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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,623
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 37
Gots: 141 | 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 Stoneman78
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pours a clear, dark amber hue with one finger of very creamy white head that is mostly diminishing, fair lacing, and tiny particulates

s- nose is of sweet, sugary malts as well as a variety of fruit tones (dark fruits and apples), nice Belgian aroma with light alcohol presence

t- Taste is well-balanced with caramel malts and sweet sugar, long full aftertaste is mostly bitter hops and a decent kick of alcohol

m- Full-bodied with adequate carbonation and rich mouthfeel

d- this is a nice, big quadrupel from Avery, very solid in all categories but not quite reaching the utmost tier

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

Not the appearance that I was expecting from a quad a clear amber tone big frothy fine bubbled creamy off white head lacing is strung lightly but with regular patterns. Aromatics bring out deep ripened fruit notes brown sugar carmelized with raisins, tart apples and spicy yeast strain with alcohol flowing openly with no apologies. Flavor spicy Belgian yeast strain sweet trademark candi sugar additions thick flow of raisins and tart apples with molasses sturdy slighty burnt malt sweetness herbal hop finish peeks through but not the key player in this show. Mouthfeel has a bit of a syrupy residual sugar content going on medium bodied and sticky flows with tightly bubbled carbonation. Drinkability is mediocre a style and version of it that drains the beer senses and gets you happy or sad depending on what type of drunk you are.

Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A very clear coppery liquid streams out of the bottle into the glass. A wonderful, thick white head forms and leaves a thick petty on top. The lacing is astounding.

S- Some pineapple, banana, smooth orange juice, brown sugar, vanilla. This is really complex.

T- Pretty sweet, and same as the aroma. The alcohol is slightly apparent on the swallow due to the warming effect. This is quite different for the style, and some of the flavors aren't exactly complimentary.

M- A tad on the dry side, but the carbonation gets the job done. Pretty smooth.

D- For the ABV, this is about right. Nothing spectacular, but the alcohol is not apparent. A unique quad worth trying.

Photo of Freshie
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy, honey color. Thin, but sturdy head, with great lacing.

Aroma is fruity, like many Beglian ales. Plum, coriander. Phenolic alcohol dances across the nostrils.

The taste is up front, a big fruity malt smack. Sweet, but dark. Brown sugar and dark fruit. A bit spicy in the middle. Dry and medium-bodied. Alochol warms the palate the more you drink.

I like it, but I like other quads better. Still, not a poorly made brew but any stretch of the imagination.

Photo of sessycuban
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- The beer pours a reddish-brown body. It is strongly carbonated. The head is thick and creamy; very good lacing.

S- I'm getting a lot of conflicting smells. The hops smell perfumed; I don't really know what to expect.

T- This beer has a light candy sugar flavor. I'm also getting caramel malts and some banana. The alcohol isn't hidden well at all.

M- The beer is thin bodied. Again, the alcohol is very present, which is kind of strange for such a light bodied beer.

D- I'm not even sure if I would call this beer a quadrupel. It doesn't seem to fit the style. It was a good beer, but I probably wouldn't try it again, or at least go to great lengths to seek this out.

Photo of Overlord
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow. The collective wisdom here at beeradvocate usually doesn't lead me astray, but this was a truly uninspired quadrupel.

The attractive price tag (for a supposedly belgian style quad) and the high reviews tempted me into trying this one. The smell was an immediate turn-off, as it was muddled and unappealing. The taste was a jumbled mash of sweetness and competing flavors that did not blend well at all. The alcohol taste was apparent, and raw. Not enjoyable, will not be returning.

I would take an Allagash 4 in a heartbeat over this when it come to U.S. quadrupels.

Photo of ChazMania
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Certainly of the orageish amber hue, small even faint head. The flavor is good, I’m surprised it’s a quad as it doesn't seem that "big" but is nicely balanced, crisp and full. Quite easy to drink. I think the alcohol is very nicely hidden and not over the top.
I'm a fan of Avery, especially the Maharaja which is one of my all time favorites.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a warm reddish-brown crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The thick film of head is off-white and sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a soft sugary flavor with a light perfumed hops that are more green in flavor at the finish.

T- This beer has a light smooth candy sugar flavor with a soft hint of banana and a light caramel malt note. This beer finishes with alight bitter hop perfume flavor. There is a soft alcohol flavor with a light mead note aswell.

M- This beer has as light mouthfeel with a creamy texture and an alcohol heat in the finish.

D- The smooth flavor with the alcohol heat is nice but there is not much complexity or interest. The yeast doesn't add much flavor to this beer but it would really help.

Photo of BMoney575
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 6-22-07

Pours a very cool red/orange into a Duvel tulip, with a nice off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell is phenomenal. Tons and tons of fruit aromas. Raisin, peach, apple, sweet and sour with a good Belgian kick. Brutally complex.

Taste is sweet at first, with lots of the fruit flavors described above. Then it takes a deeper, darker turn with caramel malt flavors and a smooth alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is great, the carbonation hits in all the right places.

Drinkability is astounding, given 10%. Watch out.

