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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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Ratings: 1,647
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 157 | 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 jeffjfindley
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great color! Kinduva reddish-orange. Surprisingly clear. I would have liked to see more of those Belgian yeasts floating around in there. Head was ok, decent lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty Belgian. Sweet, lots of fruit (mostly pears) and spices. Oh yeah, alcohol. Defiinitely alcohol in this one.

Taste: At first I wasn't too sure about this one, but it warms up real nice. More fruit & spices, but a little bit of banana stepped up this time. A little molasses on the aftertaste. Oh yeah, alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Ripe & powerful. Leaves the tongue a-tinglin'. Did I mention alcohol?

Drinkability: All in all, very good. This is my first quad, and I don't reckon it'll be my last. I'm going to go to this brewery on my vacation next month. Looking forward to trying this on tap!

Photo of mmcave
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ambery rudy brown with deep red high lights. Nice head that dissipated a little too fast, but left nice lacing. The head lingers around they edge at minimum thickness. Smells of spice upfront, malt, yeast, some fruit esters and a tinge of earthy funk. Taste is toffee up front, with some banana, a bit of hops and Belgian yeast. Decent mouth full and after taste. Although there is something about this beer that I've had in other beers specifically unibroue that I don't mind, but I'm not crazy about. Maybe I'm spoiled my first quad was St. Bernardus 12, which fucking ruled. Still this is an enjoyable beer and from what I understand a decent quad.

Photo of umfskibum
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle with no freshness date marked. I have to take a moment to mention the fantastic packaging. Not only does the bottle say "And on the 8th day, God created the Reverend," but the main logo is rimmed with the words "Created By God * Feared By Satan * Loved By All." I must say, The Reverend creates quite high standards for itself.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark ruby color with a thick and creamy head. The head thankfully sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: Sweet and alcoholic. Very fruity.

Taste: Dark, dark fruity flavor starts off the sip. Heavy malt flavors, with a disappointing lack of hops. There are some slight flavors of alcohol, and quite a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, strong carbonation, and a wicked warm alcohol feel.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for such a heavily alcoholic beer (10%). A very nice Belgian from an American brewery. The alcohol and fruit flavors can get to you before this becomes a session brew, but otherwise it goes down very smooth.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A: 2" head at first, settles to a solid 1". Lacing, very frothy and appealing. Color of the brew is deep burgundy, really nice looking.

S: Pepper, fruit, and slight clovey phenolic. Figs, maybe dates. Smells like it has a broad range of fruits, but they're all on mute.

T: Figs/dates and kalamata olives at the start, then a big middle of candied sugary sweetness and different honeyed fruit notes. Cloves, slight sweet citrus, and pepper at the finish. I haven't had many Quads, but I like what this one does.

M: Drying, a little syrupy, although that might just be the sweetness tricking me. Pleasant otherwise.

D: I like lots of Belgian styles, but I never find myself able to have more than one bottle at a time (and not solely because of the ABV). However, this one bottle went down very nicely, and with some fanfare.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got some odd, but interesting flavors in this one. Pours a copper flavor with a slightly uninteresting look to the beer, no head to speak of. But it is rich and full of flavor. Peaches and melons blend through on this one. Warms nicely. No lacing on this one but a terrific tasting beer that I recommend.

Photo of loving44
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours dark amber with a nice white head that fades into a thin bubbly film. Nothing fancy.

smell: Sweet and peppery with slight alcohol. I'm hoping it's not as spicy as the aroma would suggest.

taste: lots of fruit! Bitter upfront followed by raisins, plum, fig, this fades into a peppery end with a distinct sharp alcohol bite. Seems a little unbalanced with the bitterness and alcohol distracting from the fruit. This fades a little as the beer warms. The beer mellowed a bit and became a little lighter but again with the bitter alcohol bite sneaking in at the end. Seems a bit one dimensional but this is one of the tastier Quads I've had from American breweries.

mouthfeel: syrupy and thick with ever so slight carbonation.

drinkability: One bomber of this will do me right, a strong brew that although has a pronounced alcohol ending IMO is still very nice. It's really easy to drink as it warms, I suggest not drinking it right out of the fridge or very cold.

Give this one a try, seems like a good Quadrupel to start out with if you're new to the style. Cheers!

Photo of ellisdee97
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy light honey brown with a full two finger thick bubbly beige head. The head leaves super sticky lacing along the edge of the glass and carbonation bubbles rise steadily within.

S: Light toasted malts, pungent hops, pepper and honey. Warming musky alcohol with fruit and biscuit scents.

T: Fruit, pepper and biscuit malt up front. Then quickly dries out with a sharp hop bite and finally subdued by a deep musky alcohol and sweet malt finish. Light honey and candy sugar sweetness aftertastes.

M: Great carbonation, sweet front, dry bite then deep malt finish. Makes your mouth water.

D:For a strong Quad this goes down insanely easy. Warms the belly nicely and the flavors are so varied its hard to put down cause you need to keep sipping in order to decipher them. Awesome beer.

