog
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Z Cucina with Adam Avery. It was an evening of pairing delicious food with two beers at each course. Great food, and great beer!

Pours a dark bronze color with a creamy white head, with a little lacing. Smell is of candied sugar, some grape/wine aroma, dried fruit, and some slight yeasty. Taste is honey, some spice, and sweet malt. Mouthfeeling is thick and smooth. Very nice quad and very smooth.

Photo of domtronzero
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery orange with a little whitish head. Little lacing. Slight chill haze. Sweet aromas of malts and a little caramel. Some fruitiness and a little alcohol detected. Taste is similar, but a little tart. Mouthfeel is a little lacking. I would expect it to be a little thicker on the palate for a quad, butdtill an alright beer. For $5 I might be drinking some more of this in the future. Its sure no St. Bernardus Abt 12, but still a decent brew.

Photo of livingregret
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 1pt and maybe 6fl oz? Nice large bottle none-the-less

Appearance: While cold it appears a very hazy gold but as it warms it's a mostly clear gold colour. Oddly enough no head while very cold but as it warms a very nice 2 finger head w/ plenty of lacing.

Smell: Very sweet dark fruit smell w/ a touch of apple.A touch of caramel as well....very sweet overall

Taste/Mouthfeel: A nice complex beer. A bit of sweet stickyness that lets the taste linger in your mouth. Dark fruit and caramelized sugar also comes up front. A touch of spice and some big malt make this rather enjoyable. A bit sweet though. Ends w/ a touch of bite from the alcohol which makes it quite nice . As it warms I get a touch of vanilla too

Drinkability: If you don't mind sweet beers this is quite nice. 10% alcohol makes it even better, in my opinion at least :)

It's worth noting that I recommend this beer as it warms up. Drink it while it is to cold and you will miss out on a lot of the complexity of the beer

Photo of sopclod
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all let me say that I fear the big Belgian beers. Beer drinkers (real ones) tend to like complexity, and based on that I can see why Belgian-style beers are considered the best beers in the world by some.

Maybe I have a poor sense of smell but I don't get much from this one... and I actually poured it into a glass this time.

The taste... well, there's a lot going on, at least to me. There is definitely a sticky sweetness, both in terms of taste and texture. There are some spicy/fruity notes that I have a harder time discerning, but they're definitely there. Someone with sharper senses could probably pick it out.

The alcohol definitely makes its presence known with an almost medicine-y finish. Overall it was a very interesting experience. In a good way. I look forward to more beers of this type.

Photo of MrMonkey
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly light, slightly cloudy amber with orange highlights around the edges. Virtually no head or carbonation, and no lacing at all. Doesn't really look like any other quad I've had.

Nose is real heavy on the candied sugar. It is really sweet with some fruity esters coming through. Also some caramel malts with just a hint of yeast and alcohol.

Candied sugar and caramel malts dominate the taste, with a little bit of dark fruits. It's a little yeasty in the back of the throat. There's some sour notes near the end, finishing with a bite of alcohol that warms the throat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and little creamy. It goes down pretty smoothly.

Not a bad quad, but not one of the best I've had. With the ABV I wouldn't have more than one at a time, but it is a beer that I would revisit in the future.

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

A- Dark gold, little or no head - thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Mild esters, slightly fruity, grape(?)

T- Malty, estery and slightly phenolic. Rich.

M- Smooth and rich body with alcohol warming on the finish.

D- Very drinkable. I find this best with several months to a year+ aging.

Very enjoyable. While not boasting what I'd call a true 'Belgian' profile, it is a very good beer.

Photo of KAF
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color. Toffee, caramel and light fruit aroma. Tan lacey head. Sweet and smooth. Sugar filled with not much of a hint of alcohol. Very good for an American twist on this classic style of beer that the Belgian people have perfected. Avery rarely disappoints and this is another example of why they are a great brewery.

Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Vintage for the hookup...

Served in my favorite Chimay goblet, my second time trying this beer. Came away pretty impressed, Avery is a good brewery and I give them credit for one, brewing a Quad and two, coming up with the end product that is the Reverend. He looks pretty evil on the bottle and once you put a bottle of this down, you will know he was up to something good...

A--Deep orangish-red, a decent amount of head and lacing.

S--Sweet aromas come from this...Raisin? Apricot?Apple? It has a very nice aroma.

T--Nice...very flavorful with a nice twinge of sweet to even out the strong alcohol finish.


D--Like Quads in general, you have to watch it or you will find yourself talking to goblins and stubling around. That is what happened to me during my first encounter with this beer. If you enjoy Quads and wish more American Micros made the type, this is worth a sample...

Photo of jim102864
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The is one of the few domestic Belgians I've ventured upon and what an interesting experience it was last night. I have to admit, Avery's graphic artists are a wonder and in the case of this quad, I wanted to try it out not only because of the style, but the demonic looking reverend on the label disdainfully gazing at me drew me in.
This bomber pours with the thinnest of heads into my Leffe stemmed goblet. A bit suprising given the style. Coppery color, but very clear. No evidence of yeast. The aroma was heavy on the candy sugar. Swirl this stuff around and the alcohol wafts from the glass. Nice. The taste presents notes of vanilla and caramel with some citrusy esters in the background. Finish is slightly bitter and a suprising rush of cherries appears. What a fasinating combintation. Lots going on here on every level. The mouthfeel improves with warming and really shalacks the tongue with candy sugar and alcohol. Very tasty. This is a sipper intended to be enjoyed at home or at a bar where cabs are available or within walking distance to home since the 10% abv packs a mighty wallop that creeps up on you.
"Created by God. Feared by Satan. Loved by all." Indeed.

Photo of unibrew
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
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?

Photo of Badgersno1
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Photo of lifeboyq
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of IPAcraig
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of waltonc
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Figgy
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of ndekke39
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Thanby
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of g00ey
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of clickpush
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of jonworth
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.