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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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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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Photo of videofrog
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A: Dark copperish color with ruby red highlights. Carbonation bubbles barely visible. Nice two finger off-white head settles into a ring that laces down the glass with each sip.

S: The dark cherries mentioned on the label are noticed first, but not overwhelming. Some bready malts and slight peppery alcohol there, too.

T: Taste follows the nose, with the malts coming to the forefront. Spices noted. Peppery alcohol and sticky hops noticeable in the finish.

M: A little thick for the style, but nice. Carbonation a little low, very smooth drinking.

O: Really enjoyed this one. Smoothness stands out on Avery's interpretation of a Quad. Not one of my favorites, but a solid beer nonetheless. Great pickup at the grocery store for the price.

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Photo of JCellars
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz btl into Duvel tulip glass.
Very nice two finger head, beautiful retention.

Malty, nutty nose with slight hoppy undertone. Lots of almonds, macadamia nuts, celery, fruit rind, and herbacious notes on the nose.

Very malty flavor, lots of almond, cashew, coriander, clove, cooking spice.

Light, easy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation, delicate balance. Very well done.

A very drinkable beer, but not incredible by any means. Just well done, not exceptional. Doesn't impress or excite at all, but good anywhere anytime.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz poured into a snifter...huge dark body with a slight head...massive alcohol and malt character...some yeast funk, not quite enough...reasonably drinkable...they didn't nail it, but it's not bad either...pretty good price too, definitely cheaper than a real Belgian quad

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Photo of thewalkindude
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a goblet. The Reverend is dark copper in color with a head that faded quickly and left a thin sheath of foam on the surface. The smell was very yeasty and strong in dark fruits such as raisins or plums. It was exorbitantly sweet, probably the sweetest beer I've had to this point, complete with dark fruit and clove flavors so strong that at times I felt as though I was drinking liquid Juicy Fruit. Feels very thick and warm and smooth in the mouth, and the carbonation doesn't bite much. Overall a solid quad, but one I wouldn't pair with a Cajun Crawfish pizza (again).

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Bronze tan/brown, 1 inch creamy head, mild lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like rasin, plum, apple. Spices, sugars, some floral hops and yeast.

Taste - Big time fruit and spice up front. Sweet and malty with some floralness at the same time. Carmal and lemon are also a big flavor mixed in. Not as spicey as alot of quads, yet corriander is plentyful in this ale.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, coats whole mouth pretty well. Tounge gets most of the fruits and malts. Palette gets some hops, sugars and booze. Rather light aftertaste, and a little sour.

Overall - Its decent but no way can compair to something like rochefort 10 as fair as complex flavors and smoothness. Lacks the spices and balance of hops and malts to set it apart from the rest. Not bad but had alot better.

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

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

Rich, dark copper appearance. Initially poured a big head, but has died down to a nice blanket of foam. Light lacing.
Aroma is that of roasted malt, heavy on dark sugar. Slightly raisiny, not like DFH's, it's more subtle.

Taste is great. Not too boozy, not too sweet, not too hoppy. Initial is of roasted malt, some sharp raisin. Very bubbly, but not to the point where I'm burping constantly. The 10% creeps up on you, as you do feel a warmth as you drink this.

This is a delicious beer, and I am sad that Arizona won't be carrying Avery for a long while.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a large globe glass, bottling date not referenced from my view. The Reverend pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan cap and is a reddish orange in the light. Bit light overall as for expectations for the style. Leaves decent retention nonetheless.

Nose of yeast and light brown sugar. Light and subtle, pleasant yet a bit reaching for such a robust style. Bit of chocolate at times and light wafts of alcohol and fruit. Nose improves with warming but never truly develops much character.

Flavor follows the nose with light slightly fruity chocolate and with a creamy delivery than belies the ABV of this brew. Like the aroma, the flavor distracts neither in a negative nor a positive way initially, becoming a bit more endearing with warming.

Feel remains a bit thin in the end, lacking a whole lot of complexity and structure and with an overabundance of light brown sugar. Yet what is there is pleasant enough and it drinks quite easily for the style and strength of the offering. But then I'd rather savor a Quad for its complexity than consume it for its strength.

Interesting beer that is surely worth a visit.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer from a bomber. Look is crystal clear nut brown color, no haze. Has to have been filtered… NOT bottle conditioned. 1 ½ in. head not a lot of foam but some. Reduces to 1/4in with good lace. Not what I would expect a good quad to look like.

