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

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, orangey-amber body with a well-formed, light beige head.

Smell: Toasted nuts and bread followed by a distinct yeastiness and notes of sugar and alcohol coated fruits.

Taste: Sweet, bready maltiness with a caramel and honey sweetness jacked up by plenty of candi sugar. A tad yeasty. Peach schnapps soaked fruit flavors of fig and dried cherries. The tiniest pinch of nutmeg. Spicy hops with a medium, resilient bitterness that joins the various other flavors bouncing around the palate. Very faint wood component. Finishes sweet, fruity, and quite warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine, respectable attempt at the style, but comes up a bit short when stacked against the superior Belgian examples. Still though, it is an enjoyable sipper from the good folks over at Avery.

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Photo of adamette
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into my clean, clear Three Philosopher's snifter (I figured that it is a quad too so why not?) from a bottle exactly like the one shown above.

A Pours a bright amber body with little head (although I was being careful to avoid spillage with a huge head and I am using a very shallow snifter). Not the most impressive appearance. Just fine.

S Alcohol. Some grains, malt. Smells like I expected...a strong quad.

T Wow...this is a big beer. It reminds me of other quads that I have had (Maresdous, 3 phils) with its huge malty sweetness bordering on honey, some grains a kick of alcohol. It is like cold liquidy alcoholic honey.

M As stated, a big beer but it has a smoothness about it too.

D Not really high due to ABV but it is sweet as hell. I have the bomber and I will likely finish it.

Notes: A big beer which delivers on its promise of being that big. It does not hold a candle to three philosophers (I will have to rinse out my snifter quickly to shield it from the memory of this guest quad).

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

Orange pour, hefty white head. Uh oh, very floral aromas, some hops, characteristics of white ales. Overly lively in the mouth and a bit thin. Too much light red fruits, citrus, hop bitterness. To me this was just not a quad. No molasses, malt of any sort, raisin, doughiness. Similar to most Belgian double and tripels that I do not care for.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong, very malty, with a rich fruity overtone and hints of caramel and toffee. Color is a beautiful clear reddish copper, and head is fairly thick and fine-bubbled. Flavor is sublime - malty, fruity, nutty, strong hop hints, touches of caramel and sweetness, even a teeny bit of smoke. Texture is smooth, and aftertaste includes a hint of brandy and a soupcon of sweetness. Definitely a beer to be revered. ;)

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich, orange/amber colored liquid topped with a small, off-white head. No lace left.
Smell is malt, oak, smoke, peat, raisins, cherry, green apple, wheat. Insanely well balanced in nose and taste.
Taste: see above and add whiskey note.
Smooth, rich, full-bodied, warming at end of swallow. Light effervescence. Almost a sipping beer, extraordinarily good beer, a must drink.

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Photo of imperialbigswig
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- rich copper to dark yellow
S- Spices and candy
T- This is what I'm talking about, the spice and candy sweetness are in fantastic balance. This is a favorite among my friends.
M- Warm and crisp.
D- very drinkable, but that could be very dangerous!!!
I love these guys, Avery kicks ass!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/11/2005 (bottle):

Pours a medium brown color, with an aroma of flowers, and some alcohol. Has a smooth taste, with a slightly oily texture, and some carbonation. Slight bitter hoppy taste, nuttiness. Has an odd taste similar to some other Belgian ales I've had.

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Photo of kinger
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable beer, right in line with most Belgian traits but it's tough to convince myself that this is a true quadrupel. Medium copper pour huge head and nice lacing. Inviting aroma sugary with that familiar Belgian yeast strain. Sharp and biting on the tongue, the finish is strong with a huge alcohol burn, it's alright. Flavor is also strong and very solid. Big candy sweetness mixed in with a good showing of crisp hops. Some yeasty earthiness backed up with a fruity hint. Overall a decent sipper.

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Photo of Floydster
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from the Beverages and More in Torrance for $6.49, split with my dad last night, poured into my Chimay goblet

A-Color is a dark amber with some highlights, pretty clear body for a quadrupel, head is small and bubbly, off white and does not last, not much retention, no lacing
S-Caramel, bananas, booze, honey, sugar, plums, sweet yeast, toffee, milk chocolate, mild hoppiness, grapes, various fruits, and grains
T-Starts off with a big alcoholic flavor mixed with dark fruits, some toastier malt in the middle but still a warm flavor, very faint hops in the finish, aftertaste is mostly booze and toffee, caramel and sweeter Belgian qualities comes out when it warms but taste is almost stonger in a bad way, would have liked to see less alcohol and more dry accents, then it would have somewhat balanced and way easier to drink while saving the taste
M-Hot, somewhat smooth, sweet, and chewy mouthfeel, carbonation is good and this would be much harder to drink if it was syrupy, medium bodied, taste lingers a long time and is not necessarily a good thing
D-This stuff should probably be put into a cellar for five years or so, too hot right now, you can really taste the ten percent, sweetness and alcohol are heavy on the stomach, could not get through my full glass

Not my favorite beer from Avery and certainly not best of this style I have had, not close to what some of those Belgian brewers pump out, still not bad for the money, would probably skip next time though, just too boozy for my palate, bomber could be split between three people easily, worth trying

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an brownish color and a thick, cloudy texture. A decent amount of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, fruits and many spices. Very aromatic.

