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 dbexpert
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Amber/Orange in color with a solid head that dissapates to leave behind a full head covering with solid lacing.

S. Nose is dominated by yeast with penetrating malty aroma cut by a subtle orange citrus notes.

T. FLavor profile follows the nose's lead. A strong malty flavor with subtle belgian yeast characteristics apparent. The light citrus helps cut the sweetness, giving it a crisp persistent finish. As the beer became warmer the malty notes became more complex with dark fruits dancing through the dominated bready characteristics. A definite plus.

M. Sweet, powerful, dominated by malt, clean dry crisp finish

D. One 22oz bottle is plenty. A great brew to share with a friend. A must if you like quads and are lokking to define the style for yourself.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a medium brown, very cloudy not much head. little to no lacing.

smells like bran and sugar. maybe some fig. booze.

dark cherries, fig, a little brown sugar and bran flavor. incredibly malty, little to no sense of hops. booze.

nice feeling in the mouth low carbonation, kind of creamy. warm going down.

kind of heavy, but still pretty good in terms of the beer itself. could only handle one or two, though.

this is something else, the scent almost immediately reminded me of raisin bran. Really a beer that you need to try, even just once.

upon revision I realized what it reminds me of: Malta (I tried it with tequila once and this tastes pretty damn close)

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Photo of rfabian
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head that doesn't last long and leaves little lacing. The appearance is amber and a bit cloudy. The smell is slightly of grassy hops, maybe some piney character there. The taste is of roasted malt with a little chocolate and moderate hops. The high alcohol is noticeable and does not blend well, like adding a jigger of Everclear to a pint. (We've all done that, right?) If I were in the mood to get hammered it would be nice. The feel is full bodied, and I get the alcohol in the finish. Not one of which to drink one after another, but interesting.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.15/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. sized bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy copper color that produced a mediocre white head that dissipated quickly. If I am not mistaken, Quads are usually darker than this.

(S)- A super sweet, berry/apple cider-like fruits with tons of yeast.

(T)- There is so much yeast and sugar in this, that it is all I taste. Some banana is trying to make its presence known, but thats all this has to offer.

(M)- Good carbonation level, but way too sugary sweet and way too yeasty. Nothing about this causes me to think that it is a quad except for that essence of banana.

(D)- This was a very disappointing beer. I have thus far, enjoyed most of Avery's offerings, but this one falls very short; it really doesnt even fit the style at all. This was definitely not a bad bottle, its just not in the ballpark so to speak, let alone the same planet.

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Photo of bminor7
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.
Consumed on 10.18.2009

A - deep ruby brown. no foam initially, had to elevate the pour to get any.

S - roasted malts, honey. Sweet...rhubarb?

T - same, bitter, fig, little candi sugar, something funky in there. chocolate cake.

M - good, rich

D - low for a heavy beer.

not a good a style example as the "ruler" series brethren Maharaja.

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Photo of Yesac
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper orange in color, small thin layer of white head that quickly fades away to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing on the glass.

S- Faint Belgian style yeast. It smells more like a cross between a triple and a barleywine than a quad. Not much going on with the aroma at all. Slight hints of alcohol and fruit.

T- Right along with the smell.. faint Belgian yeast with a very present toasty malt backbone. Sweet sugar tones and a alcohol burn finish.

M- Dry. Medium carbonation.

D- Nothing spectacular here, not the quad taste I was hoping for.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber color with a slightly off-white head that fades fairly quickly, but has some decent retention...

S- Alot sweeter than expected...predominate dark fruits and Belgian yeast...slight maltiness and some alcohol too...

T- Similar to the smell...alcohol is a little more prevalent, but not in a bad way...a little bit of spice, especially as it warms...really, tastes like everything you would expect in a better-than-most quad...

M- Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation and warming alcohol, yet it still seems a little thin...

D- Overall, not the best quad out there, but by no means the worst...definitely worth a try, but don't be surprised if you can find a better Quad out there...

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

A light off copper color, with white lacing around the edges. Smell is fruity, almost grapey. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Taste isn't highly complex but has a sweet church wine characteristic to it. The sweet taste makes this a more welcome albeit strong spirit.

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Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Can't find any date on the bottle.

Appearance: One finger of light tan head. Clear dark orange body.

Smell: Sugar and dark fruits. Definitely figs.

Taste: Much like the smell, sugar and figs. Spicy hop bitterness.

