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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 PorterLambic
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich, orange/amber colored liquid topped with a small, off-white head. No lace left.
Smell is malt, oak, smoke, peat, raisins, cherry, green apple, wheat. Insanely well balanced in nose and taste.
Taste: see above and add whiskey note.
Smooth, rich, full-bodied, warming at end of swallow. Light effervescence. Almost a sipping beer, extraordinarily good beer, a must drink.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a quick white head that falls upon brilliant brass-colored liquid. Nose is sweet malt and even sweeter Belgian candi sugar. Taste is exquisite sweet candi sugar, upstaged by a hop upsurge...very nice! Finish is slightly dry with more of the candi sugar note returning along with alcohol. Great U.S. Belgian interpretation.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[Anyone who was at ABF, correct me if I'm wrong- but I believe this Revenrend was not the norm (maybe oak aged)? I don't have my guide anymore.]

Thou shalt hit the glass with a light brown colour, verily with hints of honey;

Thou shalt smell of citrus and honey, and on thy right hand shall sit a hint of clove;

Thou shalt taste mainly of malt and clove, and thou mightest contain a hint of citrus;

Thou shalt be just slightly syrupy, and with a slight hint of alcohol;

And thou shalt be very drinkable, and make the taster want more.

Be well

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must admit that I was surprised by the complexity and unusually flavor of this Avery offering.

Apperance: I love the deep garnet color, but was a little disappointed with the weak foam generation and minimal lacing. However the aroma was quite interesting with many fruit overtones.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Well this is what sold me on this microbrew. I love complex brews of this type. Smooth mouthfeel with many subtle flavors and an underlying sweetness that hides the alcohol content well. Makes me ponder the flavors present everytime I quaff one of these beauties.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and very warming as you get to the end of the "bomber" (22 oz) that this is usually sold in. I consider the Reverend a solid brew, priced very nicely in the Chicago area ($5 for 22 oz). A tasty treat for a cold winter night!

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Photo of itsromy
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a wonderful golden color with beautiful foam/head... Slight lacing on the glass. Smells like a typical belgian, but it tastes so much better than most. It gave me a pretty quick buzz, but I was lovin every minute of it. Looking forward to drinking more of this fine beverage.

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Photo of brentk56
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber body with a small head and some lacing

Smell: Picked up some dark sugar and caramel on the nose

Taste: A hundred and one desserts all packed together - cherries, molasses, candy sugar with just a touch of hops

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation

Drinkability: This is one outstanding Quadrupel. Perhaps it lacks a little in complexity but it makes up for that in approachability

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Photo of Radome
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a large wine glass.

A - 4.5 - Deep amber with a red/orange tint. Perfectly clear. The head is off white and thick initially, but fades to a ring around the glass and some wisps on the surface.

S - 4.5 - Very nice aroma that emphasizes malt. There are biscuit, dark fruit and wine-like smells . The yeast and hops notes are more muted. It smells more like a British barley wine than a Belgian style because the yeast is so clean-smelling.

T - 4.5 - Plum, molasses, dark fruits, raisins, brown sugar. All these are swirling around in the taste. Some Belgian yeast notes that add complexity. Alcohol and hops are not noticeable.

M - 4.0 -Body is medium to high, but the beer is drier than expected given the tastes. Alcohol is not noticeable.

D - 5.0 - Dangerously drinkable. You cannot sense the alcohol here. The tastes are incredibly complex and clean and crisp at the same time. Very well done!

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Photo of duckrabbitfan
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had the pleasure of enjoying this one on tap in asheville, nc at the thirsty monk some time ago.

lovely head, beautifully light brown color.

yeasty, malty smell reminiscent of bananas/candy and various spices. extremely enticing.

bready, date-y taste, with a spiciness that is to die for. hard to tell it's quite so alcoholic.

so easy to drink, and so delicious. the well-stocked bottle shop down the street has had this many a time, and I have bought bottles numerous times in addition to having it on tap. this has got to be one of the best of it's kind that is readily available.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish orange hue with a white head. Smells like a combination of yeast, spice, and candied sugars. Tastes great, the smells I smelled I also tasted. As the beer warmed more flavors emerged, and those present earlier became more intense. It may not be filtered, but I am not a purist. A very tasty brew, plus at 10% abv, it is very nice for a cold winter evening.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Reverend pours a crystal-clear orange-amber body beneath a two-fingered head of creamy yellow-white froth (on the bar it appears more reddish). The head holds exceptionally well and leaves some nice lace about the goblet.

