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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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1,503 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,503
Reviews: 779
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 111 | 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 Bighuge


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Appearance: Clear copper. Thin light tan head. Very little lace. Moderate amounts of carbonation are visible.

Aroma: Cinnamon, ginger, bread dough, cherry cough syrup and beet sugar.

Taste: Candy, raisin, cinnamon bread, cherry, pepper and yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Slight prick of CO2. Traces of alcohol. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable actually. Pretty good example of the style. Not much heat and pretty flavorful. Nice one.

02-18-2006 03:58:10 | More by Bighuge
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Pours a clear rich reddish orange color with a half-inch of off white thick foam. The head only stuck around for about 30 seconds or so to end up as just a small ring on top of the beer. There is only a little bit of lacing on the glass after the beer is drank. This beer is a lot lighter than most in its class...other than Urthel.

Aroma: A plethora of rich ripe fruit. You can pick up raisins, dates, plums, black cherry, figs...need I go on? There is some peppery alcohol in there that is a pretty big player.

Taste: Really fruity flavor with pretty much all of the aforementioned fruit flavors. The flavor leaves a bit of a lighter fruit impression that I thought I would get from the aroma. There is a bit more of a lighter fruit presence in the flavor, and leaves a bit of a citrus impression. There is a lot more cherry than in the aroma. The beer is pretty light bodied for such a bog beer, and does not leave a syrupy impression on the throat after drinking. The finish is definitely balanced toward the sweet with only the attenuation, fruit, and alcohol there to help dry it out.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty good beer. It is a bit fruity for my taste, and I would like it to have a bit more contribution from the malt than from the yeast bi-products. It is a clean and well taken care of brew, and one that I will surely drink again. This one would likely benefit from some extended (year+) of cold aging to let the fruitiness mellow and the complexity increase.

02-17-2006 04:06:42 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -27.3%

22 ounce bottle. The Reverend pours out a slightly hazy amber color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a fruit and nuttiness in the background that reminds me of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sweet flavor, with a strong alcohol component. The fruity flavor is nearly cloying, which is very much unlike the better of this beer's Belgian counterparts. There's a pleasant spiciness in the finish, as well as a moderate hoppiness. Drinkability is pretty good, given that this is a 10% abv brew. This is not a terrible beer overall, but there aren't many Quadrupels to compare it to, and many of those others are truly exceptional beers.

02-17-2006 00:36:25 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

a: Pours a dark amber with decent white head. Little lacing evident.
s: Smells fruity sweet with traces of alcohol.
t: Also tastes very fruity sweet with strong alcohol. One to sip quietly and slowely.
m: full bodied
d: very strong alcohol. I had a 22oz bomber which seemed perfect amount.

Overall I like this brew. Very strong in both flavor and alcohol, but not upsetting.

02-13-2006 21:30:56 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Very small head dissappears almost immediately, leaving some rather large bubbles on top in sporadic places. Clear copper in color.

Smell is very very fruity. Cranberries and blueberries seem dominant. Yeast aroma as well. Over ripe oranges. Bubble gum. Spicy coriander.

Taste is different than other quads I have had but it tastes great. Lots of fruits and bubble gums. Candies and spiciness. Alcohol is somewhat subdued.

Clean tasting with a smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied. A very nice beer overall. I may have to repent and visit the Reverend at another date in the near future.

02-12-2006 19:19:52 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of russpowell


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

My first american quadripple as far as I know

Pours Amber color with a tons of bubbles. Impressive filmy head rings my Orval glass. Good head retention and lacing on the bottom of my glass

Smell: Malt, alcohol, yeast, fruitiness and plums

Taste: Sweet Caramel, tart flavors that trend fruitty/bready as the beer warms. Some vanilla/oaky notes with a big fruitty/leather/nutty taste

MF: Effervescent, slick and prickly notes from the carbonation

Pretty drinkable, but one is enough! Reminds me of a turbo-charged double,open your eyes, give it a try

02-11-2006 05:08:26 | More by russpowell
Photo of fatherofgirls


4.08/5  rDev +6%

The appearance is a clear copper body with a medium tan head and nice lacing. The aroma is a sweet grapefruit with slight alcohol end. The creamy beginning is rich citrusy fruit ending with a heavily carbonated slight alcohol aftertaste. All in all a wonderful brew with quite a kick. The taste was smooth and fruity the only drawback is the alcohol end and after the first glass you don’t care.

