The Reverend
Avery Brewing Company

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #198
Ranked #13,231
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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.
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Reviews: 861 | Ratings: 1,954
Photo of AdmiralOzone
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.

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Photo of MattDecker
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
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.

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of GratefulFC
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.

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Photo of Wolvmar
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
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.

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Photo of whynot44
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
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!

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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.

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Photo of Pontzie
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.

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Photo of thebeers
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
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

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Photo of puck1225
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.

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Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of JayQue
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
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.

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Photo of ThePold
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.

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Photo of JohnDee
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber in color with an off-white head. Smells of caramel with hints of stone fruit and spice. Complex flavor consisting of caramel, ripe stone fruit, oak, spice, etc.—a bit over the top but enjoyable. Mildly sweet, fairly prominent alcohol. Medium bodied.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy rainwater color with a scummy head of 1/2 finger.

Sticky aromas of fig, bourbon, spoiled grape, brown squished cherries, and wheat bread crusts.

Flavor is much the same, adding a touch of bourbon burn and some vanilla. Some rough woody notes and more spoiled cherry.

Feel is hot and carbonated, with a slightly starchy finish.

Overall, I remember this being better the last time I had it. Perhaps this can has suffered from infection, or I sat on it a little bit too long. I still may try to pick it up again later this year.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just WOW! Beer pours a beautiful auburn color with no head. The smell is caramel, raisin and alcohol. The taste is great with a raisin flavor and caramel notes. A very smooth beer with a ton of flavor. Overall one of the best.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A short-lived ecru head forms a foamy texture over this hazy dark copper beer. Spotty lace and tiny carbonation bubbles form within a Chimay chalice while yeast dust drifts within.

The aroma opens prominently with figs and raisins that are followed by plums and sweet red wine. Rhubarb pie and alcohol fumes round out the sensation.

The flavor follows the aroma, though quite sweet and rich. Honey forms in the back of the throat while mince flavors and brown sugar lead to a mild drawn out finish. Pumpernickel bread becomes prominent with warmth.

The body is medium to full with a texture similar to soft jersey cotton. Carbonation is fine and ample while alcohol is controlled yet present.

This Quad pairs well with reading on a cool, sunny, early December afternoon.

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Photo of c014572
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber/red, head fades quickly. Smells of bread, dark fruits and alcohol. Taste is similar to the smell, very rich and drinkable. Fairly high on the residual sugar, but enough hops to balance but not be overpowering. If you like quads, try this. Very nicely done.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1954 ratings