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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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1,478 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,478
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 27
Gots: 107 | FT: 2
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 meatmallet


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dirty amber color with a very thin off white head. Appears to be a good amount of sediment suspended in it.

Smell: Very fruity with the most dominant being apricot. Lots of yeast and spices also detectable.

Taste: Very sweet at first then tart and acidic. Apricot and oranges with other candied fruit. Slight alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: This was thick and creamy in the mouth with a very full body and a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:21:20 | More by meatmallet
Photo of Fatduck


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp copper color. Less head that I would expect from a belgian, but it could be my easy pour. Smells a little bit farm house-y. Creamy warming and surprisingly smooth. the 10% alcohol is hidden well. I like this beer; it will defiantly help me cope with the holidays.

Picked it up on a whim, and I am very glad I did. At 5.99 it's cheap for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 02:29:04 | More by Fatduck
Photo of socon67

New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber color with a reddish hue. No lacing of note; No carbonation either.

S - Scents of cherries, red grapes, dried fruit, and berries hit the nose. An extremely fruit flavored quad.

T - Sweetness has a cloying feel. Slightly tart in the finish. There is a warming brun int he finish that belies the boozy nature of the Reverend.

M - A sipper for sure, this appeals to those that like a sweeter quadrupel. Heavy in its body, but also complex.

O - Worth trying and a good domestic quad that is perfect for after a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 14:21:51 | More by socon67
Photo of J_Dub


3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange. Beige head is fairly thick.

Smell is complex. Dark fruits. Brown Sugar. Malt, yeast and spicy smells at the end.

The taste is similar to the smell. Dark fruits, malt. Some oak flavors as well. Very sweet though.

Not enough carbonation. Too flat and syrupy for my tastes.

Great quad that is only hurt by its excessive sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:38:02 | More by J_Dub
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a tulip. Pours amber with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of bananas and slight alcohol. The flavor was of fruit, malt, alcohol, and pear upon swallowing. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The flavors present definitely mask the alcohol flavor but it is still present. It is scary drinkable which could get you in trouble quickly as it is quite enjoyable as well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 15:04:57 | More by thagr81us
Photo of wingman14


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a thin white head. Smell is mostly malty and fruit, cherries maybe, with noticable alcohal. Taste is fruit upfront with some malt characters, followed with a huge alcohol flavor. The aftertaste consists mostly of a doughy taste probably from the yeast from the quad style. The mouthfeel has good balance in flavor but seemed flat, and had a very strong dose of alcohol. It didn't seem like they tried to mask the ABV any, which I don't know if they were trying to do in the first place. These aren't the easiest to drink, have to have a taste for quads, but this is a decent one. I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 03:42:22 | More by wingman14
Photo of endincolorado


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep orange-amber with creamy head and lots of bubbles, light lacing

Smell- fruity and floral esters

Taste- Orange, sweet with bready malt flavors. ethanol warms upon swallowing. Overall fairly simple and clean flavors. Slight yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel- medium body with nice carbonation, warming sensation from alcohol is nice.

Drinkability- Pretty decent quadrupel, not the best, but definitely one I could have a few of.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 02:53:36 | More by endincolorado
Photo of wildvikes


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good Americanized example of a Quad. No need to go into extreme details. If it had poured green or smelled like sauerkraut, I would have scored it lower than I did.

Review must be over 250 characters and less than 5,000. Apparently we shouldn't be snobs, but shouldn't not be snobs, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 03:57:19 | More by wildvikes
Photo of SurlyDuff


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with foil wrapped cap. Bright clear orange in color with a tan head that quickly dissolves into a light lace.

Candy, cinnamon spicyness in the nose.

Not particularly deep or complex in it's flavor, but there is a lot of it. Dark candy and cinnamon. Cloves, and potpouri drive deep into the palate. An alcohol bite is there in the finish, making it go down warm.

Overall, too sweet for my liking, and certainly not what I was expecting when i saw the quad classification.

