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The ReverendThe Reverend

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

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I wasn't that impressed with this beer. Sweet and a little spicy aroma. The taste is very sweet and rich, and then fades to a slight bitterness. The alcohol sometimes is noticeable and sometimes is not. Not a bad brew by any means, not exciting either. Try it if you'revery curious.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle
10% ABV
I tried this beer on January 6, 2010 at 'The Beerbistro' in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is my first beer of 2010. The beer poured a semi-translucent orange brown with a thin tan coloured head...very light for a Quad. The aroma was very weak, but did have some malt and yeast. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and mildly carbonated. The flavour was sweet malt, sugar, yeast, and plums. A good beer, but not in the same class as Trappist/Belgian quad

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazed ruby red. Some decent head.

S - Alcohol on the nose. Apple cider. A bit of grass and some light maltiness.

T - Rich, heavy maltiness. Not as sweet as expected - in fact it's on the dry side all things considered. Tasting a lot of alcohol and spiciness. Apples.

M - Heavy and syrupy with low carbonation.

D - A bit of a challenge to the palate. Feels a bit too heavy for me.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle
One of the most beautiful looking ales I have ever seen. A beautiful transparent copper color. Red hues down the side. Not many bubbles. A great head at first which unfortunately disappears quickly. If the head lasted a little longer I would have given this ale a five. I could stare through this ale for a long while though. The scent is almost all strong carmel malt. Barely a touch of fruit.

The flavor is a quick shot of crisp hops then followed again by caramel syrupy malts. The malt overwhelms this ale in my opinion. Not much balance. This ale is a one hit shot of malt. Taste after taste it is hard to locate a balance of flavors. There is a nice pepper finish to the ale though. I enjoyed the taste I just did not love it. Not enough balance for me.

The ale feels alright. Nothing special. It has a crispness at first and it then goes down pretty well. The ale does not feel heavy while drinking it.

Overall I feel this is a well crafted ale. I wanted more of a balance. It probably goes well with a fine mild cigar. I may give that a try one day. Unfortunately this will not be a regular in my fridge. I enjoyed it but my expectations were just too high.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a wonderful hazy amber-red color and thin quickly dissapating off-white head. Pours well without too much film and is thin on carbonation. The bouquet is reminiscent of sweet holiday spices with powerful ginger and gingerbread, some wintertime holiday spices, hints of lightly roasted malts and cotton candy.

This ale follows in the spirit of most weaker belgian quadruple ales; it's flavor is straightfoward, a bit spicy, and warming. However, it does not have the complexity and layers of flavor lacking the natural earthy and yeasty flavor of most true belgian ales.

Overall it is a quality beer as a winter warmer ale but not a true belgian quadruple ale. It could benefit from more structure, body, layers of flavor and a heavier mouthfeel to live up to quality belgian ale. It would be best drank warm for full effect with a traditional spiced dessert such as raisin bread or rice pudding.

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Photo of WalterSobchak
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown; head dissipates quickly with no lacing and no top.
Strange sweet smell with a hint of alcohol...not much else.
Smooth and malty, very sweet with a nice syrup caramel overtone.
Drinkable but I would prefer a bit more carbonation. It's a pretty straight forward beer but it packs a big punch. Would be a nice night-cap.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold to strawberry juice red color with a large tan head and mild visible carbonation.

S - Caramelized bananas and strong fruity alcohol. A bit like bananas foster, but not nearly as nice. Some other fainter fruits, like melon, dates, strawberries and prunes. These are much fainter though.

T - Strong malty presence with a bit of white pepper with tons of potent alcohol. Faint biscuity character. Slight fruitiness too of indescernable origins. All is dwarfed by the alcohol. It isn't awful though. The alcohol is of a rather smooth type. Aftertaste is a somewhat bland fruitiness under alcohol.

M - Thick, smooth, pretty refreshing too.

D - Not bad. Certainly worth a try. I would say this is toward the better end of the Avery big beers. Nothing I'm in a huge rush to have again, but I might do it sometime.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark honey color with a nice firm white head. Pretty to look at.

Nose of honey and orange blossoms and very attractive.

Mouthfeel is light with light carbonation.

Flavors of sweet candi sugar/Belgian malt flavors - cooked fruit, apricots/pears. A bit too sweet but pleasant. Light hop/grapefruit bitterness. This one is soft with a bit of a gentle malty mouth. Nice but nothing special.

Nice orange peel finish.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from the 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a goblet. The beer is a red color with slight chill haze. Head was 1 finger thick after an overly careful pour, and was off-white.

Smell: Light fruits dominate the nose, with a hint of strawberry and citrus. Sweet sugar is evident, as is a slight balancing caramelly malt. Nothing special.

