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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,646
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 Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a bright, clear maroon. Head is of average height and is light brown. Aroma is of dark fruity malt with added sweet belgian sugar and just an edge of spices. Initial taste is a combination of dark fruit and candi sugar. Ample spice flavor is noted throughout and towards the middle of a sip mixes with the Belgian sugar which creates a cinnimon-like impression. An edge of alcohol is noted throughout and is well-hidden at 10%. The finish is enjoyably sweet and long lasting. This is a complex beer with many layers of flavor to enjoy and is highly recommended.

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

Pours cloudy orange-amber with a slight head and virtually no lacing.

Smell is sweet malty, clove, and an underlying fruitiness.

Taste is sweet caramel malt with apricot and plum fruitiness up front. Finish is clean but mild bitter hop and peppery spices. Fruit and warming alcohol lingers.

Mouthfeel is full and round. Very smooth and slightly oily.

This is a tasty treat that I plan to drink this again. Alcohol is well concealed. Fruity and complex with a balanced bitterness. It's amazing how easy this is to drink while having such a high ABV.

Photo of bashiba
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark amber/orange with a little head only after some aggressive pouring.

Smell contains a nice bit of cloves, banana, and light tangerine.

Taste is a pleasant mix of banana nut bread, cloves, light citrus fruits, dates, alcohol, and ginger. Mildy sweet and not noticeably bitter.

Mouthfeel has a very full creamy texture and the alcohol is definitly felt.

Overall a very drinkable 10percent beer. Tasty and dangerous.

Photo of TheSarge
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Das ist ein gutes bier! I'm still sipping on it, and it's a pleasure. I don't typically get too impressed with Belgian style ales, but this is great stuff. This is my third try at an Avery brewed beer, and I'm impressed with this brewery. Anyhow, here's how I feel about "The Reverend."

Pours with lots of CO2, but doesn't retain much head. The body is almost clear dark golden amber in color and the head lasts for about 3 to 4 minutes, but eventually it totally loses all cranium.

Easily I could smell this ale as I poured it into my glass from the 23oz bomber. This has a quite floral fragrance from the ale yeast, and I can actually detect the presence of the higher content of alcohol.

To taste this is nothing like I've had in a long time. I've had real Belgian ale before when I lived in Germany, and this seems to be a genuine Belgian style product. Rich and full, it tastes about like it smells.

The alcohol content is initially perceivable, but as I'm about two thirds finished with my "sample", I don't feel the alcohol too much anymore. This is a bit thick in body.

Overall with the kick of flavor, fragrance, moderately thick body, and alcohol content, this is a nice reward to a long day at work.


Photo of nmyers
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Reverend is my new best friend. This high octane beer will hit you by surprise. Very smooth for the high alcohol content 10% ABV. Seeing the Rev only come in 22 oz. bottles you have to be careful. With hints of fruit and sweetness, the brewers at Avery sure have put together a good beer here. Maybe its all the Belgium candy sugar they use.

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

Pours a translucent medium reddened orange with no head and some islands of bubbles. The carbonation is good-sized and soda-like. Smell is somewhat fruity, woody, and candyish. But nothing is bold or strong. Taste is quite smooth for such a high ABV beer. There is a thick rush of dark fruits and mellow alcohol burn. The mouthfeel only suffers from a bit too much carbonation. Pleasing aperitif that should be easy to quaff but beware the high octane.

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

Poured from a brown bottle with a black and white "reverend" in front of a colored stained glass window.

A: Poured with almost no head and what was there quickly turned into little more than a film across the top of the beer. Really intriguing color. As the light filters through it casts reddish orange light on the table. Very dense color that makes the beer look like it's maybe dark colored honey. Even gives the probable illusion of the carbonation bubbles moving slower through the liquid.

S: Very pungent aroma. Very malty and almost like unsweetened gingerbread.. Smells like overripe apples and grapes. Rasins. Gourd rinds. Definitely sweet and wet but smells a bit dry at the end. Has some touches of overcooked, canned green beans.

T: Sugary. Candied sweetness not dissimilar from fruitcake fruits. Underlying spiciness. Bananna and cloves. Cherry cough syrup. Touches that are near brandy-like. Not so much of an alcohol taste as feel. After a while the presence of orange soda and the type of cherry you get from a Cherry Coke gets picked up. Ends up with almost no aftertaste. Very clean given the degree of flavor.

M: A little bold on the carbonation presence, but the carbonation is so fine it's not distracting. Buttery mouthfeel. Alcohol evaporation on the tongue and some warming on the throat. Not as pronounced alcohol as I was expecting.

Overall: A very sweet and fruity drink. Although the Belgian presence is there it seems to be a little less polished as I've had. Frankly the flavor isn't as much as a few Belgian tripels I've had. Really worth the try.

Photo of abcsofbeer
2.72/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no freshness date. The color is a dark cherry red mixed in with some orange hues. The beverage is cloudy with some bubbles. The head is pretty thin and settles down to only a white crown.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of banana, grape and cherry.

The flavor is very sweet and fruity with a slight warming hint of alcohol. The sweetness is candy sweet, but, it also turns your mouth inside out from sourness. I could not finish this one and had to pour it out. It may be remincent of the style, but, I had to pour it out.

Photo of Crosling
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of Jwaks
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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

Photo of nickss
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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...


Photo of Vancer
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of bjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of fingolfin72
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of petemoss14
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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.

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,646 ratings.