The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,706 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,706
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 46
Gots: 191 | 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 added by: kbub6f on 03-21-2002

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.
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Photo of WunderLlama
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap poured

Russet colored with thin cap

Sweet aroma of toffee

Sweet taste of toffee, very sweet

Gentle sudsing

Nice beer

Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Look: Deep amber with a minimal vanilla head that barely lines the glass. Lots of legs.

Smell: Dark candied cherries, toffee, brown sugar, currants, dark grapes, plums, dates, and white grapes. Smells sticky and sweet.

Taste: Brown sugar covered raisins hit the tongue, followed by dark cherries, big date notes, toffee, currants, very mild cinnamon, molasses, and every couple of sips I get a big moscato/white grape note that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: At first it's sticky and then but the bodies up really fast to a thick body that completely covers the mouth. Goes down sticky with a hint of booze on the finish that warms the back of the throat. Finish is sticky and dry that let's the date notes linger on the tongue.

Overall: This definitely covers more of the toffee/Belgian sugar side of the style then the raisin/dark fruit of most quads. It's kind of like a quad style barleywine. It's good but nothing mind blowing

Photo of Beastcpa
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Beer is smooth and tasty, almost regal. Excellent with almost any food here.

Photo of higherbrow
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

I was given a 750 ML bottle of The Reverend for my birthday by a good friend, and sadly wasted the bottle by drinking it after I had already had enough scotch to dull my senses. Deciding to give it a fair trial, I picked up a second for a fairly budget price ($6.50), and decided to give it a shot. The aroma was a little bland, but it was a very attractive brew once I poured it. The aroma concealed complex and rich flavors, with the sweet fruit notes complemented well by just a touch of bitterness. Each of the first few sips gave me new subtleties to explore, and I found myself favorably comparing it to Three Philosophers and Gulden Draak 9000, two other favorites of mine. I will be purchasing a great deal of The Reverend in the future, as it deeply impressed.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%

Sweet cherries, fig, raspberry, burnt sugars, sweet malty boozyness.

Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet malt, yeast and Belgian candi sugar emanates from the glass bringing notes of dark fruit, caramel and light booze.

T- More dark fruit plus some vanilla. The alcohol is quite apparent but meshes well with the overall profile. Mildly toasty malt and even milder bitterness. Certainly a slow sipper.

M- A bit syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I remember liking this more when I first had it years ago. Now I find it to be decent but having a bit too much alcohol presence. All the right flavors are there but there's just too much heat. Maybe some aging would help.

Photo of techdiver
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Malty nose, molasses and dried fruit on palate. Raisins and cherries most evident. Minimal head and lacing. Seems smoother as it warms, but ABV shows its presence.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber shared with friends. My serving was in an Innis and Gunn stemmed glass (not quite a tulip, but not a straight walled goblet either). No date on the bottle.

Appearance Clear/bright dark amber. Thin ring of white foam. Some small islands of lacing.

Smell: Toffee, dark fruits, and a hint of phenol. A very deep and rich aroma.

Taste: Toffee, Candi sugar, caramel, cherry, phenol, with a mild bitter finish that complements the other flavors. Very rich.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but sticky on the teeth. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: The Reverend has given me his sermon and I'm a converted believer. This is a very good beer. Deep flavor and aroma profiles, good looking, and even the mouthfeel works with everything else going on. I'd hesitate to put it in any more of a religious connotation, but I effective went to a service, listened to the sermon, took communion, and left uplifted. This is one damn good beer. The alcohol does make itself a little bit known, but not enough that I found it hot. I had such a good experience I know it's dangerous enough for me to reach for another one and be in real trouble and in for a proper preaching against sin after the 2nd bottle. Great beer and I'll be picking this up again.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a short head on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is rich and fruity: orange, mango, pineapple and spices. Really good.
The taste is quite sweet beginning to end, but it has a decent balance going on. The finish is long and sweet.
The texture is a bit sticky with lower carbonation.
It's a nice sipping brew.

