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The ReverendThe Reverend

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-21-2002

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orangish tan, very little scent but just a little raisin. Tastes strong but no blast, special b is nicely applied. Feels thin and finishes dry. A decent beer

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. I’ve had this bottle for a few years, but I do not know exactly how long.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains candy sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of candy sugar, caramel and dark fruit come in. There’s a slight touch of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby body with a light tan, gray-ish head that leaves a ring and plenty of lace on the glass. Lazy ambient bubbles rise everywhere. Powerful aromas of baked bread, cherry, raisin, caramel malts, mild pepper, and stone greet the nose. The flavor shifts, putting the booziness and some rum-raisin notes before the bread crust and cherry, caramel malt, slight yeast, and earth notes. The body is slightly sticky, medium-full, with fine carbonation.
This was a comprehensive, cohesive offering of a Belgian quadruple. It offered the rich malty notes along with dark fruitiness and earthy yeast components. The body could have been heavier and richer, but apart from that minor note it was a beautiful vision of beers not of this earth (continent).

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is clear but a dark amber color. There is some carbonation and a very thin white head. The beer has a strong smell of alcohol, but underneath that I get the sweetness of dark fruits. The alcohol is not as strong in the flavor. Molasses and dark fruits. Overall a nice sweetness to it and no noticeable hops. Good carbonation and a slight stickiness to the beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear reddish brown with a small head. The aroma is rather sharp, with uderripe banana, green apple, candied peach, dried apricot, dates, and tart plum. The flavor features sugared dates, raisins, sour plums, green apple skin, chocolate, nougat, almonds, and a cinnamon finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light foamy carbonation. Overall this is a delicious Quad. It has this interesting tart fruit quality in addition to a dried and candied quality, which keeps it from being overly saccharine. Quads are a tricky style for me, and this one is a huge hit.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent garnet color with a finger's worth of khaki foam. Mild aroma suggests apples, pears, and plums with caramel and coriander.

The taste features big-time sweetness up front with a vanguard of toffee and raisins, followed by warm, boozy alcohol and modest spicing. Medium body and fine carbonation make for a smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, this quad comes off a little unwieldy, even if it does tick off all the basic essentials. Not bad, but not something I would seek out to enjoy again.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured unhurriedly from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass at around 53°F
Look: Very carbonated, aggressive but short-lived head, remember to pour this one carefully! Color is a deep amber/red.
Smell: This beer is powerfully aromatic, you'll smell it as soon as you open the bottle. Strong and extremely sweet scent of candy sugar. Deep fruits like cherry, spicy fruits like currant and date. Strong undertones of spices.
Taste: More complex as beer approaches room temp. Strong Mediterranean flavors, currants and dates, very sweet candy flavor, leading into semi-bitter spiciness and strong but brief hints of alcohol.
Feel: Very strong, mouth numbing, sticky, and very carbonated. This is a very strong ABV beer. It will sneak up on you!
Overall: Very sweet, very strong, and a not too stomach-heavy Belgian quad. Even better with a meal. Save this one for special occasions.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, dark, opaque brown, minimal head and residual lacing. Strong cherry smell with burnt sugar. Tastes of molasses, brown sugar, barrel-aging, alcohol. Mouthfeel is lighter than I'd expect, still robust. Nice.

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Photo of hreb
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled 07-22-16 served in a tulip. Cloudy and brassy, like a dirty ruby. Moderate off-white head. Aroma is quite fruity, with banana, bubblegum, tropical fruit punch or candy. A lot of interesting smells not normally associated with beer, or at least not Belgian Quad. Flavor is also sweet, with fruity flavors present on the front of the palate. There's some complexity here, even if it is derived from adjunct sugar. While that initial flavor is intoxicatingly delicious, the aftertaste is cloying and really suffers from being under fermented. If the front of the mouth is exciting fruit flavors, on the way back it turns to rotting fruit flavors. Also, at 10% ABV, this beer is a hangover waiting to happen. The alcohol is well hidden, but boozy booze plus residual sugar equals dehydration equals major hangover. An interesting, if flawed, beer. It's good enough, I certainly don't mind it on the whole, I just wish I hadn't opened whole 22oz of it for myself.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably one of the better American made Quads I have ever had, but still falls a bit short of some of Belgium's finest. Still tasty brew, and love the fact that I can now get a Quad in a can!

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip

L: Pours a clear dark copper color. 1-2 fingers of white head... sticky lacing.

S: Dark sugars and darker fruits.

T/F: Rich and malty to open... lots of caramel and molasses flavors give it a semi-sweet start. Lots of overripe dark fruits... raisins and plum. Some hops for spiciness and bittering comes into play later. Well carbonated.... sticky and warming.

O: A pretty solid Quad from Avery. Not the absolute best Quad I've ever had but still pretty damned good. Goes down way too easily and would love to try this one barrel aged.

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Photo of tone77
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, molasses, malts. Taste is malts, molasses, light fruits, a touch of alcohol is present, but not a lot for a 10% abv beer. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth trying.

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Photo of pants678
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear mahogany with a sparse head.

Sugary, honey-y, date-y.

Fruit and honey, bit of a harsh finish. There's a rounded melon that reminds me of galaxy. Real emphasis on the honey, makes it unique but works against it, really. Needs some smoke or char or wood. Or spice.

Too dry for the style.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip is a dirty opaque brown and floats a slight tan head that recedes into an island and glass-hugging ring of tan bubbles.
Dark drunken cherry aroma flows into the taste. Can I get this aroma in a body spray?
Some spice here, coriander maybe, nutmeg... Nice.
Smooth feel, but not really creamy.
I long for a burrito, steak with pickled peppers and carrots.

