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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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1,598 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 791
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 34
Gots: 133 | 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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...

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

Photo of meathookjones
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body with a light tan head that fizzles away quickly leaving no traces of its existence. Aroma has a good spiciness and a light sweet fruit. Some candy sugars as well and the alcohol is more than apparent here. It really seems to drown out the other scents as this warms, disappointing. Sweet caramel and sugars are big upfront with a lighter fruitiness backing them. The alcohol is there but really starts to show itself as this warms up. Starts to be a bit to sweet and boozy towards the end of the first glass. Mouthfeel is about medium and fairly smooth going down until the alcohol kicks in. For some reason I still found it pretty drinkable. It wasn’t bad just a bit overly sweet and the alcohol starts to stand out too much. Not one of Avery’s better creations.

Photo of jdhilt
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is spicey alcohol. Starts with a brown sugar and oak taste, hops are hidden in the background and the high ABV is not really noticeable. 22oz bottle for $6.20 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of mschofield
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red-amber, topped with a one finger white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Fruity, malty aroma, caramel, apple, cherry.
Fruity, malty, strong taste, apple, caramel, brown sugar, cherry, apricot and grain, bitter in the back.
Medium to full bodied and coating. Cellars well.

Photo of beertastegood
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color, with a minimal head, even with a vigorous pour. Smells of dark fruit (raisins, plums and dark cherries), brown sugar and slightly of alcohol.

Tastes of the above fruits, a sweet malty flavor throughout and also a very slight sour/astringent flavor that made it a bit more complex. Alcohol is evident at the end of the taste, like all Avery brews. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it seems to be a trademark of their beers. Gives a warm feeling in the belly after a few drinks. Carbonation is light to medium, body is on the light side of medium. Mouthfeel is pretty good. The finish is surprisingly smooth (especially after having the Czar!) and light, leaving a pleasing faintly fruity sweetness. A very well done beer by Avery.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at the moan and dove, twice in a row. yes, i am suicidal.. actually he brought us two by accident and my girlfriend had asked for racer 5. oh well, i guess i'll have to drink it.

pours lighter than from the bottle, showing the lightest orange color in its highlights. impressive and makes me think it can be consumed in larger quantities for some reason.

sweet malty quad smell, an overpour made the glass all sticky. a good sign in my book.

very trappisty, much more so than the amped up version i've had in the bottle (which is still good.) malt and caramel are fighting for dominance here. brown sugar and orange are saying hello from the stands. i enjoyed both of these glasses with fervor. wasn't until an hour or so later that i forgot where i was and bought frozen bananas from trader joe's.

we have a winner.

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

The beer poured into the glass a crystal clear medium amber with an off-white head that lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and ever so slightly spicy. Also present was a strong estery profile. The earthiness was not pleasant when first poured and for a significant time afterward and had an "old sock" component.

The flavor was malty with strong graham/biscuit flavor and nice maltiness with a subtle spiciness. The fruitiness emerged as the beer warmed.

The finish was dry with lasting biscuit long into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium full, but the carbonation was very low. The drinkability was good for a 10% abv beer, but the aroma was less than stellar.

22 ounce bottle. Best at room temp after allowing to sit in the glass for 1/2 hour, however at those temp the alcohol begins to be more powerful in the aroma and flavor.

Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bomber into the tulip glass.

Dark honey colored with a slight off-white head that sinks quickly. Inviting arroma of sweet malt, pungent cinnamon, and sweet fruits, and candy. Flavor is big and rich, sweet but not cloying, not overpoweringly yeasty like some belgian styles seem to me. Definite flavor of clove, some sweet pear and honey, and a warm alcohol tingle in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a bit on the dry side. This is an enjoyable sipper. Thanks to Brent for sharing.

Photo of mgdeth
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer pours a clear amber color, very much like your average American Pale Ale. The off-white head is creamy, and disspiates fairly quickly.

Smell - Mmmm, spicy, something like a Belgian wit. Yet there is more to this beer, but it is difficult to place. Caramel maybe? a Whiff of alcohol?

