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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,546 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 31
Gots: 119 | 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 Brent
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know that I would call this a beer true to the style, but it was quite good. They proudly advertise on the label the Belgian sugar aspect of the beer, and there is no question but that a malty sweetness is the achieved objective. Some orchard fruit flavors, more malty than yeast products. Adequate hops bittering to add balance, and perhaps more than one would expect to find in the style. The big alcohol punch is well hidden among the malt, and launches a stealth attack.

Brent, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful belgian from Avery. Prettiest looking Belgian I've ever seen, you need to see it to believe it - crystal clear and ruby red-orange. Taste is wonderful, though a little heavy on the alcohol (it's a quad!).

You should definitely try this fantastic brew!

benmiliron, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of Jon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a thick, though compact bone-white head. Hints of lace are indeed left behind.

Nose of ripe apricot and raisins with hints of sugary sweet malt and alcohol.

Well-integrated alcohol notes linger throughout this beer, though the focal points are the raisin and apricot fruit aspects. The malt flavor comes in a boisterous manner, while the candy sugar notes become pronounced mid-palate and linger on the rather alcoholic finish. Sweetness dominates throughout.

Full-bodied with an appropriately carbonated, elegant mouthfeel.

Drinks quite well for a beer of its weight, though the alcoholic notes may be a bit too omnipresent to give it higher scores. While it shares some characteristics with the classics, it's obviously not a true Belgian quad in the way Westvleteren, Rochefort and even St-Bernardus are. A nice beer on its own accord, however, and a very nice nightcap among friends.

Jon, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of hyuga
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head on this reddish-brown brew, and what little it has dies down to patches and an off-white ring of lace soon after the pour. Still not a bad looking beer. Aroma of dried apricots and rum-soaked raisins with a good caramel sweetness. They say candy sugar is at the heart of this brew, but it seems to me that it only appears in hints and suggestions while alcoholic cherry syrup and caramel take over. A little too much alcohol presence, even though it is a 10% brew, it could be hidden better. However, the alcohol does calm down a bit in the flavor as it warms. Very smooth mouthfeel, nice. Slight grainy malt presence after warming more, which is pleasant. The candy sugar does show up just a bit more after warming as well, but it's still an undertone. Not a bad brew, I don't think I'd rush out to have it again though.

hyuga, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of Edwin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Served in a 22oz bomber bottle with one of the coolest label designs I have ever seen. That alone is worth it. Pours out a lovely Florida State-like red with copper/orange undertones. White head on top that dissipates before too long.

Smell - Strong smell of fruits and alcohol. Almost smells like a red wine.

Taste - A good, rich taste at first that gives way to an alcohol-fueled punch when the temperature drops. I would say that this does have a great flavor, but you have to be able to handle the alcohol burn on the end.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation at first, which soon gives way to a wine-like smooth feel. A bit tart and it gets the mouth watering.

Drinkability - One and done on this. A good beer to sample on a cold day due to the warmth of the alcohol, but not something you can drink a few of.

Edwin, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a St. Bernardus chalice. The color is amber, with a wisp of white head. The smell is strong appleish malt. The taste is a nice apple/raisin malt, with a strong initial alcohol that goes away a bit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy. Drinkability-wise, the sweetness would probably prevent me from having more than a couple.

A nice Belgian-style quad. Certainly isn't ashamed of its alcohol, and on special occasions would be a real treat. Just a bit too big for regular consumption, though.

beergeek279, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz bomber, as shown in the image here. Pours a clear brass colored amber with a small light tan head that fades quickly to circled lacing. Nose is of dark fruity sweet malts and alcohol, but molasses dominates. Mouthfeel is creamy, good carbonation, and pleasant to the palate. The very small head that remains is here to stay. The Belgian candy sugar, advertised on the label, is certainly present in the taste, but is balanced by the Goldings hops quite well here. The high abv, surprisingly, is well disguised by the complex ingredients. Very impressive taste, though a bit heavy. This is a very likeable ale that is very Belgian in nature.

merlin48, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oz Bomber. Nice looking clear amber colored ale with a dense and creamy head that dies quickly yet leaves scattered lacing inside the glass. Has a very Belgian quality to its aroma, rich in fruit, sweet and malty with a definite presence of candy sugar and yeast. Has a lively effervescent mouthfeel and a medium body which is smooth. The alcohol gives a nice warming sensation yet is absent of it's flavor and only slightly noticable in the nose. The flavor here is quite nice with a good fruity maltiness that has a good spicy peppery flavor as well.This is an excellent example of a good Belgian style which I enjoyed very much.

BierReise, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of sulldaddy
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear copper color with tints of red. Very small tight slightly pink head foams up. ONly a very mild aroma present, some malt but dominated by alcohol scents. SOme general spiciness present as well. First sip reveals weak carbonation and a rather thin mouthfeel.
There are hints of sugar sweetness with no hop presence whatsover. The dominant flavor is alcohol bitterness all the way through down to the warming in my belly. The alcohol flavors impart an almost medicinal quality to the brew. This is not yummy.

Overall the beer is mush less complex than I expected and is not very drinkable due to the overwhelming strength of alcohol flavor present.

sulldaddy, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy tawny copper color with a thin beige head. Even opening the bottle I smelled cognac-like alcohol. Picked up on a bit of nuttiness and biscuity aroma as well as a good dosage of floral and vinous esters. Alcoholic warmth begins the sip followed with some caramel malty flavors and finishes a touch fruity and dry. Again, esters showing through. Lovely brew. Works great as an apertif or to help you forget what area code you live in.

crookedhalo, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a straight-forward red color, redder than any belgian I have seen before. It had a very thick, medium sized off-white head to it. The aroma was really sweet, fruity sweet. The taste was a little watery, could this really be a 10% abv beer? I didn't notice the alcohol until towards the end when the beer began warming up and when the beer went down I definitely got that belly warming sensation. As for actual taste, this beer was overly sweet and not complex enough, the yeast didn't really settle right either. But again, as it warmed it began to taste better...or maybe that was due to the fact that I was getting pretty buzzed! Anyways, at $2.99 for 1 pint 6 oz. of the stuff, I will be stocking up on it.

granger10, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber colored beer, pours with a small white & tan head. Malt prevalent in aroma followed by the yeasty, fruity Belgian aromas. Taste is malty, alocohol is there but well-hidden. Medium body in the mouth, little bit light as compared to style for me. Little bit of spiciness but overall kind of mellow. Expected more complexity in malt and yeast mix. Solid but not great beer.

CRJMellor, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer, pours with a thin wispy head until it is swirled, the head is tannish. A malty aroma at first and then you get the yeast contributions, sharp estery, definitely Belgian. Fairly mellow beer, hides the 10% alcohol fairly well, though it is evident in the finish. Lightly sweet, it has a slightly herbal tea like finish, quite interesting. In the end it does not seem to work very well though, not to sure why. It is half way decent just not wonderful.

Gueuzedude, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.