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 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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Photo of alexhahn82
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Looks normal/average, amber in color 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell. Killer smell, very very sweet scent to it. maybe a hint of yeast.

T/M - Taste is of yeast, slight floralness, decent carbonation, a pretty laid back Quad @ 10% ABV.

Overall -- Decent beer, decent price, not something I would seek out, but a worthy solo beer if you had to drink only one bomber in the night.

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

lucky enough to get to try this one on tap i was thrilled when i saw it make its appearence. served in a 10 oz pour.

what a wonderful pour as the thick brownish colored liquid comes pouring out of the glass and rings the inside of my tulip with loads of light tan lacing and a firm head of two fingers.

aroma is everything you would want in a quad. rich malty backbone, hints of prunes, figs, earthy tones and light caramel sweetness that is balanced nicely against a tight profile of light spices. really well done. very nice full feel with near perfect carbonation is exactly what i was looking for. the flavor opens up with loads of dark fruits and brown sugar colliding with light spices and a smooth, even flavor that hides the alcohol and smooths the palate. really just a tremendously good offering here.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Reverend

Poured from bomber into wide mouth goblet.

Pours an dark amber and settles a red tinted amber. Less than a fingers worth of white head sits briefly and falls back into the mass.

The nose offers a lot of dark fruits like figs and plum but the overlying scent is grape. Very interesting and makes me even more curious.

The taste is following the nose pretty closely. The grapes and plum are definetly present and some spicy Belgian yeast lingers in the background. A bit of bready malt as well.

The moutbfeel is full-bodied and thick. Warm burn from alcohol content but is not over the top.

Overall, beastly, full flavored quad that sticks to the tradition style and is pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is a light amber color with some hints of red. A small head forms that dissipates quickly.

Smells of sweet, tart fruit....almost "sour" like on the nose.

Tastes of plum, cranberry, hints of cherry, the sugar really shines through here in flavor. It is sweet but balanced. Interesting dark fruit taste.

Mouthfeel is good. It is sweet yet dry with higher carbonation, making it all too drinkable.

This is a good beer with an interesting dark fruit character, though, it isn't a person favorite. I can see buying it again without question.

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

I had a beertasting yesterday evening with my cousin Bert and his son Michael. After a while Mrs. Brabander joined the tasting. I used small Westvleteren and La Trappe tastinglasses.

This was one of out favourite beers this night. I don't know which BA provided me with this beer (was it Listenatjoes??) but whoever it was thanks for this very pleasant beer.

With the deepdarkred fluid and some head the beers lookes very promising. It even tastes better than it looks. A soft 'round' and delightfull sweetnes. Thsi quad can not be compared with the traditional quads but it is a very good one.

The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of jsh420
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear amber orange with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells of sweet sugary bananas and that it

taste is a little better then the nose - still a very sweet brew - bananas brown sugar a little booze and nutty malt

mouthfeel - medium/full body low carbonation a bit sticky

overall - pretty let down - maybe i will revisit this beer with some age on

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

436th review on BA
Draft to chalice

App- In the glass its almost a burnt orange with some yellow radiating highlights. A 1/2 in of head remains with some nice sticky lacing.

Smell- A bit sweet and not very big at all. Booze and some sugars. The stylistic dark fruits are missing. Something just seems light to this one.

Taste- A nice boozy beer on the front and a bit sweeter vs the style as mentioned above. Has a spritzy orange tangering flavor to it. A very crisp quad.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left me a candied orange liquor flavor.

Taste- A pretty good quad albeit a small one. A direction I didn't see it going in but thats okay since taste was pleasant. I will probably come back to this one.

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Photo of SirRuss
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Perfect garnet and flawless clarity lend the body an elegance that I can only assume is deceptive of the weighty Quad of which it is categorized. Retention is surprisingly weak, and the lacing seems scared to leave the safety of its ruby refuge.

S – Once again elegance trumps brut force in this Quad, as light strawberry wafts flutter through the nose with of cherry, caramel and candy – not Belgian candi, but Brighton rock.

