Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by kbuzz:
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a vintage 2010 22oz bottle into my Troegs Mad Elf tulip glass.
A: Pours hazy and fizzy. Is caramel, burnt orange/rust in color. A finger of head quickly fades, but not for lack of carbonation...tons of bubbles streaming up through the glass.
S: A touch of sweet fig. Some biscuity/breadiness. Faint cherry notes...not much at all.
T/M: A ton of fruit...cherries still very noticeable even after a year of aging. Caramel malt sweetness and yeast breadiness as well. No booze to be found here whatsoever...but provides a pleasant warming effect. Age definitely did this beer some good in that regard. Carbonation is not as high as I would have thought...and the flow of bubbles has slowed since the initial pour. Medium/full bodied. Not quite as heavy on the palate as I'd like...just a touch thin maybe.
O: The year of age has helped this along nicely. It is definitely boozier fresh - and I can barely detect it at all in this bottle. If not for the warming, I'd never guess this was a double digit ABV offering. Definitely sweet, but not overly so. The cherries are an obvious addition here, but certainly aren;t overwhelming. A pretty solid example of a Belgian-style American Quad/Strong...
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2011 19:55:50 | More by kbuzz
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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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