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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,884 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,884
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 135
Gots: 400 | FT: 20
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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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aval89

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark copper almost ruby color. Half finger worth of head that didn't settle for long.

S: spicy yeast esters, sugar candies, dark fruits. Sweetness comes through with an almost pear/apricot aroma. Subtle cherry notes & small booze detection.

T: dark fruits upfront, spicy yeast notes, more of that pear/apricot flavor.. You then get the subtle but present cherry flavors, slightly medicinal.. booze is pretty well hidden @11%!

Mf: nice full body with a syrupy feel. Good carbonation all the way through..

D: its very hard to tell that this is over 10%, making it real easy to put down.. Had to remind myself to sip..

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 21:32:02 | More by aval89
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ruby red indeed with a small pink-hued tan head that quickly recedes and barely leaves a film, yet laces okay.

cherries and dark honey jump out at you in the aroma. a touch tart, but mostly sweet with a bit of spiciness and some sweet and dark malts.

sweet cherries, a bit of milk chocolate, some syrupy sugar sweetness and plenty of honey that soothes the throat, though a bit of alcohol heat comes after the swallow to counteract that.

very syrupy and sticky with minimal carbonation and tons of oil left behind on the tongue.

a lot going on turns this one into a sipper as does the alcohol heat and sweetness. it doesn't quite come together seamlessly, though it is tasty. alcohol is there though not quite as harsh as 11% could be. reminds me a bit too much of cough syrup as it warms. very good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 06:24:41 | More by silentjay
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paulozanello

Brazil

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was waiting for this one! Got me a six-pack for 13.99 here in DC.

A- Mad Elf Ale pours a ruby brown hazy color and forms a one finger beige head that dissipates quickly leaving just a ring of foam around the glass. Lacing is below what is expected for the style.

S- Right of the bat I get a lot of red fruits, specially the cherries. You can definitely smell the chocolate malts and the spicy belgian yeast caracter later.

T- Starts very sweet with a caramel malt, honey and chocolate. Then the sweet/sour cherries kick in (not overpowering at all) to round out and complement the malt/honey sweetness. It ends with yeast esters, typically belgian, and reminds me of Rochefort 8 and Chimay Blue.

M/D- Medium body and dangerously pleasant mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden behind the many flavors of this beer. But much like every other BSDA this is a complex beer that you can just drink too fast, so the drinkability is not that high. Carbonation is quite high according to style.

Overall another great beer from Troegs and it gets better as it gets warmer. Go and get it while it lasts.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:20:38 | More by paulozanello
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beer1018

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked this up because of a recomendation by a friend. 6 pack of bottles poured into a tulip glass.

Small head that keeps a small layer on top for awhile. I would say it is close to ruby red but has allot of brown in it as well.

Smell is all spicy bitter phenols with a touch of cherries and malt.

The first thing i taste is the spicy phenols and some sour cherry. I am not a fan of how spicy this is though. I wish they would have used a diffrent yeast strain for this beer. I also get a unplesent sour taste as well.

Mouthfeel is good as the carbonation isnt to strong.

Drink is low just because i am not a fan of the flavor at this point and dont want to drink more then one.
I am going to celler the rest of my pack and re visit them thorughout the year. Also at over $17 a 6 pack here in Ohio i wishi would have got a single instead.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:11:07 | More by beer1018
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BB1313

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful transparent ruby red on the darker side. Nice white head w/ decent lacing. The smell is superior w/ the cherries coming through harmoniously w/ the malts and grains. There is a slight hint of chocolate I think I'm getting, I could be wrong.. the main focus is on the cherries. The taste matches w/ the full flavor of the cherries meshing w/ the sweet honey; not spicy. The flavors are very clean and refreshing. Although it's full-bodied, it seems pretty thin. Carbonation is right on; nothing offensive at all. The alcohol is well hidden, making the drinkability exceptional! Dangerously drinkable, so definitely respect the Mad Elf.

