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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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1,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 29
Gots: 117 | 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 FranklinPCombs
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of the beer is beautiful, dark cherry amber, but there was very little head, which promptly turned into no head at all (nor lace, nor ring). The smell was sweet, full of cherry, wheat, phenols and a lot of alcohol lurking just below the surface. I also caught a bit of a nuttly aftersmell. Taste was sweet sweet sweet, with a citrus cherry syrup dominating. It's balanced alot more on the front, while the middle and back are almost oppressively sweet (I struggle to identify any other taste sensation perhaps hidden underneath). The aftertaste has (again) a slightly nutty bit to it, along with a hint of smoke, but was still dominantly sweet and alcohol. Mouthfeel was good, nice body up front, and plenty of tickly carbonation running to the back. The lack of complexity and the hefty alcohol tag keep the drinkability down somewhat, but altogether, not too bad.

FranklinPCombs, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer reminded me most of a barleywine, as it seemed to share a lot of the same qualities. Its pretty much the same color, maybe a slight shade lighter. Very malty sweet nose. I taste barleywine all over this beer. I'm not even sure how I'd differentiate between the two. I drank this with dinner in the hot July Maryland summer, and it was not very refreshing

chOAKbarrell, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another impressively labeled bomber bottle from Avery. Served in that God-fearingest of vessels, the snifter.

A: Ruby-red perfection with a full-finger fizzy Belgian head. Minimal lacing.

S: Red fruits. Earth. Yeast. Alcohol.

T: Cherries. Honey. Rock sugar. Mildly spicy with Belgian-friendly Styrian Goldings hops and a nip of alcohol. The fruitiness in this beer is of a highly palatable cherry derivative.

M: Alcohol strong and warming. Carbonation levels on par for style.

D: Smooth. Sweet with a dry fruit finish. Heavenly alcohol burn. Drinkability is excellent for a brew of this magnitude.

This beer reminds me a lot of Tröegs Mad Elf, a beer with which I am totally in love. Twenty-two ounces of holy goodness, "Created by God. Feared by Satan. Loved by All."

Avery, baby. Yeah it is!.

froggyfrog, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, mostly clear ruby color, with a one finger head that settles very slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind a fine webbing of lace. After a little while the head disappears almost completely.

Smell; I smell sweet candied sugar right off the bat with some mild spices mixed in. There's a very solid malt backbone, as well as, raisins, plums and a little alcohol.

Taste; as with the smell, the sweetness really jumps out at first with brown and candied sugar, but once it warms it's not quite as pronounced. The fruits are there with raisins, plums and dates and finishes with a slightly subdued spiciness. Alcohol is felt more than tasted, but it's presence is there in the background. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for what I would expect for a quad, with a fairly low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for the big ABV.

RedHaze, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a clear red tinted copper color with a small light tan head. The smell is strongly phenolic, getting many fruits, apple, cherry, orange, and plum; there is a bit of alcohol in the smell too. The taste is almost cloying, very sweet and fruity with a spicy hop and alcohol bite. The body is medium and it ends pretty dry. The alcohol bite makes it a slow sipping beer.

orsulacp, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left a less than a one finger head with no retention, and no lacing. Body was a clear copper.

Smell - Phenols, esters, bananas, apples, pears, dried dark fruits, candy sugar, and toasty, bready malt. Some alcohol.

Taste - like the smell, except the alcohol was totally hidden in the taste. Aftertaste of sugar.

Mouthfeel - thin, fluid, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, high abv is the limiting factor here.

ultralarry2006, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich dark clear brownish ruby with a small slightly tan head that fizzled like a coke.

Smell. Sweet with small chocolate notes and alcoholic cherries. a little earthy and woody too but has a small spice smell to it.

Taste. Fruity, reminds me of mangos and spiced dehydrated apples. Quite sweet with a presence of alcohol as the beer roles around- dark cherry taste comes out. Aftertaste is warming with and still sweet with a small roasty maltiness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Carbonation is present just as a sip, but overall is low on the carbonation. Good balance. Has a small syrup mouthfeel to it that's nice, but overall this mouthfeel isnt great.

