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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 Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a striking maroon/brown with a medium, soft white head which leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Malt and sugar dominated with some dark fruit.

T: Taste is good. While it doesn't have a great fruity complexity like I'd find in many of the Belgian-brewed examples of this style, the overall flavour is tasty. Huge amounts of malt and brown sugar, with a fair amount of alcohol form the main taste, with a lightly drying finish.

M: Boozy, full-bodied, viscous, strong and thick.

D: This is a good quad, and I found the flavour to have a lot more structure and concentration than when I had it for the first time back in 2006, definite re-buy.

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

Amber in color. Toffee, caramel and light fruit aroma. Tan lacey head. Sweet and smooth. Sugar filled with not much of a hint of alcohol. Very good for an American twist on this classic style of beer that the Belgian people have perfected. Avery rarely disappoints and this is another example of why they are a great brewery.

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

Pours a near clear red brew.

Smell is very sweet with a raisins and spice scent.

Taste is sweet malt and walnuts and almonds, a very nutty brew, similar to a really good sherry wine. Alcohol content is very well hidden in this brew. A bit of grain bran flavor is present.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty and light brew for its strength. A competent attempt to create the Belgian brew in the USA.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with medium sized white head. Good lacing.

Typical Belgian yeast smell of cloves and malt.

Taste is of bubblegum, cloves, malt, and some hops.A slight soy flavor is present at the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin.

Okay drinkability. Plenty of others better in this style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: deep amber-brown hue with a crystal clear body and a thick finger of creamy tan foam which has pretty good retention and leaves a nice lace. Clear for a quad, but nice.

Smell: interesting aroma. Starts off with a rich, biscuity malt that then melds into date and plum aromas. I usually don't like so much biscuit in the aroma but I'm also not used to so much dynamic quality to the aroma. Not bad!

Taste: biscuity malt with a band-aidey quality to it. Rich flavors including plum and raisin but there is a quality to it that I just don't like too much. Not poorly-crafted, just not to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, but not nearly as silky or creamy as I like my quads to be.

Overall: the Reverend is not a bad beer at all. It just doesn't fit into a flavor profile that I like.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep amber with a compact creamy beige had that slowly dissipates into rich lacings.

S: Sweet malt. Molasses and dark dried fruits. Yeast. Some faint dark chocolate.

T: Sweet syrupy malt balanced with yeast. Dark dried fruits; cherries, plums and figs. Vineous.

M: Full syrupy body with low carbonation. Aftertaste is short and sweet. Lots of alcohol gives it a warmth.

O: A nice Quad; not as complete as a Trappist-one but still nice.

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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 Derek
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown, with only a little head.

S: Prunes and bread. A nice Belgian aroma.

T: Bready, very Belgian (prunes and raisins), with the alcohol well hidden. A nicely balanced brew.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Good, especially considering the strength!

Thanks Mike!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is spicey alcohol. Starts with a brown sugar and oak taste, hops are hidden in the background and the high ABV is not really noticeable. 22oz bottle for $6.20 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark burgundy color with a foamy tan head. Spicy and fruity aroma with a nice touch of maltiness. Very quaffable for such a high ABV. Spicy and malty yet sweet with hints of candi sugar, cherries and other dark fruits such as raisin, date, prune etc..

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

A: Poured a somewhat transparent dark red color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation. A dirty white cap clings top the edge of the glass.

S: Dark ruits, spices, cloves, floral notes, and light candy sugar. Fruit and spices mix nice together.

T: Tastes of spices, pepper, cloves, bananas, apples, fruity malts, light bready malts, and light alcohol. More spices than the nose. At times th aste seems to be a little muddy. Finish has a sharp booze sting, sweetness and a tad sticky

M: Medium to big body and lower carbonation. Pretty smooth here.

O - Overall a nice quad. Some nice fruit, especially in the nose, and pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV. Would have it again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a slightly hazy coppery-sunset orange with a 1 finger frothy light beige head that lasted for several minutes leaving a full band rim lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and steady.

