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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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, deep but not so complex. Very much sweetness of various malts, underlying spiciness. Orange cream, Cherry ice cream, yeastiness, clove, Full mouthfeel and drinkable, but with courses of a dinner to offset sweet attack. Orange colour. A smaller bottle would be better.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark honey color with a nice firm white head. Pretty to look at.

Nose of honey and orange blossoms and very attractive.

Mouthfeel is light with light carbonation.

Flavors of sweet candi sugar/Belgian malt flavors - cooked fruit, apricots/pears. A bit too sweet but pleasant. Light hop/grapefruit bitterness. This one is soft with a bit of a gentle malty mouth. Nice but nothing special.

Nice orange peel finish.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.5 finger frothy head with some lacing. Clear, red tinged amber body. strong fig and mild dark fruit aroma with a hint of spice and cola-like. flavor is syrupy with mostly dark fruit and candy like. moderate carbonation and medium to full body. Overall, this is a mild quad. Its not quite as bold as the belgian brewery versions but still a nice drinkable quad.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark copper-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, yeast, and some spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice finish and a slight alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an extraordinarily complex quad. it is smooth and rich and bright and drinkable. Pours an almost nutbrown shade of red and smells immediately of alchohol and yeast. caramel notes in the nose as well. first sip is WOW. very well balanced for a beer of this ABV. as it warms the alcohol comes to the fore even moreso, making the witty commentary on the label ring particularly true. it paired perfectly with a crumly aged english cheddar cheese and toasted flax baguette. i will absolutely be buying more of this fine ale!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a lightly hazy brownish amber color with a cream colored head on top. The head sticks around for a little while but does fade with time and leaves just a bit of lacing. The smell of the beer was sweet, a little boozy and has some yeasty bread aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer was also a little sweet upfront with some fermented dark fruit flavors with some boozy heat in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and had a good carbonation to it. Overall I found this to be a pretty good Quad, but not my favorite.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that left some lacing on the surface.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of candi sugar and dark fruit.
T: Like the smell, flavors of candi sugars stand out and contribute a moderate amount of sweetness to the overall taste. There are some hints of fruits in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, thick and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a bit dry and has some notes of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong, but the alcohol is well masked. However, it's definitely a beer that needs to be sipped because of all the sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good attempt at an American Belgian. Quad's often allow the alcohol to become harsh, abrupt, and over power all other flavors. This still happens with the Reverend, though lesser than most, even Belgians. This has a big candied flavor on the lips. Sweet alcohol soon rises. The spiciness is a bit overdone, but the body is nice and full. American hops decorate the body and help to create heat with the alcohol. The alcohol becomes too hot and stingy and the sweet body gives way into the finish. Reveals a bit of grainy and slickness. I'll have it again, it's a good attempt.

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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 brentk56
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber body with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Picked up some dark sugar and caramel on the nose

Taste: A hundred and one desserts all packed together - cherries, molasses, candy sugar with just a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation

Drinkability: This is one outstanding Quadrupel. Perhaps it lacks a little in complexity but it makes up for that in approachability

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Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap poured into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a transparent amber.

Sm: Caramel, interesting yeast, a milky lactic notes, and great hops. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Candied sugar, some caramel, lovely cream undertones throughout, and great yeast. Fairly complex, but too sweet on the finish. Decently layered.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with coarseness on account of the candied sugar. Suits the flavour fairly well.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV. I enjoy it and would have it again - preferably aged. Hides its ABV well.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.95/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured (in a Chimay glass) a clear medium copper color ale with a small head with minimal retention. Aroma is quite hot with alcohol and very sweet cookie dough. Taste is also dominated by the sweet cookie dough and some strong alcohol traces. Definitely lacking complexity and the dry figs/prune character that I usually like to find in a quadruple. Too sweet for its own good, alcohol is way too apparent and body is too thin are all characteristics in beer that I usually don’t track down and that’s why I won’t be buying this again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a borwn/burgandy color. A one-finger head that left some lacing.

S - Very floral and citrusy. Also, the alcohol presence was noticeable.

T - It was very spicy. Also, a good roasted malt flavor.

M - Crisp and sharp. Heavy-bodied.

D - A very good beer. Heavy and high in ABV but certainly worth drinking.

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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 superspak
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, raisin, toffee, biscuit, toasted grain, grape, candi sugar, and light yeast spices. Some very nice and well balanced aroms; with good complexity and strength. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, toasted grain, light clove, and slight yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, raisin, fig, biscuit, molasses, and light yeast spices on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Extremely easy to sip on; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed other than a minimal warming after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic Belgian quad style. Great flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. Loved this one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear, amber-orange body topped with a one finger, light brown head. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Toasted malt and caramel with some darker roasted notes and a hint of hops as well as some fruity yeast notes in the background.

