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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 32
Gots: 122 | 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 Crosling
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper currency. Rich, doughy malts, sweetened fruits, sugars and yeast in the aroma, giving a hint of peanut butter and bubble gum. Perhaps a hint of herbs in the aroma as well. Phenolic and fairly subtle tasting, with a light flavor overall considering its style and potency as well as several strange flavors, including plastic. Bright, spicy yeast flavors, with hints of cinnamon. The flavors are not really cloying like it is for some folks, but it isn’t as juicy and flavorful as the best Quads.

Crosling, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Jwaks
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a wonderful hazy amber-red color and thin quickly dissapating off-white head. Pours well without too much film and is thin on carbonation. The bouquet is reminiscent of sweet holiday spices with powerful ginger and gingerbread, some wintertime holiday spices, hints of lightly roasted malts and cotton candy.

This ale follows in the spirit of most weaker belgian quadruple ales; it's flavor is straightfoward, a bit spicy, and warming. However, it does not have the complexity and layers of flavor lacking the natural earthy and yeasty flavor of most true belgian ales.

Overall it is a quality beer as a winter warmer ale but not a true belgian quadruple ale. It could benefit from more structure, body, layers of flavor and a heavier mouthfeel to live up to quality belgian ale. It would be best drank warm for full effect with a traditional spiced dessert such as raisin bread or rice pudding.

Jwaks, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer is an dark tan mud like color, with a tan quickly disspating head. has a sweet gingerbread type aroma, this aroma follows through to the taste. very reminiscient of gingerbread man cookies. if only there was a gingerbread beer man at the holidays.
this beer is a tarty smooth and finishes dry. a bit too sweet to be terribly drinkable, but good for a glass after a meal, especially not chilled but at room temperature.

sinstaineddemon, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of jazzbeerdepew
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring The "Rev" into a chilled glass;It seems the speed of the pouring determines the amout of hazel-fringed head foam witnessed..I actually ate some with a spoon ..It was very tasty and threw-up a cascading array of aromatic hop flavors and taste..When taking some top-foam with a generous quaff;The quadrupel birthright begins in earnest...
I detect four to six distinct tastes/after-tastes in the sippage..
Allowing up to two minutes-between quaffs- allows the potent "four-bagger" to play out its flavor essence..
when the beer is in the mouth there is a smooth thick sensation approaching the taste-buds with a:
1 .bitter
2. sweet/fruity
3. cardomonish/spice-nuttish
**As an "Oooh-Aaah" vibrates my vocal cords-
4. A wildflower garden sprouts,grows,flowers and slowly fades to ..
5. lip smacking attempt to taste more from the ,now historical quaff -which started the taste trip initially....
6. Another larger imbibement is now desired,required and taken...

I have enjoyed the "Rev " at varying temperatures and from a chilled glass,plastic travel-mug and the bottle.
The varying applications of the hearty Quad to the palate seem to bring a varietous beer drinking experience..
As long as I am enjoying the efforts of the Avery Brewing Company(Boulder,Co)..I find that the "REV" is perfectly placed when opened after finishing off one of the "A.B.C.s'" other fine brewskies which is named
"Hog Wild" ..

"All goes well when the Reverend is chasing the Hog...

Dim lights and Homeade provolone mini-pizzas compliment the Reverend quite adequately...

After "Church" the Reverend is not loud or judgemental in dealing with the congregation..


Says moi

jazzbeerdepew, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber hue with what seems to be a moderate amount of carbonation.... very disappointed with the head.... a thin cap quickly disipates into absolutely nothing.

Strong yeasty aroma... noticeable alcohol in the aroma, some banana and light crisp fruit in the nose.

Not a very robust taste... seems kinda boring, but certainly not offensive. Lots of banana in the flavour, alcohol is hardly to be seen, which is quite surprising for a 10% brew. Notice some tropical fruit as well... nice, but like I said, kinda boring.

Mouthfeel seems a bit watery to me... not nearly as thick as I was hoping for, although the level of carbonation seems about right.

Very drinkable for the abv.... a nice, solid brew, but like alot of Avery's products, missing a certain "something" in my opinion.

nickss, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Wiezen glass:

Appearance: This beer poured orange/red copper tone with a slightly off white head that rapidly disapated,leaveing a thin trail of lacing behind.