Taste - An interesting combination of sweet malt and peppery spice, with some hops thrown in for good measure. I also pick up a nifty caramel taste. Alcoholic wamth is present but not assertive.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy body, with a slightly sticky feel to it. This seems to be a good thing because this is such a big beer.

Drinkability - Despite the strong flavor, alcohol, and body, this beer is really smooth. The taste keeps me coming back for more.

Comments - My first quadrupel ever, and I am happy with the results. This is a pretty good style of beer, but the flavor is not my favorite.

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

Handed over my tithe of 10% with this one on 2/11/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker.

Big froth of equal sized bubbling to start, with settling bone white corpuscles and plentiful stick. Deep amber hue verging towards garnet, with good clarity and fly stuck in honey bubble action. Rock candy sweetness, liquid sugar on nose with a core of gangly malt and lemony aspects. Chatter, chatter, gulp, grind goes the sweet malt alcohol punch through the teeth and over the tongue, ripping down the esophagus, though softening at the tail end; sweetness is almost more like a stage set in that it is just the trappings behind which exists a larger and more substantial structure of ruddy malt, zesty esters and citrus finings. In the end, not out of control and rather balanced.

Photo of Wonka
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz.
Alcohol 10% by Vol.

Appearance - clear amber from start to finish; the bubbles rise to create a modest, early head that drops off to leave an almost tea-colored and apparently textured beverage; lace shows lightly and exits early

Smell – spicy x 2, pepper, yeast, light mint

Taste – a good wallop of caramel malts rush in with crisp carbonation; interesting alcohol tone; spicy candy is dominant; light pepper; slightly bitter end

Mouthfeel – medium body for a quadrupel; there’s a bitter snap that cuts into the finish that drops the quality and smoothness of mouthfeel; dry close

Drinkability – strangely, its not as ‘warming’ early (but there is impact late) as other big beers or as smooth or complex as some top-level quads I have reviewed; this seems like its too early for the best consumption experience

Photo of neonbrown82
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very interesting beverage to say the least. That being said, it was my first attempt at an American abbey style ale. It pours to a dark golden amber color with a few continuous jetstreams of bubbles rising to the top to support the delicate off-white head.

From the smell I immediately thought of Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue). It had that odd fruity and yeasty smell. The taste was also similar to the Chimay, at least in terms of the yeasty character. I also caught a hint of ginger, chocolate, and malty sweetness. It was a bit too much, but not bad.

The mouthfeel was quite powerfull. I wasn't quite pleased with the harshness of the alcohol, the sweetness of the malts, the bite of the ginger, and the thick yeasty body. I probably won't drink this again, but I am glad I tried it. I will most likely try other products from Avery when I can get the chance.

Photo of Quaffer
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured poured a deep amber-orange, but it had some ruby highlights when it was held up to the light. It was slighty hazy and had a one finger, off-white head. The head rose up to only about one finger and dissipated quickly.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was very strange. Tootsie Rolls and raspberries overpowered everything else. As the beer sat, though, a fruitiness (comprised mainly of apples and oranges) really developed. The fruit, hints of alcohol, and an unmistakeable sourdough quality made up the bulk of the aroma. Yes, fruit wrapped in bread would be a great description. As it continued to sit, it gained a smokey quality, as well as some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth in the front of the mouth. It became pretty rough as it hit the throat, though. The high alcohol had a strong numbing effect on the palette.

Taste: Strong white grapes upfront. Very vinuous. Sticky sweet caramel malt and green apple rose up in the middle. The finish was dominated by spicy alcohol. Not only could you taste it, but it numbed the tongue as well. The aftertaste was all alcohol and a dry mustiness. Not much complexity for what it is.

