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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Ratings: 1,881 |  Reviews: 836
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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 +9.4%
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 +0.8%
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 +6.8%
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 +4.2%
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 +15.1%
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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Photo of csiewert
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a red amber color with a trace of head that does not retain or lace well. The atoms has hints of caramel malt and pumpkin spices. The taste starts caramel sweet and then has notes of pumpkin and spices. The mouthfeel is balanced, but fairly watered down. Overall a good Belgian quad.

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Photo of billzav
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgium style quad is amber in color and has pronounced notes of caramel and dark fruit in the nose and initial taste, with a hint of spices and a brandy like character in the backbone. Well balanced and wonderfully complex, with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol.

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Photo of stercomm
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber colored with a very slight tan head, mild glass lacing.

S - Malt sweetness and spices with a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet malt, spices, with some raisins and a slight funk on the finish.

M - Mild bodied, mild carbonation.

D - Not bad, a little too sweet for me, good spice

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - amber colored with no head or fizz, very little lacing

s - smells burnt, like burnt hazlenuts

t - tastes good. very sweet flavors - raisin, fig, cherry, molasses, brown sugar, burnt malt though not overwhelming and big time alcohol aftertaste

m - although initially smooth, there is a burning alcohol aftertaste

o - not bad for a quad, considering the pricing is affordable. it's a big beer with a small price

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Photo of Hershdawg
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a Mc Chouffe goblet

A: A light amber color with a thin head the quickly dissapears.

S: Dark fruit, tropical fruits and belgian spiciness.

T: about the same as the smell. Flavors reminiscent of plums, raisins, and caramel. Its not as strongly or as complex as some other quads.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Its light for how high the abv is.

O: Its a decent entry quad, because its not too extreme. However there are many better quads.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leftover from a tasting
"Created by God,
feared by Satan,
loved by all."

A ~ I allowed this one to mellow at room temp upright after taking it out of the fridge to avoid another "explosion." Poured very well. Tiny tiny subtle bubbles. The color of cherry brandy with great clarity for a quad.

S ~ Woody and sweet. Smelling cherries, sugar, little bit of a cognac smell. Also a very fresh golden apple scent.

T ~ More Brandy and Apple flavors up front that fade into darker flavors (walnuts, figs, Plums, black cherry, and grapes) VERY grape-y. Bit of dry grass, which is a nice way to offset the sweet fruit flavors.

M ~ Dry with warmth but not too heavy. I have never experienced this before, but For some reason this particular quad reminded me of an suped up English Brown. Go figure.

D ~ Well, This isn't readily available anymore unless I buy out the rest of the stock at Corkscrew, but I probably won't do that. Too nutty and boozy. I kinda wish I had someone to help me finish the bomber. It's good but I'm just not that into it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with very little head. The smell is strong , there is a nut note, and strong cherry smell. The taste is malty and infused with the cherries. The alchool is subtle. Good strong flavor, and nice alchool mellow alchool taste. Overall good but not the best.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Can't find date information. Poured into tulip.

Continuing to get my last taste of Avery beers before they disappear from California.

Pours a mostly clear reddish-amber with a very small beige head, mostly goes away. Spots of broad lacing.

Smells as expected, sweet Belgian candi sugar, malt, and yeast. Dark fruits. Spices like cinnamon and pepper.

Tastes quite similar to the nose. A nice burst of sweetness accompanied by lively carbonation. Fruits and sugars dominate throughout. Alcohol is very nicely folded into the flavor. Good overall, but not too complex.

Medium to full bodied, nice carbonation for the style.

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

Poured a nice dark clear brown into my chalice.
Head retains well and settles nicely.
Nice aroma. A very pleasant sweet smell .
Taste is sweet, malt, spice, smooth, tasty.
A nice representation of the style that masks the 10% ABV well.
A very drinkable sipping beer.

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

I had this one on tap up at the brewery's tap room. Poured a nice amber color, with a minimal amount of light white foam. Aromas of light brown sugar, caramel, candied fruits and alcohol. On the palate, this one is fairly sweet, with a nice bready character and a lingering alcoholic warmth.

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Photo of drummermattie02
1.86/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a somewhat clear amber brown, very little head; looks unlike most every quad I have had.

Smells like fruit punch, odd yeast aroma with what feels like some alcohol harshness.

