The Reverend
Avery Brewing Company

The ReverendThe Reverend
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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #198
ABV:
10%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,212
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Reviews:
866
Ratings:
1,967
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
The ReverendThe Reverend
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 866 | Ratings: 1,967 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice, brown with a little ruby. Smell is sweet, candy-like, but a bit too much alcohol. Friend of mine said it smelled like rubbing alcohol. Taste was a let down for me. I typically love the quads. It was syrupy, bit much on the boozey side.

Dec 31, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am getting close to wrapping up my Avery horizontal in support of The CANQuest (tm). I have been steadily pulling beers out of the backlog to try & finally bring some closure to this CANsense. I like when I CAN assemble even a small brewery horizontal & I really dig that Avery is CANning!

From the CAN: "Not Just For Sundays"; "The Reverend Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale"; "Created by God * Feared by Satan * Loved by all * Reverend Luther Tucker"; "The Reverend is a divinely complex and beautifully layered creation hints of dark cherries, currants, and molasses, complimented by an underlying spiciness and a sinfully smooth 10% alc./vol."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, imported Belgian specialty malted barley, dark Belgian candy sugar, hops, and Belgian yeast."

I was extremely gentle with this one! It was nearly four years old & I did not want CANything to go wrong, I beCAN with a Crack of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I was rewarded with just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was a beautiful Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose extremely malty & bready, like proofing dough sitting on the counter! 8=O It also had a nuttiness, like almonds & peCANs, as well as notes of raisins. It smelled like liquefied trail mix! 8=O I just had a bag of trail mix the other day as a snack. Yum. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste had a definite treacle & brown sugar quality, thanks to the Belgian CANdi sugar. There was also a pronounced alcohol burn as a result of the relatively high ABV. Phew! Once I became acCANstomed to its heat, the nuttiness really beCAN to come through. Mmm. This had dried beautifully during the time that I had it set aside. I gotta say, there was no residual sweetness in this bad boy. Warming & getting used to it, the nutty, brown sugar & treacle quality really came together! I was reminded of brown sugar coated roasted nuts & I SO miss going to HER Bears hockey games, where they sell them on the concourse. Yum! I am REALLY jonesing for some hockey. 8=( I CAN JUST imagine CANs of this at a hockey game! Ha. Off the hizzy! Finish was super dry & I was feeling kinda rocked by it all. Phew! In a CAN, no less. YMMV.

May 30, 2020
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andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Yeah so this quad doesn't have a complex taste profile, nor will it bowl you over with its incredible treatment of the Belgian candi sugar or the notes of dates. Who cares?!? When a quad is this well-balanced and easy to drink, how can you resist? Plus it's got a great can design

Mar 19, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours reddish brown with a pleasingly foamy head and excellent lacing.

The aromas are pretty spot-on for the style. Candi and Turbinado sugar with ample but not overpowering yeast presence.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with candi sugar, followed by hallmark yeasty goodness mixed with a variety of dark and dried fruits--cherry, raisin, date, currant, prune, and fig. Despite the darkness, some lighter fruit fare arrives, including pear and stewed apple. The brew is rather sweet and spicy for the style, but the stronger-than-normal hop presence helps subdue and balance this. The booze shows up at the finish and comes off a little strong, although it isn't a burn.

Full-bodied for sure, the brew still doesn't get sticky or heavy.

Overall, a nice American effort at one of my favorite styles. It lacks some of the depth and complexity of the best of the style, and the sugar and booze are a little strong, but the unique hop presence lends an interesting balance. There are better stateside takes that aren't quite so sweet (Sixth Glass, Three Philosophers, for example), but it's still a pretty strong offering.

Jan 05, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 11/2/13: Pours an opaque (clears as it warms) deep amber producing 2 fingers beige, dense, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves chunky rings and steaks of lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, banana, sweet fruity bread, apple, pear and some pineapple with hints of grapefruit , toast and alcohol. Yes the 10% ABV alcohol comes off as only a hint in the nose. Taste is brown bread, brown sugar, Belgian yeast apple/pear fruitiness and bubblegum with dark fruit hints and alcohol heavier than in the nose. The finish is boozy, fruity, caramel and candy sugar with a peppery bite producing an aftertaste highlighted by bitter-sweetness and alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, dry finish and warm with alcohol spice and bite. Belgian yeast, dark malts and alcohol notes that make it very true to the style.

Oct 27, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown with a modest tan cap that slowly recedes leaving great lacing. Aroma is sweet ripe fruit, molasses, and caramel malt. Flavor follows the nose, alcohol well hidden. Feel is on the light side of medium bodied. Overall a very nice beer.