T: A big taste, typical of quads. Malty, with pepper, apricots and some other random ingredients. Tasty, almost overwhelming.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, a good American take on the quadrupel. The Reverend is well made and definitely flavorful.

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

Poured a beautiful redddish copper color. One of the best looking beers I've seen with a 1 finger head that dissipated into lacing after a few minutes.

Smell was spicey, with a bit of swetness.

Very spicy taste, almost peppery. Kind of the beer equivalent of eating spicy Mexican food. Quite unusual to me, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel was decent, not heavy and thick, but made itself known.

Not a bad beer, but not the kind I could drink a lot of. While good, a case of too much of a good thing is bad. The high alcohol content would limit my intake, but a nice change of pace.

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

Snagged a bottle of this at the Yoke's in Ponderay, Idaho. 22 oz. brown bottle, red foil around cap and neck, a tribute to Luther Tucker it seems.

Pours out a deep clear russet copper, splash of head with little retention.

Yeast, malt, spice, alcohol on the nose, yup, it's all there. Intense pepper and alcohol mask a present toffee malt.

Flavour is tame and contained for such a high abv% ale, I suppose I was expecting more. A bit of seaweed up front, spicy and estery, alcohol warmth into the finish and aftertaste. Green briney character to it still that I can't kick. Even my lips are a bit salty as a result.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, good results for the style and high test character.

I walk away from this one with the memory of seaweed, and even as a result of that, not really the most memorable quad I've had so far. I think I'd pass next time on this one.

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Photo of MBABJJ
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber pour

S - Sweet with fruit notes including banana and caramel apple

T - My sips tasted heavy of alcohol...however, it is a rather heavy beer with an appropriate name...reminds you that if you drink this beer, you're gonna be spanked like a altar boy

M - Really nice smooth touch to it, but the alcohol taste grabs the attention of tongue and it declines as the sip goes

D - Not going to buy again. Definitely can see how some would enjoy, but I've just had better of its nature.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a striking maroon/brown with a medium, soft white head which leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Malt and sugar dominated with some dark fruit.

T: Taste is good. While it doesn't have a great fruity complexity like I'd find in many of the Belgian-brewed examples of this style, the overall flavour is tasty. Huge amounts of malt and brown sugar, with a fair amount of alcohol form the main taste, with a lightly drying finish.

M: Boozy, full-bodied, viscous, strong and thick.

D: This is a good quad, and I found the flavour to have a lot more structure and concentration than when I had it for the first time back in 2006, definite re-buy.

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Photo of gfreed
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has an dense iced-tea appearance in the glass with a tan head. Not much body, however-- rather thin and even a bit watery at times. While you'll find thing like crackers, fruit and some caramel in the malty base, what is most present is alcohol, bordering on booze. The alcohol is quite overpowering and hides just about any flavor that might be hiding in the bottle. If you like Avery brews, it's worth trying The Reverend, but I'm sure there are better Belgian quads available.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.

Pours a clear amber/golden orange with a clingy frothy off white head.

Smell is mellow grapes, yeast, and maybe apricots.

Taste is pretty fruity with yeast and heat following up.

Very full mouthfeel, but this beer is pretty hot, so it is not so easy to drink.

Still another very good beer from Avery.

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Photo of donaldchapman
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery 15th anniversary vertical tasting

A - Clear light brown color with red highlights, and a long lasting head.
S - complex marriage of fruity esters, spicy phenolics, malt and hops.
T - Great malt complexity that is well blended with dark fruit flavors and hop bitterness.
M - Full bodied with an alcohol warmth and a smooth finish.

A - Surprisingly, this color was noticeably darker than the other two vintages.
S - Malt is becoming more complex and beginning to dominate the aroma. Phenols and esters are noticeable but not as much as the 2008.
T - The malt is much more complex as well as a bit more bitterness, the phenols and esters begin to fade a bit leaving the malt to shine.
M - Mouth feel remains much the same perhaps a bit more smooth.

A - Similar to the 2008 color a light brown with long lasting head but a bit hazy.
S - Extreme malt complexity and domination. Caramel, toffee, etc.... Esters are vary subdued as are phenolics.
T - Malt complexity dominates accompanied by some subtle yet firm fruity ester flavors (Dark fruits, berries, etc) and spice.
M - Full bodied beer, with a good pull, and smooth warmth.

