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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,533 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 30
Gots: 117 | 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 Winter
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

22 oz bottle with red foil covering the cap and neck. Stylistic artwork of a Reverend standing in front of a stained glass window. Pours a clear reddish-amber with a light tan head. A lot of carbonation visible in the body. Aroma consists of yeast, fruit (mangos?) and the unmistakable presence of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Slight sweet candied front. Bland middle. It's hard to detect and hops or malt characteristics. Some spiciness. Finishes with hints of dark fruit, yeast and strong alcohol. Flavors do not seem complex enough, but the 10% alcohol will certainly lift your spirits.

Winter, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: clear, ripe garnet hue, with a slight, but sure, head of off-white, nearly green foam atop.
Aroma: again, ripe is the right word, pungent, strong, intensely fruity, (grape, cherry, peach).
Taste: big flavor, bold fruitiness, immediate alcohol presence. Unfortunately, this all dies down rather quickly, and the rest of the brew lacks any real bite, the bright and dazzling initial promise has faded for sure. ABV feels heavy, palate is substantially weighed down, but that's merely temporary, for it thins out too fast. Fruit flavor is dominant, and the 10% becomes hotter as the glass empties.
This is one of my favorite styles of beer, and I'm glad that Avery took a valiant stab at producing their version, but it lacks a lot in the complexity department, something a beer of this type should never suffer from. Not perfect, but not too terrible, either...though it ended up; tasted more like whiskey than beer by the end of the bottle!

feloniousmonk, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of Pooba001
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

Definitely a Strong Ale, but certainly not a Dark one, which may be why this brew is often misunderstood. Perhaps it would be better catagorized under a different Belgian style?
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle the liquid looks beautiful, a bright amber color, with a good (not quite great) head. Great smell too, just as I started the pour I began longing for a taste. I don't buy the comments about this being too sweet, there is a certain 'sweetbread' taste, but its well supported by a strong hoppiness that creates an interesting (and IMHO delicious) contrast. A 4.5 for mouthfeel because it left me licking my lips afterwards. Eminently drinkable for fans of most beer styles. Definitely something I'd stock a couple of for when I'm in the mood.

edit: style was changed to Belgian Quadrupel, I agree with that more than "Strong Dark Ale", its just a light Quad.

Pooba001, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.58/5  rDev -7%

The beer poured a dark amber color with a large head that settled quickly. The aroma was filled with notes of caramel and alcohol with some malts as well. The flavor was surprisingly smooth, given the alcohol aroma. The malts were present foremost in the taste, with the caramel being close second. Not a bad beer at all.

clvand0, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of Hex92
2.48/5  rDev -35.6%

The beer looks like I poured a frothy glass of Juicy Juice. Kinda cloudy and not too much head. I'm color blind so I can't give you much more than that. Almost a sickly sweet smell. And taste is sickly sweet too. Too much sugar not enough carbonation. I guess the only thing going for it is its high alcohol content. I bought it because is was a quadruple. Should have realized that I like dubbels better than tripels. The quad is just that much further away from my style preference. I won't be buying another one of these.

Hex92, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev -13%

Appearance – Florescent red in color with a mild head that went down quickly. This looks like liquid, radioactive sugar water.

Smell – Very sweet and fruit juicy with strong alcohol notes. There’s a malt base in there and some traditional Belgian spices, but this one is all about the alcohol and fruit juice, mostly cherry, orange, cranberry, and apple.

Taste – The malt comes out bigger in the taste, but the cherry, orange, and cranapple flavors are still out in force. The alcohol is HUGE in this one. It tastes like straight vodka.

Mouthfeel – I hate to sound redundant, but this feels like fruit juice passing through your mouth. Heavily-spiked fruit juice, I may add.

Drinkability – I thought that this one was a little unbalanced and went down rather clumsily.

RoyalT, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Sampled from a 50cl bottle, or 1Pin.9oz

Poured a slightly reddish brown with a big white head that faded all too soon. Each sip leaves wisps of lacing around the glass. Beautiful color and clarity, but the fades way to fast, it was gone in less than 30 seconds.

The first scents are pure candy and candied malt. Hidden deep behind the candy and malt are scents of alcohol and spice. Very inviting, but almost a bit overwhelming in sweetness.

The taste is much like the nose, but not as dominated by candy. The first flavors are definitely dark candy and candied malt then you get hints of wheat, notes of alcohol, and finishes with some slight spice. The spices helps to keep the sweetness from being overwhelming.

The body is medium and finishes fairly clean. The high alcohol is fairly well hidden in the flavor profile, but is noticable on the nose. Very drinkable, but a little to sweet to have 3-4 at a time.

