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

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by goindownsouth on 12-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
213
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
15.17%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of DaveinFF
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
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 +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 Timtac
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mooseo
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmg480
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wingnut93
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Collinc7238
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jchil
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of OGShotzy
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jams1220
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jmski
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pep
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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Photo of dlmvh5150
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lion25
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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