Rude Elf's Reserve - Allentown Brew Works
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3.8/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours slightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, cherry, pear, apple, light banana, bread, candi sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, herbal, allspice, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with solid balance and good complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, cherry, pear, apple, light banana, toast, candi sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, herbal, allspice, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast/herbal spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, cherry, pear, apple, light banana, toast, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper, herbal, allspice, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast ester, spices, and malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly slick and moderately crisp/prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced Belgian strong ale. All around good balance and complexity of yeast ester, spices, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2014 03:40:00 | More by superspak
4.36/5 rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This brew pours a reddish color with a small off white head. The head dissipates quickly however moderate lacing remains on the glass until the end.
The smell is heavy on spices, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, orange peels and wheat.
The taste follows the nose, cinnamon and the other spices hit first then and orange taste comes in followed by a wheat like taste then finishing with peppery hops. Everything is well balanced.
The mouthfeel is crisp and spicy, there is a good amount of carbonation. A small amount of hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.
Overall this is a very well balanced brew. Although this is billed as a Spiced Beer, and it is, the spices, along with the high, (10.5%) alcohol content make it a good choice for a winter warmer.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2013 23:31:36 | More by microbrewlover
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up in Totowa this past weekend, as it was the last one in stock and seemingly different than what else was new on the shelf this year. Indeed it was, but it there was a bit too much going on here to truly be enjoyable. Yes, it was strong, spicy, and Belgian-inspired but with that being said, it took a while to take everything in and enjoy. The carbonation was high too but in this case, that was good as it ensured that the flavors didn't stick around too long during each sip. Even though this was listed as a herbed/spiced beer, it wasn't that far away from being a Trippel, once the sweetness was taken into consideration!
The pour to this was a hazelnut brown with a pretty fluffy head that quickly settled. Not a lot of lacing here as what little stuck to the side slid after each sip slowly slide down the side of my pint glass. Lots of brown sugar and yeast to the nose and even more of it in the taste, a hint of ginger thrown in for good measure. The cinnamon took a while to kick in but it was there and complemented the ginger nicely. Not a lot of hops to this and even less body, as this was quite thin. The yeast wore off quickly and what was left was some faint candied cherry and as the brown sugar and ginger stuck around in the aftertaste, with just a hint of toffee-like stickiness thrown in for good measure.
Lots of booze here, which was a bit of a detriment to this beer. It felt strong and certainly put the "warmer" into this stylistically. While this was enjoyable, there wasn't a lot here that made this stand out and one would certainly be enough for a sitting. The spices weren't overwhelming like in a Wassail and on a cold Winter's night, this would be a fair choice, even without any accompanying food. The sweetness makes this more than a dessert unto itself.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2013 13:49:07 | More by JerzDevl2000
Rude Elf's Reserve from Allentown Brew Works
83 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.