Smell: Belgian malts,sweet candied fruits, and an alcohol aroma that doesn't suggest it is a small beer.Has that lambic-kreik scent to this one.

Taste: Begian malts and a citrusy hop profile can be detected.The alcohol definitley lets itself be known,along with that lambic-kreik flavor. Has a Belgian sugary woods effect to me.Meaning,Im getting a touch of nut and pines all rolled into a sugary bliss.Mmmm...

Mouthfeel: On the tongue I sense a silky,smooth and yet a little grainy/bubbley substance thats just trickles down with ease.Leaving with a vapor of alcohol thats says " forget me not"...Yea, im drunk so what!

Drinkability: Well,due to the high abv. I dont think I could put a few of these away but a most definitely great night cap.And of course a must buy,must drink,must savor...


cheers2beers, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Upon pouring, slick sheets of tan head laced the snifter – on top of a hazy oak brew. Nice. Candied clove, spices (pepper) and raisins in the aroma. Quaff produced candied sugar cane rum interfused with Belgium yeast.

Sharp & tangy, but just a tad harsh with the alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Perhaps drinkability is on the low side with the high abv, but still a pleasant evening spent with the Rev.

Vancer, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber $6.95 at Liquor World in Porter Sq.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with a foamy one finger white frothy head that forms a film on top of the beer.

S: Aromas are of nutty and wheaty malts with that spicy belgian smell. Also a hint of red tartlike fruit--possibly raspberry, currant, or cherry.

T: Sweet tasting belgian with a nice full body that goes down leaving a trail of warmth in your throat and stomach--high abv is noticeable. Hints of caramel and dark fruit come out first. Nice malty base that coats your mouth after a sip.

M & D: Mouthfeel is good on this offering from Avery. Its a full bodied strong abbey that'll keep you warm on a winter's night. Carbonation is high at first but gives way to the malts leaving a nice after taste in your mouth. Definately very drinkable. I would try this again.

bjohnson, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of fingolfin72
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a nice, clear copper, but there's no head at all.

The nose is sugary and nutty. I detected something that reminded me of peanut butter, and there is also a note of something sort of soy sauce-like, but in a good, fermenty sort of way.

The palate is big and sugary, with hints of butterscotch, peanut butter, toffee, vanilla, and a big dose of alcoholic warmth. The finish is lengthy, and there's just a tease of Campari bitterness in there.

The mouthfeel is creamy and nice, but just a bit more carbonation would be nice. A fine Belgian example of this style would have more and finer bubbles.

However, this is a very tasty beer, well suited to fireside contemplation.

fingolfin72, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of petemoss14
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber. Very thin head brought on by a rather hard pour disappears in a flash.

Aroma of cherries, cotton candy, currents, caramel, and a heavy presence of spicy alcohol.

Taste is fruity upfront, with lots of cherry. Some honey notes. Hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol spice throughout. Mouthfeel is a bit thick -- too thick for the unrefined carbonation.

A decent enough beer. Not enamored with it. Too fruity and syrupy for my liking. The carbonation is seriously lacking -- and the pinpoint carbonation is what I really love about Belgian, or Belgian-style, ales. The other thing I love about finely crafted Belgians is that the alcohol is well hidden. Not here. It is harsh on the palate.

Overall a bit sloppy. Can't drink much of this brew. Wishing I had about 3 other people to share it with.

petemoss14, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper. Thin light tan head. Very little lace. Moderate amounts of carbonation are visible.

Aroma: Cinnamon, ginger, bread dough, cherry cough syrup and beet sugar.

Taste: Candy, raisin, cinnamon bread, cherry, pepper and yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Slight prick of CO2. Traces of alcohol. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable actually. Pretty good example of the style. Not much heat and pretty flavorful. Nice one.

Bighuge, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear rich reddish orange color with a half-inch of off white thick foam. The head only stuck around for about 30 seconds or so to end up as just a small ring on top of the beer. There is only a little bit of lacing on the glass after the beer is drank. This beer is a lot lighter than most in its class...other than Urthel.

Aroma: A plethora of rich ripe fruit. You can pick up raisins, dates, plums, black cherry, figs...need I go on? There is some peppery alcohol in there that is a pretty big player.

