Name: The Reverend
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV (%): 10.00
Brewery: Avery Brewing Company
This one arose from a trip to BevMo. Which arose from a craving for a new microbrew. I’ve tried and reviewed three Avery beers before (the Beast Grand Cru, Samael’s Ale, and Mephistopheles’ Stout), but it’s been a good 5 or 6 months, and quadrupels were calling my name! This was poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a freezer-chilled pint glass.
Beautiful golden ale. Almost amber in color. Fairly creamy head. Looks like a belgian ale.
The nose on this thing will dilate your pupils. It’s like candy! I feel guilty having this before dinner! Malt, caramel, I smell some butterscotch somewhere in there, too. If you’ve ever had an Avery beer, they all smell like someone melted down a bunch of brown sugar and/or caramels and stirred them into the brew.
Smells like candy, tastes like candy. Super rich, but a bit of crisp bitterness that I’m not used to in an Avery beer. It’s a better balance of hops and malt than you would get from the Beast, Samael’s Ale, or Mephistopheles’ Stout.
This thing is pretty easy to drink for a 10% beer. But I fancy quadrupel ales, so that could just be me. Like I said before, it’s very rich. It’s very nice on the tongue, but I would venture to guess this will upset an empty or weak stomach, due to the sugar content.
I like it. Despite the quick buzz, the flavor is solid, and it has an amazing mouthfeel for such a high ABV. In fact, were it not for the ABV, I might give this a 9 in drinkability. I recommend sharing this with a friend, because this beer may very well get you drunk.