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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 Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Falling Rock had this on cask the other day. thought I'd try it.
Pours like the Rev, but little to no head and carbonation is all but gone. A bit creamier looking as well.
Smells richer, not as tingly.
Taste is nice, but it's not exciting. After a half-pint I wanted something lively. IMO this is better out of the bottle. Just has more perk to it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours from foil wrapped 22oz bottle a clear copper colour witha large head of foam that shrank quickly leaving a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is of yeast and fruit, mainly dark fruit. Quite nice.

The taste is mainly fruit up front. I can taste some fig, apricot, plum, followed by a strong yeast flavour , some candy sugar, and some bread. More sips in and the alcohol becomes more noticeable with some graininess coming through as well.To be honest, I can't say the flavours are working very well together and I'm finding it difficult to take more sips. This brew just doesn't work for me, I reckon.

Bottom line: This is my first bottle of The Reverend and I'd daresay, it will be my last. The flavours were just too chaotic for my palate.

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Photo of BKotch
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly an American interpretation of a Belgian quad. Nice dark amber color and smallish tan head. Smell and taste, though, are just average -- heavy and sweet (not too sweet) maltiness with some hoppy notes later on, but none of that yeasty, complex Belgian character. Mouthfeel is a little better, catching the syrupy nature of a quad. Pretty drinkable for a 10% abv brew, but it's definitely lacking in complexity for the style.

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Photo of buffettfan
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out into a tulip glass.

Poured dark, with a heavy looking, thick head, good lacing.

Smell was sweet. A balenced malt nose, and a hint of a little spice.

Taste was much the same, a lot of flavor. A little too sweet for my taste, but I think this is a tasty beer.

Not one I would buy everyday, but I am glad I tried this one.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a chimay goblet

A: 1 finger off-white head that fell to a cloud with nice lacing. Nearly clear amber body.

S: Fruity aroma of apricot and cherries. As it warms, the yeast and spice come out a bit.

T: Lots of sugar, too much really. Some spice, pepper, a little fruit - plenty to enjoy, but it's just so sweet. The alcohol is present, but not harsh.

M: Soft carbonation. Smooth. Near full body, but a bit syrupy. Sweet (I'm sensing a theme here) and spicy warming finish.

D: A sipper due to the high alcohol content, but that's ok. There's plenty to enjoy, but the problem (as you may have picked up already) is that it's so damn sweet.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber, somewhat murky with a faint red tint. Bubbly pour, not as effervescent as other quads. Aromas were toned down as well- only a faint whiff of strong belgian yeastiness, caramel sugars are big though. Taste was that of thick bready malts, and some orchard flavors, fresh, not dried as in some quads. Alcohol is present as well as a slight bitterness, not sure its from any hop influence though. All in all a little watered down, with some astringent flavors and younger sugars which dont work so well with the rest of the brew; decent offering, but not among the best.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/11/2005 (bottle):

Pours a medium brown color, with an aroma of flowers, and some alcohol. Has a smooth taste, with a slightly oily texture, and some carbonation. Slight bitter hoppy taste, nuttiness. Has an odd taste similar to some other Belgian ales I've had.

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Photo of reeder
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a solid creamy head
nice deep amber, slightly hazy
a very attractive beer

smooth funky aroma
some pear, maybe some cranberries

crisp, light, a little bit yeasty
definitely some alcohol in there
not unpleasant, but somewhat disappointing
no depth to the flavor
i expected a huge complex flavor experience from this style of beer

a nice refreshing mouthfeel, especially for a strong beer

the refreshing mouthfeel and light flavor made for a surprisingly drinkable strong ale. unfortunately, there was nothing really interesting about this beer. i agree with another reviewer that after a while i felt like i was just drinking whisky. albeit a watered down whisky. bottom line: this strong ale doesn't taste bad. a 22 oz bottle of this is very drinkable and will give you more than a good buzz. unfortunately, i expected something deeper and more intellectual.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crimson tinted bronze into a snifter. There is no head to speak of and the beer is clean.

Has a medium scent overall. Prodimantly malts and alcohol can be smelled with a hint of pine.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Big thick maltiness with a figgy sweetness to it and underlying burnt chocolate notes that carry strong into the finish. There is an immediate fizzle of carbonation with a bitter alcohol astringency.

A high ABV and an excess of sweet maltiness makes this kind of a one at a time thing for me. Not entirely too drinkable IMO.

Bottom Line:
If you like thick, sweet, high alcohol beer and I know those folks are out there, then this beer would probably rock your world. Everybody else, I would call this an "in the mood for..." beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-brown color with copper highlights at the edges of the glass. Head is a thin, foamy layer with quite a few bubbles.

Smell: Has a malty aroma with some fruits, yeast, and honey. Nothing is very distinct, but still pleasant.

Taste: The taste is generally malty, with honey, spices (cloves, coriander), and a bready yeast flavor. Very few fruits noticable. Alcohol is noticable in the finish, and the aftertaste has an odd sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to heavy-bodied, this beer is generally smooth and has a very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong, alcohol-wise, but not too strong. However, the alcohol taste gets a bit too much. And the flavor gets a bit old.

It's a nice beer, but it's a bit over-the-top alcohol-wise. The taste is generally nice, but it gets old pretty fast, and it's a bit too sweet. Definitely worth trying if you like stronger or Belgian-style beers, but it's not the type of beer to have with any frequency. I'll probably have this again, but not on my own.

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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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The Reverend from Avery Brewing Company
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