Rude Elf's Reserve | Allentown Brew Works

BA SCORE
83
good
194 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Rude Elf's ReserveRude Elf's Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
194
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There are times that I am saddened by the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, this being one of them. I had a number of Christmas/Holiday beers set aside to drink over the holidays, only to have time get away from me. I suppose that I should be happy to be able to drink them now, but I really wanted them in December.

From the bottle: "After being pestered by crazy workshop elves and celebrity reindeer, the Rude Elf found his true calling in Santa's brew house. He kept his edge and brewed a new Christmas legend for us all. Handcrafted in our small brewery with great pride. Family run, urban made, and fiercely independent since 1998. Cheers! - The Fegley family"; "Belgian Style Ale Brewed with Spices".

A Pop! of the cap & I was off and running. Or is it often running? No matter, but a gentle pour was the order of the day. Once sufficiently decanted, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head with limited retention that quickly fell away to wisps. Bye! Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like spice cake! Bready with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a light ginger presence. Oh, I would have loved this with my Christmas roast! Mouthfeel was big & full, like a dollop scooped onto my tongue. The spices were riotous, explosive & very tasty. Cinnamon was the prevalent spice, but nutmeg was also present and the ginger worked with the breadiness of the malt to create a gingerbread taste! Mmmm. Finish was dry as a result of all of the inherent spiciness, but it was a very tasty, warming drink. I really must revisit this beer come December 2017.

 1,672 characters

Photo of ogman
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TeachChefs
4.67/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacMalt
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a pub. It was served in a pint glass. It pours a cola brown with ruby hues, and a thin, ecru-colored head and lacing that dissipated quickly. It smells of cherry, banana, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The taste largely follows the nose. This is a pleasant spiced ale with flavors of cherry, banana, clove, and nutmeg. It's sweet but not cloying. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and you notice the 10.5% ABV. Overall, this is a pleasant Belgian-style ale. It is reminiscent of Mad Elf but lacks the latter's subtlety and clarity of taste.

 577 characters

Photo of madelf66
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ericat78
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ardeer
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewlinson
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joelski
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to snifter.

Dark brown color, with a hint of red, clear. No head.

Aroma is wine, cranberry, cherry.

Taste is cherry, fruitcake, grape, apple, yeast,....nothing strong though, except the high alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thin and flat.

Poor Man's Troegs Mad Elf, without the pepper. Update: I actually ranked this #1 of 19 in the 2015 blind Christmas beer tasting. I think that is a mistake, but I've upped my numbers somwhat for it. I have one bottle left and will test it again against some of the better holiday brews.

 543 characters

Photo of malprep
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Luweezy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brheuer
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Golden brown without much head
Smell - banana clove and cinnamon.
Taste - similar to the smell but with a lot of clove and really sweet
Feel - medium body with medium to light carbonation
Overall - not a fan. Too sweet and to much clove

 244 characters

Photo of ncarter5889
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joeygatorhands
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dodo2step
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Giant Beer Garden in Hampden Township

A- a reddish pour with a half finger frothy head that runs off quickly. splotchy lacing left on the pint.

S- cinnamon, clove, banana and grain. a gorgeous nose but let's see if the taste matches.

F- clove, banana and then cinnamon. the clove tends to over dominate which hurts the overall flavor a bit.

M- heavy bodied and spiced with lots of Christmas spices. a def sipper.

O- this is an above average beer. the spices come out great in the nose but tend to cross each other up in the flavor.

 544 characters

Photo of jhartley
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown color body with a slight white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing left in the glass.
Smells of Belgian yeast, clove and some cinnamon.
Tastes plenty of spice, clove, cinnamon, some nutmeg along with banana and some funkiness and a little alcohol on the end.
Mouth feel is full of spice and surprisingly finishes dry. Didn't pick up on the 10.5% at all!
Overall, much better than I was expecting. A great winter time beer to warm you up on a Christmas Eve or during Nor'Easter Blizzard. Glad I picked up this Elf as it wasn't that rude to me at all; was actually accommodating!

 614 characters

Photo of greyghost86
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jake_eff
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KonigObHops
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured a cloudy dark copper color with an off-white to tan head which dissipated rapidly.

The bouquet was nice. It smelled spicy with clove being the strongest scent. It also had hints of banana and perhaps nutmeg.

Sadly, the taste of this beer was disappointing from start to finish. The clove taste in this beer was overpowering. Up front, all I got was cloves. The middle and the finish were also dominated by cloves. There was some slight banana flavor in the middle, but it was no match for the clove taste.

The feel of the beer was light and crisp.

Overall, this was not an enjoyable beer. I could have had the same experience from smoking a clove cigarette.

 687 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Rude Elf's Reserve from Allentown Brew Works
3.64 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe