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The Reverend | Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian 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.

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Ratings: 1,947 |  Reviews: 859
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice burnt orange color with a thick head that resides too quickly but leaves absolutely excellent lace. It is slightly foggy/ hazy.

Immediately, I smell strong hints of prunes and other sugary dark fruits, but mainly prunes...I don't even like prunes but this is awesome for some reason! If you try hard enough you can get some nice doughy, yeasty notes as well.

The taste is incredible as well. It tastes of rich sugary fruits, mild yeast, and maybe even some banana (i would assume from the yeast?).

The body of the beer is full, yet delicate. Sublime.

Overall; amazing - yes amazing. It is working its way to the top of my list.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jmasher85
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Avery and this is a mighty fine, and remarkably smooth, Belgian-style quad. Actually, calling it Belgian-style is almost unfair - they imported Belgian hops, yeast, and I think some of the malts too for this lovely homage so it's practically the real thing. I revere the Reverend, with its hints of oak and smoke, some nice cherry notes on the back end, and a good mix of spices where none shout out at you, but taste lovely in harmony with each other. This quad won't blow anyone's mind, but for Avery fans, and anyone who wants a strong, yet mild quad, this is worth a bottle.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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 TheCondor
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Side poured with standard vigor into a Chimay goblet. Picked this up mostly because the label looked cool and I wanted a different beer. I had never seen this before either, so it was interesting.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep maroon/crimson color with an off white, two finger head that leaves pretty good lacing and displays moderately good retention. I love the packaging, love the label and the concept of the Holy Trinity Series.

Smell - Dark fruits, mahogany, spiciness, sweetness, and almost a hint of tobacco. Although not an overwhelming nose, very good

Taste - The sweetness of the dark fruits are very obvious, as is the maltiness and the caramel background. Malts are a big boy in this drink, if you don't like malt I would stay away.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, big and rich, Nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Although you don't get a big bite from the booze, you know it is there pretty quick given the ABV.

Overall - This is a very good example of the Quad style. While it is not my favorite, it is a good one indeed. If you like Quads, malts, or just good beer, this is a good one to get ahold of.

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Photo of jkblr
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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 BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Look: Deep amber with a minimal vanilla head that barely lines the glass. Lots of legs.

Smell: Dark candied cherries, toffee, brown sugar, currants, dark grapes, plums, dates, and white grapes. Smells sticky and sweet.

Taste: Brown sugar covered raisins hit the tongue, followed by dark cherries, big date notes, toffee, currants, very mild cinnamon, molasses, and every couple of sips I get a big moscato/white grape note that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: At first it's sticky and then but the bodies up really fast to a thick body that completely covers the mouth. Goes down sticky with a hint of booze on the finish that warms the back of the throat. Finish is sticky and dry that let's the date notes linger on the tongue.

Overall: This definitely covers more of the toffee/Belgian sugar side of the style then the raisin/dark fruit of most quads. It's kind of like a quad style barleywine. It's good but nothing mind blowing

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a glass chalice.

Pours reddish orange with a thin head that immediately becomes a patch with active carbonation keeping it alive in the center. Swirls dance around the center patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of candied citric-like fruitiness with a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet candy sugar with a citric-like touch. A bit of graininess, a hint of caramel and alcohol add to the sweetness, though there is a bitterish balance to it. Boozy finish. I can think of better examples of the style, as I don't know that this one really fits well, as it is a bit too sweet, aggressively boozy and lacks certain complexities. Yet, there is something charming about it's maltiness and sugar sweetness that I liked despite it all.

Relatively soft carbonation helps with smoothness and drinkability, which is in turn restricted by overall sweetness and sharp booziness, though it adds little to the liveliness of it. It doesn't really fit with the character of a great Belgian-style, but works to a fair degree.

I have a bit of mixed feelings about it. Though it could use more balance and move towards the hallmarks of the style more clearly, it had a taste that I liked well enough to continue reaching for my chalice.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a large globe glass, bottling date not referenced from my view. The Reverend pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan cap and is a reddish orange in the light. Bit light overall as for expectations for the style. Leaves decent retention nonetheless.

Nose of yeast and light brown sugar. Light and subtle, pleasant yet a bit reaching for such a robust style. Bit of chocolate at times and light wafts of alcohol and fruit. Nose improves with warming but never truly develops much character.

Flavor follows the nose with light slightly fruity chocolate and with a creamy delivery than belies the ABV of this brew. Like the aroma, the flavor distracts neither in a negative nor a positive way initially, becoming a bit more endearing with warming.

Feel remains a bit thin in the end, lacking a whole lot of complexity and structure and with an overabundance of light brown sugar. Yet what is there is pleasant enough and it drinks quite easily for the style and strength of the offering. But then I'd rather savor a Quad for its complexity than consume it for its strength.

Interesting beer that is surely worth a visit.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Jiegel
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of dcisco44
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Clouser
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of mbunje
1.81/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A - Rich copper color with almost no head

S - Like a tropical cocktail: Pineapple, Banana, and Coconut.

T - Even more of the same + a bit of funk and mushroom (if you can imagine)

MF - Didn't get this far

D - Not

I either got a bad bottle or this is not good.

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Photo of bump8628
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange-ish-copper with a wispy bone-colored head.

Only mildly "Belgian" in character with notes of buttered caramel, candied orange, toasty malt, and a strong spicy, warming alcohol.

This isn't really close to any other Quad I've had, American, Belgian, or otherwise. Almost like a Barleywine with a slight Belgian edge. It definitely has character, just not a character that's really pleasing to me.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of LBM1A
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bsm80x
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dfconnor
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my thing. Struggled to drink the whole can. Felt sick the next day.

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Photo of Loki
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 50cl bottle, or 1Pin.9oz

Poured a slightly reddish brown with a big white head that faded all too soon. Each sip leaves wisps of lacing around the glass. Beautiful color and clarity, but the fades way to fast, it was gone in less than 30 seconds.

The first scents are pure candy and candied malt. Hidden deep behind the candy and malt are scents of alcohol and spice. Very inviting, but almost a bit overwhelming in sweetness.

The taste is much like the nose, but not as dominated by candy. The first flavors are definitely dark candy and candied malt then you get hints of wheat, notes of alcohol, and finishes with some slight spice. The spices helps to keep the sweetness from being overwhelming.

The body is medium and finishes fairly clean. The high alcohol is fairly well hidden in the flavor profile, but is noticable on the nose. Very drinkable, but a little to sweet to have 3-4 at a time.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/11/2005 (bottle):

Pours a medium brown color, with an aroma of flowers, and some alcohol. Has a smooth taste, with a slightly oily texture, and some carbonation. Slight bitter hoppy taste, nuttiness. Has an odd taste similar to some other Belgian ales I've had.

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Photo of astidad
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,947 ratings