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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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1,508 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 114 | 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 bceaglejoe


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Presentation: Poured a clear dark-amber color into an oversized wine glass. A slightly off-white head came up, about a finger and a half thick, and retention was decent. The appearance of the beer really increased the anticipation of drinking it. The scent was very sweet and malty, and it had red-wine characteristics (grape aroma). It was pretty bold, as it covered my nose well.

Tasting: A slightly fruity taste at the front of the tongue is followed by sweet malt flavors and a moderate alcohol warmth at the end. The beer had a complex composition, with the heavy malt presence and wine-like flavors. Hop bitterness was nonexistent. It was a medium-bodied beer with a good amount of viscosity. It rolled around the tongue very well, without any harshness. There certainly was a strong alcohol-y flavor there, and it stuck around for a bit. It had a very bread-y aftertaste. If it weren't for the high alcohol content of this beer, I would certainly have had another. It's a good sipping beer that can be drank over the course of a meal.

Avery the Reverend is a fine interpretation of the Belgian Quadrupel style. It's nice to see American breweries trying to reflect the flavors of some of the Trappist beers and abbey ales, though this beer should not be confused with those. I liked it, and I will definitely have to try it again at another time.

07-27-2005 02:42:40 | More by bceaglejoe
Photo of gbontrag


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

that's a pretty, rosy amber. the little bit of frothdissipates to a small galaxy floating innocently in my space.

tintillating aroma: Orangey applesauce with alcohol. Smells like vanilla is burning across the room, too.

Starts off nicely sweet, not thick and cloying. yeah, it reminds me of smooth applesauce made from some spicy yellow apples. There's a little clove and cinnamon, vanilla and alcohol - a bit on the strong side, that note. Not bad. Very much like a "quad-style," or american version thereof.

07-25-2005 00:21:17 | More by gbontrag
Photo of mhillard


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a 22oz foiled topped bottle into a generic tulip.

Left a decent head with lasting lacing. Color was a medium amber.

Smelled mostly like caramel with some hop and clove smells underneath.

Tasted like alcoholic iced tea, with the 10% alcohol making its presence known immediately with a tea/caramel taste following. Lots of malt flavor too, but overpowered by the almost strange tea flavor.

Mouthfeel was decent, mostly smooth but a little heavy.

It rates moderaltely high on my drinkability scale. I'll definitely include this on my bevmo shopping list, mostly because of the unique flavor it offered.

07-20-2005 02:12:35 | More by mhillard
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

The Reverend pours a crystal-clear orange-amber body beneath a two-fingered head of creamy yellow-white froth (on the bar it appears more reddish). The head holds exceptionally well and leaves some nice lace about the goblet.

The nose is phenolic and spicy over a candyish, caramel-accented malt.

It's creamy and smooth across the palate with a delicately zesty carbonation and medium-full body; followed by a touch of alcoholic warmth on the tongue once it's gone.

Candy sugar and dark fruits (plums, prunes, their bitter skins, figs, sweet red wine) appear upfront in the flavor, backed by a lightly caramelish maltiness, some leafy hops, bright phenolics, yeast spiciness, and a flick of alcohol. The underlying bitterness balances ably, but the spiciness and alcohol really help to dry it in the finish.

It's quite nice, but somehow lacks the roundness and fuller breadth of the Belgian examples. Still, it's very drinkable and certainly worth trying.

07-18-2005 23:38:33 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of ypsifly


3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

Poured from an undated, red foiled bomber into a chalice.

Reddish copper with a light tan head of one finger that sheets the inside of the glass and shows decent retention despite the abv. Lots of fine bubbles.

Smells of chalky yeast, medicinal clove, candy sugars, and alcohol. Really reminds me of candy cigarettes. Weird, but not bad.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Lots of sweet chalk, there's some good malt in there too, just not enough to lend any balance. Alcohol is hot on the tongue and exhale. The mouthfeel would be better with less sugar. Its almost sticky.

A sipper. A couple years in a cool dark place might help this beer.

07-18-2005 03:31:07 | More by ypsifly
Photo of cubedbee


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a foilwrapped 22 oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Pours a clear copper red with a big foamy off-white head that settles to a cap pretty quickly. Aroma is doughy and spicey, with some citrus and apple peels coming through too. Taste is very spicey and along with the alcohol hits you upfront. After the initial shock of the spices, a very nice rich malty flavor comes through, with pineapple, oranges, brown sugar, and clove flavors dominating. With both a big sweetness and a big spiciness, this beer does a good job of balancing the two into a drinkable beer.

07-11-2005 17:23:42 | More by cubedbee
Photo of UncleFlip


4.6/5  rDev +19.5%

[Anyone who was at ABF, correct me if I'm wrong- but I believe this Revenrend was not the norm (maybe oak aged)? I don't have my guide anymore.]

Thou shalt hit the glass with a light brown colour, verily with hints of honey;

Thou shalt smell of citrus and honey, and on thy right hand shall sit a hint of clove;

Thou shalt taste mainly of malt and clove, and thou mightest contain a hint of citrus;

Thou shalt be just slightly syrupy, and with a slight hint of alcohol;

And thou shalt be very drinkable, and make the taster want more.

