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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,531
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 30
Gots: 115 | 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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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Avery’s Dictator series has been great every time I’ve had the opportunity to try it; maybe it’s because Avery doesn’t come to Indiana anymore, so every beer is a pleasantly unexpected find. Let’s see if my expectations are warranted…

Brewed over a year-and-a-half ago (bottle code translates to June 1, 2010). Nothing wrong with a little age on a Quad.

A: The body looks just like apple cider: orange-brown and moderately opaque. Still looks pretty lively for such a thick beer, with a supremely creamy beige head; it’s pretty much two fingers of meringue. Only leaves a delicate string of lacing, with just a light retention bubble. Decent presence, and pretty light-looking for a beer of this style.

S: I can smell it from across the room – those dark Belgian fruits are pretty bold. Raisin, fig, cranberry, and black cherry, all on top of a bed of honey and caramel malts. It’s medicinal, phenolic, and absolutely Belgian all-around when it comes to yeast. Apart from that, it’s pepper, wheat bread, must, and clove. Smooth.

T: This palate manages to be light and thick at the same time: dark candy sugar with light banana bread, molasses with cherry syrup, and plum with applesauce. The hops are mild, though they still show a unique Euro-bitterness of pepper and acidic resin. Toffee and a little bit of malty chocolate, too. Finishes with a bit of apricot, citrus, dry pine hops, and cherry coke. Tastes like Duvel crossed with a barleywine…an interesting take on a Quad.

M: Slick, light, smooth. It has the light crackle of a Belgian Pale Ale, but with an odd smoothness. Incredibly drinkable for a 10% brew.

O: Not my favorite Dictator beer, but a respectable Quad. Avery has a great line-up, and this flavorful brew just adds to this brewery’s legacy. I’d be excited to try any of their other Belgian offerings, anyway.

BarryMFBurton, Feb 03, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

On-tap at Barcade, served in a goblet. Enjoyed during an extended Donkey Kong session leading up to closing time.

A: Clear, deep rosy-amber body under a fine cap of white foam. Not bad, but a bit light for the style.

S: Booze, chocolate, and overripe fruit. Not bad, but a bit harsh.

T: Sweet raisins and dates up front, with equally sweet biscuity + bready notes midway through. Long, sweet, boozy finish. Tasty, but rough.

M: Nice full body with carbonation to match. Luxurious.

O: Enjoyable enough, but a far cry from a good Belgian Quad.


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3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

Copper color with a two finger off white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel and candi sugar.

The taste has caramel, candi sugar, and alcohol. I could not smell the alcohol, but it is strong in the taste. Sweet, with no hop flavor for balance. Too sweet in my opinion.

Full bodied with modest carbonation, and a sweet aftertaste. Unfortunately, there is not a lot to like about this beer. I will pass on it in the future.

hardy008, Jan 26, 2012
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Great lacing, clear to light amber body, great retention, sticky appearance.

Sweet caramel, peaty smoke, some grainy cardboard. Smells a bit floral on the back end.

Tastes very very sweet. Wow! Like.... Caramels dates raisins and something beyond... Like. Oh gosh, fruit sweetness! Apples.

Creamy, just a tad bite of coffee bite, low bitterness, alcohol is just insanely well blended!

Khazadum, Jan 20, 2012
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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.