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Rude Elf's Reserve - Allentown Brew Works

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Rude Elf's ReserveRude Elf's Reserve

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009

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Ratings: 181 | Reviews: 42
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy medium amber in appearance. Smell is foral to the nose, this smells nice. Mouthfeel, is nice, leaves well and very clean. Taste, we got it all here. This beer is a nice blend of spices. This is an exceptional Belgian style ale. Get some! Overall we found this brew to be very enjoyable, not to mention that the ABV is quite nice. We had this with some scotch eggs. Respect the beer, fridge worthy.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color w/ about 2F of tan head, and plenty of carbonation.

Smell is fantastic. Tons of spices atop a rich, deep-fruity malty aroma. Cherries were at the forefront.

Flavor was also quite nice. Some chocolate covered cherries, plum skins, and rich malted barley. Heavy winter spice profiles continued through as well.

Had a fairly high level of carbonation keeping it from becoming cloying at the high ABV.

I found this highly enjoyable overall, and will seek it out in the future.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here was the Brew Works description:
"Our Silver Medal winning Belgian style holiday beer brewed with dark Belgian candi sugar and special spices. This brew has a spicy aroma and flavor with a sweet malt taste. At 10.5% alcohol it is sure to warm you up during the holiday season."

The Rude Elf's Reserve was definitely worth the trip. Everything you could have hoped from a Belgian holiday beer. The green apple flavors were amazing and perfectly placed with the other spices and candi. A 1/2 gallon growler was going for about $25, so I didn't get one, but I'm kicking myself now. Guess I'll have to wait until next year to have one again.

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Rude Elf's Reserve from Allentown Brew Works
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.