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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,652
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 160 | 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 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 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.

Photo of jmalex
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I've had this beer for awhile thanks to a friend who brought this back from Massachusetts. It kind of got lost in the back of my fridge for a month or 2, but no longer. Today is finally the day it comes out.

APPEARANCE: Pours out a copper color with hints of crimson. A small off-white cap turns quickly into splotchy patches of foam atop the beer.

SMELL: The smell is heavy on pungent fruits (cherry, apricot, raisin) and bready caramel malts. A bit of a citrusy and floral hops presence can faintly be detected. One thing that is noticeably subdued is the yeastiness most associated with the style.

TASTE: The first sip hits you hard. Now I can see where the quad classification came from. The taste is very heavy on alcohol. The same fruits from the aroma are also quite prominent. The Belgian yeast quality is now much more present that in the nose but still somewhat subdued. No one would mistake this beer for one brewed overseas. The finish is extremely dry and the beer takes no detours in getting there. Strong flavored but one dimensional.

MOUTHFEEL: Perhaps a bit less carbonated than I like, though I wouldn't expect too much from a beer this big. The body is medium and quite nice.

DRINKABILITY: Suffers a bit here because of the dryness. I'm halfway through my glass but still have one third of my bomber to go. This beer would benefit from being sold in 12 oz. bottles.

A good try from Avery. The flavors are really interesting, but everything about this beer is up front and in your face. This one leaves me wanting a bit more - well, other than another pour.

Photo of rallison
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz into Stone RIS glass at a bit under cellar temp.

A: Orange/amber color with a 2 finger white head that sticks around pretty well.

S: Smells sweet - bananas and things like that.

T: Again, sweet. Caramel/toffee flavor is at the forefront. Flavors are also of the tropical fruit sort. Alcohol warmth at the end.

M: Thick - a bit on the syrupy side. Very fulfilling, and a bit filling.

D: Decent, but it's a bit on the alcoholic/thick side.

Altogether, recommended.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold to strawberry juice red color with a large tan head and mild visible carbonation.

S - Caramelized bananas and strong fruity alcohol. A bit like bananas foster, but not nearly as nice. Some other fainter fruits, like melon, dates, strawberries and prunes. These are much fainter though.

T - Strong malty presence with a bit of white pepper with tons of potent alcohol. Faint biscuity character. Slight fruitiness too of indescernable origins. All is dwarfed by the alcohol. It isn't awful though. The alcohol is of a rather smooth type. Aftertaste is a somewhat bland fruitiness under alcohol.

M - Thick, smooth, pretty refreshing too.

D - Not bad. Certainly worth a try. I would say this is toward the better end of the Avery big beers. Nothing I'm in a huge rush to have again, but I might do it sometime.

Photo of pgenius
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a beautiful copper color with a large white head that stuck around for a little while

S - Alcohol, yeast, mild fruit, mild hop

T - Sweet, alcoholy kind of taste with some excellent fruit notes present, some hop and yeast flavor were there too. Very smooth with a nice spicy aftertaste due to the alcohol content

M - Medium body, a little sticky and creamy

D - Lots of flavor and easy to drink which is scary with the 10% alc. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would gladly have another sometime

Photo of BeerHonky
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Essex Ale House. This is my first Avery sample and I must say I was pretty pleased. Poured into a small snifter glass, the golden orange colored quad produced a nice fluffy white head that hung out for quite some time before breaking down into some nice glass coating lace. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and sweet. Resembles apricots and pears a bit. Flavor is a huge, juicy gulp of red grapefruit juice. Nice clean and balanced hop flavor balances out the sweetness. While this flavor is delicious, I was a little disappointed that I couldn't find much else in there. I was hoping for some depth and complexity for a quad. Body is full and smooth with a nice scrubbing carbonation. Not a bad beer at all. It is quite delicious but I was just hoping for a little more.

Photo of Greenfloyd
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an enjoyable American version of a Belgian quad. It is also one very easily consumed, high abv brew that can change your head in a hurry...

