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 hughjohnson
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +27.6%
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 +13.4%
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 -2.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +18.3%
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 +16.3%
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 -12.9%
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 -9.6%
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 -12.9%
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 -2.6%
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 +7.2%
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 +0.8%
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 +8.3%
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 +2.3%
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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Photo of hoplover82
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized head that has very good retention and excellent lacing.

S-The smell is very simple and plain of light cloves and spices with very slight green apple note to it. And some sweet bread from the grains.

T-The flavor is where this beer really seems to be lacking. It was too simple and plain imo. All I got from it was bland cloves and spices with a little bannana and spicy hops, but in a bland way. For a beer being this big, I expected way more. I said to myself, I like New Belgium's Tripel better than this... That should tell you something. Not saying this was a bad beer, but they could've done better on this one. But I love most of their beers. Glad I tried it.

M-The mouthfeel has a big body with a sweet but dry finish. Good carbonation.

It was very drinkable. It went down oh so smooth. The alcohol was barley noticable, which is hard to pull off. So props to Avery for that for sure.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, goblet, no fricking freshness date.

Straw red, this is much lighter than I expected and very clear. Only faintest of swirly white froth graced the top even on a harder pour.

Musty, wet basement, straw, broken green branches, sum up the funky smells. Some lighter fruit lurks but I don't want to call it pear. Possibly fresh apricot and wheat. Stifled lemon.

Not overly sweet on the uptake, sugar as an adjunct seems obvious. Many of the same funk and fruit elements from the nose are present. Definite peppery flavors and sensations, tending towards white pepper and wild herbs, arugula. Alcohol is not readily apparent flavor-wise but warming of the stomach and eventually mouth is marked. Slight bar soap flavor in the finish, but not in the way very heavily hopped American IPAs present such a flavor. Clove and peppery alcohol stand out as warming occurs.

Avery didn't carbonate this to nearly the level of most Belgian beers I have tried. There is a matte feeling on the palate. I have seen some describe what I believe I am experiencing as terry cloth, and I am considering adopting this as an adjective.

Well, at 10% abv with some challenging flavors I don't think this brew is especially drinkable or meant to be. Lately I have been trying to open up to Belgian beer styles. I have enjoyed the new flavors, but they really haven't become obsessions or new favorites. This is a good beer with a monstrous abv for the price. It was fun picking it apart as far as I am able.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite a clean golden / amber. It's a fair bit lighter than most traditional quads I have had in the past, which tend to lean more towards a deep brown hue. White head forms well, retains within reason, and leaves a misty wisp-like cover, like a little spritz-spray over the actual brew.

S: Sweet, malty, with plenty of candy sugar aromas swirling around in there. I detect a bit of a dark fruit hint - mostly raisin and fig, but it's not as big as others can be. The sweet, sugary aroma is certainly the most intense of them all.

T + M: An interesting, sweet flavour... at first, I thought it was almond, like marzipan, but that's not quite right. It's more like a brown sugar & butter cookie... Pepperidge Farms makes a specific Bordeaux cookie that is probably most accurate. It's perhaps a little bit excessively sweet, but not cloying and tacky feeling. The body is a little fuller, appropriate to style, and works with the flavours. In many ways, the alcohol cutting through helps the beer from being too sticky or sickly sweet.

D: A bit of a heavy hitter, but nothing too hot at all. It goes down very smooth with plenty of warming which makes it so much more pleasant to drink slowly. As it breathes and warms, the flavours open up a little more, like a red wine. That's a nice quality to have, and though I might not put it on the same pedestal as I would with other quads, it's still a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Split a 22 two ways. Poured into chouffe tulips. Reviewed 6/24/2009.

