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 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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Photo of stephens101
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review written from quick notes during the BCS Championship, and before I drowned my sorrows. Poured a clear, almost pale amber with strawberry hues. I had to take a second look at the label to make sure I had the correct brew, as it looked more like a Belgian strong or such. What little head that existed fades quickly, with some small streaks of lacing left along one side of the glass. Smelled of pears, and various other dark fruits and malts. Once again, not at all what I was expecting, but maybe it's just me. Tastes of sweet malts, candy, alcohol, some more light fruits, and maybe even some chocolate sweetness with some phenolic activitiy wrapping things up. It was medium bodied, and fairly well carbonated. While this wasn't what I was expected, or what I look for in a Quad, it wasn't a bad tasting beer. That being said, as much as I dig Avery's brews, I probably won't be going back to this one if I'm looking for a quad.

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

poured into a pint glass with little head and no lacing, brownish amber with a tint of red.

smells fruity and a strong scent of belgian yeast

taste is deeply complex, fig, cloves, apple, grapes, belgian yeast, and a malty backbone, really defines this quad. a lot of flavors in this beer.

drinks easy but a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish, mouth is slightly oily and thick.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber color with a small off-white head that had poor retention. Very little if any lacing is left on the glass. The smell is typical for a Quad. Smells very sweet with sugar and the malt. Some dark fruit is also detected. The taste is also sweet. Has a tart apple quality to the flavor. Maybe some cherry as well. The alcohol is well hidden dispite the 10% ABV. Medium bodied with abundant carbonation. Nothing but average mouthfeel. Not the best American interpretation of a Quad. Still drinkable because of good taste and value.

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

22oz. brown bomber with red foil over cap and neck, large foiled label wit no freshness date. Had this one cellared for about two years as I'm not wild about it fresh. A nice improvement with age.

Poured into a chalice a hazelnut, coppery-amber with a creamy 1/2" of off-white head. Subtle carbonation with the head fading quickly. Dabs of blotchy lace left clinging.

Very sweet nose of caramelly malt, Belgian yeast and sugar with some alcohol coming through, giving more depth to this massive brew. Sweet, fruity with a bit of peppery spice.

A sweet fruit loaded malt sets the pace, with toffee and caramel intertwined for a long lingering taste that gets brushed with spicy yeast, hops and a nice warming alcohol. The flavor has definetely improved with age, gaining complexity and smoothness. As the brew warms, it gets even better, much like the big Stone brews.

Nicely carbonated big body with a good balance just leaning on the sweet side. Smooth and just a bit of pepper to the alcoholic warming.

Overall...very good.

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Photo of JAA
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another fine gift from santa, and a fine brew from Avery as well.

I haven't had too many quads, so i'm not sure if it should be as clear as this beer is, but who cares. It tastes good.

smells a bit like cola and a bit like whisky.Tastes like God's vagina. yeah, it's good. A little whisky and a touch of granny smith. ummm, malty goodness.

mouthfeel and drinkability are good but not great. One bomber will do, for awhile at least.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange to light brown with very light brown head. Nose is on the "sweet" side with a miscellaneous baked dessert aroma.

Soft malt & Belgian candy sugar dominate the palate. Some caramel in there too. Touch of sourness, and very dark fruit.

Finish is warm, candyish, and warm with alcohol presence. Not as easy drinking as other quads I've had.

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Photo of Fatduck
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp copper color. Less head that I would expect from a belgian, but it could be my easy pour. Smells a little bit farm house-y. Creamy warming and surprisingly smooth. the 10% alcohol is hidden well. I like this beer; it will defiantly help me cope with the holidays.

Picked it up on a whim, and I am very glad I did. At 5.99 it's cheap for what it is.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazed ruby red. Some decent head.

S - Alcohol on the nose. Apple cider. A bit of grass and some light maltiness.

T - Rich, heavy maltiness. Not as sweet as expected - in fact it's on the dry side all things considered. Tasting a lot of alcohol and spiciness. Apples.

M - Heavy and syrupy with low carbonation.

D - A bit of a challenge to the palate. Feels a bit too heavy for me.

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet malt and spicy yeast

T - Follows the nose sweet malt spicy yeast reminds me of Chimay

M - This beer has a Medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good beer thats true to the style worth trying sometime

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Photo of buffettfan
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out into a tulip glass.

Poured dark, with a heavy looking, thick head, good lacing.

Smell was sweet. A balenced malt nose, and a hint of a little spice.

Taste was much the same, a lot of flavor. A little too sweet for my taste, but I think this is a tasty beer.

Not one I would buy everyday, but I am glad I tried this one.

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

Pours reddish brown with nearly no head. Aroma full of sugar, cherries, and malt. Syrupy mouthfeel compliments the sweet and fruity taste. Lots of currants and candy sugar in this one. The yeast seems to take a back seat. Gets better as it warms, but still keeps the sweet character.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/19/08. Bottle. Pours brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, not much fruit in the aroma. Flavor was of candy sugar, raisin, molasses, some spices. Sweet but not too sweet. Not a great quad, but a good beer nonetheless. 6/4/7/4/15 (3.6/5)

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Photo of nick76
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is good stuff, and as good as any Belgian Quad that I have had. The aroma first hits you with candy sugar then a complex mixture of yeast, bread, dark fruit, and spice. The flavor is exactly like the aroma but with more alcohol than detectable from the aroma. The palate is almost sticky from the sugar. This is highly recommended!

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Photo of corby112
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark burgundy color with a foamy tan head. Spicy and fruity aroma with a nice touch of maltiness. Very quaffable for such a high ABV. Spicy and malty yet sweet with hints of candi sugar, cherries and other dark fruits such as raisin, date, prune etc..

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Photo of hopdog
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

Poured a hazy medium bronze/copper color with a small off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, cinnamon, and sugar. Very sweet. Flat watery body. There's something about this beer that gives me a headache everytime I drink one (and its happened on quit a few occasions!).

Notes from 7/12/04

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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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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,923 ratings