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 scray24
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from CLO at $5.99.

Poured a clear copper orange with a 3 finger off white head that lasted for several minutes leaving a nice lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and steady.

Smell was cloves, little yeasty with citrus and a soft spiciness/sweetness.

The flavor was again very much cloves, some sweet orange and a lot of caramel/candi-sugar. As it warmed a bit, the alcohol "hotness" came out.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thick but smooth. Towards the end moved more towards a little syrupy.

Its more of a slow sipper - I like their others much better (Maharaja in particular).

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear red-copper with a small light tan head that goes away quickly, not much lacing.

smell is oats, hay, earth, nuts, light spice.

taste is quite different, oily, thick, somewhat sweet, wheat, burnt toffee, malt.

overall it was okay, average pretty much across the board, don't think that i would get this again when there are much better beers out there.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a slightly hazy coppery-sunset orange with a 1 finger frothy light beige head that lasted for several minutes leaving a full band rim lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and steady.

S: yeasty, with bright oranges with a soft spiciness and light candi-sugar sweetness.

T: The flavor was tart, with citric oranges, some caramel sweetness, candi-sugar, and a spicy floral bitterness. A light yeasty sourness is detected as well. Overall it starts out with a nice candi-sugar sweetness and finishes with dry oranges and a spicy alcohol fade.

M: medium viscosity, very smooth and leaves a big, tart dry orange fade. Overall, only moderately drinkability.

D: Really didn't impress me as much as their other beers. Abv was fairly well hidden for its 10.0%abv but was still enough to take notice and hinder this a slow, casual sipper. Probably wouldn't consider this for future consumption.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured transparent coppery mahogany red with a 1/2" head that diminished quickly to a ring. Little lacing. So far it's looking ok...

S - Hmm, quite interesting. Slightly sour with citrus notes, coriander, dates, and dark grapes. A large wafting of sweet malts as well. Somewhat wine-like. Alcohol is apparent.

T - Wow! Malty sweet with some hints of toffee and a lot of caramel. Bittersweet aftertaste, with a very small touch of hops balancing the powerful sweetness and alcohol. Figs and dates are highly detected. Did I mention the alcohol?

M - Full bodied and medium carbonation. A little bit chewy

D - For such high alcohol, it is very drinkable. I'd rather sip it.

Overall - Split a 22 oz bomber with my gf. This is a good twist on a Belgian Style Quad. Very tasty, very potent. Almost reminds me of an English Barleywine. It isn't what I would buy if I wanted a real Belgian Style Quad but I would definitely buy this again just because it was tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Deus1138
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful, ruby red - amber. Decent amount of frothy head that quickly dissipated. There appears to be a decent amount of carbonation mostly coming from the very center of my goblet. The smell is mostly of dark fruit, yeast and spice. Taste is pretty good. Dark fruits coming through providing some sweetness, but not as much as some other Quads. There's some spiciness as well. The alcohol is there and noticeable. It's a bit warming and adds to the spiciness. It's drinkable and enjoyable. Not my favorite Quad, but worth a try. I'd buy it again just to mix things up.

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Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice copper (at first), turning to a light brown (later), with a little garnet glint, with some very nice head and lacing. Nice deep scent, very broad, very malty, with a huge caramel scent. Deep drink in flavor as well, vaguely sweet from the malt, but a huge amount of caramel, with fig undertones, and a nice malt/hop balanced ending. It goes down nice, with just a bit of alcohol tinge to it.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Talk about a beer that just totally takes your by surprise....This one did just that. When I think of a quadrupel, this is far from what I expected.

A- A dark hazy copper orange color, beautiful head and lacing.

S- Smell was of liquid candy. Tons of sugar going on here a long with a nice mix of spice. Alcohol was evident in the nose.

T- If you don't like sweet and sugary beers, this one is not for you. Some fruit flavors (citrus- orange), gingerbread, alcohol, grassy earthy flavors...An amazingly complex and sweet quadrupel, the alcohol was really toned down for 10% ABV.

M- This was a medium bodied beer with a superb warming quality at the back end.

D- This one crept up on me and actually made me fall asleep. Probably because of the high but unnoticable ABV. Great stuff, next time I will share the bottle.

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Photo of deanhead
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant glowing amber color, with a rich head of bubbles that laced down the entire glass.

Nice rummy scent, thick and almost dank. Slightly sweet, with a hint of bubblegum.

Taste is very well balanced between a touch of edgy sweetness, coupled with a relatively dry finish. It is warming, and strong tasting. This beer has an excellent malt backbone that is matched well, with the sugar, and hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and dank, warming with a very crisp dry finish.

This is a nice example of a Quad. It's not overly sweet, and alcoholic tasting like most other quads. At 10%, I could only really have one of these during a drinking session. It's a fine beer, and I would recommend picking up a bottle.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- dark orange to amber with a small off white head.

S- Sweet, like candy. a bit fruity. not what i was expecting

T- Very sweet. no trace of alcohol. mild summer fruit tastes.

M- Nice carbonation, but a little light and watery feeling.