Be well

07-11-2005 02:22:27 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of rajendra82


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Plucked fresh off the shelves of Green’s, the brown bomber, with a red foil neck covering yielded a clear, deep orange colored beer, with a foamy beige colored head, and lots of carbonation.

The aroma was fruity and spicy with notes of oranges, apples, mangoes, pears, and coriander. The taste was pretty spiced up, with an up front hot alcohol bitter bite. The brown sugar, caramel, and dark skinned fruit tastes had a layered quality to them. I am sure with time the tastes would meld together, but I though they were a bit detached from each other at this time. The body was thick and filling, and the mouthfeel quite dry as a result of the alcohol.

Bold and brash, this should benefit a bunch from aging when the alcohol is allowed to hide, and the flavors open up.

07-02-2005 03:18:36 | More by rajendra82
Photo of kegerator


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

another enjoyable Avery brew.
pours a dark brown with hints of coppery orange. a half inch head appears and dissipates fairly quick but leaves nice lacing behind.
aromas were hard to pickup but it smelled mostly of malt, sweet and sugary.
Taste was not what i was expecting at first. i got smacked with a huge hit of spice up front then it faded into the caramel malty sweetness with hints of orange peel. as it warmed the spice calmed down a bit and it left a nice warming feeling in th pit of my stomach from the alcohol. its medium to full bodied, smooth, sticky and finishes with a hint of dry.
all in all a fine brew

06-29-2005 11:39:20 | More by kegerator
Photo of ericsdawson


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

it's the end of the week so i decided to open a little treat. the beer pours a nice dark orange/brown color. not a whole lot of head and it fades quickly. the smell is hoppy and biscuitty with a hint of malty sweetness. starts out smooth and sweet and finishes with a little bitterness and substatial alcohol. nice body and the carbonation is just about right.

i'd like to see a little more head and perhaps a little better balance. not a bad beer, but there are definately better choices for the stlye. also, the alcohol is a little intrusive.

06-24-2005 22:57:31 | More by ericsdawson
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured a deep copper color with a small creamy-like head,complex aromas at first I picked up some orange rind and a little butter and the alcohol makes it presence known in there as well.pretty straight forward flavors sweet dark fruit with a touch of spicey/yeastiness,the alcohol really warms late.First time trying this Avery big brew solid but there are better ones out there of the style,thanks to hoppedup for sharing his bottle.

06-20-2005 11:41:32 | More by oberon
Photo of WanderingFool


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

The Reverend is a full bodied and flavored Belgian style beer. It pours a clear amber color with a creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolved quickly to a thick ring around the surface. A bready aroma with hints of clove, orange peel and pineapple floats above the beer.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is full of flavor. The rich sweet malty flavor is balanced by clove, brown sugar, orange peel, and pineapple. It finishes slightly sour with some alcohol notes leaving a malty sweetness behind.

Unlike other Belgian style beers this one is not overly spicy. The malt and spice are nicely balanced in this delicious beer.

06-14-2005 22:41:23 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Smooth, deep but not so complex. Very much sweetness of various malts, underlying spiciness. Orange cream, Cherry ice cream, yeastiness, clove, Full mouthfeel and drinkable, but with courses of a dinner to offset sweet attack. Orange colour. A smaller bottle would be better.

06-12-2005 04:03:45 | More by Sammy
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7%

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and musty scent that is rich in pale malts and dark candy sugar. It's sweet with a bit of fruitiness and a breadlike quality. The taste is decent as well. It has a sweet, malty flavor with thick, warm finish. It has a butt load of dark candy sugar. It lends some sweetness and that sticky finish along with the Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent quad. I like the flavor, better than the aroma. It's thick and rich, but it just does go down that smooth. It also lacks malt complexity, but it drinks decent despite it.

05-31-2005 01:20:32 | More by WesWes
Photo of MrSeth


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a medium size goblet with a dark copper color and a 1" white head which settles immediately to a bubbly ring around the glass. It doesn't show, but it is very carbonated.

Sweet and toasty malt nose. Honeyish, otherwise a bit plain.

The flavor is again toasty malt, meaty, just the right amount of bitterness to balance it out. It's mildly estery, just enough to hint at fresh cherries and candied fruits. The finish is fairly short for a brew of this density. Great with BBQ, yeah!

05-01-2005 22:50:37 | More by MrSeth
Photo of oracle


2.42/5  rDev -37.1%

Beer pour a rich deep redish mahogany with an initially abundant head that quickly disappeared entirely.

Nose was sweet and reeked of alcohol.

Taste was even more so. An abundance of sweet maltyness with a very very strong alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel was quite tingly, with heavy carbonation that clings to the tongue and get in the way of the flavor.

Maybe I haven't had enough of this style to appreciate it yet, but this is not a beer I will try again.

04-25-2005 13:22:24 | More by oracle
Photo of twilight


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Thanks to TikkiGodxxx for the sample. Been sitting in my cellar since last summer.

