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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,342 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,342
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 191
Gots: 630 | 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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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cherry red with virtually no head and quite still. Smell is of sweet malt, apples, cherries and spice.

Taste is very sweet and malty, overpoweringly so. Lots of fruit flavors in here. Apples, cherries, some citrus and just pure honey creeps up as well. Caramel flavors are evident. Hints of underlying spice and just sweet, sweet, sweet. Almost too sweet but not quite. Mouthfeel in sticky and syrupy. Wish there was a bit more taste in the finish and/or aftertaste. I was shocked to see that this brew is 11% ABV (didn't notice that on the bottle). Incredibly smooth and drinkable for that strength! A very good winter warmer but not at the top of my wish list.

Thanks to PintofAle for the sample.

Photo of bbeane
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... Ruby colored beer... very little head or lacing. Very little activity

S- So sweet smelling. Malty aroma with very distinct cherry smell

T- Tastes alot like it smells. Very sweet malty taste, hint of chocolate with cherry overtones... more of a sour cherry than sweet cherry. Light alcohol flavor

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation, and a very little alcohol bite

D- Dangerously easy to drink. Would definately drink more, unfortunately that was my last bottle until the next release


Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear and bright orangish-red in color with a very shallow head, probably from the high ABV.

Smell – Big mix of cherry and orange juice, mostly cherry, with a dash of cranberry and yeast. There’s a noticeable but very easy whiff of alcohol as well.

Taste – The yeast comes out more at the taste and mixes well with the cherry juice and booze. This is a sipping ale in every sense. Some spices come out at the finish, making this one a very complex and interesting ale.

Mouthfeel – This one is light for a BSDA but with a strong alcohol sting, probably too much for most. It is smooth as glass though, so watch out!

Drinkability – I enjoyed this one, as did many of my BA Bros, but I wouldn’t offer this to a friend unless they can appreciate the style interpretation. This is for the serious-minded only, but if you’re up for it it’s one hell of an experience.

Comments – OldFrothingSlosh sent this one to me out of the blue, and boy was I ever glad that he did. A big THANX for getting this one out to me – BeerAdvocates rule!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear amber with some ruby tones. Nice head that faded to a covering quickly, and low carbonation.

S - Belgian phenols and spiciness, cherry bubblegum, and a touch of red licorice.

T - Clean malt flavors up front, the dark cherry flavor then comes on but not overpowering at all, nor does it have the sourness of a lambic. It then ends with some light banana flavors.

M - Moderate body, was expecting it to be a touch lighter. Leaves a little coating on your mouth, would like a touch more carbonation to clean that up. The alcohol warmth is noticeable and nice.

D - For such a high alcohol beer this is pretty damn drinkable. Does NOT drink like a Stong Dark Ale, in fact, I don't think it is one. More of a Belgian Specially Ale. Not stellar, but certainly a good drinking brew.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle. This is the second time I have tried the beer but the first time I have reviewed it.

The beer pours a medium red color with a white head. The aroma is honey and tart cherries. The flavor is more of the same: Heavy on the honey with some tart cherries as well. This is one of the first beers I have had that you can really smell and taste the honey in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a duvel tulip. Pours a deep amber with very litte head or lacing to speak of, but the head is reddish tan and fades quickly. The aroma is sour cherries and the spices. A very good representation of a BSDA here even if the color is a little light for the style. The sour cherries and spicy yeast really come through. No honey flavor to speak of except maybe in the slightly sweet finish. The 11% abv is very well hidden here, very smooth drinking. Another great beer from Troegs. I would love to try this beer with a bit of age on it and i just may.

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Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,342 ratings.