Avery The Reverend

Avery The Reverend

Rated 3.478 by BeerPals

Brewed by Avery Brewing Company

Boulder, CO, United States

Style:  Abbey Quadrupel

10% Alcohol by Volume

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The Reverend, was created in tribute to the life of Sales Mgr. 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 both our "small brewery, BIG BEERS" philosophy and to the spirit and character of the departed Reverend, this beer is strong willed, assertive, and pure of heart, a heart of candy sugar. It contains as many authentic imported Belgian specialty malts as the brewers could cram into our mash tun, and lots of Belgian dark candy sugar stirred into the brew kettle. 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. Cellarable for 4 years. 2003 - Gold Medal - US Beer Tasting Championship - Belgian/Abbey Strong Ale. Styrian Goldings hops.

ID: 173 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank3661
Overall Percentile93.2
Style Rank47 of 250
Style Percentile81.2
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.502
Weighted Score3.478
Standard Deviation0.575

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  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 4.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bomber from Total Wine, Scottsdale AZ. Not a steal at $10, but, my first Avery (never even seen one before). Great looking pour of clear mahogany under a ring-creating foamy beige head. Spicy nose, along with malt and yeast; a bit boozy, too. Buttery mouthfeel. Spiced, malty flavour, along with dark fruit and booziness. Sweetish finish. Certainly above average, but not a superlative beer, really.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours out a true copper color with a tan colored head that vanishes instantly. The aroma has a instant fruit smell. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick. The taste is of plum, figs,and sweet maple sryurp.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Sampled with KnoxBeerCrew. Almost heavy golden pour, white ringlet, very little lacing. Aromas of sweet ripe fruits, light brown sugar, caramels, malts. Taste is overly sweet, heavy mouthfeel of near syrup, malty sweet, slight ripe fruits, alcohol. Big but sweet.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 2.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Poured a very light pale golden color... wondered if maybe the wrong beer was in the bottle. Thin head, no lacing and very sweet aroma and flavor - too sweet - sticky almost. Missed the mark.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 7

    This is certainly a big beer but its not much of a quad, reminded me more of a barley wine with special b in it, didn't have that fizzy lightness of a good Belgian and was far too sweet and caramely. The plum and fig flavor was almost too strong, not well balanced and I'm beginning to think Avery is just after abv with these big beers rather than flavor.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 2.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Big bottle, big disappointment. A lighter than typical quad. Still dark brown with reddish hints, but a little lighter than a Trappist. Plenty of dark fruit and sugary notes in the nose. The flavour was dark malt, some nuttiness, candy sugar, and sweet frruit hints. Almost mishmashy.

  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 3.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    650ml bottle
    10.0% ABV
    The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    January 6, 2010
    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

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    the aroma of this one really wasn't up to par, but otherwise it was a pretty good effort. for a quad, the heavy fig/dark fruit aspect is missing, or a little light, but the flavor is a nice fruity, slightly spicy mix. pours ruby with no sediment, and actually little yeast in the aroma or flavor. a little simple for a quad but still good. a little alcohol in the aroma too, and more in the finish, but still manages to be smooth.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I was really hoping that this would be better than it was. I haven't really had a ton of Belgian's to compare this to, but most of them that I have had were probably better than this. I like sweet malty beers, but this was a little over the top. Brown sugar, plum, some banana perhaps.....lots of stuff to ferment to bring it to 10%, but the overall flavor just wasn't doing it for me. With all the sweet flavors going on, this was actually a bitter beer as well. I enjoyed it a little more towards the end and was a decent all around beer, but for the price I may have been forcing myself to like it better than it really is. Another brew by Avery that doesn't seem to justify the cost. IMO, there are better options out there.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sampled yesterday with BrotherBrando: Poured a dark but cloudy copper colour with a huge white head. Aroma had noticeable alcohol and fruity esters, wheat and caramel notes on the nose. Taste was pleasent, very rich, and creamy with brown sugar and plum notes. A little spice in the finish as well.

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