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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,485 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,485
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 194
Gots: 749 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of daythree16
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass. Clear honey-amber color with a 1" head.

Very winy aromas. Sweetness with a touch of cherry, though I don't know if I would have noticed it if I hadn't read the label first. Taste is sweet and piney with a lot of alcohol heat. Just a hint of sourness from the cherries.

Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is decent, but the noticeable alcohol kills it a bit for me.

Photo of drcarver
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a nice deep red color with a small (less than 1 finger) head that sits atop. Leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass

S - cherries in the front followed by malt, spiciness, and a hint of alcohol

T - sweet. dancing on the line of too sweet but still palatable. Alcohol is present but the cherries is in the background.

D - goes down nice and slow which is good for a brew at 11%.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of RVigz
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The appearance of this beer is a ruby red color with about a quarter inch of head that dissipates quickly.

S: the smell is a sweet cherry and malty smell

T: the taste is similar to the smell, with a prominent cherry taste upfront with a slightly malty/alcoholic aftertaste. slight vanilla chocolate aftertaste that fades out with honey. very delicious. I drank this beer from a tulip glass.

M: mouthfeel was very smooth and not too carbonated, sweetness overpowered alcohol.

Photo of Scrapss
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour into a turbinator.

A nice dark red. off white head dissipates to a thin disk. not over carbed.

S: cherries, strong dark phenolics. lemon, slight bready yeast.

T: Some mild yeasts and some neutral sweet notes led by tart cherries. Some spicy booze, mild dark malts and tart dark fruits. Hint of bitter chocolate. Dry.

M: creamy due to carbonation. Dry malty finish with volatile dark fruit notes. spicy. boozy at ultimate finish.

O: Not terribly complex, a straightforward example of the style. Would not turn down.

Photo of Bill69
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of Alkey
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle a ruby red with a small amount of head and scents of sweet fruit and alcohol taste has a bit of sweet cherries and honey with a backing of some belly warming alcohol. A winter warmer indeed but not an all night beer just a couple and I'm good. A great night cap.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of brewsclues
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Deep crimson that is perfectly clear with no head or lacing at all.

Sort of a standard Belgian-style smell (nothing to complain about here) with plenty of cherry, phenols, bananas and banana bread, and some cloves. I get some chilli peppers in there, too - certainly some nice spice to it.

Some good Belgian flavors and some good spice at the back on the mouth at the finish. Big cherry flavor with it hits the tongue - not particularly subtle. Not really sure what all the fuss is about though. The alcohol taste is prominent, and smacks a little bit like cough syrup. In comparison to other strong ales, this is average at best.

A flat mouth feel to it - didn't like it compared to other strong Belgian ales. Little carbonation, and a flat, watery finish to it is below average.

I like Troegs, just not sure that the Mad Elf is all it's cracked up to be. For such a strong beer, it leaves the palette unfulfilled and tastes a bit too much like cherry cough syrup. Average at best.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,485 ratings.