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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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color with a two finger off white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel and candi sugar.

The taste has caramel, candi sugar, and alcohol. I could not smell the alcohol, but it is strong in the taste. Sweet, with no hop flavor for balance. Too sweet in my opinion.

Full bodied with modest carbonation, and a sweet aftertaste. Unfortunately, there is not a lot to like about this beer. I will pass on it in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lacing, clear to light amber body, great retention, sticky appearance.

Sweet caramel, peaty smoke, some grainy cardboard. Smells a bit floral on the back end.

Tastes very very sweet. Wow! Like.... Caramels dates raisins and something beyond... Like. Oh gosh, fruit sweetness! Apples.

Creamy, just a tad bite of coffee bite, low bitterness, alcohol is just insanely well blended!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a medium shade of brown, that allows enough light through the glass to see through the beer. It has a slight red color to it. There is a small layer of white foam and light lacing.

S: I get the smell of figs, some light caramel scent, and a light banana scent.

T: I get a lot of grain flavor from the beer. Tons of grain flavor in the aftertaste. I pick up banana flavor, some light vanilla, and some light bitterness. There is a very very small hint of alcohol but not much at all.

M: The mouthfeel is medium leaning towards light. It has a nice smooth presence but it's pretty light. Some carbonation bite.

O: Overall I thought it was a very good quad. It does an amazing job of hiding the alcohol. The body feels a little light and there is some bite in the carbonation but it's still a really good beer. I would drink it again, I would recommend it.

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4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had the pleasure of enjoying this one on tap in asheville, nc at the thirsty monk some time ago.

lovely head, beautifully light brown color.

yeasty, malty smell reminiscent of bananas/candy and various spices. extremely enticing.

bready, date-y taste, with a spiciness that is to die for. hard to tell it's quite so alcoholic.

so easy to drink, and so delicious. the well-stocked bottle shop down the street has had this many a time, and I have bought bottles numerous times in addition to having it on tap. this has got to be one of the best of it's kind that is readily available.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a crystal goblet.

The pour produces a deep burgandy color, with ruby highlights and a medium off white head. The head is not long lived, but not unexpected at 10% abv. Some splashes of lacing develop.

The nose is malty and sweet, but lacking in "Belgian" character. No hop presence in the nose, but definite malt and caramel. Not very typical of the style, I would say.

The taste is similar to the nose, in that it is predominantly a sweet malt/caramel flavor, with few hints of Belgian yeast. Usually some kind of citrus-like yeast esters are evident, but not in this rendition. I'm thinking the flavor is more like that of a barley wine than that of a Belgian Quad.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, and the alcohol makes itself known in a slight fusel note, which is not harsh.

Overall, I would say this is not a classic representation of the style, which is surprising, as generally Avery hits things spot on. If you're looking for a good Belgian Quad, perhaps Victory's V12 or Weyerbacher's Quad would be a better choice. The Reverend is probably worth a shot .. at $6.99 for a bomber, it's not over priced.

Na Zdravje!

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,900 ratings
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