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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,487 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,487
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of challenja
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in the bottle and observed through the pint glass

A: A nice blood orange with racy white froth head that coats and dissipates in under than 4 minutes to absolute zero.

S: Brown sugar malt, heavy wheat, nutmeg, all spice, cooked rhubarb, cherries, and yeast alcohol.

T: Nutmeg mouth clove bomb with black spiced cherries, heavy yeast, very much like a strong barley wine. Damn Tasty.

M: Creamy full mouthful with a spicy lingering nutmeg, heavy yeast white pepper after-wash with a pleasant tingle between my teeth and gums. Heavy carbonation

O: An impressive holiday offering that teeters on the obscene. Definitely for the more acquired beer aficionados. This bastard is heavy, racy, and tough with a 11% blast cap!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Outchillen
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive had this on tap, and bottles

A: Nice ruby color. Clear with thin white head

S: Banana and clove belgian yeast, Honey and cherries

T: Sweet honey and cherries, a little clovey yeast, little boozey finish

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation.

O: Great winter warmer Belgian beer, sweet and silky smooth, one of my favorites of the year

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011-2012 bottle, Batch # 110718

A: Pours a golden orange color with almost no head, mostly just small bubbles

S: Definite spicy Belgian-type yeast, cherries, some malty sweetness, and even some chocolate way in the back. Interesting

T: Same as the smell, nice and spicy and fruity from the yeast, with tart cherries, some sweetness and alcohol. The sweet and tart flavors help to round off the alcohol, and it seems much less than 11%

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: I'm not really sure why this is a Christmas beer, but it's good either way. The 11% is hidden very well, and the addition of the cherries makes this seem like a kriek mixed with a BSPA. Very interesting, so try it if you haven't yet

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of doughanson78
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Received this from trxxpaxxs in the Locals only BIF.

A: Very nice red color. Super clear. One finger white head with OK retention and minimal lacing.

S: Banana, clove. Big Belgian yeast. Cherries. Honey. Nice sweet smell but not over done.

T: Sweet honey upfront. Cherries, clove, banana, and yeast in the middle. The clove and honey get stronger in the finish and help to tame the light traces of alcohol.

M: Light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Crisp and really dry.

O: Very good Belgian. One of the best if not the best I've had (which is not many).

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Hex92
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. Great flavor and high alcohol...my favorite attributes.

I didn't get much of a head or lacing and the color looked very orangy to me.

Smells sweet...but not quit like a normal strong dark Belgian.

The taste is great. Malty, spicy good. Great on a cold, wet evening. I didn't think that the alcohol flavor/feel was that noticable.

I think it could use a bit more carbonation, its a bit flat. But that is a minor complaint.

I would definitely buy this one again.

Photo of danmcg62
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a tulip. Pours a deep, dark brownish red color with a very small white head. This is a very interesting looking brew. Almost looks like a red delicious apple.

S-Real big cherry smell with a mild spice kick from the honey. A bit boozy as well. Really interesting combination of smells.

T-Very boozy, fruity smell off the top. Very spicy after taste. It's not a hop spicy, but it maybe from the yeast that is referenced on the label. I like this a lot. This is one of the most unique tastes I've had in a winter seasonal.

M-Boozy, spicy, a little watery.

O-Overall this a very different and of the most interesting winter seasonals I have ever had. Real complex smells and flavors going on here. I will definitely look to this again during the winter months.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a fairly clear cherry amber red. No head at all, decent carbonation from my DFH signature glass, no real lacing. Just kinda flat.

S- Alcohol right up front, sweet cherries, honey, sweet maltiness and just a hint of bitter hops. A little cinnamon, allspice, clove and yeast.

T- Smacked in the mouth with alcohol... I like that! Sweet and a bit spicy. Dried cherries, clove, nutmeg, allspice and honey. Has a nice little bit of banana yeastiness as it warms up.

M- A ton of alcohol bite on the tongue. Very sweet with a nice yeastiness. The cherry and honey blend nicely with the peppery spices. A little bit sticky, definately sweet, and just a hint of bitterness on the roof of my mouth.

O- Really nice. I've always liked this seasonal. Probably not something I'd buy year round, but I do get my share when winter approaches. Wish it had more carbonation, more REAL cherry depth, and hid the alcohol just a bit more.

Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,487 ratings.