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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,139
Reviews: 1,161
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 183
Gots: 517 | 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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Half Pint Pub in Rochester, NY.

A huge seasonal favorite around here, but one I don't really understand the hype for.

Pours a bright copper red, with a one inch head and not much lacing.

Smells like cherry juice/extract, Belgian yeast esters, and alcohol.

This one's sweet as hell. So much medicinal cherry flavor packed in, it's cloying and syrupy. There's not much else here, tons of yeasty esters come into play, which don't help, given they give off similar cherry-like flavors, anyway.

Medium bodied, syrup, thick and sweet mouthfeel. The best thing that can be said is the beer hides the alcohol fairly well, considering everything.

I guess it's just me, people love this, it's a pass for me.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brownish-red with a decent head of off-white, coarse bubbles. No retention or lacing.

S: Aggressive nose of syrupy cherries. Hints of vinous grape, a bit of lactic acid, and sugary fruit juice.

T: Juicy cherries hit the palate, along with a smooth blend of spices, sweet and grainy malt, and Belgian yeast. Hints at cloying cough syrup but is pulled back by the malt and yeast. Bit of a smooth, medicinal honey sweetness. Fruity Belgian esters mix well with the cherries and honey. A bit of alcohol in the finish, but it's barely perceivable.

M: Relatively full body and fine carbonation.

O: This definitely grew on me as the glass drained. Can get a little cloying, but ultimately it's pretty balanced, and the hiddenness of the alcohol is remarkable for 11%.

Mertzy81, Mar 01, 2013
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Bill235, Feb 28, 2013
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4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Belgian Strong Dark Ales are by far my favorite style of brew, so when I saw that a beer at 11% abv was on tap, and was this style, i knew I couldn't turn away.

This was love at first taste. Dark cherries, spice, and caramel. It looked dark and foreboding (which is what I like), but it was soft, smooth, and delicious. The smell threw me off a little bit and made me nervous before the first sip, but that is the only negative thing I could say about it. This is one of those beers I could drink every day for the rest of my life and be content, though my organs would fail.

alex_hart, Feb 28, 2013
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,139 ratings.