beerbomb (228) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2015 2013 corked bottle-still vigorous carbonation. aroma is very fruity, almost vinous with a very sweet candy-like aroma, mixed with spice extract and alcohol fumes muddled in with some caramel/malt-seems more similar to a spiced wine than a belgian. flavor is about the same-very sweet with a vinous overtone-spices are medicinal and cloying, balanced only by the sweetness (and I love spices). palate is prickly and astringent. heavy and unrefined, definitely rude. maybe it sat too long, or just isnt too good abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Pours clear red with an off white head. Aroma is clove and winter spices with a hint of fruit. Finishes with light fruit and spice. BillWyce (1086) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
Pours clear red-amber with a 1-finger bone-colored head. Aroma has notes of banana, honey, spices, and maybe some candied fruit. Body is medium, with a mild thickness. Finish is dry, with some astringency. Flavor of the spices, with some honey and an earthy note at the back. Some banana and a buttery note as it warms. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Thought this was a Belgian ale, so I poured it into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to bronzed copper color. Slim quarter finger of white foamy head graced gently on the glass.
The smell had a sweet brown sugar to delicate spice - ginger, cinnamon and clove.
The taste started off mainly sweet and bled into the spices nicely. Light spicy sweet aftertaste led to a sticky sweet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Alcohol not felt but then again I’m not worried since it’s from Christmas of 2014.
Overall, for what it is now, I like it as a Belgian ale or a Christmas spiced ale. It works. steelhead3686 (270) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours a nice clear copper with a medium tan head. Very sweet caramel aromas with some citrus. It really smells like a holiday desert. Very sweet and almost a bit sour. It has a light to medium body and thin texture. This is an above average holiday brew that you should definitely keep on your wish list.
BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle reddish amber no head. Musty, holiday spice and alcohol nose. Flavor is very malty with spicing. A bit cloying finish. sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Fegleys Brew Works Rude Elfs Reserve is a nice Holiday brew, but maybe not a regular. Head is very foamy. Malt and spiciness dominate the nose. Taste is like a gingerbread in a balanced subtle way. Pretty simple brew but gingerbread flavor is nice around Christmas time. mtmaguire (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
Smooth for a high 10.5. Aroma is nice and a pleasant carmel color. Taste is very subtle l, but packs a bite even after just one brew. Nice! redtechnj (315) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Appearance-Clear deep, rich amber, creamy off white head, nice lacing.
Aroma-Christmas mulling spices, clove, nutmeg,allspice,cinnamon.
Taste-Sweet yet spicy, clove and nutmeg are big, alcohol and cinnamon. Malty and doughy. Not something I would want a lot but it was interesting jflopsu (1614) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a rust oramge. Has a malt, fruit and caramel aroma. Has a sweet fruity malt and caramel taste (but not prunes or too bitter). A sweet aftertaste. No dry flavors here.