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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,495 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,495
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 194
Gots: 754 | FT: 23
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:
Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 12-14-2002

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
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of philipquarles
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-red with minimal head that disappears to nothing.

Smells of sour cherries, spices, malt, some Belgian-esque yeast, and alcohol. This carries on to the flavor; sweet malt and sour fruit at first, but soon overpowered by the alcohol. It would be nicer if it were masked a bit better. That said, it gives a nice warming sensation.

The mouthfeel is nothing special really; somewhat thick and a bit syrupy. All-in-all, I'm somewhat disappointed after hearing all of the praise. Certainly not bad though.

Photo of kegger22
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear red with modest head that dissipated to a collar. The aroma was cheap cherry Kool-Aid. The taste wasn't as bad as the aroma would lead you to expect, but it wasn't very good either. Something my mom would have poured into ice cube trays to make homemade popsicles, 40 years ago. The feel was medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. Drinkability was only decent due to high ABV and questionable taste.

This was a bad idea that went badder (if I may). While not horrible, everything about it screamed artificial, cheap and tawdry. Does Boone's Farm make a cherry?

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into little tasting glasses- split this year's edition with a few friends...

Deep ruby red with a quickly dissipating head. Left surprisingly good lacing.

Aroma of toasted malt, slightly sweet, fruitiness (cherries, dates) but mostly just alcohol. Saying that it is very present is an understatement. I recently got an 05 as an extra in a trade and am very excited to see how it has mellowed.

One friend said the words "Cherry cough syrup" and once I heard that, I couldn't stop thinking it. Had a nice, creamy, full bodied mouthfeel but the alcohol was very present. Somewhat yeasty/spicy throughout. Interesting to try, but certainly a sipper for the cold months.

Photo of jwhancher
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby colored red with soapy-like head that fades down to nothing. Smells of cherries with some hot alcohol burn. The alcohol notes increase as it warms. Tastes of cherries dipped in syrupy chocolate. Some brown sugar notes and a tad of spicy notes likely from the yeast. I get the honey a little bit. Tastes surprisingly light bodied. Rather even balanced in bitterness. Nice on a winter night.

Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It smells like Black Cherries. I also pick up some caramel in the aroma. A clear copper color with a moderate white head. The flavor is very acidic and a little sour. I definitely pick up the sour cherries as well as honey and some citrus. Spicy aftertaste. Its very belgian-esque. Not for everybody, but I will buy this along with my other winter brews.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jcalabre
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very nice looking clear reddish color. It has a nice cherry nose & it's taste is tart yet sweet. It was very enjoyable. The 11% ABV is extremely well hidden, but it sneaks up on you later. I would imagine that this beer is absolutely stunning in a cold climate where it would be a great winter warmer

Photo of Naugros
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No dating on the bottle, but this is the 2010 edition of this holiday brew.

Poured into a wheat glass it rose a two-finger head that stayed for a little bit and then reduced down to a film and crown that left very little lace. A deep copper with a ruddy tint, the beer's clear enough to see carbonation through it.

Barnyard-like Belgian yeast funk assails your nose and you want it to be followed by sourness, but it's backed up by maltiness and honey sweetness instead. The cherries are definitely not Morellos and come across as meaty, but not all that sour.

The taste follows the smell with dark fruits and funky yeast esters, but sourness is stopped short by a bitter bite. The esters thrown off by the yeast dominate the mouthfeel and it lingers. As that hits, the alcohol tries to take center stage and makes it feel more medicinal. This beer is sort of all over the place. The flavors come at you in waves and are not well-integrated. Is it sour or bitter? The two sensations fight it out and you're left wondering what it should be. It does improve a little when it warms up and it's possible that laying this down for a year might balance it out and make it more drinkable than it is right now. Still, this won't be on my yearly "look for" list.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mikey711
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice reddish color with a white head on top. Very good lacing.

S: Very fruity and estery. The cherries come through very well and there is lots of bubble gum notes too.

T: Very sweet with the tiniest bit of funk. The cherries. Pretty big on the bubblegum and fruitiness. Very mellow tasting. A bit of holiday spicing is present too. A little bit of soapiness too.

M: This certainly has mellowed out alot since the winter. There is still a bit of heat but it is not intense at all.

D: Pretty easy to put down, but not the best

Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,495 ratings.