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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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A Belgian style ale brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet gale, cloves, coriander and allspice. Formerly known as Rudolph’s Reserve.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (4545) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
12 oz bottle from DrSilverworm. Pours a slightly hazy dark reddish amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have allspice, nutmeg, additional herbs and spices, caramel, yeast sweet malts, fairly smooth, if I didn’t read the bottle I wouldn’t have guessed that it was over 10 %.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3114) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
POPE, Philadelphia tap ($6): Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is a whole heck of a lot of spices, like allspice, cloves, and I even got something akin to ginger. Nice roasted malts and plenty of sweetness as well. Taste is similar. Nice body. Alcohol is well covered. I thought it was quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Listigovers (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Warms you right up, reddish color, slightly spiced but well balanced! Full bodied. Winey.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (427) - Madison, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours a cloudy amber with load of spice, cinnamon, clove, and heavy malt. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet with a slight booze finish. Overall a great beer for enjoying with Christmas!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5051) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks to Dan H. Shared with b3shine. Clear amber color. Little, bubbly off-white head, couple dots of lace. Really nice spice, ginger, nutmeg nose. Good clove in the flavor. Nice moderate sweet, mild bitter, lightly spicy taste. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Very tasty, impressively easy-drinking winter warmer. Hides alcohol impressively well for 10%.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (4460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a transparent deep orange with off-white lacing. Smells solid; Belgian yeast, clove, and winter spices with a fairly sweet backbone. Tastes like it. Smells with clear but learnt notes of nutmeg. Nice on the palate! And very smooth for the abv. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3187) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2013
12 oz bottle. Clear purple brown with white froth. Nose is cherry, nutmeg, honey and rye. Oily medium body with a tang. Taste is nutmeg, clove and candi finishing with bitter spice. A simple holiday brew; not a bad choice for a cold evening. Similar to the other Elf but without the cough syrup notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxsgrl98 (15) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2013
One of my favorites and doesn't disappoint!! Sweet hop smell to start, spices and hops on the taste, salt bitter aftertaste--but overall still great!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lightrider (272) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle into an ale glass. Pour is ruby and high co2 that drops fast. Aroma is all it says on the bottle, spice and malt. Taste is the same with a warmth. Finish is a nice wash of spice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2306) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
On draft at Isaacs. It was ok, tasted and smelled exactly like the description. Cinnamon, spices, candy sugar, coriander and nuts. The blend was a little off for me, but it was interesting.


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