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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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Ratings: 1,539
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 30
Gots: 119 | 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 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.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-21-2002)
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Photo of hero27
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

"On the Eight Day, God created the Reverend." - per the label.

Rusty red color..no visible yeast sediment. The aroma is brown sugar and a little butterscotch mixed with Belgian yeast smells. The sugary presence also comes through in the taste, with the brown sugar sweetness playing a pretty big part in this brew. Alcohol is very subdued and hidden behind the thick flavors. The Belgian yeast and native malts really shine through here, and it was a very tasty offering of a traditional Belgian style.

hero27, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not your child's favorite priest. Poured a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color that flinted with red and yellows when held to the light. A good pour with ample foam, limited retention and lacing throughout the tasting.

The aroma is sweet but noticeable phenols and fusel alcohol notes. A slight Belgium kick that isn't too noticeable. Some mango and cherries are really noticed as well as Belgium candi. There is a light white wine character on the back end as well. A bit hard to get past the alcohol notes.

The taste is big but strong in the fusels and alcohol department. The malt is somewhat hidden by the alcohol notes but some grainy and winey notes. A light sugary note with more of a syrupy like flavor going on. Noticeable phenols, plums and sugar beats. Some minor cherries. There is a noticeable bit at the end that blends funny with the phenol hot taste to it.

The body is big. A bit of a syrupy texture. Sure it's a quad, but its is way to hot. Even with age, I wonder how this will blend in.

Oxymoron, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Reverand -- what a great name for a Belgian Quadrupel. Tried this one out at out Carolina Brewmasters meeting tonight and was definitely impressed. Hoppy yet not too bitter, easy enough to drink considering its high alcohol content. Great sparkle in the mouth.

Backer2004, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber Pours a cloudy copper color, some carbonation, small head which leaves pretty quick, nice lacing though. Scents of malt, fruit, and sweetness. The taste is very sweet and kinda syrupy. Medium body. Very drinkable for a 10% ABV brew. This is my first Avery and first Quad. I like this brew alot very nice in deed. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. I would highly recommend this to people.

Wasatch, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour is a colorful amber, cider look with a cloudy body and small lace of head.

Smell: Smell has a bits of peppermint, sweet fruit, prunes and alcohol.

Taste: The main flavor here is a very bold, sweet prune, plum. I do taste a bit of peppermint as it warms, but it doesn't arrive until the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It seems a bit syrupy to me. I like a buttery mouthfeel, but I don't think this flavor matches the body very well.

Drinkability: This is for sharing.

GuinnessSmurf, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A beautiful tranparent red body with a small tight pure white head.
S - Berries, sour cherry, malt. Very sweet, with a long caramel finish. The bitterness barely stands up to balance the sweetness.
T - Lots of dark fruit. Dates, dried plums, figs.
M - Low carbonation, but very heavy.
D - This is too sweet and syrupy to want to drink much.

Naerhu, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of taez555
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish amber body with a very small off-white head that died almost immediately.

Nose was a big and sweet Belgian malt smell mixed with alcohol, soft tropical fruit, yeast and even a few touches of spice.

Taste was medium to full bodied. STRONG alcohol notes. The taste just glides over your tongue without leaving much taste except for the burn of alcohol. As it warms it gets a little better leaving some subtle hop notes and mild bitterness, but for the most part it’s just a big super smooth malt beer without the big malt flavor. What I would imagine a Barley wine Light might taste like.