Poured into my tulip with a very rich apple juice color. The creamy long lasting head, off white in color, really added to this beer's appearance. Smelled of yeast, with faint tart cherries in the distance. The taste was of cherries, yeast and a very subtle hops presence...slightly bready throughout the whole process though. This beer had a nice firm, heavy mouth feel, but did not seem to have quit the same velvety flow as some of it's Belgian cousins. Considering the fact that this was a 10 percent treat, it was very "sessionable". Paired great with semi-soft brie, port salut, and green apple wedges...Enjoy

Photo of macster
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear copper-orange color under a fluffy and thick off-white head. Quite odd the see a Belgian Quad style beer so translucent without the typical haziness. Head dissapates quickly to some spotty blotches of foam. No lacing noted. Aroma is of rich, luscious ripe brandy soaked black cherries, figs, dates and raisins against a background of caramel, malt and spices. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced between the heavy, chewy, thick body and the overtly spritzy carbonation which keeps the texture from becoming too oily or slick. The flavor profile of this beer improved immensely as it warmed from its initial serving temp of 50*F. Taste was very sweet and rich with notes of Belgain candy and dark brown sugar along with caramel candy apples, raisins, dates, some faint banana and cloves and warming alcohol. Finishes with just a hint of hop bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. Goes down real easy for a 10%’er. Found these at a local upscale grocery market for $3.69/bomber so I picked up 10 of them. Makes it even that more enjoyable to get such a nice price on ’em.

Photo of mattcrill
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Fruity notes of cherry, raisins, figs all over the place. A bit of banana that seems out of place but it's interesting.

Appearance: Crystal clear garnet colored pour with ruby highlights. A tight and bubbly off white head. Violent streams of carbonation throughout the body.

Flavor: Moderate fruity esters continue (more dried cherries and banana). Spicy and peppery notes that help balance out the fruit flavors. Maybe a bit of clove but not overdone. A hint of carmel sweetness in the back of the tongue as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, and slightly creamy. Finishes dry with some prickly and peppery alcohol notes.

Overall impression: Seems light and easy on the palate but I know this is a big beer. Dangerously drinkable and full of flavor. One of Avery's best and certainly the most balanced. An enjoyable American slant on a Belgian style. Color is a bit too light for a Belgian Dark Strong but overall an immensely enjoyable beer.

Photo of roblowther
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a golden bronze with a thin, head that can't make up its mind if its going to be rocky or creamy. The small bubbles are microscopic, I just love that for no reason I can really identify. The smell is hops up front but the candi sugar comes on hard with a caramel smell that reminds me for all the world of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles. That's a very good thing in my book, btw. The taste has a grass-like note, which takes me by surprise, and is not nearly as sweet as the smell. This is good as it lends balance. The caramel malt is there but the sugar is really subdued. Odd, really. The carbonation level is nice and after that its all silk, not so substantial as to be chewy but definitely a smooth feel. The drinkability is good but limited by that grassy flavor. I think its the hops that are beating me over the head on this one, which is strange to say the least for a quadrupel. I think this is a quad for hop heads. Good. Definitely good but doesn't stand up to the quads I've had from Belgium, for the most part.

Photo of Braudog
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at KClingers: Bright red with only a thin veil to top it off. The aroma is somewhat raisin-like. Onto the drink ... this is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Sweet syrupy but not too much, very well balanced. Why do I think there’s a monster lurking just below the surface of this innocent-feeling brew? (#2715, 2/18/2007)

Photo of srrn
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hate to do this as this is an ok beer, but quads are probably my favorite beer. I like mine a bit funky, dark, cloudy (I do yeast pours) and with a lot going on in the smell dept. This poured a deep amber with a slight purple hue. What head there was leaves no lacing on the glass. I detect a very slight sweet smell, candy like. The taste is a bit like a sweet triple with only a hint of clove (I associate this with triples more than quads). This is a beer where I notice what is lacking more than what is there. As it warms the scent opens up and it gets very slightly more complex, but starts to get too sweet. I'll finish this bottle, not buy another and stick to their Czar and Hog Heaven which I enjoy.

I am interested in how this beer and St Bernardus abt12 are the same style as the colors are completely different, as is the sweetness.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I thought this the most drinkable Quadrupel I've yet had, but a bit lacking in the complexity department compared to Belgian Abt/Quadrupels I've had. Still, this is a very drinkable beer for this style.

Appearance is a dark reddish-brown, and sparkles just a bit. Aroma is of some sourness and some oakiness. Flavor is clovey, with additional sourness and oakiness (like a chardonnay). Mouthfeel is rather good, and I found this beer extremely drinkable.

I bought this 22 oz bottle at Evanston First Liquors in Evanston, IL.

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,652 ratings.