Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,394 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,394
Reviews: 1,187
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 195
Gots: 664 | FT: 21
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 +3.4%

Photo of bluesplit63
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of jhartley
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.
Received a 6 pack for a Christmas gift.

A-Great looking label! Bottle imprinted with 2011-2012 Batch#110812. A beautiful ruby red-brown color, almost looks like iced tea. 1 finger head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S-You definitely know there's cherries in this one! Also picking up on the malts and a somewhat raisin like smell; tart.

T-Cherry right away leads into a nice maltiness and finishes with a nice alcohol bite. Sweet N Tart. For sure a Belgian style. Really pick up on the honey at the end

M-Tangy, tart and sweet. Enough alcohol at the end to cut the sweetness.

O-A great holiday/winter warmer for sure the 11% abv kicks in at the end, you want to be careful how many of this you're going to drink and be careful once you get up. I definitely could not drink this one all the time, but it was/is very nice for a change of pace. If you're a fan of Belgians; give this one a try.

Photo of razorsdescent
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of hopsandstouts
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of TRingelstein
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of churchillea
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of crashoveride
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Jinxxor
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of bhir
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Infamous7100
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near copper, mostly clear with a nice two finger head. Lighter than most Belgian darks.
S: some dark fruit and certainly cherries. I am getting hints of honey, but I belieive its being a tad overshadowed by the malt. Not as much spice or evergreen notes as most holiday ales.
T: follows closey to tne nose. Not quite as much dark fruit flavor as most traditonal Belgian darks, but still very good. A tad more boozy/sweet than one might like, but I can't complain.
M: Lighter than one would think and not nearly as harsh as an an 11% abv would lead you to believe. Its a sipper, but it is smooth.
O: a great beer, not just a great holiday beer. It is expensive, but worth it. Age one if you get the chance.

Photo of s1ckboy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of lnashsig
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one. He is an honorable man indeed, we had a bet over the Texans vs Cincy playoffs (Abyss vs Parabola) and in addition to the agreed upon Parabola, he threw this and Goose Island Black Out Stout in the package. I'll certainly be trading with Matt in the near future. Now to get to the review. Poured from bottle into Victory tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear amber color. No head at all to speak of and tons of alcohol legs. Smell- booze! raisins, prunes, cherries, brown sugar, burnt creme brule. Taste- BOOZY! raisins, dark cherries, very strong alcohol phenols. Some bitter notes on the end, but this one is a dark fruit boozy bomb. Just really not much else there. Mouthfeel- very little carbonation at all. The booze dominates.

Glad to have tried this, but it is just a little bit too boozy for my liking and lacks complexity.

Photo of jra173
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Moose34
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alucard4 for sharing this one with me

Look: Reddish brown in color and partially translucent with a 1/8 inch head an no retention

Smell: Cherries and Cherries

Taste: The flavor is not as much of a 1 way street as the nose is but it is pretty close. Again upfront is some cherries and they are just a bit tart and behind that is just a touch of figs

Mouthfeel: Medium body and very little carbonation and a bit syrupy

Overall: This is beer is pretty much what it claims to be. A Belgian dark ale brewed with cherries so if that is your thing and you love cherries you will love this truth be told I could do without ever drinking this again. The 11% alcohol is very well hidden

Photo of drummerjon2112
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. They say they brew it with honey and cherries, but when drinking it you don't really get the honey notes as much as you get the cherry notes. Overall a great holiday beer and with the ABV being 11% it is sure to keep you warm on those cold winter days!

Photo of greenhorn
1/5  rDev -74.2%

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, cherries, grapes, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, cherries, grapes, and some cloves. There is also a touch of banana and some candied sugar. It ends with a cherry sweet aftertaste.

Overall - This one actually reminded me somewhat of the Midas Touch by DFH. It's not terribly complex tasting, but the alcohol is well hidden and it isn't as cloying as I expected. I'll pick some up again next winter.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (vintage 2010) into a Sam Adams bubble glass.
Clear copper/amber in color, with a very short, very brief head of foam.
Aroma-Honey and cherry essence.
Taste-Spicy yeast, honey faint cherry. Flavors are muted and very mellow. Rather flat body but very smooth, as high ABV not evident. A fresher bottle might have gotten a better score.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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