Rude Elf's Reserve - Allentown Brew Works
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1.8/5 rDev -51.1%
Man, I saw this at the only place in Pittsburgh to carry it, and couldnt wait to try. What a disappointment! Way too much funk going on here! It's flat and tastes like a bad apple cider with tons of cinnamon and nutmeg. Yuk! Its extremely boozy and doesnt go down easy, tart & sour! it smells like a caramel apple, but in true honesty, it tastes like a bad version of the brewers best belgian dubbel home brew kit with little to no carbonation and lots of spices dumped in. Not a fan! Reading the other reviews, this could have been a bad bottle! confused --- the cork would not twist out and I had to get it out with a wine cork opener.
12-06-2012 01:31:41 | More by 2x10
2.45/5 rDev -33.4%
I was expecting spices. Before I poured into a snifter, I sniffed the bottle and was hit with powerful clove and a cinnamon-like smell. Poured with little head. I let it sit for a few minutes. On my first sip, I was hit with the alcohol; the balance was off. It seemed to be too new. So I sipped about a third of it, then I had had enough for the moment, and let it sit for maybe thirty minutes or so. When I brought it back to my lips the flavors were more intense as you would expect, but the booze bite was still pronounced.
a - looked attractive, better than average, very clean reddish amber
s - clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, booze
t - sweet, forward, alcoholic, not well balanced, young
m - thin, mildly bubbly
o - not for me at this age. I will cellar it and report, as my gut tells me that's what it needs.
12-29-2012 12:58:48 | More by Sipchue
2.65/5 rDev -28%
Had this once before and remember it not being too good but here's to second chances. Deep amber color with brilliant clarity for a big belgian spiced beer. Thin head that doesnt last long. Smells heavily of nutmeg and cinnamon. The nose is actually quite nice. Some clove and burnt sugar.
Only medium in body and even on the lighter side of medium. Sweet belgian candy sugar up front which quickly turns to all spice and nutmeg. Lots of it, overpowering. Spicy alcoholic finish. Sweetness stick to the teeth. Complex with lots of flavors but incredibly over spiced and too much alcohol heat. Flavors include apple, pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, burnt sugar, and caramel. But again, far to much.
Definitely tastes like christmas and has it's high points, but it just a bit too much. Not really getting any of the belgian influence though.
05-09-2012 03:38:11 | More by jtierney89
2.65/5 rDev -28%
12oz bottle into a goblet
A: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of white head. Solid looking beer.
S: Lots do spices - cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, with a good amount of apple cider aroma.
T: Sweetness in the way of ripe apples and brown sugar. Spices support the sweetness, but are much less prominent than they were in the aroma. Very straight forward, though. I don't get any sort of Belgian yeast flavor, and everything is pretty mild. The spices really aren't working well together - they create an odd, bitter flavor.
M: Thin, well carbonated. I wish this had more body to it.
O: I like the idea of this beer, but not so much the execution. The mouthfeel is thin, the flavors are mild, and there is not much complexity.
01-02-2012 00:34:09 | More by coreyfmcdonald
2.9/5 rDev -21.2%
Last year's vintage poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sending this out last winter.
Color is a moderate garnet-brown color that starts with a bubbly, two-finger head. Cream-colored, it fades quite quickly, leaving behind a collar and a slight cap on top. The nose is fairly spicy with a load of cinnamon and allspice coming through. Maybe a bit of ginger. Some dark fruits meander in the background.
The flavor brings forward a large amount of cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Some clove and booze are there as well. There is some light sweetness in the background. Moderate yeast character, though not much. Body is somewhat light for the style, though I'd say more toward medium overall. Low to moderate levels of carbonation. A bit strange and full of spices without much else. No real Belgian character. Not a big fan.
12-19-2010 01:46:45 | More by Thorpe429
3.03/5 rDev -17.7%
On tap at the Allentown location. Pours a deep red, clear, with a small white head. Aroma of lots of spices -- ginger, cinnamon, gingerbread, clove. Flavor again is dominated by the spices mentioned above. Heavy mouthfeel. This was just a little overkill for me with all the spices and alcohol.
12-19-2009 05:32:05 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5 rDev -13.6%
Poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a burnt ruby red with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation. There's a fluffy layer of webbed lacing.
N: Apple cinnamon, huge clean caramel malts, banana, booze, hints of clove and perhaps some coriander.
T: Banana, warming booze, coriander and cinnamon upfront. Caramel, bread, clove and more booze mid-palate. Finishes with a lingering bouquet of spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and coriander) that become rather cloying along with some caramel and solvent characteristics.
M: Light bodied, warming, a little sticky and dry.
O: Nice appearance and nose if you look past the booze. Although the warming effect is quite nice the booziness is out of control and the spices are rather cloying.
12-31-2011 21:01:58 | More by justintcoons
3.18/5 rDev -13.6%
Pours a three finger dark tan head over a brilliant dark brown liquid. Looks nice. Smells of holiday spicing (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice) with clean alcohol, some graham cracker, and a dash of dry chocolate.
Tastes strongly of spice and some minty menthol character. Interesting rounded spicing with minty zip accompanied by mild clean alcohol and palate cleansing carbonation. Warming in the belly. Thick slick mouthfeel that's oddly md light. Leaves the mouth due to the carbonation leaving a woody-flavored dry aftertaste.
Hard to tell what the base style is beneath as the malt flavor is mostly covered up. A little bit of chocolate is all that pokes out from the spice and alcohol, which has become stronger as I've gotten into the beer.
This beer needs a couple years in the cellar to round out the alcohol heat and hopefully the spices will settle. The flavors come across as a bit disjointed, but time would likely help blend things together.
10-16-2010 04:30:29 | More by mentor
Rude Elf's Reserve from Allentown Brew Works
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