Taste pretty much mimics the smell, weird fruit punch flavors and harshness. Carbonation is fine, but can't save the bad taste. This is a drainpour for me...

Note: I had two bottles in the cellar and the second was as bad as the first

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Photo of thetomG
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clearish amber colored pour with tan layer of foam head and some spotty lacing left around the glass.

Small mild hint of sourness in the nose, but overall its a big malty beer. Some alcohol burn powering through the taste as well. Not as complex as other quads I've had - it looks nice, but I just didn't dig the flavors all that much. worth a try, but not something I'll be seeking out again.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours deep amber with a compact creamy beige had that slowly dissipates into rich lacings.

S: Sweet malt. Molasses and dark dried fruits. Yeast. Some faint dark chocolate.

T: Sweet syrupy malt balanced with yeast. Dark dried fruits; cherries, plums and figs. Vineous.

M: Full syrupy body with low carbonation. Aftertaste is short and sweet. Lots of alcohol gives it a warmth.

O: A nice Quad; not as complete as a Trappist-one but still nice.

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

A: Pours a clear bubbly brown amber, with a fair amount of eggshell white head. Just some clumps retain on the surface and around the edge of the glass, but it's enough to leave fairly nice lacing.

S: Rich and sweet, with mild spice and heavy dark fruit.

T: Sweet, full, and rich; the spice and dark fruit from the nose is noticeable through the middle, along with a grainy note, leading into a somewhat burnt bitterness towards the finish.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall quite pleasant. It's a bit more harshly grainy and less sweet than many other quads, which I'm not sure fits the style, but it's still a good beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz birthday bomber from my buddy JY with the new style label, so guessing this is a 2010 or 2011 bottle...unaged in any case. Pours a very light caramel color with a small tan head, even with a fairly aggressive pour. Retention is not all that great and does not leave lots of lace. Very light color for a quad.

Nose is very fruity - raisins and canned pineapple. Rich, bready malt and tropical alcohol. Smells like a fruitcake.

Taste starts rich, sweet and caramely; then moves through some molasses and dark bread. Finishes with an alcohol flourish and leaves lingering hints of fruit throughout. Taste is better than the aroma by a longshot here. Faint note of grassy hops is notable. Not as thick and creamy as a Bernardus or Westy 12, and the malts are of a lighter variety - more toast and caramel as opposed to chocolate and roast. Glad I drank this relatively fresh, I dont think oxidation would go well here. Pretty tasty, one of the better American renditions of the style.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taken from notes on 3.23.11

Another bottle bought by my wife.

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours amber-orange with almost no head. What is there is tan.

S - Malts, oats, grain, and burnt sugar.

T - Malty, brown sugar, and carmel.

D - Easy, boozy, and slightly sticky in the mouth.

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

a nice quad for a buck 4 oz pour, at the time one of my favorites on their line up, not so much anymore. gotta love avery

Appearance - an orange amber, decent head

Smell - cloves, molasses, apples?, malt

Taste - the same plus a little hot on the end, some candi sugar which is also actually on the nose

Mouthfeel - smooth, not robust, definitely a nice one for the summer for me, crisp, not overally sweet

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Photo of bskrtz
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle served cold at "Fork", Chicago. Poured into glass beer challis

A) Red tint cola. Very dark but surprisingly clear. Soft white head settles quickly.

S) Deliciously rich. Cooked dark fruits -- plums, raisons, figs, baked in sour dough bread

T) Very sweet with Belgian candy sugar, dark cherries & kirsch. Fruity and mild after taste despite high alcohol content. A port like brew.

M) Very smooth despite a thick texture. Missing the fine, champaign like bottle conditioning

O) A very good attempt in a very competitive class.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very nice amber glow shines through glass. Topped off with an ice cream like head, with a full on Belgian lace.

S: Toasted malty flavors dominate a very subtle nose. Hints of cherry and toast show.

T: Toasted caramel cracker meets a good deal of carbonation as well as a sort of toasted butter cookie quality. This one is very equalized and shows very little of its alcohol full nature. Good stuff.

M: High degree of carbonation almost allows one to smell this more than taste it.

O: Good stuff though they ought not call it quad. It should deem itself belgian style strong dark as the term Quad is classified for beers either from Trappist breweries or from those who make beer nearly as complex as them. This is fairly one dimensional and makes for a good beer at a cost which is appropriate (7.95 a btl).

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,881 ratings.
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