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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 taez555
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish amber body with a very small off-white head that died almost immediately.

Nose was a big and sweet Belgian malt smell mixed with alcohol, soft tropical fruit, yeast and even a few touches of spice.

Taste was medium to full bodied. STRONG alcohol notes. The taste just glides over your tongue without leaving much taste except for the burn of alcohol. As it warms it gets a little better leaving some subtle hop notes and mild bitterness, but for the most part it’s just a big super smooth malt beer without the big malt flavor. What I would imagine a Barley wine Light might taste like.

A Belgian Quad? I guess. Basically it was a big 10% alcohol beer without much flavor. No real Belgian yeast or phenol notes, not a whole lot of spice, just sort of alcohol. It’s definitely a beer I’d recommend drinking only at room temp as it’s 1000 times better, but basically a sad excuse for a Belgian quad.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a heavy malt aroma with some dough, cherry, and port. Not as a full aroma has many great quda have. The head was fizzy and disappeared in 15 seconds. There was no lacing. Body was brown. Initial flavor was heavily sweet with a short finish. Hard to nail down the texture; only slightly syrupy. The carbonation was soft and a difinite, moderate alcohol finish. Certainly not one of my favorite quads. I have another that I'll let staty in the cellar for a year.

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Photo of Soneast
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my Westmalle goblet. Pours a clear, amber color, with a 1/4" off-white colored head that instantaneously recedes to a bubbly ring around the glass.

S: Predominate sweet malt and spice aromas, with some alcohol intermingled.

T: Alcohol hits you pretty much right off the bat, followed by a residual sweetness and mild fruity character. A slight pungent, earthy, almost funky flavor left on the palate.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation, maybe more than I would prefer with this style. Quite a viscous beer, left a lot of sugary stickyness on my lips.

D: I'm not too sure about this beer. On one hand it isn't all that bad, but I'm not reminded of a quad when I drink it. Too clear, too carbonated and too cloying, not to mention the strange "funkiness" in the background. I will probably pass this up the next time I see it.

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Photo of srrn
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hate to do this as this is an ok beer, but quads are probably my favorite beer. I like mine a bit funky, dark, cloudy (I do yeast pours) and with a lot going on in the smell dept. This poured a deep amber with a slight purple hue. What head there was leaves no lacing on the glass. I detect a very slight sweet smell, candy like. The taste is a bit like a sweet triple with only a hint of clove (I associate this with triples more than quads). This is a beer where I notice what is lacking more than what is there. As it warms the scent opens up and it gets very slightly more complex, but starts to get too sweet. I'll finish this bottle, not buy another and stick to their Czar and Hog Heaven which I enjoy.

I am interested in how this beer and St Bernardus abt12 are the same style as the colors are completely different, as is the sweetness.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a snifter; no freshness date

P: Gold from the bottle, and sits rustic amber with red and orange highlights. Off-white head is healthy, loosely compacted, and frothy with big bubbles on top. Okay retention, and didn't leave much in the way of lacing.

A: Cot damn! Smells like a big o' bowl of teeth-rottin' candy. Dark candied sugar dominates, with some cherries, cloves, pepper, a little belgian yeast and alcohol underneath.

T: Wow! Even sweeter than the nose! Once again, candied sugar is king, while cloves, and cherries are mere pheasants. Styrian Goldings hops finally show up halfway through, balancing out the sweetness but not really contributing much more than a twist of citric juice to the flavor profile. Then, just as quickly as the hops arrived, they disappear to leave the sweetness to reign supreme once again. Biscuity malt becomes much more pronounced on the finish. Belgian yeast is next to irrelevant, and never establishes itself like you'd expect. Decent job of hiding the big 10% ABV, though.

M: Medium-full bodied, slick, slightly chewy and gently carbonated. I think the mouthfeel saves this beer from being just plain mediocre.

D: By the time I got to the bottom of the glass, I definitely didn't want another.

Notes: Admittedly, I'm not the most experienced with Quads. But, the few that I have had were exponentially more complex than this. The flavors that are there are decent, but become increasingly un-interesting as the glass empties. Also, way too sweet for my personal preference. Not great, but not horrible. Valiant effort by Avery, but it just falls short.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up at Homebrew Stuff in Garden City a couple weeks ago... Finally getting around to drinking it tonight.... Pours a hazy amber with a short lasting white head.. No real lacing and a flimsy cap.

