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 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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Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 oz bomber, as shown in the image here. Pours a clear brass colored amber with a small light tan head that fades quickly to circled lacing. Nose is of dark fruity sweet malts and alcohol, but molasses dominates. Mouthfeel is creamy, good carbonation, and pleasant to the palate. The very small head that remains is here to stay. The Belgian candy sugar, advertised on the label, is certainly present in the taste, but is balanced by the Goldings hops quite well here. The high abv, surprisingly, is well disguised by the complex ingredients. Very impressive taste, though a bit heavy. This is a very likeable ale that is very Belgian in nature.

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

oz Bomber. Nice looking clear amber colored ale with a dense and creamy head that dies quickly yet leaves scattered lacing inside the glass. Has a very Belgian quality to its aroma, rich in fruit, sweet and malty with a definite presence of candy sugar and yeast. Has a lively effervescent mouthfeel and a medium body which is smooth. The alcohol gives a nice warming sensation yet is absent of it's flavor and only slightly noticable in the nose. The flavor here is quite nice with a good fruity maltiness that has a good spicy peppery flavor as well.This is an excellent example of a good Belgian style which I enjoyed very much.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.74/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear copper color with tints of red. Very small tight slightly pink head foams up. ONly a very mild aroma present, some malt but dominated by alcohol scents. SOme general spiciness present as well. First sip reveals weak carbonation and a rather thin mouthfeel.
There are hints of sugar sweetness with no hop presence whatsover. The dominant flavor is alcohol bitterness all the way through down to the warming in my belly. The alcohol flavors impart an almost medicinal quality to the brew. This is not yummy.

Overall the beer is mush less complex than I expected and is not very drinkable due to the overwhelming strength of alcohol flavor present.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy tawny copper color with a thin beige head. Even opening the bottle I smelled cognac-like alcohol. Picked up on a bit of nuttiness and biscuity aroma as well as a good dosage of floral and vinous esters. Alcoholic warmth begins the sip followed with some caramel malty flavors and finishes a touch fruity and dry. Again, esters showing through. Lovely brew. Works great as an apertif or to help you forget what area code you live in.

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Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a straight-forward red color, redder than any belgian I have seen before. It had a very thick, medium sized off-white head to it. The aroma was really sweet, fruity sweet. The taste was a little watery, could this really be a 10% abv beer? I didn't notice the alcohol until towards the end when the beer began warming up and when the beer went down I definitely got that belly warming sensation. As for actual taste, this beer was overly sweet and not complex enough, the yeast didn't really settle right either. But again, as it warmed it began to taste better...or maybe that was due to the fact that I was getting pretty buzzed! Anyways, at $2.99 for 1 pint 6 oz. of the stuff, I will be stocking up on it.

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

Clear amber colored beer, pours with a small white & tan head. Malt prevalent in aroma followed by the yeasty, fruity Belgian aromas. Taste is malty, alocohol is there but well-hidden. Medium body in the mouth, little bit light as compared to style for me. Little bit of spiciness but overall kind of mellow. Expected more complexity in malt and yeast mix. Solid but not great beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer, pours with a thin wispy head until it is swirled, the head is tannish. A malty aroma at first and then you get the yeast contributions, sharp estery, definitely Belgian. Fairly mellow beer, hides the 10% alcohol fairly well, though it is evident in the finish. Lightly sweet, it has a slightly herbal tea like finish, quite interesting. In the end it does not seem to work very well though, not to sure why. It is half way decent just not wonderful.

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Photo of Winter
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with red foil covering the cap and neck. Stylistic artwork of a Reverend standing in front of a stained glass window. Pours a clear reddish-amber with a light tan head. A lot of carbonation visible in the body. Aroma consists of yeast, fruit (mangos?) and the unmistakable presence of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Slight sweet candied front. Bland middle. It's hard to detect and hops or malt characteristics. Some spiciness. Finishes with hints of dark fruit, yeast and strong alcohol. Flavors do not seem complex enough, but the 10% alcohol will certainly lift your spirits.

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

Appearance: clear, ripe garnet hue, with a slight, but sure, head of off-white, nearly green foam atop.
Aroma: again, ripe is the right word, pungent, strong, intensely fruity, (grape, cherry, peach).
Taste: big flavor, bold fruitiness, immediate alcohol presence. Unfortunately, this all dies down rather quickly, and the rest of the brew lacks any real bite, the bright and dazzling initial promise has faded for sure. ABV feels heavy, palate is substantially weighed down, but that's merely temporary, for it thins out too fast. Fruit flavor is dominant, and the 10% becomes hotter as the glass empties.
This is one of my favorite styles of beer, and I'm glad that Avery took a valiant stab at producing their version, but it lacks a lot in the complexity department, something a beer of this type should never suffer from. Not perfect, but not too terrible, either...though it ended up; tasted more like whiskey than beer by the end of the bottle!

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 1,931 ratings