Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
Belgian spicy aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Fruity with a sour finish. Yeasty and sour. Lacey. Tinged colour. Winter in June.Sweet and sour and in need of food to separate out the taste directions. An extreme and a different from this brewer.Alcohol warming but no warning it was this high. RFD.
07-03-2008 12:32:12 | More by Sammy
3.71/5 rDev -3.9%
Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.
Pours a clear dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, cherry, and cherry syrup aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but fairly syrupy and sweet.
08-26-2013 16:00:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours reddish brown with a nice off white head with moderate staying power, although it does not leave a terrible amount of lace behind. The nose brings some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and light cherry notes. A bit of booze and some spice. The taste is dark fruits and cherries with a bit of sweet bread. The feel is nice and medium with good carbonation and a nice alcohol warmth. Pretty good fresh, but this definitely takes on a new character with some age; looking forward to reviewing it in that manner.
10-24-2010 00:29:51 | More by Thorpe429
3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
A: The beer is clear coppery amber in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that died down, leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass and eventually completely fading away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spices in the nose along with notes of cherries.
T: The taste is similar to the smell – spicy flavors stand out in front of notes of cherries. There is also a bit of sweetness and flavors of honey.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: Despite the strength of this beer, the alcohol is hardly noticeable. It is a good sipping beer.
11-28-2011 21:14:41 | More by metter98
2.7/5 rDev -30.1%
Reddish copper, emphasis on the red, and as clear as a pealing Christmas bell. The head is beige in color, fluffy in consistency and starts to recede even as I'm pouring. It does leave a little bit of nice lace, but only a fingernail-thin film on top of the beer.
Alcohol is appreciated in the nose, which isn't surprising given the lofty ABV. I'm trying to convince myself that there are cherries in the nose, but I can't quite manage it. I started drinking at an estimated 55 degrees and got quite a bit of alcohol in my first sip. Bear with me while I let it warm a little more...
There's some fruity sweetness, but again, I'm not certain that I can pick out the cherries. The beer is definitely malty and isn't hoppy in the least. Even with warming, alcohol plays too big a role. 'Medicinal', as a previous reviewer stated, gets it about right.
I drink scotch and bourbon (90-100 proof, neat), but I don't appreciate tasting alcohol, at least to this extent, in my beer. In Mad Elf's case, it overpowers the flavor of cherries and honey, which should be quite nice. An even higher ABV can be almost completely hidden in a fuller, richer beer, but this one isn't either of those. The mouthfeel is merely decent.
I really thought I'd like Mad Elf and was looking forward to the entire sixer. That is, until I drank the first one. If I want a good Christmas brew, I'll reach for a Great Lakes Christmas Ale or a Corsendonk Christmas.
01-07-2004 17:00:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
Appearance: Clear red/amber color with a small head that quickly dissipates and leaves just a little bit of lacing
Smell: Clove, bananas and honey predominate in the nose; malts and cherry in the background
Taste: Quite complex; starts out with a blast of alcohol which then reveals a variety of fruit flavors; more candied fruit with bananas than cherry at the outset; in the middle, the tongue starts to tingle from the carbonation and then it winds up finishing with clove, cherry and honey flavors - very subtle
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation; warmth in the gullet from the ABV
Drinkability: A nice sipper to drink once it has warmed and opens up
Thanks, Shaggy9356, for the chance to re-visit
12-26-2004 23:34:43 | More by brentk56
3.48/5 rDev -9.8%
Picked this one up as an extra in a trade late in the summer and have had it in the fridge waiting to be cleared out for a while. Decided to use this one as a solid nightcap last night. Served chilled and poured into my newly acquired darkness snifter. This was consumed on 11/12/2008.
The pour was rather nice. A honey colored amber coming forward with a good amount of haze to it. Nice carbonation could be seen trickling up from the bottom of the glass and the overall look was very similar to some meads that I have had. Nice touch of white popped up on the top and settled down gracefully, capping off the package very well.
The aroma hit me right off the bat. Nice touch of honey and a small bit of sweet fruit, I am guessing cherries here by looking at the label, though a bit too sweet for my tastes. Interesting mix now of a very grainy base coming through as it warms. I have to admit though it was a bit too sweet and a touch light for me. The flavor was more of the same. Light touches of grain and malty flavors making up the base, but the honey and sweet fruit notes were all very much there and very easily detectable. Lots of honey and mead like flavor in the finish with a light spike of alcohol coming through at the end. Decent carbonation on this medium bodied ale as it felt just about right in consistency. Alcohol well hidden for as strong as it was, though I will admit the sweetness took its toll on me after a while.