T – Soft stewed fruits feature foremost as they rest upon a modest malty bed of biscuity sweetness. The depth and complexity that I was expecting (before seeing and smelling this brew) is utterly absent, yet the recurring elegance provides a sophistication that is irresistibly charming. A smiling rosy-cheeked priest would be better suited to the label than the stern, po-faced reverend featured. But it is the finish that I find most impressive; it falls away suddenly into an imperceptible precipice like a fine white burgundy, leaving only tidy tracks of its harmonious profile that are as clear as they are clean.

M – A medium mouthfeel matches the personality, and somehow the alcohol is cunningly asked.

O – Despite this being absolutely nothing like my initial expectations, I am thoroughly impressed with this brew. It’s also absolutely out-of-Avery-character, not in terms of quality, but in its raw levels of brute testosterone. Technically, I should inflict endless suffering upon The Reverend on the grounds that it clearly fails to abide by traditional category guidelines – but I’m not going to do that. This is perhaps the perfect example of why I believe beers should not be held to strict standards of “styles” per se. If it’s a great beer, or a shocker of one, then it should remain so regardless of the words written on its label, the picture on the bottle, the color of the glass, or the marketing and hype attached to it. At the end of the day a beer is what it is, and in this instance the ominous “Reverend” is nothing other than a wonderful brew whose makers maybe dismayed at it’s ultimate description being simply ‘delightful’.

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Photo of NODAK
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is heavy on candied sugars, with some spices and a touch of alcohol in the background. Sweet and spicy, not too thick.

Pours a dark iced tea color with a medium sized head. Not as dark as expected.

Taste follows through, with Belgian candied sugars dominating the main flavor profile with yeastiness and a hint of dark fruit and spices joining in. Sweet, but not too thick or cloyingly so. Finishes with molasses sweetness, some alcohol peeking through and yeast. A modest bitterness is present as well. Mouthfeel seems thin for style.

Pretty good stuff. Considering the ABV, it drinks very well and isn't too boozy. Not nearly as spicy as I thought it was going to be, but quite delicious.

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Photo of tbern007
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz. Red foil over the cap.
Pours orange/amber, initially a large head with large bubbles that is gone a little quickly but leaves good lace.
S - yeast, spice/cloves, sweet/candy scent with a little orange peel.
T - somewhat complex but you are able to distinguish the parts - sweet malt, yeast, clove, currant, raisin, cherry ice cream, and molasses.
M & D - good balance, lots of flavor, crisp yet a little sweet. Alcohol is not blatant. Good carbonation. Overall pretty good. I'd have it again.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been a while since I've gone to the beer store and didn't get any IPAs. 2 porter, 1 quad, 1 stout, 1 barleywine. Going to try and drink some other styles, starting w/ the Quad.

Appearance-Dark Orange with a light beige head. Leaves no lacing on the glass, and very little floating on top

Smell-Caramel and brown sugar off the top. Lots of dark fruits come in along with a good amount of alcohol.

Taste-Sweet plums and raisons off the bat with an alcohol burn. Some spice as well. The finsih you get a hint of hops and I also get a little bit of lemon zest as well. Stickiness leaves a lasting impression on your palate.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, a little too much carbonation for me.

Overall-Considering I haven't had many belgian styles in a while this was a good one to wake my palate up too. Good, affordable beer. Got me pretty buzzed after the bomber too. Going to seek out some more Belgians soon.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally picked this one up off of the shelves after seeing it around for a while so I'm giving it a go...

Lots of dark booze-soaked fruit aromas rolling off of this and while it's not bad, it doesn't have that wow factor that some others of the style do... Slight notes of yeast present as well...

A bit rough around the edges this one is... Quite a hit of booze present throughout and especially on the finish.. Almost fusel... touches of sweet maltiness that are overwhelmed by the booze...

A disappointment frankly... I was hoping for more out of this one..

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- chocolatey brown, thin white head disappates. Little lacing. ring of foam on top of the body.
S- Slightly fruity. Cherry, a bit of rum, a bit of caramel.
T- Caramel, definite malt forward. Slightly rum, and I'm picking up some diacetyl. very very low hop presence.
M- Low carbonation, slick, long sticky finish.
O- A decent Quad, but nothing that's much above average. Hides the 10% well. Nothing worth seeking out too much.

