1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The ReverendThe Reverend

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,565 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 33
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,565 | Reviews: 784 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TastyTaste
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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
Photo of dgallina
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Poured a good-looking red-tinged chestnut with small tan head and moderate lace. Smells really sweet, full of alcohol. Flavors begin with sugary caramel and candied malts, followed by a rush of spicy warming alcohol, and finishing with sharp hops and strong alcohol bitterness. Medium heavy in the mouth. Strong carbonation keeps the sugars from becoming overly cloying.

Pretty drinkable considering the ABV, but somewhat underdeveloped compared to the best beers in the category. Alcohol esters and hop bitterness a bit overwhelming.

dgallina, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good attempt at an American Belgian. Quad's often allow the alcohol to become harsh, abrupt, and over power all other flavors. This still happens with the Reverend, though lesser than most, even Belgians. This has a big candied flavor on the lips. Sweet alcohol soon rises. The spiciness is a bit overdone, but the body is nice and full. American hops decorate the body and help to create heat with the alcohol. The alcohol becomes too hot and stingy and the sweet body gives way into the finish. Reveals a bit of grainy and slickness. I'll have it again, it's a good attempt.

BEERchitect, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown bomber listing 10% abv, ingredients, but not much else.

Aroma: Light aroma, sugary, some light aromas of dark fruit combined with some light fruit, like lemon rind, and a hop note

Appearance: Amber brown glass with a short lived head that dropped to a thin cover that didn’t really lace.

Flavor: Vinous, Belgian yeast flavor comes through, sugary, fruity, with a citric hop note at the end that rounds the flavor out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rich texture, slowing fading finish.

Overall Impression: For an Avery beer, it’s quite good. Flavors are clean and fresh, the alcohol, although substantial, is well integrated. It has a nice Belgian edge and a full taste, a sermon worth sitting through!

HardTarget, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly translucent but bright reddish-colored brown, decent yellow head of almost 1/2 an inch in height. Laces in dripping rings. Nice aroma, fruit infused, honeyish, with generous tones of vanilla and malted milk. Mouthfeel is silky and more than medium -- carbonation is fine in texture and well-spaced. Starts very sweet, almost tooth-achingly so, candied cherries and peach jelly predominate. Thickens and shows some underlying alcohol toward the finish. Not very yeasty, a little too thick and like a syrupy cordial, actually out sweetens LaTrappe's Quad -- no mean feat. It stands out as pretty drinkable, surprisingly, if you are in the mood. There is a touch of hop bitterness late, but also something very empty in the glass.

ADR, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of robertp1024
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian quad. The name says it all. This beer poured a dark amber or copper color with slight head which didn't stick around too long. Lucky for me, the flavor did. As did the alcohol. The scent was malty, yeasty and sweet. Very very sweet. The flavor followed that sweet scent. The barley malts were strong. Surprisingly, the flavor also showed some Belgian hops. They came blended nice with the malted flavor. The sugar was sweet, but refreshing and the alcohol flavor wasnt too powerful. When all was said and done I found this to be a nice change of pace, sweet, malty with some hops, oh yeah plus the pretty high ABV. All in all a great experience.

robertp1024, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I haven't had this one yet (or have I?). Dark copper color with a thick orange/brown head. Pretty good lacing. The aroma is mostly yeast along with some grapefruit and spice. Rich body, and despite not being as complex or flavorful as the best-of-breed in the style it is still enjoyable for the most part. The yeast flavor is at the forefront again, with spice and peppery alcohol undertones. There is a bit of sweet malt hiding in there too. The finish is dry and spicy with a slow alcohol burn. Overall this is a pretty solid brew.

Dogbrick, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bceaglejoe, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

gbontrag, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of mhillard
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

mhillard, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

ypsifly, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cubedbee, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

UncleFlip, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

rajendra82, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of kegerator
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

kegerator, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of ericsdawson
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ericsdawson, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

WanderingFool, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Sammy, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

WesWes, May 31, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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!

MrSeth, May 01, 2005
Photo of oracle
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

oracle, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of twilight
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

twilight, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

brentk56, Apr 22, 2005
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.