Smell is of sweet malt, sugar, floral hops and some spicy herbal note… a coriander like smell. Tiny hint of alcohol towards the end. No yeast noted.

Taste is started by sweet malt but ends quickly with a sharp zing of sugar and molasses flavor. Dark fruit is present in the middle with a floral hop finish, which is all topped off with a gentle warm alcohol.

Mouth-feel is thicker than I imagined and works well with this beer.

Overall good beer… just not a great match for the style in my opinion. Maybe I just drink to many trappists beers…. But I would still recommend giving this beer a try.

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Photo of sisterray
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at the Ale and the Witch.

Rather than going through the motions, I'm going to do a quick summation as to why I think this is a beer worth skipping - unless someone just gives it to you.

O: When you first sip this, it tastes like legitimate Quad - except, the carbonation seems to fizzy for the style. But the flavor never develops. Quads should unfold their many layers. This hits you with the same surface flavors over and over again. It was a chore to finish the final quarter glass. Of the selection from Avery I've tried, this is the only one that I don't like a lot.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark Red/Amber with a nice haze, big carbonation bubbles, with a very small off white head for the style. Would like some more cream to the head for a Quad.

S- Pepper, Candi Sugar, Alcohol and solventy, dark fruits (plum)

T- Carmel sweetness, Alcohol, Rune, sugar, soleventy

M- nice warming and alcohol, but too low on carbonation.

D- Overall an average quad. Tasted this next to a few others that just blew it away. It is still a good beer (all quads taste good) but for the style I was a bit disappointed. Maybe some time would calm the Alcohol and Solvent notes down.

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Photo of Fulkrum78
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty tasty quad. Nice color right out of the bottle, reddish brown, fairly clear. Off-white head that sticks around and nice carbonation. Aroma of hops and sweetness. Lacing on glass. Sweet but nice malt backbone. Alcohol isn't too noticeable.

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Photo of TheTot
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Raging Bitch tulip.

Pours a cloudy red-brown with little to no head. Smells of light fruits with a crisp finish. Smooth initial taste with a lot of malty sweetness and a hint of hop bite. Finishes with smooth fruit tones and a clean crisp finish.

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

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear amber-orange--perhaps a little lighter than I'm used to seeing in a quad--with a foamy beige head that retained and laced well. Toasty aroma, bready, yeasty, with candi notes, and some dried fruits. Sweet malt base in the taste, caramel, candi sugar and molasses, cherries and currants, a bit of alcohol-y phenols, but nothing that really negatively affects the taste; a bit of spicy hops in the finish. Medium body, and lots of flavor; very nice to drink.

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Photo of BBP
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with slight lacing and a thin film for a head.

S- Caramel and hops surprisingly. At the point of only seeing this and smelling it, I could have believed I had a barleywine on my hands.

T- Loads of hops. Spicy and earthy. Caramel as well. Slight amounts of raisin sweetness. I really don't get the smell, appearance, and aroma many others are getting. It seems more like a barleywine to me. I'm not sure if it was bottled incorrectly? Perhaps it was aged for a long time? Still tastes solid, but like no quad I've tasted before. I get a good amount of hops, and raisin, but that's it for the dark fruit.

M- Carbonation works nicely with this beer leaving it feeling full, but not heavy. It has a very dry finish.

O- Overall, I think my bottle have have been different than the average one, so take this review for what it's worth. Drinkability was exceptional, and everything else was nice, but it didn't seem all too much like a quad.

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Photo of jpro
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Chimay goblet...

A: Pours a light murky, copper brown with some red highlights; head is beige and pretty non-existent; no lacing with this 10% brew.

S: Gingerbread; sweet potato; rich, caramel aroma; sweet and malty... really nice.

T: Light toffee notes; cinnamon roll; some spicy Belgian yeast on the finish; raisiny; honey; almost no hint of alcohol - wow. Very smooth.

M: Full bodied and a touch syrupy; moderate carbonation; slightly warming.

O: Very tasty and smooth; pretty heavy, so its more of a sipper - would be great in the winter; probably not something I’d have on a regular basis, but a nice change of pace; would probably go well with a big, fat Belgian waffle.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bottle to chalice. Pours out a bit thin looking with a color not as deep as expected. A bit darker than copper in color, thin ring of tight bubbles circle the glass.