D- I enjoyed this, but its very different for the style. the alcohol is well masked, so it would be easy to have another but if youre craving a quad this probably isnt for you.

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Photo of Taffle
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant orange-amber pour - transparent and leathal. Rich lacing holds well from the nice, colorful head.Malty sweet and sour smell. Sweet and mildly floral hints with intense, zesty finish saying "ah". Huge body, but mildly filling. Sucked this one down rather easily so I definitely needed an intermission after the first 12 oz.  It's a circus on your palate.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was somewhere between a red and amber color. I was a little disappointed with the head and head retention as there was not much of either. The smell was fantastic though, sweet and yeasty. The taste was good, although almost too sweet for me. I enjoyed the first glass from the bomber, but by the time I started the second I was looking for something a little less cloying. Overall a tasty brew, but could use a little more character to round out the intense sweetness. Definitely a sipping brew!

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Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A small white foamy head forms and recedes to a small cap. Light sticky lace is left behind.
S: A malty fruit aroma (apples, pears, cherries). Lots of yeast and barnyard funk.
T: A very sweet and malty flavor. Lots of fruit with some apple and peach cider flavors. Bordering on a cloying sweetness, but over all a very nice flavor.
M/D: A syrupy character that is medium bodied and a bit oily. Over carbonated with a crisp snap on the tongue. Some alcohol burn that makes this a sipping beer. Though I would be content to sip on a bottle all night.

A good and pleasant Belgian style ale that I enjoy. It seems typical and maybe a bit too sweet. Though, I did not have any trouble finishing a bottle. Something I would try again.

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Photo of KeefD
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a translucent amber-orange color with no foam to speak of and no lacing. This is probably due to the high alcohol content, but was expecting a little more. Smell is Belgian yeast, pancake syrup, and some big-time earthiness. Taste is sweet as can be. Lots of Belgian candi sugar, large doses of malt, raisins, a bit of apple cider sourness, lots of warming alcohol, and slight hop bitterness in the finish. Sweet as can be, super thick and full bodied, moderate carbonation. Not highly drinkable due to the high ABV but a relatively nice interpretation of a Belgian Quad.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pass by this all the time at Green's in Atlanta, and it took the pressing of a server in Oklahoma City for me to try this. Pours a deep copper color (looks like an IPA - weird) with a ivory frothy head that leaves A LOT of lacing on the glass. Smells is incredibly sweet: alcohol, malt, and brown sugar. Taste is not what I was expecting at all. Traces of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, maybe some fruit. Overall, this is a very satisfying beer. Not what I was expecting at all. I will definitely pick this up in Atlanta when I get back.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it's a nice deep caramel color with red and brown hues and a thick white head that quickly thinned out and hugged the glass and it has some mild lacing; there is some good active carbonation and it's crystal clear. It smells fruity, almost like dried apple and grapes mixed together. It tastes ... mildly sweet with a strong alcohol presence, just a tad bit bitter on the side of your tongue and mildly tart on the tip of your tongue. It has a bitter aftertaste with a strong alcohol flavor that really warms up your mouth. After warming up a bit it picks up a slight liquor taste like a warm whiskey and the overall flavor becomes a little sweeter; the alcohol in its aroma becomes more apparent and the thin head sticks around too. This is a good beer and tastes better at warmer temperatures in my opinion.

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Photo of mojopilot
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I am a huge fan of The Reverend. I can't say its the best quad, but for its price, it really can't be beat.

I am reviewing a bottle I have set aside for about a year, I really thought it would mellow out and become a much better beer. unfortunately, that was not the case. The look and smell are good, a deep amber color and a smooth smell of some sort of fruit I can't put my finger on. The color and look has not changed much, maybe its a little lighter, but I don't recall much of a difference. the smell seems a bit smoother than a new bottle, there might be a bit more alcohol note but nothing significantly different.

The first taste is tremendously disappointing. I remember my first sip of Reverend, it was just how a quad should taste. After a year in a basement closet, everything good is lost. it has a very "musky," old taste. The alcohol seems much stronger, the burn on your tongue and throat are more pronounced, and I feel pretty good after just one bottle.

This is a good beer for the money, I suggest it to anyone who wants a decent quad, at half the price of a good Trappist. I would not suggest storing this beer in hopes of making it better. Crack it open right away and enjoy!

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Double-deuce bomber with some serious hype on the label... "Created by God. Feared by Satan..." Oh yeah? Well, pouring this 'Creation' into a Chimay chalice yields a hazy, glowing, fiery-orange gold with very little foam that stays at the perimeter of the glass, doing little past leaving the occasional speck of lacing.

The smell is an alcohol-based perfume of syrupy malts and dark fruit.

Taste is mellow and malt-candy sweet with a significant alcohol presence and a dry, lip-smacking yeasty twist that introduces a clean bitterness in the finish. Floral and fruity notes duck in and out of the constant yeast/alcohol baseline, masquerading as apples at one appearance, then as plums the next. Spicy hot pepper notes work on drying the fruity flavors up a bit, as do earthy hops.