Photo of Kuaff
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter at cellar temperature.

An off-white, one-finger head of froth fizzles away to a ring encircling some lingering splotches above a beautiful deep blood-ruby body. Oh, and there's some lacing left behind, too. Quite pleasing to behold.

The aroma has a big dose of dark fruits, like raisins, cherries, and dates. Festive spices like ginger, nutmeg, and cloves also abound. Smells very Belgian.

It tastes sweet, spicy, and bready. Much like fruitcake. First it's like tart dark fruit, then sweeter like cherries, and ultimately drying into that wonderful Belgian breadiness in the finish. Regarding the spiciness, I think I taste cinnamon specifically! VERY nice. This is how an awesome quad should taste, I think.

The feel is effervescent, but still sufficiently substantial to support the rich flavors.

I'm very impressed with this beer. But also vexed and perplexed. This is a STELLAR American-brewed, Belgian-style ale. And yet it seems to be so over-looked... Could it be because it isn't from Belgium? Or because it's so commonly available? In any case, I now revere The Reverend. And I'm not even religious.

Photo of jbradburn
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well done beer...
Aroma: slightly sweet and hoppy, and alcoholic
Appearance: Copper to amber, good head with legs
Body: light and crisp
Mouthfeel: spicy and alcoholic, with a long finish
Overall: very enjoyable; at the high ABV, definitely not a session beer

Photo of J_Dub
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Mike-Harms
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Felt like a rather mild quad when I started at fridge temp, but as the time went on and the beer approached room temp, it started really growing on me and becoming so much more complex and tasty...at the end I was completely enchanted with this quad. So yummy.

Photo of SpenCycle
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, dark brown color. Half finger head that sticks around. Hops, lots of malt, and alcohol on the nose. Amazing smooth, malty taste. Malt and alcohol overpowers the bitterness, but not in a way that it is unbalanced. I'm a huge IPA fan, but this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Aftertaste leaves a strong alcohol burn for a beer. Hops can really only be tasted when burping. Excellent beer, would definitely recommend to anyone.

Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a copper color with golden edges. There was a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose was surprisingly weak. The flavor profile includes the classic funky Belgian yeast flavor. The finish includes a slightly intrusive alcohol burn.

Photo of tigerbeer90
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served out of a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass

A: Hazy orange/brown body with a 2 finger head of off-white head that dies down. Good retention and lacing

S: Lots of bread, some dark fruits, and banana

T: Bananas, clove, bread, and a tinge of light fruit. Fair amount of alcohol present

M: A little thin for what I think of as a quad, but overall good.

O: Good American example of a quad. Not nearly the best quad, but worth a try

Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

T:
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.

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

O:
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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red with a bit of brown and translucent with a tan, almost gray ring of head.

S: Syrupy fruit, cherries, banana in the nose.

T: Malt, citrus peel, banana, cherry, pine and other floral notes.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: A bit boring, and certainly not the best quad, but worth a try.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up at Homebrew Stuff in Garden City a couple weeks ago... Finally getting around to drinking it tonight.... Pours a hazy amber with a short lasting white head.. No real lacing and a flimsy cap.

Nose shows caramel and bready maltiness ... light clove and perhaps some cherry if I concentrate, but overall there is a dusty sweet wet paper.... This has to be a very poorly handled bottle.

Caramel and red grape dominate the palate but the same malty cardboard is again the big player.

Body and carbonation are about right.

Too bad, I remember liking this beer.

I have been burned at Homebrew Stuff a lot lately... Buy at your own risk. I suggest buying only stuff you KNOW is fresh.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know if it was the draft lines or the quality of the glassware here, but I was expecting a little more umph all-around.

