The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 802
Hads: 1,718
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 49
Gots: 201 | FT: 0
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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 GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the eighth day, the Reverend shall pour a blinding, yet bright inviting amber colored hue. The Reverend shall have no head, and will be still and very quiet. She shall have Belgium spices that dominate the nostrils upon the pour, the aroma can be detected from across the room. The Reverend shall be medium based in the body; very slick and very thick. Belgium spices come to life as she warms up; yeasty and spicy, a sweetness beyond cotton candy or bubble gum; more like a hard-candy sweetness. The alcohol is somewhat contained, yet detectable. The yeast and malt flavorings are present; thanks be to all, and thanks to Avery, thou have erected a fine brew. (663 characters)

Photo of Bones54
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Burnt orange in color. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Very thin head, and quickly dissolved. Minimal to no lacing.
Smell: not a very powering smell, sweet and citrusy smells are the two that seem to stand out the most.
Taste: very sweet. not sure if there is apple in it, but that is the dominant taste that I am getting. The sweet apple taste is probably coming from the Belgium candy sugar. Yet while it is very sweet, the taste is not overpowering.
Drinkability: Goes down relativly easy. Almost to easy for the 10% abv (546 characters)

Photo of BarrelBrother
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must admit that I was surprised by the complexity and unusually flavor of this Avery offering.

Apperance: I love the deep garnet color, but was a little disappointed with the weak foam generation and minimal lacing. However the aroma was quite interesting with many fruit overtones.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Well this is what sold me on this microbrew. I love complex brews of this type. Smooth mouthfeel with many subtle flavors and an underlying sweetness that hides the alcohol content well. Makes me ponder the flavors present everytime I quaff one of these beauties.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and very warming as you get to the end of the "bomber" (22 oz) that this is usually sold in. I consider the Reverend a solid brew, priced very nicely in the Chicago area ($5 for 22 oz). A tasty treat for a cold winter night! (829 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, shiny amber with tawny highlights intermingling with mahogany influences. Almost no head formed, only some random bubbles grouped together momentarily before dispersing completely. After a couple seconds my glass had lovely colored liquid but only a thin collar. Disappointing as a whole. I could write a short list of things I’d like to see improved in the appearance but first and foremost would be a foamy head and subsequent lacing. Neither happened. Thankfully the color is beautiful and it does look good in my glass. The nose suffers in potency and thus articulation. I get whiffs of fruit (berries, cherries, some apples and melons), honey, hints of caramelized sugar, candied sugar. The alcohol is noticeable, fairly well hinted for a 10% abv beer. Traces of yeastiness. Overall the bouquet is clean and boring. I was expecting something bolder from Avery. Sure I criticized them from going over the top but this beer is under-whelming. Ordinary nose. The palate is thin and hot and not much more. Very disappointing. There is a muddled mess of sweetness, alcohol, and fruit. When this beer is compared to other Quadrupels it really falls short. Where is the complexity? Where is the malt depth? The alcohol is very well hidden but so are the other flavors! Fruit consists of peaches, grapes, pears, and some berries and melons; this aspect tastes great. The maltiness is very sweet with mushy caramel and candied sugar. Hops are lacking too. This beer has heavy hands but a soft touch. There is nothing bad about this beer (i.e., The Beast) but is shockingly dull! The yeasty qualities do say Belgian and not much else does. Too sticky as well, while it is not quite cloying it is very sweet and cumbersome. This is the littlest big beer I’ve ever had. Medium in body, kind of thin, the carbonation is low and this really bogs down the mouthfeel. More carbonation is need. I can’t see this beer working well with food. I also can’t see the need for me to drink this again. It is very easy to drink but so what, I don’t enjoy it. It is too simple for the style. What a big-time yawner! I bought a 22-ounce bottle in Loveland, CO. I can’t recommend this beer. (2,180 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured into a tulip glass a bright garnet/copper color. It came out with a light tan colored head that dissipated quickly, but left a sheet of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma had a malty sweetness in addition to a yeast/bread smell. The taste has a sharp sweetness like holiday candy immediately followed by a more dramatic yeast flavor. On the finish there is a fruity tanginess that I’ve not detected in a quadruple before. Just a touch of alcohol on the finish. This beer has a more substantial mouth feel than I originally expected after smelling it. Very drinkable. None of the characteristics overpower the beer; rather they all come together for an interesting and complex taste. (701 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful crafted beer. The color when poured was a pleasant dark amber brown with a very little brown foam and no lace. The smell was very fruity and spicy withy a mild hop aroma. The taste had a nice balance of holp's and malted barley. Also, the sweet and creamy fruitiness was was just fantastic. The warmer this ale got, the more intense and complex the flavor got. This goes as on of my top 10 ales. To bad it not for sale in California. I found this treasure in Colorado while traveling cross country. Sould have bought more than half a case! Can't wait for Avery to expand there sales area to California. (619 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This reddish brown ale formed only a modest head and left little lace. The candied sugar and chocolate aroma was intriguing. The blend of chocolate, cherry, and sugar notes provided an interesting and pleasant balance of complexity and intensity. After the Belgian Beer fest, this brew didn't seem so extreme or earth shattering. It was good, but not mind blowing. While I wouldn't call the brew particularly thick or syrupy, I could definitely feel the unfermented sugars. I'd have another, but I wouldn't smuggle it back from Ohio to be revered. (547 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear burgundy. White 1cm foam. Typical avery nose contains the light alcohol vapors and hoppiness. Fruity malt overtones (bubblegum, pears, cherries), almond and caramelised sugars aroma. Palate is also caramelic, earthy, heating. Finish includes traces of grassy, orangey and earthy bitter and astringent hops. All the way through though, there’s that dull avery yeast action going on which just doesn’t work so well with belgians. Body is fairly full, biting. (464 characters)