Carbonated just right. A full-bodied drink cut to pretty good drinkability for such a big, strong beer.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Golden copper, heavy head, which hangs around like the turd you cannot shake free.

S - Dark candi sugar, smoke, and notes of alcohol.

T - Smoke + whiskey. Feels like they aged it a bit long and let the barrel take over the characteristic of this beer.

M - Heavy, hearty, and good. Light alcohol feel.

D - Much better than last year's version. Very similar to Allagash Curieaux.

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Photo of Ben4881
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Reverend
Avery Brewing Co.

The Reverend is a thick, dark, slightly hazy, yellow-orange that turns brilliant orange when held up to the light. A small head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing that also falls quickly.

It smells sweet and yeasty, like Belgian ales ought to smell. A little spice dances in the background, but a heavy dose of citrus takes center stage of the bouquet, followed by a hint of alcohol.

The Reverend brings a heavy flavor to the party. Up front, the taste is sweet, sour, and fruity. Then the alcohol flavor kicks in and hits hard, slamming the tongue. Surprisingly, that alcohol flavor quickly and smoothly fades to a rich malt flavor with a suggestion of nearly undetectable bitterness. As that flavor fades, the aftertaste is quite calm. It is slightly dry and a little of the sweet fruitiness returns.

The Reverend is not a skinny fellow. Nor is he all that fat. The heavy flavor brings a medium body with minimal carbonation. Upon agitation, the bubbles can become fervent, otherwise, they are tame. Seems to be appropriate for the style, maybe it's a little on the lighter side. The Reverend is definitely watching his figure.

Whoa, 10% ABV can really creep up on you in a hurry. Definitely a sipper and bottled to share. The alcohol flavor gets in the way a little, but is not a complete turnoff. The smooth and calm aftertaste makes it easy to keep drinking despite the heavy flavor.

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Photo of gpogo
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light amber with red/ruby tints with off-white head that quickly dissipates

A- Malty sweet aroma with tones of dark fruit. There is also a very faint spiciness.

T- Malty sweet with a slight spiciness similar to the aroma.

M- Smooth, but not silky smooth. As it warms a spiciness appears. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D- I like this more than several dubbels that I have had and feel it is more drinkable, though I think there could be definite improvements. A great beer and I would easily recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly ruby tinged amber color. There was a very small off white head that disappeared almost immediately. There is some alcohol to the nose. Also notes of spices, caramel, and some fruits. It is very flavorful. There are many. Caramel, a hint of spices, maybe cherries. Nice.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-ruby brown color, the lightness around the edges. Tan head is not quite as puffy as the real thing, but the lacing sure is there, in great sheets that line the rim of the glass. Light color I think.

The only thing my nose catches on first impression is a sugary, caramel sweetness. Upon further sniffing there are some fair notes of orange zest and some ethyl alcohol fumes.

The authentic Belgian yeast is less potent than I would hope for, while the hops are pretty strong for a quad. Caramel and lighter malts, as evidenced by the color, are used here, while there is definitely some candi sugar, and the previously mentioned citric hops.

Big mouthfeel, very nice if not exactly velvet-on-the-tongue amazing like the best of the purported style. Thick and chewy. Fairly active.

Not right on for style; in fact, some distance off. Still an above average beer selection.

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Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear, amber-orange body topped with a one finger, light brown head. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Toasted malt and caramel with some darker roasted notes and a hint of hops as well as some fruity yeast notes in the background.

T - Fruity notes of plum and raisin up front with caramel and toasted malts. Some hops and a roasted note emerge in the middle. Dark caramel and roasted raisins linger in the finish with a good bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Fairly heavy body with moderately high carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Although the alcohol is by no means hidden in this one, it is quite drinkable for such a big beer. No one flavor component sticks out as exceptional, but there is something there where everything comes together and makes the overall experience more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice cloudy amber color with very little head.

Smelled very much of caramel.

The taste was similar to the scent, but more pronounced, the caramel malt was there and I thought I tasted some sugar as well.

Overall a good brew, very well balanced on the mouth without any unpleasant after-tastes.

Certainly a beer to be had again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a glass chalice.

Pours reddish orange with a thin head that immediately becomes a patch with active carbonation keeping it alive in the center. Swirls dance around the center patch. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of candied citric-like fruitiness with a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet candy sugar with a citric-like touch. A bit of graininess, a hint of caramel and alcohol add to the sweetness, though there is a bitterish balance to it. Boozy finish. I can think of better examples of the style, as I don't know that this one really fits well, as it is a bit too sweet, aggressively boozy and lacks certain complexities. Yet, there is something charming about it's maltiness and sugar sweetness that I liked despite it all.

Relatively soft carbonation helps with smoothness and drinkability, which is in turn restricted by overall sweetness and sharp booziness, though it adds little to the liveliness of it. It doesn't really fit with the character of a great Belgian-style, but works to a fair degree.

I have a bit of mixed feelings about it. Though it could use more balance and move towards the hallmarks of the style more clearly, it had a taste that I liked well enough to continue reaching for my chalice.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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