May 19, 2019
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MattDecker from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: deep Amber brown
Smell: Belgium sugar, sweet, rock candy, maybe brown sugar - nothing much other than sugar smell
Taste: rich fruit (plum? Stonefruit? Grape??Can't place), Belgium sugar, light citrus, deep brown sugar, Carmel,
Feel: medium full to full body.
Overall:

Apr 21, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got a can of this off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle. It poured a murky amber with no head and no lace. The scent had maple, brown sugar and Belgian twang. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with boozy finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

Mar 29, 2019
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AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured half of this 2016 22oz bottle aggressively into a snifter. It seems similar to Rochefort 8. I'm getting that grapey thing, but I agree with my wife and a previous review on Untappd that the fruitiness is a little over-ripe. The smell was a little off, as in, not very pleasant. Probably better at ~1-2yrs? I still enjoyed it and glad I had a chance to try it.

Mar 06, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned 2/6/18; drank 7/20/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through red/purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge khaki head; a thick curtain of frothy lace.

Clove & caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Clove and caramel flavors; booze heat notes on the finish.

Superficially this resembles a true quad, but it lacks the depth & complexity of the style. Permanent pass.

Jul 21, 2018
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GratefulFC from Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice red oak. Right amount of carbonation. Smell is caramel and malt. Taste caramel, malt, and brown sugar. Alcohol is a bit up front. Oak and cherries are in the back. Gets better as it warms slightly.

Jul 11, 2018
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drunk from an attractive can. Brewed 3/28/17 per bottom of said attractive can.

Pour: didn’t pour so giving it a neutral rating. Not sure why 3.75 out of 5.0 is neutral but...

Nose: hard to tell given the can limitations. Some aluminum, some malt, maybe a hint of dark cherry and candied fruit. Aluminum, or surprisingly, dominates.

Taste: the malts really shine. Caramel, dark fruit, brandy and plenty of molasses come through. Slight hop bitterness provides balance. A little pepper also comes through. Lots of complexity to ponder as you drink.

Mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation but doesn’t overwhelm the subtle malt flavors. Syrupy bit not cloying. Good balance.

Overall: really good and absolutely worth trying. The name is great as is the beer. Not as good as the St Bernardus ABt 12 quad from last night but really solid and the can, versus a glass, may be the difference.

Feb 18, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin off white head to a beer that is mahogany/ruby. Held up to the light layers of Ruby shine bright.
Smell is of that Belgian funk. The earthy floral notes mixed with some sweet fruit. Almost strawberry/cherry like.
Taste follows that path. Almost get dark cherries. Not quite chocolately cherries but almost there with how the malts play with it. The floral plays a huge role as well.
The feel is dry, leaving you wanting another drink as soon as it leaves your mouth. Which can be a dangerous thing at 10%. The 12 oz. serving is enough.
Overall, I've not been too big on any Belgian style beers I've had, but this one finds good balance and brings something else to the table besides just having that Belgian funk. I like it.

Feb 11, 2018
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whynot44 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy red/amber color with a creamy tan head that eventually subsides to a ring that lasts all the way and produces some decent lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts with hints of plums and some spicy notes.

The taste is somewhat sweet -caramel malt, belgian candi sugar, figs, dark cherries and plums with hints of vanilla and cloves. The finish is fairly dry with a bit of earthy hops and alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable.

Overall a nice take on the style, if not quite up to Trappist standards, well worth a try.

Jan 17, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark reddish orange with a half finger, light khaki head that dissipates to a thick cap with good lacing. Aroma of candi and caramel malt, plums, raisins and a little tart cherry. Flavor is candi malt, raisins, fresh figs, overripe plums and a little of the cherry tartness from the aroma. Flavor tapers off into the finish with leaves light biscuit and candi malt with dark dried fruit lightly lingering. Medium bodied with ligth creaminess. Has the right profile for a quad, with malt base with traditional tasting fruit flavors. It starts off quite well, if a little muted, but the flavor really kind of dies out in the end leaving hints of its former flavors, but with lingering slight tartness, which is not what I expect from a quadrupel. Nice and drinkable, but not a contender against the Belgian originals.

