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 mariposafan
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours with half a finger of relatively persistent head over a burnt-orange body. Some lacing continues throughout.

The aroma is very sweet, with some light banana/cloves and some pretty clear orange peel notes.

A bit sweet but the minor bitterness and the intense alcohol bit cut through it. Cloves, banana and caramel malts. Some burnt orange again - a nice addition since it works very well with the banana. Pretty rich taste - much more so than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is exceptional - thick enough with soft carbonation it just feels super rich.

You can tell it's 10% and at this richness there's no way I'm doing more than one pour in a row.

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

On tap at Old Chicago Westminster on 12 November.
A ten ounce pour that was dark reddish brown in color came with no head. Temperature was a bit too cold so after first sip, let sit a few minutes. Aromas of malt goodness with a touch of fruit. Taste was malty goodness with very little bitterness. Alcohol content was present but not overpowering. Drinkability is good if you limit yourself, otherwise I'd say lower due to the brew being 10%. I've had this brew on several occassions and will sip it again, though one is generally enough; glad this was a small pour versus a bomber.

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Photo of Schemy
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

A: Clear dark golden/ruby color. Light tan 1 finger head. Very little lacing.

S: Malty sweet smell. Slight fruit smell.

T: Fruity malty taste. Hints of bananas, nothing over powering.

M: Good mouthfeel, malty coating.

D: Good drinkability. Not a heavy alcohol taste, despite the abv of 10%. Will drink again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into Chimay chalice.

A - wow, almost looks like raspberry soda. Soft read with a crazy school of bubbles jumping to the top of the glass. Head was minimal and gone quick leaving a thin layer of bubbles along the edges of the surface. Not really very Quad looking.

S - Much subtler than most other Quads I've had. Almost a watered down version of what I expected. With a strong olfactory pull I get a nice mix of alc, soft fruit punch, cherry with mouth watering sweetness. Smells pretty nice just not that strong and certainly not as dark and creamy as I had expected.

T - Mostly alcohol. Once I got over the alcohol and my taste buds opened up seemed pretty spicey without much else. There are some subtle grapes but overall more like a flavored vodka than a beer to me. Pretty uninspiring for a Quad.

M/D - I was really looking forward to trying this one and now that the mystery is over this isn't one I'll be looking for again. Don't get me wrong, not a bad beer, but not a great Quad. Found it mostly too hot and not well balanced and frankly not a Quad.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark light amber color, extremely hazy, moderate head that faded to a lacing pretty quickly. Moderate to low carbonation.

S - Lots of sweet malt, some caramel and that is about it. Lacks phenols or spiciness I expect in a Belgian beer of this style.

T - Things start to get better at this point.Very rich malt backbone with a good deal of caramel sweetness. The phenols do some through although in extreme moderation, would like some more. End with a nice alcohol bite, but nothing offensive or jet fuel like.

M - Thick and rich, lots of body, coats your mouth which helps balance out the high alcohol content.

D - This is a big beer with a lot of malt flavor, would have liked a little more than just malt, some more penols, some spice, some more flavor from the yeast. It is good, but just a bit flat.

Edit: Wow...can't believe I am doing this...but bumping a few categories up .5. I let this warm up to about 55 degrees and it came alive.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

Appearance: bright ruby red with short-lived off-white head and non-existent lacing.

Aroma: Belgian spices, molasses and dark fruits.

Flavor: sweet, caramel, malty and spicy.

Mouthfeel: syrupy medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: decent quadrupel but not my favorite. what it lacks in body and carbonation, it makes up in taste. recommend serving at a lower temp to enjoy the true flavor. worth a try.

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Photo of claybeer
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color on this one surprised me. The best way to describe the color on this beer is that it is the same color as honey. That golden dark yellow with some orange in there as well. It smells sweet and doughy. Some dried fruits are hidden in there as well like apricots. It taste a little too sweet for my liking. It is a Belgian Quad that has been Americanized with over the top sweet fruit, an odd yeast like taste, a dry finish with a lot of alcohol. A little too much going on with this one. It's a very good beer but be ready for your taste buds to be overloaded with flavors.

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

Consumed June 1, 2010

Clear bronzed amber with peach highlights. Small dense beige cap, dissipated into a thin film. Organic centipedes of laces crawl up the glass.

Sweet belgian candi sugar. Caramel. Graham cracker. Apple and pear yeast esters. Spicy, herbal, some aspirin,

Sweet Belgian candi sugar and caramel. Graham cracker. Mild herbal spiciness. Fruity apple and pear yeast esters. Bitter orange rind. Dark Rum.

Smooooth. Rich thick and sticky. Drying. Med full body.

Very drinkable for the 10%. Smooth sweet and toasty American Quad. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Notes from 10/15/2010:

22 oz. bottle at 42* into a chalice.

A: It pours a mostly clear red-orange with a small, bubbly head. This is very light for a Quad.

