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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 BeerGod27
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad quad but there are far better quads out there than this one. It would make a good introduction beer for new quad drinkers.
There is the typical sweet, dark fruity nose that you would expect from a quad followed by tastes of plums and sour grapes. I picked up on gingerbread too if I wasn't mistaken.
Not a bad beer but not worth the price considering the other A+ quads available at similar pricing.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2013.

The color is mahogany brown to medium-dark amber with a modest little head that fizzles quickly.

Vague notes of Belgian sugar, Belgian biscuit malts, mild hops, and this kind of fruity character that is more akin to grape rather than pear or apple. It makes me think more of a wine.

The body is medium to full. Smooth too.

The 10% ABV is well-masked within the sweetness of the Belgian candied sugars and malts. But in all instances I still get this sort of wine or grape character, which I find brings the beer down a notch.

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Photo of zac16125
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Avery the Reverend
22oz bottle into a chalice
no bottling dates

A: Pours a dark copper with some reddish hues when held to light. 1 fingers width of tan colored head hangs around for a while before dissipating down. Leaves some streaky lacing and alcohol legs.

S: Lots of dark fruits, cherry and currants, some vinous notes, candied sugar, significant sweetness, estery banana, peppery spice and a hint of booze round it out. Complex, strong aroma, and very nice.

T: Different than the nose, not as rich or complex. Some bitterness, and a prominent booze are the first things I get. Once I get past those two components I then pick up subtle cocoa, banana, and dark fruits that are significantly less prominent than the nose implied. I also get a burnt plastic like component.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, gives a nice whole body warming sensation. Quite boozy though, definitely lots of booze in the flavor, and a bit hot.

O: Overall, not bad but somewhat disappointing. The aromas was very nice, but the palate profile feel short. Worth a try but there are so many great Quads readily available that I dont think Ill be purchasing this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy ripe plum color (reddish/amber with a hint of purple), with two-finger, off-white head. Spots of lacing. Head did dissipate after a while.

S - Strong aroma of Belgian yeasts, caramel, sweet breads, dark fruits and a hint of banana/clove.

T - Nicely blended flavors of black cherries, holiday fruit cake, and caramel-soaked bread. Clove and pepper spice present in the mid-palate. A touch of grapefruit from the hops present in the finish works wonders to prevent cloying. Complex. ABV barely detectable. Fruitier and not quite as decadent as some Quads I have sampled, but I found the difference to be rather refreshing.

M - Thinner side of medium bodied, with spritzy carbonation. Finishes quite clean. IMO, this could have used a little more body; but a minor flaw.

O - As a different take on the classic Belgian Quad, I enjoyed this quite a bit and would recommend it for those looking for something original, as this is not the toffee/date/prune bomb one might expect. All around pretty darn good though.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark copper color with a small off white head
S-rich caramel malt with a spice aroma and a sweet banana fruit smell
T-malt hits you then the spicies hit you with a warming alcohol taste that leaves the mouth with a strong spice aftertaste that turns to a spicey caramel malt finish
M-high carbonation and medium body
O-very complex malt and spice and fruit smell make this a great beer

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful dark pour, minimal carbonation, a great scent that screams "QUAD!", but the flavor (and I've noticed this with pretty much all of the Colorado Belgian-style beers) isn't quite there.

I don't know if Colorado has its own "Belgian" convention I'm unaware of, but their Belgians just a little off compared to their European or Canadian counterparts. </rant>

Ultimately, this is a good beer and I'd recommend it if you're looking to try something new, but if you are going to have one quad this year, this beer just isn't quite it.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep amber. clear. nice head and retention.

S: light fruitiness. malty sweetness

T: starts with a malty sweetness and fades into a nice mix of plums, slight dark cherries. currants. Delicious. very slight trace of alcohol on the finish. well masked, though. finish is sweet, rich fruits.

M: wonderful

O: excellent quad

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, from Tipsy's Liquor World in Denver's suburbs.

This beer pours a clear, orange-brick amber hue, with a half-finger of weakly foamy, and mostly fizzy beige head, which leaves some random columns of mitochondrial lace around the glass as things eventually sink away.

