Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]
The pour was a clear ruby red with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated rapidly, down to a small collar with a wisp of residue left floating on top and poor runny lacing.
The aroma was upfront with a nice cherry scent along with a light bread malt and a sweet yeast and had notes of honey, cinnamon, a bit of spice and a little more than mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was fruity sweet and a very lightly malty with a touch of cherry and honey throughout, with the finish becoming rather yeasty with a hint of cinnamon and a slight spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a decently long time following the swallow, having a nice yeasty and fruity cherry taste along with a mild alcohol warming sensation left behind.
Mouthfeel was a few shades above light in body and dry in texture with an almost prickly carbonation.
Overall I found this brew to be exceptionally tasty with a good fruity flavor that was blended very well with the yeast and spices, allowing for a very good concealing of the exceptionally high ABV thus creating a superb drinkability. I do believe this is the best Winter Seasonal I have tasted to date, and I want more…
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2012 14:03:34 | More by KajII
4/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Poured from a 12 oz glass, shows a ruby reddish brown color with about an inch of head with large bubbles that dissipates quickly. No lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet cherry coming thru on the nose with a large spice profile from the yeast. Some malty sweetness as well.
T: Nice, not overly sweet cherry flavoring up from leads right into a nice spiciness that leads into some heat from the alcohol. Some nice candy notes on the after taste with that spice and alcohol heat clinging to the palette.
M: Nice carbonation, with some heat and dryness from the high alcohol content.
O: NIce enjoyable winter holiday ale. Good cherry flavor that isn't overly sweet and the spiciness works well with the heat form the alcohol. Would def get a sixer to enjoy on a cold winter night.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2012 03:12:50 | More by ChrisPratz
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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