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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 32
Gots: 122 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

poppyjohn, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mhjets, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

heff316, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

eorwar, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

BJasny, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of teromous
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a medium shade of brown, that allows enough light through the glass to see through the beer. It has a slight red color to it. There is a small layer of white foam and light lacing.

S: I get the smell of figs, some light caramel scent, and a light banana scent.

T: I get a lot of grain flavor from the beer. Tons of grain flavor in the aftertaste. I pick up banana flavor, some light vanilla, and some light bitterness. There is a very very small hint of alcohol but not much at all.

M: The mouthfeel is medium leaning towards light. It has a nice smooth presence but it's pretty light. Some carbonation bite.

O: Overall I thought it was a very good quad. It does an amazing job of hiding the alcohol. The body feels a little light and there is some bite in the carbonation but it's still a really good beer. I would drink it again, I would recommend it.

teromous, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of duckrabbitfan
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had the pleasure of enjoying this one on tap in asheville, nc at the thirsty monk some time ago.

lovely head, beautifully light brown color.

yeasty, malty smell reminiscent of bananas/candy and various spices. extremely enticing.

bready, date-y taste, with a spiciness that is to die for. hard to tell it's quite so alcoholic.

so easy to drink, and so delicious. the well-stocked bottle shop down the street has had this many a time, and I have bought bottles numerous times in addition to having it on tap. this has got to be one of the best of it's kind that is readily available.

duckrabbitfan, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of cooncat
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a crystal goblet.

The pour produces a deep burgandy color, with ruby highlights and a medium off white head. The head is not long lived, but not unexpected at 10% abv. Some splashes of lacing develop.

The nose is malty and sweet, but lacking in "Belgian" character. No hop presence in the nose, but definite malt and caramel. Not very typical of the style, I would say.

The taste is similar to the nose, in that it is predominantly a sweet malt/caramel flavor, with few hints of Belgian yeast. Usually some kind of citrus-like yeast esters are evident, but not in this rendition. I'm thinking the flavor is more like that of a barley wine than that of a Belgian Quad.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and the alcohol makes itself known in a slight fusel note, which is not harsh.

Overall, I would say this is not a classic representation of the style, which is surprising, as generally Avery hits things spot on. If you're looking for a good Belgian Quad, perhaps Victory's V12 or Weyerbacher's Quad would be a better choice. The Reverend is probably worth a shot .. at $6.99 for a bomber, it's not over priced.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

fishkab, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

tclapper, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bef126, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of rfbenavi80
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A- Pours a hazy dark amber/ light brown. Beer lets light through
when held up to a light. Head dissipates quickly, leaving a small
amount of lacing after taking drink.

S- Sweet malts, candied dark fruits like dates, and plums. Caramel.
Smells of the 10% alcohol, but not too much.

T- Really taste the candied fruits. candied malts, brown sugar, etc.
after taste you can feel the 10% alcohol, but its not

M- Thick, with moderate carbonation.

O- Solid quad, a bit sweet. Would buy again. Would like to see
how it ages.

rfbenavi80, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bonbini26, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

eeggles, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Joshgonzales79, Jan 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

KKotewicz, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

setexascustoms, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ikantspel
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz served into a duvel tulip

pours a dark mahogany brown with a frothy 2 finger head.

smell of clove, toasted malts, spices, candy, and belgian yeast. probably one of the only beers id rate the smell a 5

taste is superb. starts with dark fruits and sweet bread, round out to spices, and finishes with the slightest hop flavor

this beer beer masks the 10% abv well. goes down better than almost any quad ive had. truly the best american made quad ive ever had

ikantspel, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

phattman073, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of wannabbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a glass goblet

Appearance: a clear dark amber, lovely. Not much in the way of a head, about one centimeter of quickly dissipating white tight foam

Smell: Alcohol and rum soaked dark fruits, plum maybe... Faint malty bread tones, slightly sweet with a barely noticeable grassy hops character, some yeasty undertones

Taste: Interesting. Rum soaked apricots with distant raisin and plum, sweet and slightly bready, light molasses, no hops flavor

MF: smooth and slick, goes down easily for the 10% abv

While certainly not my favorite beverage made by Avery it is interesting and worth a try for those interested.

wannabbrewer, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

pushstartnow13, Jan 05, 2012
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,563 ratings.