A Belgian Quad? I guess. Basically it was a big 10% alcohol beer without much flavor. No real Belgian yeast or phenol notes, not a whole lot of spice, just sort of alcohol. It’s definitely a beer I’d recommend drinking only at room temp as it’s 1000 times better, but basically a sad excuse for a Belgian quad.

taez555, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok now i'm a big fan of the quad, and i was pleasantly surprised that i liked this one as much as i did. mostly because it's made in colorado. i'm a belgian drinker for the most part and this one definitely went far and beyond my expectations. i drank this from my famous large duvel tulip.

appearance: nothing shocking. not much of a head. little to no lacing. nice deep brown color though. i couldn't see light through the glass.

smell: very sweet and hoppy, slight hint of alcohol. nothing overly compelling.

taste: apple pie all the way. my judgement was slightly biased due to a review i read of this prior to drinking (that cold apple pie line made me wanna try it... thanx wbfarr). nice hint of alcohol to shake ya. syrupy, hoppy and sweet.

mouthfeel: smooth, light, and hoppy (have i over used hoppy yet?). nothing crazy or complex though. in a word... NICE.

drinkability: hmm i coulda done 2 of these before pass out time...

overall: a good purchase. i'd definitely buy it again

bitterdestroyer, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of doubleipa
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a heavy malt aroma with some dough, cherry, and port. Not as a full aroma has many great quda have. The head was fizzy and disappeared in 15 seconds. There was no lacing. Body was brown. Initial flavor was heavily sweet with a short finish. Hard to nail down the texture; only slightly syrupy. The carbonation was soft and a difinite, moderate alcohol finish. Certainly not one of my favorite quads. I have another that I'll let staty in the cellar for a year.

doubleipa, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle with a fancy red foil necker.

Poured half into a New Belgium globe half into a grottenbier goblet.
clear orangish red, thin orangish head minimal lacing.

Very fruity aroma. Not very complex. Mostly cherries and candi sugar. Maybe a little caramel. Alcohol is obviously more apparent in the NB glass.

Flavor is again, not very complex. sugar, dark fruit, and prickly alcohol.

Finish is medium dry with a touch of spice.

High ABV combined with high sweetness and high price tag($6.99), makes this one a one and done.

Padron4KM, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a 20 ounce wine gobblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a darker golden amber. The head was light and fluffy biege colored. The head hung around for awhile and resolved itself into a thin biege ring of foam.

Smell: This beer has a nice sweet candied smell. There is a good amount of citrus mixed with coriander and other spicy goodness. Some alcohol notes make themselves present in the smell; however, the alcohol plays nice in the sandbox.

Taste: This beer leads with a little hoppy spicyness. The taste then gives way to a combination of citrusy juicyness coupled with candied sweetness. The beer ends on spicy hoppyness.

Mouthfeel: The reverend is a sinsister minister with a heart of candied goodness. This is a full bodied ale. The carbonation is minimal. The alcohol makes itself known as a warming feeling throughout the beer.

Drinkability: For me this has always been a very drinkable beer. The Reverend is full of first for me. This was the first American Craft beer I experienced. This was also the first BIG BEER I drank. Further more the Reverend will always remind me of my wife. She purchased the Reverend on an impulse buy.

nlmartin, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber-copper color with just a ring of off-white for the head. It leaves spotty lacing when sipped down. The aroma is of candi sugar, yeast, candy, and a bit of bread.

The flavor has the candi sugar sweetness throughout, with a slight bit of dark fruitiness, and caramel malts. It is full bodied and warming. It is a bit on the sweet side, with an alcohol warmth in the finish. This one is pretty good, just needs a bit more depth.

BeerBuilder, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium redish brown with a small light tan head that falls to ringed foam and leaves some lace.

Aroma is light fruity malt, bananas, grapes mellons light spices cloves hints of cinnamon.

Taste is candy sugar mixed with bready malt some light alcohol notes mixed with light fruit bananas, grapes and melon. Finish is spice decent amount of clove mixed with spicey yeast and some pepper. Overall an enjoable Quad not a style I have much but enjoyed this one, not to sweet.

Mouthfeel is almost medium. Smooth easy drinking nothing negative.

Drinability is good and relatively cheap for the style, something I need to try more of.

mntlover, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/07/05- Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Shared this with another BA. Odd that his pour had a decent sized haed and better than average lace and mine had no head and no lace? Odd. Brilliant caramel colored pour almost looking like cognac.

Smell- Light alcohol whiff, dark fruits and malt.