Overall, it's interesting. I do like it, though i dont think it compares to the great beers that are in this style. But still good. Quite sweet. The score i gave it is lower just because of it's comparison within the style. It is a good beer though.

acrawf6, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the glass a hazy dark orange red color. The head was a beautiful light fluffy biege color that faded to a cap. Lace hung in sheets.

Smell was sweet malty goodness, fruity esters and spicy pepper-like hops. The alcohol was well hidden.

Taste was sweet malts, spicy hops and slightly warming alcohol.

Full bodied. Fairly active carbonation tingled the tongue.

EvilKeith, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost amber color with a white head that left spotty lacing.

S: Very sweet the malts in the beer where the first thing to jump out at me.

T: Very sweet almost caramel like. This beer also had an alcohol taste to it that stood out to me.

M: A very balanced feel to this beer. The alcohol content did give me a warming mouth feel that was noticable down my throat. The carbonation to it was slight almost unnoticable.

D: Very smooth and very drinkable, and with a 10% ABV watch out for it. The ease of this beer might go down smoothly but you must watch out for it because it can grab you a little harder then expected.

cproioi, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured a clear amber under a very large off-white head that faded to a solid cap and left lots of sticky lacing.

Nice balanced smell of caramel malt and a slight background of hops.

Taste is all caramel malt: this is like drinking a liquified caramel. Sweet and warming.

Mouthfeel is round and full, nice and warming.

Only drawback is the 10.0%, and it's definitely there. However, this is so easy to quaff, you may down it a bit too fast like I did, and it WILL kick your tail.

Give me more.

ColoradoBobs, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cranberry amber with a thin, creamy collar of head.

Smelled of cranberries too, along with some cherries, a hint of barbecue sauce and some sort of dry, earthy prune flavor. There was a definite airiness about this one that felt fresh and citrus-like when I smelled it.

The flavor began with a sharp citrus sting but it was backed by a big creamy barley and a touch of ginger and anise. There was also a delightful red grapes and port. Finished with a residual candy sugar.

The mouth feel was only medium bodied and clean with a light carbonation.

This one’s an awesome sipper. I feel stupid for having left this one on my shelf for so long. I really should have had this sooner. It’s very light for the stile and very tasty!

DarkerTheBetter, May 28, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden orange color with some sort of pinkish highlight. Too bad there was no head or lacing to be seen.
Sweet malty smell with a faint fruity - estery aroma.
Malty fruit flavor. Maybe a slight candi sugar sweetness. a little spicy clove like flavor. The alcohol is way noticeable. A bitterness shows itself and leaves. Raisins and dates in the finish.
This one is very dry (or drinkable as they would say in Belgium). The alcohol warms the palate all the way to the stomach.
More of a sipper, but at 10% ABV... Why not. Overall a decent beer.

BeerRun13, May 15, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.95/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured (in a Chimay glass) a clear medium copper color ale with a small head with minimal retention. Aroma is quite hot with alcohol and very sweet cookie dough. Taste is also dominated by the sweet cookie dough and some strong alcohol traces. Definitely lacking complexity and the dry figs/prune character that I usually like to find in a quadruple. Too sweet for its own good, alcohol is way too apparent and body is too thin are all characteristics in beer that I usually don’t track down and that’s why I won’t be buying this again.

Phyl21ca, May 15, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a transparent amber with a creamy one inch white head that gradually settled to 1/4" and remained there. Very little carbonation was visible.

The odor was hard to place. The closest I can come to describing it is a mixture of sweet flowers and overripe fruit, although not as foul as that might sound.

The taste was very unusual. I could taste the alcohol almost immediately. Beyond that, it was a bit malty with a mixture of cloves, smoke, and that old fruit flavor (more unpleasant to taste than it was to smell). Hmm...clove cigarettes and old fruit? Well, maybe not that bad, but not really my style.

