Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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3.82/5
Very Good
224 Ratings
Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve)Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by goindownsouth on 12-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,273
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
224
pDev:
15.18%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
51
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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of rudiecantfail
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a "snulip" glass.

L---Ever so slightly hazy, deep amber color. Medium off-white head with minimal retention, but surprisingly good lacing.

S---Cinnamon, first & foremost. Loads of cinnamon. Also a lot of other spices. I'll try, but probably fail to get them all right. Nutmeg, coriander, ginger (or at least gingerbread) and maybe(?) all-spice. Spices really overpower anything else, but there might be some candy sugar there as well.

T---Spices dominate in the taste even more than in the nose. But that's ok. It's true to style and is coming through as advertised. Tastes just like you'd imagine a christmas beer to taste. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger. There might be other things there, but's that's going to be for someone better than me to detect. All christmas/winter spices all the time.

F---Remarkably smooth for ABV. No real burn/booziness. Feels full with medium carbonation. Could be dangerous if I'd gotten a sixer.

O---A damn fine christmas beer. It's what you'd expect, and in large amounts, but that's exactly what it says it is, so props for being on point.

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Photo of haines710
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this. Picked up a bottle before the holidays and now enjoying it late night watching some football. Smell is clovey. Taste also starts with cloves and other spices. Very spicy but very little malt. Not much depth. Just a warm burning sensation. Glad I tried it. Won’t get more

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Festive deep color with a spicy winter smell of cinnamon. Very strong taste and heavy finish.Bites hard and it will get you drunk. I prefer to have another beer before this one to loosen up my palate.

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Come out with nice amber color and nice full off white/tan foam...decent lacing.
The aroma is full of holiday spiciness and the Belgian brew coming thru.
As for the taste...it follows the nose to the "T"...with nice spice and Belgium ABV along for the ride. Very nice touch...
The feel is a smooth with a lil' bite in the end, but still well balanced.
Overall a great brew for the holidays.

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Photo of Mooglytonkers
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spicy without being cloyingly sweet. It's liquid xmas. Pours ruby red, bubbles pop little spice bursts in your nasal passages. Overall it's great, the booziness is just enough to remind you that this will inevitably lead to holiday party-mode.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice beer; lots of apples and fruit fruits, light spices and coriander. Does not taste as strong as it is which is great/dangerous.

Overall a really nice beer.

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Photo of TeachChefs
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bankboy66
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks great smells.....boozy. Lots of clove and cinnamon upfront. Kind of stings the tongue a bit. Interesting offering.

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Photo of Curt3
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveinFF
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby color with white head that collapses quickly with no lacing. Aroma is winter spices...cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, ginger. Light carbonation and relatively light body. Nice malt sweetness with notes of caramel, raisin, burnt sugar. Dark stone fruits. Not much in the way of hop bitterness here. Not really boozy despite the high ABV but grows as the temp rises.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a beautiful ruby red, with just a faint head that fades fairly quickly, but that's to be expected for the style/ABV.

Smell- HUGE cinnamon dominance. Like, you can smell the cinnamon enveloping your senses as soon as you pop the bottle top.Tons of other spices that make this almost smell like potpourri, and as a sucker for both of those things, I absolutely love it.

Taste- You definitely get a huge kick of all the spices that are in the nose, but the ample amounts of sugary malt sweetness really balance it out, making it taste almost like a gingersnap cookie. Perfect holiday taste.

Feel- Medium bodied, about what you'd expect for a quad, or something comparable.

Overall- This literally tastes like Christmas in a glass. When I think holiday season, THIS is what I think of. Truly a spectacular beer, and from a brewery I've never heard of/tried before. I'd take this over Mad Elf, my previous favorite holiday beer, any day.

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Photo of Timtac
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mooseo
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmg480
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wingnut93
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Collinc7238
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Had only one bottle and it seemed a little flat but the flavor was very good.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jchil
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass. Christmas present from a co-worker, glass from the mom =)

L - ruby red color with a hint of amber. Half finger of head with a thin ring around the glass. Loose lacing on the glass.

S - Cherries, cinnamon, nut meg. Dried fruit in the back end.

T - fresh cherries, cloves, cinnamon as an after taste.

F - syrup strong feel. Fizzy gulp finish. Light carbonation

O - I like this much more than the Mad Elf. First time using a teku glass and the aromatics are fantastic. Love this beer, wish I got the bourbon barrel aged bottle as well. Merry Cheersmas!!

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Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 224 ratings