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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 37
Gots: 142 | 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 DaveFL1976
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's good, but not great.

Nice amber-copper body, but with a thin head. Smell is sweet, a bit yeasty, with some alcohol in the background. Not all that complex, but good. Taste is a bit fruity up front, then malty sweet, then a decent Belgian aftertaste, but too sweet at the end. Mouthfeel is medium, but dead. I don't like huge carbonation in a Belgian, but this seems a bit unlively. Drinkability is again good, but far from fantastic.

Photo of warmstorage
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, red foil capped, with witty notes on the label. States 10% ABV.

Poured into wide mouthed goblet. Poured a medium dense, slightly fizzy head that dissipates rapidly, leaves zero lacing, and basically zero head. Color is medium reddish copper, bright and clear.

Aroma is complex: sugar, figs, prunes, candy, and earthy spiciness.

Taste is delightfully simple, yet nuanced: most of the aromas noted above come through, and a bright, warm crispness and alcohol warmth. This isn't an iron fist in a velvet glove: it's an iron fist in an iron glove. I love it. Delicious and bright, crisp carbonation despite the lack of visible carbonation or head.

A delicious beer that I've been drinking regularly since at least 2002, and will continue drinking as often as I can get my hands on it.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly a chip off the Trappist block, this beer is still pretty good. It's an interesting take on the quadrupel style and a bit similar to Avery's other big beers. The beer looks good even though the amber-orange is fairly light in color for the style. The smell is nice enough, with sweet fruits, but isn't terribly complex. The flavor does open up a bit with raisins, figs, and dates mixed with marmalade, and mellow citrus flavors aided by hops. I guess it's a relatively hoppy quad, but that's not a bad thing. The flavor isn't on the same level as some of the brews from Belgium, but it's oh so drinkable and smooth.

Photo of jmz62565
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber with a giant tan foamy head. The head leaves good lacing and lasts a long time. The smell is strong with clove,banana,candy sugar, and fruit, pear ? This is one of the better smelling beers I've had in awhile. The taste is very sweet with candy sugar, pear,alcohol, and the typical Belgian spices. A nice tasting beer,but be warned,this is very sweet. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A very nice surprise. I have to admit that this is better than I thought it would be. This is a Must try.

Photo of loren01
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a ruby color, nice sized head, lots of carbonation in the glass
S: Smell is very complex. Fruity: Banana/apple/pear scents. Also has a good Belgian yeast scent
T: Taste is sweet and fruity, also has a nice spiciness, but not overly spiced up. Finishes slightly dry.
M: Medium to heavy bodied, goes down easy
D: Very good Belgian, would have this again for sure

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

Pours a reddish brown with medium sized white head. Good lacing.

Typical Belgian yeast smell of cloves and malt.

Taste is of bubblegum, cloves, malt, and some hops.A slight soy flavor is present at the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin.

Okay drinkability. Plenty of others better in this style.

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

Ok, I didn't get Avery's running religious theme until now. Didn't put the Hog Heaven and Salvation thing together, but now with The Reverend, I get it! (Hit me over the head with a hammer and, yeah, I get that too...) It's not turning me born-again or anything, but Avery certainly have a good thing going.

Into the trusty Moinette goblet it goes, and damned if that doesn't look appetizing. A bubbly, soapy head on top of a burnt copper/amber, very "Belgian" looking indeed. But wait...the head dies way too quickly, and now I'm not so sure...

Aroma leans heavily toward the apple-juice side of things, with a supporting cast of dessert-y spices and yeast dancing around in the background. But kinda timid.

The sipping is divine, with fruity notes appearing first (apple, pear, grape), balanced by a slight warming from the alcohol (which, at 10%, is incorporated very well), candy sugar sweetness, vanilla, clove, pepper, and a delicate yet toasty malt character. Only a hint of the yeast comes out, and typically I'd like any quadrupel to be dirtier/earthier, but this is still pretty great. Might be way too sweet for some, but I like 'em that way, and after the average looks and aroma, this definitely delivers on flavor.

Mouthfeel is soft, silky and creamy while also having enough heft to carry the more robust flavors on through.

A complex enough beer that you can ride this one out for a good hour, taking in its many nuances. Good stuff, and despite the 10% ABV it drinks like a slightly more session-friendly ale, so beware, but most of all, enjoy.

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

Pours a ruddy, orangey caramel color, with a medium-thickness head that fades to a collar. The nose is mainly phenolic, with a bit of cinnamon and caramel malts in the background. The taste is less phenolic, with allspice and some sharp date fruits, but that band-aid-ish note is still there in spades. Very little sweetness for the style. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, with carbonation that is sharp but not big. Very drinkable for the style, with no alcohol burn present (and for a 10% ABV brew, that's impressive), but that drinkability is not matched by depth of flavor. For an American Belgian brew, it's got some interesting notes (especially the phenols), but it just doesn't have the same oomph and the same depth you'd expect to find in a Belgian quadrupel.

Photo of Reidrover
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a large brandy glass, as my Chimay chalice is dirty. Nice looking ruddy red/brown beer,clear with attractive carbonation. Gorgeous large thick light tan head. Nice aroma of dark fruits,malts, some spice, cherries and demerara sugar. Quite sweet ,but with bitter undertones,,papya fruit,kiwis come to mind, alcoholi in the finish, but mostly rich malt.Spiciness is there but slight. Ok on the pallate, not great though. Overall a goodish beer but not one that I can class as great.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of badbeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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!"

Photo of MmmIPA
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of wingman14
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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!

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Grundle20
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of Phocion
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of DragYourBone
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of hopsfury
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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.

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.