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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 37
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
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 AlexJ
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice find on tap at Mellow Mushroom, this Quad pours a nice mahogany color with garnet highlights. An off-white head puffs up for a minute, then quickly settles to a ring. No lace.

Aroma is dark malts, fig, plum, dark cherry, and pepper. There are hints of clove-like sweetness with a not-so-subtle rush of alcoholic heat. Smells better than the bottled version, but more alcoholic.

Flavor is rich and malty, highlighting dark fruits, melon, tobacco, and light peppery spice. It has a trademark Avery hoppy finish that actually helps balance out the alcoholic heat. Or at least masks it.

Body is below medium, definately not up to the standards of a good Quad. Mouthfeel is slick and wet, with softy fizzy carbonation. Needs time to mellow out. Still, a decent interpretation of the style.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. Aroma begins with dark fruits, followed by candied sugar, fruity ale esters, toasted bread, alcohol and some minerals. The flavor also begins with dark fruit (plum, fig, raisin, grape, pear) followed by candied sugar, a light spicy hops character, some esters and an alcohol ridden finish, The mouthfeel is a tad on the light side and drinkability is greatly diminished by the alcohol. A halfway descent quad (but in this style halfway doesnt cut it), but the alcohol is way too aparent and in your face, which is typical of some of Avery's brews.

Photo of jamesdergen
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice copper color, but with no head whatsoever. None.

Smell: Caramel malts, apricot/peach and alcohol

Taste: Big-time caramel and Belgian yeast flavors up front with some apricot/peach notes in the background. Nice grassy tones throughout. The alcohol really hits at the end, but not too hard.

Mouthfeel: Really nice, medium-body with perfectly light carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper, but still very drinkable. The alcohol content would be the main limiting me to a max of one 22 oz. bottle.

Overall a nice Belgian offering from Avery. If nothing else, the bottle is hilarious. Definitely worth picking up, especially for the price. The peachy/apricot flavors are really unique and fit in nicely.

Photo of sopor
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish copper brew with a tan creamy head that is quickly a thin whispy cloud with a small pile of bubbles. Barely any bubbles are rising to aid in retention.Smells slightly vinous and tart with some alcohol undertones and a slight fruity note.

Sweet candy malt and overly sweet banana bread with a tangy vinous note. A soft bitter and yeasty aftertaste that gets more yeasty and less bitter as it warms. Moderate slightly slick body with delicate, almost mistaken for more tanginess, carbonation.

Strong beer, but a very pleasant sipper. Good to split with a friend.

Photo of asabreed
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer poured into my newly purchased Orval goblet. Are all goblets, at first, this odd to handle? This is crazy; I suppose I'll have to get used to holding it.

Appearance: Not much head at all. Is my beer too damn cold or is there to much sugar? Weird. And not much lace either. But my goblet was at room temperature, so I don't know. Color is nice, a reddish brown that I expected, but there aren't many bubbles really.

Smell: Lots of sweetness going on. Sour cherries, plum, ginger, cloves, sweet alcohol, some cinnamon. No hop oil or hop bitterness to be discerned. A little heavy on the alchol, but still quite pleasant as it warms.

Taste: Initial burst of sweet, warming alchol, candi sugar, and saccharine maltiness. Lots of dark, tropical fruit flavors. Complex, but if it were balanced better it would be bordering on something special.

Mouthfeel: Thick, malty body with all the malt and sugar, a slight burst of carbonation before the swallow, though it ends at the end of the swallow as quickly as it began.

Drinkability: Now that I'm about halfway through the bottle, some of the sweetness and the alcohol is getting to me a bit. Then again, this is a 22 oz. quad, so maybe I should've saved it also for some others. Still, for about $5 a bottle, it's definitely worth a shot.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Steve's Liquor here in Madison. My first beer by Avery and a beast at that.

Pours a reddish amber/mahogany, a little cloudy with a nice white head that succumbs to the 10% rather quickly. Smell was a little funky for me at first, heavy on the green olives and cloves, dark fruits, and alcoholic vapors. Taste continues with the somewhat harsh olive/clove, candied figs, dates, and cherries, some hops, and kick you in the teeth booze. Mouthfeel is champagne bubbly, and rich. It was a little harsh at first, but definitely mellowed out as it warmed, trading some of the olive/clove for candied fruits. An interesting quad, definitely a big beer here. Didn't blow my mind, but worth a try and a good deal at $5 for a bomber.

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

appearance: thin off white head. the beer is a very clear, light mahogany color.

smell: smells like a good belgian. sugary, sour-spicy fruitiness, yeast, a nice wild characteristic are apparent. malt and hops are very well balanced. what can I say...a nice smelling beer.

mouthfeel: low high in carbonation and medium in body

taste: a nice, sugary, malt sweetness is present. plenty of hops to back up the large amounts of malt. nice yeasty characteristic. finishes with some lingering sweetness, very pleasing.

a great beer, and the alcohol is very well hidden on both the nose and the palate, even at warmer temperatures.

Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glimmering amber with a very small and thinly placed cap of quick to fade yellow dusted, off-white creamy foam. Very minimal lacing if any decides to stick.

Aroma is quite average and understated with a mellow candied malt profile with a hint of rootbeer barrel candy , flowers, and a stint of plastic phenols.

Taste is a bit plain and noncomplexing. There's not much to it. Flavors are of dark candied molasses and over ripe mellons. Bits of dark cherry cola, cooked brown sugar, and dark wheat. Warmth of alcohol shows up very late in the back of the throat with a small left over caramel swirl and wheat tang.

Feel is lively in the front with a brazen warmth and beefy carbonation that slips away a bit too quickly. Maintains a nice malty smoothness and lightly bold creamy tone from the middle on.
Finishes with dark candy and a warming alcoholic back breath.

Drinks fine and easy enough, but its lack luster to say the least and is missing the complexity a Quad should have. My $6 could have been better spent.

Photo of DogFood11
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very crystal clear orange'ish and amber body. A solid one fingered head of creamy Tan goodness. Head holds exceptionally well and leaves nice lace about the chalice.
Smell is phenolic/spicy with a candyish, caramel finish.
This is a creamy and smooth brew with a zippy carbo and medium bodied for the most part, although on the light side for a quad. Alcohol is rather prominent. Candy, sugar and dark fruits appear upfront in the flavor, backed by a lightly caramelish maltiness, some leafy hops, phenols, and hop spiciness, and a bit of alcohol. The underlying bitterness balances things out, but the spiciness and alcohol really help to dry it in the finish.

This is a decent nightcapper and a decent representation by an american brewery, but its not very complex, nor does it carry any depth. Unfortunately this one runs into a group of beers that have potential to be the greatest beers in the world. It's like in diving, only certain dives can get a perfect score, well quads have that potential and this is rather pedestrian.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of robertp1024
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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.

Photo of gbontrag
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of mhillard
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

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.

Photo of ypsifly
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of cubedbee
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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

Photo of rajendra82
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of kegerator
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.