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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,859 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,859
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 135
Gots: 390 | 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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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter. 2010 vintage

A- pours ruby red with no head at a. Disappointing pour on the head

S- nice cherry aroma, with a little bit of Belgian yeast in there too. Awesome.

T- a year of age does a lot for this beer. The cherry and honey are turned way down, but it's still very flavorful, but not as sweet

M- medium bodied, on the thick side

O- I cannot drink this beer fresh. It is too sweet and boozy. With a year of age, it's much more drinkable, but I'm not an overly huge fan of it like many in the area are. Give me Nugget Nectar any day over this.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:20:10 | More by bigfnjoe
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DaveHS

California

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

Vintage 2009

A-Pours the color of watered down cranberry juice with a thin, brilliant white head.

S-Honey, plum, cherries, rum soaked raisins, fruitcake.

T/M-Honey is the dominant component of Mad elf. Big, earthy honey sweetness with notes of cherry, plum, prune, brown sugar, fruitcake and more honey. Like a Belgian Christmas ale blended with a mead. Full bodied and rich, but never gets too sweet.

O-Brings back fond memories of Pennsylvania.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 04:03:38 | More by DaveHS
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 01:55:20 | More by BierBliss
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-09-2012 01:04:40 | More by daverdave
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beeragate

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-26-2013 03:55:23 | More by beeragate
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rfischer1210

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-03-2013 08:01:18 | More by rfischer1210
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BoringBunny

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-04-2011 17:15:02 | More by BoringBunny
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jskennedy

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-28-2012 00:06:39 | More by jskennedy
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-30-2011 14:34:22 | More by Kaydogg
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Mohican88

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2011 00:22:03 | More by Mohican88
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Enola

North Carolina

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

This beer is a nice orangish red. There is not a lot of head to speak of but there is plenty of yeasty sediment. The smell is sweet and slightly alcohol like, but the beer smells like Cheerwine. The taste is sweet, the cherries are somewhat evident. The honey is detectable a little in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth considering the higher abv which is masked well. The drinkability is good. I could sip on these from time to time.

I have had this beer in the fridge for about a year and I figured tonight would be a good night to reveiw it and it seems as if several others thought the same thing. I will pick up some more of this beer the next time I am in Bristol, Va.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 02:34:20 | More by Enola
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Yvaithe

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-19-2011 16:13:33 | More by Yvaithe
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coobstar

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-12-2014 18:20:19 | More by coobstar
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tikk

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2013 03:35:15 | More by tikk
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-06-2014 01:09:33 | More by DerekMorgan
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-07-2013 04:28:52 | More by MonicaC
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tvljr

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-21-2012 22:07:02 | More by tvljr
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-03-2012 06:47:14 | More by shockrocker65
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BKBassist

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-30-2013 01:59:53 | More by BKBassist
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Cavanut


4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-14-2013 02:45:17 | More by Cavanut
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Many thanks to marcpal for this one.

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear amber with a light white head.

Aroma of cherries, sweet malts, honey, and candy sugar.

Tastes of sweet malts, honey, cherries, bread, and candy sugar with a dry finish. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one. Amazing for an 11% beer.

Medium mouthfeel, dry, and lightly carbonated.

A quality Belgian Strong from Troegs. Balanced and pretty easy to drink for a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 20:22:52 | More by Monkeyknife
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-26-2013 05:01:59 | More by MistahBeah
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trixdout

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 15:33:04 | More by trixdout
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-06-2014 01:55:59 | More by BigOldOaf
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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