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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,889 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,889
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 138
Gots: 400 | 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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UncleNeighborChris

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-09-2012 13:38:46 | More by UncleNeighborChris
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-09-2012 03:54:50 | More by Gatordaddy
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-09-2012 02:44:18 | More by Bilco
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JxExM

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-09-2012 00:54:24 | More by JxExM
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2012 22:36:32 | More by bshiban
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hlatimer266

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2012 17:04:43 | More by hlatimer266
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NumberNone

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-08-2012 15:20:14 | More by NumberNone
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

12-08-2012 15:11:37 | More by sweisel80
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish amber, with a head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Cherries with some vinous undertones and some honey underneath it all. Pretty strong and pleasant.

Taste: Cherries, booze, malts and belgian style yeast. The ending is a bit too boozy for my liking, in that it's not covered effectively enough to hide the 11%. If the funky(corianderish), boozy ending could be fixed through aging, I'd probably buy these a year early, just to mellow them out before I drank them. Being that I bought a sixer of this and I'm not exactly crazy about it, that will probably happen. I guess I'm just not crazy about coriander type ending.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick with average carbonation.

Overall: Again, there's just something going on in the ending, be it strong booze and/or coriander, that just doesn't do it for me. I bet that if you let this age, the cherries will eventually hit harder on the back end. I don't know if aging can fix this, but one can dream...can't they?

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:47:52 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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Ghostofthewoods

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-08-2012 02:09:00 | More by Ghostofthewoods
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

12-08-2012 02:04:48 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Sturmthis

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-07-2012 03:26:57 | More by Sturmthis
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Monnie

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

12-07-2012 03:16:11 | More by Monnie
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-07-2012 00:44:15 | More by JRod1969
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FosterJM

California

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1646th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
12oz

2012 Bottling
Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one.

App- A almost pure ruby red color with a good amount of density and weight behind it. Poured out of the bottle a bit thicker than I was thinking for some reason. A good bit of deeper reds on outside with only a small 1/4-1/2" head that was there and gone. No lacing or cling.

Smell- Right upfront I get most of the cherries and that honey kick is there. I am pretty against honey but will try it when its in beers. Hell maybe one day Ill like it. The spices come into play and seem to be so-so on this. Not the most well integrated with the style but drowned out a bit by the 11% as well.

Taste- This just reminds me of a spiced beer blended with Wisconsin Belgian Red. Big bold cherry with some good honey note (still not sold on honey in beer) A lot of spices from the style direction but just tastes flat and un balanced to me. Not necessarily a harmonious thing.

Mouth- A big full medium body with a good medium carbonation level. Residual cherry and spice are there and this was the best aspect of the beer.

Drink- I was given a few bottles of this. I will hold some back for a year or two and see what happens as the 11% mellows and fades and just changes this beer. I can see good things but not really fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 17:30:54 | More by FosterJM
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-06-2012 01:42:14 | More by pogoowner
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mhbarber

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-05-2012 23:26:56 | More by mhbarber
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-04-2012 22:23:08 | More by enelson
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RES

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-04-2012 22:04:01 | More by RES
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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

22oz bomber from dope (thanks man!) split 3 ways with the gals...my portion poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A: Clear amber/ruby ale with some visible carbonation bubbles; short-lasting off-white head (especially for a Belgian) but beautiful body and clarity...

S: Yeast phenols and distinctive spices make this a decisively Belgian nose, but there is also plenty of fruitiness to be found mixing with the malt and candy sugar...dark fruits, cherries, raisins, honey, brown sugar.

T: Moderately strong cherry notes and dark fruit with plenty of candy sugar and malt sweetness as the backbone. Brown sugar, flashes of warm booze, apples, spices, raisins...

MF: Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel with a light alcohol burn...just a bit vinous...dry finish.

O: Good beer, easy drinking (though the alcohol comes through a bit), and a tasty BSDA with great fruit character.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 21:40:41 | More by Scotchboy
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Twig2848

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-04-2012 01:59:41 | More by Twig2848
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-03-2012 23:40:08 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-03-2012 23:36:02 | More by hollywood_15063
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Dhelmet256

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-03-2012 23:01:21 | More by Dhelmet256
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BRIANAJOHNSON


5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-03-2012 21:41:00 | More by BRIANAJOHNSON
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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