Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.25/5 rDev -15.8%
Bottle to snifter.
Aroma seems to lack any cherry. Smells boozy, hint of honey like sweetness.
Pours dark honey brown with reddish hues. No appreciable head, but plenty of bubbles. Attractive looking.
Initial taste get the alcohol burn, not getting the cherry. Dry finish, sweetness and honey notes. Still not finding the cherry taste at all despite some medicinal hints. Surprisingly bitter. The honey and sweetness seemed to build, then a bit of sourness after a few minutes. Coats a bit with lingering sweetness.
Overall, a little disappointed but this is quite warming and it is pretty cold here today. Will keep sippin on it, but nothing I would rush out to buy again.
12-26-2012 18:36:05 | More by LeRose
4.73/5 rDev +22.5%
Awesome just the right amount of "heat" and sweet! Wish I had picked up two of these. Got it in the bomber bottle and am three sips into it and bumming out about has little is left. It is the good! Lots of smooth maktyness and a nice bitey cherry finish! Merry Christmas!!
12-25-2012 23:45:28 | More by StretchZep
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
A- pours a clear ruby red color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass with some short lasting lace.
S- ripe cherries with some other dark fruits, slightly medicinal, twizzler candy, sweet honey, and a bit leathery.
T- slightly tart cherry juice up front with some dark fruit notes, transitions into some sweet honey with some peppery spice, medicinal notes creep in afterword. Finish is sweet-yet-dry and warming. Definitely a sipping beer!
M- medium body, low carbonation, a bit heavy in the palate, creamy mouthfeel and velvety finish. Slightly warming on the throat, but hides the alcohol quite well.
O- a string beer that will sneak up on you, however the alcohol is hidden quite well and the cherries make it an enjoyable sipper.
12-25-2012 02:22:54 | More by Treyliff
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into a New Belgium chalice at cvm4's holiday sampling. Thanks for the trade, Gus!
A: Opaque, ice tea amber with a half finger head that scampers quickly. Few bubbles.
S: Dark fruits, particularly cherries. Sweet, honey, leather.
T: Cherry sweet, caramel, malts, honey. Robust. A very easy drinker.
M: Medium. Bubbles like crazy.
O: Very festive. Alcohol is well hidden. More malts pop through as it warms. A mad elf worth catching.
12-24-2012 15:51:48 | More by brewskifan55
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
A - Pours amber with a white head to it.
S - The cherry comes through a lot, with bready malts and sweet yeast.
T - A nice spiciness that leads into cherries and sweet malts. I'm surprised at how well hidden the abv is.
M - Medium body & carbonation.
O - Really good, crisp on the palette.
12-24-2012 00:54:02 | More by cvm4
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
11% ABV, 2007 Vintage, Serve in chalice or tulip at 50-55° F
Thanks Onenote81! I've been hanging onto this one for a while!
A - Minor rust has developed around the cap but it's no cause for alarm as this beer pours, without sediment, a mostly clear ruby amber color with a fleeting ivory head. It comes as no surprise the head disappears with how high in alcohol this is. Dots of lace delicately cling to the glass above the ring of loose bubbles.
S - Despite it's aged, this 2007 vintage of Mad Elf remains aromatic and nearly without degradation. Faint oxidation for a five year-old beer is somewhat noticeable though the robust aroma of smooth caramel and biscuit malt which builds a base below the floral clove honey nuances and faint tart cherry skin notes but doesn't quite distract from the joy within. And while the beer has mellowed, spicy alcohol still manages to break free with undertones of earthy clay and clove yeast esters behind.
T - Thick maltiness seems to have diminished in oomph slightly, offering a light caramel drizzled nutty biscuit flavor that's quickly overwhelmed by the beer's developing complexity of fruit and spice. Faint noble hop herbal qualities and smooth yeast esters encourage notes of clove (along with the sweet honey), clay, and white pepper with a touch of solvent alcohol peeking through, but even with age, the focus seems on the cherries, both sweet and tart!
M - Smooth feeling with a voluptuous, full body that's not cloying or syrupy, this hearty holiday ale has a delicate carbonation tickle and complimentary alcohol dryness that maintains balance with a kiss of tart cherry skins on the finish. Alcohol is perceived in retro-nasal breathing but, due to it's age, it's rather smooth, producing a wonderfully satisfying warmth in the belly!
O - An absolutely fantastic holiday treat, Tröegs Mad Elf is a masterful concoction of subtle Belgian yeast that produces spice nuances without the straight addition of spice. Honey sweetness never becomes cloying but adds a little something extra with the delicate cherry tartness. Just as exceptional fresh, age continues to do this strong beer favors, developing into a delectable and soothing winter sipper.
12-23-2012 17:26:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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