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 jkblr
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 10/8/16 poured into a Chimay goblet at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright with some chill haze. Color is light brown with red highlights and the head is very light brown. The head recedes to a thin ring and island which is only due to the nucleated glass. Aroma is dark sugar and a little booze first with some subtle dark fruit. The taste is semisweet raisins, brown sugar, and fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sharply carbonated, and dry in the finish. Overall, good but not great. This sat on a self for a year before I purchased but that shouldn't be an issue for a quad. It really lacks complexity of taste and feel above all. Boulevard (The 6th glass) will remain my bargain quad four pack leader.

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Photo of Lucular
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10/8/17 can

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Photo of JayQue
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly good U.S. cut on a Quad. Pours a clear reddish/dark amber color with a very small bubbly white head. The head fades fast and there is no lacing. Aroma is dark fruit figs, raisins and cherries with a strong sweet malty presence and a little candi sugar. Not quite as rich, complex and yeasty as some Belgian Quads, but still appealing. Flavor is also fairly good but not all that complex. It is malty and sweet, with very little alcohol bite. However it is a bit lacking in richness. yeast and spiciness. Mouthfeel is smooth with only a mild alcohol presence and not a "burn". Tasty and sweet, but once again lacking in spiciness and complexity. I enjoyed this beer, maybe not a world-class Quad, but a good cold weather brew.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. canned on 10/8/16, so closing in on a year old.

orange/brown murky body, yet clear when held up to the light. thick creamy off white head which persists in some form throughout. decent enough lacing.

aroma is sweet, strongly of molasses, with dried fruit and plums.

taste follows the nose, molasses, dried fruit, sweet candy, and a little burn from the spice.

below medium on the mouth, molasses on the finish.

overall, fairly enjoyable sipper. would have liked the mouth to be a little fuller. abv is quite well hidden, so beware.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePold
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, recent package. Pours with a low head that forms from late-arriving carbonation. Nose is malty, with cherries. Taste is thick and the cherries and currants are prominent. Smooth. A great quadrupel that is worth the price.

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Photo of JohnDee
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber in color with an off-white head. Smells of caramel with hints of stone fruit and spice. Complex flavor consisting of caramel, ripe stone fruit, oak, spice, etc.—a bit over the top but enjoyable. Mildly sweet, fairly prominent alcohol. Medium bodied.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy rainwater color with a scummy head of 1/2 finger.

Sticky aromas of fig, bourbon, spoiled grape, brown squished cherries, and wheat bread crusts.

Flavor is much the same, adding a touch of bourbon burn and some vanilla. Some rough woody notes and more spoiled cherry.

Feel is hot and carbonated, with a slightly starchy finish.

Overall, I remember this being better the last time I had it. Perhaps this can has suffered from infection, or I sat on it a little bit too long. I still may try to pick it up again later this year.

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Photo of dfconnor
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my thing. Struggled to drink the whole can. Felt sick the next day.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just WOW! Beer pours a beautiful auburn color with no head. The smell is caramel, raisin and alcohol. The taste is great with a raisin flavor and caramel notes. A very smooth beer with a ton of flavor. Overall one of the best.

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

Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A short-lived ecru head forms a foamy texture over this hazy dark copper beer. Spotty lace and tiny carbonation bubbles form within a Chimay chalice while yeast dust drifts within.

The aroma opens prominently with figs and raisins that are followed by plums and sweet red wine. Rhubarb pie and alcohol fumes round out the sensation.

The flavor follows the aroma, though quite sweet and rich. Honey forms in the back of the throat while mince flavors and brown sugar lead to a mild drawn out finish. Pumpernickel bread becomes prominent with warmth.

The body is medium to full with a texture similar to soft jersey cotton. Carbonation is fine and ample while alcohol is controlled yet present.

This Quad pairs well with reading on a cool, sunny, early December afternoon.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rootscipio
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcrawford
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fryeguy52
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LukeB
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of c014572
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber/red, head fades quickly. Smells of bread, dark fruits and alcohol. Taste is similar to the smell, very rich and drinkable. Fairly high on the residual sugar, but enough hops to balance but not be overpowering. If you like quads, try this. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moodyxc9
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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