Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to sholland119 for this one
Pours a clear ruby-red with copper highlights. About half a finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Lacing is minimal, but okay.
The smell of cherries dominates this one. Seconds after opening the bottle, the cherry scent hit me. Inhaling over the glass gets lots more cherry with a touch of honey and some caramely malt notes. Slight sourness, not unlike a Geuze. Nice spice notes and hints of Belgian yeast. Nice banana and grape notes. Hints of dark fruit, as well. Minimal earthiness.
Cherries are here, in the taste, but not as dominant as in the nose. Hints of spices and Belgian yeast notes. Candy sugars and bananas. Hints of dark fruits. Slight booziness. Hints of honey help to make a nice smooth finish.
Nice medium body, closing in on full-bodied. A little heavy on the carbonation, I think. It's so close to being thick, but not quite there.
The 11% ABV, while not completely out in the open, certainly does make it's presence felt as the bottle goes down. Because of this, I'd say that one would be enough in a sitting.
This is a tasty brew, and I'm quite glad to have had the opportunity to try it.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2008 05:10:21 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
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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