As the beer really started to warm, a strong green grass flavor emerged and almost ruined the beer for me. This prompted me to bump the numbers down quite a bit.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice tribute to bretheren of the cloth. Very nice, very rich- full of flavor. A medium-dark amber (not brown) that sports a very nice head in a tulip glass. The aromas and flavors are very rich, very heavy, and ery balanced. Fruit, hops, malts, alcohol all are blended nicely. Heavy mouthfeel, too strong to have high drinkability. A nice quad!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the eighth day, the Reverend shall pour a blinding, yet bright inviting amber colored hue. The Reverend shall have no head, and will be still and very quiet. She shall have Belgium spices that dominate the nostrils upon the pour, the aroma can be detected from across the room. The Reverend shall be medium based in the body; very slick and very thick. Belgium spices come to life as she warms up; yeasty and spicy, a sweetness beyond cotton candy or bubble gum; more like a hard-candy sweetness. The alcohol is somewhat contained, yet detectable. The yeast and malt flavorings are present; thanks be to all, and thanks to Avery, thou have erected a fine brew.

Photo of Bones54
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Burnt orange in color. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very thin head, and quickly dissolved. Minimal to no lacing.
Smell: not a very powering smell, sweet and citrusy smells are the two that seem to stand out the most.
Taste: very sweet. not sure if there is apple in it, but that is the dominant taste that I am getting. The sweet apple taste is probably coming from the Belgium candy sugar. Yet while it is very sweet, the taste is not overpowering.
Drinkability: Goes down relativly easy. Almost to easy for the 10% abv

Photo of BarrelBrother
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must admit that I was surprised by the complexity and unusually flavor of this Avery offering.

Apperance: I love the deep garnet color, but was a little disappointed with the weak foam generation and minimal lacing. However the aroma was quite interesting with many fruit overtones.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Well this is what sold me on this microbrew. I love complex brews of this type. Smooth mouthfeel with many subtle flavors and an underlying sweetness that hides the alcohol content well. Makes me ponder the flavors present everytime I quaff one of these beauties.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and very warming as you get to the end of the "bomber" (22 oz) that this is usually sold in. I consider the Reverend a solid brew, priced very nicely in the Chicago area ($5 for 22 oz). A tasty treat for a cold winter night!

Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, shiny amber with tawny highlights intermingling with mahogany influences. Almost no head formed, only some random bubbles grouped together momentarily before dispersing completely. After a couple seconds my glass had lovely colored liquid but only a thin collar. Disappointing as a whole. I could write a short list of things I’d like to see improved in the appearance but first and foremost would be a foamy head and subsequent lacing. Neither happened. Thankfully the color is beautiful and it does look good in my glass. The nose suffers in potency and thus articulation. I get whiffs of fruit (berries, cherries, some apples and melons), honey, hints of caramelized sugar, candied sugar. The alcohol is noticeable, fairly well hinted for a 10% abv beer. Traces of yeastiness. Overall the bouquet is clean and boring. I was expecting something bolder from Avery. Sure I criticized them from going over the top but this beer is under-whelming. Ordinary nose. The palate is thin and hot and not much more. Very disappointing. There is a muddled mess of sweetness, alcohol, and fruit. When this beer is compared to other Quadrupels it really falls short. Where is the complexity? Where is the malt depth? The alcohol is very well hidden but so are the other flavors! Fruit consists of peaches, grapes, pears, and some berries and melons; this aspect tastes great. The maltiness is very sweet with mushy caramel and candied sugar. Hops are lacking too. This beer has heavy hands but a soft touch. There is nothing bad about this beer (i.e., The Beast) but is shockingly dull! The yeasty qualities do say Belgian and not much else does. Too sticky as well, while it is not quite cloying it is very sweet and cumbersome. This is the littlest big beer I’ve ever had. Medium in body, kind of thin, the carbonation is low and this really bogs down the mouthfeel. More carbonation is need. I can’t see this beer working well with food. I also can’t see the need for me to drink this again. It is very easy to drink but so what, I don’t enjoy it. It is too simple for the style. What a big-time yawner! I bought a 22-ounce bottle in Loveland, CO. I can’t recommend this beer.

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.