Rudolph's Revenge | Main Street Brewery / Turoni's Pizza

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Main Street Brewery / Turoni's Pizza
Indiana, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by PhillyStyle on 01-12-2009

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was on-tap, served in a tulip glass:

The beer appeared a dark red color with a light tan head that was well retained, with some lasting the entire drink. The head was very light or not dense in texture. This was the best past of the beer as it appeared very appetizing.

The beer had a light, slightly sweet Belgian aroma to it. Not very complex for a Belgian style, but it also had slight hints of some dark malts and hops.

The taste pretty well followed the aroma, which I guess is good, but I wanted it to be more robust, more complex than it actually was, as Belgian beers are some of my favorites. I didn't really get any kind of fruit flavors that you usually get out of most Belgian beers. There was also a slight hint of sweet coriander in addition to the Belgian sugars, malts and hops.

The carbonation level of the beer was good. The beer had a medium body to it, somewhat creamy, and it was easy to drink. It did leave a dry aftertaste, but did not feel that this detracted from the beer at all. I am not sure what the ABV was, the waitress stated that it was a little stronger than some of the other beers that they brewed and I definitely felt it a little after the first one. The alcohol was not noticeable. Overall, a good beer, average to slightly above average. I would get it again if on tap.

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Photo of wallymowrigley
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark red color. No remaining head when the glass arrived.

Smell – Smelled sweet with hints of nutmeg and coriander.

Taste – Slightly sweet but not overpowering. Hops are minimally noticeable. Tastes a little bit like a gingerbread cookie. For a strong beer (around 10%), the alcohol content is not all that noticeable.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied and easy to drink. It’s hard not to drink this beer like a lighter cousin.

Overall – I enjoyed drinking this beer this year. It seems like it noticeably changes year by year, but I always enjoy going to Turonis and having a couple. In years past, the alcohol has been a bit forward but this year I think they masked it pretty well.

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Photo of RickS95
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a tulip. The ABV level for this year is now at 9.0%.

The color is a cross between burgundy and brown with contrasting slightly off-white head that had almost no retention.

Smell was very malt forward with some typical seasonal spices, like coriander, and a candied sugar scent. You can almost smell the sweetness in the beer.

Taste is extremely malty with the aforementioned spices, finishing with a splash of alcohol.

Medium- to full-bodied, it starts off sweet and spicy before giving way to a touch of bitter and some heat in the finish. Deep in the swallow, a lingering tangy feeling sets in. It's a little too something for me. I don't mind sweet, but this beer has no dryness and the taste and feel sensations coat the tongue and don't let go.

It's not an awful beer, merely average. I like the 9% ABV, but for a Belgian strong dark ale, it lacks sophistication.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden brown color. One finger off white head shows poor retention. Some light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Clove and coriander come in first in the nose. Nice sweet light dark malts around the middle of the beer. Light belgian yeast with some candi sugars too. A simple and not very complex aroma.

T- Caramel malts in the front of the beer mix with a light candi sugar sweetness. The clove and coriander mix up the middle of the aroma and give this beer a little more of a complex flavor. Yeasty belgian flavors toward the end with a warming sweet alcohol finish to the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light but not underwhelming for the beer. Caramel malts with some clove and coriander are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol, candi sugar, and caramel malts. Flavors were balanced actually quite well for the style. No off flavors were present at all. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a good first beer from this brewery. The ABV is high and this beer actually doesn't drink like it. I could drink a couple pints of this before moving onto something else.

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Photo of gratefuld
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of pruden
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't a fan. Tasted like cough medicine.

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Photo of redluvr
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of crow
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoePat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clean brown with a Kali head.

I get some spicy, estery note in the aroma. Clove and coriander being the most dominate.

Cloves and corriander make up most of the flavor as all. I also get a nice caramel flavor.

This is a very clean and drinkable beer with a great Belgian style flavor.

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Photo of BTFU
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Turoni's over Christmas 2012.

A: Poured a very dark, blood red, with ruby slivers poking out around the corners. Overall, considering the darkness and the octane, this was fairly clear. Very little head, maybe just a few bubbles. Dangerous...

S: Lots of candi sugar which just screamed Christmas to me. Also, the Belgian yeast strain was evident but not too funky, just estery and spicy.

T: It reminded me of Troegs "Mad Elf" in the way the candi sugar and yeast sort of melded together giving it sort of a Cherry Jubilee quality (even though I know Troegs actually uses cherries in "Elf"). It had a nice bitter slap at the end to remind me that I was in fact drinking a beer rather than just just some Belgian candy concoction.

M: Sweet but festive, bitter at the end but not too, and virtually no lacing left on the glass.

O: I don't think I could drink much of this stuff, but maybe it's better that way. As an added bonus, my beer-hating wife absolutely loved this. Win!

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Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of kbwolfe
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rudolph's Revenge from Main Street Brewery / Turoni's Pizza
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 13 ratings