It smells of dark raisins, figs, biscuity caramel malt, dry toffee, molasses, a bit of underripe apple, cloves, and a threatening booziness. The taste is quite fruity up front - stewed black cherries, applesauce, red currants - followed tightly by sopped bready caramel, crystallized toffee, a bit of muddled clove and white pepper, some ethereal earthy hops, and more menacing, but still restrained, alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly light, and even AWOL at times, the body a decently trim medium weight, and decidedly smooth, with a hint of hollow creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the muted caramel and toffee notes dropping deeper into the shadows, the sugary fruit holding fast, and the spices melding nicely into a now (relatively) low-ABV liqueur state.

An agreeable enough new-world ode to the Belgian greats of the style, the booze deftly integrated, however the malt just seems more like the simple country cousin, rather than the urbane grand uncle of the family. Glad I got to try it - it's noted here to remind me of just how close it really was that I didn't.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish hue with a moderate amount of head.

Smell is okay. Sweetness, some dark fruit. Not overly aromatic.

Taste reflects the nose. Primarily sweet with some dark fruits and some clove and spice notes. Lacking the depth and complexity of it's Belgian counterparts.

Mouthfeel is good, just a touch thick and oily.

Overall, a good American Quad. In the future I'll stick to the Belgians, but this was worth a try.

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Photo of spoony
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (I didn't catch the date) into a wine glass.

A-This brew is lighter in color than most quads. I'll call it rusty amber. The head is pretty thin, maybe a half-finger of tan foam that doesn't linger for very long. The carbonation is minimal.

S-This brew smells of sweet molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and light pepper. There is a bit of warming alcohol in here, too. It lacks the typical prune/raisin of many quads, but the scent is not half-bad.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with toffee, caramel, golden raisin, and molasses flavors being dominant. The alcohol is sweet, solventy, up-front, and slightly aggressive. This is slightly lighter in flavor profile and carries more honey/caramel than typical quads.

M-The feel, like the color, is lighter for the style. The carbonation is smooth and fine.

O-This is a slightly different take on the quad. It lacks the raisin/prune/tobacco flavors (well, it might have a little tobacco), but it packs a big alcoholic punch and a decent toffee-forward flavor. If you are looking to replace St. Bernardus Abt 12 or Westy, look elsewhere, but if you want something to pair with a graham cracker crust cheesecake or toffee bread pudding, this is a solid choice.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Reverend opens to a full-bodied Belgian nose, bananas and cloves leaping from the bottle, joined here by additional fruity notes of pineapple, cherry, melon, and light apple to form a sticky-sweet bubble gum-like overtone. This mixes with a bit of white pepper, as well as a nice hit of lemon oil and pine resin from the hops, the latter notes nicely balanced to blend with the fruits and spices. Dollops of caramel and brown sugar, as well as vanilla and even a bit of toffee, add to the sugary experience, the beer smelling in many ways like caramel-ed/toffee-d fruits. A base of light, yeasty whole wheat dough, as well as biscuit and cereal grains, helps ground the experience, preventing things from running amok and becoming overly sweet. As a whole, the nose is excellent, featuring a fine array of sugary notes kept in check by lovely citrusy-piney hops and rich breads, and offers almost everything one could want in a Quad. The only drawback is the bubble-gum overtone, which smells overly of artificial strawberry-cherry esters, but this is slight.

On the tongue, the beer is big and bold, the bananas and cloves marching onto the tongue and setting up camp. Pineapple, cherry, melon, apple, orange, and white grape fruit esters add additional layers of sweetness, and the hops add a bit of pink grapefruit to the mix. Thankfully, they also add a touch of lemon oil and pine resin to keep things from becoming cloying. Again, dollops of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and brown sugar add additional sweetness, and a bready base of yeasty rising whole wheat dough, biscuit, floury baguette, and chewy wheat bread helps ground the experience. An alcoholic vapor does run through the entire mouthful, the 10% ABV definitely making itself known, but mostly pleasantly so. It does get a bit strong toward the end of the mouthful, though, and lasts into the aftertaste, which is otherwise a long-lasting fruity and spicy continuation of the main mouthful. Mouthfeel is a slightly dry medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very nice Quad, with potent flavors that are, for the most part, nicely balanced. The heavy alcohol kick is a bit of a problem, and the beer does feel like it needed a bit more of a bready note to help counter the sugars, but for the most part this is excellent fare.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I don't know why, but I feel "The Reverend" sounds like a badass blaxploitation film... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises fig, chocolate-covered pomegranate, stone fruits, brown sugar, nutmeg, light candied orange peel, and some bready yeast in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the fruits and spices colliding at times with occasionally untoward results. In addition, a vein of booze pokes its head in from time to time. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly pillowy feel. Overall, this is a solid quad, but one that doesn't quite balance the flavors completely. Still, it's definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Trappist Westvleteen glass
From: K’nB Wine Cellar’s in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.49
Purchased: July 20, 2013
Consumed: July 25, 2013
Misc.: Foil wrapper; Part of bottle read “Created by God, Feared by Satan, Loved by All” - Reverend Luther Tucker

Poured a dark caramel amber color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Very good layered lacing all the way down on the sides. Average retention on the top.

