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The ReverendThe Reverend

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.95/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've never had a quad before, so I'll try to rate it as best I can without having much to compare it to.
Pour produced an impressive light tan head. I'm not sure how this is possible for such a high alcohol content, but it lingered for a very long time and left some of the most impressive lacing I've ever seen. Doesn't make any sense, but I swear that's what happened. I didn't even chill the glass either.
Colour is a light, transparent mahongany with a great deal of large sediment clumps floating around throughout. Not enough to cloud the beverage, though.
The smell is very yeasty, very much of apricot and quite sweet.
Taste is more of the same. Very Belgian. The yeast taste is very strong. Rotting apricot is the dominant flavour. There's good maltiness and some mild alcohol flavour to fill it out, but that's really all it is; filler. The yeasty, rotting apricot flavour dominates. I'm glad to see no hop bitterness is noticeable, but I was hoping for some more alcohol burn in such a strong, sweet brew. It's very well hidden, not so much among complexity as just behind the sweet, yeasty fruit flavour. I can certainly feel the alcohol's affect. I almost didn't rewrite this review after my first one was deleted because Beer Advocate made me log back in. Why the hell it forcibly logged me out to begin with, I can't imagine. I logged in under an hour ago and haven't left the effing page. But let's not let my frustration ruin a perfectly good review. I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this brew considering how dominant a part the strong Belgian yeast flavour played a part. I'm not usually a fan of such styles, but this was just fine. It makes me want to perhaps try another quad one day and not give up on Belgian beers as some other examples have made me want to do. If an anti-yeast-flavour drinker such as myself can enjoy this, it must be good. I suggest giving it a try.

After having my second one of these, I think even more highly of it. It's the cheapest quad I've come across and still the best so far. The flavour is so complex, and very conservative on hop use, allowing me to really pick up on the whole range of the palate. This is possibly the best beer I've ever had. So, possibly also the best for the money since it's almost affordable for a quad. Some of the better budget beers can still compete, though, since they're SO cheap. But this is definitely up there in the top 5 best beers for the money. It's amazingly delicious. I didn't think I was into yeasty beers and this little gem proved me wrong.

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Photo of GameFreac
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle shared with a friend. Not sure on the bottling date. 2nd Quad I've ever had to my knowledge.

Appearance: Pours a ruby reddish color that you can see through with no head but that's expected with 10%.

Smell: Smells of dark fruits, plums, and raisins.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with more dark fruits coming through, candy, malts, molasses, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Could have been thicker but it was fine. No alcohol detected but feels nice and warming in the throat.

Overall: Overall, very good…better than St. Bernadus Abt 12. No care.

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

22oz served in a snifter.

pours a translucent dark amber tone with ruby highlights. less than a finger of beige/off-white head recedes fairly quickly into a collar around the glass; nice lacing.

nose is caramel malty first and foremost, followed by candied sugar and a touch of dark fruits. flavor opens with a lasting sweet maltiness; plenty of caramel/toffee, some dark fruit characters and a maybe a touch of bubblegum. a bit on the hot side... overall a decent quad, definitely nothing transcendent.

medium bodied mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation. sweetness starts to wear on you after a while. not on the level of a belgian quad (you might argue it's a borderline quad to begin with) but then, what is?

originally reviewed: 02-21-2011

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Photo of maximum12
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Avery was one of those breweries I used to pick up regularly ten years ago & more; I don't buy enough of them anymore. Too many choices? Dunno, just that I haven't had one in a long, long time. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is dark red with a handful of rich mud thrown in; impenetrable. I almost have to submerge my busted nose to get anything; spare sweetness, faint candy. Not much going on in the aroma realm.

The Reverned tastes a lot stronger than it smells. Bug zapper of alcohol hits one out the gate, along with a double handful of sweaty figs & raisins. Too much raisin, it makes me feel unclean. And I took a shower today. Residual sweetness isn't enough to drown out the sharp tang. Echoes of some dark fruit, but really, not much going on here.

Disappointed in this one. I know the raisins are a personal problem, but there's not much to set them off against. Sub-mediocre.

