The Reverend | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,889 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
The ReverendThe Reverend
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,889
Reviews:
838
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
279
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,889 |  Reviews: 838
Photo of aubuc1
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

 349 characters

Photo of donaldchapman
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery 15th anniversary vertical tasting

2008
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.

2005
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.

2002
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.

 1,344 characters

Photo of mnj21655
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

 938 characters

Photo of coldmeat23
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

 750 characters

Photo of drxandy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

 659 characters

Photo of notafood
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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.)

 669 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 534 characters

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

 353 characters

Photo of paco1029384756
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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.

 582 characters

Photo of jbphoto88
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

 1,019 characters

Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a big white head. Head falls but stays and leaves a very nice thin lace behind.

Smells like a barley wine. Full, rich and malty.

Taste is sweet malts upfront followed by a mess of flavor and a nice little alcohol hint. Tastes like a barley wine.

Full smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Swish it around in your mouth though and you get a nice foaminess.

Nice, I like it and will enjoy drinking on a regular basis.

 444 characters

Photo of larsee01
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz foil-topped bottle poured into glass goblet

A--Aggressive pour produced a deep reddish-amber beer with creeping yet minimal head. Beautiful color! Moderately active carbonation rising from bottom.

S--Rather powerful yeasty banana bread and sweet fruity maltiness jumping out at you from a distance.

T--Aggressive and complicated first taste, with all the flavors hitting you seemingly at once. Sweet. Metallic. Grassy. Syrupy fruit booziness not unlike apricot brandy. Each following sip is better. Delicious!

M--Pleasant staying power, but relatively crisp! Not heavy for such a heavy-hitter.

D--For 10%, it is not a chore. But be careful about cracking a second bottle!!!

 683 characters

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).

 594 characters

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.

 367 characters

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.

 903 characters

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.

 980 characters

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.

 578 characters

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.

 409 characters

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.

 823 characters

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.

 717 characters

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.

 418 characters

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.

 363 characters

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!

 506 characters

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.

 769 characters

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.

 578 characters

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,889 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.