02-07-2006 00:59:18 | More by fatherofgirls
Photo of MagicLantern


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

First review, be kind.

Poured The Reverend into a Pint Glass. No head, but a wonderful lace across the glass. Wonderful color, a dark amber with a reddish hue. The lace and color together made it picture perfect. One can see the faintest carbonation bubbling through the center of the glass. The beer looks great in a glass. The only reason appearance isn't higher is because of the lack of head.

Still learning this area. Sweet definetly. Fruity? And is that malt? Think so. I liked it a lot. It smelled great and got excited to drink this one.

Heavy flavor with a sting- not a burn. This sting is from the carbonation and maybe mint. The sting and the flavor are there then gone. Some one wrote 'short finish', I like that.

There's a nutty taste in this beer, with a slight taste of alchohol towards the end. Maybe that adds to the bite as well. I keep bringing up this sting or bite of this beer, but it's not bad-just noticeable. Consider the alchohol content of the beer, the taste of alchohol is well hidden and do not be fooled. The Reverend will put you down!

Well it was wonderful. My notes say, rich smooth mouthfeel. I think that sums it up. I like the explosion of flavors. I even like the bite and I think what tops it off is the short finish. It's there and then it's gone. No awkward aftertaste, just an appetite for more.

The Reverend is a fighting monk. The alchohol content is high and this is a great beer to drink over the course of a favorite movie or while sitting on the porch. Can you drink these all night long while you play cards with the boys? Hell no. Its to strong, you pass out, they'll take your money and you'll wake up with a mustache drawn on your face. But if you like to sit down with one beer and enjoy it over the course of an evenly paced drink the Reverend deserves your praise.

Last bit Price:
The Reverend is a little less than some of the best Quads out there and that merits attention because I can buy two Reverends (roughly) for the price of one Rochefort 10. If your in the mood for several Quads, the Reverend is a best buy.

02-03-2006 02:26:10 | More by MagicLantern
Photo of DrJay


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Hazed light caramel colour topped by a thin, light brown head that produced a bit of spotty lace. Plum, raisin, and caramel in the aroma, along with some breadiness. Prune and raisin, with bready yeast, form the flavour base. Mild spice and alcohol round things out. Low carbonation, medium bodied. The alcohol was nicely hidden in this brew, making it an easy drink. Thanks Mike!

01-28-2006 02:08:04 | More by DrJay
Photo of lou91


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

This was crystal clear and amber with no head. Nice sweet nutty nose but nothing outstanding. Taste is malty and sweet – kind of like an eisbock. Thick, sweet, strong, slightly herbal. Maybe this needs two years to reach its full potential and cut the sweetness. I do love the strength though. As it warms you can appreciate the sincere attempt at this Belgian style.

01-26-2006 05:34:57 | More by lou91
Photo of GreenWBush


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

I picked this one up at a local bottle shop that had slashed the price in half. I couldn’t say no. The beer itself is not dated, but the bottle is from 2003. I would venture to guess this comes from late 2003/early 2004. A caveat: I have no ‘fresh’ review by which to compare this.

Avery’s Reverend comes out of the bottle a dingy, reddened copper with fine clarity. This is followed immediately by the production of a small, quick collapsing head and minor waves of lace. Oddly, this beer seems to show no sign of bottle conditioning.

The nose of this beer showcases in particular the wondrous properties of Belgian yeast; rising bread dough, crackers, spice. Also featured heavily on the nose is alcohol, (rotting) apples, candi sugar.

The taste surprises me with its lack of classically ‘quadrupel’ flavors. My palate seems to detect a chocolate-maltiness akin to some barleywines. Instantly warming to the belly, this beer is uncharacteristically smooth flowing over the tongue and into the gullet.

As with well-aged examples of Belgian-style beers, there is a superb intermingling of sweet sugar flavors, alcohol, and malt. I did not expect this coming from an American interpretation, particularly from this brewery which has been known to release ‘hot’ Belgian-style beers in the past. Not this one. Just a velvet sipper all the way through. Also interesting is a definite hop presence which I rarely get from these styles of beer.

As I mentioned, the mouthfeel is palate-coatingly silky. Gummy at first, the mouthfeel then gives way to a tart, quenching sensation.

Incredibly drinkable for the style, I was quite impressed with this beer. Age obviously has a lot to do with this. I would be interested to see how this beer was fresh, but with some age on it I’d have to concede its one of the best American-made examples I’ve encountered.