Smelled apple, kiwi, cloves, Juicy Fruit, dark sour fruit, banana, dark cherries, caramel, toffee and Belgian spices. Sharp whiff of alcohol at very end.

Tasted like a stronger version of the smell, that kind of dies out at the end. Got apple, cloves, kiwi, watered down Juicy Fruit, dark cherries and Belgian spices, all with a strong alcohol background. Not 10 percent background (which it is), but close. A bit sweet and sugary.

Light-to-medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Alcohol seems a bit lower than the 10 percent. Best part of the beer.

I’m still rather new to Quad’s, but this one seemed to be a bit below average. It did get better as it went down.

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Photo of minterro
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought from little's liquor and wine

A&S: almost translucent ruby red lively looking beer. Very light brown foamy head, with not a ton of retention and good lacing. Very pungent aroma, lots of dark fruit tons including: cherries, apricots, raisins; sweet alcohol is present but not overwhelming;

T&M: powerful fruity tartness. Not internally malty palate centered, but it is still present. rich, creamy texture. Full bodied medium carbonation.

Overall: A good example of an "american born" quad.

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Photo of socon67
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Amber color with a reddish hue. No lacing of note; No carbonation either.

S - Scents of cherries, red grapes, dried fruit, and berries hit the nose. An extremely fruit flavored quad.

T - Sweetness has a cloying feel. Slightly tart in the finish. There is a warming brun int he finish that belies the boozy nature of the Reverend.

M - A sipper for sure, this appeals to those that like a sweeter quadrupel. Heavy in its body, but also complex.

O - Worth trying and a good domestic quad that is perfect for after a meal.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/red. One solid finger of off white somewhat dark head. Lots of stickage on the glass. Excellent head retention, especially for the alcohol content. Smell of grapes, alcohol, raisins, cranberries, and toffee permeate the aroma of this beer. Taste is quite complex. Beer tastes of toffee, sweet malts, caramel, and fruits. Finishes strongly with a raisiny, fruity flavor. Only a hint of alcohol is present and does not interfere with the flavors of the beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Avery : The Reverend
Aged bottle, approx 2 years age on it.

LOOK: Light brown color, cloudy with some sediment. Off white head forms and recedes to a ring around the goblet.

SMELL: Apple butter, toffee, rummy alcohol.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee, caramel apples, soft fruitiness. Bitterness is very mild. Brown sugar, mild toast and faint raisin. Just a touch of spicy alcohol heat, well guided for sure.

FEEL: Light bodied, well carbonated, alittle sticky.

OVERALL: Think this one peaked, but I like the way this came out. Mellow and easy drinking, this was a cellar treat. You can take your time when deciding to crack this one, still very tasty.

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Photo of KajII
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a clear medium reddish brown with a small (less than 1 finger) khaki colored head, which reduced to a large puddle and collar and possessed awesome sheets of lacing that totally engulfed the entire glass.

The aroma was of toasted Belgian malts, light floral hops and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of candi sugar, molasses, coriander and dark fruit (black cherry, currant and raisons).

The taste was moderately sweet and extremely malty with hints of molasses and candi sugar early on, progressing with a mild yeast presence, a somewhat bold fruitiness and a light spicy ending. The flavor stayed with you for a decently long while following the swallow, with a fruity spiciness left to linger on for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was somewhere in between light and medium in body with a thin creamy texture and a nice lively carbonation.

Overall this was a really good tasting beer, which had a good bold fruitiness along with a nice malty sweetness and a touch of spice, making it very enjoyable and easy to drink. Definitely a fine well rounded brew...

