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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,552 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,552
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 204
Gots: 811 | FT: 24
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
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Ratings: 3,552 | Reviews: 1,219
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice amber red color, good color for a holiday ale. Appears well carbonated, but bubbles are moving fairly lazily through the drink, indicating this may be a bit viscous. Nice creamy head as well.
S: Interesting aroma - quite tart, fruity. underlying dark fruit, raisiney, pruney almost. I guess it could be cherry. Almost molasses as well. Not very aromatic, but whats there is very interesting.
T: Wow, very interesting. Very fruity, dark fruit, but not in a traditional way - probably because there is actually fruit in here. I think prunes (maybe even stewed) is the best description - which doesn't make the beer sound too appealing. There is something Belgian about the beer, some esters or funk kicked off. I would guess this is a Trappist yeast used, the flavor is familiar to an American-made dubbel. I like this, it's not delicious or anything like that - but it is very interesting. I don't think I could have more than one of these.
M: Adding to the lack of wanting more is the heavy mouthfeel. The beer definitely tends toward the sweet side. It is bordering on syrupy.
O: A fascinating beer, one for in front of the fireplace. A sipper. Share a bottle with a few friends.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles of this at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo - been meaning to try this for a while.

Poured into a goblet. Nice bright cherry red and caramel, with a a thin crown of head that yields just a bit of lace. It's a boozier beer, that's for sure.

Nose is cinnamon, spices, a bit of cherry, Belgian yeast, raw honey, sugar, and booze.

There's a mild tartness from the cherries, some mild malt, good mix of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), honey, a bit of chocolate, and a boozy Barleywine quality to it. The cherries remind me a great deal of a mead that is made just outside of Niagara, in which some sour cherries are added to the mix. The interplay of honey and cherry is quite enjoyable - different enough that I'm appreciating every sip for what it is.

Good heft to the brew, certainly has that "Belgian barleywine" feel to it. Well-carbonated, just a bit syrupy.

Unique Christmas brew experience, that's for sure. I enjoyed it a great deal.. The 11% certainly helped me enter into that blissful sleepy state I love to be in when I stare vacantly at my Christmas tree, savoring the colours, the lights and the decorations.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Is this beer esteemed by The Mad? Perhaps. That's why it doesn't get better ratings.

Although the brewer suggests higher serving temps, i started lower at 45 and contemplated its changes in aroma and taste.

Beautiful ice tea color in a tulip with a 3 F head which soon resolves itself.

Aroma: Cinnamon-clove. Different than other cloves in Belgian ales. More earthy-barnyard.

The mouth feel is moderately carbonated which transitions well into the taste.

The taste at colder temps: cherries, hops., cough drops, honey, cinnamon. This is a complex taste- a different complexity than other beer styles such as Imperial stouts. There is less nuance here, and more crazy flavor. There is a singular cherry-honey taste.

As the beer begins to warm up- the esters become more apparent. Fruit- cherry, and a sweet finish.

There is also more cinnamon, hops, and a light alcoholic finish. The cherries intensify with warming.

With more warming there is an off taste- nail polish?

Perhaps I like this beer more at colder temps. The changes in the beer at different temps makes it quite notable.

This is a beer esteemed by The Mad.

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Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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