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

Poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Clear, deep amber color. A little over one finger of light tan, frothy/creamy head. Retention is average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Very effervescent. Super strong cherry with accompanying berry aromas. Really, it's tough to search for anything else since the fruits are so up in your face. Plum is also burly, but the currants, raisin, and dates aren't. Good bit of caramel and candi sugar and maybe a touch of molasses underneath. Sweet, but clean overall. Lacking much of the earthiness of the Belgian quads, but a pleasant aroma nonetheless. Mild, though noticeable booze.

4.0 T: Like the nose, this is full of cherries, berries, and plums. Currants, prune, and raisins in limited amounts. Caramel and candi sugar are abundant again. Touch of molasses and a light woodiness, though again not very earthy overall. Clean, sweet for the style, with a light booziness not unbecoming of a 10% brew.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Heavier on the tongue than some of the best Belgian mouthfeels, but good enough. Moderate amounts of moderately spritzy carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: More and more I think that the general Quad should be split into Belgian and American Quads. This is very tasty, but it doesn't taste all that much like the famous Trappist quads out there. Super tasty beer that is fruit centric and vivid.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a clear garnet color with orange highlights around the edges and only a thin collar for a head, no lacing. Peaches and cream aroma combined with lesser amounts of raspberries and plums. Has a pretty low phenol level for a Quad, I'm impressed. Tastes of creme brulee and brown sugar, but not very yeasty in comparison to other Quads. Further light flavors of nutmeg spice and some herbal aroma hopping appear around the edges of the beer as it warms up. In my opinion it could have used about 12% heavier noble spice bittering for optimal balance against the sweetness but YMMV as that sort of thing is highly subjective. Medium bodied and lightly carbonation, lightly boozey warming finish.

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Photo of GLM0011
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a half gallon milk jug of this beer which came out to be five good beers. Very good drinkability and very nice smell. Went very good with gourmet mediterranean pizza. Kind of a slight pilsner ending taste. Malty more than fruity. Will definitely drink this again and again. This beer with pizza and a good mma fight made a wonderful night.

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

Bought a 22-oz bottle when I was in Denver back in March. Poured into a snifter for review.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy amber color with nice frothy head. Some suds cling to the sides of the glass.

S: I get candied fig, molasses, dark cherries, lots of raisin character, and some brown sugar. Smells like a nice quad.

T: Tastes sweet with waves of toffee and caramel, molasses, raisins, and dark cherries. Plenty of residual sugar at the back end.

M: Feels a tad thin for a Belgian quad. Lighter than expected, still about medium to medium full, bitter with a nice residual sweetness at the back end, and good carbonation.

O: A nice take on the quad style. I enjoyed this but was expecting a little thicker, heavier, sweeter type beer like most quads I've come to enjoy. I would still have this again anytime soon!

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated January 2012
Consumed 2/24/2013

Pours a drown murky color with very little head, very cloudy.

The aroma is of alcohol, toffee, and not a lot else.

Beers tastes of alcohol, caramel, toffee, bread, some spice like phenols, and candi sugar. The beer is very sweet, almost to the point of being cloying.

Full body and a medium mouthfeel.

Overall the beer is underwhelming. It is very sweet and not balanced enough, it does display the toffee and caramel flavors well though.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazy garnett color with a bit of off white head which is dissipating rapidly. Dark jammy fruits on the nose along with rum soaked raisins. Touches of chocolate come out as the beer warms. A touch thinner than expected and a little sweet. Might become cloying but i'm not sure yet. Subdued flavor profile which is nice as good belgian quads exhibit this quality too. Starts thin but the body builds in the mouth rounding out to a big tootsie roll flavored bomb with touches of fruit and caramel on the side of the mouth. Finishes a touch spicy.

Pretty true to style with dashes of things that can be improved upon slightly. Very good though for an American quad, and on of the better American Quads I've had. This beer is just a touch too sweet and isn't nearly complex but is beginner friendly (if a quad could ever be). Pretty spot on though, Avery should be proud.

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Photo of Bluestar
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a clean tulip...

