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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,963 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,963
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 147
Gots: 433 | 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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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Pours amber with a white head to it.

S - The cherry comes through a lot, with bready malts and sweet yeast.

T - A nice spiciness that leads into cherries and sweet malts. I'm surprised at how well hidden the abv is.

M - Medium body & carbonation.

O - Really good, crisp on the palette.

cvm4, Dec 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Mtooman, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

BillyGoat007, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
11% ABV, 2007 Vintage, Serve in chalice or tulip at 50-55° F

Thanks Onenote81! I've been hanging onto this one for a while!

A - Minor rust has developed around the cap but it's no cause for alarm as this beer pours, without sediment, a mostly clear ruby amber color with a fleeting ivory head. It comes as no surprise the head disappears with how high in alcohol this is. Dots of lace delicately cling to the glass above the ring of loose bubbles.

S - Despite it's aged, this 2007 vintage of Mad Elf remains aromatic and nearly without degradation. Faint oxidation for a five year-old beer is somewhat noticeable though the robust aroma of smooth caramel and biscuit malt which builds a base below the floral clove honey nuances and faint tart cherry skin notes but doesn't quite distract from the joy within. And while the beer has mellowed, spicy alcohol still manages to break free with undertones of earthy clay and clove yeast esters behind.

T - Thick maltiness seems to have diminished in oomph slightly, offering a light caramel drizzled nutty biscuit flavor that's quickly overwhelmed by the beer's developing complexity of fruit and spice. Faint noble hop herbal qualities and smooth yeast esters encourage notes of clove (along with the sweet honey), clay, and white pepper with a touch of solvent alcohol peeking through, but even with age, the focus seems on the cherries, both sweet and tart!

M - Smooth feeling with a voluptuous, full body that's not cloying or syrupy, this hearty holiday ale has a delicate carbonation tickle and complimentary alcohol dryness that maintains balance with a kiss of tart cherry skins on the finish. Alcohol is perceived in retro-nasal breathing but, due to it's age, it's rather smooth, producing a wonderfully satisfying warmth in the belly!

O - An absolutely fantastic holiday treat, Tröegs Mad Elf is a masterful concoction of subtle Belgian yeast that produces spice nuances without the straight addition of spice. Honey sweetness never becomes cloying but adds a little something extra with the delicate cherry tartness. Just as exceptional fresh, age continues to do this strong beer favors, developing into a delectable and soothing winter sipper.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Orange, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

JJStorm, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%

This beer is the first to emerge from my cellar after a short two month sleep. The beer pours a ruddy ruby, with a light, gently cream colored head. The body of the beer is clear and caramelly with little to no carbonation coming up through. On the nose the beer smells big with honeyed raisins, slight candied sugars, bready caramel, and only the faintest ghost of cherry. Spicy alcohol, similar to what you might find in a quad, is also definitely present in the nose. The beer tastes lightly of cherries and honey, transitioning into bready caramel and Belgian yeast character, with a light alcohol spice. The beer begins with an almost framboise like cherry sweet flavor, mixed quickly with spicy alcohol and then creamy honey which opens the beer into grainier caramel and Belgian yeast notes, and light candied sugars. There is a huge cereal bread taste in the middle of the flavor which dies off quickly, but does leave a light bread lingering in the finish and aftertaste. This beer is hugely complex in flavor, and with only 2 months in the cellar it seems to have none of the huge alcohol flavors that other reviewers describe. On the mouth this beer is smooth and caramelly, sitting on the tongue at a medium to heavy body with nearly no carbonation to speak of. The only bite comes from the faint alcohol at the back of the throat, but this is really quite faint, and considering this is 11%, I really don’t taste the heavy alcohol flavor. Overall, I’m a huge fan of this beer. It is a great holiday sipper, to be had in moderation for sure. I could obviously not slug this beer back, but if you put it in a small glass, swirl it around and observe its holiday appropriate color, and then savor and enjoy it. It kisses the tongue, packs a wallop of alcohol, and seduces my taste buds with warm sweet flavors that I want in a holiday beer. A beer to have on Christmas night for sure!

Maxwell, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Zkman87, Dec 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

flyingace, Dec 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Mikecap, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jfoley84, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TheGaskin, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Yabev15, Dec 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Bono09, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

brealbg, Dec 21, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

A nice brew from Troegs. This beer pours a nice head and has good aroma. The cherries can be tasted but the beer is not sour. I must say this was very enjoyable and I will seek out another sixer next year to enjoy. The 11.5% abv is slightly hot but the brew still has a decent mouthfeel.

Bottom Line: A good holiday beer to enjoy!

themind, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

fishguyac, Dec 21, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -67.6%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bigclydeoliver, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

DanWrath, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mrosenfeld32, Dec 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mdube0378, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

let8it8grow, Dec 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

JimmyCop, Dec 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

comfortablynirm, Dec 17, 2012
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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