Jan 17, 2018
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Pundit_of_Potability from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich dark brown, like a good quad should (even if it is out of a can!). A nice 1 inch head that sustains for a long time and leaves oodles of lacing. This one has the usual caramel overtones and candy to the nose.... The flavor is quite nice: some nice dark chocolate, candied sugar sweetness, a hint of hops and barley, and some plummy/raisony fruitiness. The feel is creamy, with some sizzle on the finish. For the price ($3.99) it might be a little steep for a 12oz can, but it is quite potable and easy to drink for a 10% ABV ale. Worth a try!

Jan 12, 2018
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz canned 6/2/17
Brown/red with a 1/2" beige head. Retains at 1/4" and has a little stick to it.
Can smell the beer from a foot away as its poured....Belgian-y yeast, dark fruit, bubble gum and more ripe fruit.
Rich malt, dark fruit, sweet. Banana (?) yeast trick.
Full bodied. Slight prickly form the 10%, just a little heat.
Not a big fan of this one.

Dec 10, 2017
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Pontzie from Florida

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at pub in Vegas.

L: medium red body. Amber head with thick lacing.
S: A disappointing lack of anything other than a yeast and malt scent. It portends a bland beer that promised deep rich cherry flavor.
T: surprisingly you pick up the cherry undertones. It has a decent flavor although it seems a bit flat for a draught pour. Alcohol is present but actually rather deliciously forward. I kings of want more fruit flavor.
F: Flat, but holds the alcohol nicely.
O: good taste. Slightly plain and flat. A decent attempt at a quad. I want more bite..... could sip this readily.

Nov 29, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a semi-clear honey-red-amber color with a half finger of light tan head. Leaves a wisp across the top and relatively decent lacing.

Sweet, complex aroma with toffee, light cherry, raspberry, vanilla, a hint of chocolate and some dull earthy hops.

Much plainer tasting. There's really very little of the toffee and just a hint of the fruit. There's a little dull malt sweetness that's easily balanced by dull hops. Not quite cardboard territory, but possibly heading in that direction. Lightest kiss of alcohol.

Fairly light bodied for the style, a tad syrupy, with solid carbonation.

Looks and smells great, but the taste falls flat for me. Too thin for a quad, IMO.

Nov 26, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - looks like muddy creek water with a tan lasting head
Smell - not much scent but did pick up in the dark cherry
Taste - dark fruit but nothing big
Feel - medium body light carb
Overall - ok quad

Nov 20, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not terribly impressed. Canned on 3/20/17, and it seemed to not do too well in the last 7 months. Nice deep orangish red brown. Very short lived head with no lacing. A bit of a cherry smell. Sweet dark fruit taste, a little boozey. Sort of a flat feel. Just sort of hit an off cord.

Oct 20, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 10/8/16 poured into a Chimay goblet at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright with some chill haze. Color is light brown with red highlights and the head is very light brown. The head recedes to a thin ring and island which is only due to the nucleated glass. Aroma is dark sugar and a little booze first with some subtle dark fruit. The taste is semisweet raisins, brown sugar, and fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sharply carbonated, and dry in the finish. Overall, good but not great. This sat on a self for a year before I purchased but that shouldn't be an issue for a quad. It really lacks complexity of taste and feel above all. Boulevard (The 6th glass) will remain my bargain quad four pack leader.

Oct 14, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly good U.S. cut on a Quad. Pours a clear reddish/dark amber color with a very small bubbly white head. The head fades fast and there is no lacing. Aroma is dark fruit figs, raisins and cherries with a strong sweet malty presence and a little candi sugar. Not quite as rich, complex and yeasty as some Belgian Quads, but still appealing. Flavor is also fairly good but not all that complex. It is malty and sweet, with very little alcohol bite. However it is a bit lacking in richness. yeast and spiciness. Mouthfeel is smooth with only a mild alcohol presence and not a "burn". Tasty and sweet, but once again lacking in spiciness and complexity. I enjoyed this beer, maybe not a world-class Quad, but a good cold weather brew.

Oct 07, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. canned on 10/8/16, so closing in on a year old.

orange/brown murky body, yet clear when held up to the light. thick creamy off white head which persists in some form throughout. decent enough lacing.

aroma is sweet, strongly of molasses, with dried fruit and plums.

taste follows the nose, molasses, dried fruit, sweet candy, and a little burn from the spice.

below medium on the mouth, molasses on the finish.

overall, fairly enjoyable sipper. would have liked the mouth to be a little fuller. abv is quite well hidden, so beware.

Sep 22, 2017
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ThePold from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, recent package. Pours with a low head that forms from late-arriving carbonation. Nose is malty, with cherries. Taste is thick and the cherries and currants are prominent. Smooth. A great quadrupel that is worth the price.

Sep 09, 2017
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1967 ratings