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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

166 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 166
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.57%
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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Ratings: 166 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-14-2013 15:04:16 | More by ShanePB
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dsnyder61

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

08-08-2013 01:01:48 | More by dsnyder61
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-13-2013 22:46:31 | More by erialbill
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-11-2013 03:34:11 | More by orangesol
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -47.2%

03-21-2013 00:06:08 | More by BGsWo22
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jmann40

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-04-2013 03:20:44 | More by jmann40
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JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-04-2013 01:35:15 | More by JuliusCaesar
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Reviewed from notes of stuff I've had over the past month or so.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Deep red ale with a nice but short lived head.

Smell: Clove, cinnamon, all spice and icing. "Sugar, spice and everything nice." Back of the package recipe gingerbread cookies. Cheap holiday cookies. Smells good, if a little... cheesy. (And not like actual cheese.)

Taste: This seems like they made all of their baked goods for the season and then brewed up a decent Belgian strong ale and dumped all of the leftover spices into the ale. How they mix with the ale isn't bad, but it's not exquisite either.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodies with appropriate carbonation. Lightly sticky afterward.

This isn't a BAD beer. In fact, I didn't mind my experience with it at all. However, I wouldn't want it again for an entire year and a single 12 oz will do. The fruit cake of beer.

02-01-2013 23:52:43 | More by ColdWaffles
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-12-2013 18:30:52 | More by Rojada1988
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Schreiber


1/5  rDev -73.6%

12-31-2012 01:35:35 | More by Schreiber
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Greatbarron


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-29-2012 21:47:15 | More by Greatbarron
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-27-2012 02:38:54 | More by jrfehon33
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astidad

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-20-2012 03:10:33 | More by astidad
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-19-2012 06:20:52 | More by let8it8grow
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rdoggg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-13-2012 02:27:38 | More by rdoggg
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B00ZER

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-11-2012 18:15:25 | More by B00ZER
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5%

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a ruby red color with a small white head. The head fades very fast to leave a lingering film and a small level of lacing.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of spice notes mixed with some fruit and sugar. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom are all prevalent and mix nicely with a candied sugar and light dark fruit aroma.

Taste – The spices make their presence known upfront in the taste as they did in the nose. Cinnamon and cardamom mix with a dark fruit and malty base of the brew. Soon other spices of nutmeg enter as well as some flavors of a brown sugar and apple. A light yeast taste enters the tongue, more toward the end, along with a light alcohol and citrus flavor. From the mix of the spice and alcohol, a pleasant warming taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is slightly on the higher side. The high carbonation is god for the drinkability while the medium body is a good compromise from keeping it too easy to drink, but yet still being god for the spice and the fruit flavors.

Overall – A tasty spiced Belgian style ale. A very drinkable (and dangerous at 10.5 % abv.) and wonderful winter style brew to sit back and sip in the company of friends. A good on to try if you get the chance.

12-10-2012 01:00:53 | More by Darkmagus82
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-09-2012 04:08:02 | More by troegaarden
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-08-2012 20:40:07 | More by djrn2
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-08-2012 17:49:00 | More by rolltide8425
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jeddis1

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-05-2012 21:32:19 | More by jeddis1
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at George street alehouse in new Brunswick. Arrives in a pint glass with a finger of foam with nice lacing. Aroma is moderate with holiday spices like Clove and cinnamon.

This is much better than what I had in the bottle last year. Decently sweet with a strong spice profile. A touch boozy but to be expected in a beer this size. A bit too spiced for my preference but not overpowering.

This is a bargain at 6 bucks for a pint of this high octane beer at the GS alehouse. I'm glad I gave this another shot, as it is head and shoulders better than the bottle I had previously.

11-21-2012 18:04:28 | More by FickleBeast
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

11-20-2012 00:53:36 | More by Peyton5410
Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) from Bethlehem Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.