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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

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1,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 27
Gots: 105 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-14-2011 05:37:58 | More by alamode
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-13-2011 21:29:32 | More by jak
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Avery's The Reverend last month for $6.49 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try more beers from Avery and I haven't had a Quadrupel in a while so I thought I should pick this bottle up and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz foiled bomber into a goblet.

A- I like the label on this beer, it looks good and the shiny bright stain glass window makes it pretty eye catching. It poured a nice slightly hazy ruby red amber color with two and a half fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin layer that left a little bit of lacing. It looks pretty nice in the goblet.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the malts. The malts have a medium amount of sweetness to it and impart some malty caramel aromas along with some dark fruits mainly cherrys, some candied sugar, and a little bit of some clove like spices. I also got some Belgian yeast in the aroma and no hops whatsoever. It smells sweet, caramely, and fruity with no booze presence.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma but it doesn't have as much caramel presence as it did in the aroma. It starts off with those medium sweet malts that impart a nice grainy and brown bread like flavor along with some of those dark fruits that I got in the aroma and some spicy Belgian yeast. There's a very slight presence of alcohol that barley shows up. The finish has a low amount of bitterness and a sweet molasses like aftertaste. A good tasting quad, but it isn't as complex and flavorful as some of the other quads.

M- Very smooth, slightly cream, medium bodied, and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation. It could be just a little thicker but other then that it is dead on for a quad and I think that the lighter mouthfeel helps the drinkability a little, which I like.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty solid and good quad. It went down smooth, had no off flavors, and it didn't taste boozy at all, but it just wasn't as complex and flavorful as some of the better quads so I can't say that this is a top tier Quad. This beer is dangerously drinkable, it goes down super smooth with hardly any trace of it's 10%, I would have no problem drinking the whole bottle, this is the smoothest, most easy drinking quad I have ever had. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel and the drinkability, the mouthfeel was pretty good for a quad with just the right amount of carbonation and the drinkability was about as good as it gets for a quad, it was also a pretty good value. What I liked least about this beer was that it was lacikng some bolder flavors and wasn't as caramely as the aroma lead me to believe, I would have also liked a little more complexity. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good easy drinking Quad, plus the price makes this a pretty good value compared to what some of the more traditional quads cost and I am always looking for a good value when it comes to craft beer. I would recommend giving this a try if you like Quads, this would also make a good introduction to the style. Avery comes through with another solid beer and the best of their big beers that I have tried so far, they really made one drinkable quad, but in the end it lacked that special something with the flavor to put it on the top level. Good job Avery, you can be sure that I will be on the look out for more of your beers. The Lost Fugawi is still my favorite Quad.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 04:49:11 | More by StoutHunter
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3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky ruby color with a nice frothy head that fades fairly quickly, lovely lacing. Smells sweet, dark fruits , some banana. Taste starts very sugary, dark fruits , there's a spicyness present, and slight banana. This is a ok attempt at a quad, not anything special but good.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:18:23 | More by sixthglass
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-10-2011 18:56:43 | More by MikeHagan
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-09-2011 04:08:05 | More by groetman
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a lovely shade of ruby amber with a 2.5 finger head of awesome creaminess. Retention is very good, and the head leaves tight lacing on the glass as it recedes.

S - Strong sweet malts, cotton candy, banana, bread, and fruity esters. Ethanol is present but restrained. Moderate strength and complex.

T - Candy, banana, and spice open over a full, sweet malt foundation. The malt body carries the beer to the finish, where the alcohol sweetly, but sharply finishes. Well constructed and delectable. Constrains the abv where it should, but lets it show in the finish.

M - Full, smooth and wet. Compliments the flavors of the beer very nicely.

D - I haven't had too many quads, but this one certainly is a great beer in my book. Relatively affordable (in CO), well constructed, and doesn't drink like a high abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:25:19 | More by blakelive784
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a "Babe in the woods" for tasting and reviewing beers. First Quadrupel Ale I have ever tasted.

I enjoy New Belguim Brewery Beers and I am trying others to understand what a really good beer should taste like. Can't really distinguish the multitude of Flavors/smells that others write about.

This ale had an agreeable smell and taste for me. Can't really be more specific as I am a real novice. Grew up on Coors and Bud, now in my 60's and enjoying craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 22:59:55 | More by greyghost3
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2011 16:29:40 | More by AlaskanYoung
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2011 15:07:16 | More by 2378GCGTG
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/1/11 notes.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark red color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of mint, fruits, spices, cloves, floral notes, and light rbeady malts. Fruit and spices mix nice together.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, cloves, bananas, apples, fruity malts, light bready malts, and light alcohol. More spices than the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth here.

o - Overall a nice quad. Some nice fruit, especially in the nose, and pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV. Would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 19:19:54 | More by mdfb79
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering.

Reddish/orange bodied brew topped by a single fingered creamy white head the exhibited decent retention and solid lacing. I smelled toffee malts backed by a solid hop profile with a slight burn from the booze. The taste was similar to the nose although the hops back off as the raisons become more prominent. Aftertaste consisted of sweet malty booze with earthy, grassy undertones. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, well carbonated brew that remains creamy. Overall, a pretty darn tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:50:15 | More by tjkinate
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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cherry amber with a nice collared head.

S - Lots of caramel covered barley, raw nuts and brown sugar,

T - Sweet and creamy, whipped caramel, brown sugar, hops and a touch of alcohol add peppery spice. Very bready with minor hints of plums and dates. Some alcohol and amaretto/basil on the finish.

M - Full thick body, low creamy carbonation, warming.

This smells and drinks a lot like a barley wine. The finish wasn't spectacular and it didn't really fit into the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:39:57 | More by StaveHooks
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2011 12:51:30 | More by ROGUE16
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2011 03:06:02 | More by ThirdEyePA
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half-growler from the good folks at Beer Growler in Avondale Estates; finally get to buy beer on a Sunday in the ATL!

I had enjoyed this fine quad years ago from a bomber and when I saw it on the menu I had about three seconds of thoughtful internal discourse before pulling the trigger. The main competition was Wild Heaven's Eschaton, which should be in plentiful supply considering the geography. This stuff on tap has to be rare, right?

A - Beautiful ruby red, with nice, compact bubbles on the carbonation. Lacing was very good, not quite Belgian lace, but lingers far longer than fresh beer in the tulip!

S - Caramel, malt, banana, clove, spice, and candi sugar. Lovely!

T - Much of the above; the 10% ABV is well hidden. Enjoy too much of this and it will catch up with you. This was just too good to savor over an hour and change for a half-growler.

M - The alcohol is well hidden, and it's very easy to sip. No burn and the finish is pleasing. Not too medium or sharp; I can detect more raisins long after the glass is empty.

O - Almost as good as St. Bernardus Abt 12; would be happy to enjoy this from November through February. Great job, Avery!

Serving type: growler

12-05-2011 00:08:16 | More by Groucho75
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2011 21:20:14 | More by nmann08
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-03-2011 16:07:50 | More by bigred89
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2011 06:32:15 | More by PissWarmChango
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2011 04:23:52 | More by tbizzle0
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2011 02:22:44 | More by mhenson42
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2011 01:05:31 | More by PhatAtUT
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-02-2011 17:00:46 | More by kjkinsey
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-02-2011 02:51:58 | More by DanL133
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-01-2011 05:50:04 | More by Nightrain87
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.