Taste: Really fruity flavor with pretty much all of the aforementioned fruit flavors. The flavor leaves a bit of a lighter fruit impression that I thought I would get from the aroma. There is a bit more of a lighter fruit presence in the flavor, and leaves a bit of a citrus impression. There is a lot more cherry than in the aroma. The beer is pretty light bodied for such a bog beer, and does not leave a syrupy impression on the throat after drinking. The finish is definitely balanced toward the sweet with only the attenuation, fruit, and alcohol there to help dry it out.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty good beer. It is a bit fruity for my taste, and I would like it to have a bit more contribution from the malt than from the yeast bi-products. It is a clean and well taken care of brew, and one that I will surely drink again. This one would likely benefit from some extended (year+) of cold aging to let the fruitiness mellow and the complexity increase.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. The Reverend pours out a slightly hazy amber color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a fruit and nuttiness in the background that reminds me of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sweet flavor, with a strong alcohol component. The fruity flavor is nearly cloying, which is very much unlike the better of this beer's Belgian counterparts. There's a pleasant spiciness in the finish, as well as a moderate hoppiness. Drinkability is pretty good, given that this is a 10% abv brew. This is not a terrible beer overall, but there aren't many Quadrupels to compare it to, and many of those others are truly exceptional beers.

beveragecaptain, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours a dark amber with decent white head. Little lacing evident.
s: Smells fruity sweet with traces of alcohol.
t: Also tastes very fruity sweet with strong alcohol. One to sip quietly and slowely.
m: full bodied
d: very strong alcohol. I had a 22oz bomber which seemed perfect amount.

Overall I like this brew. Very strong in both flavor and alcohol, but not upsetting.

NiceGuyMike, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Very small head dissappears almost immediately, leaving some rather large bubbles on top in sporadic places. Clear copper in color.

Smell is very very fruity. Cranberries and blueberries seem dominant. Yeast aroma as well. Over ripe oranges. Bubble gum. Spicy coriander.

Taste is different than other quads I have had but it tastes great. Lots of fruits and bubble gums. Candies and spiciness. Alcohol is somewhat subdued.

Clean tasting with a smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied. A very nice beer overall. I may have to repent and visit the Reverend at another date in the near future.

SaCkErZ9, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first american quadripple as far as I know

Pours Amber color with a tons of bubbles. Impressive filmy head rings my Orval glass. Good head retention and lacing on the bottom of my glass

Smell: Malt, alcohol, yeast, fruitiness and plums

Taste: Sweet Caramel, tart flavors that trend fruitty/bready as the beer warms. Some vanilla/oaky notes with a big fruitty/leather/nutty taste

MF: Effervescent, slick and prickly notes from the carbonation

Pretty drinkable, but one is enough! Reminds me of a turbo-charged double,open your eyes, give it a try

russpowell, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of fatherofgirls
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a clear copper body with a medium tan head and nice lacing. The aroma is a sweet grapefruit with slight alcohol end. The creamy beginning is rich citrusy fruit ending with a heavily carbonated slight alcohol aftertaste. All in all a wonderful brew with quite a kick. The taste was smooth and fruity the only drawback is the alcohol end and after the first glass you don’t care.

fatherofgirls, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of MagicLantern
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First review, be kind.

Poured The Reverend into a Pint Glass. No head, but a wonderful lace across the glass. Wonderful color, a dark amber with a reddish hue. The lace and color together made it picture perfect. One can see the faintest carbonation bubbling through the center of the glass. The beer looks great in a glass. The only reason appearance isn't higher is because of the lack of head.

Still learning this area. Sweet definetly. Fruity? And is that malt? Think so. I liked it a lot. It smelled great and got excited to drink this one.

Heavy flavor with a sting- not a burn. This sting is from the carbonation and maybe mint. The sting and the flavor are there then gone. Some one wrote 'short finish', I like that.

There's a nutty taste in this beer, with a slight taste of alchohol towards the end. Maybe that adds to the bite as well. I keep bringing up this sting or bite of this beer, but it's not bad-just noticeable. Consider the alchohol content of the beer, the taste of alchohol is well hidden and do not be fooled. The Reverend will put you down!

Well it was wonderful. My notes say, rich smooth mouthfeel. I think that sums it up. I like the explosion of flavors. I even like the bite and I think what tops it off is the short finish. It's there and then it's gone. No awkward aftertaste, just an appetite for more.