Nose shows caramel and bready maltiness ... light clove and perhaps some cherry if I concentrate, but overall there is a dusty sweet wet paper.... This has to be a very poorly handled bottle.

Caramel and red grape dominate the palate but the same malty cardboard is again the big player.

Body and carbonation are about right.

Too bad, I remember liking this beer.

I have been burned at Homebrew Stuff a lot lately... Buy at your own risk. I suggest buying only stuff you KNOW is fresh.

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Photo of jmalex
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I've had this beer for awhile thanks to a friend who brought this back from Massachusetts. It kind of got lost in the back of my fridge for a month or 2, but no longer. Today is finally the day it comes out.

APPEARANCE: Pours out a copper color with hints of crimson. A small off-white cap turns quickly into splotchy patches of foam atop the beer.

SMELL: The smell is heavy on pungent fruits (cherry, apricot, raisin) and bready caramel malts. A bit of a citrusy and floral hops presence can faintly be detected. One thing that is noticeably subdued is the yeastiness most associated with the style.

TASTE: The first sip hits you hard. Now I can see where the quad classification came from. The taste is very heavy on alcohol. The same fruits from the aroma are also quite prominent. The Belgian yeast quality is now much more present that in the nose but still somewhat subdued. No one would mistake this beer for one brewed overseas. The finish is extremely dry and the beer takes no detours in getting there. Strong flavored but one dimensional.

MOUTHFEEL: Perhaps a bit less carbonated than I like, though I wouldn't expect too much from a beer this big. The body is medium and quite nice.

DRINKABILITY: Suffers a bit here because of the dryness. I'm halfway through my glass but still have one third of my bomber to go. This beer would benefit from being sold in 12 oz. bottles.

A good try from Avery. The flavors are really interesting, but everything about this beer is up front and in your face. This one leaves me wanting a bit more - well, other than another pour.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber body with a light tan head that fizzles away quickly leaving no traces of its existence. Aroma has a good spiciness and a light sweet fruit. Some candy sugars as well and the alcohol is more than apparent here. It really seems to drown out the other scents as this warms, disappointing. Sweet caramel and sugars are big upfront with a lighter fruitiness backing them. The alcohol is there but really starts to show itself as this warms up. Starts to be a bit to sweet and boozy towards the end of the first glass. Mouthfeel is about medium and fairly smooth going down until the alcohol kicks in. For some reason I still found it pretty drinkable. It wasn’t bad just a bit overly sweet and the alcohol starts to stand out too much. Not one of Avery’s better creations.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to WhyBeNormal for sending this out in a BIF a ways back. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a clear garnet-copper color with a single-finger white head that falls quickly into a thick collar around the edges. A few bubbles on top as well. No real lacing. The nose brings forward some strong plum and prune character along with milder dark fruits in the background. Light cherry and a very faint amount of caramel. The flavor is sweet with a strong prune flavor and not much balance. Seems like a malty sweetness with fruit; no real yeast participation. Light-medium body with low carbonation and a bit of booze. Not a big fan overall, though nothing seriously wrong with it.

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Photo of ChazMania
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Certainly of the orageish amber hue, small even faint head. The flavor is good, I’m surprised it’s a quad as it doesn't seem that "big" but is nicely balanced, crisp and full. Quite easy to drink. I think the alcohol is very nicely hidden and not over the top.
I'm a fan of Avery, especially the Maharaja which is one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured poured a deep amber-orange, but it had some ruby highlights when it was held up to the light. It was slighty hazy and had a one finger, off-white head. The head rose up to only about one finger and dissipated quickly.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was very strange. Tootsie Rolls and raspberries overpowered everything else. As the beer sat, though, a fruitiness (comprised mainly of apples and oranges) really developed. The fruit, hints of alcohol, and an unmistakeable sourdough quality made up the bulk of the aroma. Yes, fruit wrapped in bread would be a great description. As it continued to sit, it gained a smokey quality, as well as some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth in the front of the mouth. It became pretty rough as it hit the throat, though. The high alcohol had a strong numbing effect on the palette.

Taste: Strong white grapes upfront. Very vinuous. Sticky sweet caramel malt and green apple rose up in the middle. The finish was dominated by spicy alcohol. Not only could you taste it, but it numbed the tongue as well. The aftertaste was all alcohol and a dry mustiness. Not much complexity for what it is.