S: yeasty, with bright oranges with a soft spiciness and light candi-sugar sweetness.

T: The flavor was tart, with citric oranges, some caramel sweetness, candi-sugar, and a spicy floral bitterness. A light yeasty sourness is detected as well. Overall it starts out with a nice candi-sugar sweetness and finishes with dry oranges and a spicy alcohol fade.

M: medium viscosity, very smooth and leaves a big, tart dry orange fade. Overall, only moderately drinkability.

D: Really didn't impress me as much as their other beers. Abv was fairly well hidden for its 10.0%abv but was still enough to take notice and hinder this a slow, casual sipper. Probably wouldn't consider this for future consumption.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter for a clear ruby brown body with a quickly receeding head that is well-carb'd. A thick smell of caramel and other sugary goodness, along with yeast and some dark fruits. Also a hint of spice and fruits like orange and grape; slightly medicinal though. A heavy, full-bodied slightly smooth/creamy brew where the ABV pokes out a little. There is a little bit of yeasty fluffiness for a slight bready mouthfeel, along with carmelized malt and some sweetness. Finishes with a quasi-sour hop bitterness backbite that is mostly smooth and clean. Contains some orange and grape taste. A somewhat complex brew that isn't bad, but is just a little off to be a really good quad.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a warm reddish-brown crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The thick film of head is off-white and sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a soft sugary flavor with a light perfumed hops that are more green in flavor at the finish.

T- This beer has a light smooth candy sugar flavor with a soft hint of banana and a light caramel malt note. This beer finishes with alight bitter hop perfume flavor. There is a soft alcohol flavor with a light mead note aswell.

M- This beer has as light mouthfeel with a creamy texture and an alcohol heat in the finish.

D- The smooth flavor with the alcohol heat is nice but there is not much complexity or interest. The yeast doesn't add much flavor to this beer but it would really help.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL foil capped bottle.

A: The quad's color is hazy orange red, a blood orange look alike. The haze is somewhat misleading, as the ale's body appears rather thick and viscous. The head has left small patches around the glass but it does not retain. A visually appealing copper color emerges when held to a light source.

S: The aroma is dark candi sugar, sweet and malty, with a big spice profile. The alcohol is intensely evident in the nose.

T: The upfront taste is harsh, tart green grape flavors (minus the sourness) with little hint of the candi sugars or spices. Alcohol is evident early on, nearly overwhelming any spices. The aftertaste allows the spices and sugars to breathe: sweet with darker sugar notes, some cinnamin and dark fruits. The aftertaste is by far the highlight of the ale.

M: The initial mouthfeel is harsh before allowing a luxuriously thick aftertaste to bubble up.

D: The quad is a whopper, so one bomber is the perfect size for a late fall night.

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Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at the local food coop and shared it with hops1337 and some other friends. The beer poured an orangey- amber color with a decent white head that dissipated a bit quickly for me and left minimal lacing. This brew is noticeably lighter in color than most of the style.

The aroma was nice and pleasant, not as fruity as a lot of the style, and without the solid yeast flavors I look for. The flavor had a noticeable alcohol taste and the expected yeast & spice showed here. Again the expected fruitiness was on the low side.

The body was good, a little on the full side of medium, with a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was very good, I'll certainly try this again. Overall, a good beer that I enjoyed, but the word that kept coming to mind was light. This was perhaps the lightest example of this style I've had. Still, a good beer, and worth your time.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is ripe alcohol soaked dark fruits, dark candi sugar and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of dark alcohol soaked fruit flavors, a lot of sweet malt and dark candied sugar and a big heavy alcohol finish. The sweetness and high ABV would make this a good after dinner sipper.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- The alcohol is definitely there in the this one, so it is definitely a sipper. It isn't the best Quad that I've tried, but definitely not the worst. The

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours from foil wrapped 22oz bottle a clear copper colour witha large head of foam that shrank quickly leaving a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is of yeast and fruit, mainly dark fruit. Quite nice.

