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)

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

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

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with a finger of off-white head. The head dissipates rather quickly. The most pronounced note in the nose is nutmeg. Spices and malt blend together in the flavor profile. This offering finishes with a definite and not altogether pleasant essence of alcohol. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. The body is a touch light for the style.

I have sampled this offering over many Christmas seasons and it has seemed to have gotten lighter with a slightly muted flavor profile as the years go by. This is still a good holiday treat, but certainly not the best Christmas ale available.

December 2016 update: Sampled a vertical of 2013, 2014 & 2015 versions (3, 2 & 1 year(s) old respectively). The flavors on the 2013 vintage were fairly dull and the finish was surprisingly bitter considering. The 2015 vintage was still a touch hot in the alcohol department. The sweet spot for me was the 2014 vintage which still had a solid malt backbone as well as the traditional candied sweetness. The spices had dissipated but that did not detract from the drinking experience too much. The alcohol was totally smoothed out and the drinkability was optimum.

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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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