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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 33
Gots: 122 | 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 wagenvolks
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

wagenvolks, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

badbeer, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

allengarvin, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Beertracker
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Beertracker, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!"

phisig137, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of MmmIPA
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MmmIPA, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of wingman14
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

wingman14, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with red foil on the neck into a snifter.

Deep red hues with a tan frothy head that slowly settles to a thick rim. The lacing is practically painted on.

Strong sweet strawberry like fruit smells start off, while light phenolic scents kick in then give way to the warming alcohol.

Light fruity flavors mixed with medium phenols. Light-medium bodied with little carbonation, taking away the bite but allowingfor the dry finish from the alcohol. Creamy eggnog in the finish lingers for a little bit along with the alcohol.

Not bad, but there is room for improvement. Belgian inspired, but it stops there. Still, overall not bad, and I think you should try it for yourself if you're running out of Quads to try.

BeerSox, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer "dedicated to the spirit and character of the departed Reverend... strong willed, assertive, and pure of heart." I feel those are three very admirable, while often challenging, characteristics to embody... should always be valued.
Pours rather flat, an isolated patch of bubbles - off center - is all that sits overtop the beer. Auburn colour with fiery highlighting. Belgian character yeast - both the darker (slightly toasty) malt notes like in a dubbel as well as the sweet, high pitched spices found in a tripel. On the whole pretty highly seasoned and peppery. Offers enough to keep you sniffing. Flavour has some layering. Starts a little in high orbit - a nimble note of booze perks up. It's nicely chased away by candy sugar sweetness and amble enough malt base. I taste some lighter, crystal and pale malts that blend well behind the spices. Not sure if I can detect even any hints of cherries or currants as the bottle claims I should, but it is seeming to reveal more as it warms. For the most part though, this is far from cloying, and I'd say could use a little more texture. A nice malt touch in the finish that last. Pretty well tempered. Enough flavour to keep it from being drab, and enough composure to keep it together. All in all, very decent American rendition of the style. Thanks for the trade Harry!

biegaman, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good-sized, light tan head. Nice retention and lots of tiny bubbles that provided a nice amount of carbonation. Fruity, estery, almost pineapple-like aroma. Sweet, malty, alcohol flavor with a warming mouthfeel. Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Strength was a little too noticeable for my tastes, but still pretty drinkable.

AaronHomoya, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Grundle20
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crimson tinted bronze into a snifter. There is no head to speak of and the beer is clean.

Has a medium scent overall. Prodimantly malts and alcohol can be smelled with a hint of pine.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Big thick maltiness with a figgy sweetness to it and underlying burnt chocolate notes that carry strong into the finish. There is an immediate fizzle of carbonation with a bitter alcohol astringency.

A high ABV and an excess of sweet maltiness makes this kind of a one at a time thing for me. Not entirely too drinkable IMO.

Bottom Line:
If you like thick, sweet, high alcohol beer and I know those folks are out there, then this beer would probably rock your world. Everybody else, I would call this an "in the mood for..." beer.

Grundle20, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangish/amber with a thin head which quickly falls into a thin lacing.

Aroma is fruity and spicy, with a hint of coriander. Very strong alcohol aromas present that are almost covering up a weak toffee malt base.

Strong alcohol presence is almost overwhelming. Very little else noticable other than a light citrus hops and equally light caramel malts taste faintly trying to get your attention in the background. Very faintly.

Medium-heavy bodied mouthfeel with a decent level of carbonation. Smooth and warming, but at the expense of taste. The alcohol taste in here is just too much. Very poor example of a quad and not even a good beer.

Phocion, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of DragYourBone
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this single at Brennan's in Madison - they always have a good selection of Avery.

On first pour:
Copper colored ith a thin head of foam that dissipated by the time I left to check on my steak and came back. Carbonation was still present. A thin lacing traced with a swirl, though not very sticky.

It has a sweet scent of a light Belgian yeast with a few other lingering scents, but nothing too heavy or bold.

The taste was somewhat thinner than expected. There is a medium fullness and it is a bit sharp on the way down.

On the 2nd pour, the sharpness was sill present.

I would definitely try it again, though maybe with some meats/cheeses for balance.

This is not a trappist brew for sure, but it gets the job done.

DragYourBone, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of hopsfury
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother in law turned me on to this ale, among other HAC beers. I have to say that ever since he has left, I've had a stock of this in my fridge. This ale really leaves you wanting more. If it weren't for the high alcohol content, I could easily have 4-5 a night. However, this is more of a sipping beer and usually one leaves you just right. I've recommended this to many friends who have since placed this high on their list.

hopsfury, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big light tan head nice deep amber color. Decent head retention

Big fruity smell, maybe some malts in back hidden with the sweeter hops, a weird fruit smell also can't think which fruit, some spice also.

Big fruity taste, big roasty plums and other dark fruits. Pretty big warming from alcohol also, big malty back, nice big spice to it. Maybe some grassy hops and some other lighter hops

Med to full body more on full side by quite a bit. Low to medium carbonation.

Its alright not big fan of the big fruity flavor. It is a sipper and could get through a bottle in a night but would prefer something else.