Photo of trancefishy
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: reddish-brown with garnet edges. small off-white head and minimal lacing.

smell: nice and full of toffee. smells big. something that doesn't smell like acohol, but leads you to believe that it's full of it is in there.

taste: mm, chewy sweetness. like a big caramel chew, but carbonated and alcoholic. rich, heavy, full bodied. luscious. finishes with alcohol, but then switches back to really sweet mode. makes you lick your lips and want another taste. taste is like the smell, big, and with that alcohol character. pretty smooth despite it's size.

mouthfeel: nice, bubbly, full, matches very nicely with the flavour.

good stuff. big and balanced, those belgian candy sugars are really outstanding in this brew. even though the high abv, drinkability is pretty good (as they always are...). one of the few quads i have had, and makes me want to seek them out more often. (896 characters)

Photo of Brian700
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful garnet color with a white head that fizzles away fairly fast. It definately carries that smell of belgian candy sugar and I can also smell some alcohol. Obviously because its ABV is 10%. It has a rich taste that almost resembles bubble gum. Sweet and malty with a definate taste of alcohol as well. Great mouthfeel. It has a fair amount of carbonation and a medium body. I think it is a very drinkable beer but be carefull not to hurt yourself. I lot of people don't get into these type of beers. I don't want to know those people. Definately give this a try. (577 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no freshness date.

Pours out golden brown and sits a crisp reddish brown in the glass with a 1/2 finger, fluffy off-white head that fades to a light skim.

Smells of sweet, sugary malts blended with maple syrup, caramel and toated marshmallow. Full, rich aroma of alcohol. Hopping is clear and precise, spicy and well balanced. There is a whole range of other aromas billowing from this, but I can't seem to put my finger on any of the others. Sugary, candilke in general aroma; very pleasant.

Tastes quite sweet up front, candy sugar, caramel and slightly burnt sugar. Alcohol pairs with the sweets and is noticed almost immediately. Spicy, herbal flavors creep in with a definative hop bitterness. Residual sweetness lingers in the mildly bitter finish.

Medium bodied, crisp and delicate carbonation. Nice and refreshing, and feels clean in the mouth.

An easily consumed treat of sugar-fed yeast byproducts. Maybe I can bring this one in to church, that'll spice up those sermons! (1,011 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle. Pours a garnet hue with a small head that fizzed out quickly. Strong alcohol aroma along with caramel and spices. Malty sweetness and alcohol flavors dominate the palate with little if any hop presence. A so-so mouthfeel is syrupy sweet.

This beer has a raw , unrefined character. The syrupy sweetness and strong alcohol taste dominate this potentially excellent brew. I'm cellaring a couple bottles in hopes of discovering a diamond in the rough. (465 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with one finger of head. The smell is full of sweet caramel malt and some plum and white grape. A little bit of alcohol too. The taste is also sweet and fruity. Plums, dates, and grapes with some sugary sweetness. Unfortunately, a big alcohol burn on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. The drinkability lacks some due to the 10% abv. Not too bad. (385 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The body is a beautiful ruby-brown, but there is absolutely no head. It didn’t matter how hard I poured, I couldn’t get anything to form., but it wasn’t flat. It wasn’t heavily carbonated, but there was enough to make it feel right on the tongue. Juicy fruit, biscuits, caramel, lemon, tea and butter all swirl in a very sweet and slightly thick beer. The complexity is pleasant, but the sweetness verges on being cloying. A nice alcoholic bite helps cut the sweetness a tad. (479 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap over at the Drafting Room in Springhouse, yay! Great brandy color with good amount of carbination and light on the head. Yummy scent of sherry and dark fruit. Lacing in the glass. Great barleywine style here. This is just so freaking good!! Tastes of dark cherries, sherry, and you can taste the alcohol in it- which I do love. The taste changes so much from when you first taste it when it is chilled, to when you let it warm a bit, to the point where it comes to room temperature... well, if you can wait that long! There were some huge chunks of scrod inside the glass from it, but hey, that is the risk we all gotta take here and there! Was not allowed to take any of this away in one of their growlers, rules against it said this was the only one on tap that was a no-go at the time. Big Sigh. But if it was allowed, I think me and drinking buddy would have drained the keg. Next trip back, the handle was gone. This is one I could definately have more than a few of in a sitting, not too heavy/thick, not too sweet, just so good.... yummmm.... (1,056 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Praise the lord!!! We call AVERY'S Quad the Reverend because it's a blessing to be on tap at the Drafting Room in Springhouse, PA. An incredibly delectible looking, dessert-like brew offering in a cognac snifter, quite generously filled to the cohesion tension brim, might I add.

