Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Received this from trxxpaxxs in the Locals only BIF.
A: Very nice red color. Super clear. One finger white head with OK retention and minimal lacing.
S: Banana, clove. Big Belgian yeast. Cherries. Honey. Nice sweet smell but not over done.
T: Sweet honey upfront. Cherries, clove, banana, and yeast in the middle. The clove and honey get stronger in the finish and help to tame the light traces of alcohol.
M: Light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Crisp and really dry.
O: Very good Belgian. One of the best if not the best I've had (which is not many).
11-18-2011 04:46:25 | More by doughanson78
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
I like this beer. Great flavor and high alcohol...my favorite attributes.
I didn't get much of a head or lacing and the color looked very orangy to me.
Smells sweet...but not quit like a normal strong dark Belgian.
The taste is great. Malty, spicy good. Great on a cold, wet evening. I didn't think that the alcohol flavor/feel was that noticable.
I think it could use a bit more carbonation, its a bit flat. But that is a minor complaint.
I would definitely buy this one again.
11-18-2011 03:27:24 | More by Hex92
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
A-Poured into a tulip. Pours a deep, dark brownish red color with a very small white head. This is a very interesting looking brew. Almost looks like a red delicious apple.
S-Real big cherry smell with a mild spice kick from the honey. A bit boozy as well. Really interesting combination of smells.
T-Very boozy, fruity smell off the top. Very spicy after taste. It's not a hop spicy, but it maybe from the yeast that is referenced on the label. I like this a lot. This is one of the most unique tastes I've had in a winter seasonal.
M-Boozy, spicy, a little watery.
O-Overall this a very different and of the most interesting winter seasonals I have ever had. Real complex smells and flavors going on here. I will definitely look to this again during the winter months.
11-18-2011 02:55:30 | More by danmcg62
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
A- Pours a fairly clear cherry amber red. No head at all, decent carbonation from my DFH signature glass, no real lacing. Just kinda flat.
S- Alcohol right up front, sweet cherries, honey, sweet maltiness and just a hint of bitter hops. A little cinnamon, allspice, clove and yeast.
T- Smacked in the mouth with alcohol... I like that! Sweet and a bit spicy. Dried cherries, clove, nutmeg, allspice and honey. Has a nice little bit of banana yeastiness as it warms up.
M- A ton of alcohol bite on the tongue. Very sweet with a nice yeastiness. The cherry and honey blend nicely with the peppery spices. A little bit sticky, definately sweet, and just a hint of bitterness on the roof of my mouth.
O- Really nice. I've always liked this seasonal. Probably not something I'd buy year round, but I do get my share when winter approaches. Wish it had more carbonation, more REAL cherry depth, and hid the alcohol just a bit more.
11-18-2011 00:08:32 | More by Thickfreakness
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours a hazy dark orange or amber color with a thin lace of head. Alcohol smell is apparent instantly. Some dark fruit and spice on the back of the nose.
Surprisingly tastes like a Belgian ale and isn't nearly as sweet and sugary as I thought it would be. Slightly sweet up front, hints of cherries, cinnamon, cloves, and dark fruits, nothing to over powering. Spicy balancing finish with a very warming swallow from the high alcohol.
This beer ended up being a lot different than I thought it would be but in a good way. Big and full in body but not syrupy like I imagined.
11-16-2011 17:19:08 | More by jtierney89
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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