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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.5 finger frothy head with some lacing. Clear, red tinged amber body. strong fig and mild dark fruit aroma with a hint of spice and cola-like. flavor is syrupy with mostly dark fruit and candy like. moderate carbonation and medium to full body. Overall, this is a mild quad. Its not quite as bold as the belgian brewery versions but still a nice drinkable quad.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown cognac color with hints of cinnared, fluffy off-white head and good lacing.

Smells of sweet ginger bread and molasses.

Tastes up front and on the side of spicy fruitcake, and a spice aftertaste.

Doesn't have much carbonation, coats the tongue and has a smooth finish.

Overall this is a fine beer and a great value. Darkly sweet flavors make this a great taste, but not necessarily a great beer, but certainly a good beer.


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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of Iceman77
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Reverend pours a deep ruby color, more transluscent than expected, almost like a sherry. The initial head was fairly frothy for a quad, but receded fairly quickly as others have noted. The aromas were of banana and cloves, however not very aromatic in my opinion. The taste was some more of the banana spice, along with hints of fruity sweetness, alcohol and belgian yeast imprints. The mouthfeel was nice, a bit dry, nice carb and solid body. Overall for me, this is not a standout brew from Avery, which has a lot of quality in its catalogue. For a quadrupel, I would take Weyerbacher Quad every time.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber, head is maybe 1/4" or less comes off a white orange. Not too bubbly. This beer only foams if you want it too, I poured a second time around and head was slightly more but settles incredibly quick (I'm not complaining, just letting you know).

Smell: Really for this beer the category should be changed to aroma, (that good) just hints of wine, berries, yeast and roasted caramel .

Taste: Tastes like it smells and that's a good thing. Taste alone is almost perfect why am I not giving it a 5. Nothing's perfect. Beer tastes great just wish the taste lasted just a little longer, it does stay with you for a little while but leaves little quicker than you think,

Mouth: Medium carbonation at best. Easy to gulp with little to no problems. After taste is quite settling.

Overall: A great quadrupel. Well developed and definitely a steady for your beer fridge. I usually try a beer out little before I read any reviews and this beer already stuck out in my head, not because of the brand, not because of the
it's damn good beer! Cheers to all and enjoy.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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

I picked up a bottle of Avery's The Reverend last month for $6.49 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try more beers from Avery and I haven't had a Quadrupel in a while so I thought I should pick this bottle up and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz foiled bomber into a goblet.

A- I like the label on this beer, it looks good and the shiny bright stain glass window makes it pretty eye catching. It poured a nice slightly hazy ruby red amber color with two and a half fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin layer that left a little bit of lacing. It looks pretty nice in the goblet.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the malts. The malts have a medium amount of sweetness to it and impart some malty caramel aromas along with some dark fruits mainly cherrys, some candied sugar, and a little bit of some clove like spices. I also got some Belgian yeast in the aroma and no hops whatsoever. It smells sweet, caramely, and fruity with no booze presence.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma but it doesn't have as much caramel presence as it did in the aroma. It starts off with those medium sweet malts that impart a nice grainy and brown bread like flavor along with some of those dark fruits that I got in the aroma and some spicy Belgian yeast. There's a very slight presence of alcohol that barley shows up. The finish has a low amount of bitterness and a sweet molasses like aftertaste. A good tasting quad, but it isn't as complex and flavorful as some of the other quads.

M- Very smooth, slightly cream, medium bodied, and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation. It could be just a little thicker but other then that it is dead on for a quad and I think that the lighter mouthfeel helps the drinkability a little, which I like.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty solid and good quad. It went down smooth, had no off flavors, and it didn't taste boozy at all, but it just wasn't as complex and flavorful as some of the better quads so I can't say that this is a top tier Quad. This beer is dangerously drinkable, it goes down super smooth with hardly any trace of it's 10%, I would have no problem drinking the whole bottle, this is the smoothest, most easy drinking quad I have ever had. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel and the drinkability, the mouthfeel was pretty good for a quad with just the right amount of carbonation and the drinkability was about as good as it gets for a quad, it was also a pretty good value. What I liked least about this beer was that it was lacikng some bolder flavors and wasn't as caramely as the aroma lead me to believe, I would have also liked a little more complexity. I would buy this beer again when looking for a good easy drinking Quad, plus the price makes this a pretty good value compared to what some of the more traditional quads cost and I am always looking for a good value when it comes to craft beer. I would recommend giving this a try if you like Quads, this would also make a good introduction to the style. Avery comes through with another solid beer and the best of their big beers that I have tried so far, they really made one drinkable quad, but in the end it lacked that special something with the flavor to put it on the top level. Good job Avery, you can be sure that I will be on the look out for more of your beers. The Lost Fugawi is still my favorite Quad.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky ruby color with a nice frothy head that fades fairly quickly, lovely lacing. Smells sweet, dark fruits , some banana. Taste starts very sugary, dark fruits , there's a spicyness present, and slight banana. This is a ok attempt at a quad, not anything special but good.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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