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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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber/ light copper with a definite haze. Impressive tan head that sticks.

S- Caramel, crisp hops, funky belgian wheat, and some warm bread smell.

T- Nice and light but has enough complexity to remain interesting. Same flavors as in the smell along with some bitterness from the hops, warming from alcohol, and tartness from yeast.

M- Nice and light with foamy carbonation

D- Clean, light character keeps this one flowing.

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Photo of Nick3
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured into my Rochefort chalice forms a 2 cm head that dies quickly. Minimal lacing but a nice burnt orange color. Nose is malts, a little citrus, and some floral, almost purfume like hop notes. Pretty complex and appealing nose here. Creamy mouthfeel is immediately noticeable along with a straightforward malt presence. Finish is a bit bitter with a prolonged warming alcohol sensation. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit but there are some that are a notch above.

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

Appearance: Pours a dirty amber color with a very thin off white head. Appears to be a good amount of sediment suspended in it.

Smell: Very fruity with the most dominant being apricot. Lots of yeast and spices also detectable.

Taste: Very sweet at first then tart and acidic. Apricot and oranges with other candied fruit. Slight alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: This was thick and creamy in the mouth with a very full body and a dry finish.

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

poured a little flat for me. about and eighth inch of head that lessened to a film. a bit hazy. a little bit of a cider taste to it that was nice. definately a full body to it. good lacing down the glass.

i am not sure i would put in the class of the genuine belgian quads but it is a very good beer.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of MikeInIowa
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the faith. I was brave. I tried my first Quad. It was the Rev. Can I get a witness from the congregation?!

I was a little chancy at first because, once, I was feeling adventurous and sampled a now-retired potable called Sam Adams Triple Bock. Not exactly my cup of tea (um... beer, but you knew that), and the memory of the unpleasantness was a concern for me because I made the mistake of making associations based upon the words "Triple" and "Quadruple," etc. My fault for making assumptions. Bad Advocate!

But I am nothing if I fail to broaden my horizons, and so I sampled Avery's The Reverend Quadruple Ale, and, to quote Neil Diamond, "Now I am a believer..."

OK. That's the last spiritual reference that I'll work into this review. (I would, however, like very much to explore the interplay between spirituality and beer, but I will have to save that examination for another time.)

Right now, let us get down to the brass tacks of this review: I was more than pleasantly surprised by my discovery. You should try one.

Look: Appealing ale appearance complete with slightly opaque, sanguinous coloration and above-average head and lace retention.

Nose: Light hops and malt aroma. A subtle invitation to lure in the curious without overpowering the olfactory. "Hmmm! What's this?"

Taste: Delicious mix of hops and malt sweetness, low bitterness and absent residual taste.

Mouth: A thin but creamy feel.

Drink: Easily consumed (oh boy, is it easily consumed!), but with the caveat that it carries with it an ABV of 10.0, and so it is strictly for the non-driving tasters. And so, collect everybody's car keys and throw them in the aquarium or bury them in the cat box (ooh, don't really do that), and invite a bunch of friends over for a tasting party of this truly remarkable quadruple.

With Respect for Beer,

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

Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Beautiful amber color with a finger of off-white head that decreases in size to a layer, and then fades off into a ring around the glass.
S: Pungent ripe citrus. Apple cider and vanilla bean as well. There's discernible yeast on the nose. The alcohol hides well for the most part.
T: Very sweet beginning of apples and pears. Ends in alcoholic bite and hoppy bitterness. Sugar sweetness and metallic grains.
M: Medium bodied with balanced carbonation. In fact, this beer is almost crisp and refreshing.
D: A definite sipper. I look forward to enjoying more from Avery.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber in color, scant head if you could call that swirl of foam on top such. Clings to the glass nicely though.

S - Yeasty and a little funky sour with the odor of alcohol very noticeable. Mild, but discernable, are notes of fruits and spice like cinnamon or allspice or something of the like.

T - Funky, earthy, bready and alcohol are the first things that pop into my mind. Sweet with malt and somewhat fruity with a nice clove flavor.

M - Smooth and silky, but with a bite that lingers.

D - Certainly a sipper. Without much experience with the Quad style, I am not sure how well it stacks up to its peers, but I think it is a good introduction and it certainly has me thinking about exploring further.

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Photo of Soneast
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my Westmalle goblet. Pours a clear, amber color, with a 1/4" off-white colored head that instantaneously recedes to a bubbly ring around the glass.

S: Predominate sweet malt and spice aromas, with some alcohol intermingled.

T: Alcohol hits you pretty much right off the bat, followed by a residual sweetness and mild fruity character. A slight pungent, earthy, almost funky flavor left on the palate.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation, maybe more than I would prefer with this style. Quite a viscous beer, left a lot of sugary stickyness on my lips.

D: I'm not too sure about this beer. On one hand it isn't all that bad, but I'm not reminded of a quad when I drink it. Too clear, too carbonated and too cloying, not to mention the strange "funkiness" in the background. I will probably pass this up the next time I see it.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

A- Very little head appeared when poured. Auburn/bronze color.