This beer is a pure winner. I look forward to this one every year and I could definitely drink it every day. This is Troegs best beer, IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 03:06:30 | More by BB1313
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage: Enjoyed fresh

A: No head or lacing. Beautiful clear dark red in color. 4

S: Malty with cherries. Bit of alcohol definitely coming through. The honey provides a much needed sweetness to balance. 3.5

T: Thank god this has significantly less of a cherry taste than Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Delicious maltiness up front with the cherries on the back end. No hops at all here, finish is full of alcohol.4

MF: Very light. Bit of a tang from the carbonation on the palate. 3.5

D/O: Drink all Christmas long. I look forward to this one always. A PA staple, it'll warm you up, get you drunk, and you'll enjoy it the whole time. 4.5

2011 Vintage: Enjoyed March 2013

A: Clear red pour with a thin white head. Not a lot of bubbles active in the beer, but it looks pristine. 4

S: The cherries come out in a big way, sweet, but not medicinal. The malts also play a large role are integrate nicely with the booze this beer is known for. 4

T: The taste is very sweet, but the booze provides the balance. The cherries play a larger part than I remember them fresh. The maltiness makes itself known the most at the very backend, and the booze is the base throughout. The beer has mellowed, but the cherries are stronger which I did not expect. The booze calming down has definitely improved the taste. 4

MF: Light body without a lot of carbonation. The beer is very drinkable for how high the ABV is, especially given a year and a half to mellow. 4.5

O: This beer definitely improved with age. Glad I put down 4 or 5 from the last few years! Can't wait to see what happens next. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:31:31 | More by russwbeck
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a 2010 edition from a 22 oz. bomber. Looking forward to trying this one since a buddy told me how much he loved it this past July.

Appearance: Very amber with an almost purple glow. No head, no lacing. The color is very striking, but nothing else is.

Aroma: Honey and cherries are there (the bottle touts this additions on the label). Some doughy tanginess too. Definitely some spicy and herbal qualities presents after it warms up a bit.

Taste: Hot and tangy right off the bat, but a quick, honey, rich sweetness rushes in. As the flavor develops, the cherries and dark fruits come out. This one opens up quite a bit as it warms to reveal a real hop-driven spiciness that goes well with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is thick in body, but much like a good Belgian strong ale, it isn't so much cloying. It is heavy on the palette and your mouth is going to be busy while drinking this one. This one bomber lasted me all evening, so not one to get in a time pinch or to fill a pint glass with. It's 11% is very real.

Overall: This one really grew on me as I drank it. It definitely benefits from warming up a bit. Drinks heavy, almost like a port or rich wine. All the flavors (cherries, honey, malt, hops, heat) create a simultaneously tangy, spicy, sweet, and slightly sour beer. I'm going to go out to get one of these for the cellar. I could see why this one could get better with a little more melding of these flavors.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 4
Dark Fruits: 4
Citrus Fruits: 2
Hoppy (pine): 1
Floral: 1.5
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 2
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 2
Burnt: 1.5
Sweet: 3.5
Sour: 2
Bitter: 2.5
Astringent: 1
Body: 3.5
Linger: 4

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:57:30 | More by soze47
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jdense

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle enjoyed with local beer buddy in The Big, thanks Peter.

Minimal carbonation, very little if any head, no lacing. Clear reddish brown body, no visible carbonation. Nose is mostly cherries, some sweet notes re honey subsumed by the fruit, a wee bit of floral hops. Taste mirrors the nose, very sweet, not sure this fits into BSDA style tastewise. I got a hit of effervescence my first taste then it was flat as a pancake, medium-light mouthfeel, not sticky. ABV very well hidden for this alcohol bomb, but IMHO this needs significant cellaring. Will be stashing a bottle or two for next Christmas. To be honest, quite underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 22:22:30 | More by jdense
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Bogforce

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great holiday beer. Ordered a Great Lakes Christmas Ale and instead was given this and asked if it was okay, glad I said yes!

A: Red Red Amber look, small amount of head

S: Cherries!

T: hints of honey and cherry, had a great overall taste

M: wasn't overly strong for the amount of alcohol

D: could drink this all night.... if they weren't such a high abv

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 04:03:13 | More by Bogforce
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Delirium Tulip.

