Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A: Ruby red-amber in color with good clarity and sparse carbonation building to a two-finger head of dense, white foam which left some decent lacing.
S: Whiffs of honey, cherries, spicy yeast, fruity esters and phenol alcohol in the nose.
T: Very smooth and clean malt bill with spicy and grainy wheat and yeast flavors underlying the malty sweetness. Honey is soft and drying while the semisweet and tart cherries add a bit to the fruitiness. No alcohol really noted, which makes this brew sort of dangerous at 11% ABV. Nice, spicy, somewhat bitter, cherry Tussin finish.
M: Full-bodied clean and smooth with a very quaffable finish.
D: A nice, spiced strong Belgian ale for the holidays. Very clean, smooth and spicy flavors blend nicely with the hints of honey and cherry. The seemingly subdued alcohol also makes it a dangerous brew, as noted earlier because of the ABV. It might be a bit much to handle all day, but after dinner, it's a nice treat.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2010 21:18:00 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle from GreenMonster12 (thanks Jay!). Bottled 9/13/12. Served in a goblet.
Pours a ruby hued chestnut with about one finger of pale cream head that quickly receds to a thin cap before disappearing completely without leaving any lace.
Aromas of cherry skins, raisin, caramel and a yeasty apple-like note.
Flavors of bright cherry preserves, bitter fruit skin, dark fruit, caramel, Belgian yeast, a little honey and a pretty healthy dose of alcohol. The booze blends a little better as it warms up. Pretty good
Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation. Boozey finish with cherry skin, caramel and yeast.
While I think 1 is plenty for me in a sitting, this is a decent American take on the Belgian strong dark ale style. The cherry and honey additions give it character that helps elevate Mad Elf above other similar brews. I won't go hunting more but this is something I would certainly enjoy again someday.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 23:32:52 | More by ThickNStout
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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