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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 39
Gots: 166 | FT: 0
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 beerking1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber, with a golden shine. What little head there is fades almost immediately. Aroma is strong alcohol, perhaps some fusels, and lots of fruity esters, with a little malt. Flavor is also alcohol up front, followed immediately by sweet malt and some hints of hops. Alcohol dries out the finish quite a bit, but not offensively so. A strong beer that tastes even more so, yet in a good way. A little harsh, which I don't remember before. Wonder if it has changed. Perhaps they are fermenting it warmer to speed production?

Photo of ahking
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a little trepidation I pour a 8oz sample of The Reverend from it's 22oz bottle into a small tulip glass. It's orange in color, or a light amber. Aroma is rich and deep - hop spice, rich malt, caramel, orange zest, and alcohol. Flavor is very typical to the style. Quite sweet, feel and taste of alcohol, a good amount of spicy hops that balances well without being too bitter. A richness of malt and caramel upfront that fades towards the middle and thins out with a dry finish - exactly how a Belgian should be. Nice and bubbly mouthfeel. If you measure drinkability by how many you could drink in one sitting, I'd say this guy is low because of the sweetness and alcohol. If you measure drinkability by whether or not you want to spit out the third sip, then it rates well because the flavor and complexity is excellent.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a dark amber color. Much lighter that any other quad I've had. Has a nice initial head that quickly drops to leave just a ring.

Smell is candi sugars and a yeasty goodness.

Taste is malty, candi sugars, and just a hint of citrus fruit.

Overall, this is a tasty beer that is quite different from others in its style.

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

A-Pours an orange/brown clear hue with a big three finger white head. The staying power and lacing are both impressive.

S-This is a big sweet malt bomb of a smell. Hints of raw red fruit, some alcohol and clementines. The hops are there but absorbed in the malt.

T-Slightly less ssweet than the smell and yet still sweet. Waves of fruit hit the tongue upon first sip, oranges, apples and vague tropical fruits. The aftertaste is very dry which provides some counterpunch. There are enough piney/slight citrusy hops to balance the beer. It still lies on the sweet side. Alcohol is fairly subdued for the %.

M-Slightly syrupy with an above average carbonation.

D-This is a very good American Quad. Fairly drinkable for the % and very flavourful. Avery is the type of brewery I wish I had around me.

Photo of NitroGen
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1 Pint 6 oz. Bomber, 10% Alc by Vol.

P: Bright amber pour that is crystal clear, lostof carbonation and two fingers of slightly off-white intense foam that finally settles to a hue cove and lacing.

S: Roasted grains, dough, slight sweetness and definite alcohol fumes in the nose.

T: Slightly thick sweet roasted malt and the distinct type of hops that announces that this is a Belgian at the end.

M: The slight syrup thickness is something that I am not accustomed to drinking. Not unpleasant but this style is a definite sipper that could, and probably should, last all day, afternoon or evening.

D: This is one that I would have to think about before ordering again. Understand, that this is a superior, well balanced drink. However, perhaps for someone that has a more experienced and sophisticated palate that I have at this point.

Photo of crwills
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this to celebrate my son's 1st birthday (his name is Avery, but not because of the brewery!). However, due to various events, I only got to finish half the bottle - tried to refrigerate the rest, but it was gross when I went back to it 2 days later. What can you do?

Anyway, my experience with what I had wasn't too bad. Poured a mostly clear orangish amber (quads always look like Triaminic to me) with lots of lacing but very little head. Aroma backs up the Triaminic thing - sweet and sugary, with tangerine or orange notes. Some strong yeast notes as well. The flavour is much darker and more complex, with dark fruits, roasted malts, mild citrus overtones from the aroma, and not nearly as sweet as the aroma would have you expect. I found it pleasant when it was cooler, but actually somewhat unpleasant as it warmed. The aftertaste was both cloying and astringent, which I think was an effect of the high alcohol.

Honestly, I really need to give this one another go and maybe revise my review later.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is from a lost box in the cellar. I'm guessing it to be an '03, give or take a year.

Appearance - pours a murky, dirty tangerine color. With some increased splash, a little head forms up but has no durability. There is a thin ring around the edge and some stray bubbles on top.

Aroma - a light fruity orange smell, along with toasted grain and candi sugar. An undertow of alcohol ester says 'take heed, all ye who enter the realm of the Reverend'.

Taste - the maltiness is there, not as prevalent as I would have thought though. Plenty of candi sugar sweetness. A late touch of citrus as alcohol begins to overrun the palate. Fairly smooth abv, but like many Avery beers, this one doesn't really hide it that well. The time in storage has made it better. The finish is a touch dry and quite warm.

