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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,352 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 192
Gots: 644 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a ruby-red color with a thin layer of an off-white head.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast mixed with sweet cherry, and maybe a bit of dark fruits.

T- Follows the nose with spicy yeast and cherry. Sweetness that finishes with warmth from the alcohol.

M- Medium-light bodied with average carbonation.

D- A pleasant variation on a winter warmer. The spicy yeast and the cherries are something that I look forward to each Winter.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: pours a copperish red color with a Tan head. Can see carbonation clearly. Leaves

S: cherries and slight hops, nice mallty aroma as well.

T: wow, smooth sweet cherry flavor all the way through, nice malty flavor as well.

M: carbonation is great, looks heavy but is not. Great body.
Overall, great beer

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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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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1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper body with faint tan head

smell - Cherries, yeast, malts, honey

taste - cherries, raisins, honey, malts

mouthfeel - sweet upfront, ample carbonation, medium bodied, tart finish on this, finish seems out of balance to me even though there is no booziness present

overall - decent offering from Troegs, I was impressed overall with their attempt at a Belgian style ale

Price Point - single 12oz for $3.99

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Vintage 2009

A - Slightly oxidized ruby red. Very little white soapy head pours from the bottle... However when swirled, it builds medium soft bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

S - Cinnamon stands out, cherries and light hops remain in the back... Not a sugar bomb or overly sugary.

T/M - Dry! Super smooth. Nice champagne like carbonation and dryness. Very smooth cherry. Just like a fruited brew should be. Not quite sure the flavor fits a Belgian Dark, but still awesome nonetheless.

O - I really wish Troegs distributed in CO... This brew is very good and tasty. Thank you Andyavalance for a killer shipment, you rock and optimize a great BA'er. Thanks for sharing a awesome beer! Both Andy and the brew are highly recommended!

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amberish hue. Small creamy head that goes away quickly.

S- slight cherries aroma. Little spicy and yeasty. Honey and oak.

T- Sweet, but not really that sweet. Earthy and herbal notes. Spices again that I can't put my head on. A great cherry liqueur finish.

M- medium body. Little carbonation. Slightly viscous. Silky smooth.

O- a very pleasant winter warmer. Sippin by the fire and shared with a couple people and all were pleasantly impressed.

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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rigorous pour into a goblet. Reddish hue with an off white head that dissipates very quickly.

S: Smells like what it says: honey, cherries, spice and a fair amount of alcohol.

T: Sweet cherries, alot of herbal notes from the honey and some spiciness from the yeast (I think) finish is long and sweet and is boozy but the alcohol is well hidden for the high abv.

M: Full body with little carbonation.

O: An awesome winter seasonal. I love what they do at Troeg.

Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.