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Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve)Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goindownsouth on 12-08-2002)
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Strange brew! But only at first. I had been drinking Mad Elf by Troegs the couple weeks prior to trying this one. When I first poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a standard beer glass and took a sip, I was slightly put off. Where Mad Elf is "fruity," Rude Elf is spicy. It was a bit of a shock. Cinnamon is, by far, the dominant smell AND flavor of this ale. And while I like cinnamon well enough, my first impression was that it didn't belong in a beer. I regretted having bought an entire case at the quite steep price of $60.

But then, by the time I got to the final ounce, my palate had adjusted. The cinnamon tasted warm and toasty rather than cloying. Definite flavors of "the season" - baked goods. The question that remained was - Would I enjoy the next one?

Well, that evening I tried another. And this time there was no shock to the palate. It just tasted good! The smell which has first bothered me a bit was now pleasant and welcome. The flavor continued being quite pleasant - and though the booze is high, I didn't feel any alcohol burn going down.

How does Rude Elf compare to Mad Elf? I cannot even compare, as they are really quite different from each other, despite the "Elf" in both names. They are both quite good, but in different ways. And of that, I am glad.

Shade1951, Nov 19, 2014
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Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) from Bethlehem Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.