Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by nsheehan:
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle to Duvel Tulip
Bottled 110719 (maybe?)
Given to me in December 2011
A – Poured medium strength into a Duvel tulip. One finger of head that dissipates quickly, I think it’s my soap’s fault. A lot of yeasties floating around, giving it a hazy look, like a strange snowglobe. Color is a dark amber with a tinge of orange. It’s quite opaque, but still has a slight warmth to it; light is getting through but my hand can barely induce a shadow.
S – A nice, sweet, earthy Belgian smell with some spice and dark fruit. Also some alcohol nip. The sweet Belgian smell is apparent, and paired up with other smells that don’t shirk away. I’d like to see it play a slightly larger role. It seems equal to the alcohol, spice, and dark fruit smell (part of which may come from the yeast, but still). For being a BSDA holiday ale brewed with spices and cherries, I think it’s very well done; so many holiday ales go too far. When I gently swirl the beer, I pick up banana, slight bubble gum, cherries, and dates, in that order, with alcohol wrapped around every one.
T – The Belgian flavor plays a slightly larger role in the taste than the smell, which is to my liking. The alcohol is the second flavor, which is OK, but not ideal. The fruit is apparent on the swallow, and I pick out some dark fruits, like cherry, and also cantaloupe. Weird, but welcome. The spices are there, but hang out in the back of each taste, which is great. Comes across as a good, boozy BSDA.
M – A light medium, which is surprising but OK. Makes it easier to drink on a day like today (though I’m currently inside). The carbonation seems to have kept well for about two years (what I can tell from swirling it), but high ABV BSDAs tend to be low on the carbonation spectrum. This one is soft and a tiny bit chewy, but as mentioned, has a slightly lighter than expected body. It sticks pretty close to the tongue, and the finish is pretty wet, except for your inner cheeks, where I think the alcohol has a drying effect.
D – I am looking forward to trying this fresh sometime, but for now I am happy I saved it for 1.5-2 years. It is soft and seems to have retained flavor without oxidizing.
4, 4, 4, 4.25, 4; ~4.04
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2013 14:11:06 | More by nsheehan
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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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