A: poured into a tulip with a nice 3/4" inch off-white head, clear ruby-hued liquid... head falls away and all but disappears... no lace

S: had to give this some time to sit and a few vigorous swirls but, eventually, some faint notes of perfumy esters and sweet dark crystal malt came to the fore.... not much going on, though, to activate the salivary glands

T: predominantly a decent balance round dark malt and dark fruits - sweet dried cherry, spiced plum... the heat and flavor of the alcohol was hidden superbly, however, I was left wondering if it was hidden too much, depriving the taste of explosiveness... moderate amount of residual bitterness.... not much aside from aromatics left in aftertaste

M: meager malt roundness, deceptively soft and light.... usually prefer quads to have a more well-defined, silky, honey-nectar viscosity....fairly dry, parching finish

O: not bad, but hardly memorable.... something tells something may have been off here - it was a bar somewhat reputable for its quality, too.... maybe give it a shot from a bottle sometime....

Photo of MrBoz21
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Beautiful clear mahogany garnet with creamy tan head that settled into thick foam ring and lacy skiff on surface. Foamy lacing and mild bubbles.

Aroma: Faint pear and clove, Toffee and biscuit malt.

Taste: Caramel and slightly sweet (not cloying at all) with a smooth bitterness on tongue and slight burnt finish. Plum, raison and grape.

Mouthfeel: Substantive and chewy, crisp.

Overall: Nice smooth big beer - a nice example of a beer that can be enjoyed like wine.

Photo of BeerGod27
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad quad but there are far better quads out there than this one. It would make a good introduction beer for new quad drinkers.
There is the typical sweet, dark fruity nose that you would expect from a quad followed by tastes of plums and sour grapes. I picked up on gingerbread too if I wasn't mistaken.
Not a bad beer but not worth the price considering the other A+ quads available at similar pricing.

Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2013.

The color is mahogany brown to medium-dark amber with a modest little head that fizzles quickly.

Vague notes of Belgian sugar, Belgian biscuit malts, mild hops, and this kind of fruity character that is more akin to grape rather than pear or apple. It makes me think more of a wine.

The body is medium to full. Smooth too.

The 10% ABV is well-masked within the sweetness of the Belgian candied sugars and malts. But in all instances I still get this sort of wine or grape character, which I find brings the beer down a notch.

Photo of zac16125
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Avery the Reverend
22oz bottle into a chalice
no bottling dates

A: Pours a dark copper with some reddish hues when held to light. 1 fingers width of tan colored head hangs around for a while before dissipating down. Leaves some streaky lacing and alcohol legs.

S: Lots of dark fruits, cherry and currants, some vinous notes, candied sugar, significant sweetness, estery banana, peppery spice and a hint of booze round it out. Complex, strong aroma, and very nice.

T: Different than the nose, not as rich or complex. Some bitterness, and a prominent booze are the first things I get. Once I get past those two components I then pick up subtle cocoa, banana, and dark fruits that are significantly less prominent than the nose implied. I also get a burnt plastic like component.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, gives a nice whole body warming sensation. Quite boozy though, definitely lots of booze in the flavor, and a bit hot.

O: Overall, not bad but somewhat disappointing. The aromas was very nice, but the palate profile feel short. Worth a try but there are so many great Quads readily available that I dont think Ill be purchasing this one again anytime soon.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy ripe plum color (reddish/amber with a hint of purple), with two-finger, off-white head. Spots of lacing. Head did dissipate after a while.

S - Strong aroma of Belgian yeasts, caramel, sweet breads, dark fruits and a hint of banana/clove.

T - Nicely blended flavors of black cherries, holiday fruit cake, and caramel-soaked bread. Clove and pepper spice present in the mid-palate. A touch of grapefruit from the hops present in the finish works wonders to prevent cloying. Complex. ABV barely detectable. Fruitier and not quite as decadent as some Quads I have sampled, but I found the difference to be rather refreshing.

M - Thinner side of medium bodied, with spritzy carbonation. Finishes quite clean. IMO, this could have used a little more body; but a minor flaw.

O - As a different take on the classic Belgian Quad, I enjoyed this quite a bit and would recommend it for those looking for something original, as this is not the toffee/date/prune bomb one might expect. All around pretty darn good though.

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,706 ratings.