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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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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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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Dark light amber color, extremely hazy, moderate head that faded to a lacing pretty quickly. Moderate to low carbonation.

S - Lots of sweet malt, some caramel and that is about it. Lacks phenols or spiciness I expect in a Belgian beer of this style.

T - Things start to get better at this point.Very rich malt backbone with a good deal of caramel sweetness. The phenols do some through although in extreme moderation, would like some more. End with a nice alcohol bite, but nothing offensive or jet fuel like.

M - Thick and rich, lots of body, coats your mouth which helps balance out the high alcohol content.

D - This is a big beer with a lot of malt flavor, would have liked a little more than just malt, some more penols, some spice, some more flavor from the yeast. It is good, but just a bit flat.

Edit: Wow...can't believe I am doing this...but bumping a few categories up .5. I let this warm up to about 55 degrees and it came alive.

steelerguy, Nov 03, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

This beer pours a light brown golden color. It has a slight haze to it. The thin white head fades quickly, leaving almost no laces.

This beer has a fruity aroma. I detect prunes. Also, I smell a strong aroma of spices. It is peppery. I can detect a slight citrus aroma also. The alcohol content is very slightly detectible.

Thie beer tastes very sweet. It has a spicy flavor. It is also sort of yeasty. The alcohol content is present in the flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a very sweet, spicy aftertaste. The alcohol slightly warms the throat as it goes down.. It is carbonated well.

This beer might make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is a little high, but the flavor is mild enough, to make up for that. I think this beer is good. I would buy this one again.

OStrungT, Jan 23, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Sammy, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle purchased at Flying Saucer; split with jtd1969

A - amber with a thin, off white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - caramel, toffee, apple, pear, alcohol

T - caramel, baked apples, some sugar, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied but thin at times, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. The alcohol is noticeable, but that's fine for the style. The flavor and body are not nearly as full as I would have liked. There are some nice esters that come through that are pleasant but the big, maltiness that I would expect from a quad is missing. The thinness of the body also allows the booze to come through more than I would probably prefer. Overall, this is a nice beer, but certainly not a Quad I would return to.

tdm168, Mar 09, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wide mouthed wine glass. Pours a ruby/brown color with little bubbles coming up continuously. This brew has very little head but pretty good retention with a little lacing. Good to know there are still active yeasts in there : ). Speaking of yeast- it smells quite strongly of belgian yeast and also of malt; has an earthy quality to it but crisp. The taste is full-bodied and clean- has the same yeasty and malty qualities as the smell with a little carbonation to keep it refreshing. The 10 percent abv is noticeable but more of a sweet sensation. There is nothing overpowering about The Reverend- everything is well balanced. That being said maybe I would like a little more excitement from a quadrupel? Boulevard's "The Sixth Glass" is my favorite but this one holds up to the best of them.

Hopdaemon39, Jan 04, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

lucky enough to get to try this one on tap i was thrilled when i saw it make its appearence. served in a 10 oz pour.

what a wonderful pour as the thick brownish colored liquid comes pouring out of the glass and rings the inside of my tulip with loads of light tan lacing and a firm head of two fingers.

aroma is everything you would want in a quad. rich malty backbone, hints of prunes, figs, earthy tones and light caramel sweetness that is balanced nicely against a tight profile of light spices. really well done. very nice full feel with near perfect carbonation is exactly what i was looking for. the flavor opens up with loads of dark fruits and brown sugar colliding with light spices and a smooth, even flavor that hides the alcohol and smooths the palate. really just a tremendously good offering here.

mikesgroove, May 09, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

My first bottle of Reverend, served up from a 22oz bottle.

Very fine head that dissipated almost a quickly as I could pour the beer with no lacing left behind. Very pronounced aroma and taste of caramel and vanilla. Very lightly carbonated giving the beer an almost velvety texture. I can't fairly say how this compares to the style but I found it very pleasant to the palate and the nose and very drinkable. Just enough astringency from the alcohol to keep the sweet malt from coating my tongue.

Looking forward to another bottle.

