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 thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a tulip. Pours amber with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of bananas and slight alcohol. The flavor was of fruit, malt, alcohol, and pear upon swallowing. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The flavors present definitely mask the alcohol flavor but it is still present. It is scary drinkable which could get you in trouble quickly as it is quite enjoyable as well.

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Photo of Mdog
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-amber, big head.

Smell: Big caramel sweetness, a little dark fruit, boozy.

Taste: Quite sweet, the candy sweetness hits pretty hard along with a fair amount of booze. A hint of tart cherry in there too.

Drinkability: Pretty big ABV and a little too sweet for frequent drinking.

Haven't had this one for a while and it was on sale, so I picked it up. Very sweet, reminds me of a big doppelbock, kind of like Samiclaus. Not a ton of fruity or yeasty flavors, but still pretty tasty. Might be better to split the bomber with someone, palate fatigue from the sweetness!

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Photo of Thiestru
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a one-pint-some-odd-ounce bottle into my Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Golden brownish with a two-finger creamy head. No transparency; totally cloudy. One of the finest-looking beers I've ever set eyes to.

Smell: The first word that comes to mind is 'musty'. It's got a funky smell, with alcohol present. It's a little vegetable-y.

Taste: Wow, here come the vegetables! It seems to odd to describe a beer like that, but that's seriously the impression I get. The alcohol I caught in the smell is also evident in the taste. You know what, the more I drink it, the more I like it. There are some roasted-tasting malts underneath the funk; on the whole, it reminds me a bit of Celebrator Doppelbock by Ayinger... but funkier.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, but almost kind of flat. It could use both a little more carbonation and a little more body. Definitely not bad, though.

Drinkability: High drinkability, both in spite of and because of the funkiness. (There's that word again, I know.) Still, more than a pint is a lot to drink, especially for something with 10% abv.

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Photo of danielharper
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just video reviewed this one over at my blog. Overall impressions are of a very nice Quadrupel, within the range of those produced in Belgium, but with a hoppier character and a dryer finish, and without some of the more complex fruity character you get from the better quads. Very drinkable, alcohol well-hidden given the abv, and definitely worth the price, but not the greatest quad I've ever had.

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

A good Americanized example of a Quad. No need to go into extreme details. If it had poured green or smelled like sauerkraut, I would have scored it lower than I did.

Review must be over 250 characters and less than 5,000. Apparently we shouldn't be snobs, but shouldn't not be snobs, either.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: is of high quality with a dark caramel red color filtered with a thick light tan creamy head and lacing.
S: caramel molasses banana and rum sugar notes mixed very well.
T: didn't taste quite as the smell or what I expected. Had a very dank yeast character with the candy sugar flavor mixing with a very faint banana taste but that quickly ends and your left with the dank yeast.
M/D: the feel is medium bodied an quite harsh not what I've seen with other quads. The dinkabilitu is ok but definitly not my favorite and it's a little hard to finish because of taste and feel.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper, with reddish hues and lively carbonation that develops a foamy off white head that leaves an even lacing coating the inside of the glass.

Aroma consists of fresh, rich yeast and candied sugar. A second inspection reveals sweet malt and dark fruits.

The fruit and candied sugar is much more apparent in the flavor as well as the sweet malt. Up front, The Reverend has a bit of an alcohol kick to it, but as it warms the traditional characteristics steal the show.

This Quad is quite smooth given its hefty abv. Medium in body and medium to moderate in carbonation with just a slight burn from the alcohol prior to warming.

The Reverend is quite drinkable; featuring plenty of character to offset the high abv, and a pleasant palate. Not for the weak of heart, but worth a try if you like the Belgians.

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Photo of Jcarrane
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This quad pours a beautiful burnt orange almost amber color with about 1 finger of foam with a pleasant almost whipped appearance. Nice floral bouquet with a hint of sweetness behind it. The taste is just as pleasant as the appearance for me. Not over powering alcohol flavor considering the ABV%. Nice sweetness to start,brown sugar and citrus orange notes, coats the palate well and has a nice toasty malt finish that lasts and is slightly bitter.

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

A: Murky, burnt orange color. Poured almost a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a skim. Light sheets of lace.

S: Lots of dark-colored fruits, sweet malt and yeasts.

T: Big malts and fruits can't quite be overcome in the bitter finish. A little sweet in the finish, but not over-bearing. Warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Coating feel, but a bit stringent nearer the finsih.

D: big abv to be too drinkable. Big and complex even if abit our of balance.

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

This beer pours out of the bottle with a nice thick stream that sounds muted and heavy when it hits the glass.
The aroma is light and sweet betraying the actual
viscosity of the beer.
It is a brown color with a hint of red and has a nice yellowish head that leaves fairly quickly.
It is very heavy and coats the mouth nicely.
Very sweet with quite a bit of malt.
Very good

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Photo of hughjohnson
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The only reason I bought this beer was the name. My gaming tag is 'The Reverend' so I needed to have this beer.