Loki, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%

22 oz. bottle
One of the most beautiful looking ales I have ever seen. A beautiful transparent copper color. Red hues down the side. Not many bubbles. A great head at first which unfortunately disappears quickly. If the head lasted a little longer I would have given this ale a five. I could stare through this ale for a long while though. The scent is almost all strong carmel malt. Barely a touch of fruit.

The flavor is a quick shot of crisp hops then followed again by caramel syrupy malts. The malt overwhelms this ale in my opinion. Not much balance. This ale is a one hit shot of malt. Taste after taste it is hard to locate a balance of flavors. There is a nice pepper finish to the ale though. I enjoyed the taste I just did not love it. Not enough balance for me.

The ale feels alright. Nothing special. It has a crispness at first and it then goes down pretty well. The ale does not feel heavy while drinking it.

Overall I feel this is a well crafted ale. I wanted more of a balance. It probably goes well with a fine mild cigar. I may give that a try one day. Unfortunately this will not be a regular in my fridge. I enjoyed it but my expectations were just too high.

Rumrunner, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

This is an absolutely beautifully colored beer. The pour created a look that was quite brilliant and seemed to have an inner glow quality to it. The very deep amber to copper body was tinged with incredible red hues that seem to intensify when brought to light. Unfortunately this lovely look was crowned by a most minimal head appearance and only rudimentary lace deposits. The nose was complex but was overwhelmingly of caramel malt. The first taste of this beer provides an impressive bite that spills out against the tongue as if in assault. Quite warming yet masking its substantial alcohol base, the flavor quickly grows to a very familiar state. The finish is nicely peppery in sense and gives a good full mouthfeel.

AtLagerHeads, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

My first sample of an Avery bier.... sitting outside enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.... ahhhh! The Rev is medium-auburn in hue, which looks even more appealing when held up to the setting sun. It had a very slight haze to it, and possessed a creamy, light tan head. The topping thins down to a fine layer of bubbles, and leaves decent lacing. First whiffs of the aroma indicate some healthy levels of alcohol, as well as some caramel and toffee-like notes. It also seems to have a sharpness, a yeastiness to it. Body of The Rev was medium, and it had a very nice, comfortable feeling on the tongue. Plenty of malty sweetness jumps out of the gate, with a definite warming feeling making its way down the throat to my belly. It seems big, again, with the caramel-like malty flavors. Some fruit makes an appearance, with almost a cherry-like sweetness coming into play. Near the finish is a spicy, peppery quality. I almost went higher on rating the flavor. The first phase of drinking was beauteous....as it warmed and more went down it seemed to actually lose a bit of complexity. Normally it seems to be the other way around. A slight bitter aftertaste becomes evident later in the quaffing experience. Nonetheless, a tasty bier! Prosit!!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Bierman9, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.9%

22oz bomber bottle:

This brew poured a dark orange-ish red colour with a small, yet ample white head. The aromas were heavily spicy, yeasty, and belgian in influence, with the actual taste following suit quite nicely. For a quadruple style ale the aroma of alcohol and the taste of it were both quite subdued and blended quite well into the rest of this big beers flavor profile. The mouthfeel on this was not too thick or cloying and the drinkability was excellent as well. I'd definately rank this up there with La Trappe (Koningshoevens) Quadruple...

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francisweizen, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.85/5  rDev 0%

Glowing orange color. Medium head. Aromas are malts, fruits and brown sugar. A full-bodied Belgian Style Ale. The malts are bold, very sweet and fruity. Yeasty, with a hint of spiciness. Its very sweet, perhaps overly so. But, its also very smooth. There are hints of the 10% alcohol, some in its slightly "oily" texture and most noticeable it is warming effect, but it has no alcohol bite. This is a nice sipping beer, once you can get past its sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

beerguy101, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev -7%

Amber, chestnut brown (bright to light) with a nice tan head, moderate carbonation, and light lace. Spicy Belgian Malt aroma but not real yeasty like most Belgians. Light alcohol nose. Malty almost double-bock-like flavor with an all malt profile. Full bodied and smooth with a light alcohol finish.

Not bad but probably will not buy another after I drink the second one I acquired. I estimate that this one has been aged between 1.5 to 2 years ... can age up to 4 years per ABCo website.

Label states: "Belgian barley malt, Dark Belgian candi sugar, Styrian Goldings hops, and authentic Belgian yeast"

($5.49 / 22 oz.)

RBorsato, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-70F.

What a nice, yellowish, cream-colored dense melting ice cream head. Complete sticky lacing runs away fairly quickly. The beer is a gorgeous clear copperyamberbrown.

