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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,893 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,893
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 138
Gots: 405 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-15-2013 03:28:53 | More by josh32219
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

04-27-2014 13:31:22 | More by Arrowhuntr
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

02-28-2014 00:36:09 | More by angeepangie
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-06-2014 19:13:14 | More by pfhanlon
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an unbelievable reddish, garnet color with a slight head that fades quickly. Very little lace. Aroma of cherries comes through right away, with a slightly tart mouthfeel. Not overwhealming tartness, but a serious alcohol taste, that tries to hide behind the cherries. Much better as it warms, which is easy to do because this is a sippin' beer! Just a guess, but the ABV has to be around 11%. Truely a "nightcap" beer!

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2002 05:49:17 | More by HopheadEd
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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In a snifter:

What a color! Very, very ruby, extremely attractive even in the dim lighting I saw it in. Basically no head, but I'm not sure if the beer or the bartender is to blame on that. Tons of banana bread in both the smell and the taste, which really worked quite well. Some honey, a lot of cherry, a little oak. The beer was honestly a little too sweet, the cherry just a bit overwhelming. Carbonation was a little higher than I would have liked, but Mad Elf is full bodied and velvety.

Overall: An interesting take on Belgian Strong and a Winter Seasonal. Worth a try just for the banana bread.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 02:38:50 | More by schroederm
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-25-2014 17:53:17 | More by jamis
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-29-2012 04:25:10 | More by Ecolello87
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

04-25-2014 00:31:39 | More by djbrown13
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

02-23-2013 05:18:44 | More by RumHam
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-15-2013 19:23:21 | More by Kjanisch7
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-03-2014 00:34:35 | More by thsSAMO
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

04-12-2014 05:12:03 | More by Sean32
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Not much head or lacing. Reddish hue.

Smell – Sweet malts and spice, subtle hints of fruit.

Taste – I get prunes or dark fruit up front followed by spice and a little bite of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Sweet up front. Full, full body. Finishes with a little too much astringent alcohol.

Drinkability – A winter warmer through and through. Many characteristics that remind me of a barleywine. Tremendous and serious brew. Be careful, quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2006 01:45:39 | More by akajimmyd
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-30-2014 23:38:26 | More by Hoppytree
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz 2010 bottle.

A: Dark red color with small white head. No carbonation noticeable in the body. Very thick on the side of the glass, definitely a syrup like consistency in terms of stickiness.

S: Get cherry notes right away on the nose. Then get some like booze notes. Lastly get big sweet characters and some yeast notes as well.

T/M: Right away yeast and cherry flavor. Very sweet. Little alcohol notes but not very much. Very good mouth feel and not much by way of thickness. However, this is very syrup like with the stickiness.

D: Very drinkable for 11% and tastes great. Good winter beer and might do well with some age. However, this one is great right away so I would pick some up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 00:24:41 | More by mbusster88
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-17-2013 22:41:06 | More by Brasso
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great brew for watching the snow fall on a day that work has been canceled...

Poured a wonderfuly unique red/amber color. Little head. Nice carbonation obvious. Smell is pure Xmas, with cherry and honey flavors domminating. No nutmeg or cardimom in this brew. Taste is pleasing - a thin syrup is a apt descriptor. very sweet, with just enough hop backbone to keep things balanced (a bit). This is absolutely a sipping beer, not due to the ABV, which is well hidden, but due to the complexity of the flavors - This brew is approaching a fine liquor.

The Elf only appears once a year, though this year the supply seems better (Bastage employees at the local beer store didn't buy it all this go-round!). Well worth a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 11:48:03 | More by sideshowrob
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium ruby color with medium brown highlights. No head, light tan ring around edge of glass. Aroma is spicey but everything blends very well together, pick out the clove and some very faint cinnamon/cardamom but not getting too much of the cherries. Mild carbonation. Definitely on the sweeter side. Alcohol present on the end to finish. Spices are present in flavor but not overpowering. End is a little thick, but not too heavy. Alcohol becomes more present with warmth. Not the most drinkable Christmas ale, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 04:44:25 | More by despainmakesbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-15-2011 22:57:17 | More by Bigtimmy
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-23-2012 00:12:47 | More by Rickstar
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into a Firestone Walker tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy red amber with 1 finger of straw-colored head that dissipates to a foamy ring.

S: Cherry, wheaty malt, corn, honey, and a hint of alcohol.

T/M: Prickly carbonation up front with a medium mouthfeel. Up front is honey and malt sweetness with a slight bitterness. Plenty of malt sweetness accompanied by a very mild bitterness throughout. Cherry is not very prominent. Finish is coating, almost a little drying, with a bittersweet lingering flavor.

O: While reviewing this, it strikes me that my opinions of it are not really all that high on this beer in individual metrics, and yet I quite like the beer. Really a nice, unique holiday ale that doesn't overdo its "holiday" flavors, while doing a really nice job of dealing with its 11abv. Drinks much closer to 9, but with a little bit of heat. Bumping this up a bit in overall for that reason; I think this beer comes together quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:48:53 | More by jdhowe
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-05-2014 00:58:59 | More by truska
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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: I'm consistently amazed by the quality of the stuff coming from the Troegs brothers. The Mad Elf, year in and year out, is one of those "must buy a case or two" seasonals for me. As my 2006 supply runs out, I look forward to August, when it's been brewed again and I can start the countdown to late autumn when I can get my grubby paws on it.

2006 version.

Appearance: Ruby-amber pour into my chalice with very little head. Barely even a film remains...more of a ring. The color sure is purdy, however...

Smell: Belgian yeasts and cherries. The honey is present as well. Smelling this just reminds me of decorating for Christmas.

Taste: Sweet and tart at the same time. Definitely can discern the pilsener malt as well as both the honey and the cherries. Warming alcohol to finish. Not much in the way of hop presence, but what is there is nice - Czech, I would imagine. A great add-on strategy for a Belgian base. The flavor combinations work wonderfully.

Mouthfeel: Moderate and tight carbonation - very pleasant, enhancing the flavors. It's a sweet brew, but manages not to be sticky.

Drinkability: Unfortunately for my wife, my toilet, and eventually my liver, this is one damn drinkable beer. I could easily put back a full sixer of these in a session. Hopefully I'm done decorating the tree by then. ;)

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 04:01:16 | More by kpantz
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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look was ruby red, small ring of head around rim stayed almost the whole way through.

Smell was belgium yeast, sweetness from the malt, red wine,big red bubble gum, and a bannana clove hefe smell.

Taste started like a triple, yeast was milder than expected from the nose, honey played a mellow roll in smoothing out the yeast. Alcohol is well hidden. The cherries turn up in the end, finishing like a flat cola. Medium body, with a tart mouthfeel.

A mellow sipper, pretty good, not in your face. Still with that said, I think a couple years in the cellar would improve the overall flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 21:47:27 | More by cannabanaceae
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