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Rude Elf's Reserve | Allentown Brew Works

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BA SCORE
3.69/5
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196 Ratings
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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:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,901
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
196
pDev:
16.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
24
Trade:
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1/5  rDev -72.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

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1.83/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Man, I saw this at the only place in Pittsburgh to carry it, and couldnt wait to try. What a disappointment! Way too much funk going on here! It's flat and tastes like a bad apple cider with tons of cinnamon and nutmeg. Yuk! Its extremely boozy and doesnt go down easy, tart & sour! it smells like a caramel apple, but in true honesty, it tastes like a bad version of the brewers best belgian dubbel home brew kit with little to no carbonation and lots of spices dumped in. Not a fan! Reading the other reviews, this could have been a bad bottle! confused --- the cork would not twist out and I had to get it out with a wine cork opener.

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -39%

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2.32/5  rDev -37.1%

I was expecting spices. Before I poured into a snifter, I sniffed the bottle and was hit with powerful clove and a cinnamon-like smell. Poured with little head. I let it sit for a few minutes. On my first sip, I was hit with the alcohol; the balance was off. It seemed to be too new. So I sipped about a third of it, then I had had enough for the moment, and let it sit for maybe thirty minutes or so. When I brought it back to my lips the flavors were more intense as you would expect, but the booze bite was still pronounced.

a - looked attractive, better than average, very clean reddish amber
s - clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, booze
t - sweet, forward, alcoholic, not well balanced, young
m - thin, mildly bubbly
o - not for me at this age. I will cellar it and report, as my gut tells me that's what it needs.

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2.38/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

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2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this once before and remember it not being too good but here's to second chances. Deep amber color with brilliant clarity for a big belgian spiced beer. Thin head that doesnt last long. Smells heavily of nutmeg and cinnamon. The nose is actually quite nice. Some clove and burnt sugar.

Only medium in body and even on the lighter side of medium. Sweet belgian candy sugar up front which quickly turns to all spice and nutmeg. Lots of it, overpowering. Spicy alcoholic finish. Sweetness stick to the teeth. Complex with lots of flavors but incredibly over spiced and too much alcohol heat. Flavors include apple, pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, burnt sugar, and caramel. But again, far to much.

Definitely tastes like christmas and has it's high points, but it just a bit too much. Not really getting any of the belgian influence though.

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2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of white head. Solid looking beer.

S: Lots do spices - cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, with a good amount of apple cider aroma.

T: Sweetness in the way of ripe apples and brown sugar. Spices support the sweetness, but are much less prominent than they were in the aroma. Very straight forward, though. I don't get any sort of Belgian yeast flavor, and everything is pretty mild. The spices really aren't working well together - they create an odd, bitter flavor.

M: Thin, well carbonated. I wish this had more body to it.

O: I like the idea of this beer, but not so much the execution. The mouthfeel is thin, the flavors are mild, and there is not much complexity.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last year's vintage poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sending this out last winter.

Color is a moderate garnet-brown color that starts with a bubbly, two-finger head. Cream-colored, it fades quite quickly, leaving behind a collar and a slight cap on top. The nose is fairly spicy with a load of cinnamon and allspice coming through. Maybe a bit of ginger. Some dark fruits meander in the background.

The flavor brings forward a large amount of cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Some clove and booze are there as well. There is some light sweetness in the background. Moderate yeast character, though not much. Body is somewhat light for the style, though I'd say more toward medium overall. Low to moderate levels of carbonation. A bit strange and full of spices without much else. No real Belgian character. Not a big fan.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Allentown location. Pours a deep red, clear, with a small white head. Aroma of lots of spices -- ginger, cinnamon, gingerbread, clove. Flavor again is dominated by the spices mentioned above. Heavy mouthfeel. This was just a little overkill for me with all the spices and alcohol.

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Rude Elf's Reserve from Allentown Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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