Just had this released in my local stores last week and jumped on the opportunity to pick up a 6-pack. At $15, it's a bit more than I'm used to from Troegs, but for such a high ABV seasonal release, I don't see it out of the ordinary.

A - Straight out of the gate I was a bit surprised by this beer. I'm not sure if Troegs used artificial coloring or what to achieve the beautiful, deep blood red, ruby color for the body, but it really is fantastic looking and unique. Crystal clear and numerous bubbles rise to replenish the 1-finger head, but ultimately lose the fight as the head crumbles only minutes later to be reduced to a thin ring around the edges. Absolutely no lacing to be had.

S - Smell is also different than I would've assumed based both on the style of this beer and this color. Essentially I'm getting strong vapors of what I would normally attribute to a Belgian Strong Pale such as grape bubblegum, lighter fruits, strong Belgian yeast, and spices. Most notable is the appearance of honey and tart cherries in the nose, which certainly aren't Belgian Pale qualities, but definitely adds to the complexity of this beer and gives it another delicious layer. Finally, rounding out the bouquet is some moderate alcohol heat character that gives it a bit of depth and foreboding.

T - The taste is incredibly faithful to the nose. Initial flavors are almost all bubblegum, banana, Belgian spicy characteristics. The next wave brings the sweet honey and just the slightest hint of cherries. The only complaint I have with this beer is the back-end balance. The transition between the fruits and sweet honey is tremendous, but after being held back for so long, the alcohol strikes with vengeance and kind of muddles the end of the sip and the aftertaste. Supposedly a few months aging does wonders to mellow this out, and I can only imagine how great this will be then.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively heavy and mildly carbonated. Not getting much activity on the palate as it rests, but some alcohol warming is definitely present after swallowing.

D - Drinkability is moderate. I didn't find myself drinking this really quickly, but that is mostly as a result of the relatively hot finish. Assuming all is right and some age can reduce this, I could find this being a great drinking beer a few months down the road. As of now, however, this is a pretty decent sipper that packs quite a punch.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:24:38 | More by nhindian
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bundy462

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color, zero head.

S: Sweet malt body with a heavy yeast presence. Honey and cherries.

T: Lots of yeast up front with a smooth malty body. Warming booze throughout with a hint of honey. There is a slight bittering hop in the finish, but it can't really fight through the yeast.

M: Smooth with very low carbonation.

O: Interesting brew, surprisingly drinkable considering the ABV. The sweetness hides the booze well.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 23:56:38 | More by bundy462
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Minor head to start that quickly settles to rim bubbles only. No lasting lace whatsoever. The color is deep amber, almost brown. Crystal clear.

Smells of Belgian yeast. Sweet aroma of honey. Some spice that reminds me of oregano. Complex and interesting. Light alcohol warmth.

Cloyingly sweet. Very, very rich body. The carbonation seems quite low. Strong alcohol presence in the swallow and the brief aftertaste--the potency of this beer is very evident. The yeast flavor is more muted than the smell would suggest.

Although the smell might indicate complexity, the taste does not follow through.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:36:35 | More by smcolw
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep garnet ruby red with little to no head. The little that was there in the initial pour quickly dissipates in to thin air. Mad elf doesn't hide much and one can see the gateway to yule tide insanity through its translucent body.

S- A bouquet of sweet malt and caramel are predominately present initially. That blends nicely into some spice and cherry aroma with a grand finale of pleasant warming alcohol.

T- Starts of like biting into a caramel covered cherry. The sweetness is balanced nicely by the spice and 11% abv but I would never guest that it was that high. A little bit of cocoa powder and fruitiness on the back end with some warm spiced bread.

M- Mad Elf has a light body and is a little prickly and warming from the alcohol content.