The taste is mainly fruit up front. I can taste some fig, apricot, plum, followed by a strong yeast flavour , some candy sugar, and some bread. More sips in and the alcohol becomes more noticeable with some graininess coming through as well.To be honest, I can't say the flavours are working very well together and I'm finding it difficult to take more sips. This brew just doesn't work for me, I reckon.

Bottom line: This is my first bottle of The Reverend and I'd daresay, it will be my last. The flavours were just too chaotic for my palate.

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

A: Murky, burnt orange color. Poured almost a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a skim. Light sheets of lace.

S: Lots of dark-colored fruits, sweet malt and yeasts.

T: Big malts and fruits can't quite be overcome in the bitter finish. A little sweet in the finish, but not over-bearing. Warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Coating feel, but a bit stringent nearer the finsih.

D: big abv to be too drinkable. Big and complex even if abit our of balance.

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has a dried fruit, spicy, sugary nose with a hint of alcohol. The beer pours brilliant copper to ruby tinted amber under a 1” finely, moussey bubbled foam collar. The Reverend has a rich, creamy palate like a fruit cake soaked in alcohol with treacle lightly drizzled on top, filled with figs, dates, some other dried fruit and maybe a couple of nuts. The body is medium to a little above which is much less than all the flavor would lead you to expect. The carbonation is above average but it is natural and very fine and soft. There is some alcohol warming but it is hard to believe that this is 10.0% abv when drinking it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Not a bad pour head being a minimal 1/4 inch of opaque colored goodness and a sticky moderate lacing. Color is a hazy yet clear dark amber brown.

S - Smells of fusel alcohol, mild dark fruits, hops (which kind of caught me off guard), and malty caramel.

T - Not as bad as say Weyerbacher quad but still very one note. Dark fruits then quickly to Belgium fruity yeasts and a mild hop finish. Like I said not very complex (I guess if I were to pick a fruit it would be dates?) but it's not bad either.

M - Pretty spot on for the style no alcohol burn and yet it's still very much a sipper.

Overall not really the best beer I picked up from Avery but it's not a bad take on the style. I would much rather have a hog heaven.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet malt, yeast and Belgian candi sugar emanates from the glass bringing notes of dark fruit, caramel and light booze.

T- More dark fruit plus some vanilla. The alcohol is quite apparent but meshes well with the overall profile. Mildly toasty malt and even milder bitterness. Certainly a slow sipper.

M- A bit syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I remember liking this more when I first had it years ago. Now I find it to be decent but having a bit too much alcohol presence. All the right flavors are there but there's just too much heat. Maybe some aging would help.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a maple syrup caramel with highlights of cherry wood. Great amber resin clarity, almost gives this beer a syrupy look. Very little head or foam after the pour, and even fewer bubbles. Fruity, caramel covere appples and even a few nuts start the flavor profile. Elegantly toasted malts meld with some herbal hops that give a rosey flavor. Pretty warm alcohol gives the caramel and fruits more complexity. The palate is syrupy and warm, but not boozey. Lots of fruits and som banana nut bread qualities. A sippable night cap beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an brownish color and a thick, cloudy texture. A decent amount of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, fruits and many spices. Very aromatic.

T: A big taste, typical of quads. Malty, with pepper, apricots and some other random ingredients. Tasty, almost overwhelming.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, a good American take on the quadrupel. The Reverend is well made and definitely flavorful.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear pour, no haze or yeast sediment, raisin color, lacing is moderate and creamy.

S - Raisins, figs, prunes, dark Belgian candy sugar, a little yeasty.

T - Raisins, plumbs, Belgian candy sugar, oak, boozy effervescence, cherries, and finishes with some spiciness left on the palate and a lightly bitter finish.

M - Big and full bodied, velvet-like texture, creamy, slippery, chewy.

O - The alcohol was noticeable on the first few sips but quickly disappeared as the palate adjusts. This is a nice Quad and it's been a long time since I last had this - would buy this again. (!!!)

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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