Friday, March 21, 2014
Avery The Reverend (8/10)
The Reverend features Sterling hops, two-row barley, aromatic malt, and Belgian Candy Sugar.
The Avery web site describes the color as Tawny, but to my eyes it's more a clear mahogany color (a "reddish brown"). The head is about half a finger thick and white, which is unusual for such a dark colored beer.
The aroma is one of caramel and spice.
The flavor starts sweet and malty, with just a touch of hops bitterness and a moderate amount of Belgian-style spice. The finish is all dark fruit and mild hops bitterness. I've had both the bottled and draft versions (draft is pictured here). Both are good, but I think I like the draft slightly better. The Reverend is a very nice Quad and I like it a lot. I think I still prefer Ommegang Three Philosophers and Gulden Draak 9000 (two other Quads) to The Reverend, but it's a close comparison. You wouldn't go wrong drinking any of those.
Beer Advocate's reviewers give The Reverend 86/100 (which is in line with my own rating). RateBeer gives it a 94 overall. Sounds like we all enjoyed this one.
My Rating: 8/10