Miraculous russet brown clear, carbonationless pour, topped off with halo lace.

Heavenly scents of cooked apples, and present pears. Afterscents stear towards maple syrup and cardoman spice with awl-kee-hawl scents becoming pronounced in the warmed nose.

First flavors to enter St. Peter's gate were highly evaporative awl-kee-hawl esters, even chilled from the tap first start. Then, a mature welcoming sweetness finished off the tounge.

A bitter thin feel slicks to the sides of me tongue, but in a way that is oh so good. Sorry, but these could be whacked back all nightlong.

Last swigs: Are there better Quads out there? Sure. Is this a solid contender in the stadium of Belg heavies? Have a Reverend and you'll be praying for asecond serving too. Full house of fours. This would be a nice second try away from bar smoke. Maybe nest time.

Beer is good. Happy (CO) beering. (1,176 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am so glad that I found some Avery. This is a very good beer. It pours an unfiltered golden color with a nice white head and good long-lasting lacing. There is a heavy aroma of malt and fruit and a little spiciness. This has a good Belgian style beer with sweet malty taste but with some unexpected spiciness. This is very smooth in the mouth and not thin at all, but is a little sweet so that it didn't lead to another. Altogether though, a very good beer. (459 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy maple arange that gives way to yellow hues when held to the light. Good lace on the glass.

A nice malty aroma permeates the nose that is joined by a whiff of fruit and spice. A very aromatic and pleasing beer on the nose.

This beer is exceptionally smooth and mellow with a rich malty sweetness. This is not like any Belgian style beer I have tried before. The malty richness reminds me of an old ale but the fruit and spices impart qualities of the Belgian style beers I am used to.

This is a rich full bodied beer that has a sharp dry finish. A nice thick beer that can be sipped by the fire on a cold evening. However, I had this on a warm afternoon and was equally pleased with the experience.

I enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying it again. It is unlike any Belgian style beer I have ever tried and I was very happy with the result. (871 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near clear red brew.

Smell is very sweet with a raisins and spice scent.

Taste is sweet malt and walnuts and almonds, a very nutty brew, similar to a really good sherry wine. Alcohol content is very well hidden in this brew. A bit of grain bran flavor is present.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty and light brew for its strength. A competent attempt to create the Belgian brew in the USA. (402 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (532 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BT NYC. Almond in color and clear. Tiny bubble head, nice lace left behing. Full bodied, Malty sweatness, alcohol noted and warming. Spicy Belgian yeast present. Another very big and bold, complex Belgian style brew. Alot of flavor and character packed into this offering. Not for the faint of heart, will be loved by some including me (349 characters)

Photo of silenius
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a lovely ruddish orange-red with some head to start, but later diminishing to a ring around the glass.

The smell is nice with a definite sweetness and some alcohol showing.

The taste is a bit too sweet for me. Like a mead that is too sweet. Honey and sugar with just a touch of some hop bitterness to barely balance it.

The mouthfeel is pretty unremarkable.

Too sweet for my tastes. (411 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny copper with a slim beige head. Active carbonation with streams of tiny, tiny bubbles. Aggressive pour gives a lot of lacing all the way down. Sweet malt aroma, candied fruit, mild hops. Chocolate milk?

Sweet, complex taste. Rich, candied fruits like prunes or currants. Very deep malts, complex flavors. Malty butterscotch, strong caramel, mild bourbon flavors. Alcohol is well-masked but not overpowering, warms the belly. (More alcohol tastes present in the second pour.)

Update, 2005: Just finished off a year-old bottle. Only gets better with age.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, smooth, clean and frighteningly easy to drink. Milder than other quads but strong and respectable for an American offering.

Gotta give props where deserved: Avery has been doing an impressive job with several of their offerings like The Beast, White Rascal and The Reverend. This is a brewer to watch. (907 characters)

Photo of garthwaite
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a gorgeous ruby red - just really attractive. I smell a bit of alcohol, a little fruit, a touch of caramel, & a lot of sugary sweetness. Wow, the mouthfeel is intense, overly sweet oranges that border on overwhelming. Truly having a tough time getting past the candy & sugar to enjoy any other qualities the beer may have. Aftertaste is more of the same. Really like the brewery, but this beer is not for me. (414 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Maproom in Chicago.

Beer is dark bright amber with a soft and low head that pops on the 'stache.

Aroma is softly caramel with just a touch of cornbread.

Flavor goes from a soft caramel and with a sudden sharp swerve to the fruited (apple and grape) flavors of a cadbury raisin chocolate bar.

Beer quickly swings back to a brown nut and caramel dance before the next sip.

Finish is long and just a touch sweet with a light spice to hold the tongue for the next go. (503 characters)

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.