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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a lovely shade of ruby amber with a 2.5 finger head of awesome creaminess. Retention is very good, and the head leaves tight lacing on the glass as it recedes.

S - Strong sweet malts, cotton candy, banana, bread, and fruity esters. Ethanol is present but restrained. Moderate strength and complex.

T - Candy, banana, and spice open over a full, sweet malt foundation. The malt body carries the beer to the finish, where the alcohol sweetly, but sharply finishes. Well constructed and delectable. Constrains the abv where it should, but lets it show in the finish.

M - Full, smooth and wet. Compliments the flavors of the beer very nicely.

D - I haven't had too many quads, but this one certainly is a great beer in my book. Relatively affordable (in CO), well constructed, and doesn't drink like a high abv beer.

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

I am a "Babe in the woods" for tasting and reviewing beers. First Quadrupel Ale I have ever tasted.

I enjoy New Belguim Brewery Beers and I am trying others to understand what a really good beer should taste like. Can't really distinguish the multitude of Flavors/smells that others write about.

This ale had an agreeable smell and taste for me. Can't really be more specific as I am a real novice. Grew up on Coors and Bud, now in my 60's and enjoying craft beers.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/1/11 notes.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark red color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of mint, fruits, spices, cloves, floral notes, and light rbeady malts. 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.

m - Medium body and low 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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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering.

Reddish/orange bodied brew topped by a single fingered creamy white head the exhibited decent retention and solid lacing. I smelled toffee malts backed by a solid hop profile with a slight burn from the booze. The taste was similar to the nose although the hops back off as the raisons become more prominent. Aftertaste consisted of sweet malty booze with earthy, grassy undertones. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, well carbonated brew that remains creamy. Overall, a pretty darn tasty brew.

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3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cherry amber with a nice collared head.

S - Lots of caramel covered barley, raw nuts and brown sugar,

T - Sweet and creamy, whipped caramel, brown sugar, hops and a touch of alcohol add peppery spice. Very bready with minor hints of plums and dates. Some alcohol and amaretto/basil on the finish.

M - Full thick body, low creamy carbonation, warming.

This smells and drinks a lot like a barley wine. The finish wasn't spectacular and it didn't really fit into the style.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Half-growler from the good folks at Beer Growler in Avondale Estates; finally get to buy beer on a Sunday in the ATL!

I had enjoyed this fine quad years ago from a bomber and when I saw it on the menu I had about three seconds of thoughtful internal discourse before pulling the trigger. The main competition was Wild Heaven's Eschaton, which should be in plentiful supply considering the geography. This stuff on tap has to be rare, right?

A - Beautiful ruby red, with nice, compact bubbles on the carbonation. Lacing was very good, not quite Belgian lace, but lingers far longer than fresh beer in the tulip!

S - Caramel, malt, banana, clove, spice, and candi sugar. Lovely!

T - Much of the above; the 10% ABV is well hidden. Enjoy too much of this and it will catch up with you. This was just too good to savor over an hour and change for a half-growler.

M - The alcohol is well hidden, and it's very easy to sip. No burn and the finish is pleasing. Not too medium or sharp; I can detect more raisins long after the glass is empty.

O - Almost as good as St. Bernardus Abt 12; would be happy to enjoy this from November through February. Great job, Avery!

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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