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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,161 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,161
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 184
Gots: 531 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

gvacca, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

orm56, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

andyschaps, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

jagada, Dec 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Alilley, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

anirishunion, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mjaggers, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

cjrestori, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Clear pinkish-copper with not too much head.

Smell: Cherries, bananas, sweet dark fruit, toffee, clove and a general spiciness.

Taste: The Belgian yeast is not as evident as in the aroma - just a hint of banana. Somewhat reminiscent of a huge Old Ale (toffee, caramel, dark fruit) with an additional layer of cherries and a strong spiciness, especially toward the finish. It seems as if the spiciness is more from the yeast than hops, so maybe the Belgian yeast is noticeable.

Feel: Medium to full body that is somewhat syrupy but very smooth. Moderate carbonation, with a semi-dry finish. For an 11% abv beer, this has very little heat. Remarkable.

Overall: This is delicious - a cacophony of subtle flavors that add to a very complex, yet dangerously drinkable, festive ale.

bsp77, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Banxx, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

troegaarden, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a clear, red brown with a very small off white head. Next to no lacing behind.

S- Cherries, malt, caramel, and clove spice.

T- Malt, caramel, and a little clove spice. Hint of cherries.

M- Sweet and somewhat smooth. Little carbonation.

O- Nice holiday beer. Sweet, but not too sweet.
Very easy to drink.

capeannbass36, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

weaselchew, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-purple, small head is gone quickly, forms to a ring.

Smell is a little weak, but lots of dark fruit, sweet caramel malts, some alcohol in the nose.

Taste is better, very intense dark fruit here, lots of cherries, plum, berries. Slight honey, brown sugar and maybe a hint of chocolate pile on the sweetness that's evened out nicely with some toasted biscuit malt.

High on the carbonation, booze and sweetness is a bit much but it's a nice complex beer that keeps you sipping.

I had this a few times last year, I've enjoyed it each time. Definitely an American-ish take on a Belgian but the intense dark fruit/sweetness/toastiness works out well here as a winter seasonal.

Chico1985, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

AJD1201, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rusty18, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ssznyter
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red with a thin layer of foam on top that quickly disappeared. Really enjoyed how just the look of this one was enough to put anyone in the holiday spirit.
Smell: Hint of cherry and a nice Belgian yeast. Sweet and sour.
Taste: Really great. You can definitely taste the alcohol but its not as strong as expected at 11%. The cherry flavor really comes out, especially as it warms up. A nice yeast finish.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation but pretty good for the beer. I felt like the lower carbonation definitely helps bring out the cherries.
Overall: Great seasonal from Troegs. I'll definitely seek this one out every holiday season both for taste and novelty. Definitely a conversation piece when broken out at holiday get-togethers, and with the 11% alcohol content it definitely helps to warm you up on even the coldest winter nights.

ssznyter, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

NoProblem, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

djrn2, Dec 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jdauria, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

brez8791, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Yvaithe, Dec 19, 2011
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,161 ratings.