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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,952 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,952
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 142
Gots: 424 | 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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Blueribbon666

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-29-2012 01:51:56 | More by Blueribbon666
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Daaelar

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-28-2012 18:21:50 | More by Daaelar
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imbuckeye

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-28-2012 04:05:26 | More by imbuckeye
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Papageorgio

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-28-2012 02:05:24 | More by Papageorgio
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shaw87psu

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-28-2012 00:09:56 | More by shaw87psu
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Mjohnson11


3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-27-2012 23:27:45 | More by Mjohnson11
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Kenmo1985


4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

A very strong Belgium ale that as a sweet taste that counteracts the alcohol taste very well, a slight hint of cherry flavoring, which is nice, unlike other Cherry Flavored beers that can be to overpowering and taste like cough syrup. the smell is sweet and robust. mouthfeel is smooth as it enters your lips. overall i gave the beer a 5 and i highly suggesst that you get this beer it is very much a winner in my book.

12-27-2012 21:40:57 | More by Kenmo1985
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VTWicked

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-27-2012 14:56:44 | More by VTWicked
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.6%

22oz, 2012
Snifter

A: Nice color on this: reddish amber. Fairly filtered and clear. About a quarter finger of bright white head. Turns into ring around edges.

S: Belgian spices. Candied sugar sweetness. Honey sweetness. Smell those cherries. Tartness is there.

T: Tip of the tongue, spice. Holiday spice notes. Sweet honey sweetness. Those cherries blend in nicely. Get some of that tartness on the palate. Somewhat dry tart finish.

M: Big medium.

12-27-2012 14:44:07 | More by inlimbo77
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tmt71883

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-27-2012 14:03:24 | More by tmt71883
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sommersb

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Tasted On: 12-26-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

It's the day after Christmas, so a little Mad Elf seemed appropriate...

This beer isn't much to look at -- pours a semi-clear reddish-brown with very little head to speak of. The head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

Smells are malty and sweet, with big fruit and cherry notes. I also get some complex holiday spice aromas such as cinnamon and clove. I think I can also detect the added honey, but maybe that's just because I read it on the label...

Full-flavored ale here, sweet and of dark, ripened fruits like raspberry and cherry. Bitterness is low if not non-existent.

Mouthfeel is full in body with carbonation in the medium range. Finish is fruity and sweet, with a lingering spice flavor. The 11% makes itself known with some pleasing alcohol warmth.

Overall an enjoyable spiced holiday ale. The appearance left something to be desired, but other than that was a brew I'd recommend to anyone who likes malt-forward spiced holiday beers.

Thanks to baybum for this one!

12-27-2012 04:57:44 | More by sommersb
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Murky reddish brown body with a small quickly sinking head and some nice slippery lacing. Aroma packed full of yeasty Belgian esters that are both spicy and quite fruity; vague honey notes and booze follow. For me the flavor was much the same, a big punch of yeast esters bringing lots of fruit and spice, with a late arriving wave of honey sweetness and warming alcohol. Decent grainy malt base, cherries overwhelmed by both yeast and booze and fail to bring much in the way of tartness that would clean things up a bit and cut the syrupy character of the beer a bit.

Medium body, medium carbonation that's pretty much right on target for a Belgian style brew. Moderately smooth and sticky. In the end this is a pretty solid take on a dark Belgian but its a bit sweet for my tastes and doesn't surpass the better iterations from overseas.

12-27-2012 04:46:00 | More by tobelerone
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Jaystref

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

12-27-2012 03:20:35 | More by Jaystref
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SuyoonShin

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-27-2012 03:06:56 | More by SuyoonShin
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mirthywvu

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-27-2012 00:40:04 | More by mirthywvu
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LeRose

Massachusetts

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
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-26-2012 17:57:19 | More by JeffTheJuice
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bigorange

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-26-2012 16:41:10 | More by bigorange
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-26-2012 03:15:37 | More by RMoeNay
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-26-2012 01:32:53 | More by smithj4
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StretchZep

Ohio

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
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lightfool

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-25-2012 22:33:17 | More by lightfool
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-25-2012 16:10:52 | More by rkcrozier
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Professional_Drunker


4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

12-25-2012 06:14:32 | More by Professional_Drunker
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Gomeza

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-25-2012 05:18:16 | More by Gomeza
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,952 ratings.