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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,952 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,952
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 142
Gots: 424 | 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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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-18-2011 21:45:28 | More by brandoman63
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-18-2011 21:04:02 | More by waiting4lunch
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-18-2011 20:47:00 | More by touchmeimsac
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-18-2011 17:16:22 | More by mgbickel
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gargamel01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-18-2011 15:38:46 | More by gargamel01
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meich75

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-18-2011 12:14:17 | More by meich75
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sweatervest

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-18-2011 04:58:19 | More by sweatervest
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doughanson78

Washington

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
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akukucka

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-18-2011 03:47:14 | More by akukucka
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Hex92

Virginia

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
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danmcg62

Massachusetts

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
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tommyd313

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-18-2011 01:53:53 | More by tommyd313
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Thickfreakness

New York

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
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mick6448

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-17-2011 23:46:39 | More by mick6448
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goalie33

New York

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-17-2011 20:04:39 | More by goalie33
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jordanmiller

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-17-2011 20:03:03 | More by jordanmiller
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bradklingel

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-17-2011 19:09:45 | More by bradklingel
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cestlavie

New York

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-17-2011 05:40:11 | More by cestlavie
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vonburgey

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-17-2011 04:17:17 | More by vonburgey
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-17-2011 02:53:58 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-17-2011 02:50:39 | More by virinow
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-17-2011 01:25:52 | More by rbrefbeerman
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 23:58:53 | More by RyanPS
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SaintJonah

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 20:16:08 | More by SaintJonah
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jtierney89

New Jersey

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
87 out of 100 based on 2,952 ratings.