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The Reverend | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
813
Ratings:
1,815
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
17.71%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
250
For Trade:
1
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Photo of homebrew311
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at 11,000 feet at winter park. Pours a murky red with a thin layer of head which leaves nice lacing. Nose features plenty belgo esters including bananas, clove, and dark fruit. Grainy notes towards the end. Taste is moderately sweet with red grapes and banana. Sweetness gives way to some malty notes at the end. Booze is well hidden, no burn. Nice quad.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on draft

medium brown in color clear, not much head. rich malty aroma and taste. a bit boozy. some dark fruit flavor in there too. medium body.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, but not as dark as the other quads that I have had such as Rochefort or St. Bernardus. Not much bubbling.

Smell: Phenol smell, orange peels, really fruity smell

Taste: Fruity, some taste of dark fruit, but mostly light fruit. Somehow tastes more like a Belgian strong pale ale than a dark ale, as I could not detect the sweetness of chocolate and molasses. However, it is interesting in its own right. Strong alcohol taste at the end, which is nice for a day of below freezing temperature. After taste is great.

A quite good quad, for what it is.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a rich and unfiltered dark mahogany honey gold. Forms a half finger of quickly dissipating, slightly off wheat head. Little lacing left on glass.
S - Sweet alcoholic black cooked cherries, figs and plums, hops and notes of warm alcohol. T - Incredible. Sweet alcoholic black cherries, slightly bitter grape wine notes. Malts, slight tinge of warm caramel and a nice bubbly smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly, no trace alcohol in the taste.
O - A damned fine and outstanding Belgian quad. One of the top three I've ever had to date and a must try for Belgian beer fans!
V - Purchased in a 22oz. bomber, medium/high value.

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has a dried fruit, spicy, sugary nose with a hint of alcohol. The beer pours brilliant copper to ruby tinted amber under a 1” finely, moussey bubbled foam collar. The Reverend has a rich, creamy palate like a fruit cake soaked in alcohol with treacle lightly drizzled on top, filled with figs, dates, some other dried fruit and maybe a couple of nuts. The body is medium to a little above which is much less than all the flavor would lead you to expect. The carbonation is above average but it is natural and very fine and soft. There is some alcohol warming but it is hard to believe that this is 10.0% abv when drinking it.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Tap House Grill, arrived in a shaker pint (sigh).

A: A deep reddish brown, slightly cloudy. Arrived in the glass with a thin head, which dissipated rather quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: I was, alas, at a bar with a kitchen, which generally precludes my olfactory senses from making much sense. What I was able to detect was some sweetness, yeast, and cherry fruit.

T: Yep, that's definitely more than a hint of cherry fruitiness, and not much of any other type of fruit. The underlying malt is caramel, with candi sweetness. I did not detect much spiciness, nor much layered complexity.

M: Rather thin for a quad.

O: I had fond memories of this beer from occasions several years ago. It would appear that since that time, I have encountered Abt 12, Rochefort 10, and Trois Pistoles enough that this beer has lost some of that initial "what sorcery is this quadrupel you speak of?" luster. It's not bad, but it's not anything I would seek out.

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

I was wondering if I should let this settle and age for a while, but I was really curious, so I popped it, and as Scotty P says in We're the Millers, "No ragrets." I love all the lettas.

It looks the part. Not very cloudy, but very pretty. The aroma is sufficiently rich and fruity - loads of yeasty goodness, but inoffensive. Ditto for the taste. It is big but extremely well behaved, like it sat in my basement chillin for a couple years. Similarly the aftertaste is very mild for the style. This could be considered a weakness, but it is very drinkable.

Overall I like this a lot. This could be a go-to Belgian. In Ohio, it's about $7 for a bomber - a very good value, yenamsain?

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless wine glass.

Creamy, thick, foamy , frothy oatmeal-colored head. Streaks of lace. Brown and amber body with excellent clarity. 5

Creamy caramel and dark fruits with underlying floral sweetness. Yeasty and peppery too. 4

Peppery, sweet and floral. Caramel malt sweetness. Plum and fig join the malts for creamy sweetness. 4

The body is on the lighter side of medium and there's no hint of alcohol heat. Light yeast feel up front, creamy otherwise, with a dry finish. 4

Pretty nice. Mellower than I would expect and there could be a little bit more to the flavors, but still nice. 4

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance: Black with a thin brown head.

