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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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87
very good

2,889 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,889
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 138
Gots: 400 | 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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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red in my tulip glass, didn't have much head to speak of, then again, I pour my beers pretty quietly which isn't always good. I'm letting the beer sit in the glass for 10-15 minutes to bring up to room temp. There's now no head at all and no carbonation. Has the Belgian sweet spicey aroma, some cherry in the scent. The only gripe I have, and it isn't anything major, it would be nice to get a stronger aroma coming from my glass. The aromas were harder to detect, maybe because the beer was too cold or my nose was not in good form, who knows.

The taste is totally unique, I wasn't sure what to expect with the "cherry thing" going on here but it works, and works well. Everything blends well on the tongue, the Belgian yeast and cherry flavors seem to almost swirl around the tongue. I taste the Belgian yeast, then the sour , acrid, tart/sour cherry rears it head, then gets beat down by the Belgian yeast, and so it continues for the duration as it sits on your tongue. Minutes after the taste, the cherry nuances linger on the sides of the tongue while the tart cherry flavor causes the salivary glands to go crazy. This beer finishes wetter than I expected. There is a slight warming in the throat from the alcohol and for an 11% beer, the ABV is particularly well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth and soft, slight prickling on the tongue, but not too much to make it taste harsh. Medium body.

This is very, very drinkable and can easily creep up quickly and trainwreck you if not paying attention. In fact, I'm amazed how drinkable it is because I'm not one for sweeter types of beers. Very well done, one of the better ones from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 00:21:35 | More by jzeilinger
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Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,889 ratings.