Taste- Sweet caramel with a light burning of alcohol that comes in towards the end of the glass. Plums and prunes are dispalyed nicely in the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Heavy feeling in the pallete, alcohol coating in the mouth. Lightly carbonated.

GClarkage, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of metallistout
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first quadrupel. Pours a light amber with a decent white head. The aroma of malt so sweet you can taste it bannana, citrus. tastes of sweet caramel malt and fruit with a decent hop balace. You can taste the power of the alcohol, but not too overpowering. Peaches,bannanas. I already need another. These could be addictive.

metallistout, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice find on tap at Mellow Mushroom, this Quad pours a nice mahogany color with garnet highlights. An off-white head puffs up for a minute, then quickly settles to a ring. No lace.

Aroma is dark malts, fig, plum, dark cherry, and pepper. There are hints of clove-like sweetness with a not-so-subtle rush of alcoholic heat. Smells better than the bottled version, but more alcoholic.

Flavor is rich and malty, highlighting dark fruits, melon, tobacco, and light peppery spice. It has a trademark Avery hoppy finish that actually helps balance out the alcoholic heat. Or at least masks it.

Body is below medium, definately not up to the standards of a good Quad. Mouthfeel is slick and wet, with softy fizzy carbonation. Needs time to mellow out. Still, a decent interpretation of the style.

AlexJ, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. Aroma begins with dark fruits, followed by candied sugar, fruity ale esters, toasted bread, alcohol and some minerals. The flavor also begins with dark fruit (plum, fig, raisin, grape, pear) followed by candied sugar, a light spicy hops character, some esters and an alcohol ridden finish, The mouthfeel is a tad on the light side and drinkability is greatly diminished by the alcohol. A halfway descent quad (but in this style halfway doesnt cut it), but the alcohol is way too aparent and in your face, which is typical of some of Avery's brews.

silver0rlead, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice copper color, but with no head whatsoever. None.

Smell: Caramel malts, apricot/peach and alcohol

Taste: Big-time caramel and Belgian yeast flavors up front with some apricot/peach notes in the background. Nice grassy tones throughout. The alcohol really hits at the end, but not too hard.

Mouthfeel: Really nice, medium-body with perfectly light carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper, but still very drinkable. The alcohol content would be the main limiting me to a max of one 22 oz. bottle.

Overall a nice Belgian offering from Avery. If nothing else, the bottle is hilarious. Definitely worth picking up, especially for the price. The peachy/apricot flavors are really unique and fit in nicely.

jamesdergen, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of sopor
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish copper brew with a tan creamy head that is quickly a thin whispy cloud with a small pile of bubbles. Barely any bubbles are rising to aid in retention.Smells slightly vinous and tart with some alcohol undertones and a slight fruity note.

Sweet candy malt and overly sweet banana bread with a tangy vinous note. A soft bitter and yeasty aftertaste that gets more yeasty and less bitter as it warms. Moderate slightly slick body with delicate, almost mistaken for more tanginess, carbonation.

Strong beer, but a very pleasant sipper. Good to split with a friend.

sopor, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer poured into my newly purchased Orval goblet. Are all goblets, at first, this odd to handle? This is crazy; I suppose I'll have to get used to holding it.

Appearance: Not much head at all. Is my beer too damn cold or is there to much sugar? Weird. And not much lace either. But my goblet was at room temperature, so I don't know. Color is nice, a reddish brown that I expected, but there aren't many bubbles really.

Smell: Lots of sweetness going on. Sour cherries, plum, ginger, cloves, sweet alcohol, some cinnamon. No hop oil or hop bitterness to be discerned. A little heavy on the alchol, but still quite pleasant as it warms.

Taste: Initial burst of sweet, warming alchol, candi sugar, and saccharine maltiness. Lots of dark, tropical fruit flavors. Complex, but if it were balanced better it would be bordering on something special.

Mouthfeel: Thick, malty body with all the malt and sugar, a slight burst of carbonation before the swallow, though it ends at the end of the swallow as quickly as it began.

