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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 biegaman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer "dedicated to the spirit and character of the departed Reverend... strong willed, assertive, and pure of heart." I feel those are three very admirable, while often challenging, characteristics to embody... should always be valued.
Pours rather flat, an isolated patch of bubbles - off center - is all that sits overtop the beer. Auburn colour with fiery highlighting. Belgian character yeast - both the darker (slightly toasty) malt notes like in a dubbel as well as the sweet, high pitched spices found in a tripel. On the whole pretty highly seasoned and peppery. Offers enough to keep you sniffing. Flavour has some layering. Starts a little in high orbit - a nimble note of booze perks up. It's nicely chased away by candy sugar sweetness and amble enough malt base. I taste some lighter, crystal and pale malts that blend well behind the spices. Not sure if I can detect even any hints of cherries or currants as the bottle claims I should, but it is seeming to reveal more as it warms. For the most part though, this is far from cloying, and I'd say could use a little more texture. A nice malt touch in the finish that last. Pretty well tempered. Enough flavour to keep it from being drab, and enough composure to keep it together. All in all, very decent American rendition of the style. Thanks for the trade Harry!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer, pours with a thin wispy head until it is swirled, the head is tannish. A malty aroma at first and then you get the yeast contributions, sharp estery, definitely Belgian. Fairly mellow beer, hides the 10% alcohol fairly well, though it is evident in the finish. Lightly sweet, it has a slightly herbal tea like finish, quite interesting. In the end it does not seem to work very well though, not to sure why. It is half way decent just not wonderful.

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

Probably one of the better American made Quads I have ever had, but still falls a bit short of some of Belgium's finest. Still tasty brew, and love the fact that I can now get a Quad in a can!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 sweemzander
2.15/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. sized bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy copper color that produced a mediocre white head that dissipated quickly. If I am not mistaken, Quads are usually darker than this.

(S)- A super sweet, berry/apple cider-like fruits with tons of yeast.

(T)- There is so much yeast and sugar in this, that it is all I taste. Some banana is trying to make its presence known, but thats all this has to offer.

(M)- Good carbonation level, but way too sugary sweet and way too yeasty. Nothing about this causes me to think that it is a quad except for that essence of banana.

(D)- This was a very disappointing beer. I have thus far, enjoyed most of Avery's offerings, but this one falls very short; it really doesnt even fit the style at all. This was definitely not a bad bottle, its just not in the ballpark so to speak, let alone the same planet.

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

Amber, chestnut brown (bright to light) with a nice tan head, moderate carbonation, and light lace. Spicy Belgian Malt aroma but not real yeasty like most Belgians. Light alcohol nose. Malty almost double-bock-like flavor with an all malt profile. Full bodied and smooth with a light alcohol finish.

Not bad but probably will not buy another after I drink the second one I acquired. I estimate that this one has been aged between 1.5 to 2 years ... can age up to 4 years per ABCo website.

Label states: "Belgian barley malt, Dark Belgian candi sugar, Styrian Goldings hops, and authentic Belgian yeast"

($5.49 / 22 oz.)

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,864 ratings.
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