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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Belgian style ale brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet gale, cloves, coriander and allspice. Formerly known as Rudolph’s Reserve.

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3.6
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper body, clear, under a very small fizzy white head that faded to a thin film. Aroma is very sweet with tons of cloying sticky spiciness. Alot of cinnamon, alcohol, fruity esters, and a touch of caramel. Flavor is dominated by alcohol and cinnamon red hots candy. A little malty sweetness below. The finish is rather harsh and biting. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and cloying with a good dose of fizzy prickly carbonation. Overall, this was over spiced and overly sweet, such as is the case with too many Christmas beers. 6/3/5/3/12, 2.9 Total Score

Re-rate, Dec 2008, on tap at Allentown location. The nose is very different from my first try, this was big and sweetly malty with some very subtle spices, candi sugar, vanilla, orange peel, maybel a little bit of cinnamon. The flavor was of heavy sweet malt with lots of candi sugar up front. The spices emerge on the finish with a bit of an alcohol burn. Seems a bit under-attenuated for my tastes. This was still somewhat of an improvement over my initial rating from the bottle. Much more complex and subtly spiced. Numbers are for my recent experience.

4
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Tawny, auburn hue, under a thick slab of cocoa foam. Quite nice looking. Aroma: spice aplenty. Nutmeg and cinnamon, coriander and clove, probably more...heck, I bet they’re listed on the label. Soft and sensuous, tickling the nose with intriquing aromatics. Double nice. Taste: Bold, hoppy feel blasts into the mouth, spreads fresh, fierce flavor before fading back slowly. Spices remain in the fore of the flavor, sip after sip, hovering above a very full-bodied and complex ale. 9.5%? It’s starting to creep up there... yup, it’s making an impression. Not halfway into the bomber. I know I’ve got a wicked ride yet to go... Very nice spiced ale, this. Yummy yummers. wish I’d shared it with someone, though...such a chore to tackle on one’s own...delicious, but damned daunting.

3.3
User37895 (3042) - - JUN 11, 2006
Ah, too much spice going on in this "Belgian," too much cinnamon and nutmeg anyway. These spice beers (ginger, cinnamon) are starting to annoy me, big time, especially in beers like this that pretend to be "Belgian." Poured a clear amber beer with a small head and weak weak lacing. Aroma was of cinnamon, nutmeg, cherry, and some sort of juniper / medicinal or something of light floral aspects. Turns out they have some sort of sweet gale in here, which is something medicinal / shrubbery related - maybe that was it. Flavor was all spiced up everywhere, weak for the style, killed anything Belgian about this. Finished with some soapiness. The mouthfeel was thin for a Belgian. I’m gonna rate this before I finish, cuz as it warms this spice junk is killing me.

3.2
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Bought this 22oz bottle from Buy Rite liquors in Cherry Hill, NJ. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin white head. Spicy pumpkin aroma with a hint of malt. Spicy taste with a hint of pumpkin! The exact opposite of the aroma. Dry finish. Warm mouthfeel. Hidden alcohol. Not a bad Ale.

3.8
Sammy (12596) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
Initially from fridge with a cloudy yeasty peach colour, soap bubble head. Good kitchen spice cabinet aroma. Initially creamy good medium mouthfeel, and spices refreshed.Like a good Begium, yet hint of metallic finish. As glass warmed, mouthfeel felt thinner and spices Ok but not delicious, more like an American Winter warmer.

2.9
Beerdedone (3441) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours copper with a white head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, spices. Flavor is fruit, carbonated, and citrus. Just wasn’t into this one.

3.2
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver, Somerville, NJ. Deep brown hazy pour with huge spicy aroma. The taste was dense and very spicy, perhaps too spicy. As it warmed, it got a little muddled and hard to finish. In the mold of Weyerbacher Decadence.

3.2
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
"Not what i expected, this should be a spiced beer. Poured a amber color with not much head or lacing. Aroma was of cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor was where this one was off, not that it was bad but to much spices. If it were a spiced beer maybe higher rates. "

2.1
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2006
pours amber. thin head retention. smells like spicy bubble gum. i can sense the nutmeg after i swallow. i get no cinnamon clove or coriander. this beer is sour and it sucks ass. but 4.99 isnt a bad price. i’d get more enjoyment lubeing the bottle with vaseline in putting in my pucker hole. nigga please

3.8
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2006
this ish is bananas, appreciate the spiciness but not overwhelming pretty nice


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