Appearance was very nice. Held up to the light the beer was a deep reddish-copper colour, with small burnt orange-white head, that dissipated quickly.

Smell is fruity. Notes of grape, raisins and general sweetness. Nothing spectacular/out of the ordinary here here.

Taste had hints of carmel, banana, citrus... Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel was very nice. The right amount of carbonation, thick enough to know you're drinking a beer, but not to the point of bready or malty.

Overall, an enjoyable Quad. Nothing out of the ordinary, but I wouldn't refuse a second glass if it was being offered. The alcohol sneaks up on you after the full 22 oz bottle. I wouldn't go for too many in one sitting. Would like to try on draft.

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Photo of intensify
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark caramel colored body with a head that barely made it a minute.

S- Raisins, caramel, banana, biscuity and bready.

T- First off, the alcohol is very well hidden. The dark fruits take the stage while allowing the spices to come out. Cinnamon, biscuits, plums and raisins.

M- medium-bodied, medium to high carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall its a very solid quad. Lacked a bit on the nose but made up for it in the taste. If you like belgian ales, acquire a bottle.

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

On Tap at Taco Mac Virginia Highlands. 11 oz. Pour.

(Appearance) pours a clear deep copper with light brown accents. Off white head and light surface cover. Quite clear. Looks good. 4

(Smell) smells of mild fruit tones, Belgian yeast, coriander and various mild spices. mild bitterness to the aroma. Interesting and light. 4

(Taste) much more fruit in the first taste, including grapes, apricots, oranges, peaches. Bold coriander spice on the finish. Very nice and quite fruity tone to it. 4

(Mouthfeel) very slick with a bit of airy carbonation in the midsection. Medium/heavy body. Medium alcohol presence. Pairs nicely to the taste. 4

(Overall) A worthy experience, this beer is another great one representative of its style. 4

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Photo of July2Nov
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: ruby brown with a general clear appearance. Nice white lacing that holds tightly around the edge.

Smell: Molasses with a biscuit scent & a raisin/dark fruit hint.

Taste & mouthfeel: my god this ale hides the alcohol very well. Good on you Reverand. The raisin/plum/dark fruit flavor is what I notice upfront. It's a bit sweet with a bready feel. Like a mild cinammon raisin loaf. The molasses flavor then comes into play with a bit of drying effect and hop presence. The body is medium and like I said before, the 10% abv is hidden so well...what a conniving trick you have played upon me, Reverand!

Overall: glory be the light and mine eyes are open to the golden way! This is one awe inspiring beer that I'm glad that had rested in the belly of this beast! Amen my brothers & sisters...Amen!

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

A: A crystal clear dark brown with ruby edges and a thin line of soapy tan bubbles on top.

S: Dark cherry and a little bit of banana and bubble gum with some toasted caramel malt and vanilla.

T: More of the same from the smell. Banana/clove with some dark cherry and an underlying toasted malt and alcohol flavor.

M: The feel is actually lighter than most Quads, and there is some smoothness to it.

O: A nice Quad. It differs from most in that it is a very sessionable Quad, which is rare. Dangerous in the fact that you don't get the big alcohol flavor and burn with the bold raisin and dark fruit. You could drink this all night, but you probably wouldn't make it too long.

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

Avery The Reverend Quad: This brew is like mixing 3/4 of a Double with ¼ of a Triple. Does that add up to a Quad? The body has a mahogany color, and while pretty dark you can see through it. Not much of a head forms, and that which floats to the surface is off white. What comes in the way of aroma is a mellow mix of malt and hops. This is the first Quad I have tasted, so I was not sure of what to expect. The Reverend comes across as a very good Double to me, with the sweet malt and roasted caramel flavors tempered with a Belgian yeasty and bready notes along with hints of piney hops. Very good!

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Photo of cagocubs
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this bomber open towards the tailend of my night, so hopefully my sloppy jotted review isn't as crappy as my disposition was towards anything walking at the end of this one. At 10%, I wasn't feeling any pain.