As the beer really started to warm, a strong green grass flavor emerged and almost ruined the beer for me. This prompted me to bump the numbers down quite a bit.

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Photo of cokes
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Remarkably passive.
Nice looking reddish-copper glass. Hefty foam whittles itself away to just a skim. Totally clear, no haze at all, no sediment. Strange that a Belgian Quad would be filtered.
Aroma of faint malt and processed cold-cut lunch meat. No depth, and smells bad to boot.
Carmel maltiness on the taste buds. Bready notes. Vaporous spices, but too faint to be distinguished. Hoppy and drying in the finish. Way too simple. Lacks any sort of nuance. Grain-like alcohol is preceived occasionally, but is well-hidden for the most part.
Semi-sticky in the mouth with some coating sweetness that rides into the finish.
Almost like a macro interpretation of a quad. Drinkable but not much else.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tap House Grill, arrived in a shaker pint (sigh).

A: A deep reddish brown, slightly cloudy. Arrived in the glass with a thin head, which dissipated rather quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: I was, alas, at a bar with a kitchen, which generally precludes my olfactory senses from making much sense. What I was able to detect was some sweetness, yeast, and cherry fruit.

T: Yep, that's definitely more than a hint of cherry fruitiness, and not much of any other type of fruit. The underlying malt is caramel, with candi sweetness. I did not detect much spiciness, nor much layered complexity.

M: Rather thin for a quad.

O: I had fond memories of this beer from occasions several years ago. It would appear that since that time, I have encountered Abt 12, Rochefort 10, and Trois Pistoles enough that this beer has lost some of that initial "what sorcery is this quadrupel you speak of?" luster. It's not bad, but it's not anything I would seek out.

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Photo of charlatan
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant brick red colour with a limited head. I'm really struggling with the nose: yeast and bubble gum with alcohol fumes, but somehow not repulsive. The taste reflects the nose, but with a slight woodiness and maybe a hint of vanilla or even aniseed. I don't dislike this: I find it surprisingly one dimensional yet remarkably difficult to describe! Shockingly easy to gradually drain a large bottle of such a strong beer.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well im back at it. I told myself i would stop but i fell that with moderation, ticking can become fun again instead of a beer related chore! So this is my re-debut to reviewing! Yahoo!

A: I must say, after i got the ridiculous foil off the cap (pain in the butt) i thought i got gipped and they bottled a amber and labeled it a Quad. It looks more like a distant cousin the Dubbel. Full amber in color. Little to no head, barely any lacing.

S:Not as "smelly" as most beers in this style, but pretty good. Belgian yeast is there along with some biscuit and other bready-malt types. Small amount of dark fruits are present; figs, raisons, etc.

T: This might pass of as a decent dubbel but to call it a quad is becoming a stretch. Got some spices up front and some dark fruits/brown sugar at the end. Semi sweet at the finish as well.

M: Not the thickest of quads but pretty decent, almost no carbonation which is something i have never seen before in a quad. As the beer warms, has a little bit of alcohol bite on the finish.

D: If you drink it semi cold the alcohol isn't to horribly present, but as it warms it really starts to become noticeable. Not the greatest drinkability, but not the worst either.

Middle of the road beer for me that I think is miss labeled. More of a Dubbel for me rather then a Quad or BSDA.

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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 Schemy
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

A: Clear dark golden/ruby color. Light tan 1 finger head. Very little lacing.

S: Malty sweet smell. Slight fruit smell.

T: Fruity malty taste. Hints of bananas, nothing over powering.

M: Good mouthfeel, malty coating.

D: Good drinkability. Not a heavy alcohol taste, despite the abv of 10%. Will drink again.

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Photo of Crosling
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper currency. Rich, doughy malts, sweetened fruits, sugars and yeast in the aroma, giving a hint of peanut butter and bubble gum. Perhaps a hint of herbs in the aroma as well. Phenolic and fairly subtle tasting, with a light flavor overall considering its style and potency as well as several strange flavors, including plastic. Bright, spicy yeast flavors, with hints of cinnamon. The flavors are not really cloying like it is for some folks, but it isn’t as juicy and flavorful as the best Quads.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The reverend is apparently known for inspiring thoughts of the divine. I think it is a decent beer, and in the large bottle size, it is an easy one to get twisted on, but there are some drawbacks.

