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

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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
Ratings:
213
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
15.17%
 
 
Wants:
14
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44
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.8/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of dmamiano
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer at the sister brewery, Allentown Brew works.
Color was dark brown, virtually no head wth minimal lacing.
Served in a chalice.
Smell was reat, belgian malts, yeasts highly noticeable. Fruity in the nose, figs, dates and some peppery notes as well.
Taste was awesome. Smooth, yeasty and full. Very spicey wit ha big peppery finish.
Very good beer.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice ale. Thick off white head ...nice carbonation....candied fruit...chalky and minerals...I would seek this out again

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of goindownsouth
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This holiday brew from the Bethlehem Brew Works is probably the best "seasonal" brew I have tasted in quite a while. This aromatic beer is very pleasant to the nose, bursting with hints of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and candied sugar. This beer is in a class of its own. It is light, yet distinctive in quality. It has an earthy, warm amber color. This beer is also available in 6 packs to take home.

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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
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 erica
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good one! I've been looking forward to this since I had last year's version! RR is definitely one of my faves, with basically nothing that i don't like about it. It smells like spices with a bit of banana in there, but i think less banana than last year, and lots less than the bottles (and thats a good thing), and also alcoholic . The color is a medium reddish brown, with a fair-sized head thats doesn't last too long. It tastes a lot like it smells, but doesn't taste as boozy as it smells, which can be bad for me when there's a growler sitting there... :) I think there's cloves, cinnamon, and some other spices that i'm not sure what they are, but they blend quite nicely together. It's not too thick either, another 'dangerous factor' because again, I could just drink it all night! Of course, with the 9.5%abv, I'd be feeling it the next day... All in all though, this is one good Christmas beer. highly recommended!

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4.56/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark deep amber color with very little head. The smell is Christmas eve, lots of spices and a strong nutmeg. The taste is sweet and strong. Lots of nutmeg flavors and cinnamon as well. Easy to drink with such a strong flavor. Overall a really good Christmas beer. Good balance of flavors and warms you up.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of damiandev
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of dsnyder61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice ruby reddish color / garnet, the head is a off-white color, leaves a lace around the glass and thin sheet till the end. On the nose the aroma is of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and coriander. On the palate more of the same, spices, sweetness / sugary, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and coriander, slight alcohol, emm this gets better as it is warming up, flavors are becoming more pronounced. The 10%abv creates a little warming feeling (feels like your glowing.) Overall this is a great seasonal christmas brew…IMO second only to Slyfox's xmas brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is quite nice with a slightly hazy, deep chestnut body that displays crimson highlights topped by a short and creamy light tan head. The head drops shortly but maintains a nice collar and leaves some spotty lace throughout the glass. The nose is sweet and fruity with the clove standing out amongst the various spices. Upon further investigation the cinnamon and nutmeg are also notable. The full body is enhanced by a very fine carbonation that's at first gently crisp on the tongue, but becomes creamy as it warms across the palate. The flavor is quite rich and extravagant. It's impressively vivid with a sweet, juicy malt that's drenched in soft, swirling spice flavors. The bitterness is well restrained for obvious reasons. The complexity of the spicing is astounding, with each of the many spices appearing seperately as you progress through the serving. With one sip the nutmeg may appear clear as day, but on the next it's all about cinnamon. I'm honestly not sure about the sweet gale, but the coriander/clove seem to have a constant presence. If you hold it in your mouth for long enough you may be able to note several of the spices in a row; and yet they never overpower the palate. Exceptional, and very well balanced! As might be expected, the finish is dry with a variety of lingering spices and a light touch of softly fruity and gently caramelish malt. The alcohol is completely cloaked, which is surprising for a beer of 9.5%! Quite impressive! I've never tasted a beer that can take so much spice and wrap it up so nicely in one small package. Of course, it is still limited in it's drinkability as the bold spicing will tend to build on the palate beyond one glass - but it makes an exceptional after-dinner drink or nightcap! This is one to enjoy from a brandy snifter on a cold night in front of the fireplace with a well-worn leather-bound copy of Dicken's.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really dug this stuff.
Smell/flavor wise it struck me as a combination between traditional belgian strong dark and strong pale ales. The yeastyness was definately belgian.
There were notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander that you find in some strong pale ales, and some dark fruit notes that you find in the strong dark ales.
Dense and chewy in the mouthfeel... on the luxurious side.
Not quite so rude as the name would lead you to believe.
The alcohol is sneaky; well masked and well exploited.
Top shelf stuff.

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Photo of beerhawk
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one complex brew! Man you pop the bottle open and it fills the room with aroma. Christmas in a bottle. I guess holiday beers don't really have a style since some are hoppy beers, others fruit beers and ones like this that are spiced. So you really can't say much about style. It is it's own i suppose. I was told to try this brew two ways...cold and room temperature. So I bought two bottles from the pub. I must say room temp is the way to go. I pourd it into a brandy glass. The carbonation was a bit high for a big beer like this. I prefer light carbonation on the spiced beers and high ABV's. The head was pure white on a crystal clear ruby red beer. Did I mention the aroma..oh yeah...awesome. The head died quick, but I enjoyed every small sip over the course of about an hour while I watched Lost on TV. The Belgian yeast give it almost a trappist taste. This is not a beer I could have more than one of per session. The spices are to big for that. I don't think I am going to put the other one in the cooler. I liked it right out of the bottle room temp. Maybe I'll keep it in the basement to bring it down to cellar temp next time. Worth a try if you like complexity. I think it will age well too. I will have to get a case next year to give as gifts to my friends.

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Rude Elf's Reserve (formerly Rudolph's Reserve) from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
3.89 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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