Smell: Faint yeast and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel taste with Belgian yeast up front. Melts into a nice complex roasted malt flavor. Ends with faint sourness and moderate alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and thickness.

Overall: Good quad. Complex but nothing too out-there.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Look: Deep amber with a minimal vanilla head that barely lines the glass. Lots of legs.

Smell: Dark candied cherries, toffee, brown sugar, currants, dark grapes, plums, dates, and white grapes. Smells sticky and sweet.

Taste: Brown sugar covered raisins hit the tongue, followed by dark cherries, big date notes, toffee, currants, very mild cinnamon, molasses, and every couple of sips I get a big moscato/white grape note that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: At first it's sticky and then but the bodies up really fast to a thick body that completely covers the mouth. Goes down sticky with a hint of booze on the finish that warms the back of the throat. Finish is sticky and dry that let's the date notes linger on the tongue.

Overall: This definitely covers more of the toffee/Belgian sugar side of the style then the raisin/dark fruit of most quads. It's kind of like a quad style barleywine. It's good but nothing mind blowing

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Photo of higherbrow
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

I was given a 750 ML bottle of The Reverend for my birthday by a good friend, and sadly wasted the bottle by drinking it after I had already had enough scotch to dull my senses. Deciding to give it a fair trial, I picked up a second for a fairly budget price ($6.50), and decided to give it a shot. The aroma was a little bland, but it was a very attractive brew once I poured it. The aroma concealed complex and rich flavors, with the sweet fruit notes complemented well by just a touch of bitterness. Each of the first few sips gave me new subtleties to explore, and I found myself favorably comparing it to Three Philosophers and Gulden Draak 9000, two other favorites of mine. I will be purchasing a great deal of The Reverend in the future, as it deeply impressed.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet malt, yeast and Belgian candi sugar emanates from the glass bringing notes of dark fruit, caramel and light booze.

T- More dark fruit plus some vanilla. The alcohol is quite apparent but meshes well with the overall profile. Mildly toasty malt and even milder bitterness. Certainly a slow sipper.

M- A bit syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I remember liking this more when I first had it years ago. Now I find it to be decent but having a bit too much alcohol presence. All the right flavors are there but there's just too much heat. Maybe some aging would help.

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Photo of techdiver
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Malty nose, molasses and dried fruit on palate. Raisins and cherries most evident. Minimal head and lacing. Seems smoother as it warms, but ABV shows its presence.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber shared with friends. My serving was in an Innis and Gunn stemmed glass (not quite a tulip, but not a straight walled goblet either). No date on the bottle.

Appearance Clear/bright dark amber. Thin ring of white foam. Some small islands of lacing.

Smell: Toffee, dark fruits, and a hint of phenol. A very deep and rich aroma.

Taste: Toffee, Candi sugar, caramel, cherry, phenol, with a mild bitter finish that complements the other flavors. Very rich.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but sticky on the teeth. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: The Reverend has given me his sermon and I'm a converted believer. This is a very good beer. Deep flavor and aroma profiles, good looking, and even the mouthfeel works with everything else going on. I'd hesitate to put it in any more of a religious connotation, but I effective went to a service, listened to the sermon, took communion, and left uplifted. This is one damn good beer. The alcohol does make itself a little bit known, but not enough that I found it hot. I had such a good experience I know it's dangerous enough for me to reach for another one and be in real trouble and in for a proper preaching against sin after the 2nd bottle. Great beer and I'll be picking this up again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a short head on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is rich and fruity: orange, mango, pineapple and spices. Really good.
The taste is quite sweet beginning to end, but it has a decent balance going on. The finish is long and sweet.
The texture is a bit sticky with lower carbonation.
It's a nice sipping brew.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter at cellar temperature.

An off-white, one-finger head of froth fizzles away to a ring encircling some lingering splotches above a beautiful deep blood-ruby body. Oh, and there's some lacing left behind, too. Quite pleasing to behold.

The aroma has a big dose of dark fruits, like raisins, cherries, and dates. Festive spices like ginger, nutmeg, and cloves also abound. Smells very Belgian.

