Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into a Delirium Tulip.
Just had this released in my local stores last week and jumped on the opportunity to pick up a 6-pack. At $15, it's a bit more than I'm used to from Troegs, but for such a high ABV seasonal release, I don't see it out of the ordinary.
A - Straight out of the gate I was a bit surprised by this beer. I'm not sure if Troegs used artificial coloring or what to achieve the beautiful, deep blood red, ruby color for the body, but it really is fantastic looking and unique. Crystal clear and numerous bubbles rise to replenish the 1-finger head, but ultimately lose the fight as the head crumbles only minutes later to be reduced to a thin ring around the edges. Absolutely no lacing to be had.
S - Smell is also different than I would've assumed based both on the style of this beer and this color. Essentially I'm getting strong vapors of what I would normally attribute to a Belgian Strong Pale such as grape bubblegum, lighter fruits, strong Belgian yeast, and spices. Most notable is the appearance of honey and tart cherries in the nose, which certainly aren't Belgian Pale qualities, but definitely adds to the complexity of this beer and gives it another delicious layer. Finally, rounding out the bouquet is some moderate alcohol heat character that gives it a bit of depth and foreboding.
T - The taste is incredibly faithful to the nose. Initial flavors are almost all bubblegum, banana, Belgian spicy characteristics. The next wave brings the sweet honey and just the slightest hint of cherries. The only complaint I have with this beer is the back-end balance. The transition between the fruits and sweet honey is tremendous, but after being held back for so long, the alcohol strikes with vengeance and kind of muddles the end of the sip and the aftertaste. Supposedly a few months aging does wonders to mellow this out, and I can only imagine how great this will be then.
M - Mouthfeel is relatively heavy and mildly carbonated. Not getting much activity on the palate as it rests, but some alcohol warming is definitely present after swallowing.
D - Drinkability is moderate. I didn't find myself drinking this really quickly, but that is mostly as a result of the relatively hot finish. Assuming all is right and some age can reduce this, I could find this being a great drinking beer a few months down the road. As of now, however, this is a pretty decent sipper that packs quite a punch.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2010 02:24:38 | More by nhindian
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