Sweetness - perhaps too sweet. A bit cream-sicle, maybe, but it still tastes like that Belgian quad. The dark coloration and creaminess are major benefits, but too much is truly too much with this beer, even when we're talking 10 flat abv. It could be easier to drink, and I don't like fighting sweetness; that feels less manly.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very murky orange/reddis color with a small off-white head that reduced rather quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Mostly some candied dark fruits, some wheat, malt, and a little bit of spice. As it warms some bready/doughy malt comes forward.

T: Sort of muted dark fruits mixed with some caramel and toffee. Not really that much going on.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not much alcohol presence.

O: Slightly disappointed, the flavors didn't really stand out for me here.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear red-copper with a small light tan head that goes away quickly, not much lacing.

smell is oats, hay, earth, nuts, light spice.

taste is quite different, oily, thick, somewhat sweet, wheat, burnt toffee, malt.

overall it was okay, average pretty much across the board, don't think that i would get this again when there are much better beers out there.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a crystal-clear bronze hue, with a dense and soapy three finger head just off-white in color. Good retention with spotty lacing. Toasty malt, light phenols, orange peel, and alcohol are prodominant aromas; some faint Styrian hops and Crystal malt make up the rest. The first sip is full of dextrinous and bready toasted malt, surrounded by a fruity phenolic taste in a classic abbey-style sort of way. Candy-sugar comes out next, and with it a boisterous, boozey kick. The aftertaste is drying with little but some herbal and mild hop flavor and aroma. The alcohol also helps balance out the abundant sweetess with help from a tart phenolic presence. Mouthfeel is medium-full with a medium carbonation that seems passable but lacking given the style and amount of lingering flavors. Indeed, the finish is quite residual and sweet, and only saved by the dryness from the booze. While this was a nice stab at the style and I really like the yeast profile and overall complexity- the preception of alcohol is out of control and far to hot the attain a respectable drinkability. The burn is slow and clean like top-shelp vodka, but ultimately too prominent even for a Quad and quickly becomes distracting. Perhaps a few years in the cellar would be beneficial, but it appears filtered and so would likely only fade away some of the more interesting yeast, malt and hop nuances.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leftover from a tasting
"Created by God,
feared by Satan,
loved by all."

A ~ I allowed this one to mellow at room temp upright after taking it out of the fridge to avoid another "explosion." Poured very well. Tiny tiny subtle bubbles. The color of cherry brandy with great clarity for a quad.

S ~ Woody and sweet. Smelling cherries, sugar, little bit of a cognac smell. Also a very fresh golden apple scent.

T ~ More Brandy and Apple flavors up front that fade into darker flavors (walnuts, figs, Plums, black cherry, and grapes) VERY grape-y. Bit of dry grass, which is a nice way to offset the sweet fruit flavors.

M ~ Dry with warmth but not too heavy. I have never experienced this before, but For some reason this particular quad reminded me of an suped up English Brown. Go figure.

D ~ Well, This isn't readily available anymore unless I buy out the rest of the stock at Corkscrew, but I probably won't do that. Too nutty and boozy. I kinda wish I had someone to help me finish the bomber. It's good but I'm just not that into it.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an undated, red foiled bomber into a chalice.

Reddish copper with a light tan head of one finger that sheets the inside of the glass and shows decent retention despite the abv. Lots of fine bubbles.

Smells of chalky yeast, medicinal clove, candy sugars, and alcohol. Really reminds me of candy cigarettes. Weird, but not bad.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Lots of sweet chalk, there's some good malt in there too, just not enough to lend any balance. Alcohol is hot on the tongue and exhale. The mouthfeel would be better with less sugar. Its almost sticky.

A sipper. A couple years in a cool dark place might help this beer.

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Photo of Phocion
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangish/amber with a thin head which quickly falls into a thin lacing.

Aroma is fruity and spicy, with a hint of coriander. Very strong alcohol aromas present that are almost covering up a weak toffee malt base.

Strong alcohol presence is almost overwhelming. Very little else noticable other than a light citrus hops and equally light caramel malts taste faintly trying to get your attention in the background. Very faintly.

Medium-heavy bodied mouthfeel with a decent level of carbonation. Smooth and warming, but at the expense of taste. The alcohol taste in here is just too much. Very poor example of a quad and not even a good beer.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,861 ratings.
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