The Reverend | Avery Brewing Company

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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 ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 BeerForMuscle
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Bomber into a matching Avery cervoise. Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the opportunity to try this one. This new appears a perfectly clear copper to amber color. Some orange is seen around the edges. A finger of tab head sits atop and as it slowly fades produces some patchy lace.

The smell is phenolic with Belgian yeasty spices of clove with mild banana and pepper. A little bit of rindy aspect like oranges and a hint of sweet smelling candy sugar.

The taste is spicy with cloves and Belgian yeast characteristics. Some herbal hops are present keeping a modest bitterness present to contrast the underlying sweetness and alcohol character. As the brew warms, it gets increasingly more felt down the back of the throat. Orange rind accents the herbal bitterness. It finishes with a nice fruity aspect mixed with strong yeasty components.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is smooth in the feel with a pleasant warming aspect for 10% abv. Overall this was nicely done, I could see it getting even better if given some time to age and mellow. Worth giving a try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not the appearance that I was expecting from a quad a clear amber tone big frothy fine bubbled creamy off white head lacing is strung lightly but with regular patterns. Aromatics bring out deep ripened fruit notes brown sugar carmelized with raisins, tart apples and spicy yeast strain with alcohol flowing openly with no apologies. Flavor spicy Belgian yeast strain sweet trademark candi sugar additions thick flow of raisins and tart apples with molasses sturdy slighty burnt malt sweetness herbal hop finish peeks through but not the key player in this show. Mouthfeel has a bit of a syrupy residual sugar content going on medium bodied and sticky flows with tightly bubbled carbonation. Drinkability is mediocre a style and version of it that drains the beer senses and gets you happy or sad depending on what type of drunk you are.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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 AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice giving off just a little bit of decent 1/2 finger head. Dark brown in color with reddish hues, nice lacing upon glass fairly clear as well not opaque as all. Cream/brown colored bubbles on the head. This is a very nice looking drink.

Smell is a tripel bread consistency, some faint nutmeg. Cheap chocolate bar smell but it is very faint.

Taste is booming expansive in the mouth, it feels like your mouth swells after you swallow and you puff up. Cherries on the after finish, chewy. Not heavy either. Mouthfeel is quite decent but the finish upon swallowing is a great sensation of blow up in your jaw as everything just expands.

Drinkability is soild. Like most quads, it's a sip by the fireplace! I like the feel of this beer a lot. Good job and nice spin on this style.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

On tap at the BT NYC. Almond in color and clear. Tiny bubble head, nice lace left behing. Full bodied, Malty sweatness, alcohol noted and warming. Spicy Belgian yeast present. Another very big and bold, complex Belgian style brew. Alot of flavor and character packed into this offering. Not for the faint of heart, will be loved by some including me

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber and I got virtually no head off it. Very little lacing. Nose is super sweet and alcohol is heavily present. Taste is extremely thick on the mouth and you get a firm syrup flavor, which for me is a bad start. There are tones of alcohol and fruits, but overall it feels too syrupy on the mouth. Over time this is a characteristic I still can’t come to appreciate. This is a sipper, but not one I would run to the store to grab again. For a quad, I’d turn to the Rochefort 10 or most other quads over this one any day.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a glass chalice.

Pours reddish orange with a thin head that immediately becomes a patch with active carbonation keeping it alive in the center. Swirls dance around the center patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of candied citric-like fruitiness with a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet candy sugar with a citric-like touch. A bit of graininess, a hint of caramel and alcohol add to the sweetness, though there is a bitterish balance to it. Boozy finish. I can think of better examples of the style, as I don't know that this one really fits well, as it is a bit too sweet, aggressively boozy and lacks certain complexities. Yet, there is something charming about it's maltiness and sugar sweetness that I liked despite it all.

Relatively soft carbonation helps with smoothness and drinkability, which is in turn restricted by overall sweetness and sharp booziness, though it adds little to the liveliness of it. It doesn't really fit with the character of a great Belgian-style, but works to a fair degree.

I have a bit of mixed feelings about it. Though it could use more balance and move towards the hallmarks of the style more clearly, it had a taste that I liked well enough to continue reaching for my chalice.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color and a lighter golden along the bottom of the glass. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, slight hops, yeast, slight citrus, and molasses. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly creamy with an average carbonation level. The alcohol is so strong at first it burns the throat, but that passes after the initial taste. Tastes of alcohol, slight hops, caramel, sweet malt, slight tart malt, and a toffee sweetness. Overall, the alcohol is not well blended, but otherwise a good body, complexity, and aroma.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, ripe garnet hue, with a slight, but sure, head of off-white, nearly green foam atop.
Aroma: again, ripe is the right word, pungent, strong, intensely fruity, (grape, cherry, peach).
Taste: big flavor, bold fruitiness, immediate alcohol presence. Unfortunately, this all dies down rather quickly, and the rest of the brew lacks any real bite, the bright and dazzling initial promise has faded for sure. ABV feels heavy, palate is substantially weighed down, but that's merely temporary, for it thins out too fast. Fruit flavor is dominant, and the 10% becomes hotter as the glass empties.
This is one of my favorite styles of beer, and I'm glad that Avery took a valiant stab at producing their version, but it lacks a lot in the complexity department, something a beer of this type should never suffer from. Not perfect, but not too terrible, either...though it ended up; tasted more like whiskey than beer by the end of the bottle!

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,886 ratings.
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