D- Although this not a low abv beer Troegs does a wonderful job disguising it without burying it beneath the sweet and spiciness making Mad elf superbly drinkable. Wish it a little bit fuller body but other than that I really enjoyed this ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 18:21:07 | More by Viciousknishs
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Nice dark red/brown color, with a strong fruity aroma (cherries predominant) and a hint of spice. No visible head, medium carbonation. Taste of cherries is overpowering; smooth silky finish leaves you wanting more. Very good drinkability. Even though it has 11% ABV, you don't feel it until you are more than halfway into the beer. Another solid beer from Troegs. They definitely have some winners.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 08:03:33 | More by CaptDavyJones
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby/amber red with a thin head that fizzes into nothing. Pretty much looks like still red tap water. Although this beer leaves no head, the aroma is not masked at all. Big cherry, clove, Belgian yeast, and caramel malt aroma dominates the nose. Flavor follows the nose - sweet malt backbone with a nice yeasty spice. Cherry/fruity flavors also present, but take a back seat to the typical Belgian strong ale profile. For a beer with no head, this beer is actually pretty well carbonated. Bubbly on the tongue that leaves a sugary sweet coating behind. Very drinkable, I do not want to put this one down.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 04:51:34 | More by muttyd
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HotHands

Ohio

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

Poured from bottle into Chimay chalice.

A - pours a deep translucent ruby with a small white head.

S - cherries are the predominant aroma, with some honey, candied orange, and spicy notes.

T - honey and cherries up front with some other fruit notes - apricots, currants, and raisins, with some good spiciness from the hops and the yeast. The yeast certainly tastes like a Belgian. A mild chocolate taste is present as well. Finish is a mild cherry taste. The sweetness is at a good level - not too much or too little. I didn't really detect much booziness, which I like.

M - carbonation is fine. Medium body. Feel is just a bit syrupy but the finish is dry.

D - hides its eleven percent ABV quite well. That sneaky elf!

This is a solid, interesting seasonal from Troeg's that is worth trying at least once. It seems to be a bit polarizing but I enjoy what they've done. The flavors are balanced and nothing feels out of place.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 04:23:21 | More by HotHands
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

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

This Mad Elf beer pours an astonishing deep amber with a one finger pure white head. This head only lasts for a bit and eventually leaves nothing.

Very spicy nose which resembles a bit of a heavy Weizen beer. There are cherries, apples and sour raspberries present. I'm only detecting a little alcohol in the nose, and even less in the taste. There is a very sharp sweetness and a slight sourness in the smell.

This a very warm and spicy beer full of phenols, spiciness, and a crystalazid maltiness. It's finish brings back memories of Christmas spiced bread.

Pretty full bodied with minimum carbonation. This slightly sweet and syrupy beer should be a welcome adition to anyone's winter celebration.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:22:44 | More by cooch69
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This holiday brew pours a deep ruby amber color. It has a small light tan head, that fades pretty quickly. Color is pretty translucent, but still has a wonderful color.

The aroma that comes from this brew is also great. The front of this brew has a nice strong belgian yeast, followed by a mix of cherry, honey, and spices. There is also a pinch of apple, a very sweet nose on this one.

Flavor is very nice on this brew. The front of this brew is a honey and cherry. There is a bitterness at the end with apple. The spices in this brew blend really well with the other flavors. This is a strong, heavy brew, but the sweet flavors mask it pretty well.

Mouthful on this one is surely full bodied. It is pretty heavy, but is covered very well with the sweet flavors in the brew. Being a 11.0%, this brew goes down pretty well, especially when chilled.

Drinkability on this one is great. Though it has a high ABV, it is covered very well. As you drink this brew, there is a nice little burn on the back of the throat, but the brew is solid and is an amazing holiday brew. I will most certianly seek this brew out again this season.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 21:01:13 | More by mattgreger
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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

Good grief, this is probably the most brilliantly marketed brew produced in my local area. But is it any good?

A: Pours a beautiful bright red, Christmasy color, with a fair amount of carbonation, and a slight foamy head.

S: Belgian funkiness upfront, with cherries around the edges. I'm also getting a mild banana-like notes which add to the complexity.

T: After the Belgian character hits the palate hard, I got a sort of cherry chocolate cake-style finish which made it very refreshing indeed! The honey basically acts as a buffer between the alcohol and the fruit. I appreciate the subtlety of the spices. This could have easily become a "Christmas Ale," complex with all the holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)

M: Thankfully, the sweetness is subdued, the coating in minimal (the glass comes out fairly clean), and the carbonation is great for the style.

