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

Poured into a tulip. Deep Amber, some what cloudy, thin head.
Strong Belgian malt/yeast aromas, cloves, and slightly fruity (Cant place the fruit)
It tasted a lot like it smelled, a little sweeter than I anticipated. A nice lingering spicy/alcohol aftertaste, without overdoing it.
I could of drank more than one, very smooth and balanced despite the 10ABV.

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

A: Amber with a reddish tinge. Very active carbonation from small bubbles. Big cream head starts out strong and then settles to a thin film. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Heavy on the clove and coriander at first. Lingering with the nose reveals raisin and currant aromas, plus a light whiff of alcohol.

T: Very wine like. Raisins and dark berries are front and center with a sharp sweetness. A spicy clove and pepper bitterness is aided by an alcohol bite. This beer is quite balanced overall. Finishes somewhat dry with an alcohol warmth going down.

M: Medium body feels juicy. Carbonation level feels a tad high.

D: I really enjoyed this one. A very nice sipping beer for a cool evening. I think buying a bottle to cellar is in order.

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Photo of WalterSobchak
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown; head dissipates quickly with no lacing and no top.
Strange sweet smell with a hint of alcohol...not much else.
Smooth and malty, very sweet with a nice syrup caramel overtone.
Drinkable but I would prefer a bit more carbonation. It's a pretty straight forward beer but it packs a big punch. Would be a nice night-cap.

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Photo of teamhex
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank it from the bottle
Slight pungent smell
Flavored of honey, nutmeg and slight oak flavoring
Very smooth, not too hoppy
Highly drinkable, the alcohol content is apparent in the first couple of sips but after your palate gets acclimated to the flavor it goes down quite nicely.
Great job Avery!

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Photo of nichols8241
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I am big fan of the Avery IPA so I thought I would give the Reverend a try.

I poured the beer into a pint glass. The beer had a copper color, very clear and clean. The head was white and thin - dissipated very quickly.

The beer had an unusual smell - hints of nutmeg and clove.

The first sip was crisp and clean. I could taste the alcohol but it was not overly apparent. After a few more sips, I noticed the beer tasted exactly as it smelled. Somewhere towards the middle of the glass, the sweetness became overpowering - akin to drinking a glass of honey. As the beer warmed, the smell and taste of alcohol became more pronounced and the mouthfeel became thicker.

(Time for a refill - 22oz bottle) I poured the remaining beer in my glass. The beer got even heavier and sweeter as I continued drinking. I found it increasingly hard to finish...But, I gutted it out. It felt like it was sticking to my tongue and teeth. There was no way I was going to get beat by a 'Quad'. I have to admit though, I couldn't drink two Reverends.

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Photo of mbunje
1.81/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A - Rich copper color with almost no head

S - Like a tropical cocktail: Pineapple, Banana, and Coconut.

T - Even more of the same + a bit of funk and mushroom (if you can imagine)

MF - Didn't get this far

D - Not

I either got a bad bottle or this is not good.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a snifter; no freshness date

P: Gold from the bottle, and sits rustic amber with red and orange highlights. Off-white head is healthy, loosely compacted, and frothy with big bubbles on top. Okay retention, and didn't leave much in the way of lacing.

A: Cot damn! Smells like a big o' bowl of teeth-rottin' candy. Dark candied sugar dominates, with some cherries, cloves, pepper, a little belgian yeast and alcohol underneath.

T: Wow! Even sweeter than the nose! Once again, candied sugar is king, while cloves, and cherries are mere pheasants. Styrian Goldings hops finally show up halfway through, balancing out the sweetness but not really contributing much more than a twist of citric juice to the flavor profile. Then, just as quickly as the hops arrived, they disappear to leave the sweetness to reign supreme once again. Biscuity malt becomes much more pronounced on the finish. Belgian yeast is next to irrelevant, and never establishes itself like you'd expect. Decent job of hiding the big 10% ABV, though.

M: Medium-full bodied, slick, slightly chewy and gently carbonated. I think the mouthfeel saves this beer from being just plain mediocre.

D: By the time I got to the bottom of the glass, I definitely didn't want another.

Notes: Admittedly, I'm not the most experienced with Quads. But, the few that I have had were exponentially more complex than this. The flavors that are there are decent, but become increasingly un-interesting as the glass empties. Also, way too sweet for my personal preference. Not great, but not horrible. Valiant effort by Avery, but it just falls short.

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

22 oz bottle, no bottle freshness date, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a bright amber with minimal tannish head, very clear lots of red and orange highlights.

Aroma is big yeasty character, some light spice notes and a very deep munich malt type profile, bready, fresh baked pie crust, sweet and with profound melanoidin characteristics. Baked fruit deserts pear and apple crisp, cherry pie. Brown sugar seems to sit in the profile. Alcohol is well balanced but presents itself a bit like honeysuckle.

The flavor profile mirrors the aroma but leans toward yeasty, bread and pastry pie crust character. Some spicy peppery character and fruity esters. Like the aroma there is flavor of raw brown sugar that can linger a little much for my taste. The alcohol is warming and noticeable but not over the top of the flavor.

More bitterness in than I would anticipate from a Strong Dark or Quad. Body is big and finish is medium dry. The overall mouthfeel is a bit chewy, not cloying, but very malty.

All things considered approachable and drinkable with lots of character and interesting aromas and flavor. Very different than virtually every other Belgian Strong Dark or Quad I have had.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light-brown with gold-yellow and orange highlights. Light-tan head lays down rapidly. Lots of clovey spiciness in the aroma along with citrus fruit. The appearance and smell are really intriguing.

Heavy alcohol hits big at first. Not much hops or bitter. Lots of sweet honey. Cloves, allspice and citrus. This brew would be too sweet but for the high ABV, which creates balance. Some metallic aftertaste with honey and orange.

A big brew that is not for the squeamish, but, considering the wallop it packs, actually quite drinkable. Scarily so.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper-amber color with a head that rapidly dissappeared leaving a hint of lacing that marked it's presence. Really sweet smelling, so much that I approached my first sip with trepidation. I can't stand a super sweet to the point of cloying taste in my beer and I was worried this is where this smell was taking me. Fortunately it wasn't the case, yes this beer tasted sweet, but it was a complex multiple fruit flavors type of sweet, definetly not overbearing. The 10.0% was there but hidden reasonable well and I got a lot of different flavors during my time with this beer, apple, figs, yeast, caramel. One bomber was plenty, but I enjoyed the complexity of this brew. So far everything I've had from Avery has been worthwhile and The Reverend delivered an noteworthy experience.

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