S- Mild spice, slight clove smell. Fruity maybe even stawberry smell. Smell the phenols.

T- malty, fruity, taste the alcohol the more you drink. Definitely not the complex taste of other quads.

M- smooth for a quadruple

D- definitely a drinkable beer despite the 10%

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Photo of Psilo707
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up, my first Quadruple ale, and definitely ready to try it out. It has a deep amber color when poured into a clear mug, and the head and lacing is semi-thick and definitely quality. Criss-crossing lines run down the side of the glass as the head dissipates. The smell is very pungent and strong, with a citrus afterglow.

A very solid taste packed with lemon and nuts. The alcohol is definitely present but takes a back seat to the charismatic flavor. A piney resolve finishes once the brew is swallowed.

There is a definite sting to this one, and even though the mouthfeel is creamy, it is constantly biting at you. It's a very strange sensation that I haven't had from many other beers. I wonder if it has to do with being a Quad or if that's irrelevant. Either way, real solid mouthfeel, and the drinkability is high too.

This stuff was strong, delicious, and I will definitely be going back to pick out more quadruple's to try!

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

22oz Bomber from Liquor Locker Fayetteville, TN
into a glass

Poured a nice amber color with a tall light head.

Sweet malty smell along with fruits and a hint of the achohol.

The malty sweetness hit strong, add in the hint of fruits and it covers the high alchohol nicely.

Thick but smooth feel that doesn't want to leave your mouth.

The the thickness makes it a little difficult to drink but it doens't really hit you until the last fourth of the glass.

A very good beer. This was my first Quad, and it only enticed me to try some others.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber, lighter than anticipated. Clear. The pour, a rather carefully slow one, still produced a pretty good head, just barely off-white. There is a nice, occasionally thick, somewhat spotty cap and ring, leaving behind noticeable, sticky lacing.

A musty tangy (when concentrated, upon cracking the bottle, I might even say sour, but it settles and disperses with the pour) but also sweet nose, lots of bread to it. Citrus notes. I think I detect a hint of cherries, leading into the somewhat spicy alcohol notes at the end.

Heavily candied light fruits - apple is apparent, citrus as well. I love to read reviews as I write my own - because I do detect notes of melon, and I never would've put a name to it without having skimmed many of the other reviews. Yeasty dust sprinkles across the palate. Alcohol warming, then quite dry. A hint of numbing, with a medicinal note as part of the aftertaste.

There is a fair amount of carbonation, and there is some bite to it. It takes a while for it to become creamy, but it does. Medium bodied, goes down fairly easy, though the alcohol has quite a large presence. Interestingly, I did not find it to be as sweet as others - in fact I found it fairly well balanced, though it is of course sweet and malt-heavy.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes: 1/5/09
Avery Brewing Co.
The Reverend
10% Alc.
22oz Bomber.

Appearance= vigorous pour into Allagash snifter yields a fat 2 finger off white head. Looks really good. Orange/redish color.

Smell= Sweetness, malt fo sho. Smells like a Belgian.

Taste=Sweet. Almost too sweet on the first couple of sips. Definitely gets better. Kind of complex taste, I like it! Balanced? I don't know about that. A lot going on.

Mouthfeel= Very nice. A little on the thicker side.

Drinkability= Not super high, great beer though. The Abv. and sweetness bring the drinkability down. I think it's a good example of the style.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.23/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with amber highlights when held to a lamp. Has nice trails of bubbles up the side of the glass. Head is weak at best, pouring half a finger and receding immediately into the collar of death. No lacing down the glass.

S: A noticeable mustiness at first, but it recedes to the back after a few sniffs. Strongly dominated by fruit esters, such as orange, lemon, apricot, and maybe a light plum. The funky/musty yeast reappears at the end, as noted, but is complicated by a strong Belgian candy smell. A light alcohol nose.

T: Fruit lays down the groundwork, with a nice contrast between the tart acidity of orange/lemon and the light apricot sweetness. Musty yeast flavor defines the mid-palate, and it transitions into a spicy clove bite with strong Belgian candy sweetness at the end. Slight warming on the way down, but no burn. The aftertaste is a slick, musty yeastiness that really works against the beer.

M: Medium-bodied, even slightly toward the fuller side with a chewy texture. The carbonation is on the low side. The alcohol is well-masked.

D: I... don't know how to respond to this one. It's kind of like having a sandwich where the bread is on the inside and you have to eat the pepper separately. This has many of the right ingredients, and a lot of potential, but right now it's kind of just thrown together. With a little refinement, the rough edges on this beer could make it very good. Right now it's just decent. I won't buy this again soon, but if I hear the formula has been tweaked, I'll pick it up.

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Photo of aeminter
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours up a beautiful copper-amber, very clear, but has no head to speak of. There's not much if any lacing.

The smell is spicy with some pleasant fruit esters as one would expect from a triple.

Spicy (cloves mostly), sweet, fruity (somewhere between citrus and stone fruit and maybe some melon), creamy (almost buttery) and very carbonated.

