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The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

The ReverendThe Reverend

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very good

1,396 Ratings
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Ratings: 1396
Reviews: 776
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-21-2002)
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Photo of JackieTH


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 2012 Autumn Brew Review, from notes.

Dark reddish orange pour with a beige head. Smells candied sweet with banana, plums, floral and cloves. Taste is not as sweet as the smell suggests, although still quite sweet, there are turns of raisin, currants, cherries, and clove-spice notes that try to keep some order to the candy sweet and malt base. Seems better on draft than from what I remember from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 13:29:41 | More by JackieTH
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 GLM0011


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a half gallon milk jug of this beer which came out to be five good beers. Very good drinkability and very nice smell. Went very good with gourmet mediterranean pizza. Kind of a slight pilsner ending taste. Malty more than fruity. Will definitely drink this again and again. This beer with pizza and a good mma fight made a wonderful night.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 15:37:08 | More by GLM0011
Photo of Jadjunk


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Taco Mac Virginia Highlands. 11 oz. Pour.

(Appearance) pours a clear deep copper with light brown accents. Off white head and light surface cover. Quite clear. Looks good. 4

(Smell) smells of mild fruit tones, Belgian yeast, coriander and various mild spices. mild bitterness to the aroma. Interesting and light. 4

(Taste) much more fruit in the first taste, including grapes, apricots, oranges, peaches. Bold coriander spice on the finish. Very nice and quite fruity tone to it. 4

(Mouthfeel) very slick with a bit of airy carbonation in the midsection. Medium/heavy body. Medium alcohol presence. Pairs nicely to the taste. 4

(Overall) A worthy experience, this beer is another great one representative of its style. 4

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 00:28:14 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of woosterbill


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, served in a goblet. Enjoyed during an extended Donkey Kong session leading up to closing time.

A: Clear, deep rosy-amber body under a fine cap of white foam. Not bad, but a bit light for the style.

S: Booze, chocolate, and overripe fruit. Not bad, but a bit harsh.

T: Sweet raisins and dates up front, with equally sweet biscuity + bready notes midway through. Long, sweet, boozy finish. Tasty, but rough.

M: Nice full body with carbonation to match. Luxurious.

O: Enjoyable enough, but a far cry from a good Belgian Quad.


Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 00:50:20 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Khazadum


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 23:28:28 | More by Khazadum
Photo of duckrabbitfan

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 02:46:59 | More by duckrabbitfan
Photo of mdfb79

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
Photo of Groucho75


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
Photo of zaphodchak


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red-amber with golden highlights and a finger of beige head.

Faint nose, with some alcohol and cherry.

Intense, chewy caramel taste, powerful malt and faint hop finish. Some raisin and dark cherry. This is really something special. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy, just enough texture to support the bold taste.

Overall outstanding as a quad, paired with a bacon BBQ burger, alternately chadder, brie, gouda.

This was not nearly as good in a bottle when I tried it again later.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 02:30:40 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of MsRif


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Avery. Poured a nice amber color with a decent beige head that laced nicely and had good retention. Aroma was that of yeast, bread, sweetness and some fruits. A little more citrus-y than I would prefer on the nose. Tasted of yeasty, earthy, fruity (more dark fruits this time, definitely some cherry) and a tad spicy. A good finish that does not overpower the palate...very pleasant.

Medium bodied with good complexity and balance. VERY drinkable, especially for 10% Be careful!

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 00:55:31 | More by MsRif
Photo of thewalkindude


4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a goblet. The Reverend is dark copper in color with a head that faded quickly and left a thin sheath of foam on the surface. The smell was very yeasty and strong in dark fruits such as raisins or plums. It was exorbitantly sweet, probably the sweetest beer I've had to this point, complete with dark fruit and clove flavors so strong that at times I felt as though I was drinking liquid Juicy Fruit. Feels very thick and warm and smooth in the mouth, and the carbonation doesn't bite much. Overall a solid quad, but one I wouldn't pair with a Cajun Crawfish pizza (again).

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 04:39:27 | More by thewalkindude
Photo of sisterray


3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at the Ale and the Witch.

Rather than going through the motions, I'm going to do a quick summation as to why I think this is a beer worth skipping - unless someone just gives it to you.

O: When you first sip this, it tastes like legitimate Quad - except, the carbonation seems to fizzy for the style. But the flavor never develops. Quads should unfold their many layers. This hits you with the same surface flavors over and over again. It was a chore to finish the final quarter glass. Of the selection from Avery I've tried, this is the only one that I don't like a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 13:16:35 | More by sisterray
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear amber-orange--perhaps a little lighter than I'm used to seeing in a quad--with a foamy beige head that retained and laced well. Toasty aroma, bready, yeasty, with candi notes, and some dried fruits. Sweet malt base in the taste, caramel, candi sugar and molasses, cherries and currants, a bit of alcohol-y phenols, but nothing that really negatively affects the taste; a bit of spicy hops in the finish. Medium body, and lots of flavor; very nice to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 21:14:50 | More by Rifugium
Photo of emmasdad


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap up at the brewery's tap room. Poured a nice amber color, with a minimal amount of light white foam. Aromas of light brown sugar, caramel, candied fruits and alcohol. On the palate, this one is fairly sweet, with a nice bready character and a lingering alcoholic warmth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 21:26:58 | More by emmasdad
Photo of thetomG


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clearish amber colored pour with tan layer of foam head and some spotty lacing left around the glass.