I'd try this on tap again, but probably wouldnt spring for another bottle, it's just too rich.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 03:00:40 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of suretolose


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out of the bottle with a nice thick stream that sounds muted and heavy when it hits the glass.
The aroma is light and sweet betraying the actual
viscosity of the beer.
It is a brown color with a hint of red and has a nice yellowish head that leaves fairly quickly.
It is very heavy and coats the mouth nicely.
Very sweet with quite a bit of malt.
Very good

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 18:14:58 | More by suretolose
Photo of BEERchitect


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good attempt at an American Belgian. Quad's often allow the alcohol to become harsh, abrupt, and over power all other flavors. This still happens with the Reverend, though lesser than most, even Belgians. This has a big candied flavor on the lips. Sweet alcohol soon rises. The spiciness is a bit overdone, but the body is nice and full. American hops decorate the body and help to create heat with the alcohol. The alcohol becomes too hot and stingy and the sweet body gives way into the finish. Reveals a bit of grainy and slickness. I'll have it again, it's a good attempt.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 21:09:39 | More by BEERchitect
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 10:37:26 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of JamesS


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper (at first), turning to a light brown (later), with a little garnet glint, with some very nice head and lacing. Nice deep scent, very broad, very malty, with a huge caramel scent. Deep drink in flavor as well, vaguely sweet from the malt, but a huge amount of caramel, with fig undertones, and a nice malt/hop balanced ending. It goes down nice, with just a bit of alcohol tinge to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 12:35:55 | More by JamesS
Photo of jwhancher


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 22-oz bottle when I was in Denver back in March. Poured into a snifter for review.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy amber color with nice frothy head. Some suds cling to the sides of the glass.

S: I get candied fig, molasses, dark cherries, lots of raisin character, and some brown sugar. Smells like a nice quad.

T: Tastes sweet with waves of toffee and caramel, molasses, raisins, and dark cherries. Plenty of residual sugar at the back end.

M: Feels a tad thin for a Belgian quad. Lighter than expected, still about medium to medium full, bitter with a nice residual sweetness at the back end, and good carbonation.

O: A nice take on the quad style. I enjoyed this but was expecting a little thicker, heavier, sweeter type beer like most quads I've come to enjoy. I would still have this again anytime soon!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:45:53 | More by jwhancher
Photo of bigdeuce


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got some odd, but interesting flavors in this one. Pours a copper flavor with a slightly uninteresting look to the beer, no head to speak of. But it is rich and full of flavor. Peaches and melons blend through on this one. Warms nicely. No lacing on this one but a terrific tasting beer that I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 04:19:10 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of larryi86


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- A nice amber color with a good one finger off-white head.

S- When I first opened the bottle I smelled a hint of chocolate. Sweet dark fruits, with hints of malts, yeast, and some sort of spice. Unique and a little funky, I just love it.

T- The yeast is a little overwhelming and the 10% ABV is not hidden, but there is still good and complex. Would be better if the sweet fruits came out more and the yeast was dialed back a bit.

M- Smooth, good weight, is a little hot from the alcohol.

D- A good sipper. When I went into the liquor store I started talking to an employee and he suggested this. I am glad that I tried it and I did enjoy it, but I would not buy it very often. According to Avery's website it can be cellared for up to 4 years and I would like to see how it is after that much time.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 01:11:07 | More by larryi86
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Reverend poured a reddish orange hue that was clear with a a solid finger foam head with no much retention but some good sudsy lacing.

The aroma was a horsey smell. It reminded me as if I was in a stable getting ready to go riding. Faint smell of caramel malts.

The taste was similar to smell. The strong Belgian yeasty was apparent. The taste was malty all the way thru with little sweetness in the end. It left a tingling sensation on the lips and in mouth it is peppery. Overall another solid effort from Sir Avery.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 03:54:40 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of Rayek


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a reddish tinge. Very active carbonation from small bubbles. Big cream head starts out strong and then settles to a thin film. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Heavy on the clove and coriander at first. Lingering with the nose reveals raisin and currant aromas, plus a light whiff of alcohol.

T: Very wine like. Raisins and dark berries are front and center with a sharp sweetness. A spicy clove and pepper bitterness is aided by an alcohol bite. This beer is quite balanced overall. Finishes somewhat dry with an alcohol warmth going down.

M: Medium body feels juicy. Carbonation level feels a tad high.

D: I really enjoyed this one. A very nice sipping beer for a cool evening. I think buying a bottle to cellar is in order.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 16:14:43 | More by Rayek
Photo of Myk


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

for being in the belgian style i would have thought this to be slightly clouded with yeast, i was dead wrong, holding this beer up to the light it was a brilliant burnt ornage/amber color with the perfect 1/2 inch pearl, small bubble head. it was so thick it reminded me of a root beer float. the aroma at first was of raosted malt, citrus, grape and bitter hop. midway through it i went back for another smell before sip and was totally caught off guard when i smelled nuts. after a few more sips i decided to go get a small piece of cashew from downstairs, yup cashew. interesting for the "belgian style" . the taste was of a sweet lingering malt, alcohol and spicy hop bitterness. it had a super dry finish which i rather enjoyed. there was no sediment or yeast anywhere in the bottle, another little side weirdness for something that is in the "belgian style" may not be perfect to style, but i really enjoyed this interpretation. watch out though, you can taste the alcohol, slightly, but theres a bunch in there.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 21:25:58 | More by Myk
Photo of siradmiralnelson


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

A- Very little head appeared when poured. Auburn/bronze color.

