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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Ratings: 1,936 |  Reviews: 856
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

Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding offering from Avery. As usual Avery kills it. A very nice copper/Amber color. Smells of fruits like plums raisins and cherries. As the beer warms up to room temp, the flavors become more pronounced. The alcohol is well hidden. Not very boozy at all. Love the Belgian yeast strain , a touch of hops along with the sweet malts makes this a very well balanced beer.

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

Photo of BB1313
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Canned on 10/29/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours auburn with ruby red hues and has solid clarity; small light khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are on the sweeter side. Lots of cranberries. I feel like I'm picking up some apple juice aromas as well. Some dark fruits. Hints of caramel. Malts are there. The yeasts seem to go unnoticed. The flavors follow the nose for the most part. Cranberries and red apples are there. Hints of raisins and plum is in the mix. Caramel is there with some subtle hints of vanilla. Strong malt backbone. It's sweet, but nothing cloying or over the top. The sweetness is definitely balanced. The yeasts seem to be lost. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid brew, but it's not really the best example of the style. It's a little rough around the edges for the style. It's still enjoyable and fun to drink though.

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

Photo of Commandophile
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

L: Poured from a can into my Big Eddy snifter. It's a nice reddish brown with a small tan head that leaves some nicely laced glass,
S: Fruit.
T: Currants, cherries, dates and molasses.
F: Medium bodied, spot on carbonation. ABV well hidden.
O: My original score dropped noticeably from the start. It just seemed to get sweeter as it warmed, and this was a real sipper. A one and done purchase.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orangish tan, very little scent but just a little raisin. Tastes strong but no blast, special b is nicely applied. Feels thin and finishes dry. A decent beer

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Photo of Jacobus79
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. I’ve had this bottle for a few years, but I do not know exactly how long.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains candy sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of candy sugar, caramel and dark fruit come in. There’s a slight touch of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby body with a light tan, gray-ish head that leaves a ring and plenty of lace on the glass. Lazy ambient bubbles rise everywhere. Powerful aromas of baked bread, cherry, raisin, caramel malts, mild pepper, and stone greet the nose. The flavor shifts, putting the booziness and some rum-raisin notes before the bread crust and cherry, caramel malt, slight yeast, and earth notes. The body is slightly sticky, medium-full, with fine carbonation.
This was a comprehensive, cohesive offering of a Belgian quadruple. It offered the rich malty notes along with dark fruitiness and earthy yeast components. The body could have been heavier and richer, but apart from that minor note it was a beautiful vision of beers not of this earth (continent).

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is clear but a dark amber color. There is some carbonation and a very thin white head. The beer has a strong smell of alcohol, but underneath that I get the sweetness of dark fruits. The alcohol is not as strong in the flavor. Molasses and dark fruits. Overall a nice sweetness to it and no noticeable hops. Good carbonation and a slight stickiness to the beer.

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