Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by troysoy2:
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked a six pack up with my good friend and drinking buddy. Belgian dark ales aren't really my thing usually, but I may as well try.
Poured into a pint glass. Small white head quickly retreats to the edge of the glass. It's a nice, cherry-tinged copper color.
The smell is very deep, like a bottomless pit of cherries. Haha, a cherry pit pun. But seriously, lots of cherries, a little honey, just like the label says. Dark Belgian fruit and a bit of alcohol. It smells sticky and intense.
It's quite sweet, but then again, what were you expecting? Surprisingly drinkable, especially considering how I don't always care for beers of this style. It's quite spicy on the finish, yet almost devoid of bitterness. Cherry comes out nicely, and the surprisingly prickly mouthfeel is an interesting feature. Not too drying, not too cloying. Overall, enjoyable.
It's complex, yet not the most complex thing ever. Palate pleasing, a little dangerous with its high ABV, but hey, the elf on the label seems to be having a good time. I wouldn't drink a ton of it, but it's a nice break from my usual selection. Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2011 05:26:53 | More by troysoy2
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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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