I bought this beer on a recommendation from the store owner when he saw that I was purchasing Avery's IPA (another unusual, fruity tasting beer that I didn't mind so much as long as I took long breaks between gulps). I don't think I've tried a quadrupel before, and now I'm a little bit apprehensive to try another. This worries me since, like half of the other people on this site, I'm still in search of the Westvleteren 12. I'm curious to see the opinions of people who have tried this one as well as the Westy 12 to see if the issue is with the style in general or specifically with Avery's effort. If you're one of those people, please shoot me an email.

This is not one I intend to try again.

UPDATE: It's come to my attention that I may be confusing "smokiness" with "cloves." I may be tasting cloves and thinking clove cigarettes. Either way, it's not a taste I enjoy, but I just don't want to mislead anyone.

instrumentality, May 11, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a bright, clear maroon. Head is of average height and is light brown. Aroma is of dark fruity malt with added sweet belgian sugar and just an edge of spices. Initial taste is a combination of dark fruit and candi sugar. Ample spice flavor is noted throughout and towards the middle of a sip mixes with the Belgian sugar which creates a cinnimon-like impression. An edge of alcohol is noted throughout and is well-hidden at 10%. The finish is enjoyably sweet and long lasting. This is a complex beer with many layers of flavor to enjoy and is highly recommended.

Gagnonsux, May 04, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange-amber with a slight head and virtually no lacing.

Smell is sweet malty, clove, and an underlying fruitiness.

Taste is sweet caramel malt with apricot and plum fruitiness up front. Finish is clean but mild bitter hop and peppery spices. Fruit and warming alcohol lingers.

Mouthfeel is full and round. Very smooth and slightly oily.

This is a tasty treat that I plan to drink this again. Alcohol is well concealed. Fruity and complex with a balanced bitterness. It's amazing how easy this is to drink while having such a high ABV.

Blakaeris, May 01, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark amber/orange with a little head only after some aggressive pouring.

Smell contains a nice bit of cloves, banana, and light tangerine.

Taste is a pleasant mix of banana nut bread, cloves, light citrus fruits, dates, alcohol, and ginger. Mildy sweet and not noticeably bitter.

Mouthfeel has a very full creamy texture and the alcohol is definitly felt.

Overall a very drinkable 10percent beer. Tasty and dangerous.

bashiba, May 01, 2006
Photo of TheSarge
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Das ist ein gutes bier! I'm still sipping on it, and it's a pleasure. I don't typically get too impressed with Belgian style ales, but this is great stuff. This is my third try at an Avery brewed beer, and I'm impressed with this brewery. Anyhow, here's how I feel about "The Reverend."

Pours with lots of CO2, but doesn't retain much head. The body is almost clear dark golden amber in color and the head lasts for about 3 to 4 minutes, but eventually it totally loses all cranium.

Easily I could smell this ale as I poured it into my glass from the 23oz bomber. This has a quite floral fragrance from the ale yeast, and I can actually detect the presence of the higher content of alcohol.

To taste this is nothing like I've had in a long time. I've had real Belgian ale before when I lived in Germany, and this seems to be a genuine Belgian style product. Rich and full, it tastes about like it smells.

The alcohol content is initially perceivable, but as I'm about two thirds finished with my "sample", I don't feel the alcohol too much anymore. This is a bit thick in body.

Overall with the kick of flavor, fragrance, moderately thick body, and alcohol content, this is a nice reward to a long day at work.


TheSarge, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of nmyers
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Reverend is my new best friend. This high octane beer will hit you by surprise. Very smooth for the high alcohol content 10% ABV. Seeing the Rev only come in 22 oz. bottles you have to be careful. With hints of fruit and sweetness, the brewers at Avery sure have put together a good beer here. Maybe its all the Belgium candy sugar they use.

nmyers, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent medium reddened orange with no head and some islands of bubbles. The carbonation is good-sized and soda-like. Smell is somewhat fruity, woody, and candyish. But nothing is bold or strong. Taste is quite smooth for such a high ABV beer. There is a thick rush of dark fruits and mellow alcohol burn. The mouthfeel only suffers from a bit too much carbonation. Pleasing aperitif that should be easy to quaff but beware the high octane.

pentathlete, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of sevineyes
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with a black and white "reverend" in front of a colored stained glass window.