Drinkability: Now that I'm about halfway through the bottle, some of the sweetness and the alcohol is getting to me a bit. Then again, this is a 22 oz. quad, so maybe I should've saved it also for some others. Still, for about $5 a bottle, it's definitely worth a shot.

asabreed, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Steve's Liquor here in Madison. My first beer by Avery and a beast at that.

Pours a reddish amber/mahogany, a little cloudy with a nice white head that succumbs to the 10% rather quickly. Smell was a little funky for me at first, heavy on the green olives and cloves, dark fruits, and alcoholic vapors. Taste continues with the somewhat harsh olive/clove, candied figs, dates, and cherries, some hops, and kick you in the teeth booze. Mouthfeel is champagne bubbly, and rich. It was a little harsh at first, but definitely mellowed out as it warmed, trading some of the olive/clove for candied fruits. An interesting quad, definitely a big beer here. Didn't blow my mind, but worth a try and a good deal at $5 for a bomber.

Golden2wenty1, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: thin off white head. the beer is a very clear, light mahogany color.

smell: smells like a good belgian. sugary, sour-spicy fruitiness, yeast, a nice wild characteristic are apparent. malt and hops are very well balanced. what can I say...a nice smelling beer.

mouthfeel: low high in carbonation and medium in body

taste: a nice, sugary, malt sweetness is present. plenty of hops to back up the large amounts of malt. nice yeasty characteristic. finishes with some lingering sweetness, very pleasing.

a great beer, and the alcohol is very well hidden on both the nose and the palate, even at warmer temperatures.

blackie, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glimmering amber with a very small and thinly placed cap of quick to fade yellow dusted, off-white creamy foam. Very minimal lacing if any decides to stick.

Aroma is quite average and understated with a mellow candied malt profile with a hint of rootbeer barrel candy , flowers, and a stint of plastic phenols.

Taste is a bit plain and noncomplexing. There's not much to it. Flavors are of dark candied molasses and over ripe mellons. Bits of dark cherry cola, cooked brown sugar, and dark wheat. Warmth of alcohol shows up very late in the back of the throat with a small left over caramel swirl and wheat tang.

Feel is lively in the front with a brazen warmth and beefy carbonation that slips away a bit too quickly. Maintains a nice malty smoothness and lightly bold creamy tone from the middle on.
Finishes with dark candy and a warming alcoholic back breath.

Drinks fine and easy enough, but its lack luster to say the least and is missing the complexity a Quad should have. My $6 could have been better spent.

tavernjef, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very crystal clear orange'ish and amber body. A solid one fingered head of creamy Tan goodness. Head holds exceptionally well and leaves nice lace about the chalice.
Smell is phenolic/spicy with a candyish, caramel finish.
This is a creamy and smooth brew with a zippy carbo and medium bodied for the most part, although on the light side for a quad. Alcohol is rather prominent. Candy, sugar and dark fruits appear upfront in the flavor, backed by a lightly caramelish maltiness, some leafy hops, phenols, and hop spiciness, and a bit of alcohol. The underlying bitterness balances things out, but the spiciness and alcohol really help to dry it in the finish.

This is a decent nightcapper and a decent representation by an american brewery, but its not very complex, nor does it carry any depth. Unfortunately this one runs into a group of beers that have potential to be the greatest beers in the world. It's like in diving, only certain dives can get a perfect score, well quads have that potential and this is rather pedestrian.

DogFood11, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown-copeer color, head is large at first, but the high ABV quickly surpresses it to a thin white layer. Musty belgian yeast, raisins, plums, big alcohol and sweet brown sugar malt. Taste is full and sweet, the belgian yeast adds a nice musty funk, lots of fruitiness, tart and bitter on the finish. Where is the 10% abv? It is very well hidden, although you do get a nice warming sensation from it. An excellent beer, perfect for this September-seeming night in Minnesota.

TastyTaste, Aug 22, 2005
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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