It didnt disappoint...
It poured a reddish brown and when held to the light it turns almost pure red. The head was a yellowed white and looked very thick, like marshmallow creme. The head stayed around for a little while but eventually went away. Lacing was little.

I have a bit of a head cold so my nose is all stuffy.My nose picked up banana, pineapple, oranges, and a sugary scent; like those rock candy things. Alcohol is also present.

Taste is good, it actually taste like rock candy.(if you dont know what that is its basically cane sugar stuck on a stick)
The beer has plenty of carbonation and is 'bubbly'. It does feel thin?? not really watery but kinda... Also there is a slight alcohol burn to it. Other than that it taste great. Though Im no expert on the style.
Not really a session beer, I think the taste is to candy like to drink more than one. However if you like can sugar youd probably disagree.

I actually enjoyed this beer, a lot. It ended up being way better than I thought it was going to be and Ill buy it again. I think the biggest problem with this brew isnt the beer itself, its what it gets compared too. This beer is in the same category as Westy 12, Rochefort 10, and St Bernardus 12?!?! which are three of the top BEERS not just the top quads. So its no where near those, but that doesnt mean its bad; because its actually pretty darn good.

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Photo of brettr
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been drinking this beer for a solid 6 months now, so it is time for a review. This beer has so many layers and is so complex, it is pretty amazing. Other reviewers give this one a heavy alcohol smell, but I can't detect it and my wife who is VERY sensitive says no to the heaviness after she saw some of these reviews as well. This weekend we picked up a few other popular American quads and still the Reverend comes out on top. The complexity of this beer is mind blowing, there is really nothing like it I've ever had. It pours OK, I gave it a 4 out of 5. This quad goes down so smooth, but it isn't heavy like a typical Belgian quad. It does have the "this beer will [email protected] you up" if you drink it fast though. Be warned. I REALLY wish Avery would 4 or 6 pack this one, $7 bombers are getting expensive so this limits us to a Reverend a week.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet... this one is a deep red color with hints of orange. Small white head despite the hard pour... looks tasty but not the best appearance ever.

I like the smell a lot... Belgian spices, fruity, a little alcohol presence, some malts as well. Very nice.

Great taste to it! Malty, a little bready, but the fruit flavors come through as well. This is definitely a fantastic Belgian-style ale for an American brewery. I'm very impressed, another solid offering from Avery.

Too bad I have to go to Houston to get these, and they don't have the full lineup, I could drink Avery all the time otherwise.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty, slightly murky burnt orange. Thin head, leaves to ring fast. Only slight lace.

S - Yeast, pit fruits and sweet malt. Nice combo.

T - Heavy malt front, bittering loses this battle. Fruitness is apparent in the center to end of the taste. Ends a little too sweet for me.

M - Edges too soft for me. Nice coating, full bodied, good carb but wished it has a little more balance.

D - The little cloying that remains and the high ABV make prevent this from being very sessionable. Nice to try, though. Good beer.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish/Amber hue with about a finger's worth of head that quickly dissolves as it sits.

Smell: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Ricola, alcohol, rising bread, root beer

Taste: Very fresh - crisp, hint of cola, hint of molasses, brown sugar, alcohol, nutmeg, fate cocoa, tons of freshly picked fig, faint tangerine. I know this is a review for the bottle form - but I must say - better on draft.

Mouthfeel: Thin - very drinkable, goes down easy - not much of a sipper - very smooth, light.

Drinkability: not a session beer because of the alcohol - nice taste - not too rich. Pretty light for a quadrupel.

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Photo of itsromy
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a wonderful golden color with beautiful foam/head... Slight lacing on the glass. Smells like a typical belgian, but it tastes so much better than most. It gave me a pretty quick buzz, but I was lovin every minute of it. Looking forward to drinking more of this fine beverage.

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large capped bottle, poured into a goblet. Aged over one year.

Although this one lacks the massive head typical of the belgian ones, what is there looks nice.
Deep golden color, off white head, good retention and lacing.
The aroma and flavor are not spot on for a quadrupel, but very good nonetheless. I guess I would call it somewhere between a quadrupel and an english barleywine.
Caramel dominates both nose and palate, but citric and spiced notes contribute as wel. Some modest yeastiness, bread, orange, and a minimal heat that feels more like spices than alcohol.
Full and chewy on the mouth, this is another great Avery. There is no significant bitterness, but the generous sweetness never gets annoying or boring, even though I had only one glass.

In the beggining I had a few misses with Avery, but more recently, on account of mostly this one, Mephistopheles and Avery Fourteen, I found new respect for the brewery.
Would be very glad to have more of this.