Photo of jaluria
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appeared a lovely burgundy color with rust highlights. A mild, white-colored head with nice lacing left behind in my goblet. Aromas of plums, figs, dried fruit, and candy. The taste was smooth and semi-crisp with dried fruit and hard candy flavors dominating. Somewhat creamy texture with a dry and slightly sour finish. Easy to sip, but a bit too rich (sweet and alcohol is apparent in the taste).

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

Being a fan of Belgian beers, particulary Quads, I purchased this on a whim after work one Monday evening. I placed it in the freezer to chill while I took a quick shower. (It came in a 22oz bottle.) It formed a thin but consistent head as I poured it in a Duvel glass. (The head remained until the beer was completely consumed.) The color is a medium brown with subtle hues of golden orange.

The aroma was of light fruit (especially banana) and honey, and a warm nuttiness could also be detected. I reveled in the scent until the urge to taste took over and I took a delectable sip.

As I swished the libation around my mouth, it coated my palate with the usual flavors associated with Belgian Quads; high alcohol and sweet fruit permeate the palate. As usual, I thoroughly enjoy this sensation!

A slightly bitter aftertaste lingers, along with a warming sensation in the back of the throat. There's absolutely nothing to dislike here. As far as I can tell, this American beer is a kindred spirit in color, aroma, and taste to its Belgian elders. Nice job, Avery!

Photo of sacfly
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz, no date.
Pours a light orange color. Clear, with little head to speak of but medium carbonation. Smell is light colored dry fruit and alcohol. Taste is syrupy sweet. More dried fruit and alcohol. Heavy body. Aftertaste is sweet and sticky. Coates the mouth. Surprisingly easy to drink for the high alcohol and heavy body. Not quite what I want from a quad, but good none the less. Don’t look for something overly complex here and you will be satisfied.

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

This pours somewhat hazy dark gold/mahogany. Little to no head with my slow pour. Served at 35 degrees, sipped for 2 hours so the finishing sips were at room temprature.

Smell is very sweet, I noticed bananas and cinnamon among the alcohol fumes.

taste is initially a syrupy alcohol hit. After the first sip, the flavors and sweetness and spices come through. I noticed dark fruits, like bananas, and dark spices, like cinnamon. and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rather creamy for such a thick brew.

finish is rather clean, not hoppy, but no aftertaste either.

I think this is a very good beer, worth looking for.

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

The color is clear dark copper with a small tan head. The nose has dark fruit, candy, Belgian yeast, and lots and lots of alcohol. The flavor profile has a lot of sugary sweet malt, fruit, alcohol (it work's fairly well in this brew), yeast, pepper, and tiny hint of hop bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel is medium to thick with good carbonation. Avery is going to come out with an English mild next month. It'll be 7.3% ABV.

Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of the beer is beautiful, dark cherry amber, but there was very little head, which promptly turned into no head at all (nor lace, nor ring). The smell was sweet, full of cherry, wheat, phenols and a lot of alcohol lurking just below the surface. I also caught a bit of a nuttly aftersmell. Taste was sweet sweet sweet, with a citrus cherry syrup dominating. It's balanced alot more on the front, while the middle and back are almost oppressively sweet (I struggle to identify any other taste sensation perhaps hidden underneath). The aftertaste has (again) a slightly nutty bit to it, along with a hint of smoke, but was still dominantly sweet and alcohol. Mouthfeel was good, nice body up front, and plenty of tickly carbonation running to the back. The lack of complexity and the hefty alcohol tag keep the drinkability down somewhat, but altogether, not too bad.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer reminded me most of a barleywine, as it seemed to share a lot of the same qualities. Its pretty much the same color, maybe a slight shade lighter. Very malty sweet nose. I taste barleywine all over this beer. I'm not even sure how I'd differentiate between the two. I drank this with dinner in the hot July Maryland summer, and it was not very refreshing

Photo of froggyfrog
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another impressively labeled bomber bottle from Avery. Served in that God-fearingest of vessels, the snifter.

A: Ruby-red perfection with a full-finger fizzy Belgian head. Minimal lacing.

S: Red fruits. Earth. Yeast. Alcohol.

T: Cherries. Honey. Rock sugar. Mildly spicy with Belgian-friendly Styrian Goldings hops and a nip of alcohol. The fruitiness in this beer is of a highly palatable cherry derivative.

M: Alcohol strong and warming. Carbonation levels on par for style.

D: Smooth. Sweet with a dry fruit finish. Heavenly alcohol burn. Drinkability is excellent for a brew of this magnitude.

This beer reminds me a lot of Tröegs Mad Elf, a beer with which I am totally in love. Twenty-two ounces of holy goodness, "Created by God. Feared by Satan. Loved by All."

Avery, baby. Yeah it is!.

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

Pours a very dark, mostly clear ruby color, with a one finger head that settles very slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind a fine webbing of lace. After a little while the head disappears almost completely.

Smell; I smell sweet candied sugar right off the bat with some mild spices mixed in. There's a very solid malt backbone, as well as, raisins, plums and a little alcohol.

