Rude Elf's Reserve | Allentown Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009

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4.67/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy medium amber in appearance. Smell is foral to the nose, this smells nice. Mouthfeel, is nice, leaves well and very clean. Taste, we got it all here. This beer is a nice blend of spices. This is an exceptional Belgian style ale. Get some! Overall we found this brew to be very enjoyable, not to mention that the ABV is quite nice. We had this with some scotch eggs. Respect the beer, fridge worthy.

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4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a reddish color with a small off white head. The head dissipates quickly however moderate lacing remains on the glass until the end.

The smell is heavy on spices, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, orange peels and wheat.

The taste follows the nose, cinnamon and the other spices hit first then and orange taste comes in followed by a wheat like taste then finishing with peppery hops. Everything is well balanced.

The mouthfeel is crisp and spicy, there is a good amount of carbonation. A small amount of hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a very well balanced brew. Although this is billed as a Spiced Beer, and it is, the spices, along with the high, (10.5%) alcohol content make it a good choice for a winter warmer.

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4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color w/ about 2F of tan head, and plenty of carbonation.

Smell is fantastic. Tons of spices atop a rich, deep-fruity malty aroma. Cherries were at the forefront.

Flavor was also quite nice. Some chocolate covered cherries, plum skins, and rich malted barley. Heavy winter spice profiles continued through as well.

Had a fairly high level of carbonation keeping it from becoming cloying at the high ABV.

I found this highly enjoyable overall, and will seek it out in the future.

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4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here was the Brew Works description:
"Our Silver Medal winning Belgian style holiday beer brewed with dark Belgian candi sugar and special spices. This brew has a spicy aroma and flavor with a sweet malt taste. At 10.5% alcohol it is sure to warm you up during the holiday season."

The Rude Elf's Reserve was definitely worth the trip. Everything you could have hoped from a Belgian holiday beer. The green apple flavors were amazing and perfectly placed with the other spices and candi. A 1/2 gallon growler was going for about $25, so I didn't get one, but I'm kicking myself now. Guess I'll have to wait until next year to have one again.

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