The Reverend is a fighting monk. The alchohol content is high and this is a great beer to drink over the course of a favorite movie or while sitting on the porch. Can you drink these all night long while you play cards with the boys? Hell no. Its to strong, you pass out, they'll take your money and you'll wake up with a mustache drawn on your face. But if you like to sit down with one beer and enjoy it over the course of an evenly paced drink the Reverend deserves your praise.

Last bit Price:
The Reverend is a little less than some of the best Quads out there and that merits attention because I can buy two Reverends (roughly) for the price of one Rochefort 10. If your in the mood for several Quads, the Reverend is a best buy.

MagicLantern, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed light caramel colour topped by a thin, light brown head that produced a bit of spotty lace. Plum, raisin, and caramel in the aroma, along with some breadiness. Prune and raisin, with bready yeast, form the flavour base. Mild spice and alcohol round things out. Low carbonation, medium bodied. The alcohol was nicely hidden in this brew, making it an easy drink. Thanks Mike!

DrJay, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of lou91
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was crystal clear and amber with no head. Nice sweet nutty nose but nothing outstanding. Taste is malty and sweet – kind of like an eisbock. Thick, sweet, strong, slightly herbal. Maybe this needs two years to reach its full potential and cut the sweetness. I do love the strength though. As it warms you can appreciate the sincere attempt at this Belgian style.

lou91, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at a local bottle shop that had slashed the price in half. I couldn’t say no. The beer itself is not dated, but the bottle is from 2003. I would venture to guess this comes from late 2003/early 2004. A caveat: I have no ‘fresh’ review by which to compare this.

Avery’s Reverend comes out of the bottle a dingy, reddened copper with fine clarity. This is followed immediately by the production of a small, quick collapsing head and minor waves of lace. Oddly, this beer seems to show no sign of bottle conditioning.

The nose of this beer showcases in particular the wondrous properties of Belgian yeast; rising bread dough, crackers, spice. Also featured heavily on the nose is alcohol, (rotting) apples, candi sugar.

The taste surprises me with its lack of classically ‘quadrupel’ flavors. My palate seems to detect a chocolate-maltiness akin to some barleywines. Instantly warming to the belly, this beer is uncharacteristically smooth flowing over the tongue and into the gullet.

As with well-aged examples of Belgian-style beers, there is a superb intermingling of sweet sugar flavors, alcohol, and malt. I did not expect this coming from an American interpretation, particularly from this brewery which has been known to release ‘hot’ Belgian-style beers in the past. Not this one. Just a velvet sipper all the way through. Also interesting is a definite hop presence which I rarely get from these styles of beer.

As I mentioned, the mouthfeel is palate-coatingly silky. Gummy at first, the mouthfeel then gives way to a tart, quenching sensation.

Incredibly drinkable for the style, I was quite impressed with this beer. Age obviously has a lot to do with this. I would be interested to see how this beer was fresh, but with some age on it I’d have to concede its one of the best American-made examples I’ve encountered.

GreenWBush, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a soild dark bronze color with a small off-white foam head. Medium low level of carbonation. Whisps of lace in the glass. Aromas of bready yeast and dark rotten fruit. Some sweet odors as well. Taste has some depth to it, but not enough to match up to real Belgians; full maltiness, sweet, candied alcohol, some sweet grain and yeast. Alcohol had a highly warming quality. Interesting. Mouthfeel was slightly thick and syrupy, but remained easily consumable. A good level of drinkability. For the price, this is a deal. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown, with only a little head.

S: Prunes and bread. A nice Belgian aroma.

T: Bready, very Belgian (prunes and raisins), with the alcohol well hidden. A nicely balanced brew.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Good, especially considering the strength!

Thanks Mike!

Derek, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light brown golden color. It has a slight haze to it. The thin white head fades quickly, leaving almost no laces.

This beer has a fruity aroma. I detect prunes. Also, I smell a strong aroma of spices. It is peppery. I can detect a slight citrus aroma also. The alcohol content is very slightly detectible.

Thie beer tastes very sweet. It has a spicy flavor. It is also sort of yeasty. The alcohol content is present in the flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a very sweet, spicy aftertaste. The alcohol slightly warms the throat as it goes down.. It is carbonated well.

This beer might make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is a little high, but the flavor is mild enough, to make up for that. I think this beer is good. I would buy this one again.

OStrungT, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,563 ratings.