Mouthfeel - comes across a little thin but not overly so. The carbonation is subdued, the two elements together create an overall thinness that lessens the body.

Drinkability - a sweeter quad, I'd probably enjoy it more at around 8%.

Photo of dnichols
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a 22 ounce capped and red foil topped bottle provided by my BA beer buddy rdunham. It was poured into a frosted pint.

A: It poured a deep clean amber-copper body with an orange hue. A moderate pour generated a trace head that was off-white and consisted of small bubbles. The head fell fast leafing a lingering collar that supported a light to moderate lacing made up of slim and long legs.

S: There was a strong scent of light molasses spiced with apples and plums and yeast. The aroma of sweet alcohol also permeated the head as it receded.

T: The first swig revealed the flavors of a very sweet lightly roasted malts, ripe dark fruits, and freashly risen white bread. This was followed by a clean warm modest bitterness that dominated the back of the tongue and was reminiscent of green fruit (apples). As the swig left my mouth I felt the warming affect of the strong alcohol content which resulted in a clean and warm palate that only contains a hint of bitterness that soon dissipated.

M: It was a medium to full body brew with a creamy and sticky body that finished dry and modestly sour. The carbonation was minimal, however, a swirl of the pint glass generated a head equal to that produced by the pour so some inherent carbonation was present long into the drink.

D: This is not a session brew. It is strong ABV, heavy body and bold flavors make it a nice warmer brew for fall and winter or a pleasant sipping beer for after dinner or late at night. I will try to keep it in my stash and would love to taste it after it has a chance to mature.

Comment: I expected a more Trappist quad-like appearance and taste. It's difficult to compare this brew with the Trappists quadrupels, rather it is more in the class of the Bush quad which has a higher ABV but similar appearance a flavor. Both this and Bush are wonderful quads just not directly comparable to the special joy found in Rocheforts, Pannapots and their ilk.

Photo of dfillius
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. I tested out my fiancee's hypothesis that beer stored under our house had an off taste due to high storage temperature. I compared my Reverend with Ksullnh's purchased recently. Neither I nor Ksullnh could tell any difference.

A: Fizzy, one finger of head subsiding to a nice tan clean ring of lace. Bright ruby color, slightly hazy.

S: Candy apples, can't smell much else when it is cold. Alcohol smell becomes strong with warming.

M: Oily, smooth and bright - like little fish swimming down my throat! Clean.

D: High alcohol so one is enough, but I did have two to test out the theory.

Photo of Gehrig
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the finest from Avery Brewing Company, The Reverend, a kind and forgiving chap, is a terrific Belgian Quadrupel, full of spice and vim. At 10% ABV, look out, it packs a wallop that you can certainly feel in the second half of the bottle. The Reverend pours a rich head atop a brownish-red body, well presented. The smell and taste exude spice all the way, yet with a sweet taste that enmeshes very well with the spices. Hints of cherry and molasses, with a slightly roasted flavor, are present. Impressive all the way, and one of the best domestic Belgian-style brews in the US. Not to be passed up, and very high on my list.

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL foil capped bottle.

A: The quad's color is hazy orange red, a blood orange look alike. The haze is somewhat misleading, as the ale's body appears rather thick and viscous. The head has left small patches around the glass but it does not retain. A visually appealing copper color emerges when held to a light source.

S: The aroma is dark candi sugar, sweet and malty, with a big spice profile. The alcohol is intensely evident in the nose.

T: The upfront taste is harsh, tart green grape flavors (minus the sourness) with little hint of the candi sugars or spices. Alcohol is evident early on, nearly overwhelming any spices. The aftertaste allows the spices and sugars to breathe: sweet with darker sugar notes, some cinnamin and dark fruits. The aftertaste is by far the highlight of the ale.

M: The initial mouthfeel is harsh before allowing a luxuriously thick aftertaste to bubble up.

D: The quad is a whopper, so one bomber is the perfect size for a late fall night.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a darker red to me, I am somewhat color blind so take that as you may. Head quickly dissipates leaving just small traces. Somewhat strong aroma of cherries and I swear I am getting something like bbq sauce. Not kidding, even after different attempts at this one over a couple months, still there.

The first sip give the impression that it will be overpowering with sweetness and alcohol but it nicely eases into a smooth, almost barley wine taste. Good.

Overall it's not bad. For sure not in the top % of Quad's but well done, diff. The 10% is somewhat hidden in here, this one goes down way to quick.

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

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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