01-25-2006 16:36:50 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of Frozensoul327


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours out to a soild dark bronze color with a small off-white foam head. Medium low level of carbonation. Whisps of lace in the glass. Aromas of bready yeast and dark rotten fruit. Some sweet odors as well. Taste has some depth to it, but not enough to match up to real Belgians; full maltiness, sweet, candied alcohol, some sweet grain and yeast. Alcohol had a highly warming quality. Interesting. Mouthfeel was slightly thick and syrupy, but remained easily consumable. A good level of drinkability. For the price, this is a deal. Recommended.

01-25-2006 00:10:39 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6%

A: Clear brown, with only a little head.

S: Prunes and bread. A nice Belgian aroma.

T: Bready, very Belgian (prunes and raisins), with the alcohol well hidden. A nicely balanced brew.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Good, especially considering the strength!

Thanks Mike!

01-24-2006 00:51:32 | More by Derek
Photo of OStrungT


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

This beer pours a light brown golden color. It has a slight haze to it. The thin white head fades quickly, leaving almost no laces.

This beer has a fruity aroma. I detect prunes. Also, I smell a strong aroma of spices. It is peppery. I can detect a slight citrus aroma also. The alcohol content is very slightly detectible.

Thie beer tastes very sweet. It has a spicy flavor. It is also sort of yeasty. The alcohol content is present in the flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a very sweet, spicy aftertaste. The alcohol slightly warms the throat as it goes down.. It is carbonated well.

This beer might make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is a little high, but the flavor is mild enough, to make up for that. I think this beer is good. I would buy this one again.

01-23-2006 00:42:53 | More by OStrungT
Photo of hero27


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

22 oz bomber.

"On the Eight Day, God created the Reverend." - per the label.

Rusty red color..no visible yeast sediment. The aroma is brown sugar and a little butterscotch mixed with Belgian yeast smells. The sugary presence also comes through in the taste, with the brown sugar sweetness playing a pretty big part in this brew. Alcohol is very subdued and hidden behind the thick flavors. The Belgian yeast and native malts really shine through here, and it was a very tasty offering of a traditional Belgian style.

01-21-2006 22:07:48 | More by hero27
Photo of Oxymoron


3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Not your child's favorite priest. Poured a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color that flinted with red and yellows when held to the light. A good pour with ample foam, limited retention and lacing throughout the tasting.

The aroma is sweet but noticeable phenols and fusel alcohol notes. A slight Belgium kick that isn't too noticeable. Some mango and cherries are really noticed as well as Belgium candi. There is a light white wine character on the back end as well. A bit hard to get past the alcohol notes.

The taste is big but strong in the fusels and alcohol department. The malt is somewhat hidden by the alcohol notes but some grainy and winey notes. A light sugary note with more of a syrupy like flavor going on. Noticeable phenols, plums and sugar beats. Some minor cherries. There is a noticeable bit at the end that blends funny with the phenol hot taste to it.

The body is big. A bit of a syrupy texture. Sure it's a quad, but its is way to hot. Even with age, I wonder how this will blend in.

01-17-2006 20:24:49 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

The Reverand -- what a great name for a Belgian Quadrupel. Tried this one out at out Carolina Brewmasters meeting tonight and was definitely impressed. Hoppy yet not too bitter, easy enough to drink considering its high alcohol content. Great sparkle in the mouth.

01-05-2006 02:48:16 | More by Backer2004
Photo of Wasatch


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

22oz. Bomber Pours a cloudy copper color, some carbonation, small head which leaves pretty quick, nice lacing though. Scents of malt, fruit, and sweetness. The taste is very sweet and kinda syrupy. Medium body. Very drinkable for a 10% ABV brew. This is my first Avery and first Quad. I like this brew alot very nice in deed. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. I would highly recommend this to people.

01-01-2006 01:03:38 | More by Wasatch
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Appearance: Pour is a colorful amber, cider look with a cloudy body and small lace of head.

Smell: Smell has a bits of peppermint, sweet fruit, prunes and alcohol.

Taste: The main flavor here is a very bold, sweet prune, plum. I do taste a bit of peppermint as it warms, but it doesn't arrive until the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It seems a bit syrupy to me. I like a buttery mouthfeel, but I don't think this flavor matches the body very well.

Drinkability: This is for sharing.