I really enjoyed this beer.

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

Had a pint on-tap at the Avery Brewery tasting room. Felt a little bit like lightning might strike me down for drinking a beer named after a preacher. Luckily it was sunny and beautiful outside, and the beer tasted particularly delicious when juxtaposed with Boulder laid-back hippies and alternative transportation users.

On to the beer! Looks like clear dark honey. A nice ring of white foam. Smells like wild orange blossom honey and sugar, with Belgian yeast strain notes. Taste is spot on for an Americanized Quad. Sweet, almost cloying, with earthy bready qualities and a pronounced tangy alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is near creamy. With the ABV and immense sweetness, it's a bit of a sipper.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep orange-amber with creamy head and lots of bubbles, light lacing

Smell- fruity and floral esters

Taste- Orange, sweet with bready malt flavors. ethanol warms upon swallowing. Overall fairly simple and clean flavors. Slight yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel- medium body with nice carbonation, warming sensation from alcohol is nice.

Drinkability- Pretty decent quadrupel, not the best, but definitely one I could have a few of.

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

pretty good quad from avery - pours nicely into a tulip glass decent if light aroma - taste is good
for this style - mouthfeel is a bit sticky - one bomber this time was fine -alcohol is strong but well hidden here - i'd buy this again, but not too soon.

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

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is dark fruits and nuts.Taste is sugar cane,dark fruits,nuts and butter.This beer is very smooth and hides the alcohol dangerously well.Overall a good beer that I would recommend and purchase again!!

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: High carbonation, large golden four finger head. I had to do a very slow pour and even then it was pretty difficult. I expected the ale to be a little darker, considering its style.

Smell: Hints of fruit and malts. Kinda weak.

Taste: Sweet and...not much else. Candied fruit definitely and plenty of alcohol in this one. There isn't much complexity here, which is a little bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, its good, but nothing extravagant.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and is pretty good on tongue.

Drinkability: Its very sweet so a little hard to drink.



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Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late October for $6.49.

Beer poured an amber color with a decent head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is sweet ripe fruits and sugar. Taste is candy sugar up front, with a dose of plums soaked with booze. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy weight wise and pretty smooth across the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good. It is a whopper of a beer that you definitely notice the gravity as you are sipping it.

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

22 fl oz brown bottle, wrapped in red foil.
Served in a snifter.

Pours a very cloudy, muddy oak with auburn highlights. Densely creamy, inch-high lightly tanned head with very stable retention. Dimpled lacing with good strength.

Bright citrus aromatics: orange, lemon zest, pear, apricot. Rum-like alcohol aroma with touches of melon and tropical fruit. Mildly sweet candied sugar with a hefty dose of mustiness.

Moderately sweet candied sugar that rounds a toasted, almost bready malt character. Very faint hints of caramel and coffee that become more pronounced as the sip lingers. Traces of honeydew that define a somewhat intense alcohol presence; as well as, equally faint pear and apricot esters. The alcohol content provides a warming finish followed by candied sugar and light citrus in the aftertaste.

Full in body; versatile textures including creaminess with a dry finish. Also, the alcohol presence at times leaves a gaseous-like film on the palate. Pretty balanced for such a big beer.

A flavorful Quadrupel, especially as it warms. The alcohol slightly outweighs the other flavor profiles at times. This offering is a nice treat, but there are other Quadrupels that I enjoy more.

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Photo of dakid618
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep red color with a finger of off white head. Leaves a bead of retention around the entire glass. Smell is almost all Belgian sugar cane and malts. Taste is very sweet and malty, alcohol is almost none existent. Thick coating mouthfeel, so sweet it almost hurts my teeth. This beer is about as drinkable as a quad can be. As far as this style this one of my favorites. I drink this often but I've had better quads, just harder to come by but they bring this ones ratings down a little. Overall a very solid quad.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Reverend is a nice translucent amber, with a large frothy white head.

Complex aroma, with a nice malty rich sweetness. Fruit esters pop out, plums mainly. Along with a boozy alcoholic edge.

Taste is very rich. Lots of candied sugar sweetness upfront. Edges of extreme spiciness, with layers of succulent fruits and funky yeast notes. The alcohol is definitely apparent, and is quite warming. Finishes boozy, with a lingering phenolic medicinal note.

This is a big beer, no doubt. It's complexity is there, but it still seems a bit rough. Still a good beer though, well done by Avery as usual.

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Photo of stcules
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish color, bright. Almost white foam, two fingers, beautiful.
Interesting smell, a mix between the hop (tangerine, grapefruit), and a red fruitiness. A good amount of candy sugar. Tangerine marshmallows! Some pineapple, too.
In the mouth it is chewy. Maltiness, sugary, a good amount of alcohol, but not overwhelming. All (malt, alcohol, sweetness), but quite well balanced. Some cooked fruit. Not bad at all.
Peaches and apricot on syrup. Maybe elderberry flowers. Good.
Body: a lot of malt that covers the tongue.
Good beer.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,904 ratings
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