Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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87
very good

3,396 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 3,396
Reviews: 1,187
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 195
Gots: 666 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of misternebbie
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat indistinct hazy amber with a thin off-white head that dissapates quickly. The aroma is intriguing, with notes of cherry, honey, belgian yeast, some chocolate, toasted bread, alcohol and some mineraly hops. The flavor is surprisingly subtle for a beer of this magnitude, with notes of cherry, dark fruits, honey, toasted bread, fruity esters, chocolate and some earthy, mineraly hops. The mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation, and drinkability is quite impressive considering the massive abv. An interesting beer from Troegs, kind of an american/belgian hybrid...tasty and complex and the alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BlindPig
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Todd1 for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

A- Thin off white head on a clear deep amber body. Has a tint of orange in it too.
S- Big cherry aromas. Other candy like fruits also. Maybe some candyish sugar? Light spices, not much hop aroma, and a little pale malt in the back ground.
T- Some big cherries come up front right away which then fades into a more subtle sweetness with honey and some mellow spices. That then changes to a very light bitterness with the warming of alcohol at the same time. Maybe just a tad harsh on the warming but is still a nice touch. They do very well on covering up the alcohol in the taste.
M- Full body (maybe just a tad on the medium side) and low carbonation.
D- It is a very interesting and different brew. I really like it and probably would get it if I could. It is nice and complex and a lot of different levels of flavor.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice orangish red. There is not a lot of head to speak of but there is plenty of yeasty sediment. The smell is sweet and slightly alcohol like, but the beer smells like Cheerwine. The taste is sweet, the cherries are somewhat evident. The honey is detectable a little in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth considering the higher abv which is masked well. The drinkability is good. I could sip on these from time to time.

I have had this beer in the fridge for about a year and I figured tonight would be a good night to reveiw it and it seems as if several others thought the same thing. I will pick up some more of this beer the next time I am in Bristol, Va.

Photo of dmamiano
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled this out of the cellar.
Deep brassy color, slightly ruby in appearance with a reddish tint. Virtually no head, which seemed a bit odd.Swirling the glass though revealed this was a beer with legs.
Nose brought cherries, banannas and a Belgian yestiness. Spices also present.
Taste was very full on the palate. Fruits exposed in the form of cherries. Swet and malty with virtually no hops noticed, but surely there.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of watermelonman
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice and surprisingly light amber with hints of yellow and red. The head quickly reduced to a ring and left minimal lace.

Flavors are of light malt up front and quickly switch to a bit of cherry with just a hint of honey. The smell is decent enough but the taste is quite good, especially as it warms. It's alarmingly easy to drink for the alcohol content.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of GeezLynn
2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 bottle

A: Cloudy reddish orange with a soft white head.
S: Sour cherry, orange, Belgian yeast. Fairly nice but a slight vegetal tone.
T: The yeast is very fruity and assertive – apple and pears. Very sweet. Cherry is present midway through, but takes a back seat to the yeast. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter.
M: Moderate, sharp carbonation. Medium body.

Did not enjoy this. Came across as an overly sweet, sub-par tripel. Could have used a stronger cherry presence to offset the sugar. Finishing was somewhat of a chore and not a beer I would drink again.

Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Red/brown. No head, almost nocarbonation activity at all.
S- Sour cherry in the smell.
T- It changes with the temperature. The cherry taste is most dominant. Not much booziness for an 11%.
M0-Fairly thin on the feel. This is a dangerous beer. So potent and so easy to drink. A great sipper and it will be a holiday regular.

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

Poured into a New Holland Pint glass.

A - not very dark. More of an amber color. Very little head, leaves a thin wisp after about a minute. Not very close to style for a belgian dark ale, even taking liberties with the fruit and honey added.

S - Cherry pits. Sweet, honey, and malt. The cherry really dominates.

T - Cherries, cherry pits, and sweet honey. Don't taste anything particularly belgian about this or dark ale, but it is very "good" - just don't taste the underlying style.

M - mouthfeel is medium, some fruit tannins, dryness from the fruit pits, mildly astringent. Some tartness builds up after a few sips.

D - I wouldn't call this representative of any particular style, much less belgian strong dark ale. But it is very "good." Very pleasent drinkability, almost dangerous.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured reddish amber into an American pint glass, with a very small head and spotty lacing. Sour cherry, mandarin orange, brown sugar, and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied, bittersweet, and good hop/malt balance throughout, with the alcohol presence surfacing in the form of a warm finish, and warm afterfeel. Would love to try some aged bottles of this to see how much it smoothens.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tanger for sending me a few of these and one of them being a 08. This review is from doing a side by side with 08 and 11.
The beer pours a amber red color with the 08 being a duller and murkier color with the 11 vibrant and clear. They both have a light tan head that fades quickly and sticks to the glass.
The 11 smell like a cherry and clove bomb, spicy, honey and alcohol. The 08 smells amazing much more balanced then the 11 with the smell a bit candy like.
The taste follows suite to the nose on both beers, the 11 was dominated by belgian flavors with clove, cherry and alcohol. The 08 tastes fantastic, its sweet yet spicy, the clove has faded off a lot revealing a balanced cherry and honey to mesh with the belgian flavors.
They both have a medium body and good carbonation. The 08 in my opinion is leaps and bounds better then the 11, if I get anymore bottles this year I will be putting them away for awhile.

Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,396 ratings.