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A Belgian style ale brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet gale, cloves, coriander and allspice. Formerly known as Rudolph’s Reserve.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lightrider (302) - 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 (2343) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WanderinCelt87 (156) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Has a very robust aroma of spices and malt. Pours a mahogany body with a white head. Goes down smooth with a little after taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rman18 (311) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Nice seasonal beer. It has a nice palate with a good mixture of winter/Christmas spices.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
I woudl take it on christmas day probably, it is spiced and very strong, decent but nto great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2527) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Amber body, medium to thin off-white head, minimal lacing. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice dominate. Intense holiday spiced-beer. Medium bodied, mellow carbonation, not too hot for 10.5, lingering spiced finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devman171 (893) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Pours ruby red with a thin white foam. The armoa is spicy clove , ginger, and nutmeg. Full bodied with a touch of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2013 Really flavorful beer. The high alcohol isn’t overpowering and a good balance is created. Better at room temperature.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joealpizar (23) - - DEC 24, 2012
Pine taste and a strong beer. Caramel and ginger come to mind. Christmas comes to mind.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Poured from a 12oz bottle given to me by Chad of Chad’z Beer Reviews (thanks, buddy!).

A nice pour, ruby in color with a thin white head that laces fairly well. Slightly cloudy. The nose is spice heavy with lots of candi sugar, gingerbread, nutmeg, some dark fruits (fig, plum), and a touch of Belgian yeast (primarily clove). This is most definitely a spice bomb, and while I’m not usually a fan of Christmas spice beers, the Rude Elf’s Reserve seems to pull it off. The Belgian yeast definitely asserts itself, and that strikes an interesting balance with the spiciness of the rest of the flavor. It feels a bit thick in the mouth, with a bit of warmth (no doubt a product of the fact that this is a big beer), but not overwhelmingly so. A *definite* sipper, Rude Elf’s Reserve isn’t a beer I’d actively seek out again, but I have to give it credit for being a Christmas spice beer that I actually enjoyed.


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