Taste: Introduction is nice and slightly sweet with hints of light fruits. Syrupy in the midpalate with a cloying sweetness. Finish is medicinal and sugary with the alcohol rudely making its way known. Not very pleasant going down.

Notes: Way too unbalanced. Probably won't be picking this one up again.

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Photo of sixthglass
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky ruby color with a nice frothy head that fades fairly quickly, lovely lacing. Smells sweet, dark fruits , some banana. Taste starts very sugary, dark fruits , there's a spicyness present, and slight banana. This is a ok attempt at a quad, not anything special but good.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a very large snifter

Pours thick cloudy orange-amber with a medium head and slow carbonation. Smells fruity and sweet.

Taste is surprisingly sweet, a little dirty dishwater taste. Fruity and floral. No real bitterness or anything else to balance out the sweetness. Something about the taste is hollow or watery.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, very slightly effervescent.

Too strong and too sweet to be very drinkable.

Bottle code: 1331036 09:46267

Yeah, that's still sweet as hell. I get a little bit of a medicinal flavor now.

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Photo of prototypic
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Immediately after popping the cap, a ghosty haze was noticeable before pouring. Beer is a clear, copper to golden color. Nice, frothy one and half finger head, which stuck around for a while and left a lacy film down the mug.

Smell: Lots of malt on the nose. A bit of citrusy fragrance is noticeable, as well as caramel and toffee. Finally, there are light traces of vanilla and a biscuity-yeasty aroma.

Taste: This is a pretty big tasting beer. Very heavy, malty flavor. Citrus taste is very noticeable (orange and maybe a little banana). Definitely has a biscuity taste. Also has more bitterness than I was initially expecting from the smell. I'm not certain it's a hop bitterness. It tastes perhaps more like a strong alcohol kick. Alcohol taste is definitely strong.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's pretty thick and syrupy. Definitely a sipping beer. That coupled with the 10% abv renders drinkability pretty low. Overall, it's not bad. Worth a try. It won't be a regular for me, but I wouldn't be opposed to another down the road.

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Photo of jsh420
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours clear amber orange with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells of sweet sugary bananas and that it

taste is a little better then the nose - still a very sweet brew - bananas brown sugar a little booze and nutty malt

mouthfeel - medium/full body low carbonation a bit sticky

overall - pretty let down - maybe i will revisit this beer with some age on

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Photo of rfabian
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head that doesn't last long and leaves little lacing. The appearance is amber and a bit cloudy. The smell is slightly of grassy hops, maybe some piney character there. The taste is of roasted malt with a little chocolate and moderate hops. The high alcohol is noticeable and does not blend well, like adding a jigger of Everclear to a pint. (We've all done that, right?) If I were in the mood to get hammered it would be nice. The feel is full bodied, and I get the alcohol in the finish. Not one of which to drink one after another, but interesting.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz served in a snifter.

pours a translucent dark amber tone with ruby highlights. less than a finger of beige/off-white head recedes fairly quickly into a collar around the glass; nice lacing.

nose is caramel malty first and foremost, followed by candied sugar and a touch of dark fruits.

flavor opens with a lasting sweet maltiness; plenty of caramel/toffee, some dark fruit characters and a maybe a touch of bubblegum. a bit on the hot side... overall a decent quad, definitely nothing transcendent.

medium bodied mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation. sweetness starts to wear on you after a while, knocking the drinkability back. [edit: knocking the drinkability score back further. really running out of gas on this one.] not on the level of a belgian quad (you might argue it's a borderline quad to begin with) but then, what is?

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Photo of Phocion
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangish/amber with a thin head which quickly falls into a thin lacing.

Aroma is fruity and spicy, with a hint of coriander. Very strong alcohol aromas present that are almost covering up a weak toffee malt base.

Strong alcohol presence is almost overwhelming. Very little else noticable other than a light citrus hops and equally light caramel malts taste faintly trying to get your attention in the background. Very faintly.

Medium-heavy bodied mouthfeel with a decent level of carbonation. Smooth and warming, but at the expense of taste. The alcohol taste in here is just too much. Very poor example of a quad and not even a good beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber and I got virtually no head off it. Very little lacing. Nose is super sweet and alcohol is heavily present. Taste is extremely thick on the mouth and you get a firm syrup flavor, which for me is a bad start. There are tones of alcohol and fruits, but overall it feels too syrupy on the mouth. Over time this is a characteristic I still can’t come to appreciate. This is a sipper, but not one I would run to the store to grab again. For a quad, I’d turn to the Rochefort 10 or most other quads over this one any day.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leftover from a tasting
"Created by God,
feared by Satan,
loved by all."