The nose is phenolic and spicy over a candyish, caramel-accented malt.

It's creamy and smooth across the palate with a delicately zesty carbonation and medium-full body; followed by a touch of alcoholic warmth on the tongue once it's gone.

Candy sugar and dark fruits (plums, prunes, their bitter skins, figs, sweet red wine) appear upfront in the flavor, backed by a lightly caramelish maltiness, some leafy hops, bright phenolics, yeast spiciness, and a flick of alcohol. The underlying bitterness balances ably, but the spiciness and alcohol really help to dry it in the finish.

It's quite nice, but somehow lacks the roundness and fuller breadth of the Belgian examples. Still, it's very drinkable and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a big white head. Head falls but stays and leaves a very nice thin lace behind.

Smells like a barley wine. Full, rich and malty.

Taste is sweet malts upfront followed by a mess of flavor and a nice little alcohol hint. Tastes like a barley wine.

Full smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Swish it around in your mouth though and you get a nice foaminess.

Nice, I like it and will enjoy drinking on a regular basis.

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large capped bottle, poured into a goblet. Aged over one year.

Although this one lacks the massive head typical of the belgian ones, what is there looks nice.
Deep golden color, off white head, good retention and lacing.
The aroma and flavor are not spot on for a quadrupel, but very good nonetheless. I guess I would call it somewhere between a quadrupel and an english barleywine.
Caramel dominates both nose and palate, but citric and spiced notes contribute as wel. Some modest yeastiness, bread, orange, and a minimal heat that feels more like spices than alcohol.
Full and chewy on the mouth, this is another great Avery. There is no significant bitterness, but the generous sweetness never gets annoying or boring, even though I had only one glass.

In the beggining I had a few misses with Avery, but more recently, on account of mostly this one, Mephistopheles and Avery Fourteen, I found new respect for the brewery.
Would be very glad to have more of this.

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Photo of tooleypep
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have this beer on tap at my work. I drink about 8 oz. every day I work. (along with a few others) This is my favorite one on tap, withj its sweet full flavor. The coloring is a darker brown not much lace on the way down. I love belgians and it seems the darker ones are more for my taste buds. It has a fair smell as opposed to another Avery belgian we have on tap.

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Photo of mp33pm
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Avery never disappoints with their "beers", this beer had an amazing flavor and taste and leaves you wondering how it's 10% ABV.

The pour leaves you with a silky white 2 finger head with a dark amber color.

Taste like apricots and plums with a hint of something spicy.

Overall great beer.

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Photo of Innocentexile
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into pint glass

A-Ruby red and clear with some head and lacing

S-hoppy aroma with a hint of floral/grass. smells good

T/M-Light and smooth, with just the right combination of Fruity sweetness and hoppyness at the end. this is a very tasty ale. I wouldnt believe that its 10% from the taste

O-very enjoyable, and with the plentiful ABV, this one will surely provide some fun

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Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bomber into a pint glass. Looks like a glass of tea. Has a sweet smooth texture. ABV is well hidden. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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 jim102864
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The is one of the few domestic Belgians I've ventured upon and what an interesting experience it was last night. I have to admit, Avery's graphic artists are a wonder and in the case of this quad, I wanted to try it out not only because of the style, but the demonic looking reverend on the label disdainfully gazing at me drew me in.
This bomber pours with the thinnest of heads into my Leffe stemmed goblet. A bit suprising given the style. Coppery color, but very clear. No evidence of yeast. The aroma was heavy on the candy sugar. Swirl this stuff around and the alcohol wafts from the glass. Nice. The taste presents notes of vanilla and caramel with some citrusy esters in the background. Finish is slightly bitter and a suprising rush of cherries appears. What a fasinating combintation. Lots going on here on every level. The mouthfeel improves with warming and really shalacks the tongue with candy sugar and alcohol. Very tasty. This is a sipper intended to be enjoyed at home or at a bar where cabs are available or within walking distance to home since the 10% abv packs a mighty wallop that creeps up on you.
"Created by God. Feared by Satan. Loved by all." Indeed.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden brown with modest head. There is a lot of sediment floating in it. Hold this one up to the light. I'm shocked by how much sediment there is.