T - Fruity notes of plum and raisin up front with caramel and toasted malts. Some hops and a roasted note emerge in the middle. Dark caramel and roasted raisins linger in the finish with a good bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Fairly heavy body with moderately high carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Although the alcohol is by no means hidden in this one, it is quite drinkable for such a big beer. No one flavor component sticks out as exceptional, but there is something there where everything comes together and makes the overall experience more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper color with a small creamy-like head,complex aromas at first I picked up some orange rind and a little butter and the alcohol makes it presence known in there as well.pretty straight forward flavors sweet dark fruit with a touch of spicey/yeastiness,the alcohol really warms late.First time trying this Avery big brew solid but there are better ones out there of the style,thanks to hoppedup for sharing his bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a lovely deep red-amber color; clear with a modest but durable beige head. Complex aroma and flavor featuring dark fruit. Obvious Belgian yeast but not overly yeasty.

O: very enjoyable and rather easy drinking quad with well-hidden ABV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Reverend pours a crystal-clear orange-amber body beneath a two-fingered head of creamy yellow-white froth (on the bar it appears more reddish). The head holds exceptionally well and leaves some nice lace about the goblet.

The nose is phenolic and spicy over a candyish, caramel-accented malt.

It's creamy and smooth across the palate with a delicately zesty carbonation and medium-full body; followed by a touch of alcoholic warmth on the tongue once it's gone.

Candy sugar and dark fruits (plums, prunes, their bitter skins, figs, sweet red wine) appear upfront in the flavor, backed by a lightly caramelish maltiness, some leafy hops, bright phenolics, yeast spiciness, and a flick of alcohol. The underlying bitterness balances ably, but the spiciness and alcohol really help to dry it in the finish.

It's quite nice, but somehow lacks the roundness and fuller breadth of the Belgian examples. Still, it's very drinkable and certainly worth trying.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. I’ve had this bottle for a few years, but I do not know exactly how long.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains candy sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of candy sugar, caramel and dark fruit come in. There’s a slight touch of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear amber-orange--perhaps a little lighter than I'm used to seeing in a quad--with a foamy beige head that retained and laced well. Toasty aroma, bready, yeasty, with candi notes, and some dried fruits. Sweet malt base in the taste, caramel, candi sugar and molasses, cherries and currants, a bit of alcohol-y phenols, but nothing that really negatively affects the taste; a bit of spicy hops in the finish. Medium body, and lots of flavor; very nice to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice coppery amber in the Leffe chalice. Nice head, but dissipates. Smell of raisin toast and cardboard. Tart and spritzy in the mouth. Not as full bodied as I'd expect.

Hot with alcohol. Taste reminds me of apple jack. Sugary yet tart. Fig Newtons and Pop Tarts. Not much hop flavor, but a funky bitterness in the aftertaste that stays with you. More than a hint of cough syrup. Dries out as you sip. Not one of the better examples of the style, in my opinion.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, orangey-amber body with a well-formed, light beige head.

Smell: Toasted nuts and bread followed by a distinct yeastiness and notes of sugar and alcohol coated fruits.

Taste: Sweet, bready maltiness with a caramel and honey sweetness jacked up by plenty of candi sugar. A tad yeasty. Peach schnapps soaked fruit flavors of fig and dried cherries. The tiniest pinch of nutmeg. Spicy hops with a medium, resilient bitterness that joins the various other flavors bouncing around the palate. Very faint wood component. Finishes sweet, fruity, and quite warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine, respectable attempt at the style, but comes up a bit short when stacked against the superior Belgian examples. Still though, it is an enjoyable sipper from the good folks over at Avery.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright burnt orange suffused with liquid brass. The upper half of the snifter is occupied by a richly creamy, golden sandstone colored crown that develops a milkshake-like texture as it melts. Although they aren't abundant, assorted scraplets of delicate lace help the cause.

Even with the sloping sides of the glass lending assistance, the nose isn't powerful enough or complex enough to be considered special for a beer of this style. In fact, I'm reminded of an aged American barleywine more than a quadrupel. Minimally caramelized sugar coexists with a twist of orange peel and almost-buried ethanol.

The nose does not lie. The Reverend has much more in common with the barleywine style than the stated style. No matter what one chooses to call it, this big brew is astoundingly simple. 'Authentic Belgian yeast' may have been used, but evidence of its existence isn't easy to come by.

The malt tastes like equal parts pale and caramel. On second thought, it probably favors the former. Flavors that might have been attributed to the latter are coming from what tastes and feels like a generous amount of dark candi sugar. Orange peel soaked in dark rum adds additional flavor interest.

Styrian Goldings hops contribute very little, either in terms of flavor or bitterness. At only 10 IBUs, that isn't surprising. This bomber is now an estimated two years of age. Avery thinks it will last at least four. Maybe, but it isn't likely to improve over those last two.

The mouthfeel, while not massive, is definitely chubby, chewy and slick. Lovers of big beer will find plenty to like. The fine-bubbled carbonation is just active enough to provide a low-grade buzz on the tongue that is easily tolerable.

In my limited experience, American quadrupels are either hit (Victory V-12, Allagash Four) or miss (Sly Fox Ichor, Founders Bad Habit). The Reverend is closer to being a miss than a hit. If you're looking for an Avery brew that is similar, but better in all respects, look no further than Hog Heaven Barley Wine.

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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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