D: I've always told people that I thought this particular brew hides its ABV better than just about any that I know. However, always remember that "The Mad Elf" could easily knock you on your ass if you're not careful!

Overall: There is no other brew I can think of that divides more people than this one in my little circle of beer geeks. Some think it's gimmicky and not worth the money. As for me... I dig it and look forward to its release every holiday season!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:08:09 | More by Chaney
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Ruby red body. Decent head that leaves a smidge of lacing.

S: Yeast, spices, cherries, and alcohol.

T: The Belgian yeast takes over in a big way. Spicy and phenolic. Cherries and honey are detectable, but I probably wouldn't be able to detect them if I didn't already know they were there. Pretty big alcohol burn.

M: Big and thick, little carbonation.

D: As a BSDA, it's merely OK. As a winter warmer, it's more than acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:49:52 | More by BarrelO
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

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

Bomber purchased two days ago at Super Food Town in Lansdale, PA.

Pour is deep mahogany. Minimal head that disappears immediately. Understandably so with the abv clocking in a 11%.

Nose is Belgian Yeast, slight cherry aroma. The yeast dominates the profiles.

Taste, when drank cold, the cherries are very abundant. As the beer warms, the alcohol makes itself apparent in a strong way but the cherries are still in the background.

Overall, an excellent winter brew. Picking this up on a 30F night will definitely help warm you up. I wish I had started aging these years ago because they're just going to get more complex with time. And for roughly $4 a bomber, I will be stocking up this year.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 21:58:30 | More by hippityhops85
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JayS2629

Alabama

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer ever so far. Only the Rochefort 10 gives it competition in complexity.

A- A ruby amber with a slim tan head. Slightly translucent, but a rich deep color.

S- Sweet with a strong belgian yeast at the front. Hints of rich dark cherry and spices. A slight apple and honey smell. Very nice.

T- The honey outweighs the cherry, but it is ver nice. A bit heavy with a slight apple taste. The spice is strong and similar to chai. You can tell its strong, but its masked well with sweetness. Smooth when cold.

M- Full bodied. A bit heavy, but masked so well when cold it goes down to easy to be 11%. Great Christmas beer.

D- full of soul. So smooth when cold you would never guess the alcohol content. Slight burn at the back of throat just to let you know you aren't messing around. Overall sweet and spicy. Absolutely delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 03:34:55 | More by JayS2629
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a small head. Smell is sweet, cherries and a bit of spice. Taste is good, cherries, spices, a bit of sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability, although not exactly a session beer. Overall this is a high quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 17:51:53 | More by tone77
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Kitt

Delaware

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass, a deep, dark, rich brick-red color. Almost non-transparent. Very weak, thin head with little lacing.

Aroma a malty-cherry; as advertised, a heavy belgian dankness - weighty, humid, musty.

A sinus-clearing, spicy, heavy malt with rich fruity tones. The biting bitter feel with an eclectic lingering spice flavor and a cherry backbone is a lasting and masterful conglomeration. A fantastic spice and fruit face-off that I won't soon forget!

Heavy yet smooth -- sliding right along the throat with no sense of friction!

Drinkability is limited only by the 11 % ABV -- yes, I think there may be a limit here!

I have heard so much about this beer. I was desperate to find it despite the fact I don't like fruity beers. But the fruit is well balanced by the bitter spice and I think the two really complement one another. Walked right into the local liquor store and there it was, the elf staring me in the face! I couldn't find the stuff last season! I am not disappointed with the beer itself -- it is very unique and very good! I only question if it is really worth 14.99/six pk when I'm an hour's drive from the brewery. Perhaps I will answer that question after a couple more rounds! Regardless, this is a worthy belgian-style ale and not far from a top-notch brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 01:55:23 | More by Kitt
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hdofu

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For such a monster beer it sure had quite a tan head on top a mahogany color brew. Smell is sweet and heavy of cherry. Taste is sweet and honey. It has a finish of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon cloves and other spices. The beer is pretty smooth with a noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol burn which warms the tongue and the soul. It goes down too easy but put visions of sugar plumbs dancing in my head way quicker then I'd feel comfortable cracking another bottle open for at this point.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:22:27 | More by hdofu
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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