The Reverend | Avery Brewing Company

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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 morrowd3
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zstamper
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tazzman
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lebowskied
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of hermit990
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sevinup07
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreyGooseStout
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wolvmar
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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 rarigney
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SauceMcSauce
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Strong and smooth.

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Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -2.1%
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 +4.1%
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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Photo of Kips
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of austinc94
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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 +4.7%
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%
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 -3.9%
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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