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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,001 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,001
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 162
Gots: 451 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

alexsergio, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Fish113d
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition: Poured from a growler brought home from the brewery and into a Mad Elf tulip glass.

Pours a reddish copper color with a nice dense 1 1/2" beige head that slowly fizzles to a nice creamy looking surface layer of about 1/8" with some very nice cling on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is mostly of holiday cherries along with some very floral aromas. Not as spiced as the first year's release. Some maltiness comes through as well, and a tiny bit of alcohol on the nose.

Sipping, I notice sweet and a little tartness of the cherries along with a slightly floral flavor I think from the yeast. Hops are not very apparant. A bit of drying hits at the end with a twang of alcohol hitting my tongue on the finish. Not as complex as previous years, but a wonderfully tasting brew. I've waited 12 months for this, and it's heavenly!

Lightly carbonated, full-bodied. A bit of alcohol hits at the finish, but is mild considering the 11% its marked as.

Overall, very drinkable at 11%!!! It's a wonder that people can drink a 6-pack of it, get sick, and pass out by the halftime of the Super Bowl (inside joke)!

Fish113d, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, glowing dark red with a thin head. A tiny bit of carbonation bubbles up. Chocolates and cherries burst through the smell of this beer. A nice warming scent of alchohol as well. This is a suprisingly malty tasting brew. Very sweet and fruity with a small but pleseant amount of hops coming through in the back. A beautiful holiday beer. This is going to be one of my "12 beers of christmas" this year. The best offering from Troeg's I've had. This is one of those beers that you won't forget for a long time. Highly, highly recommended.

santoslhalper, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of mkirkland80
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mkirkland80, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Higravity
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I popped my one to enjoy after meeting with a damn wedding photographer. Red kool-aid color and a hint of a head in my duvel tulip. Smells of a mild fruityness and alcohol. The taste is not what I was expecting, not nearly enough of the cherry flavor and I wonder now about the color. The alcohol is prevelent and there is a background fruityness and some malt flavor with a tannic bitterness. I had a decent mouthfeel and was very clean finish and a good drinker even at 11%, but not really my bag.

Higravity, Jan 17, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Peyton5410, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

djgustafson, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of bbeane
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... Ruby colored beer... very little head or lacing. Very little activity

S- So sweet smelling. Malty aroma with very distinct cherry smell

T- Tastes alot like it smells. Very sweet malty taste, hint of chocolate with cherry overtones... more of a sour cherry than sweet cherry. Light alcohol flavor

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation, and a very little alcohol bite

D- Dangerously easy to drink. Would definately drink more, unfortunately that was my last bottle until the next release


bbeane, Sep 07, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

DruRho, Mar 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Devman171, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(copied from blog - written January 12, 2013)

Appearance – Pours a transparent dark ruby red/amber.
Smell – Very sweet, like cherries dipped in honey (obviously).
Taste – You can taste the sweetness of cherries and honey upfront. Some sort of spiciness hits the tongue. Chocolate in the aftertaste.

This year was the first time I had the pleasure of enjoying Mad Elf, when I tasted it at a craft beer tasting. After that I had bought the six pack once, and since it’s so damn expensive I never cared to do it again regardless of how good it is. That was probably two months ago. Tonight however my lovely girlfriend was in the mood for it so I’m drinking it at her expense (thanks baby)! Anyway, this ale is like a mead or a sweet wine and very appropriate on bitter cold winter nights to warm the blood pleasantly. It has a gorgeous color and a wonderful aroma to be appreciated for a while before you actually indulge in to the liquid itself. Its taste is kind of like cocktail cherries with honey laced in between, and a hint of liquor. The inclusion of chocolate malts leave a chocolaty aftertaste with a spiciness on the tongue that I can’t put my finger on. This is a heavy beer with a high ABV that should be consumed slowly, and enjoyed to its fullest, perhaps even shared with a friend.

RummyRedbeard, May 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jryanj927, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kayrex, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Truh
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deliberately messed up some toys for the good girls and boys with this one on 3/8/2005. 12-oz. bottle very graciously offered to me by JayT poured in a shaker glass; closer to 11-oz. in order to keep the sediment in check.

Some initial frothiness with a piling of big bubbles in the middle which all just settles to a wash. Light orange hue with just a touch of red and haze, likely from sediment, and very little slow action. Cherry sweetness on nose, raspberry pulp and a bit of light heat. Candy cane sweetness with cherry pie thrown in, but quite light; malt presence is refined with a woody oak character that lightly touches. Very pleasant offering that I wish I had access to on a regular, or at least seasonal, basis.

Truh, Mar 16, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last 2010 bottle (that isn't going in the cellar), and since I've some how avoided reviewing it, this sounds like a good time.

Poured into my Duvel tulip aggressively, has a kind of ruby-amber body to it with 2 fingers of white head that quickly fade away. Predominantly cherries and some sweet characteristics (honey / caramel), maybe even some yeast scents. A nice cherry kick upfront, also some bananas / clove / yeast flavors...a hint of alcohol, but faint considering the ABV. Medium bodied and lighter on the carbonation - really drinkable given the alcohol in this beer.

Its not my favorite beer, or even my favorite Troegs offering, but I really look forward to this in the winter months and during the holiday season. I do prefer this with about 12 months on it, and always lay down a sixer and a few bombers each year, so perhaps ill add some notes when I drink something with some age on it.

prdstmnky, Jan 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

razorsdescent, Jan 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

gonzo000, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of taigor
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is sweet malts, raisins and cherries.

T - Taste is overly sweet with malts and honey. Cherries and slight chocolate taste come through as well.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

D - Alcohol is high and not masked. I would recommend it but dont go out of your way to get it.

taigor, Nov 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

rcjennings, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

heysuz, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Screper, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Lawl3ss, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

spedprof, Mar 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

JandJMD, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

timoteo833, Dec 25, 2013
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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