Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle poured into my DFH signature glass. Been wanting to try this one for a while, so here goes...
A- Pours a ruby red with hints of a paler orange color when held to the light. Not a whole lot of head, which is to be expected with the ABV, but a nice slick of foam settles on top.
S- Not much cherry or honey in the nose, but mostly a Belgian yeast aroma with requisite spiciness.
T- Well that's not what I expected. The Belgian yeast dominates the taste as well, with some residual fruitiness from the cherries. Wouldn't have known they were there if I didn't know going in. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.
M/D- Smooth mouthfeel with very well-hidden ABV makes this one really drinkable for the ABV.
Well, I admit this is not even close to what I expected. Which isn't to say this isn't good, it is quite tasty, just be careful if your expecting lots of fruity cherry flavors, as you may be disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2010 19:16:19 | More by geryeb624
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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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