Lightrider (313) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MadIndian (2558) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
rman18 (311) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice seasonal beer. It has a nice palate with a good mixture of winter/Christmas spices.
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I woudl take it on christmas day probably, it is spiced and very strong, decent but nto great.
callmemickey (3392) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
devman171 (1164) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby red with a thin white foam. The armoa is spicy clove , ginger, and nutmeg. Full bodied with a touch of alcohol.
JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2013 Really flavorful beer. The high alcohol isn’t overpowering and a good balance is created. Better at room temperature.
Joealpizar (23) - - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pine taste and a strong beer. Caramel and ginger come to mind. Christmas comes to mind.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.