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the deepest burnt sienna coloring. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of creamy, chunky beige bubbles, showing excellent retention. This leaves fat patches and rings of lacing down the glass. There is a thick chill haze to the clarity, and waves of microsediment bob about. Carbonation appears to be light. The nose is hugely bready, with charred cornbread, faint molasses, sweet caramels, warmed toffee, and lactic milk chocolates. Mixing in with warmth is fusel booze, metallic yeastiness, spicy clove, almond nuttiness, raw vanilla bean, and massive banana esters. Our first impression is that the flavoring is just as sweet as expected, but also showed nice diacetyls that were absent through the aroma. As we sip, liquefied banana, bready esters, sopping wet wheatiness, raw booziness, cooked caramel, and sweaty saltiness start things off. Bittered yeast, mineral, and black pepper push to the peak, with added sweetness of brown sugar, creamy walnut, and pear skin. The finish comes with further sting of booze, those huge smoothing banana esters, faint echoes of cinnamon, vanilla ice cream, wheat, and burly phenolic clove. The aftertaste breathes of metallics, wheat, white flour, lemon juice, rock salt, clean caramel, banana esters, and mossy earthiness. The body is full and chewy, and the carbonation is medium, but with good prickle. Each sip has supreme slurp, cream, and froth, with nice finishing smack and pop. The mouth is thickly coated and cooled, with eventual, slow dryness creeping down the palate towards the gullet. The abv is big, but well hidden, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the massive inclusion of sweet, bready, banana esters. These dominated the aroma, likely to hide the booze, but did mix well with the otherwise hearty malt base, phenols, vanillas, and spice. The flavor followed in the same vein, but let through a bit more of that aromatic bitterness than sweetness. While this guy certainly preaches on the sweet side, he remains reasonable and always palpable for such a robust style.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

A. It has a nice amber color with some cloudiness. A minimal head formed and lingered and left some lacing on the glass.

S. It smells like sweet tropical fruit and malt. It finishes with the some alcohol and the hint of a spice..

T. The taste is sweet caramel malt and that transitions into some light spice and warmth. It reminds me of less complex Goose Island Matilda.

M. It has a medium body with a little carbonation.

O. Its worth a try and if I ever go to Boulder Colorado I would try it again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a bad brew. Nice color in a rich amber plus a tall head sits on top. Plenty of lacing too.
The smell is malts and candied sugar/ The taste is along the lines of an Abbey to me with some malty sweetness and candied sugar and warming alcohol in the finish.
Drinks smooth. I like, it tastes good.

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Photo of quaybr
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Body is a deep bronze and burnt orange. An immense heads rests atop and doesn't leave quickly.

Smells of caramel malt and alcohol. This reminds me much more of a barleywine, being devoid of any complex notes.

Flavor is malty and alcoholic. Although tasty, this isn't too representative of a quad.

Mouthfeel is thick without being chewy. An oily, syrupy body carries the malts without lingering unpleasantly.

Even though this seems to deviate from the traditional quad, it's tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Flying Saucer; split with jtd1969

A - amber with a thin, off white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - caramel, toffee, apple, pear, alcohol

T - caramel, baked apples, some sugar, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied but thin at times, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. The alcohol is noticeable, but that's fine for the style. The flavor and body are not nearly as full as I would have liked. There are some nice esters that come through that are pleasant but the big, maltiness that I would expect from a quad is missing. The thinness of the body also allows the booze to come through more than I would probably prefer. Overall, this is a nice beer, but certainly not a Quad I would return to.

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Photo of Chrysostom
2.05/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

EDIT: I tried another bottle of this, couldn't get past a few sips. Revised downward again. RE-EDIT: Yet another bottle. Ratings leveled off.

Bought this as a possible replacement for my standard $11-15 Trappist brews - Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, St Bernardus (not technically a Trappist...). The name was irresistible: "The Reverend" - I'm a Catholic seminarian. Thank you to Blacklick Wine & Spirits in Columbus, Ohio.

I had this essentially head-to-head with a St Bernardus Abt 12. Apologies for any errors in grammar forthcoming due to the above; I will attempt to keep my tenses and temporal clauses as precise and exacting as ever, being a theologian (of the Holy Trinity, not of beer, although I try).

Bomber poured in to a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours and excellent pure-red colour (not Wild I red, a good Irish red), but with no yeast or cloudiness whatsoever. The colour seems a bit off for a Trappist, although I may just be expecting the cloudiness. I expect yeast cloudiness from an Abbey ale or a Trappist. I mark it down a full point and then some for thus, and the lack of yeast may also impact my perception of the flavour negatively. However, lacing is superb.

