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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,860 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,860
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 135
Gots: 390 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hop Bitterness (IBU's) : 15
Color (SRM) : Ruby Red
Availability: Seasonal, 12 oz. & 3L bottles, 1/2 and 1/6 kegs (contact your local retailer to pre-order)
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Chocolate
Hops: Saaz, Hallertau
Yeast: Spicy Yeast
Pennsylvania Honey West Coast Cherries

(Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 12-14-2002)
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TheycallmeTim

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

A--Miniscule white head dies almost instantly to a ring even though I left plenty of room for it in the glass and poured like an Ommegang bomber. Body is a cross between apple cider vinegar and cranberry juice--really unique and inviting.

S--Honey and yeast. Just tons and tons of yeast drenched in a rich sweetness, like you had pizza dough rising from wild yeast inside a honeycomb. Alternately peppery and honeyed, with a tang of acidic cherry juice that's almost vinegary. Some heat from the alcohol.

T--No idea what yeast strain this is, but it's a gutsy move even in a seasonal for American drinkers. Not sure the experiment paid off, though. Has a periphery of cherry tang and sour, enrobed in honey and Belgian yeast. The malt is also present in a sort of rugged whole grain character in the very back, which pairs nicely with the honey. Mostly, though, there's so much booziness here that it makes everything almost Vicks vapo-rubby, or like you're drinking a Luden's cherry cough drop. The weather is right for it, I guess, but I don't really want to be reminded of sickness and the throat lozenges in my medicine cabinet during the holiday festivities.

M&D--Mouthfeel is a bit of a train wreck: bubbly (no doubt to temper the syrupiness of the boozy cherries), chalky, and spicy both from alcohol and the yeast. A wild ride. Again, the ABV really spoils it for me by being over the top.

This seems worth cellaring for a year or two. Right now it's a decent beer, but with time and mellowing I bet it would be an orgy in your mouth. Right now it's just too hot for my taste. Still, a worthwhile contribution, even if I didn't like it as much as I wanted to, from a brewery I'm beginning to think I should regard as preeminent.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 22:23:20 | More by TheycallmeTim
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Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,860 ratings.