It tastes sweet, spicy, and bready. Much like fruitcake. First it's like tart dark fruit, then sweeter like cherries, and ultimately drying into that wonderful Belgian breadiness in the finish. Regarding the spiciness, I think I taste cinnamon specifically! VERY nice. This is how an awesome quad should taste, I think.

The feel is effervescent, but still sufficiently substantial to support the rich flavors.

I'm very impressed with this beer. But also vexed and perplexed. This is a STELLAR American-brewed, Belgian-style ale. And yet it seems to be so over-looked... Could it be because it isn't from Belgium? Or because it's so commonly available? In any case, I now revere The Reverend. And I'm not even religious.

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Photo of jbradburn
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well done beer...
Aroma: slightly sweet and hoppy, and alcoholic
Appearance: Copper to amber, good head with legs
Body: light and crisp
Mouthfeel: spicy and alcoholic, with a long finish
Overall: very enjoyable; at the high ABV, definitely not a session beer

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Photo of J_Dub
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange. Beige head is fairly thick.

Smell is complex. Dark fruits. Brown Sugar. Malt, yeast and spicy smells at the end.

The taste is similar to the smell. Dark fruits, malt. Some oak flavors as well. Very sweet though.

Not enough carbonation. Too flat and syrupy for my tastes.

Great quad that is only hurt by its excessive sweetness.

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Photo of Mike-Harms
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Felt like a rather mild quad when I started at fridge temp, but as the time went on and the beer approached room temp, it started really growing on me and becoming so much more complex and tasty...at the end I was completely enchanted with this quad. So yummy.

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Photo of SpenCycle
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, dark brown color. Half finger head that sticks around. Hops, lots of malt, and alcohol on the nose. Amazing smooth, malty taste. Malt and alcohol overpowers the bitterness, but not in a way that it is unbalanced. I'm a huge IPA fan, but this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Aftertaste leaves a strong alcohol burn for a beer. Hops can really only be tasted when burping. Excellent beer, would definitely recommend to anyone.

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Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a copper color with golden edges. There was a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose was surprisingly weak. The flavor profile includes the classic funky Belgian yeast flavor. The finish includes a slightly intrusive alcohol burn.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served out of a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass

A: Hazy orange/brown body with a 2 finger head of off-white head that dies down. Good retention and lacing

S: Lots of bread, some dark fruits, and banana

T: Bananas, clove, bread, and a tinge of light fruit. Fair amount of alcohol present

M: A little thin for what I think of as a quad, but overall good.

O: Good American example of a quad. Not nearly the best quad, but worth a try

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a slightly hazy ruby-brown with three inches of tiny-bubbled off-white head that quickly settles to one. Decent retention; some lacing.

S:
Dark fruit, leather, dark crusty bread, gingerbread, some yeasty esters.

T:
Rich and sweet with a malty, yeast-laden backbone. Dark fruits, molasses and crusty bread predominate with oak in the middle and some hidden raisiny alcohol at the finish.

M:
Medium- to full-bodied with subtle carbonation and a coating, creamy mouthfeel. Feels just like it should.

O:
Pretty solid Quad.
This is a tasty beer that has some very nice characteristics. On the scale of similar beers it is likely not the best, but it is true to the style and more approachable than some other Quads. Looks okay, smells and tastes okay, and has nearly exactly the palate that it should. While it may not be the best take on the style there is, it is a passable and drinkable beer.
May have again; good beer to use as a bridge into some of the bigger Belgians.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red with a bit of brown and translucent with a tan, almost gray ring of head.

S: Syrupy fruit, cherries, banana in the nose.

T: Malt, citrus peel, banana, cherry, pine and other floral notes.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: A bit boring, and certainly not the best quad, but worth a try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle picked up at Homebrew Stuff in Garden City a couple weeks ago... Finally getting around to drinking it tonight.... Pours a hazy amber with a short lasting white head.. No real lacing and a flimsy cap.

Nose shows caramel and bready maltiness ... light clove and perhaps some cherry if I concentrate, but overall there is a dusty sweet wet paper.... This has to be a very poorly handled bottle.

Caramel and red grape dominate the palate but the same malty cardboard is again the big player.

Body and carbonation are about right.

Too bad, I remember liking this beer.

I have been burned at Homebrew Stuff a lot lately... Buy at your own risk. I suggest buying only stuff you KNOW is fresh.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.
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