I was hoping for something more complex from this beer. I hate to be let down from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of grayburn
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quads are something that seem to be damn near impossible to perfect outside of Belgium. This beer is quite a tasty beer, the flavors blend together *pretty* well, but the yeast dominated belgian character seems to be missing.
The smell and taste are dominated by some booziness, with dark fruit...raisins and such, coming up in the back.
The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, not too shabby, perfect carbonation.
The drinkability is a bit hard, not too hard to drink a bomber, but I wouldn't be opening another.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Beer was a copper color with a small, tan head. Light carbonation and little lacing on the glass.

Aroma was very sweet with notes of caramel, candi sugar, malt and cake.

Taste was candi sugar, caramel, roasted nuts, with a light bitter hop finish.

Only moderately complex, but still a very enjoyable quad. High ABV is noticeable and reduces drinkability.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a glass

A-- Poured a reddish gold color. A half inch of head and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Head went away quickly. Not a lot of carbonation. Not as dark as other Quads.

S-- Not very aromatic but what I got was fruit dominant. Mostly cherries. A decent sugar smell but not very big.

T-- Get sugar pretty quickly, also get cherries, figs and plums. No real big bite like other Quads have.

M-- Lively in the mouth, good carbonated. Get the sugars and the warming from the abv very quickly. Fruit is there but it takes a bit of time to get there.

D-- Not that great. Disappointed would be the word I would use. The ABV (10%) is there but it is drinkable. Better options out there. Too sweet I think. Almost like a Jolly Rancher.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Incredibly light colored, a copper/orange with a lot of active carbonation and just a small head on it. Less than half a finger. Without the head, the beer looks even redder than orange, but a neon red, but a dark red. I'm really amazed at how light this beer looks, almost offended.

S: Candi Sugar and a little nuttiness. But it's pretty weak. Even in my snifter with some room on top I'm getting nothing. Boo. Ok, I just touched my nose to the beer trying to smell it. This is weak. Give me more aromatics.

T: Very very fruity. You could sell this to me as a fruit punch beer. Some bitter to it, just a hint of hops. I get no caramel even let alone some roasted full bodied taste. And it's a little sweet, but not very. I wouldn't correct someone for saying it was dry to them. After a little warming, the candi sugar starts to come out. I get no Belgianyness though.

M: Not overly smooth like I would hope for. No carbonation but just a little too thin to be smooth.

D: Very doable...though a bomber might be a bit much right now. Don't get that much booziness at all which is good.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden brown color with minimal head, but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Huge fruity and yeasty nose. Robust aroma is just delicious smelling. Heavy banana and some bready pancake like scents come through.

First thing that I notice is how sweet this is. Maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar are all present. Big over ripe fruit all around. Some bready yeast comes in at the end. Not the most complex, but a nice tasting quad overall.

A little thin in the mouthfeel department. Has a slight syrup like feel none the less. Mostly smooth with a bit of harshness from the carbonation.

Easy to drink for the most part. The sweetness is a bit overdone in my opinion. Still a tasty quad from an American brewery. I wouldn't mind having this again.

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

From 22 oz bomber which has been relaxing around the house since Jan. or so.

Pours a fall friendly orange-brown with thin but nitro-dense cream colored head and a solid sheet of lacing. A flurry of floaters.

Smell: sweet, caramel, a soft almost-banana, somewhat of an earthy / spicy base and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: dark brown sugar, very ripe black plum, soft pear, alcohol is there but pretty well hidden. As it warms, the end of the sip brings grapeskin and tannin flavors that seems out of place.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, very soft and smooth ,but could use quite a bit more staying power.

This one starts off pretty good but at the end of the sip everything goes wrong.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark honey color with a nice firm white head. Pretty to look at.

Nose of honey and orange blossoms and very attractive.

Mouthfeel is light with light carbonation.

Flavors of sweet candi sugar/Belgian malt flavors - cooked fruit, apricots/pears. A bit too sweet but pleasant. Light hop/grapefruit bitterness. This one is soft with a bit of a gentle malty mouth. Nice but nothing special.

Nice orange peel finish.

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Photo of rye726
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Avery for bringing a cask of this down to Trinity. Pours a hazy brown with a thin tan head. Nose has ripe fruits, candy malt and peppery yeast. Taste has herbal yeast, spicy alcohol and bready malts. Medium body is well carbonated. Cask definately adds to the mouthfeel and overall complexity.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good crafty US Belgian Quad. It should not be that common a brew, and yet feels a bit too predictable.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Tongue in cheek design? Maybe so, in a way expected from these big brews at Avery, and yet there is a history around a homage to a religious relative of the brewers that would add another layer to the drink but it is not told on the bottle. Gratuitous, and uninformative "funny" description with some details about the ingredients that, albeit late, try to highlight the complexity and Belgian mimicking. Lacks date of bottling or freshness or any other data but Alc. (10%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark amber/reddish color. 1 inch head quickly disappears to leave a consistent ring and some floaters .

