Brewer-Avery Brewing Company
Beer- The Reverend
Style- Quadrupel (Quad)
Description- Avery’s The Reverend pours a deep reddish hue with moderate beige head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is what you would expect from this style with dark raisins, plums, figs, caramel, toffee, and rich biscuit malts being front and center on display with ever so subtle hints of alcohol as well to warn you of the higher ABV hidden within. The tastes backs the nose with raisins, plums, and figs hitting the taste buds first with background hints of black cherries, currents, and peppery spices cutting through as well followed by the alcohol heat that sits on the palate as part of the off-dry finish. The body is sitting right in the medium-full range with a less than stellar amount of carbonation, not that this style has a lot of carbonation to begin, but the Reverend seems to be a little below that threshold, but still extremely enjoyable.
Food Pairing – The richness and dark fruit aromatics make this beer an absolutely fantastic beer to have around the dinner for during and after the meal. Try pairing the Reverend with short ribs, the raisin flavors in the beer will tie everything together. The richness of the beer makes it a perfect pairing with very rich and fatty meals, try pairing with fatty pork sausages, foie gras, or rib eye steak for an absolutely stellar evening meal. Rich and creamy desserts also make for a wonderful pairing and they do not have to be overly complex, a simple creamy rice pudding makes for a perfect end to a meal, try to find desserts that lend themselves to richness and dark fruits as they will all make a great pairing with this beer. The other benefit is that having this with your meal may exempt you from having to say a blessing before eating!
The Final Word – The Reverend is an absolutely solid American take on a classic Belgian style. The only knock on it is that the alcohol heat cuts through a bit too much for the style and there is a bit of carbonation lacking as well, but these factors certainly do not take away from the overall enjoyment of this delicious beer. Quad’s are classic Belgian styles of beer with many Trappist breweries producing some of the best in the world. Avery has a wide and wonderful selection of beers in their portfolio and they are not afraid to create beers that are experimental or higher in ABV. The Reverend is an excellent take on the style and proves that American breweries can certainly hold their own against some of the best breweries in the world.
Where can I get it? - Currently available in 22oz. bottles at: Exit 190- Beer Deli and Goldstein’s Deli- Kingston