Overall, an unbelievable beer. Never-ending complexity makes each sip unique and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean brewed Earl Grey color with lackadaisical bubbles. Head is slightly fizzy with the swiss cheese thing going on.

S: Smells like candy. Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, coins, pineapple and spicy yeasts.

T: Begins with really strong citrus and tropical flavors without the acidity. Loads of pineapple, orange juice, mango and even some banana. Malty backbone consists mostly of sugar daddy type caramel flavors with a vinous streak to it. Strong yeasty character helps wrap this beer up with pollen like characteristics and dried hay…but still overwhelmed by all the sugar in this beer. Aftertaste is all sugar.

M: Medium body and syrupy.

D: You know, I used to like this beer a lot more than I’m liking it now. It’s a tasty brew but lacks an overall complexity and depth that one expects from a top notch Belgian style. This beer is so sweet it tastes like something a hummingbird should drink.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy aprocot with a half finger of white that melted to a film of lacing.

Scents of sweet amber malts and light citrus fruits... oranges, pineapples, tangerines...light citrus fruits.

Sweet mouthfill of candied malts and light citrus fruits...same as what you smell...tastes of pineapple, tangerine, orange...very very light, pale lemon.

Everything about this quad is bright, fresh, and clean, IMHO.
WAY too drinkable.
VERY enjoyable.
I enjoyed this bottle immensley and will have to revisit St. Berny for a refernce point because this was downright delicious.

Photo of shadow1961
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery's The Reverend quadrupel pours a big fluffy
tan head over a gorgeous burnt orange brew. The
nose is your typical Belgian yeast clove esters, with
citrus and bubble gum notes. The flavor is sweet
malts, a bit of clove, and a firm herbal hop finish-
also, a bit of grain shows up as the brew warms . The
mouthfeel is smooth and clean and the 10% alcohol
by volume is well moderated. It is only detected as a
warming effect. A nice big beer.

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

I bought a bomber of The Reverend close to a year ago when I was trying to put together Beer Advocate's Top Ten Quads. I eventually gave up, and ended up keeping this one in my fridge.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, reddish amber with a fizzy, off-white head that fades to a patchy film with a continuous ring.

Smell: Very rich and malty. Mostly dark fruits: dates, raisins and a touch of cherry. Evident spicy alcohol.

Taste: Malty upfront: caramel, toffee, dates, and raisins. Light peppery alcoholic spice. The finish has a mild, but persistent bitterness and a lingering sweetness. The malts also have taken on a hint of the vinous aged character that I've noticed in aged beers that I've tried.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low-carbonation, smooth and thick.

Drinkability: Very rich, high in alcohol. A pleasant beer to sip.

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

Nice deep amber copper red hue. Clear. Mild sized creamy head.

Tart fruit, sweet malt. Really ripe cantaloupe – maybe some fig/cherry too. Spicy peppery phenols and yeasty powderiness. Musty and cool. More pepper develops.

Sweet rich caramel malt subsides to spicy phenol/alcohol/yeast dry finish. Deep and fruity – more ripe muskmelon/cantaloupe/cherry/plum sweetness and tartness. Spicy alcohol that numbs the tongue and warms the throat – it really pops out in the finish. More tartness creeps in. Complex pallet of flavors – spicy sweet and candi sugar. Finishes dry with a little fruit bouquet.

Smooth and thick, plenty of carbonation. Medium-full body and quite creamy.

Rich and complex; fruity and yeasty; creamy-smooth and thick. Pretty nice.

Photo of dickieb
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poors a copper color with no hazyness to speak of. A small head goesa away pretty quickly. Banana and spices for the most part in the smell, with a hint of acohol. Rasin and spices, with some maltyness, and a bigger hit of acohol come with the taste. It cirtainly has a clean finish. Not the most drinkable, even considering the style, would be a good bomber to split with someone

Photo of psinderson
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Clear copper/amber color with a thick off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Malt & citrus. A bit of tartness in the nose. Some banana there as well? Tempered with some alcohol in the background.

Taste: Raisin and plum along with a good Belgian spiciness. Mostly clean finish with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy...nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Yummy. This brew hides its ABV quite well.

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice blend of large, small and tiny bubbles in the head. Spotty lace. Pours a dark amber-orange. Cloudy

Traditional Belgian ale smells--yeasty and malty; refreshingly rich.

Rich and oily from the high malt content and the alcohol present. The carbonation is very high but doesn't cut the alcohol, which is very strong. For a Quad, this seems appropriate. Personally, I find it to be too strong because it overpowers the flavors that I most enjoy.

Perhaps this is too extreme for me to enjoy. While I like this beer, there is no way I could have more than one at a time.

Photo of budgood1
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pour out of the 22 oz. bomber a clear brilliant copper colour, with a very thin head. little lacing. belgian yeast and sweet candy aroma. tastes good....quite hot with sweet maltiness accentuated by the candi sugar. peppery, with hints of yeast, mint and ripe fruit. it's all rather straightforward and not very complex. this is isn't to say it doesn't taste good, just not very interesting. and it's lacking the famous carbonation that a makes a good belgian dance on your taste buds. this one just plods on said buds and muddles around until your bored. anyway...the body is full enough but the mouthfeel is sorely lacking that authentic belgian flair. drinkability is lacking because of the style, of course, but the overall authenticity comes into question also. it isn't even bottle conditioned.

make it hot and sweet and call it a quad. hmmm...

