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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

191 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: goindownsouth on 12-08-2002

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice ale. Thick off white head ...nice carbonation....candied fruit...chalky and minerals...I would seek this out again

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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lion25
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furley80
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ycallacy
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greyghost86
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.56/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BigN8tion
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Scotty1337
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Maguire815
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of hophead81
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of VWGTi
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of _thatgregguy
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Shade1951
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) from Bethlehem Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.