12-27-2005 03:51:22 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of Naerhu


3.35/5  rDev -13%

A - A beautiful tranparent red body with a small tight pure white head.
S - Berries, sour cherry, malt. Very sweet, with a long caramel finish. The bitterness barely stands up to balance the sweetness.
T - Lots of dark fruit. Dates, dried plums, figs.
M - Low carbonation, but very heavy.
D - This is too sweet and syrupy to want to drink much.

12-25-2005 12:40:18 | More by Naerhu
Photo of taez555


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

This beer poured a reddish amber body with a very small off-white head that died almost immediately.

Nose was a big and sweet Belgian malt smell mixed with alcohol, soft tropical fruit, yeast and even a few touches of spice.

Taste was medium to full bodied. STRONG alcohol notes. The taste just glides over your tongue without leaving much taste except for the burn of alcohol. As it warms it gets a little better leaving some subtle hop notes and mild bitterness, but for the most part it’s just a big super smooth malt beer without the big malt flavor. What I would imagine a Barley wine Light might taste like.

A Belgian Quad? I guess. Basically it was a big 10% alcohol beer without much flavor. No real Belgian yeast or phenol notes, not a whole lot of spice, just sort of alcohol. It’s definitely a beer I’d recommend drinking only at room temp as it’s 1000 times better, but basically a sad excuse for a Belgian quad.

12-16-2005 20:49:19 | More by taez555
Photo of bitterdestroyer

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev 0%

ok now i'm a big fan of the quad, and i was pleasantly surprised that i liked this one as much as i did. mostly because it's made in colorado. i'm a belgian drinker for the most part and this one definitely went far and beyond my expectations. i drank this from my famous large duvel tulip.

appearance: nothing shocking. not much of a head. little to no lacing. nice deep brown color though. i couldn't see light through the glass.

smell: very sweet and hoppy, slight hint of alcohol. nothing overly compelling.

taste: apple pie all the way. my judgement was slightly biased due to a review i read of this prior to drinking (that cold apple pie line made me wanna try it... thanx wbfarr). nice hint of alcohol to shake ya. syrupy, hoppy and sweet.

mouthfeel: smooth, light, and hoppy (have i over used hoppy yet?). nothing crazy or complex though. in a word... NICE.

drinkability: hmm i coulda done 2 of these before pass out time...

overall: a good purchase. i'd definitely buy it again

12-14-2005 20:20:47 | More by bitterdestroyer
Photo of doubleipa


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

This beer has a heavy malt aroma with some dough, cherry, and port. Not as a full aroma has many great quda have. The head was fizzy and disappeared in 15 seconds. There was no lacing. Body was brown. Initial flavor was heavily sweet with a short finish. Hard to nail down the texture; only slightly syrupy. The carbonation was soft and a difinite, moderate alcohol finish. Certainly not one of my favorite quads. I have another that I'll let staty in the cellar for a year.

12-12-2005 17:58:29 | More by doubleipa
Photo of Padron4KM


2.42/5  rDev -37.1%

22 oz bottle with a fancy red foil necker.

Poured half into a New Belgium globe half into a grottenbier goblet.
clear orangish red, thin orangish head minimal lacing.

Very fruity aroma. Not very complex. Mostly cherries and candi sugar. Maybe a little caramel. Alcohol is obviously more apparent in the NB glass.

Flavor is again, not very complex. sugar, dark fruit, and prickly alcohol.

Finish is medium dry with a touch of spice.

High ABV combined with high sweetness and high price tag($6.99), makes this one a one and done.

12-08-2005 06:05:41 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of nlmartin


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

This beer was served in a 20 ounce wine gobblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a darker golden amber. The head was light and fluffy biege colored. The head hung around for awhile and resolved itself into a thin biege ring of foam.

Smell: This beer has a nice sweet candied smell. There is a good amount of citrus mixed with coriander and other spicy goodness. Some alcohol notes make themselves present in the smell; however, the alcohol plays nice in the sandbox.

Taste: This beer leads with a little hoppy spicyness. The taste then gives way to a combination of citrusy juicyness coupled with candied sweetness. The beer ends on spicy hoppyness.

Mouthfeel: The reverend is a sinsister minister with a heart of candied goodness. This is a full bodied ale. The carbonation is minimal. The alcohol makes itself known as a warming feeling throughout the beer.

Drinkability: For me this has always been a very drinkable beer. The Reverend is full of first for me. This was the first American Craft beer I experienced. This was also the first BIG BEER I drank. Further more the Reverend will always remind me of my wife. She purchased the Reverend on an impulse buy.

12-03-2005 15:10:09 | More by nlmartin
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,503 ratings.