The Reverend | Avery Brewing Company

The ReverendThe Reverend
1,898 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red-amber with golden highlights and a finger of beige head.

Faint nose, with some alcohol and cherry.

Intense, chewy caramel taste, powerful malt and faint hop finish. Some raisin and dark cherry. This is really something special. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy, just enough texture to support the bold taste.

Overall outstanding as a quad, paired with a bacon BBQ burger, alternately chadder, brie, gouda.

This was not nearly as good in a bottle when I tried it again later.

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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This liqiud has a ghostly resemblance to soda pop when poured, there’re a lot of bubbles clinging to the side of glass. Very little foam crown as far as I see. The hue is a washed out Diet Coke, almost tawny.

Aroma: Traveling through the air and eventually landing in my olfactories is a smokey and almost sour smell.

Body: The mouthfeel is a filling and full body with little or low carbonation.

Taste: Very sugary sweet, there’s a background of hoppy flavor occasionally overtaken by nuts and caramel. Because of the high ABV there’s of course a malty and strong alcoholic presence which fotunately only adds to the flavor.

Review: To put it short and to the point like my friend Marcus Andersson, “This is a complex beer for a simple man.” Look what it did to the poor guy, yes it’s him behind the bottle.

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4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split with my roommate, pours a light candy brown. Good looking white cream head that tracks lacing. Booze legs, yup. Candy sweet caramel funk in the nose followed by a grain heavy and super sweet tongue - raisins, brown sugar, plum, rum, sour apple, toffee - with a strong booze presence yet solid full bodied mouth on it. Solid brew in my opinion, for the style is pretty damn good. Definitely recommended!

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Avery. Poured a nice amber color with a decent beige head that laced nicely and had good retention. Aroma was that of yeast, bread, sweetness and some fruits. A little more citrus-y than I would prefer on the nose. Tasted of yeasty, earthy, fruity (more dark fruits this time, definitely some cherry) and a tad spicy. A good finish that does not overpower the palate...very pleasant.

Medium bodied with good complexity and balance. VERY drinkable, especially for 10% Be careful!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a lightly hazy brownish amber color with a cream colored head on top. The head sticks around for a little while but does fade with time and leaves just a bit of lacing. The smell of the beer was sweet, a little boozy and has some yeasty bread aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer was also a little sweet upfront with some fermented dark fruit flavors with some boozy heat in there also. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and had a good carbonation to it. Overall I found this to be a pretty good Quad, but not my favorite.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: 22 oz. bottle in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Very little head with an oily look to the glass and a yellowish amber color to the body, much like HopSlam. Trace amounts of lacing cling to the glass.

Smell: Subdued sour citrus aroma with hints of vanilla and dry wall spackling and dirty gym socks.

Taste: Citrus taste not as prominent as other quads, but still has a sharp and hoppy flavor that is refreshing with some creaminess. Better then the Sixth Glass, smoother and malty flavor, but not as full flavored and smooth as the St. Bernardus or Rocheforte.

Mouthfeel: Crispness in the mouth with only a very slight aftertaste and a mixture of creamy and oiliness, but only very little on the oil.

Overall: A good almost average quad in many ways, but there is some smell that seems to affect the taste in subtle ways.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Avery never disappoints with their "beers", this beer had an amazing flavor and taste and leaves you wondering how it's 10% ABV.

The pour leaves you with a silky white 2 finger head with a dark amber color.

Taste like apricots and plums with a hint of something spicy.

Overall great beer.

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3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bomber into an oversized wine glass

Ap- copper color. Almost clear but a little bit of haze. minimal head that didn't stick around to long.

Ar- smells sweet, biscuity malts, alcohol. Figs or prunes or dates or something like that too.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. Sweet malts in the front then the taste turns to Figs/prunes/dates and alcohol.

M- medium bodied, kinda sticky. good carbo for this style.

O- blah, this beer is ok. Probably wouldn't buy it again. I don't know If I am really a big fan of Belgians. So this beer may actually be good for this style I just haven't tried enough to compare it to.

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: deep amber-brown hue with a crystal clear body and a thick finger of creamy tan foam which has pretty good retention and leaves a nice lace. Clear for a quad, but nice.

Smell: interesting aroma. Starts off with a rich, biscuity malt that then melds into date and plum aromas. I usually don't like so much biscuit in the aroma but I'm also not used to so much dynamic quality to the aroma. Not bad!

Taste: biscuity malt with a band-aidey quality to it. Rich flavors including plum and raisin but there is a quality to it that I just don't like too much. Not poorly-crafted, just not to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation, but not nearly as silky or creamy as I like my quads to be.

Overall: the Reverend is not a bad beer at all. It just doesn't fit into a flavor profile that I like.

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3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Quads that I have had. Lacy head with a clear amber/red fluid. Very inviting. Very complex. Really nice and rich texture of sweet malts followed up with some fruitiness on the finish. High alcohol doesn't warm just hits your head on an empty stomach. Nice clean tongue numb. Really good

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an extraordinarily complex quad. it is smooth and rich and bright and drinkable. Pours an almost nutbrown shade of red and smells immediately of alchohol and yeast. caramel notes in the nose as well. first sip is WOW. very well balanced for a beer of this ABV. as it warms the alcohol comes to the fore even moreso, making the witty commentary on the label ring particularly true. it paired perfectly with a crumly aged english cheddar cheese and toasted flax baguette. i will absolutely be buying more of this fine ale!

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Photo of timobkg
2.44/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel tulip. This bottle had been sitting in my cellar for several months.

The appearance was good, a dark color shifting towards red on the outside, with a good head.

The aroma was strong, very fruity, but also had a noticible rust smell that detracted from the beer.

The taste was sweet and fruity. I like sweet and fruty beer, but this was slightly too sweet, and too fruity. It laked the depth and complexity of good belgians. There was also a flavor in the finish that I couldn't quite place, but found very off-putting. Maybe iron?

Overall, I found the beer to be too sweet and fruity, with not enough balance from the other components to pull off the sweetness. It wasn't cloying, but it wasn't complex either. In addition, the aroma of rust and possible taste of iron turned this into one of the worst quads I've had. It's possibly I had a bad bottle, but I'm hesitant to spring for another bomber to find out.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,898 ratings
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