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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,859 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,859
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 135
Gots: 390 | 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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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-24-2013 23:18:56 | More by sunofneurot
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-08-2014 00:28:51 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ericwo for this 12oz bottle!

Clear amber or light mahogany color with very little head

Caramel, honey and fruit (cherry), bit of spicy wheaty bubblgegum smell. Some alcohol as it warms, but its very soft.

Tastes pretty fruity up front, slightly sweet and chewy but with a thinner sugary finish that is more Belgian ale than fruit beer. I really enjoy the fruit beeriness up front and can appreciate the balance overall as well.

Feels fairly weighty up front but finishes with a thinner, light-medium feel.

Pretty drinkable for 11%. Would have guessed more like 9 or even 8%.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 06:05:09 | More by BeerZack
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-07-2013 04:32:38 | More by Eastside151
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- a beautiful, clear ruby color with a fizzier off-white head. Nice retention and a small but steady stream of carbonation is visible.

S- rich and fruity with a hint of Christmas spice.

T- the taste closely mirrors the aroma, with a nice fruity sweetness of the opening and hints of spices on the finish.

M-thinner than it's bigger aroma and taste would indicate. But not unpleasant at all.

O- a really good Holiday/Christmas ale. No one aspect overpowers but it all blends together quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 21:06:35 | More by delta490
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to billab914 for this.

Pours a translucent reddish with a 1-finger beige head. The smell is biscuity malts, cherries, and alcohol phenols. Flavor is subdued cherries up front with some cold weather fruit, spices, sweet caramel malts, and slight citrus malts at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat sticky at the end.

This is a drinkable Belgian Strong Dark. I expected the cherries and honey to be a little more prevalent. Went nicely with Christmas dinner; particularly the ham and sweet potato casserole.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 04:19:02 | More by theghost3
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Ommegang short glass. Color is reddish...only slightly hazy, with not much of a head. Aroma very much reminds me of a pumpkin beer...a lot of spices.
Taste continues the spice adventure. Taste cinnamin, honey, nutmeg...and of course...the cherries. Not very carbonated...which I like, and for 11% abv...very well hidden.
A great winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 04:27:10 | More by ShadesOfGray
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright brick red with a small off-white head that neverthless has good retetention and leaves some moderate lacing. Nose is nice natural cherries, not syrupy, a honey sweetness, and a slight clovelike spiciness. Taste is a nice smooth cherry with some other pear/apple fruitiness, a nice bready malt, and a decent spicey and hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium/full with a nice smoothness. Overall this is a really nice beer, hides the alcohol well, nice to sip on a cold day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2005 13:46:37 | More by cubedbee
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2011 15:23:01 | More by rwilde
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-23-2011 01:38:14 | More by jagada
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New York

4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz. bottle into snifter glass

A- Nice brown color with a slight reddish hue

S- I smell the cherries! I also smell Belgian yeast and alcohol. This smells a bit like cleaning solvent...with a hint of banana.

T- Well, it certainly doesn't TASTE like cleaning solvent. I can taste the Belgian yeast. It's more subtle than I thought. I taste sugar cherries and alcohol. Maybe some spices.

M- Mouthfeel is great. It's smooth and has just the right "prickly" with the carbonation. It's not too thick, and it's not cloying.

O- This is a unique beer. I am glad I finally got to try it and I got to try a fresh one. I think I will pick up a 6 pack and lay some down. I think when some of the heat burns off, even more of the subtle flavors will come out. I can see why this is a holiday favorite!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:34:06 | More by mitch3114
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-11-2013 03:00:19 | More by Lurkerson
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-31-2012 14:55:17 | More by NickyDee21
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-11-2012 02:36:45 | More by Hopdaemon39
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-30-2013 18:21:02 | More by tkdchampxi
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-25-2013 18:46:39 | More by spedprof
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My 100th review, on tap poured into a pint glass, not the correct glass wear

a: nice dark amber color, translucent with slight carbonation. When it arrived at my table, there was no head but lots of sticky lacing.

s: alchohol and cheery

t: cherry sweatness dominates flavor. Also taste alchohol. I think I taste a bit of honey too.

m&d: full bodied beer, very nice beer but i would not drink more than one during a session.


Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2008 15:50:33 | More by UDbeernut
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very beautiful dark cherry color beer with a lot of alcohol (not surprising at 11%) in the nose along with dark fruits, cherry, fig. Very nice spicy character in the nose as well. Could not conjure up an head at all and no lace down the side. Very sweet oily character with cherry, and very sweet. Since I like sweet, no worries, but some would probably describe it as cloying. Strong yeast character as well. Hops is listed on the website as only 15 IBUs, which seems true with no hop character, so the yeast is the main component for the spicy notes. Very cool, fun beer with lots of character and punch. Not overly complex, but a very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 20:48:52 | More by FightingEntropy
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-11-2012 00:27:44 | More by brauseboof
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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep garnet ruby red with little to no head. The little that was there in the initial pour quickly dissipates in to thin air. Mad elf doesn't hide much and one can see the gateway to yule tide insanity through its translucent body.

S- A bouquet of sweet malt and caramel are predominately present initially. That blends nicely into some spice and cherry aroma with a grand finale of pleasant warming alcohol.

T- Starts of like biting into a caramel covered cherry. The sweetness is balanced nicely by the spice and 11% abv but I would never guest that it was that high. A little bit of cocoa powder and fruitiness on the back end with some warm spiced bread.

M- Mad Elf has a light body and is a little prickly and warming from the alcohol content.

D- Although this not a low abv beer Troegs does a wonderful job disguising it without burying it beneath the sweet and spiciness making Mad elf superbly drinkable. Wish it a little bit fuller body but other than that I really enjoyed this ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 18:21:07 | More by Viciousknishs
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-10-2013 04:09:38 | More by djgustafson
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-03-2011 18:05:22 | More by davesway10
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-18-2011 02:16:49 | More by AlexM
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-24-2014 02:50:34 | More by yeaprolly
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-15-2013 17:24:58 | More by rusty3335
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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