S: It features lovely aromas of dark fruit and citrus notes, spicy Belgian yeast, and sweet caramel malts

T: We have berries, aprticot, spicy yeast, and a very sweet and boozy background.

M: It's overbearingly sweet and hot. Yuck!

D: I wouldn't exactly describe this as a Belgian Quad. This tastes, looks, and smells like a failed, hot, and sweet mess that tried to be like Victory V12. I was reluctant to finish it.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The reverend is apparently known for inspiring thoughts of the divine. I think it is a decent beer, and in the large bottle size, it is an easy one to get twisted on, but there are some drawbacks.

Sweetness - perhaps too sweet. A bit cream-sicle, maybe, but it still tastes like that Belgian quad. The dark coloration and creaminess are major benefits, but too much is truly too much with this beer, even when we're talking 10 flat abv. It could be easier to drink, and I don't like fighting sweetness; that feels less manly.

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Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish brown with minimal head

S - smells of sweet fruits, brown sugar and caramely malts

T - there is a bit of a contradiction going on in the pallete. There are some sweet fruits (green apple) as well as dark fruits (figs), with brown sugar and caramel malts. Really nice quad.

M - greay mouthfeel - creamy mouthfeel with a full body

D - really soild quad here. I feel like I pass up Avery too frequently...beers like this remind me why I need to buy more from them.

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

22oz Bomber, poured into a Chalice.

This beer was my introduction to Avery (about a year ago now ...). I therefore have a certain sentimental attachment to The Reverend that may factor into my rating of the beer.

L: Deep mahogany brown, somewhat transparent, very little head.

S: Rich smell, strong. Burnt sweetness, like caramel left on the stove for too long.

T: Starts light and sweet and gains in strength through the tasting. Finishes strong and barley sweet. Caramel.

F: Thick, wonderfully thick. All of Avery's ales seem to be exactly the texture they should be. Not sure why they succeed so universally in texture.

D: Damn good all around quad right here. Long-live The Reverend.

Whenever we purchase The Reverend at Argonaut Liquors, the check-out staff always teems over it, packaging it specially, sometimes praying over it. Every time, but only at Argonaut ... :: ponders ::

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

22oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles goblet. From notes.

A - Sunset orange when held up to the light, a dark amber on the table. Quickly dissipating whitish head that left little lacing.

S - yeast, sugars and alcohol with a bit of plums and currants

T - Spicy, nutty, sugar sweetness and the alcohol heat. The fruit notes in the smell did not seem to show up in the taste.

M - Very silky smooth and a tad heavy. Sugars all over the aftertaste.

D - I don't think I'd drink more than one due to the alcohol and sweetness even though it was decently hidden. Decent beer.

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Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Chimay chalice. Mahogany-amber body with a small tannish head.

S: Sweet - candied sugar, dark fruit and butterscotch. Strong waft of booze at the finish.

T: Follows the nose: Sweetness up front, heat at the back end, with a touch of bitterness cutting the sugar. Dark fruit and bubblegum constitute the sweetness, with a touch of candied sugar and brown sugar. Heat isn't overwhelming on the palate, but felt down the gulley and in the belly. Quick buzz from the 10% ABV.

M: Kinda light for the style - call it medium heft, maybe a tad bit heavier. Moderately syrupy in feel; carbonation is limited.

D: Not bad for a beer of this strength, but it's a sipper. Booze at the finish will remind you of that.

Notes: I have no idea how old this bottle is when I drank it (on 9/17/10). It's been in my DBF for about a month, maybe 6 weeks. Before that, I'd venture to guess that it spent at least 2 years in my cellar, probably more like 3 or even 4 years. It doesn't seem to be any worse for wear, as they say.

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

A: Pours a translucent, hazy amber, off-white, head is soft, yet dense.

S: Smells sweet. Raisin, belgian candi for sure. Banana.

T: Hits up front with warming alcohol, a bit sharp. Banana and fig with raisin follow.

M: Nice, very smooth. Excellent creamy head.

D: Very good. The 10% does not bite too hard.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a slight head that doesn't stay. Smells are sweet caramel malts with some slight funk, very pleasant. Taste is sweet, some malts and some figs, fruity with possibly some candi sugar? Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy, very good drinkable beer.

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Photo of aristeros
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz growler bottle into a tulip. Pours a red-bronze amber, darker than many quads I've seen. Only a half finger of head with little lacing. Low carbonation visible, with small bubbles, like a good champagne.

Sweet fruit and toasty malt flavors in the nose. Smells less boozy and hoppy--no lychees/pineapple--than many Avery brews.

Taste is fairly malty, with banana bread and raisins up front, followed by candied fruit and warming alcohol. Slightly spicy, you can taste the yeasty notes in the background. Moderate to heavy body due to heavy malts--definitely Special B in here--and the ABV is palpable.

