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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,860 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,860
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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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After hearing so much about this brew, I was excited to try it. Picked up a single bottle due to the high price tag at 14.99 a sixer.

A- A bright red color/some orange/ tons of bubbles of carbonation, thin ring around the top of my glass, no lace.

S- Smell was overwhelmingly sweet.

T- Taste was a little to sweet for me. The cherries blasted me right away, a long with other tropical fruits, mals, caramel, and spices.

M- Mouthfeel was oily and light, tingly on the tongue due to the high carbonation.

D- Cool idea, but a little too sweet for me. Alcohol was surprisingly well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 02:40:48 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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TonyY

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-14-2013 01:14:07 | More by TonyY
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-25-2013 15:52:59 | More by DrStiffington
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baggio

Sweden

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle@home

A: Ruby red with a small head that disappears quickly. Still, the color of the beers looks very appealing.

S: Cherries, Honey, Sweet malts, Spices.

T: Honey, Cherries, Belgian yeast, Spices (Cinnamon and something more...).

M: A bit of sourness hits me before the sweetness of the malt comes into place and makes everything delicously sweet. Low carbonation. ABV is hidden extremely well for a brew this strong.

Not the most christmas-like beer i've ever tried but a damn good beer nevertheless. Feels a bit like a barleywine with added spices. Why didn't i bring a few more bottles home with me...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 19:47:20 | More by baggio
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-08-2012 18:25:07 | More by whallgren
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camartin27

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-24-2013 03:48:26 | More by camartin27
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keithmurray

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper body with faint tan head

smell - Cherries, yeast, malts, honey

taste - cherries, raisins, honey, malts

mouthfeel - sweet upfront, ample carbonation, medium bodied, tart finish on this, finish seems out of balance to me even though there is no booziness present

overall - decent offering from Troegs, I was impressed overall with their attempt at a Belgian style ale

Price Point - single 12oz for $3.99

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:00:55 | More by keithmurray
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter. 2010 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red with a small ring of foam around the outside of the glass.

Smell: Sweet candied fruit - apples, pears and cherries, some honey sweetness, sugary sweetness, Belgian yeast, and slight alcohol burn.

Taste: Candied fruit, honey, malt, sugar, not that much of a boozy taste despite the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Felt a little thin, but was very smooth and the alcohol is hidden nicely. Previous years' the it felt a lot thicker.

Drinkability: This is my new winter tradition after moving from Cleveland two years ago (although I still miss endless amounts of Christmas Ale). I get this on draft whenever I see it around and usually pick up quite a few bottles. I really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:14:07 | More by Axic10
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ILikeGoodCider

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-27-2013 22:46:27 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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Bustersuess

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-05-2014 02:05:44 | More by Bustersuess
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-28-2012 04:03:05 | More by kkmiller76
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Screper

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-01-2013 03:37:45 | More by Screper
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-20-2012 19:32:48 | More by IPAFrankieH
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RichD

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-17-2012 16:34:44 | More by RichD
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the first to emerge from my cellar after a short two month sleep. The beer pours a ruddy ruby, with a light, gently cream colored head. The body of the beer is clear and caramelly with little to no carbonation coming up through. On the nose the beer smells big with honeyed raisins, slight candied sugars, bready caramel, and only the faintest ghost of cherry. Spicy alcohol, similar to what you might find in a quad, is also definitely present in the nose. The beer tastes lightly of cherries and honey, transitioning into bready caramel and Belgian yeast character, with a light alcohol spice. The beer begins with an almost framboise like cherry sweet flavor, mixed quickly with spicy alcohol and then creamy honey which opens the beer into grainier caramel and Belgian yeast notes, and light candied sugars. There is a huge cereal bread taste in the middle of the flavor which dies off quickly, but does leave a light bread lingering in the finish and aftertaste. This beer is hugely complex in flavor, and with only 2 months in the cellar it seems to have none of the huge alcohol flavors that other reviewers describe. On the mouth this beer is smooth and caramelly, sitting on the tongue at a medium to heavy body with nearly no carbonation to speak of. The only bite comes from the faint alcohol at the back of the throat, but this is really quite faint, and considering this is 11%, I really don’t taste the heavy alcohol flavor. Overall, I’m a huge fan of this beer. It is a great holiday sipper, to be had in moderation for sure. I could obviously not slug this beer back, but if you put it in a small glass, swirl it around and observe its holiday appropriate color, and then savor and enjoy it. It kisses the tongue, packs a wallop of alcohol, and seduces my taste buds with warm sweet flavors that I want in a holiday beer. A beer to have on Christmas night for sure!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:40:11 | More by Maxwell
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-27-2013 01:40:18 | More by BeerBuckeye
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gabedivision

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tulip glass

A- Pours a deep reddish chestnut, crystal clear, visible carbonation, 1/2 finger inch white tight bubbled head.

S- Very sweet, cherries right up front, dry belgian yeast, maybe some oak? apples, raisins, slightly medicinal, but not in an offensive way at all, dry red wine alcohol blush on the end.

T- Syrupy cherry soda flavor, followed a bomb of sweetness, honey, cane sugar, apples, pears, dark fruits. Nice bready malt, that almost gets completely overwheamled by alcohol on the finish.

M- Full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth, very dry.

O- Overall, i like this beer alot, though, some age does do it alot of good, just a tad boozy when fresh but it definitely settles down as its sipped on. Has a great bite, and ton of complexity, i always look forward to this beer come this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:54:24 | More by gabedivision
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mmmbeerNY

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-05-2014 22:19:27 | More by mmmbeerNY
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BodiesLexus

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-26-2013 04:07:43 | More by BodiesLexus
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RKing44

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-01-2014 01:10:54 | More by RKing44
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-08-2013 03:25:10 | More by MRsojourner
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1Sundown2C

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-09-2014 04:11:34 | More by 1Sundown2C
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cjac

Maryland

2/5  rDev -48.2%

12-15-2012 05:52:02 | More by cjac
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into the glass a ruby/red/garnet color that sparkled when held to the light. The head was white no lace and did not last, only a film was left. The aroma was fruit and alcohol. Nose of cherries, spices, plums, malt and alcohol were all present at different points on my tongue. The tastes were of spices, fruit (mostly cherries) alcohol and malt. Slightly sweet and tart but not overpowering. I rather enjoyed this beer, it surprised me after my first sip, I was imagining some different flavors then I received. The flavors intensified as this brew warmed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2003 12:55:12 | More by Jarod
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drewbage

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled after a long Xmas day to celebrate my glorious victory in our Annual Bloodmatch Trivial Pursuit Game. 12 oz brown bottle provided courtesy of PisskyNights. (Thanks!)

Beer was sampled cool at first (~55F) and allowed to warm up over the course of an hour.

Beer drops into the glass with a thud and no carbonation. As it settles in the glass the drinker is presented with a deep red leather colored beer.

As the beer comes up to room temperature, the cherries and spicing becomes stronger melding with a very evident alcohol presence.

The flavor is filled with cherries and a bit of honeyed sweetness. As the beer lolls on the tongue, the combination of alcohol and cinnamon begin to sweep the thickiness of this beer form the palate.

Decent warming beer for the occasional slow sipper during the winter time.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 06:56:14 | More by drewbage
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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