Taste; as with the smell, the sweetness really jumps out at first with brown and candied sugar, but once it warms it's not quite as pronounced. The fruits are there with raisins, plums and dates and finishes with a slightly subdued spiciness. Alcohol is felt more than tasted, but it's presence is there in the background. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for what I would expect for a quad, with a fairly low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good for the big ABV.

Photo of orsulacp
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a clear red tinted copper color with a small light tan head. The smell is strongly phenolic, getting many fruits, apple, cherry, orange, and plum; there is a bit of alcohol in the smell too. The taste is almost cloying, very sweet and fruity with a spicy hop and alcohol bite. The body is medium and it ends pretty dry. The alcohol bite makes it a slow sipping beer.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left a less than a one finger head with no retention, and no lacing. Body was a clear copper.

Smell - Phenols, esters, bananas, apples, pears, dried dark fruits, candy sugar, and toasty, bready malt. Some alcohol.

Taste - like the smell, except the alcohol was totally hidden in the taste. Aftertaste of sugar.

Mouthfeel - thin, fluid, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down well, high abv is the limiting factor here.

Photo of acrawf6
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich dark clear brownish ruby with a small slightly tan head that fizzled like a coke.

Smell. Sweet with small chocolate notes and alcoholic cherries. a little earthy and woody too but has a small spice smell to it.

Taste. Fruity, reminds me of mangos and spiced dehydrated apples. Quite sweet with a presence of alcohol as the beer roles around- dark cherry taste comes out. Aftertaste is warming with and still sweet with a small roasty maltiness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Carbonation is present just as a sip, but overall is low on the carbonation. Good balance. Has a small syrup mouthfeel to it that's nice, but overall this mouthfeel isnt great.

Overall, it's interesting. I do like it, though i dont think it compares to the great beers that are in this style. But still good. Quite sweet. The score i gave it is lower just because of it's comparison within the style. It is a good beer though.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the glass a hazy dark orange red color. The head was a beautiful light fluffy biege color that faded to a cap. Lace hung in sheets.

Smell was sweet malty goodness, fruity esters and spicy pepper-like hops. The alcohol was well hidden.

Taste was sweet malts, spicy hops and slightly warming alcohol.

Full bodied. Fairly active carbonation tingled the tongue.

Photo of cproioi
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost amber color with a white head that left spotty lacing.

S: Very sweet the malts in the beer where the first thing to jump out at me.

T: Very sweet almost caramel like. This beer also had an alcohol taste to it that stood out to me.

M: A very balanced feel to this beer. The alcohol content did give me a warming mouth feel that was noticable down my throat. The carbonation to it was slight almost unnoticable.

D: Very smooth and very drinkable, and with a 10% ABV watch out for it. The ease of this beer might go down smoothly but you must watch out for it because it can grab you a little harder then expected.

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

22 ounce bottle poured a clear amber under a very large off-white head that faded to a solid cap and left lots of sticky lacing.

Nice balanced smell of caramel malt and a slight background of hops.

Taste is all caramel malt: this is like drinking a liquified caramel. Sweet and warming.

Mouthfeel is round and full, nice and warming.

Only drawback is the 10.0%, and it's definitely there. However, this is so easy to quaff, you may down it a bit too fast like I did, and it WILL kick your tail.

Give me more.

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

The beer poured a cranberry amber with a thin, creamy collar of head.

Smelled of cranberries too, along with some cherries, a hint of barbecue sauce and some sort of dry, earthy prune flavor. There was a definite airiness about this one that felt fresh and citrus-like when I smelled it.

The flavor began with a sharp citrus sting but it was backed by a big creamy barley and a touch of ginger and anise. There was also a delightful red grapes and port. Finished with a residual candy sugar.

The mouth feel was only medium bodied and clean with a light carbonation.

This one’s an awesome sipper. I feel stupid for having left this one on my shelf for so long. I really should have had this sooner. It’s very light for the stile and very tasty!

Photo of BeerRun13
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful golden orange color with some sort of pinkish highlight. Too bad there was no head or lacing to be seen.
Sweet malty smell with a faint fruity - estery aroma.
Malty fruit flavor. Maybe a slight candi sugar sweetness. a little spicy clove like flavor. The alcohol is way noticeable. A bitterness shows itself and leaves. Raisins and dates in the finish.
This one is very dry (or drinkable as they would say in Belgium). The alcohol warms the palate all the way to the stomach.
More of a sipper, but at 10% ABV... Why not. Overall a decent beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.95/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured (in a Chimay glass) a clear medium copper color ale with a small head with minimal retention. Aroma is quite hot with alcohol and very sweet cookie dough. Taste is also dominated by the sweet cookie dough and some strong alcohol traces. Definitely lacking complexity and the dry figs/prune character that I usually like to find in a quadruple. Too sweet for its own good, alcohol is way too apparent and body is too thin are all characteristics in beer that I usually don’t track down and that’s why I won’t be buying this again.

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,647 ratings.