Overall not a bad beer, but not what I was hoping to get into. A little bit rough on the sweetness and just not enough balance and tart fruit flavor to counteract it. Still though a solid effort and not something I would turn my nose up at if offered.
11-16-2008 01:38:53 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
Candied fruits woven in soft, caramelized grains is a breif descriptor. Alcohol strength providing the power to fuel the malts and esters. This beer shares a lot of similarities to Ommegang's Three Philosophers with it's candied cherry additions, higher alcohols, all leading into a fruit cake meets cough syrup taste; just tempered into a malty flavor that lures beer lovers like moths to flames. This beer begins with a bright copper color, low head formation and retention, with lacing substitued by legging. A real Barleywine appearance. Aromas are chocked full of esters and alcohol sweetness. Cherries make a definate impact along with notes of rum, roses, and delicate nectar sweetness. All that trancends nicely into taste with malt sweetness becomming the forefront elements- soft, bready, caramelly, and flavorful. Alcoholic heat makes the transition from flavor to body an easy one. Malty and sweet, this beer again takes on Barleywine proportions. The low hop character screams English Barleywine even though the maltiness is subtle and delicate. What a lovely beer that displays a lot of character from sweet to spicy; floral to alcoholic; fruity to bready;... the complexity descriptors can go on and on.
01-04-2010 04:38:10 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss: Poured a medium amber color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and lacing. Aroma of light cherry with some subtle spices and sweet malt. Taste is semi-sweet with cherry and sweet malt. Body is a bit light but alcohol is very well hidden. I was probably expecting a bit much from this beer, which is far from being bad but just not as complex as I had hoped.
12-05-2006 19:39:07 | More by Phyl21ca
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Thanks to TroyG2352 for sending a bottle of this in a recent trade.
A: The pour is a clear amber color with a thin off-white head and nothing in the way of lacing.
S: There's a heavy spice component to the nose along with some fruity Belgian esters and alcohol.
T: The spice is once again very strong along with a very noticeable sweet pear flavor. The sweet caramel malt and a light sugary flavor provide some additional sweetness.
M: I was surprised by the fact that this is fairly light and crisp on the tongue.
D: Unfortunately, this beer didn't seem to be all put together. Luckily, the flavor is better than the nose, but not amazing in any sense.
02-22-2010 17:35:35 | More by womencantsail
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark copper body with a thin, bubbly, white head.
Smell: Honey-scented maltiness with a fair amount of spices and tart-smelling cherries.
Taste: Very lightly toasty, caramelly malts with a honeyed sweetness. Sip of cherry juice. No real hop bitterness present, the spices are left to do the job of balancing the sweetness. Dull burn of spices on the otherwise warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A fairly pleasant beer that definitely hide the alcohol well, and, as this was a 2006 bottle, I'll go ahead and declare this to be a mighty fine candidate for aging.
08-01-2008 14:41:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
The mad elf, it pours out as a rich caramel color with pretty nice tan head on it. The aromas are spicy and most definitely Belgian. There might even be some Christmas berries in there too. The taste reminded me of a sweet cherry jelly mixed with a lot of alcohol and some spices to give it some tingle in the aftertaste. This is an enjoyable beer for the winter season, it's a heavier mouthfeel too. The ABV will keep ya warm when you out shoveling snow as well.
04-15-2011 03:32:41 | More by Knapp85
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
A nice find last night at the Spring House Drafting Room,pours a nice ruby red with a nice creamy,sticky head,aroma is spicey with a light smoky tinge to it.I got the flavors of spiced cherries with tha light smokey flavor with some alcohol note as it warms.Troegs is one of my favorite PA brewers and this offering reinforces that thought.
12-30-2003 20:15:05 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
Served in a snifter.
Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing these bottles!
After enjoying this stuff a bunch back in my NoVa days, I was stoked to get to try some more, thanks to my boy VDubb, who cracked some '07 and '08 bottles. This stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a half-finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises cherry, honey, fig, dates, caramel, light biscuit, and mandarin orange. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a pinch of black pepper and nutmeg. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, a rather enjoyable brew, one that doesn't overdo the spices and/or fruit, which many winter brews have a tendency to do. Good times.
12-19-2011 06:09:31 | More by TMoney2591
3.9/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to Akorsak at Dark Lord day for this one...
Pours a translucent red, with a finger of foam.
Aroma is spicy, and lightly sweet and spritzy. A little bit of bubblegum.
Taste seems balanced, with a nice residual pepper & spice in the aftertaste. Label states that honey and cherries are added. Honey is there in raw form, not especially sweet, and not much cherry. Deceptive ABV, never would have guessed it's 11%.
Nice carbonation carries it along, fairly easy to drink, but watch out, that elf looks pretty crazy.
04-29-2007 07:31:02 | More by emerge077
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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