Smells like a standard quad. Very sweet. I detect bubblegum in the smell. I'm intrigued.

Taste is fantastic. Well-balanced and rich with Belgian malts. The alcohol is almost indetectible. I noted the same characteristic in the Avery 19th Anniversary. Something about these Avery beers, they really mask the alcohol well. I cannot believe this is a 10% abv beer.

Great beer, and a great value. Will definitely come back to it.

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Photo of khmel
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An American quad that truly tastes like it's from Belgium. Great nose with hints of cherries and pumpernickel. The Belgian yeast is present but balanced in the taste against the sweet fruitiness and hints of leather. A really great quad and by far the best American quad I've sampled.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a 20 ounce wine gobblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a darker golden amber. The head was light and fluffy biege colored. The head hung around for awhile and resolved itself into a thin biege ring of foam.

Smell: This beer has a nice sweet candied smell. There is a good amount of citrus mixed with coriander and other spicy goodness. Some alcohol notes make themselves present in the smell; however, the alcohol plays nice in the sandbox.

Taste: This beer leads with a little hoppy spicyness. The taste then gives way to a combination of citrusy juicyness coupled with candied sweetness. The beer ends on spicy hoppyness.

Mouthfeel: The reverend is a sinsister minister with a heart of candied goodness. This is a full bodied ale. The carbonation is minimal. The alcohol makes itself known as a warming feeling throughout the beer.

Drinkability: For me this has always been a very drinkable beer. The Reverend is full of first for me. This was the first American Craft beer I experienced. This was also the first BIG BEER I drank. Further more the Reverend will always remind me of my wife. She purchased the Reverend on an impulse buy.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice malty overtones with some hints of figs and toffee maybe? Get a nice scent from the yeast I can't quite describe.

Nice remnants on the palette, a bit of silky creaminess with low carbonation that really allows the weight of the brew to come through.

Reddish mahoghany in a goblet, poured to very little head which dissipated fairly quickly.

Scent doesn't lie, a nice malty overture with fruity overtones. Maybe some banana type esters, but mainly the residual sweetish malt is what I sense.

For a 10% abv beer, I'd love to see how much I could get through. Great mouthfeel and taste.

A really great beer. Nice lower carbonation to let the flavors come through. If you're not in Belgium to get what they have to offer, this is a great alternative.

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Photo of rarbring
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clear amber, has a warm off-white head, leaving good lacing and curtains.

The smell is sweet, cookies with apricot, almonds, eggs, sherry.

Starting sweet cookie dough, caramel, dried peaches and apples, eggnog, almonds, sherry.

Medium low carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and oily, a smooth texture, a small dryness.

A very well done and worthy beer. Enjoy slowly.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and Belgian sugary in smell. Also a strong smell of alcohol. Pours a golden amber with a large white head. No surprise that this is a quadruple. The dominant tastes are the sugars and alcohols of the smell. One thing about The Reverend is that it gets better as you drink the bomber size that it comes in. Possibly, as it warms up, you get more flavor, but I think that your taste buds get used to the "wham" that it first brings to the palate, and settle down to grasp on to the variety that it brings. It's tough, not, to wax poetic about Belgian beers. This one is extremely drinkable, until you fall to the floor from the high alcohol content.

Boy, I'm getting wordy in my advancing age.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22 oz. bomber with some good friends. Poured into a tall, rounded white wine glass. A wonderful copper-red with a bubbly white head that leaves a heavy ring of lace around the glass. Smells and flavors of sweet syrup, candy, burnt sugar, yeast, bananas, and some liqueur like brandy. Tart, even fermented apples. Hides the alcohol well. Very strong and sweet character - a bit overpowering, but still really good to drink. Small, sharp fizz on the middle of the tongue. A very pleasant Quad. Fine example of the style. Watch out for the 10% ABV, but otherwise enjoy!

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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