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Falling Rock had this on cask the other day. thought I'd try it.
Pours like the Rev, but little to no head and carbonation is all but gone. A bit creamier looking as well.
Smells richer, not as tingly.
Taste is nice, but it's not exciting. After a half-pint I wanted something lively. IMO this is better out of the bottle. Just has more perk to it.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy brown color with a thick head and smooth lacing. The aroma is hoppy and malty with a hint of sour. The taste is very malty with a touch of spice. The alcohol is noticeable, but suited to the beer. The mouthfeel is full and the carbonation gives it a nice pep. This is a very enjoyable brew which I’d consider highly drinkable.

Photo of beeragent
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass. The beer pours a deep gold, forming no head, and light rings of lace. The aroma is delicous dark fruit! Not much else, but oh so inviting. The taste is just like you would expect from a Belgian. Sweet dark fruit flavor. The hops and malts are hard to seperate when it comes to Belgians. Probably because I havent had much experience in tasting these brews, but what I've experienced from this one is wonderful. Very smooth mouthfeel. I could drink this all night if it werent for the high abv. Overall, a great find. I will definitely add this to the regular rotation.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber $4.99

A-This pours a deep garnet red/copper color that nearly glows when held up to the light. A tightly packed, smooth, beige head sticks everywhere...awesome rettention. If the body was a little darker, I would have given a '5'

S-Very fruity on the forefront. Carmelized raisins and yeast characteristics come through on a soft note.

T-Sweet, rich fruitiness is followed by a wonderful malty backbone. The deep fruit spreads thick and leave tons of flavor in the mouth. The finishing hops are definately there but not noticed until you stop to enjoy them.

M-This may a be a bit much in terms of various flavors, but is loved on my end. The body is fuller than expected and almost chewy.

D-Like many other Avery "big beers" this is devilishly easy to put down without a hitch. The flavors shine and the booziness fades as the beer warms to sub-room temp.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours from foil wrapped 22oz bottle a clear copper colour witha large head of foam that shrank quickly leaving a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is of yeast and fruit, mainly dark fruit. Quite nice.

The taste is mainly fruit up front. I can taste some fig, apricot, plum, followed by a strong yeast flavour , some candy sugar, and some bread. More sips in and the alcohol becomes more noticeable with some graininess coming through as well.To be honest, I can't say the flavours are working very well together and I'm finding it difficult to take more sips. This brew just doesn't work for me, I reckon.

Bottom line: This is my first bottle of The Reverend and I'd daresay, it will be my last. The flavours were just too chaotic for my palate.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a crystal-clear bronze hue, with a dense and soapy three finger head just off-white in color. Good retention with spotty lacing. Toasty malt, light phenols, orange peel, and alcohol are prodominant aromas; some faint Styrian hops and Crystal malt make up the rest. The first sip is full of dextrinous and bready toasted malt, surrounded by a fruity phenolic taste in a classic abbey-style sort of way. Candy-sugar comes out next, and with it a boisterous, boozey kick. The aftertaste is drying with little but some herbal and mild hop flavor and aroma. The alcohol also helps balance out the abundant sweetess with help from a tart phenolic presence. Mouthfeel is medium-full with a medium carbonation that seems passable but lacking given the style and amount of lingering flavors. Indeed, the finish is quite residual and sweet, and only saved by the dryness from the booze. While this was a nice stab at the style and I really like the yeast profile and overall complexity- the preception of alcohol is out of control and far to hot the attain a respectable drinkability. The burn is slow and clean like top-shelp vodka, but ultimately too prominent even for a Quad and quickly becomes distracting. Perhaps a few years in the cellar would be beneficial, but it appears filtered and so would likely only fade away some of the more interesting yeast, malt and hop nuances.

Photo of prototypic
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Immediately after popping the cap, a ghosty haze was noticeable before pouring. Beer is a clear, copper to golden color. Nice, frothy one and half finger head, which stuck around for a while and left a lacy film down the mug.

Smell: Lots of malt on the nose. A bit of citrusy fragrance is noticeable, as well as caramel and toffee. Finally, there are light traces of vanilla and a biscuity-yeasty aroma.

Taste: This is a pretty big tasting beer. Very heavy, malty flavor. Citrus taste is very noticeable (orange and maybe a little banana). Definitely has a biscuity taste. Also has more bitterness than I was initially expecting from the smell. I'm not certain it's a hop bitterness. It tastes perhaps more like a strong alcohol kick. Alcohol taste is definitely strong.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's pretty thick and syrupy. Definitely a sipping beer. That coupled with the 10% abv renders drinkability pretty low. Overall, it's not bad. Worth a try. It won't be a regular for me, but I wouldn't be opposed to another down the road.

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,623 ratings.