S - Sweetness, caramel... Roasted malt. Something else maybe but it does not show much complexity to unveil it.

T - Nice flavor, complex in the caramel and around touches of spices.... There is a tangy, sour-like note a few times. I'd even say it reminded me for a second of eel sushi (not a bad thing, but quite a surprise. I can't really match it.)

M - Quite carbonated, but feeling about right for an IPA.

D - Hmmm, it is drinkable. It is a good beer, but after the whole bomber it felt a bit too straight forward. Not half the personality I was expecting (my bad).

Notes: I must recognized that I´m not very learned about quads, not even at my aficionado level. And sure, I was sort of expecting something more, something more special. If I had not had those preconceptions I would have probably enjoyed more what was a solid and nice brew. And yet, next to other quads, or certainly the complexity of most barley wines, it felt a bit, quite a bit actually for me, forgettable.

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

Nice amber color with minimal head.

Slight floral/citrus yeast aroma, smelled like a barleywine.

Taste of slight sweet bitterness, along with a hint of hops fruitiness. The alcohol was hidden well.

The warmer the beer got, the thicker it felt on the tongue. Once room temp, after nursing it, I liked it much more then when I started.


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

A- reddish-orange...medium head that went away quickly...leaves a nice ring

S- caramel sugar...reminds me of barleywine...I also got a hint of dark rum as well

T- sweet, but not peel...candied sugar...again, reminds me of a barleywine

M- alcohol warming...fine, but plentiful carbonation...flavors really grow as the beer goes on...nice bit of sweetness sticks to the back of the tongue

D- I like is a bit of a heavy beer, but I wouldn't shy away fron having it again if given the opportunity

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A=very reddish amber color, with a lightly tan one finger head that dissipated quickly

S=of cake and some fruitiness, lightly like bananas

T=gently spicy with some malts and fruitiness on the tail.

M=light tight carbonation with an easy feel

D=enjoyable beer, ABV to high to enjoy too many...

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Photo of hughesm4
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a bomber split in two glasses
A. A very cloudy brown with a head that mildly stuck to the glass

S. A very average smell. Nothing rises above the rest. Slight fruity smell but nothing special.

T. Average taste. There are no explicit flavors, but there is a small banana taste

M. Hardly any carbonation but there is a very complex feel after the drink. altough nonthing is over enjoyable


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Photo of mwa423
2.72/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured from bottle, about a finger of head, perfect color and haziness for the style. Light red/brown and very opaque.

S - Not pleasant, very thick in the nose with sour notes and a syrupy sweetness

T - Lots of yeast, banana esters, honey, very thick on the tongue with a sour aftertaste.

M/D - The mouthfeel is slightly short of bar syrup. Very thick and cloying and not bad for style. Overall this is exceptionally boozy and hard to drink, this my mouthfeel score.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is thick, murky, plum-red. Head dies fast. Color and body are beautiful, though the head does evaporate.

The smell is white wine all the way, and the alcohol comes in like gin. Sweet grapes and sour plums. Charcoal ashes in the nose, as well as nutmeg. Really complex. Gritty grain bill as it warms up, and another wave of that 10% alcohol.

The taste is sweet grapes, perfume and rose petals. Heavy alcohol presence. Red apple and pears. Starts harsh and bitter. Finishes sweet and fruity. The malts emerge as the temperature rises, with a finish of dark stone fruits.

The feel is severely thick and syrupy. High-density, like a red-wine. Smooth and oliy and big. This is a solid quad all around; it's complex and bittersweet. Like a hefty red wine and a fruity white.

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Photo of MVotter
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Avery Reverend Quad pours into a tall pils glass a slighty foggy bronze, with a thin cream colored head.

The aroma after the pour is sweet malts, clove and yeast.

The taste is one which comes at you in distinct stages. The first stage has a chlorophenolic character. The second is clove and yeast. And, the final stage is black licorice and brown sugar/molasses malts.

The mouthfeel is heavy and oily; not overly carbonated.

This quad struggles to find a taste. But the taste can't make it through the wall of synthetic/chlorophenol flavor which greets you with the first sip. It's a big beer ... a sipper for sure, took a lonnng time to finish.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72% out of 100 with 1,894 ratings
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