A ~ I allowed this one to mellow at room temp upright after taking it out of the fridge to avoid another "explosion." Poured very well. Tiny tiny subtle bubbles. The color of cherry brandy with great clarity for a quad.

S ~ Woody and sweet. Smelling cherries, sugar, little bit of a cognac smell. Also a very fresh golden apple scent.

T ~ More Brandy and Apple flavors up front that fade into darker flavors (walnuts, figs, Plums, black cherry, and grapes) VERY grape-y. Bit of dry grass, which is a nice way to offset the sweet fruit flavors.

M ~ Dry with warmth but not too heavy. I have never experienced this before, but For some reason this particular quad reminded me of an suped up English Brown. Go figure.

D ~ Well, This isn't readily available anymore unless I buy out the rest of the stock at Corkscrew, but I probably won't do that. Too nutty and boozy. I kinda wish I had someone to help me finish the bomber. It's good but I'm just not that into it.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an undated, red foiled bomber into a chalice.

Reddish copper with a light tan head of one finger that sheets the inside of the glass and shows decent retention despite the abv. Lots of fine bubbles.

Smells of chalky yeast, medicinal clove, candy sugars, and alcohol. Really reminds me of candy cigarettes. Weird, but not bad.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Lots of sweet chalk, there's some good malt in there too, just not enough to lend any balance. Alcohol is hot on the tongue and exhale. The mouthfeel would be better with less sugar. Its almost sticky.

A sipper. A couple years in a cool dark place might help this beer.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The reverend is apparently known for inspiring thoughts of the divine. I think it is a decent beer, and in the large bottle size, it is an easy one to get twisted on, but there are some drawbacks.

Sweetness - perhaps too sweet. A bit cream-sicle, maybe, but it still tastes like that Belgian quad. The dark coloration and creaminess are major benefits, but too much is truly too much with this beer, even when we're talking 10 flat abv. It could be easier to drink, and I don't like fighting sweetness; that feels less manly.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very murky orange/reddis color with a small off-white head that reduced rather quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Mostly some candied dark fruits, some wheat, malt, and a little bit of spice. As it warms some bready/doughy malt comes forward.

T: Sort of muted dark fruits mixed with some caramel and toffee. Not really that much going on.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not much alcohol presence.

O: Slightly disappointed, the flavors didn't really stand out for me here.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear red-copper with a small light tan head that goes away quickly, not much lacing.

smell is oats, hay, earth, nuts, light spice.

taste is quite different, oily, thick, somewhat sweet, wheat, burnt toffee, malt.

overall it was okay, average pretty much across the board, don't think that i would get this again when there are much better beers out there.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a crystal-clear bronze hue, with a dense and soapy three finger head just off-white in color. Good retention with spotty lacing. Toasty malt, light phenols, orange peel, and alcohol are prodominant aromas; some faint Styrian hops and Crystal malt make up the rest. The first sip is full of dextrinous and bready toasted malt, surrounded by a fruity phenolic taste in a classic abbey-style sort of way. Candy-sugar comes out next, and with it a boisterous, boozey kick. The aftertaste is drying with little but some herbal and mild hop flavor and aroma. The alcohol also helps balance out the abundant sweetess with help from a tart phenolic presence. Mouthfeel is medium-full with a medium carbonation that seems passable but lacking given the style and amount of lingering flavors. Indeed, the finish is quite residual and sweet, and only saved by the dryness from the booze. While this was a nice stab at the style and I really like the yeast profile and overall complexity- the preception of alcohol is out of control and far to hot the attain a respectable drinkability. The burn is slow and clean like top-shelp vodka, but ultimately too prominent even for a Quad and quickly becomes distracting. Perhaps a few years in the cellar would be beneficial, but it appears filtered and so would likely only fade away some of the more interesting yeast, malt and hop nuances.

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Photo of Schemy
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

A: Clear dark golden/ruby color. Light tan 1 finger head. Very little lacing.

S: Malty sweet smell. Slight fruit smell.

T: Fruity malty taste. Hints of bananas, nothing over powering.

M: Good mouthfeel, malty coating.

D: Good drinkability. Not a heavy alcohol taste, despite the abv of 10%. Will drink again.

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Photo of Crosling
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper currency. Rich, doughy malts, sweetened fruits, sugars and yeast in the aroma, giving a hint of peanut butter and bubble gum. Perhaps a hint of herbs in the aroma as well. Phenolic and fairly subtle tasting, with a light flavor overall considering its style and potency as well as several strange flavors, including plastic. Bright, spicy yeast flavors, with hints of cinnamon. The flavors are not really cloying like it is for some folks, but it isn’t as juicy and flavorful as the best Quads.

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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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