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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldbrewky (1411) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle via UDBeernut. A few years ago, Art gave me this bottle during one of his visits. It has been hiding amongst the salad dressing and ketchup for so long it was nearly forgotten. Lofty sugary nose of cotton candy and candi sugar. A wavy si9ngle strand of oily lacing remains as head settles upon the murky brown volume. Rich and rolling super sweet body does allow some whispy spice thru. Malt hopelessly surrounded by sugars, much like the Russians at Stalingrad. Malts must surrender.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3559) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 12/2/12

Aroma: The nose has a ton of winter-style spices, with some sweet malts, and fruity notes
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber color with a small off-white head and spotty lace
Flavor: It tastes fairly sweet and fairly spicy, with minimal bitterness, and a bit of booze on the finish
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it feels somewhat tingly, fairly sticky, and with a light heat to the finish
Overall Impression: This one was a bit strange, but not in a bad way. The spice dominates the nose, but somehow it becomes much sweeter in the flavor, with the spice showing up mid-palate, and some booze coming through at the very end. The sweetness is so pronounced that the flavor didn’t totally work, but it is still a decent beer, and an interesting offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2154) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
sweetness and spice blended well with mellow candied fruit appropriate for the season. nice kick to it but not overbearing with alcohol. not really slick in the body and low head. body still moderate enough and flavors waft in and out well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2455) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. Amber brown pour with beige head. Spice, fruit, and belgian sugar like aromas. Spice, yeast, fruit and sweet flavors. Nice seasonal brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (1862) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Tap the brewpub as i my free pick as part of sampler. Pours browinsh ruby red with nice head. Great holiday nose, not overpowering spices but just enough to get you in the mood. Tastes of all spice for sure, and you also get nutmeg, cloves, and coriander. I also tastes some leather, cherries, earth, raisins, plenty of malt, and some spruce. Enjoyable end to my lunch at Bethlehem Brew works

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (4626) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle, nose is heaviest on the allspice with heavy cloves and cinnamon, lesser coriander and nutmeg -- quite inviting, evocative yuletide treat. Pours a lightly hazy amber with lazy carbonation and a short tan head. Full body, some residual sugars and lots of alcohol, though it’s not harsh or hot, herbs and there but mushy and blended into the mid-ground, malt is week but brings balance. Not all that sweet and minimal bitterness. A pleasure on the palate and the flavor’s pleasant enough to warrant another bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
ruby colored pour, heavy on the nutmeg, allspice holiday spice thing. Cinnamon abound. too much of it IMO. Hides the 10.5% pretty well. overly sweet. OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1810) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Last day of Winter calls for a Christmas beer. Rude Elf Cellared for three months did not change much of the flavor. Mahogany mediumed bodied STRONG beer with spiced aroma and alcohol aftertaste. My palate can’t get past the medicine flavor. It’s a Rock Hammer of a Winter Brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Rotbart (155) - - FEB 29, 2012
Poured a nice foamy head which lingered. Amber in color, the aroma was very spicy. The taste was too medicinal for me with a medicinal aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1477) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Part of the mixed case from my sister. Pours a glorious red amber hue into my snifter capped by a foamy head with very little retention. Nose is strong with banana. Taste is trending sweet with burnt sugar, banana, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Alcohol is banging down the front door and emjoyably warming on this cold day. Mouth is think and syrupy, a true sipping beer . Rated via BeerBuddy

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