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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
85
very good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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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New York

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Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.2%

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Kansas

2/5  rDev -47.2%

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Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.2%

02-21-2012 01:52:04 | More by lms658
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

The scent was dominant of both alcohol and very sweet cherry.

The taste was overwhelmed by alcohol, the only other thing I could taste was the incredibly sweet cherry flavor.

Medium body, very crisp and a little chewy, high carbonation.

This beer was ruined by the overbearing alcohol presence. The flavor was way out of balance, it was difficult to finish one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 21:24:48 | More by BeerCon5
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bossmanbuzz

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34%

12-13-2013 01:58:34 | More by bossmanbuzz
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nomad

Kansas

2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a deep red with a wonderful glow and luster. Had a sliver of a bubbly off-white head, showing not much lace or stain. Smelled of cherries, peppery cinnamon, and a strange banana-like scent. Opened to a slew of spices that were muddled together. Also, some sweet estery alcohol scents wafted about, but not endearing ones to my nose. Tasted of a big mess of spices on top of creamy hops and a large cherry-like flavored smooth but face-curling alcohol. This was a train wreck of flavors to get through with an unappealing finish, mostly from the smash of not-so-tasty cream accents, cherry alcohol flavors, and the mess of spices.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 16:29:17 | More by nomad
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bundy462

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Leathery brown with no head.

S: Nutmeg, cinnamon, and spices, yeast, boozy. Much like a pumpkin ale with some cinnamon added.

T: Very malty and very boozy. Clove and cinnamon on a boozy body. Finishes with a faint spice that is beaten down by the booze. Lacking complexity and craftiness, not very well done. Really just a whole lot of flavors thrown together without much effort in blending them together well.

M: Medium bodied and flat, no carbonation.

O: Not very, you'd certainly get blasted quickly, but it just not that well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 23:40:59 | More by bundy462
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Allentown Brew Works. Maybe it was brewed in Allentown, but its the same beer. Served in a goblet it appears a dark brown.

This beer has a lot of good flavors, but frankly it's a mess. They don't work. Nutmeg and cinnamon compete with dried cherries and a strong clove taste. This beer would be okay without the clove phenols, but they really throw a wrench into the works. For the strength, the body is otherwise drinkable, but I won't be returning to this beer. No thanks.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 20:09:14 | More by tempest
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the clear copper brew. Dense head lasts well, with lots of doughy lacing everywhere. Aroma is spiced so much, it reminds me of those specialty ginger beers that kick your taste buds, not usually what I'm looking for in a beer. Taste starts with over the top spicing, lets a bit of the bready malt flavor through for a moment, and then the spices take over again. I know this is advertised as a spiced brew, but this is just doesn't leave enough room for the beer flavors to come through. Glad I tried it, won't be back.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 02:04:44 | More by ppoitras
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-20-2014 13:39:13 | More by Travcofarms
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-20-2013 04:37:06 | More by DarkLordPsycho
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-23-2012 17:23:00 | More by IdrinkGas
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-14-2013 15:04:16 | More by ShanePB
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-19-2011 01:58:05 | More by bacher468
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Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-26-2011 17:12:19 | More by jophish17
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-25-2011 15:14:16 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into wine-style glass.

Pours with a short, tan head the fizzles quickly to a film. Body is clear, like a dark iced tea.

Aromas are heavy on the banana, with some clove, allspice, and sort of cordial-like as it warmed. Lots of caramel sweetness.

Flavors were dominated by ripe banana peel, a fair amount of spice (but not thick), and a lite citrus in the way back. Very one-dimentional.

Pretty creamy mouthfeel at first, but lack of carbonation causes it to become pretty cloying. Becomes a bit harsh as it warms to around 60 degrees.

Little too thick and cloying for the style which brings down the drinkability score.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 19:49:02 | More by BeerImmediately
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Purv's in Peckville. Comes in a pint glass, reddish copper color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Completely still.

Smell is extremely spicy with lots of cinnamon and clove. It's also sweet and quite boozy. Some dark fruits peek in. Smells like an overspiced winter warmer so far...and those aren't really my thing...

Taste is also exceptionally spicy and boozy. Wow are there a lot of spices in this beer. Cinnamon, clove, and not sure what else. Some caramel too and a lot of sweetness. As it warms some dark fruit, cherries especially, come in, as does some vanilla which is actually the flavor I am enjoying most. Some good flavors here but this beer is all over the place. I wouldn't call it complex; I'd call it messy.

Mouthfeel is a medium-full body but is very flat. Sticky sweetness to the beer, but needs some creamy carbonation.

Eh, this beer has some potential but it's all over the place. Lots of components but they don't mesh. It's a mess to be honest. I really like the vanilla actually, but the spices need to be toned down a bit and it all needs to meld a bit more. At the end of the glass I feel tipsy and nothing more...

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 05:01:36 | More by number1bum
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange with a reddish tint. Clear with a small of bubbles. Head is soapy and pretty white.

S: lots of spice on the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, Ginger. Not sure if this is brewed with cherries or not but I get a sour cherry smell. Almost smells like it's going to be sour.

T: Ok so nothing sour about this beer. In fact it's almost cloyingly sweet. All the spices from the nose are present and counted for. Also a strong alcohol note. Some banana in the background.

M: Full bodied and thick. Very sweet and almost syrupy. This knocks drinkability down.

Overall: not as enjoyable as Tröegs Mad Elf. This one is too sweet and heavy.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 00:47:41 | More by BigMike
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-29-2014 19:39:24 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-26-2014 04:14:34 | More by macesq
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-06-2013 20:58:17 | More by mpalestino
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

01-24-2014 07:02:52 | More by steelslug92
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Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) from Bethlehem Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.