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Bourbon Barrel Rude Elf's Reserve | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Bourbon Barrel Rude Elf's ReserveBourbon Barrel Rude Elf's Reserve

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MDDMD on 01-19-2013

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 12
Photo of 57md
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark copper with honey edges and about a half finger of head. The nose is dominated by lively soft bourbon notes. The bourbon notes in the flavor profile are just enough to be enjoyable but not too much to be overwhelming. The sweetness of the bourbon melds very well with the sweetness of the base beer. Finally, the body is just hearty enough to carry the bourbon well.

All that said, I think that an additional year of age on this would make it even more smooth and tasty. I will purchasing another bottle and checking back at the end of 2016 to determine if my hypothesis is correct.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a ruby/garnet reed color with a very thick, dense, creamy white head.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg, bourbon, oak, light cherry tang.

T - Cherry, oak, bourbon, cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of cherry tang.

M - Heavy, full bodied, sticky.

O - This is worth seeking out if you like Christmas beers, the bourbon barrel adds a nice layer of complexity to an already solid Christmas ale.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown red color with a small light tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark fruit, brown sugar, spices, bourbon

T-plums, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, cloves, nice bourbon flavor well-integrated into the whole flavor profile

F-medium body with light carbonation, rich and smooth mouthfeel

O-this beer really surprised me. It had great flavor and was so well-balanced. A wonderful beer to sip and enjoy by the fire.

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Bourbon Barrel Rude Elf's Reserve from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
4.2 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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