S: Does not fit in category. It smells more like an alcohol Yuengling or Killian's Red with a little fruit or cherry in it than it smells like the exemplar of the Quadrupel style, which is to me the excellent Rochefort 10 or St Berny's 12. Does not smell as alcoholic as the 10% ABV would suggest. As it warms, it has a little more of a Belgian nose to it, but a wheat beer-reminiscent spicing or coriander smell also comes to the fore, and is unappetizing.

T: A strong malt predominates. As it warms, it acquires a bready characteristic, and a fruity characteristic, and a quite strong (to me, hater of wheat beers, pumpkin beers, and spiced beers, overwhelming) spiced characteristic, and begins to taste a little more Belgian (disregarding the spices). I can almost begin to believe it is "Belgian-style" at this point. (That sentence took me a good 30 seconds to type, so many typos it had.) I can, as it warms, see a glimpse of Belgian yeast. There's a bit of cherry present.

EDIT: Having this beer sober, it is OBVIOUSLY spiced with something, coriander and/or cinnamon, and it's not spiced subtly, leaving a reminiscence of wheat beer (I hate wheat beer) on the tongue. I was unable to finish my second bomber of this. I have revised my score downward accordingly: the taste is 2.5, generously. For style, compared to real Belgians, maybe a 1.75. Maybe.

M: The body is not nearly as thick or full as the St Bernardus Abbot 12 I had earlier, so I can not reliable judge if it is full-bodied or thin-bodied. (EDIT: It is of relatively weak body compared to other Belgians, and is quite acidic on the tongue due to heavy [over?] carbonation.) I've had St Berny Abt 12, Guinness Foreign Extra, and Duvel in a row, in that order, before this. Not one of those beers is known for its lack of body, but the body of this beer is more comparable to the pale Belgian Duvel than it is to either the Saint or to the Arthur (Guinness, Proprietor and Signer of Bottles). There is little alcohol presence. There is a little alcohol presence, but in no way does it come within a mile of the 10% on the label. It tastes less alcoholic than a BMC.

D: Poor. Too much spice/coriander/cinnamon character.

O: Based on style, compared to true Trappists, this is a poor beer with an off-putting spiced smell and taste which increases with warmth. Although it does not agree with my palate, some people like spiced beers: YMMV.

As I closed my review of Westmalle Dubbel with, "If this is in your glass, it is surely a special occasion, so drink it every day", I end this with saying, "This is a unworthy $7 replacement for $12 bottles of Trappist or St Bernardus; but let me drop the Reverend, and have the Pope". I'll stick to the real thing for $5 more per 750mL.

Or, "Let me have the Pope [St Berny Abt 12] and the other four Apostolic Patriarchs [Westmalle, Chimay, Rochefort, Orval]". (I've never had Westvleteren.)

I can not offer any specific recommendations on how to improve this brew, beyond DROP THE SPICING. I have heard rumors that Rochefort, etc. use spices in the production of their Quads: if they do, it is done with good balance, so that the beers do not taste spiced. The same can not be said here: the spice is loud and clear.

The "Nineteen" Tripel from Avery suffers the same spice problem, and was even more undrinkable. However, my friend, who is not a big beer drinker (although she has begun to like some craft beers, and I begin to find our tastes are opposed), absolutely loved both. I absolutely love Avery's Czar RIS. I've yet to see an American take on a Trappist which was worth drinking (although I've had only three, the aforementioned two and Brother Thelonious, which has an awesome label).

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a fan of quads. I have had some that were sublime, but mostly, I find them a boozy, raisiny mess. But Avery is leaving MN for now, so I grabbed a bottle while I could. Bomber poured into a Darkness tulip.

My first impression is the color. This is much lighter than I remember. It's a clear amber with no haze. Head is moderate, pale, and persistent, with decent lacing.

It smells bready and sweet, with bananas and clove. When I pour vigorously, I catch a little pineapple and mango, too. The more I smell, the more I think of tropical fruits. But if I set it down for a few minutes and come back to it, it smells just like a mince meat pie.

It tastes a lot like that pie. But, zing! there's an unexpected spiciness on the tongue. And it's lighter and less sweet than promised by the nose. It's kind of good -- makes me regret all the years I have passed over this, as it graced the shelf.

But...I am not sure I want a whole bomber. Once again, I am reminded that Dave+quad=meh. That said, if I see any of these on the shelf, I may grab one for cellaring. I have known a quad or two that got better over time, and this one has promise.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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