Ar: Tart and sour fruit, similar to the Avery golden strong, rummy, alcohol, earth, light powdery floral, alcohol, toffee and caramel, spice, hints of solvent, caramel and coffee

Ap: Clear red copper, medium light tan creamy head, good retention, light lace

F: Dark syrupy sweet, heavy, dark fruit, nutty, plum, dark overripe cherries, chocolate cherries, dark funk, very sweet balanced, burn and molasses hints, minimal hop bitterness, prune, too candy/fake sweet, reasonably good fruitiness, definitely not a belgian, raisin

M: warming/hot alcohol in stomach, heavy with mid/low carbonation, lightly syrupy

O:does not come close to other quads, don't like their yeast too sickly sweet

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Photo of khinman7
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to goblet.

Slightly hazy amber color. Little to no head and no lacing. Aroma was mild and slightly medicinal.

Mouthfeel is slick and one tidge short of syrupy. Hints of candied fruits and a bit of a funky alcohol taste (which I like). Great quad for the price- and its local to me.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear golden amber color with a slightly off white head that has solid retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is not that big but it does bring some interesting aromas. at first a hint of wild yeast hits the nose but is immediately taken over by sweet sweet malts. some dark fruits set in first with plum and raisin, the lots of candied sugar set in with some notes of alcohol at the very end

T-the taste brings much more yeast to the playing field than the aroma did. clove and yeast hits first and lingers throughout the entire tasting, some dark fruits set in next accompanied by sweet candied sugar. the finish brings a strong presence of alcohol and needs to mellow out a little

M-this has quite a thick and syrupy texture with a pretty full body. it is very smooth and is carbonated nicely. slightly astringent towards the finish.

D-great mouthfeel but it just shows the alcohol too much. lots of funk in there and I'm not a big fun of the big funk.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounces of high octane stuff. On to the beer:

Amber bronze color....pretty looking color. Not a hazy moment in the body. The head drops to a creamy lace on top, leaving a ring of itself on the glass. The aroma is a dissapointment. Weak, with some dark candi sugar. A touch of boozy fruit. Odd steeley note at times. More candi sugat slowly emerges.

Apple skins and pie crust flavors are the first to be recognized. The added sugar adds an additional sweetness to this beer. Not cloying sweet, fortunately. Plums, dates, and baking spices add another dimension to this beer. The alcohol is noticable, though it is sweet, provides heat, and spice. Yet it finds a way to continue to be sipped on. It numbs the palate at times with the spice and booze.

The Reverend is a pleasant enough American-made quad. It's not in the same class as a few recognizable Belgians, but at $5.99 for a bomber, it's the best priced.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Up close it looks dark yet see through amber-highlighted dark copper. black cherry cola??
head rises high but fades almost imediately to foamy islands.

The aroma is quite sweet with ripe dark fruits candied sugar and clove.

Complex yet balanced flavor. A touch more sweet than spice. candied sugar and ripened bananas as well as other fruits lead the parade but are kept from getting to cloying by spice. some alcohol is also noticable on the follow though.

Slick and a notch less than syrupy. body is medium full and although ample carbonation is present, when compared to Belgian versions, one may call this under-carbonated.

I have yet to be dissapointed by Avery's big bomber lineup -add yet another winner. @ 7 bucks for 22 ounces for a delicious quad, this one is a no-brainer.

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

First time I've tried a quadrupel, so here it goes. Served out of a bottle into a pint glass. Poured nice with decent light brownish head. The beer was amber in color with a clear body. It has smells that are lightly fruity and hoppy which blend together well. The smell is reciprocated with the taste which adds a nice bite to the whole mix. For me the alcohol content and bite that the beer has make it a little difficult to drink, but I like hoppy beers enough that I could have a couple.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pretty light compared to other Quads Ive had. Its a clear amber beer with hardly any head. No retention and no lacing. It mostly looks like apple juice.

S- Belgian candi sugars are strong on the nose as well as banana.

T- Less dark fruit and doughy yeast than the other Quads Ive had. This is juicy. Apples and alcohol. A strange medicinal taste in the finish.

M- Lighter and crisp with mild carbonation.

D- The alcohol seems to lend a bizarre medicinal and astringent taste that isnt very pleasing to me.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,925 ratings