This is another amazing beer to taste as it ages.... While the 2008 vintage is good, the older it gets, the more complexity and balance the beer achieves, with the 2002 ranking 1st out of the 3.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a relatively clear vibrant reddish copper in color with next to no head. Aroma is pleasant with some fruity esters (apples and pears as well as some darker fruits as the beer warms) and some nice phenols. There is also the occasional whiff of alcohol which gives the drinker an idea of the potent alcohol content of this brew. The flavors, like the aroma are relatively subdued. There is a fair amount of malty sweetness here as well as some of the lighter fruit phenols found in the aroma. In the sweet finish there is also some funk, its not overwhelming but does add a bit of distinctiveness to an otherwise tame beer. Mouthfeel is pretty good, despite the sweetness this beer is fairly well-attenuated with a medium-ish body and moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well masked. Drinkability is about average. This beer really didn't show me too much character and seemed a bit muddled at times.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Nice amber color in my glass. One finger head that leaves a slight film on top of the liquid. Slightly decent lacing.

BIG maltiness. Very sweet malty nose. Sweet candy sugars. Butterey, yeasty bread. Light citrus and banana notes.

Quite abit more mellow than I expected, but that is not a bad thing. Very nice caramel notes. Apple and banana notes. Sweet malt flavor. Big yeasty bread profile. Slight spiciness on the finish. The alcohol bite I expected at 10% is not here at all.

Feels very creamy in the mouth, yet still smooth and drinkable. Almost velvet-like.

Drinking several bottles of this in a session would be easy. The drawback is that with 10% ABV, you won't remember doing it.

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

Picked up a bottle that I know is at least a year old from horrock's farm market in lansing, more likely 2+

22oz to wine glass, pours a deep golden amber hue with hints of red, good carbonation, cream colored head hangs around

smells of belgian yeast, appley sugar, malts and more malts, alcohol heat

tastes of sweet dark malts, almost like a fusion of an old/stock ale and a dark belgian - alcohol follows behind initial flavors, belgian yeast (clove/banana), high carbonation, hop presence seems to have faded out, a decent quad overall.

mouthfeel is crisp, loads of flavor, sweet and hot, paired perfectly with applewood smoked cheddar.. ohhhh so good.

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Photo of notafood
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber color with a smallish tan head into a tulip glass. Some visible carbonation

Sugar and spice and everything nice. subtle fruit notes lay underneath, not citrus but more like banana, apple and cherry. Noticeable yeast presence.

Very sweet up front, nice dry finish brought on by the malts. I picked up on some peppery spices on a couple of sips. A small hint of alcohol, but not at all indicative of the 10% ABV.

Sweet but not very syrupy. Tickles the tongue a bit at first but goes down thin and easy.

I like this and its definitely a smooth, drinkable beer, but a little too sweet for me to consider drinking more than one. (A bomber is plenty.)

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a maple syrup caramel with highlights of cherry wood. Great amber resin clarity, almost gives this beer a syrupy look. Very little head or foam after the pour, and even fewer bubbles. Fruity, caramel covere appples and even a few nuts start the flavor profile. Elegantly toasted malts meld with some herbal hops that give a rosey flavor. Pretty warm alcohol gives the caramel and fruits more complexity. The palate is syrupy and warm, but not boozey. Lots of fruits and som banana nut bread qualities. A sippable night cap beer.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first pour at the Avery 15th Anniversary Party.
Just now typing up my notes.

a: amber body, off-white head.

s: Caramelized sugar, spice, cherries.

t: Sweet caramel, from caramelized candy sugar no doubt. Some spice and cherry in there too.

m: Medium body. creamy.

d: Good quad, not too sweet, nice creamy feel. A good American-made belgian brew.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours tomato orange in color, little head and carbonation, extremely fine ring of lacing.

Scent of candi sugar, some dark fruits, bananas, bubble gum, and yeast. A bit of alcohol is present, but it doesn't hurt the scent in anyway.

Taste of malts and candi sugar starts, warms into banana and bubble gum flavor finishing dry with yeast. Flavor washes through the mouth and changes with warmth incredibly well, the flavor compliment each other and balance out to make one damn enjoyable taste.

The mouthfeel is great, smooth and not too heavy, washes through the mouth gracefully.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, garnet in color, with a billowing tan head that aggressively attacks the sides of the glass. It eventually thins to nothing but a collar, some scattered lacing and a thin haze of bubbles over the beer.

The nose is slightly sour apples, and a bready yeast scent. The yeast kind of smells like a Belgian but isn't quite right. There is some sweet caramelized malts and a light orange peel spice.

The taste is fruity with a mix of apple, grape and orange flavors all peeking out at different times. A sweet malt flavor mixed with dark candied sugars subtly backs up the initial fruit flavors. Way, way off is a hint of some hops but they are all but gone from this flavor party. The finish is cidery with a processed tasting sweetness and little else.

Medium bodied with a confusing thickness to it. Sometimes it feels heavy but the next sip will seem watered down. Oddly inconsistent with its mouthfeel, this one seems to be a beer trying to be a Belgian. It makes a valiant effort but falls short of the mark.

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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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