The Reverend | Avery Brewing Company

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The ReverendThe Reverend

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian 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 SheepNutz
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with one finger of head. The smell is full of sweet caramel malt and some plum and white grape. A little bit of alcohol too. The taste is also sweet and fruity. Plums, dates, and grapes with some sugary sweetness. Unfortunately, a big alcohol burn on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. The drinkability lacks some due to the 10% abv. Not too bad.

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Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The body is a beautiful ruby-brown, but there is absolutely no head. It didn’t matter how hard I poured, I couldn’t get anything to form., but it wasn’t flat. It wasn’t heavily carbonated, but there was enough to make it feel right on the tongue. Juicy fruit, biscuits, caramel, lemon, tea and butter all swirl in a very sweet and slightly thick beer. The complexity is pleasant, but the sweetness verges on being cloying. A nice alcoholic bite helps cut the sweetness a tad.

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Photo of shapudding
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap over at the Drafting Room in Springhouse, yay! Great brandy color with good amount of carbination and light on the head. Yummy scent of sherry and dark fruit. Lacing in the glass. Great barleywine style here. This is just so freaking good!! Tastes of dark cherries, sherry, and you can taste the alcohol in it- which I do love. The taste changes so much from when you first taste it when it is chilled, to when you let it warm a bit, to the point where it comes to room temperature... well, if you can wait that long! There were some huge chunks of scrod inside the glass from it, but hey, that is the risk we all gotta take here and there! Was not allowed to take any of this away in one of their growlers, rules against it said this was the only one on tap that was a no-go at the time. Big Sigh. But if it was allowed, I think me and drinking buddy would have drained the keg. Next trip back, the handle was gone. This is one I could definately have more than a few of in a sitting, not too heavy/thick, not too sweet, just so good.... yummmm....

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

Praise the lord!!! We call AVERY'S Quad the Reverend because it's a blessing to be on tap at the Drafting Room in Springhouse, PA. An incredibly delectible looking, dessert-like brew offering in a cognac snifter, quite generously filled to the cohesion tension brim, might I add.

Miraculous russet brown clear, carbonationless pour, topped off with halo lace.

Heavenly scents of cooked apples, and present pears. Afterscents stear towards maple syrup and cardoman spice with awl-kee-hawl scents becoming pronounced in the warmed nose.

First flavors to enter St. Peter's gate were highly evaporative awl-kee-hawl esters, even chilled from the tap first start. Then, a mature welcoming sweetness finished off the tounge.

A bitter thin feel slicks to the sides of me tongue, but in a way that is oh so good. Sorry, but these could be whacked back all nightlong.

Last swigs: Are there better Quads out there? Sure. Is this a solid contender in the stadium of Belg heavies? Have a Reverend and you'll be praying for asecond serving too. Full house of fours. This would be a nice second try away from bar smoke. Maybe nest time.

Beer is good. Happy (CO) beering.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am so glad that I found some Avery. This is a very good beer. It pours an unfiltered golden color with a nice white head and good long-lasting lacing. There is a heavy aroma of malt and fruit and a little spiciness. This has a good Belgian style beer with sweet malty taste but with some unexpected spiciness. This is very smooth in the mouth and not thin at all, but is a little sweet so that it didn't lead to another. Altogether though, a very good beer.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy maple arange that gives way to yellow hues when held to the light. Good lace on the glass.

A nice malty aroma permeates the nose that is joined by a whiff of fruit and spice. A very aromatic and pleasing beer on the nose.

This beer is exceptionally smooth and mellow with a rich malty sweetness. This is not like any Belgian style beer I have tried before. The malty richness reminds me of an old ale but the fruit and spices impart qualities of the Belgian style beers I am used to.

This is a rich full bodied beer that has a sharp dry finish. A nice thick beer that can be sipped by the fire on a cold evening. However, I had this on a warm afternoon and was equally pleased with the experience.

I enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying it again. It is unlike any Belgian style beer I have ever tried and I was very happy with the result.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near clear red brew.

Smell is very sweet with a raisins and spice scent.

Taste is sweet malt and walnuts and almonds, a very nutty brew, similar to a really good sherry wine. Alcohol content is very well hidden in this brew. A bit of grain bran flavor is present.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty and light brew for its strength. A competent attempt to create the Belgian brew in the USA.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. An interesting take on the style. Ruby colored body with little carbonation or anything really resembling a lasting head. Very sweet aroma of candy sugar, caramel, and a subtle dose of hops. Alcohol is present in the flavor and you can feel it more as it warms. Not nearly as complex as some quads I've enjoyed, and much sweeter to boot. The sugars really outshine anything else in this beer, though there is some noticeable fruity and sweet malts in there as well. A good brew, but nothing to go crazy searching for.