S- Mild spice, slight clove smell. Fruity maybe even stawberry smell. Smell the phenols.

T- malty, fruity, taste the alcohol the more you drink. Definitely not the complex taste of other quads.

M- smooth for a quadruple

D- definitely a drinkable beer despite the 10%

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 22:26:47 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of jera1350


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden brown color with minimal head, but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Huge fruity and yeasty nose. Robust aroma is just delicious smelling. Heavy banana and some bready pancake like scents come through.

First thing that I notice is how sweet this is. Maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar are all present. Big over ripe fruit all around. Some bready yeast comes in at the end. Not the most complex, but a nice tasting quad overall.

A little thin in the mouthfeel department. Has a slight syrup like feel none the less. Mostly smooth with a bit of harshness from the carbonation.

Easy to drink for the most part. The sweetness is a bit overdone in my opinion. Still a tasty quad from an American brewery. I wouldn't mind having this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 01:53:38 | More by jera1350
Photo of danielharper


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just video reviewed this one over at my blog. Overall impressions are of a very nice Quadrupel, within the range of those produced in Belgium, but with a hoppier character and a dryer finish, and without some of the more complex fruity character you get from the better quads. Very drinkable, alcohol well-hidden given the abv, and definitely worth the price, but not the greatest quad I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:28:19 | More by danielharper
Photo of TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy ruby-brown with three inches of tiny-bubbled off-white head that quickly settles to one. Decent retention; some lacing.

Dark fruit, leather, dark crusty bread, gingerbread, some yeasty esters.

Rich and sweet with a malty, yeast-laden backbone. Dark fruits, molasses and crusty bread predominate with oak in the middle and some hidden raisiny alcohol at the finish.

Medium- to full-bodied with subtle carbonation and a coating, creamy mouthfeel. Feels just like it should.

Pretty solid Quad.
This is a tasty beer that has some very nice characteristics. On the scale of similar beers it is likely not the best, but it is true to the style and more approachable than some other Quads. Looks okay, smells and tastes okay, and has nearly exactly the palate that it should. While it may not be the best take on the style there is, it is a passable and drinkable beer.
May have again; good beer to use as a bridge into some of the bigger Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:07:56 | More by TheDoctor
Photo of Brenden


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About an even medium red leaning burnt red-light brown in the middle, this beer produces a small, tight head off the tap. Retention is pretty good and there are thin, broken near-rings of lacing along with some spotting.
To be honest, I'd never really known what style The Reverend actually is, and I'd never tried it before. There are a few dead giveaways to the style, though it's not as complex as others of its kind or as rich. What it has going for it is that, firstly, I could never know it's a full 10%, as the alcohol is masterfully masked while maintaining a presence and it's simply a solid, balanced, flavorful beer if not that deep. One knows it's a Belgian from the obvious banana and clove-like elements that come only from the Belgian yeast. Combine that with the dark color, the strength, and the dark fruits & candi sugar flavors and you know it's got to be a dubbel, tripel or quad. This one's a little different, though, with a bit of leafy and spicy hops to it and a faint woody sort of note as well.
The masters have this one beat in the feel; sometimes, in an effort to get that rich, full creaminess and strength without the heaviness, a beer goes toward being overly carbonated and crisp enough just to fill, almost like facsimilating a creaminess. This beer tends that way. It could also use more heft for a quad.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 14:43:14 | More by Brenden
Photo of HalfFull


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a large globe glass, bottling date not referenced from my view. The Reverend pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan cap and is a reddish orange in the light. Bit light overall as for expectations for the style. Leaves decent retention nonetheless.

Nose of yeast and light brown sugar. Light and subtle, pleasant yet a bit reaching for such a robust style. Bit of chocolate at times and light wafts of alcohol and fruit. Nose improves with warming but never truly develops much character.

Flavor follows the nose with light slightly fruity chocolate and with a creamy delivery than belies the ABV of this brew. Like the aroma, the flavor distracts neither in a negative nor a positive way initially, becoming a bit more endearing with warming.

Feel remains a bit thin in the end, lacking a whole lot of complexity and structure and with an overabundance of light brown sugar. Yet what is there is pleasant enough and it drinks quite easily for the style and strength of the offering. But then I'd rather savor a Quad for its complexity than consume it for its strength.

Interesting beer that is surely worth a visit.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:38:21 | More by HalfFull
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,478 ratings.