Sweet creamy toffee dominates the nose, but there's also quite a bit of peppery spice in there with some grapes and a little bread. The front is syrupy sweet. Mostly candy, with bananas and bubblegum. The middle is very malty. Thick. Some apples make an appearance in the spicy finish. When cool, the alcohol is quite prominent in the finish, but that goes away as the beer (or maybe the beer drinker) warms. The aftertaste is nicely bready. Overall, I like this quite a bit more than Salvation. It's more deserving of the "Belgian-style" in the name, too, I think. For me, it's a little too sweet, but otherwise -- very good.

kbub6f, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Imposing bottle, whose central image is that of a very serious looking reverend who seems to gaze straight into your soul as though to ascertain your worthiness for the elixir contained within. This ain’t no kum-by-yah singing, let’s all hold hands kinda priest. This guy is straight up, old school, latin-speaking hell-and-damnation, and the beer he’s guarding is the pure demon-melting holy water stuff. Brimstone color with just the thinnest of thin heads. The aroma is a beguiling blend of candi sugar, sweet malt, and Belgian yeast. Soul-cleansing spiciness right from the start, a bit peppery in flavor, blends with candi sugar sweetness and yields gently into a deep fruit malt flavor. Nice hop bite at the end. Full in body, but well-carbonated enough to go down fairly smoothly. No spices listed on the label – hard to believe there aren’t any added. Good stuff overall, the high alcohol content is hidden fairly well. Just watch the quantity of your consumption or you’ll be speaking in tongues in no time.

mzwolinski, Apr 18, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

What a beautiful site is this transpicuous mahogany colored elixir of life setting in my glass with the modest and creamy head all cutesy and light tan in color? As it degrades the silky coating of lace is left behind to seal off the glass. Fusel alcohol, sweet caramel, malts, fresh and clean, a superb nose for sure and the start thickly malt sweet and the top full and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish has a delightful hop presence, the carbonation delicate and the aftertaste quite dry. The high ABV makes itself known as a nice “Belly Warming Feel”, and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste, hearty and robust and a must try for the “Bad Boys and Girls” in the audience.

Gusler, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of MAB
4.9/5  rDev +27.3%

My first impressision of the beer was an incredible sweetness followed by the nice yeast flavor and the spicy- like cloves- undertones. The yeast does not overpower the flavor by any means. Finishes slightly bitter. I thought the carbonation was very good; not as bubbly as I would have expected, and it gave the mouthfeel a heavier body. Not a lot of head (perhaps I poured it well) but still nice lace rings on the glass after each sip (gulp).

I've had many Belgian ales where the cabonation was popping on the tongue, and while I still appreciate that, this one didn't do it, and it was a very pleasant change. Likewise with bold, up front, yeasts in many other Belgian styles.

If you can rank beer by the number of times I said "Omigod!" during its disappearance, then this is a ten.

MAB, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

“And on the Eight day God created Reverend”, so says the label.

After the impressive ‘Salvation’, which was a “Belgium-Style Golden Ale”, I awarded myself the privilege of trying another brew from the stable of Avery Brewery, Boulder, Colorado. This time it is ‘The Reverend’, a “Belgium Style Quadruppel Ale”. Cool.

This too came in a 22 fl.oz. bottle. It had some red foil covering the crown cap. The label, as with the Salvation, also has strong religious overtones, and a monochrome, rather stern looking reverend stands holding a Bible in front of a colorful stained glass window. But this does not scare me, I am an Atheist, and I am here for the beer.

Aromas are ethanolic, strong warming and pungent. Overall the nose of the beer is of a strong Belgium Ale. Cloves and hop-spices are evident at the start of the nose and are enticing.

Pours with exceptional clarity, and a deep copper-brown color that has an irradiant orange hue. A quick swirl reveals great inherent carbonation, but the dissolved carbon dioxide makes a pathetic attempt to form a head and it fails miserably. Only a thin uni-molecular layer straddles the beer, but the situation is redeemed partially with the formation of the white halo ringed head that barely clings to the sides of the glass with no lace. Later, as I top the beer up, an acceptable ¼” off-white smooth looking head is retained.

A strong warming alcoholic introduction leads into a lovely sweet malty middle. The sweetness is mild and stands aside for a dry but warming ethanol finish that has some bitterness that lingers for a few seconds. Quite drinkable for a high strength beer.

Quadruppels are quite rare in Belgium & Holland, there are not too many Breweries that brew this “style”. But this is quite close to the one from Koningshoeven, La Trappe Quadruppel, and a very good effort.

A great drinking beer for 10% ABV, and a good Belgium ‘Style’ Quadruppel.

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

I wasn't that impressed with this beer. Sweet and a little spicy aroma. The taste is very sweet and rich, and then fades to a slight bitterness. The alcohol sometimes is noticeable and sometimes is not. Not a bad brew by any means, not exciting either. Try it if you'revery curious.