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Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bomber into a pint glass. Looks like a glass of tea. Has a sweet smooth texture. ABV is well hidden. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 9.52 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.433/oz) at Spec’s, SATX
Bottled 5/17/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma faint – sweet, very faint fruit
Head average (Maximum four cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular three to five mm lacy ring and a complete thin layer with one area of heaped bubbles.
Lacing excellent – wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body – dark reddish amber, clear
Flavor – sweet, almost cloying; slight dark fruitiness, alcohol. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, syrupy, soft carbonation

Mediocre quad, definitely too cloying for me. The fruitiness of the yeast esters are entirely too weak and thin. One and done.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of lwillitz
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into snifter

This seemed like the perfect quad to celebrate 4 years since my ordination.

A - transparent body of ruby; not much of a head, but a few off-white bubbles stick around the edges

S - caramel sweetness, cherries and dark fruits, Belgian yeast in the background, a touch of alcohol

T - cherries/dark fruits, sugar, alcohol present but not overpowering, oak/wooden notes, touch of spice

M - lighter than expected; medium body, smooth and oily; low carbonation

O - the perfect beer to sip for hours while discussing theology

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Photo of tbryan5
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a translucent deep red and brown.
S- Cherries, dark fruit, figs, molasses.
T- Figgy, fruity, with a sweet syrupy aftertaste indicative of a quality Beligian beer.
M- Lighter body than the nose and palate would indicate but it's not thick or heavy.
D- Great after dinner beer because of the sweetness. Definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An old Favorite- used to drink this an do homework in college. Figured I need to rate it cuz it's a classic from one of my favorite breweries. this one does great with barrel aging- have loved all the variants the brewery has put out, including the pineapple addition.

L: deep red/purple hues with gold highlights. stark white head which gives a feint lacing. not as highly carbonated as it could be for the style.

S: Lots of caramel/toffee notes, some Belgian esters and dark fruits there too. a hint of booze but not in a detracting way. no hop presence, no off flavors.

T: Boozy upfront, but not "hot" or bothersome. Lots of caramel character. Much more caramel than dark fruit in the flavor. (Don't think they use dark candy syrup.) lots of malt and some nice bourbon-ish notes. Nice and drinkable despite the size/ maltiness of the beer. Very nice fermentation character that doesn't overwhelm the whole beer.

F: medium bodied, light carbonation. Nice mouthfeel and slightly oily on the palate.

O: An American classic- they really pull this one off. I would classify this one as a "quad" rather than a Belgian strong dark, as it much more malty and doesn't go overboard with dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear pour, no haze or yeast sediment, raisin color, lacing is moderate and creamy.

S - Raisins, figs, prunes, dark Belgian candy sugar, a little yeasty.

T - Raisins, plumbs, Belgian candy sugar, oak, boozy effervescence, cherries, and finishes with some spiciness left on the palate and a lightly bitter finish.

M - Big and full bodied, velvet-like texture, creamy, slippery, chewy.

O - The alcohol was noticeable on the first few sips but quickly disappeared as the palate adjusts. This is a nice Quad and it's been a long time since I last had this - would buy this again. (!!!)

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Photo of hman43
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark amber with a ruby hue. It has a slightly off white head that is rather creamy looking.

Smell: It has aromas of molasses, cherries, sugars and fruity esters. There are faint hints of alcohol.

Taste: It has flavors of It has a molasses like flavor with cherries and sugar being evident and dark fruits from esters. There is also the faint hint of alcohol in the taste.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is on the heavy side of moderate with a sweet, but dry finish and moderate alcohol warming.

Overall: This is a bit dominate by the malts with the sugars and fruity esters becoming prominent after the initial tasting. The alcohol strength is evident, but it is pleasant in the warming.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This nice quad pours a bright reddish mahogany with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thin ring, light pool, and subtle lacing. Nose of candy sugars, raisins, subtle wine notes, biscuit, and a touch of brandy. Flavors follow and lightly exceed the nose with rich candy malts on the front mixed with cherry notes on the sides, subtle herbal notes on the middle fade to a raisin and brandy flavor on the back, and finishes with a sweet candy note. Nice mouth feel, light carbonation is subtly prickly with warming booze on the back with a warming sweet finish resonating with cherries and grapes. An excellent representation brewed in the states. Fantastic.


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Photo of jzlyo
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is green grapes, spices and a hint of big sweetness. The flavor is Belgian yeast, grapes/green grapes, malts, sugar and a mix of medium/increasing sweetness and warming alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: a murky ruby red color with some light brown and purple notes throughout. head is nothing more than a thin tan lining that fades to just hugging the side of the glass

s: rich plums, figs, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, some dry crackery malt, a bit of peppery Belgian yeast. last thing i'm picking up is a bit of Belgian candied sugar

t: plums, sweet cherries, clove and figs upfront followed by a big sugary sweetness. behind that is a solid malt base - caramel and a nice dry crackery note. maybe a slight leathery hint. there is a definite Belgian yeast flavor in here as well. towards the end is a big raisin note that is cut with a slight alcohol presence

m: big mouthfeel, with normal carbonation level (which is not extremely high)

o: this is a solid quad. its smooth, sweet, a bit complex, and a nice sipper. not the best of style (which includes some world class beers), but a fine drinker that holds its own. definitely worthy of a purchase - my only wish was that the dark fruits were a tad more pronounced in the flavor

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Two finger white head, gone in under a minute. Slightly orange tinged, dark red body. Lots of floaters.

Smell: Strawberries, cherries, banana, and the classic Belgian yeast smell of pears and apples.

Taste: Strawberry, cherry, banana, spices, and a hint of earth.

Feel: Medium body, high carbonation. Alcohol isn't detected in the slightest, even though it's 10%.

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