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

On tap at the BT NYC. Almond in color and clear. Tiny bubble head, nice lace left behing. Full bodied, Malty sweatness, alcohol noted and warming. Spicy Belgian yeast present. Another very big and bold, complex Belgian style brew. Alot of flavor and character packed into this offering. Not for the faint of heart, will be loved by some including me

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Photo of silenius
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a lovely ruddish orange-red with some head to start, but later diminishing to a ring around the glass.

The smell is nice with a definite sweetness and some alcohol showing.

The taste is a bit too sweet for me. Like a mead that is too sweet. Honey and sugar with just a touch of some hop bitterness to barely balance it.

The mouthfeel is pretty unremarkable.

Too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny copper with a slim beige head. Active carbonation with streams of tiny, tiny bubbles. Aggressive pour gives a lot of lacing all the way down. Sweet malt aroma, candied fruit, mild hops. Chocolate milk?

Sweet, complex taste. Rich, candied fruits like prunes or currants. Very deep malts, complex flavors. Malty butterscotch, strong caramel, mild bourbon flavors. Alcohol is well-masked but not overpowering, warms the belly. (More alcohol tastes present in the second pour.)

Update, 2005: Just finished off a year-old bottle. Only gets better with age.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, smooth, clean and frighteningly easy to drink. Milder than other quads but strong and respectable for an American offering.

Gotta give props where deserved: Avery has been doing an impressive job with several of their offerings like The Beast, White Rascal and The Reverend. This is a brewer to watch.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a gorgeous ruby red - just really attractive. I smell a bit of alcohol, a little fruit, a touch of caramel, & a lot of sugary sweetness. Wow, the mouthfeel is intense, overly sweet oranges that border on overwhelming. Truly having a tough time getting past the candy & sugar to enjoy any other qualities the beer may have. Aftertaste is more of the same. Really like the brewery, but this beer is not for me.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Maproom in Chicago.

Beer is dark bright amber with a soft and low head that pops on the 'stache.

Aroma is softly caramel with just a touch of cornbread.

Flavor goes from a soft caramel and with a sudden sharp swerve to the fruited (apple and grape) flavors of a cadbury raisin chocolate bar.

Beer quickly swings back to a brown nut and caramel dance before the next sip.

Finish is long and just a touch sweet with a light spice to hold the tongue for the next go.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold/amber color... minimal head that doesn't hang out too long... smells well, like a darn good belgian beer. Taste.. I think the brewers let the yeast and alcohol do most of the speaking here... there is very little hop bite, which I like. All around, a very solid, dangerously drinkable beer.

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

Deep shiny copper, with garnet tinges around the edges. Nice fluffy tan head. Bubbely and full. Filled my Corsendonk glass very nicely.
Smells of sugary sweet vapors, cherries, plums, and other sweetness. Hints of alcohol stun the senses too. Fresh snap of big hop bitterness, but that quickly fades. Taste is loaded with flavors, plums and cherries again. Belgian candi sugars yeild lots of high alcohol heat, but still very smooth and mellow. Medium bodied, but alcohol thins things out toward the finish. Syrupy sweet finish but sticky to the tongue. A bit thin at the bottom, but all the flavors together. An eye raising experience. Cheers to the Belgianbum for this big beer.

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

Poured a deep amber color with only a thin quarter inch of head. Fruity, candy-like phenolic aromas. At first I thought that this was an all malt Belgian style quad due to its thick mouthfeel for the style, but as it warmed it seemed to get a little thinner. A good thing for this style otherwise it would just be a barley wine. Nice cherry, bubble gum, cotton candy type flavors flooded the mouth on each sip leaving barely any room for alcohol flavors. I could drink this all night long - well, at least until I fell over. A great American made Belgian style quad.

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

Rich and malt-laden with hints of toffee and some honeyed biscuits, this is a magnificent intepretation of the Belgian quadruple. Yeasty, sweet, nobly hopped, with hints of alcohol coming through on the tail end. The Reverend is robust and typically Belgian, with a distinctive Avery bittering and finish. This puts some trappists to shame.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of nomad
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glowing yet translucent, in a goblet this beer is a highly ruddy copper, with a thin white sheen of a head and some lace. Smell is very sweet, with notes of candi sugar and sticky caramel lacking depth, variety, or nuance. Taste starts very sweet of simple sugar and caramel, gradually sliding to Styrian hops adding vegetal, drying, and creamy touches. Not much depth or subtlety beyond these flavors. Has a thin mouthfeel but with that dextrose/candi sugar bypdocut of perceived full-ishness.

