The Reverend | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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
Ratings:
1,880
Reviews:
836
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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Gots:
275
For Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a clear medium reddish brown with a small (less than 1 finger) khaki colored head, which reduced to a large puddle and collar and possessed awesome sheets of lacing that totally engulfed the entire glass.

The aroma was of toasted Belgian malts, light floral hops and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of candi sugar, molasses, coriander and dark fruit (black cherry, currant and raisons).

The taste was moderately sweet and extremely malty with hints of molasses and candi sugar early on, progressing with a mild yeast presence, a somewhat bold fruitiness and a light spicy ending. The flavor stayed with you for a decently long while following the swallow, with a fruity spiciness left to linger on for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was somewhere in between light and medium in body with a thin creamy texture and a nice lively carbonation.

Overall this was a really good tasting beer, which had a good bold fruitiness along with a nice malty sweetness and a touch of spice, making it very enjoyable and easy to drink. Definitely a fine well rounded brew...

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4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the deepest burnt sienna coloring. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of creamy, chunky beige bubbles, showing excellent retention. This leaves fat patches and rings of lacing down the glass. There is a thick chill haze to the clarity, and waves of microsediment bob about. Carbonation appears to be light. The nose is hugely bready, with charred cornbread, faint molasses, sweet caramels, warmed toffee, and lactic milk chocolates. Mixing in with warmth is fusel booze, metallic yeastiness, spicy clove, almond nuttiness, raw vanilla bean, and massive banana esters. Our first impression is that the flavoring is just as sweet as expected, but also showed nice diacetyls that were absent through the aroma. As we sip, liquefied banana, bready esters, sopping wet wheatiness, raw booziness, cooked caramel, and sweaty saltiness start things off. Bittered yeast, mineral, and black pepper push to the peak, with added sweetness of brown sugar, creamy walnut, and pear skin. The finish comes with further sting of booze, those huge smoothing banana esters, faint echoes of cinnamon, vanilla ice cream, wheat, and burly phenolic clove. The aftertaste breathes of metallics, wheat, white flour, lemon juice, rock salt, clean caramel, banana esters, and mossy earthiness. The body is full and chewy, and the carbonation is medium, but with good prickle. Each sip has supreme slurp, cream, and froth, with nice finishing smack and pop. The mouth is thickly coated and cooled, with eventual, slow dryness creeping down the palate towards the gullet. The abv is big, but well hidden, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the massive inclusion of sweet, bready, banana esters. These dominated the aroma, likely to hide the booze, but did mix well with the otherwise hearty malt base, phenols, vanillas, and spice. The flavor followed in the same vein, but let through a bit more of that aromatic bitterness than sweetness. While this guy certainly preaches on the sweet side, he remains reasonable and always palpable for such a robust style.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

A. It has a nice amber color with some cloudiness. A minimal head formed and lingered and left some lacing on the glass.

S. It smells like sweet tropical fruit and malt. It finishes with the some alcohol and the hint of a spice..

T. The taste is sweet caramel malt and that transitions into some light spice and warmth. It reminds me of less complex Goose Island Matilda.

M. It has a medium body with a little carbonation.

O. Its worth a try and if I ever go to Boulder Colorado I would try it again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a bad brew. Nice color in a rich amber plus a tall head sits on top. Plenty of lacing too.
The smell is malts and candied sugar/ The taste is along the lines of an Abbey to me with some malty sweetness and candied sugar and warming alcohol in the finish.
Drinks smooth. I like, it tastes good.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Body is a deep bronze and burnt orange. An immense heads rests atop and doesn't leave quickly.

Smells of caramel malt and alcohol. This reminds me much more of a barleywine, being devoid of any complex notes.

Flavor is malty and alcoholic. Although tasty, this isn't too representative of a quad.

Mouthfeel is thick without being chewy. An oily, syrupy body carries the malts without lingering unpleasantly.

Even though this seems to deviate from the traditional quad, it's tasty and enjoyable.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Flying Saucer; split with jtd1969

A - amber with a thin, off white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - caramel, toffee, apple, pear, alcohol

T - caramel, baked apples, some sugar, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied but thin at times, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. The alcohol is noticeable, but that's fine for the style. The flavor and body are not nearly as full as I would have liked. There are some nice esters that come through that are pleasant but the big, maltiness that I would expect from a quad is missing. The thinness of the body also allows the booze to come through more than I would probably prefer. Overall, this is a nice beer, but certainly not a Quad I would return to.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,880 ratings.
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