The Reverend
Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #138
Ranked #17,768
3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Mar 13, 2023
Mar 21, 2002
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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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Pours a dark amber reddish with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Strong note of Belgian candi sugar mixes with sweet caramel, a bit of dark stone fruit and some earthy bitterness.

T: A nice hit of Belgian Candi Sugar, some dark stone fruit, a sweet caramel, and a slight earthy bitterness.

F: Good carbonation with a larger body.

O: Definitely old school but still good.
Mar 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Doppelbocker98 from Nevada

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Looks dark ruby, almost like a red ale.

The smell reminds me of fermented grapes and has a slight yeast quality.

The flavor provides that heavily fermented flavor that makes it taste similar to wine. After holding it in my mouth and exhaling, the flavor and smell of booze are very apparent. The fruitiness is honestly a bit muted from what I would expect from a quad, but the caramel maltiness is apparent. Still pretty good, but it feels like the flavor is quite thin even though the beverage feels quite thick in your mouth.

Impressive and delicious, but there are other quads at this price point that deserve your money more. The Belgian-style yeast/fermentation really shines through, but it takes away some of the fruity, fig-like qualities that are in other quads. I'd say a perfectly average quad (which is actually quite a good beer!)
Feb 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Right down the middle for the style, not a ton of complexity or layers, but delicious (molasses bread, figs, cherries, allspice and pepper, caramel and candied sugars), well balanced, and (for the abv) not too hot. Excellent on a cold winter's night.
Jan 09, 2023
Rated: 4.51 by Dalbeast from Wyoming

Aug 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark, auburn, chestnut, amber orange look. Fairly heady aromas of sweet allspice, butterscotch, heavily caramelized, medium dark roast malt. Medium bodied, sweet opening of a caramel, little bit of Yunnan black tea, a touch of molasses and raisin flavor. A bit light for this style. Finishes with a caramel and black tea note.
Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice amber color, not too much of a head. Smell is sweet and alcoholic: honey, figs, Belgian yeast, esters, coriander, and dark bread. Lots of caramel malt in the mouth, more honey and figs, some yeast in the body, esters, bittering a bit and finishing with well pronounced spice. The alcohol is quite noticeable on the finish and by the chest warmth. This is really good, if a bit unpolished.
Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look: Poured from a 12 oz can. Nice slightly hazy copper color with an off white, thin head that melts to a narrow ring around the glass and good lace on the sides.
Smell and Taste: Malt sugars and some molasses are dominate.
Feel: Well balanced between the hops, sweetness the malts, and the ABV.
Overall: YES! I can see me drinking this one again.
Jul 26, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I thought this was yummy and hit the spot. Easy drinking and then 10% sat well with me in this case so that's always fun. I haven't had much quads to compare it to but I did like this and would get it again
Mar 18, 2021
Rated: 4.05 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 3.91 by Pchoate3 from Colorado

Jan 21, 2021
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Reviewed by H-TownMcBuck from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -9%
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
Rated: 3.73 by chossboss from Oregon

Dec 31, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by kds2437 from Texas

Nov 23, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Aug 29, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by Longhorn08 from Texas

Jul 11, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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
Rated: 4.28 by Amonroe88 from Texas

May 27, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by dubnation from Kansas

Apr 18, 2020
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Reviewed by andypeters1971 from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Rated by Ohknows from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice Belgian style quadruple ale, I like the malty and sweet flavor.
Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Rated by HoodviewBrew from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Ok but a little too sweet and flat
Sep 27, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by RayCannata from Louisiana

Aug 16, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by andrew8626 from Minnesota

Jul 30, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jul 16, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by LanceDrs from Illinois

Jun 15, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

May 22, 2019
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Reviewed by MattDecker from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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.
Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4 by Musineer from Texas

Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Reviewed by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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
Rated: 3.87 by themayorkoch from Ohio

Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 22, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by Books647 from Texas

Oct 22, 2018
Rated: 4 by sumnerw from Texas

Sep 30, 2018
The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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