Tasted in the same week as a Westveleteren and an Allagash, in comparison this is a very poor attempt at a Belgian.

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

22 oz bomber.

I brought this back from a ski trip over winter break, and since I didn't really have any other plans for the evening, I decided to crack it open and share it with the roommate. Later, I was very glad I didn't try to take it down by myself.

The Reverend poured a tawny amber-orange color, and resisted every one of my attempts to build any kind of head atop it. All it took was a single whiff to recognize the Belgian heritage - that beautiful, round yeast and fruit aroma was prominent. The taste was very smooth and wet on the palate, with a strong (but enjoyable) alcohol warmness taking over and lingering long after the original sugar plum sweetness fades.

This is a really good sipping beer--but I don't know that I could ever handle more than half a bomber at a time.

As an aside, this helped me break in my brand new New Belgium tulip glass and Chimay glass in style.

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

I don't know that I would call this a beer true to the style, but it was quite good. They proudly advertise on the label the Belgian sugar aspect of the beer, and there is no question but that a malty sweetness is the achieved objective. Some orchard fruit flavors, more malty than yeast products. Adequate hops bittering to add balance, and perhaps more than one would expect to find in the style. The big alcohol punch is well hidden among the malt, and launches a stealth attack.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful belgian from Avery. Prettiest looking Belgian I've ever seen, you need to see it to believe it - crystal clear and ruby red-orange. Taste is wonderful, though a little heavy on the alcohol (it's a quad!).

You should definitely try this fantastic brew!

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

Deep amber with a thick, though compact bone-white head. Hints of lace are indeed left behind.

Nose of ripe apricot and raisins with hints of sugary sweet malt and alcohol.

Well-integrated alcohol notes linger throughout this beer, though the focal points are the raisin and apricot fruit aspects. The malt flavor comes in a boisterous manner, while the candy sugar notes become pronounced mid-palate and linger on the rather alcoholic finish. Sweetness dominates throughout.

Full-bodied with an appropriately carbonated, elegant mouthfeel.

Drinks quite well for a beer of its weight, though the alcoholic notes may be a bit too omnipresent to give it higher scores. While it shares some characteristics with the classics, it's obviously not a true Belgian quad in the way Westvleteren, Rochefort and even St-Bernardus are. A nice beer on its own accord, however, and a very nice nightcap among friends.

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Photo of hyuga
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head on this reddish-brown brew, and what little it has dies down to patches and an off-white ring of lace soon after the pour. Still not a bad looking beer. Aroma of dried apricots and rum-soaked raisins with a good caramel sweetness. They say candy sugar is at the heart of this brew, but it seems to me that it only appears in hints and suggestions while alcoholic cherry syrup and caramel take over. A little too much alcohol presence, even though it is a 10% brew, it could be hidden better. However, the alcohol does calm down a bit in the flavor as it warms. Very smooth mouthfeel, nice. Slight grainy malt presence after warming more, which is pleasant. The candy sugar does show up just a bit more after warming as well, but it's still an undertone. Not a bad brew, I don't think I'd rush out to have it again though.

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Photo of Edwin
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Served in a 22oz bomber bottle with one of the coolest label designs I have ever seen. That alone is worth it. Pours out a lovely Florida State-like red with copper/orange undertones. White head on top that dissipates before too long.

Smell - Strong smell of fruits and alcohol. Almost smells like a red wine.

Taste - A good, rich taste at first that gives way to an alcohol-fueled punch when the temperature drops. I would say that this does have a great flavor, but you have to be able to handle the alcohol burn on the end.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation at first, which soon gives way to a wine-like smooth feel. A bit tart and it gets the mouth watering.

Drinkability - One and done on this. A good beer to sample on a cold day due to the warmth of the alcohol, but not something you can drink a few of.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a St. Bernardus chalice. The color is amber, with a wisp of white head. The smell is strong appleish malt. The taste is a nice apple/raisin malt, with a strong initial alcohol that goes away a bit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy. Drinkability-wise, the sweetness would probably prevent me from having more than a couple.

A nice Belgian-style quad. Certainly isn't ashamed of its alcohol, and on special occasions would be a real treat. Just a bit too big for regular consumption, though.

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