Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) - Bethlehem Brew Works
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Reviews by Edwin:
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours a nice brownish/amber with a creamy white head that was on top from start to finish.
Smell - Smells of cherries and spices (cinnamon, etc). A nice aroma, very fit for the holidays.
Taste - I dare to say that this offering is eerily similar to the Troeg's Mad Elf, but with a tad more spiciness in lieu of the cherry flavor. It's a winner!
Mouthfeel - Very smooth and non-offensive.
Drinkability - Pretty good. I could have a few of these without flinching. The sweetness may become a tad overbearing at times if that's not what you're into.
Overall - A very nice holiday sampling. Nice spiciness and some complexity, but all in all reminds me of the Mad Elf. A+!
Serving type: on-tap
01-02-2004 20:40:50 | More by Edwin
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3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a brownish copper with a finger of off-white head. The head dissipates rather quickly. The most pronounced note in the nose is nutmeg. Spices and malt blend together in the flavor profile. This offering finishes with a definite and not altogether pleasant essence of alcohol. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The body is a touch light for the style.
I have sampled this offering over many Christmas seasons and it has seemed to have gotten lighter with a slightly muted flavor profile as the years go by. This is still a good holiday treat, but certainly not the best Christmas ale available.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2013 22:19:28 | More by 57md
Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) from Bethlehem Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.