If you like the strong, Belgian-style sippers as a digestif, then this will not disappoint. This is very different from Avery's barleywine and pale ale variants, which have a similar hop profile. I was thinking all Avery beers are like Maharaja--which isn't necessarily a bad thing--and this was different, and therefore surprising.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Rochefort glass.

A: Thin head, tracings of surface bubbles, barely translucent. This amber beer takes on an unparalleled glow against the light - I wonder if the glass contributes to the effect. Significant lacing.

S: Only a faint smell, with no fruit and only a trace of the alcohol I was expecting. What is there is a sugary sweet scent.

T: A caramelised flavour is present throughout. The main flavour is sweet, sugary, and akin to rum more than anything else. This certainly doesn't taste like any quadrupel I've ever sampled. Still, it's good. Sweet and creamy, even on the aftertaste.

M: Sticky and syrupy, which is pretty much what I expected from this beer. Still, there is a tad of carbonation (and maybe even hops) hidden away in the background.

D: The 10% doesn't come through in the taste at all, but I can feel it on an empty stomach. Too sweet for me to drink regularly (and definitely not what I expected from an alleged quadrupel) but still very drinkable. The Reverend is a Good Beer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into my Duvel sn-ulip.

A: Reddish, dark brown. Poured about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settled kinda' slow. Eventually settles almost fully leaving some bubbly carbonation on the surface. Just a bit of sporadic lacing remains.

S: Leafy and woody and barky. A syrupy sweet butterscotch, malty goodness, a little cocoa, and a little peat.

T: Very woody malt flavor. A hint of caramel sweetness.

M: Thick and coating, but a little light in the body. Nice.

D: Great sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice, solid, regal appearance, nose is not complex but full and robust. Flavor, also, not so complex but pure, full, and robust. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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

On draft at resurrection ale house in a super cool tulip glass.

A- come my way with almost no head just a faint ring and a few streaks of lace.

S- dark malts and candied fruits. That tell tale belgian yeast. Toasted dark bread and some sorgrum. Mild booze hit in the back with some warming.

T- rich malts and fruity esters. Plums and figs with turbinado sugar. Fall spice with a hint of red apple.

M- a few steps above medium in body with a mid level lively carb. Some heat in the finish.

D- a tasty quad from an american brewer. Really accessible and easy to enjoy. Up againts the best from begium its rather solid.

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Photo of ksimons
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear amber with a slight tan foamy head that quickly leaves a thin layer of lace

S-very strong, full of booze and malt, some dry sticky hops finishes the beer out

T-Also a big taste; malty, sweet, and spicy, leaves an alcohol burn

M-full body, moderate carbonation, a syrupy sweet mouth coating and a big alcohol aftertaste

D-a nice boozy sipper if you like that kind of beer. Not the best or my favorite of this style but I enjoyed drinking it

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber color with some nice reddish hues and a thick 1.25 inch off-white head that is nice and dense and recedes slowly. There are some nice chunky bubbles and some nice sticky lacing. Not what I would expect form a Quad.

S - Delicious sweet malt aroma, with cloves and spices all around. Very clean. Some mild grassy and earthy tones maybe form the hops but overall very hoppy and delicious sweet aromas.

T - Starts off with a nice grain profile that includes some bread and nice spices, followed by nice malt sweetness and cinnamon. Very delicious combination of flavors. All very clean. Nice boozy warmth and sweetness is complemented very well by some slight dry hop character. Very different than other Quads but still very delicious.

M & D - Nice and fluffy. Well balanced and carbonated. boozy but not too overwhelming. Drinkable and delicious. higher ABV.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque, cloudy red-amber with average to medium lacing. Poured this one into a small wine goblet. First whiff is a sweet candy, some clove, spice, and then a profound jab of alcohol burn. At 10% ABV, this one's definitely a sipper. Faithful to the Belgian style, but substantially more assertive. Quite tasty, but perhaps a mite too heavy-duty to really enjoy often.

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Photo of impending
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep clear copper with minimal head, little lacing. Medium low carbonation.

Malts dominate the nose with dried dark fruits, caramel and spice. Alcohol surprising restrained in the aroma.

Mildly sweet malts up front, more dark fruity esters, oak, then slightly dry on the backend where the peppery alcohol asserts itself. The lingering aftertaste is quite pleasant.

Good, competent brew but not great.

btw - this brew tastes like a distant cousin to a scotch ale !

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle
10% ABV
I tried this beer on January 6, 2010 at 'The Beerbistro' in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is my first beer of 2010. The beer poured a semi-translucent orange brown with a thin tan coloured head...very light for a Quad. The aroma was very weak, but did have some malt and yeast. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and mildly carbonated. The flavour was sweet malt, sugar, yeast, and plums. A good beer, but not in the same class as Trappist/Belgian quad

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,911 ratings
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