BlindPig, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of jtell
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish/caramel color with little to no head. Smell is malty and slighty yeasty. Taste is of brown sugar, malt and a little yeast. The brown sugar flavor comes through but is not overwhelming or cloying. Really a very tasty beer. Not as deep as other beers but very satisfying. Mouthfeel is very good. Carbonation is just right and has a real smooth finish. Drinkability is almost frightening for a 10% alcohol beer. Could definitely drink this rather quickly. I am really impressed with this beer. Avery puts out good beer but I wasnt expecting it to be this good. I would definitely recommend it.

jtell, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rich, golden-amber colored liquid, poured from a 22 ounce bottle. I had this one after a dinner of a nice steak, mushrooms, and asparagus. The beer is topped with an off-white head that’s a little short for the style. Decent, but unexceptional, lace. The aroma is of alcohol and pale malts. Lots of malt character in the smell…can’t overstate that. There’s also a little fruit, slight yeast aroma, and a hint of herbal hops. The taste is extremely sweet…no doubt a desert beer was in the mind of the brewer. It’s syrupy on your lips an tongue. There’s a nice alcohol warming, along with some mild spice. Hops provide some well-needed balance, and are more bitter than I expected for the style. A bit of resin and a touch of citrus in the finish. It’s a well-made and very enjoyable after-dinner beer. I’d have this one again.

Suds, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great color! Kinduva reddish-orange. Surprisingly clear. I would have liked to see more of those Belgian yeasts floating around in there. Head was ok, decent lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty Belgian. Sweet, lots of fruit (mostly pears) and spices. Oh yeah, alcohol. Defiinitely alcohol in this one.

Taste: At first I wasn't too sure about this one, but it warms up real nice. More fruit & spices, but a little bit of banana stepped up this time. A little molasses on the aftertaste. Oh yeah, alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Ripe & powerful. Leaves the tongue a-tinglin'. Did I mention alcohol?

Drinkability: All in all, very good. This is my first quad, and I don't reckon it'll be my last. I'm going to go to this brewery on my vacation next month. Looking forward to trying this on tap!

jeffjfindley, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ambery rudy brown with deep red high lights. Nice head that dissipated a little too fast, but left nice lacing. The head lingers around they edge at minimum thickness. Smells of spice upfront, malt, yeast, some fruit esters and a tinge of earthy funk. Taste is toffee up front, with some banana, a bit of hops and Belgian yeast. Decent mouth full and after taste. Although there is something about this beer that I've had in other beers specifically unibroue that I don't mind, but I'm not crazy about. Maybe I'm spoiled my first quad was St. Bernardus 12, which fucking ruled. Still this is an enjoyable beer and from what I understand a decent quad.

mmcave, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of umfskibum
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle with no freshness date marked. I have to take a moment to mention the fantastic packaging. Not only does the bottle say "And on the 8th day, God created the Reverend," but the main logo is rimmed with the words "Created By God * Feared By Satan * Loved By All." I must say, The Reverend creates quite high standards for itself.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark ruby color with a thick and creamy head. The head thankfully sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: Sweet and alcoholic. Very fruity.

Taste: Dark, dark fruity flavor starts off the sip. Heavy malt flavors, with a disappointing lack of hops. There are some slight flavors of alcohol, and quite a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, strong carbonation, and a wicked warm alcohol feel.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for such a heavily alcoholic beer (10%). A very nice Belgian from an American brewery. The alcohol and fruit flavors can get to you before this becomes a session brew, but otherwise it goes down very smooth.

umfskibum, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A: 2" head at first, settles to a solid 1". Lacing, very frothy and appealing. Color of the brew is deep burgundy, really nice looking.

S: Pepper, fruit, and slight clovey phenolic. Figs, maybe dates. Smells like it has a broad range of fruits, but they're all on mute.

T: Figs/dates and kalamata olives at the start, then a big middle of candied sugary sweetness and different honeyed fruit notes. Cloves, slight sweet citrus, and pepper at the finish. I haven't had many Quads, but I like what this one does.

M: Drying, a little syrupy, although that might just be the sweetness tricking me. Pleasant otherwise.

D: I like lots of Belgian styles, but I never find myself able to have more than one bottle at a time (and not solely because of the ABV). However, this one bottle went down very nicely, and with some fanfare.

BlackJeremiah, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got some odd, but interesting flavors in this one. Pours a copper flavor with a slightly uninteresting look to the beer, no head to speak of. But it is rich and full of flavor. Peaches and melons blend through on this one. Warms nicely. No lacing on this one but a terrific tasting beer that I recommend.

bigdeuce, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of loving44
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours dark amber with a nice white head that fades into a thin bubbly film. Nothing fancy.

smell: Sweet and peppery with slight alcohol. I'm hoping it's not as spicy as the aroma would suggest.

taste: lots of fruit! Bitter upfront followed by raisins, plum, fig, this fades into a peppery end with a distinct sharp alcohol bite. Seems a little unbalanced with the bitterness and alcohol distracting from the fruit. This fades a little as the beer warms. The beer mellowed a bit and became a little lighter but again with the bitter alcohol bite sneaking in at the end. Seems a bit one dimensional but this is one of the tastier Quads I've had from American breweries.

mouthfeel: syrupy and thick with ever so slight carbonation.

drinkability: One bomber of this will do me right, a strong brew that although has a pronounced alcohol ending IMO is still very nice. It's really easy to drink as it warms, I suggest not drinking it right out of the fridge or very cold.

Give this one a try, seems like a good Quadrupel to start out with if you're new to the style. Cheers!

loving44, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of ellisdee97
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy light honey brown with a full two finger thick bubbly beige head. The head leaves super sticky lacing along the edge of the glass and carbonation bubbles rise steadily within.

S: Light toasted malts, pungent hops, pepper and honey. Warming musky alcohol with fruit and biscuit scents.

T: Fruit, pepper and biscuit malt up front. Then quickly dries out with a sharp hop bite and finally subdued by a deep musky alcohol and sweet malt finish. Light honey and candy sugar sweetness aftertastes.

M: Great carbonation, sweet front, dry bite then deep malt finish. Makes your mouth water.

D:For a strong Quad this goes down insanely easy. Warms the belly nicely and the flavors are so varied its hard to put down cause you need to keep sipping in order to decipher them. Awesome beer.

ellisdee97, Sep 18, 2006
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.