Bless me father, for I have sipped
A Review of The Reverend by Avery Brewing Co.
Posted on 11/2/2011 by Chops
Ever since I tasted The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest from Avery Brewing Co.'s Dictators Series, I've been really looking forward to trying the rest of their big beer product line. My co-founder was gracious enough to share The Reverend Belgian Quad with me on a recent visit. As expected, it was quite enjoyable. The Reverend is part of Avery's Holy Trinity series which also includes the Salvation Belgian Golden Ale and the Hog Heaven Dry-Hopped Barleywine.
In the glass, The Reverend has a muddy orange coloration and appears quite thick. It's on the lighter side for a quad, but is still well within range. The aroma is very boozy, which isn't surprising, but is elevated enough to be somewhat distracting. Once you get used to the alcohol dominance, you can start to pick out some toasted bready notes and a buttery vibe. There are also some woody earthy smells resting underneath, which remain pretty faint.
The first sip was quite interesting. A distinct buttery taste assumes center stage and battles with the alcohol burn. There is a faint citrus flavor that pops up from time to time. The first few appearances take you by surprise, but they can be further studied it once you are expecting them. The mouthfeel is quite creamy and buttery, but the alcohol burn prevents it from being easily drinkable. The finish is rich, sweet and stays with you for quite a while. The Reverend forces you to take your time, so prepare for a lengthy sitting.
Overall, The Reverend Belgian Quad from Avery Brewing Co. is a tasty brew. While it strays a bit from the core quad style, it's still a complex delight. I can recommend The Reverend to any seasoned beer drinker as an interesting Belgian interpretation. Due to the strength and boozy character, novices should stay away from this beer. Be warned, The Reverend will abuse a novice like a young alter boy. Yup, I went there.