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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,358 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 192
Gots: 645 | 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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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a clear dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, cherry, and cherry syrup aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but fairly syrupy and sweet.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to Duvel Tulip
11% ABV
Bottled 110719 (maybe?)
Given to me in December 2011

A – Poured medium strength into a Duvel tulip. One finger of head that dissipates quickly, I think it’s my soap’s fault. A lot of yeasties floating around, giving it a hazy look, like a strange snowglobe. Color is a dark amber with a tinge of orange. It’s quite opaque, but still has a slight warmth to it; light is getting through but my hand can barely induce a shadow.

S – A nice, sweet, earthy Belgian smell with some spice and dark fruit. Also some alcohol nip. The sweet Belgian smell is apparent, and paired up with other smells that don’t shirk away. I’d like to see it play a slightly larger role. It seems equal to the alcohol, spice, and dark fruit smell (part of which may come from the yeast, but still). For being a BSDA holiday ale brewed with spices and cherries, I think it’s very well done; so many holiday ales go too far. When I gently swirl the beer, I pick up banana, slight bubble gum, cherries, and dates, in that order, with alcohol wrapped around every one.

T – The Belgian flavor plays a slightly larger role in the taste than the smell, which is to my liking. The alcohol is the second flavor, which is OK, but not ideal. The fruit is apparent on the swallow, and I pick out some dark fruits, like cherry, and also cantaloupe. Weird, but welcome. The spices are there, but hang out in the back of each taste, which is great. Comes across as a good, boozy BSDA.

M – A light medium, which is surprising but OK. Makes it easier to drink on a day like today (though I’m currently inside). The carbonation seems to have kept well for about two years (what I can tell from swirling it), but high ABV BSDAs tend to be low on the carbonation spectrum. This one is soft and a tiny bit chewy, but as mentioned, has a slightly lighter than expected body. It sticks pretty close to the tongue, and the finish is pretty wet, except for your inner cheeks, where I think the alcohol has a drying effect.

D – I am looking forward to trying this fresh sometime, but for now I am happy I saved it for 1.5-2 years. It is soft and seems to have retained flavor without oxidizing.
4, 4, 4, 4.25, 4; ~4.04

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Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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