S: The aroma is pouring out of this St. Bernardus chalice. Bready, fruity, boozy. Fresh baked raisin bread pairs with some nice cherry and plum aromas. Good amount of yeast. What I find lacking is a very firm malt backbone.

T: Belgian yeast comes through nicely lending some sweet banana notes and some fruitiness. Big and malty with cherries and plums. Has a bit of spice late, but I'm struggling to find some complexity here.

M: Definitely a winner on mouthfeel. Nice, thick body that finishes fruity and a bit spicy with just a slight twang of carbonation.

O: Tough style to live up to, and this certainly doesn't fall short. I just feel like something is left out. Mouthfeel leads you to believe its going to be a huge quad and it just dies on you.

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Photo of Brysky
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S- 750 ml bottle poured into a chalice

A- very nice amber gold body with no head but nice carbonation

S- hops with a malt and the bliss of alcohol

T- slight bitterness with a almost nutty taste

M- slight tingle on the tongue at first, bit on the heavy side

Overall it is pretty wonderful as a quad and affordable too.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to WhyBeNormal for sending this out in a BIF a ways back. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a clear garnet-copper color with a single-finger white head that falls quickly into a thick collar around the edges. A few bubbles on top as well. No real lacing. The nose brings forward some strong plum and prune character along with milder dark fruits in the background. Light cherry and a very faint amount of caramel. The flavor is sweet with a strong prune flavor and not much balance. Seems like a malty sweetness with fruit; no real yeast participation. Light-medium body with low carbonation and a bit of booze. Not a big fan overall, though nothing seriously wrong with it.

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Photo of MCorrea
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first craft beers I ever had, way back when they used to wax tip every bottle in long drippy red wax (which was actually more like a wax/plastic hybrid). I bought my first bottle with an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time. Anyhow... on to the review!

A: pours a deep copper red with a small off white head. Minimal lacing left behind upon drinking. No haze or turbidity.

S: Sweet malt, candi sugar, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Very sweet. The Candi sugar dominates big time. Patrick Rue would be proud. Also, plenty of dark fruit flavors: Raisin, plum, sour cherry. The alcohol (10%) is masked incredibly well. The Belgian spice reveals itself on the finish.

M: Not too thick or too thin. Just right. Carbonation is on the low side, which is good for this style.

O: A bottle of reverend is never too far from my fridge. For the price and availability, it's one of my favorite quads out there.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured in a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance - Hazy medium brown copper/amber body. Small pancake batter head with little to no retention.

Smell - Malt. Coffee. Cream. Chocolate. Roasted Nut. None of the dark fruitiness found in the Westy 12. Very pleasant.

Taste - Alcohol up front. Soft malt. Moderate solvent taste. Vague hazelnut. A particularly hard beer to describe for some reason... I can't think of many analogues for the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smell - Strong alcohol .Softly prickles your tongue all the way across; from front to back. Full bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Decent beer. But since I'm comparing it to the Westvleteren 12, it is losing serious ground nearly by default. That's not to say that's the fault of this beer, it just has stiff competition.

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Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of sherry, this pours with two fingers of frothy head.

S: very fruity

T: an amazing quad. the combination of malt and yeast yeilds to a impressive blend of dark fruits and breadiness. Very tasty.

D: at 10% abv, be careful slugging down too much of this one.

Overall, this is a very respectable quad from Avery. I will certainly look to drink this one again.

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

The beer poured a clear mahogany / amber, with a finger of creamy off white head. The head dissipates rather quick, but leaves nice lacing.
Great aroma of malty notes, honey and some fruits.
The taste up front brings fruit like banana to mind and maybe honey. In the middle the malt composition takes over and sweetens the palette even more. Towards the end there are some flowery hops which round beer nicely up.
The 10 ABV are noticeable, so be careful with this one.
Great beer!

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice malty overtones with some hints of figs and toffee maybe? Get a nice scent from the yeast I can't quite describe.

Nice remnants on the palette, a bit of silky creaminess with low carbonation that really allows the weight of the brew to come through.

Reddish mahoghany in a goblet, poured to very little head which dissipated fairly quickly.

Scent doesn't lie, a nice malty overture with fruity overtones. Maybe some banana type esters, but mainly the residual sweetish malt is what I sense.

For a 10% abv beer, I'd love to see how much I could get through. Great mouthfeel and taste.

A really great beer. Nice lower carbonation to let the flavors come through. If you're not in Belgium to get what they have to offer, this is a great alternative.

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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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