A: Poured with almost no head and what was there quickly turned into little more than a film across the top of the beer. Really intriguing color. As the light filters through it casts reddish orange light on the table. Very dense color that makes the beer look like it's maybe dark colored honey. Even gives the probable illusion of the carbonation bubbles moving slower through the liquid.

S: Very pungent aroma. Very malty and almost like unsweetened gingerbread.. Smells like overripe apples and grapes. Rasins. Gourd rinds. Definitely sweet and wet but smells a bit dry at the end. Has some touches of overcooked, canned green beans.

T: Sugary. Candied sweetness not dissimilar from fruitcake fruits. Underlying spiciness. Bananna and cloves. Cherry cough syrup. Touches that are near brandy-like. Not so much of an alcohol taste as feel. After a while the presence of orange soda and the type of cherry you get from a Cherry Coke gets picked up. Ends up with almost no aftertaste. Very clean given the degree of flavor.

M: A little bold on the carbonation presence, but the carbonation is so fine it's not distracting. Buttery mouthfeel. Alcohol evaporation on the tongue and some warming on the throat. Not as pronounced alcohol as I was expecting.

Overall: A very sweet and fruity drink. Although the Belgian presence is there it seems to be a little less polished as I've had. Frankly the flavor isn't as much as a few Belgian tripels I've had. Really worth the try.

sevineyes, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no freshness date. The color is a dark cherry red mixed in with some orange hues. The beverage is cloudy with some bubbles. The head is pretty thin and settles down to only a white crown.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of banana, grape and cherry.

The flavor is very sweet and fruity with a slight warming hint of alcohol. The sweetness is candy sweet, but, it also turns your mouth inside out from sourness. I could not finish this one and had to pour it out. It may be remincent of the style, but, I had to pour it out.

abcsofbeer, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper currency. Rich, doughy malts, sweetened fruits, sugars and yeast in the aroma, giving a hint of peanut butter and bubble gum. Perhaps a hint of herbs in the aroma as well. Phenolic and fairly subtle tasting, with a light flavor overall considering its style and potency as well as several strange flavors, including plastic. Bright, spicy yeast flavors, with hints of cinnamon. The flavors are not really cloying like it is for some folks, but it isn’t as juicy and flavorful as the best Quads.

Crosling, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Jwaks
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a wonderful hazy amber-red color and thin quickly dissapating off-white head. Pours well without too much film and is thin on carbonation. The bouquet is reminiscent of sweet holiday spices with powerful ginger and gingerbread, some wintertime holiday spices, hints of lightly roasted malts and cotton candy.

This ale follows in the spirit of most weaker belgian quadruple ales; it's flavor is straightfoward, a bit spicy, and warming. However, it does not have the complexity and layers of flavor lacking the natural earthy and yeasty flavor of most true belgian ales.

Overall it is a quality beer as a winter warmer ale but not a true belgian quadruple ale. It could benefit from more structure, body, layers of flavor and a heavier mouthfeel to live up to quality belgian ale. It would be best drank warm for full effect with a traditional spiced dessert such as raisin bread or rice pudding.

Jwaks, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is an dark tan mud like color, with a tan quickly disspating head. has a sweet gingerbread type aroma, this aroma follows through to the taste. very reminiscient of gingerbread man cookies. if only there was a gingerbread beer man at the holidays.
this beer is a tarty smooth and finishes dry. a bit too sweet to be terribly drinkable, but good for a glass after a meal, especially not chilled but at room temperature.

sinstaineddemon, Mar 18, 2006
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.