AudioGilz, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

"Created by God. Feared by Satan. Loved by All."

Orig review 2/14/03, re-reviewed 8/16/10.
$6.99 for a 22oz bomber @ Jacks.

Brewed with Two-row barley, cara 8, cara 20, caramel 15L, caramel 40L, Belgian special B, dark Belgian Candi sugar, and hopped with Styrian Goldings. Fermented with Wyeast 3787.
OG: 1.093   ABV: 10.0%   IBUs: 10

Brilliantly clear medium amber brew with orange tints forms a thin, yet clingy white head of very fine bubbles with solid sheets of sticky lace. Gorgeous brew. Mild carbonation. Aroma opens with lots of pineapple, honey, apple juice, amber malts, molasses, candi sugar, black cherries, some faint red apple peelings, perhaps a little woodiness and red licorice, and some alcohol when swirled. Mouthfeel is soft, thick, and syrupy with a medium-dense body. Starts with a very faint hop bite, immediately blends into a huge honey and malt body with a subtle orange peel sourness (kinda like General Tsao's sauce) followed by a very firm alcohol presence with notable fermented dark candi sugar characteristics, ending in a long, sweet, malt and candi sugar finish with no noticeable bittering hops and a subtle black licorice aftertaste. The alcohol warms the stomach within minutes. Definitely a sipper, but the alcohol and sweetness is sometimes much, especially when cold. Dangerously drinkable despite this. Alcohol goes to the head rather quickly, but then I'm drinking this bomber on an empty stomach.

This is a very good brew, well crafted with no perceptible off flavors, but it really needs some help in the carbonation department to compete with the native Belgian Quads. I'm brewing a Westy 12 with Wyeast 3787 next weekend, so it's refreshing to drink this and know that it tastes nothing like Westmalle (the source of 3787), which is think is a horrible brew.

Mitchster, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%

Pours a reddish orange hue with a white head. Smells like a combination of yeast, spice, and candied sugars. Tastes great, the smells I smelled I also tasted. As the beer warmed more flavors emerged, and those present earlier became more intense. It may not be filtered, but I am not a purist. A very tasty brew, plus at 10% abv, it is very nice for a cold winter evening.

jtw5877, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a reddish mahogany color with a creamy white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring of lace. Nose is sweet candied sugar, dark sweet fruit, and spice. First sip is overpowering sugar sweetness, but soon fades as some tart citrus notes express themselves. As the beer warms, flavors of molasses, currants, and dark cherries begin to come through. Can’t tell by the taste or smell that it’s 10% abv. Once you get past the initial sweetness, this is an enjoyable brew.

Morris729, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of Myk
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

for being in the belgian style i would have thought this to be slightly clouded with yeast, i was dead wrong, holding this beer up to the light it was a brilliant burnt ornage/amber color with the perfect 1/2 inch pearl, small bubble head. it was so thick it reminded me of a root beer float. the aroma at first was of raosted malt, citrus, grape and bitter hop. midway through it i went back for another smell before sip and was totally caught off guard when i smelled nuts. after a few more sips i decided to go get a small piece of cashew from downstairs, yup cashew. interesting for the "belgian style" . the taste was of a sweet lingering malt, alcohol and spicy hop bitterness. it had a super dry finish which i rather enjoyed. there was no sediment or yeast anywhere in the bottle, another little side weirdness for something that is in the "belgian style" may not be perfect to style, but i really enjoyed this interpretation. watch out though, you can taste the alcohol, slightly, but theres a bunch in there.

Myk, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of yen157
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Surprisingly, this beer poured crystal clear a very pretty reddish amber. Only my second beer called a "Quad", it was not a rich as Weyerbacher's interpretation, which was not necessarily a bad thing. Nice malt flavor and fruitiness accompanied by a one-dimensional, tea like toastiness. It reminded me of iced tea made with hard water. The alcohol in this 10% abv beer was expertly hidden. A nice light, spicy hop bitterness rounds out the brew.

Thanks to TXHops for the beer.

yen157, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of philipt
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours with a clear copper body and short-lived head. Perhaps filtered(?); first for a Belgian. I like the presence of some yeast and cloudiness. Smells sweet, with a hint of Belgian yeast. Taste is rather simple when compared to Trappists and other Abbeys, as well as Ommegang and Allegash. Assertive alcohol burn (wait, this is 10%??? Not too bad in that case). Other notes: sweet, a bit tart in the mid-taste, and some yeast flavor. All in all, not a bad interpretation. Much like my first Belgian homebrew: simple, sweet, and highly alcoholic (on the other hand, this is crystal clear, whereas my brew was quite cloudy and opaque).

philipt, Dec 21, 2002
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.