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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,664
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 167 | 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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Ratings: 1,664 | Reviews: 803
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-brown color with copper highlights at the edges of the glass. Head is a thin, foamy layer with quite a few bubbles.

Smell: Has a malty aroma with some fruits, yeast, and honey. Nothing is very distinct, but still pleasant.

Taste: The taste is generally malty, with honey, spices (cloves, coriander), and a bready yeast flavor. Very few fruits noticable. Alcohol is noticable in the finish, and the aftertaste has an odd sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to heavy-bodied, this beer is generally smooth and has a very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong, alcohol-wise, but not too strong. However, the alcohol taste gets a bit too much. And the flavor gets a bit old.

It's a nice beer, but it's a bit over-the-top alcohol-wise. The taste is generally nice, but it gets old pretty fast, and it's a bit too sweet. Definitely worth trying if you like stronger or Belgian-style beers, but it's not the type of beer to have with any frequency. I'll probably have this again, but not on my own.

Photo of jkaufman
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Saturday, March 31 session notes:

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a tankard.

A: Pours clear golden-brown with a very thin white head but good lacing.

S: Citrus, floral, and a slight sweetness.

T and M: This Belgian ale is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Well-carbonated and balanced, The Reverend packs a big alcoholic punch that can put you out long before you planned to end your beer session. However, a tell-tale sweetness and dry finish common to high-ABV Belgian ales permeates this beer and makes it quite palatable.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not sessionable.

Highly recommended.

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

This was actually one of the more drinkable of the monster beers I have had from Avery. I found this 24 once bomber a bit foreboding after the Mephistopheles, The Beast, and the very boozy hot Salvation that I had. It seemed to me Avery does hot. Well ... not in this case. This beer is a winner in my book. Not that the first two weren’t enjoyable sipping beers but they came in a less intimidating size.

The Reverend:

Appearance: Poured into my snifter glass a light ruby honey color with excellent clarity and a frothy ivory tan head measuring at least 2 fingers. The was some sticky spotty lacing on the glass here and there.

Smell: Sweet caramel, honey covered bread, and a touch of banana and orange in the fruity scents.

Taste: It is a simple straightforward flavor that does not have the complexity of some quads but it is very approachable. It starts off with sugary malts on the tip of the tongue, followed by a sweet bread and yeast flavor. There is a dash of orange cream and light alcohol harms but little more. It is all pleasant and well done. Solid brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft malt around the edges with a juicy center and some friendly warming spices & alcohol left on the cheeks.

Drinkability: It is much easier than I anticipated. I wish I had a few more of these stashed away.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of climbtowers
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Mood affects taste...

Feeling strong today, somewhat lucky. Did not work too hard today, yet feel accomplished.

On to the beer:

2006 Avery Reverend, 22 oz bottle, has been hanging out in the cellar for a few months waiting for me to try it. After dinner I grabbed a Trappistes Rochefort glass and the Broncos talking opener.

I saw no hint of a ghost under this bottle cap and no head what so ever followed the "Rev" into the glass. The beer is amazingly clear and a beautiful burnt orange color that would make a longhorn cry.

There is an overwhelming belgian candy syrup smell that I recognize from my own home brews. That kind of sweet smell that you expect to last throughout the tasting. I was unable to separate out other significant odors including the belgian yeast that I had anticipated.

As I mentioned, you expect the sweetness to carry through the tasting, but pleasently surprised when it doesn't! The reverend carefully moves you from the candy store out into a sparce willow forest then into a smooth dry grassy clearing where you just want to lay down and watch the sky

The reverend has a clean cut minimalist style. ( Personally I usually seek out the reverend's black sheep bother who has a more complicated character, although not always good.) I found this preacher interesting enough to take a seat in the pew, and i was refreshed.

Drinkabilty is easy. I shared this bottle with myself, then headed for bed feeling the reverend's peace.

For me, this beer was all about the taste and the drinkability. I knew the alcohol was there, but it never got in the way. I knew the candi syrup was there, but it didn't overstay it's welcome. A peaceful beer that may lack complexity for some, but will offer a safe haven to others. Kind of like church.

Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Reverend pours a copper color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is good, mostly I pick out candy sugar. The flavor is also good, dark fruits and candy sugar. It's not as complex as some Belgian quads, but it's quite enjoyable nonetheless. It goes down easy, and packs quite a punch on the back end, I'm feeling a good buzz after sharing a bottle. Recommended.

Photo of kernalklink
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber, somewhat murky with a faint red tint. Bubbly pour, not as effervescent as other quads. Aromas were toned down as well- only a faint whiff of strong belgian yeastiness, caramel sugars are big though. Taste was that of thick bready malts, and some orchard flavors, fresh, not dried as in some quads. Alcohol is present as well as a slight bitterness, not sure its from any hop influence though. All in all a little watered down, with some astringent flavors and younger sugars which dont work so well with the rest of the brew; decent offering, but not among the best.

Photo of ericj551
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Reverend pours a very clound golden amber with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is sweet raisiny malt, fruity esters that are almost citrusy and a big alcohol twinge. Flavor is more fruity esters, very sweet and malty with just a hint of roasted taste. There is a lot of nice yeasty complexity and a big alcohol burn, just a little too much, knocking down the drinkability slightly.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice clear ruby/orange hybrid filled my glass. There was no haze which is surprising for a quad.

Smell: Smells of fruits such as pears, bananas, and apples and spices. There is an alcohol presence but it doesn't overwhelm the nose.

Taste: The smooth malt provides a nice backbone for the fruits and spices. Let this warm up as it definitely let's more flavors out. There seems to be some molasses present as well. The alcohol is nicely masked but you know it is there.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp on the tongue. Carbonation seems balanced nicely.

Drinkability: A solid quad and I believe it's my favorite Avery brew Ive had yet. You can tell the alcohol is present but it's not overpowering.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, 10%abv
Served in Duvel glass at cellar temp.

Poured a reddish gold, with a big bubbled head. Plenty of carbonation.
Spicy aroma with some malt sweetness. Medium to full body. Plenty of spicy flavors, lots of clove. Residual malt sweetness. Very warming. This is a fine Americanized version of a Belgian style. Surprisingly drinkable, maybe dangerously drinkable for the alcohol level.

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