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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,979 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,979
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 150
Gots: 441 | FT: 19
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jstewart1130, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer I've been psyched to try for a while and finally got around to trying it. Bought a bomber of this for about $6. Pours an orange/red color, alcohol and cherry smell to it. Taste is complex and dangerously tasty. Medium bodied, great mouthfeel. The honey and cherry flavors really shine through, and the beer remains well balanced throughout. Being 11% ABV, the alcohol has a presence so this is a sipper for sure. A pleasure to drink, tons of complexity and tastiness to get through... will most likely be buying a few more of these before the winter season is through.

oriolesfan4, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

anyhoodle, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

celticfutblclub, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of turnstile
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear and deep ruby red in color with some amber highlights; thin white head forms with excellent lacing.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast up front with sweet cherry notes right behind. Slightly floral and overall aromatic and cheery. Biscuity, caramelly malt in there as well.

T: Mad Elf is sweet with Belgian spice and juicy cherry flavor dominating. Sweet toasty malt flavor in the middle. Belgian candied cherry character lingers on the palate with mild to no bitterness. Finishes spicy-sweet as a hot alcohol note warms the tongue.

M: Body is medium-full and very creamy. This is where it really hits the mark. Lightly carbonated, slick and chewy, but not syrupy.

O: ABV is hidden well; highly drinkable for the booze content. A great American holiday adaptation of a Belgian style. I always come back to this one year after year.

turnstile, Nov 28, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

dvanhandel, Nov 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

QuickSilver08, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Ajlvt, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rico488, Nov 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

ROGUE16, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

M27, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11millsown113, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TimoP, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Mashedbrotatoes, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

WaydeRafnel, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

nh2032, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip...Batch # 110818.
Amber brown...
smells of cherry and yeast...strong alcohol aroma.
Taste of cherry, earthy, wood, yeast, and alcohol. I don't taste honey like it states.
Its a good brew, not amazing but I do like the belgian notes. Easy drink for 11% ABV, but I just dont get the hype...maybe its the cool glass in the gift box...

DrinkSlurm, Nov 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jbertsch, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of danedelman
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured a 12 oz bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip glass.

A-Very little to no head with 0 retention. Orange/red copper color with very low carbonation.

S-smells like a belgian red with faint cherries.

T-This is a new bottle so with that being said, the alcohol really hits you first. You then get a tiny bit of the belgian yeast and some malt followed by a microscopic amount of cherries. Really not much going on and I don't really enjoy this one.

M-A bit syrupy but alcohol helps with the poor carbonation. Still feels like it is carbonated due to the alcohol burn.

I bought a case of this so I plan on sitting on this for at least a year.

danedelman, Nov 23, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is dark red (resembling a Dubbel) and has little (very little, that is) carbonation. It's quite thick owing to the presence of honey, cherries and many residual sugars.

B: Very sweet-smelling. The honey is very noticeable.

T: Overpowering honey and cherries dominate the beer (which is good if you like honey and cherries; if you don't, then I wouldn't recommend this beer). Some reviewers think the two aforementioned flavors did a good job of masking the alcohol content; I, however, think the alcohol is still very noticeable (but this doesn't mare the taste in any way).

M: Very thick. Due to the limited carbonation, the beer goes down smoothly.

O: I like this beer a lot. If you like beers with high alcohol content and high malt:hop ratios, then this beer is for you.

leantom, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

amstelcat, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DreaminBeer, Nov 22, 2011
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,979 ratings.