Pours a dark reddish brown with very little head that stays. I'm not going to say it looks terrible, but it's pretty interesting for a quad. Usually you'd think they're black as night, but this one, by virtue of being lighter, gets bonus points.

There is some light grassiness in the aroma, and some fruits, but alcohol pretty much dominates the nose. No matter if this one was cellared for a bit, the alcohol should be masked a little better.

Fortunately, the taste is better. Big grassiness with hops and hops and a nice alcohol bite which rounds out into a bitter, almost-medicinal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is only detracted by the alcohol on the tongue, which is prominent. Though I do like it, I wouldn't rate it high on drinkability because the bottle is difficult to finish...

04-24-2005 00:15:29 | More by twilight
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber body with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Picked up some dark sugar and caramel on the nose

Taste: A hundred and one desserts all packed together - cherries, molasses, candy sugar with just a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation

Drinkability: This is one outstanding Quadrupel. Perhaps it lacks a little in complexity but it makes up for that in approachability

04-22-2005 15:54:39 | More by brentk56
Photo of meathookjones


3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

Dark amber body with a light tan head that fizzles away quickly leaving no traces of its existence. Aroma has a good spiciness and a light sweet fruit. Some candy sugars as well and the alcohol is more than apparent here. It really seems to drown out the other scents as this warms, disappointing. Sweet caramel and sugars are big upfront with a lighter fruitiness backing them. The alcohol is there but really starts to show itself as this warms up. Starts to be a bit to sweet and boozy towards the end of the first glass. Mouthfeel is about medium and fairly smooth going down until the alcohol kicks in. For some reason I still found it pretty drinkable. It wasn’t bad just a bit overly sweet and the alcohol starts to stand out too much. Not one of Avery’s better creations.

04-13-2005 11:56:36 | More by meathookjones
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a two-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is spicey alcohol. Starts with a brown sugar and oak taste, hops are hidden in the background and the high ABV is not really noticeable. 22oz bottle for $6.20 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

04-10-2005 23:05:20 | More by jdhilt
Photo of mschofield


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear red-amber, topped with a one finger white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Fruity, malty aroma, caramel, apple, cherry.
Fruity, malty, strong taste, apple, caramel, brown sugar, cherry, apricot and grain, bitter in the back.
Medium to full bodied and coating. Cellars well.

03-29-2005 01:30:42 | More by mschofield
Photo of beertastegood


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a light copper color, with a minimal head, even with a vigorous pour. Smells of dark fruit (raisins, plums and dark cherries), brown sugar and slightly of alcohol.

Tastes of the above fruits, a sweet malty flavor throughout and also a very slight sour/astringent flavor that made it a bit more complex. Alcohol is evident at the end of the taste, like all Avery brews. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it seems to be a trademark of their beers. Gives a warm feeling in the belly after a few drinks. Carbonation is light to medium, body is on the light side of medium. Mouthfeel is pretty good. The finish is surprisingly smooth (especially after having the Czar!) and light, leaving a pleasing faintly fruity sweetness. A very well done beer by Avery.

03-24-2005 02:45:58 | More by beertastegood
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

had this on tap at the moan and dove, twice in a row. yes, i am suicidal.. actually he brought us two by accident and my girlfriend had asked for racer 5. oh well, i guess i'll have to drink it.

pours lighter than from the bottle, showing the lightest orange color in its highlights. impressive and makes me think it can be consumed in larger quantities for some reason.

sweet malty quad smell, an overpour made the glass all sticky. a good sign in my book.

very trappisty, much more so than the amped up version i've had in the bottle (which is still good.) malt and caramel are fighting for dominance here. brown sugar and orange are saying hello from the stands. i enjoyed both of these glasses with fervor. wasn't until an hour or so later that i forgot where i was and bought frozen bananas from trader joe's.

we have a winner.

03-21-2005 15:57:14 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

The beer poured into the glass a crystal clear medium amber with an off-white head that lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and ever so slightly spicy. Also present was a strong estery profile. The earthiness was not pleasant when first poured and for a significant time afterward and had an "old sock" component.

The flavor was malty with strong graham/biscuit flavor and nice maltiness with a subtle spiciness. The fruitiness emerged as the beer warmed.

The finish was dry with lasting biscuit long into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium full, but the carbonation was very low. The drinkability was good for a 10% abv beer, but the aroma was less than stellar.

22 ounce bottle. Best at room temp after allowing to sit in the glass for 1/2 hour, however at those temp the alcohol begins to be more powerful in the aroma and flavor.

03-07-2005 00:38:03 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of far333


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

From the bomber into the tulip glass.

Dark honey colored with a slight off-white head that sinks quickly. Inviting arroma of sweet malt, pungent cinnamon, and sweet fruits, and candy. Flavor is big and rich, sweet but not cloying, not overpoweringly yeasty like some belgian styles seem to me. Definite flavor of clove, some sweet pear and honey, and a warm alcohol tingle in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a bit on the dry side. This is an enjoyable sipper. Thanks to Brent for sharing.

03-05-2005 01:23:17 | More by far333
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,508 ratings.