A: Pours a lighter brown from bottle, but as those tiny brave little pigments start massing in the cup they turn a darker hue, near black. A bone white head finishes off the pour.

S: A real sweet aroma mixed with some alcohol presence. The sweet smell is of sugar, syrup, dark fruits. Quite bready with some alcohol coming through the nose.

T: You can taste the sweetness in a nice combination with the warming alcohol and yeasty bread. The beer comes together nicely.

M: Sweet and wet with an intense warming, I'm guessing caused by the generous alcohol content. This is a strong beer that can quitely defeat you.

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Photo of rarbring
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clear amber, has a warm off-white head, leaving good lacing and curtains.

The smell is sweet, cookies with apricot, almonds, eggs, sherry.

Starting sweet cookie dough, caramel, dried peaches and apples, eggnog, almonds, sherry.

Medium low carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and oily, a smooth texture, a small dryness.

A very well done and worthy beer. Enjoy slowly.

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

A: Bronze coloring, clear, off-white head that doesn't last. Nice lacing.

S: Spicy, molasses, fruit.

T: Caramel, sugars, cherries, molasses, toasted raisin bread.

M: Smooth, thick & rich. Alcohol burn at the end.

O: A sipper. Every sip is like heaven. Rich finish.

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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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Photo of denver10
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours brown, kinda opaque-ish, with a nice off white head. Sweet aroma of caramelized brown sugar, molasses, raisins , figs, cherries, and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet flavor; belgian yeast is there with some brown sugar, raisin, fig, molasses, and some alcohol. Medium body to this. Overall, its good but just too sweet for me personally. I will have to try this again on tap and see if I can enjoy it more when I don't have to drink a full bombers worth in one sitting. I definitely noticed my opinion of this was stronger at the start than it was at the end, when the sweetness had just become too much for me.

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

Avery’s Dictator series has been great every time I’ve had the opportunity to try it; maybe it’s because Avery doesn’t come to Indiana anymore, so every beer is a pleasantly unexpected find. Let’s see if my expectations are warranted…

Brewed over a year-and-a-half ago (bottle code translates to June 1, 2010). Nothing wrong with a little age on a Quad.

A: The body looks just like apple cider: orange-brown and moderately opaque. Still looks pretty lively for such a thick beer, with a supremely creamy beige head; it’s pretty much two fingers of meringue. Only leaves a delicate string of lacing, with just a light retention bubble. Decent presence, and pretty light-looking for a beer of this style.

S: I can smell it from across the room – those dark Belgian fruits are pretty bold. Raisin, fig, cranberry, and black cherry, all on top of a bed of honey and caramel malts. It’s medicinal, phenolic, and absolutely Belgian all-around when it comes to yeast. Apart from that, it’s pepper, wheat bread, must, and clove. Smooth.

T: This palate manages to be light and thick at the same time: dark candy sugar with light banana bread, molasses with cherry syrup, and plum with applesauce. The hops are mild, though they still show a unique Euro-bitterness of pepper and acidic resin. Toffee and a little bit of malty chocolate, too. Finishes with a bit of apricot, citrus, dry pine hops, and cherry coke. Tastes like Duvel crossed with a barleywine…an interesting take on a Quad.

M: Slick, light, smooth. It has the light crackle of a Belgian Pale Ale, but with an odd smoothness. Incredibly drinkable for a 10% brew.

O: Not my favorite Dictator beer, but a respectable Quad. Avery has a great line-up, and this flavorful brew just adds to this brewery’s legacy. I’d be excited to try any of their other Belgian offerings, anyway.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, served in a goblet. Enjoyed during an extended Donkey Kong session leading up to closing time.

A: Clear, deep rosy-amber body under a fine cap of white foam. Not bad, but a bit light for the style.

S: Booze, chocolate, and overripe fruit. Not bad, but a bit harsh.

T: Sweet raisins and dates up front, with equally sweet biscuity + bready notes midway through. Long, sweet, boozy finish. Tasty, but rough.

M: Nice full body with carbonation to match. Luxurious.

O: Enjoyable enough, but a far cry from a good Belgian Quad.


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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.
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