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

This beer is a bit lighter than I would normally expect in a quad. It is garnet colored with a nice dense light tan head. The aroma is mostly Belgian yeast with a mild sweetness and a bit of alcohol. It has a good spicy clovey flavor from the yeast with a low level of fruitiness. The mouthfeel is light as it should be, but does not have good high levels of carbonation that I would expect. Overall, good drinkable light quad. Not the best, but definitely a solid offering by Avery.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that left some lacing on the surface.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of candi sugar and dark fruit.
T: Like the smell, flavors of candi sugars stand out and contribute a moderate amount of sweetness to the overall taste. There are some hints of fruits in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, thick and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a bit dry and has some notes of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong, but the alcohol is well masked. However, it's definitely a beer that needs to be sipped because of all the sweetness.

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

A: Pours a light brown color with just a hint of red with about quarter inch of head.

S: Smells of dark fruits, Belgian yeast and a little toffee.

T: Taste is of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and finishes with just a hint of bitterness. Very sweet overall but not cloying and not very complex but still delicious.

M: Decent carbonation and goes down pretty smooth. 10% ABV is felt but not tasted.

O: Overall, a nice take on a quad by Avery. nothing that is going to blow your mind but goes down easy and is very pleasing while watching the NCAA tourney.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep golden/dark orange/amber color; heavy, creamy head about 1.5 fingers thick; sticky, with lots of lacing sitting on top and the sides of the glass throughout the drink

S: honey, bananas, fig, cherries and other dark fruits, sweet candied sugar, spicy clove, zesty citrus orange peel (and maybe vanilla and cinnamon?); complex and deep, very inviting

T: wonderfully complex, as expected for a quad; all the aroma flavors, with alcohol tossed in; the honey and spiced flavors hit up front, with the bold fruit flavors soaked in alcohol (but not too strong); the dark candied sugar so familiar to Belgian-style beers lasts throughout, leaving a heavy sweetness at the back end of each taste; as the beer warms, a candied fruit and alcohol taste dominates; extremely delightful and enjoyable flavor

M: thick, sweet, and tongue-coating; not too heavy to be called syrupy, but not too light either; perfect balance; velvety smooth on the tongue and throat

O: probably the best American-born Belgian Quad I've had; complex and strong; really a heavyweight in the alcohol department, so be careful! I'd drink it all day if it weren't so strong

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good thick two finger head and excellent lace structure. The color of the brew matches a 18 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is sweet, with fragrances of raisin, honey, clover, malt, strawberry, roasted oats and barley. The taste is sweet, with flavors of raisins, melon, strawberry, cherry, figs, honey, spices, clover, barley malt, melon, and oats. Very creamy feeling over my tongue and palate. Other than being quite sweet, and high in alcohol, I could drink quite a few of these. This brew goes good with desert, and sharp cheese.

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Photo of bb0bbby
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deceivingly strong. A little too sweet to warrant another. Spicy with raisin and hint of cherries. Undesirable aftertaste. Very small head. Rum comes to mind along with molasses and bread. Did i say it was strong yet ;/ great valueat $6.99. Orange to amber in color. Purchased from giant eagle.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bottle; poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a dark caramel with wispy white head.

S: Dark candi sugar, spice, funkiness and sweetness.

T: Caramel and brown sugar with a strong funk profile.

D: Great drinkability on this one and that raises it above most American quads, which are far too boozy.

Overall: A tasty and drinkable American quad, that although somewhat one-note, is still a great beer.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, clear amber color with a hint of red hue. Small bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing. I expected a little darker appearance for a quad.

The aroma does not remind me of a quad but is dominated by the candy sugar. Just a touch of malt and an oak wood smell in the background.

The flavors mix fairly well, but don't come across like the true Belgian quads I've had. Honestly it reminds me of a sweet, oak-aged barley wine. Not necessarily bad, just different from my expectations.

The medium mouthfeel and the relatively well hidden alcohol make this an interesting brew to try. BUT, be careful of the high abv. Not very drinkable to me due to the excessive sweetness.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,885 ratings.
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