Small mild hint of sourness in the nose, but overall its a big malty beer. Some alcohol burn powering through the taste as well. Not as complex as other quads I've had - it looks nice, but I just didn't dig the flavors all that much. worth a try, but not something I'll be seeking out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 19:48:27 | More by thetomG
Photo of claytong


4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice quad for a buck 4 oz pour, at the time one of my favorites on their line up, not so much anymore. gotta love avery

Appearance - an orange amber, decent head

Smell - cloves, molasses, apples?, malt

Taste - the same plus a little hot on the end, some candi sugar which is also actually on the nose

Mouthfeel - smooth, not robust, definitely a nice one for the summer for me, crisp, not overally sweet

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 19:12:57 | More by claytong
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 01:55:19 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of FosterJM


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

436th review on BA
Draft to chalice

App- In the glass its almost a burnt orange with some yellow radiating highlights. A 1/2 in of head remains with some nice sticky lacing.

Smell- A bit sweet and not very big at all. Booze and some sugars. The stylistic dark fruits are missing. Something just seems light to this one.

Taste- A nice boozy beer on the front and a bit sweeter vs the style as mentioned above. Has a spritzy orange tangering flavor to it. A very crisp quad.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left me a candied orange liquor flavor.

Taste- A pretty good quad albeit a small one. A direction I didn't see it going in but thats okay since taste was pleasant. I will probably come back to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 23:42:05 | More by FosterJM
Photo of boudreaux


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep golden/dark orange/amber color; heavy, creamy head about 1.5 fingers thick; sticky, with lots of lacing sitting on top and the sides of the glass throughout the drink

S: honey, bananas, fig, cherries and other dark fruits, sweet candied sugar, spicy clove, zesty citrus orange peel (and maybe vanilla and cinnamon?); complex and deep, very inviting

T: wonderfully complex, as expected for a quad; all the aroma flavors, with alcohol tossed in; the honey and spiced flavors hit up front, with the bold fruit flavors soaked in alcohol (but not too strong); the dark candied sugar so familiar to Belgian-style beers lasts throughout, leaving a heavy sweetness at the back end of each taste; as the beer warms, a candied fruit and alcohol taste dominates; extremely delightful and enjoyable flavor

M: thick, sweet, and tongue-coating; not too heavy to be called syrupy, but not too light either; perfect balance; velvety smooth on the tongue and throat

O: probably the best American-born Belgian Quad I've had; complex and strong; really a heavyweight in the alcohol department, so be careful! I'd drink it all day if it weren't so strong

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 22:20:01 | More by boudreaux
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like a nice black tea with a decent inch of head lacing glass nicely...

Smells of belgian yeast and dough, I can barely smell it, maybe it was served too cold?

tastes of sweet maple belgian yeast and alcohol

Smooth creamy on the tongue, a bit syrupy which I like, light medium carbonation.

I would recommend this to anyone

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 02:02:52 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of SassyBootblack


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse at Colorado Mills.

Thin tan head and deep burgundy color. Very plesant aroma of abbey phenolics. Tastes of caramelly malt and banana, but the body is appropriately thin. Some hop bitterness on the back end, but this isn't hoppy in any real sense.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 15:30:33 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of ktrillionaire


1.75/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On-tap at Ale and Witch, my favorite new bar.

A - The beer is brown, with a normal head and regular appearance for the style. Nothing at this point suggests anything amiss.

S - Uh oh.

T - Uh oh.

M - There is nothing too terrible about the feel, except that the actual beer is contacting my sensory faculties.

D - The smell and taste are astonishingly bad, so there is just no drinkability here. It is so bad that I do not have an inclination to commit not-critical elemental observations as to the experience. In the interest of summarizing my objection to this brew, however, I will pontificate on this matter of sheistiness. There is a nasty wet hay element in the malt and a horrendously foul mushy pea aroma from the hop 'contribution'; the essence of the beer is putrid.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 19:57:08 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Schmittymack


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Chicago Westminster on 12 November.
A ten ounce pour that was dark reddish brown in color came with no head. Temperature was a bit too cold so after first sip, let sit a few minutes. Aromas of malt goodness with a touch of fruit. Taste was malty goodness with very little bitterness. Alcohol content was present but not overpowering. Drinkability is good if you limit yourself, otherwise I'd say lower due to the brew being 10%. I've had this brew on several occassions and will sip it again, though one is generally enough; glad this was a small pour versus a bomber.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 07:39:46 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of birchstick


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish brown with minimal head

S - smells of sweet fruits, brown sugar and caramely malts

T - there is a bit of a contradiction going on in the pallete. There are some sweet fruits (green apple) as well as dark fruits (figs), with brown sugar and caramel malts. Really nice quad.

M - greay mouthfeel - creamy mouthfeel with a full body

D - really soild quad here. I feel like I pass up Avery too frequently...beers like this remind me why I need to buy more from them.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 02:38:06 | More by birchstick
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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