Keith238, Jun 02, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

A: A crystal clear dark brown with ruby edges and a thin line of soapy tan bubbles on top.

S: Dark cherry and a little bit of banana and bubble gum with some toasted caramel malt and vanilla.

T: More of the same from the smell. Banana/clove with some dark cherry and an underlying toasted malt and alcohol flavor.

M: The feel is actually lighter than most Quads, and there is some smoothness to it.

O: A nice Quad. It differs from most in that it is a very sessionable Quad, which is rare. Dangerous in the fact that you don't get the big alcohol flavor and burn with the bold raisin and dark fruit. You could drink this all night, but you probably wouldn't make it too long.

Kromes, Mar 09, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Another big, solid brew from Avery... Copped a 22oz bomber from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... Pours a lucid, clear, ruby-red, mahogany hue with a frothy head that soon dissipated within about a minute... slight carbonation visible... smell was outstanding, full, fresh, and replete with fresh fruits, pears, and grapefruit... flavor matched the aroma with a strong floral, caramel, brown-sugar flavored that was sweet and flavorful without being overwhelming or cloying... One of the better Quadrupels that I've sampled... full-flavored, malty, butter taste... very rich and thick with a dominant candy taste... an enjoyable brew... slight alcohol presence, but not as noticeable as you would think for a 10% ABV... a solid offering from Avery... recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 27, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

22 oz bottle poured into beer mug

Appearance: Deep golden color definitely not transparent. Two finger head poured with nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Not a very distinct aroma could be due to a great combination balance of the various malts.

Taste: A little bit of spice and bitterness with some fruit flavor. Overall a well balanced brew where nothing is to distinct or overpowers any other flavor.

Mouthfeel: Rich and complex makes me feel good.

Drinkability: Definitely feels like it could give a good knock out so only the 22oz is all that is needed.

Crowls, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

22 oz. bomber. An interesting take on the style. Ruby colored body with little carbonation or anything really resembling a lasting head. Very sweet aroma of candy sugar, caramel, and a subtle dose of hops. Alcohol is present in the flavor and you can feel it more as it warms. Not nearly as complex as some quads I've enjoyed, and much sweeter to boot. The sugars really outshine anything else in this beer, though there is some noticeable fruity and sweet malts in there as well. A good brew, but nothing to go crazy searching for.

IrishRedRock, May 02, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

22oz bottle. Can't find date information. Poured into tulip.

Continuing to get my last taste of Avery beers before they disappear from California.

Pours a mostly clear reddish-amber with a very small beige head, mostly goes away. Spots of broad lacing.

Smells as expected, sweet Belgian candi sugar, malt, and yeast. Dark fruits. Spices like cinnamon and pepper.

Tastes quite similar to the nose. A nice burst of sweetness accompanied by lively carbonation. Fruits and sugars dominate throughout. Alcohol is very nicely folded into the flavor. Good overall, but not too complex.

Medium to full bodied, nice carbonation for the style.

brotherloco, Jun 23, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

A- reddish-orange...medium head that went away quickly...leaves a nice ring

S- caramel sugar...reminds me of barleywine...I also got a hint of dark rum as well

T- sweet, but not cloying...orange peel...candied sugar...again, reminds me of a barleywine

M- alcohol warming...fine, but plentiful carbonation...flavors really grow as the beer goes on...nice bit of sweetness sticks to the back of the tongue

D- I like it...it is a bit of a heavy beer, but I wouldn't shy away fron having it again if given the opportunity

RickKrumenacker, Jul 31, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

I had a beertasting yesterday evening with my cousin Bert and his son Michael. After a while Mrs. Brabander joined the tasting. I used small Westvleteren and La Trappe tastinglasses.

This was one of out favourite beers this night. I don't know which BA provided me with this beer (was it Listenatjoes??) but whoever it was thanks for this very pleasant beer.

With the deepdarkred fluid and some head the beers lookes very promising. It even tastes better than it looks. A soft 'round' and delightfull sweetnes. Thsi quad can not be compared with the traditional quads but it is a very good one.

The alcohol is well hidden.

Brabander, May 05, 2011
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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