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Photo of bump8628
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange-ish-copper with a wispy bone-colored head.

Only mildly "Belgian" in character with notes of buttered caramel, candied orange, toasty malt, and a strong spicy, warming alcohol.

This isn't really close to any other Quad I've had, American, Belgian, or otherwise. Almost like a Barleywine with a slight Belgian edge. It definitely has character, just not a character that's really pleasing to me.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pour was a dark copper color with a small head but what bit there was had good retention and left some tracks. First impression though was that it was a bit light for a proper quad. Aroma has sugary plums, light amounts of butter, and a vinous quality. Tastes of sweet malt and fruits, plums, grapes, light butteriness, light phenols, and a spicy cookie finish. Medium to full in body with fuller amounts of carbonation. Decent quad, though pretty middling coming from a respected operation like Avery. Might have been an impressive American version of a quad ten years ago, but not today.

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Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at the local food coop and shared it with hops1337 and some other friends. The beer poured an orangey- amber color with a decent white head that dissipated a bit quickly for me and left minimal lacing. This brew is noticeably lighter in color than most of the style.

The aroma was nice and pleasant, not as fruity as a lot of the style, and without the solid yeast flavors I look for. The flavor had a noticeable alcohol taste and the expected yeast & spice showed here. Again the expected fruitiness was on the low side.

The body was good, a little on the full side of medium, with a slightly sticky finish. Drinkability was very good, I'll certainly try this again. Overall, a good beer that I enjoyed, but the word that kept coming to mind was light. This was perhaps the lightest example of this style I've had. Still, a good beer, and worth your time.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source:/Serving: 20oz. bottle. No expiration date and not aged.

Smell: Ripe raisins and prunes, brown sugar, cognac, a little molasses, a pinch of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg which become more intense as it warms. Very pleasant.

Taste: Smooth candi sugar sweetness with moderate booziness. Up front slight alcohol bitterness is balanced by moderate brown/candi sugar sweetness. Not too much complexity going on, but the balance is nice and the alcohol is pleasant, not harsh. In the middle ripe, dark fruits and caramel make an appearance and it becomes more intensely sweet but still not cloying with some underlying clove spiciness, breadiness, and even a punch of herbal hops and alcohol bitterness. Finish is sweet, fruity, a little bready and nutty, and lingers much like cognac.

Notes: Overall very pleasant and enjoyable.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear tapered glass goblet. 2009 vintage. Purchased at Skee-Vue Liquor (Breckenridge, CO) for $6.99.

A: Attractive plum-amber with big 1-2 finger off-white frothy head with good retention and nice lacing, especially for the ABV.

S: Candy sugar, pale and caramel malts, and light herbal hops hang heavy. A huge maltbill backs this beer.

T: Very sweet flavor overall with candy sugar most prominent early with more caramel and raisin/fig notes with more drinking. Herbal hops provide some counterpoint. Not a lot of depth of flavor but enjoyable nonetheless. This bomber went down very easily.

M Extraordinarily smooth feel with good creaminess and full body. Aftertaste is very sweet candy sugar.

D: A very straightforward quad whcih could use a more varied maltbill. The malt quantity is adequate, but the flavors lack some complexity. Still, I enjoyed this a lot and would give it a try again, especially with some age on it to see if it could develop more depth.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle in to a challice

A: light brown, thin weak head, lighter in color than others

S: bread, sour bite apples, yeast

T: sweet candi sugar, booze caramel bits of fruit not much complexity but tasty for what it is. reminiscent of a darker triple

M: thin, booze comes through big time.

D: one bottle is enough for me. I would drink it again at a price tag of 5.99, for 10 percent for 22 ounces, but would much rather buy a 11.2 ounce rochefort 10 for 4.99.

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Photo of backfat
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle courteous of manahansf. thanks sean for not bringing the mojo. haha
pours a dark clear copper/amber with a white, filmy, and quickly dissipating light tan head. the nose is just beautiful- toasty and sweet with candied fruits. mmm. the taste is dominated by sweet malt. candied yams and fall with backrounds of dark fruits and pleasant nuttiness. reminds me of pancakes and syrup, never a bad thing. biscuity goodness and sugar sweetness. alcohol as it warms. im going to seek out another one of these.

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Photo of Crowls
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into beer mug

Appearance: Deep golden color definitely not transparent. Two finger head poured with nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Not a very distinct aroma could be due to a great combination balance of the various malts.

Taste: A little bit of spice and bitterness with some fruit flavor. Overall a well balanced brew where nothing is to distinct or overpowers any other flavor.

Mouthfeel: Rich and complex makes me feel good.

Drinkability: Definitely feels like it could give a good knock out so only the 22oz is all that is needed.

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