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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,977 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,977
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 150
Gots: 440 | FT: 19
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Metuo, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

jtdolla911, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Hophead717
2.23/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A fresh 2011 12 ounce bottle, poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: A deep, pretty ruby red, with a thin head that entirely dissipates almost instantly.

S: Sweet malt and dark cherries rush at the nose, with notes of honey and hints of spice also making themselves known. this beer is overwhelmingly sweet (not in a bad way). smells almost like candy.

T: Dark cherry upfront, with a strong sweetness to the beer. Unfortunately, the cherry flavor comes across is an identificably medicinal flavor. The more I sip, the more I notice. You're left with the same medicinal taste after the finish. There are some slight hints of spice from the Belgian yeast, but my palate is having a hard time picking them out over the medicinal flavor. I wanted to like this beer...but did not.

M: Nicely carbonated and surprisingly thin for a 11%. Mouthfeel is fine.

O: Definitely disappointed. This is a beer I've heard a lot about and was excited for. Oh well. I have five more that I'll age for a bit and we'll see what happens. Expectations are low.

Hophead717, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

RoryOMoore, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mmcnaughton, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

boxofrane, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear crimson/brown with nearly zero head. The light ring of bubbles does leave some lacing.

S-Interesting nose. I really enjoyed it. Smells of lightly tart cherries. Belgian yeast, and some cloves. Other fruity notes too. Alcohol is noticeable. I'm loving the cherries here. Has a bubblegum aspect too.

T-Like the nose but maybe a bit less enjoyable. I am shocked at how well the alcohol is masked. It definitely warms the cheeks but the actual boozy taste is well hidden. Not tart like the nose unfortunately. Cherries, honey, and cloves. Still pretty tasty.

M-Subtle carbonation. Feel is lighter than I was expecting. Alcohol lends a drying element to the feel.

O/D-Pretty good. I think its far too pricey at nearly $16 for a six pack. I only bought a single beer so I am not unhappy with my purchase. Good to try, won't be shelling out that much doe for a whole six pack any time soon however.

VelvetExtract, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

casualfan, Nov 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DocHalladay, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hessian257, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of victory4me
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. 2009 vintage.

Pours a muddy mahogany with a thin coating of bubbles. No lacing and very still. Aroma is of tart cherries, alcoholic esters, and a twang of Belgian yeast.

The cherries truly shine through in the taste. Alcohol is surprisingly well masked and slight sweetness from the residual sugar left by the honey. For the cherries to hold up this well after 2 years is a huge surprise. Fresh I have found the alcohol to be too much with this beer and the cherries to take on a medicinal quality, but the true flavors of the fruit are really breathtaking with age. Mouthfeel is pleasant, but lacking in carbonation.

Not a fan of this one when fresh. Really loving it with age. Buy a six pack, drink one. If you don't like it, sit on it for a year or two. Thank me later.

victory4me, Nov 20, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in the bottle and observed through the pint glass

A: A nice blood orange with racy white froth head that coats and dissipates in under than 4 minutes to absolute zero.

S: Brown sugar malt, heavy wheat, nutmeg, all spice, cooked rhubarb, cherries, and yeast alcohol.

T: Nutmeg mouth clove bomb with black spiced cherries, heavy yeast, very much like a strong barley wine. Damn Tasty.

M: Creamy full mouthful with a spicy lingering nutmeg, heavy yeast white pepper after-wash with a pleasant tingle between my teeth and gums. Heavy carbonation

O: An impressive holiday offering that teeters on the obscene. Definitely for the more acquired beer aficionados. This bastard is heavy, racy, and tough with a 11% blast cap!

challenja, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Mohican88, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

BelJen, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

funcooker78, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Trystero28, Nov 19, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive had this on tap, and bottles

A: Nice ruby color. Clear with thin white head

S: Banana and clove belgian yeast, Honey and cherries

T: Sweet honey and cherries, a little clovey yeast, little boozey finish

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation.

O: Great winter warmer Belgian beer, sweet and silky smooth, one of my favorites of the year

Outchillen, Nov 19, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011-2012 bottle, Batch # 110718

A: Pours a golden orange color with almost no head, mostly just small bubbles

S: Definite spicy Belgian-type yeast, cherries, some malty sweetness, and even some chocolate way in the back. Interesting

T: Same as the smell, nice and spicy and fruity from the yeast, with tart cherries, some sweetness and alcohol. The sweet and tart flavors help to round off the alcohol, and it seems much less than 11%

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: I'm not really sure why this is a Christmas beer, but it's good either way. The 11% is hidden very well, and the addition of the cherries makes this seem like a kriek mixed with a BSPA. Very interesting, so try it if you haven't yet

BEERMILER12, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

ALLISON01, Nov 18, 2011
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,977 ratings.