Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerPhan86:
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
I wanted to get some Delirium Noel for Christmas this year but my store didn't order it, and I noticed they had this. Wasn't about to spend $15.99 for a six pack but I got a single for $3.49.
A - I was expecting something far darker in appearance. This one pours a hazy ruby-amber with a virtually nonexistent head. Doesn't seem to be very much carbonation in this beer either...
S - Belgian yeast, raisins, and banana. Very sweet and malty smelling, with plenty of booziness. I can detect the cherries and honey that the description promises. This reminds me of Three Philosopher's.
T - Plenty of cherry flavor that stays on the lips. Very boozy and oaky. Tastes grainy and spicy. I get some hops on the dry finish, but just not enough dark flavors for my taste.
M - Medium bodied and creamy, but pretty flat. I need some carbonation, and I think that would help bring out the flavors some more.
D - The ABV is very well hidden, however I am glad I just bought the one to try and not the whole six pack.
Overall, I should have spent the holiday with Three Philosopher's or just gotten some Delirium Nocturnum. Pretty big letdown, I was expecting a far darker and more complex beer. Other people seem to like this and it isn't bad, just not worth the price at all in my opinion, and I was definitely in the mood for a Belgian strong dark ale tonight.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2009 02:03:40 | More by BeerPhan86
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3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2013 vintage poured into a Firestone Walker tulip.
A: Pours a slightly hazy red amber with 1 finger of straw-colored head that dissipates to a foamy ring.
S: Cherry, wheaty malt, corn, honey, and a hint of alcohol.
T/M: Prickly carbonation up front with a medium mouthfeel. Up front is honey and malt sweetness with a slight bitterness. Plenty of malt sweetness accompanied by a very mild bitterness throughout. Cherry is not very prominent. Finish is coating, almost a little drying, with a bittersweet lingering flavor.
O: While reviewing this, it strikes me that my opinions of it are not really all that high on this beer in individual metrics, and yet I quite like the beer. Really a nice, unique holiday ale that doesn't overdo its "holiday" flavors, while doing a really nice job of dealing with its 11abv. Drinks much closer to 9, but with a little bit of heat. Bumping this up a bit in overall for that reason; I think this beer comes together quite nicely.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 02:48:53 | More by jdhowe
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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