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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,011 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,011
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 164
Gots: 453 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

2neardead, Jan 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ouits, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Willytee3, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Zaphog, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

cfh64, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Sipchue
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of grannaniwa
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

grannaniwa, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mcaulifww, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of mrbojangles31
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mrbojangles31, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being the Christmas season I picked up a bottle of this last week. Poured into a pint glass with a dark reddish/amber color. Head disappears quickly.
Odor is sweet and malty. Some fruitiness as well. Smells like cherries and some spice.
Taste is sweet and strong. Flavor is big and there until the end. Cherry and other berries are the predominant flavors. Some maltyness as well and a little lingering alcohol note. Mouth feel is full and rich. Lingers until the end when the alcohol comes through a bit. No hop bitterness at all really.
Overall, not a bad holiday beer. I enjoyed it, however this time of year is the only time.

dexterk1, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

doggydaddy, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

FredT, Dec 29, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

tjkramer95, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to red with just a bit of head that disappates quickly. Little lacing left on the glass. Aroma is cherries and sweet honey - easily detectable. Taste is strong - slight alcohol presence but not surprising at this strength. Reinforces much of the nose - cherries are slightly sour and present up front through the middle where the honey takes over on the finish.

Oakenator, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Blueribbon666, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Daaelar, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

imbuckeye, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Papageorgio, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

shaw87psu, Dec 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Mjohnson11, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Kenmo1985
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very strong Belgium ale that as a sweet taste that counteracts the alcohol taste very well, a slight hint of cherry flavoring, which is nice, unlike other Cherry Flavored beers that can be to overpowering and taste like cough syrup. the smell is sweet and robust. mouthfeel is smooth as it enters your lips. overall i gave the beer a 5 and i highly suggesst that you get this beer it is very much a winner in my book.

Kenmo1985, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

VTWicked, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2012

A: Nice color on this: reddish amber. Fairly filtered and clear. About a quarter finger of bright white head. Turns into ring around edges.

S: Belgian spices. Candied sugar sweetness. Honey sweetness. Smell those cherries. Tartness is there.

T: Tip of the tongue, spice. Holiday spice notes. Sweet honey sweetness. Those cherries blend in nicely. Get some of that tartness on the palate. Somewhat dry tart finish.

M: Big medium.

inlimbo77, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

tmt71883, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-26-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

It's the day after Christmas, so a little Mad Elf seemed appropriate...

This beer isn't much to look at -- pours a semi-clear reddish-brown with very little head to speak of. The head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

Smells are malty and sweet, with big fruit and cherry notes. I also get some complex holiday spice aromas such as cinnamon and clove. I think I can also detect the added honey, but maybe that's just because I read it on the label...

Full-flavored ale here, sweet and of dark, ripened fruits like raspberry and cherry. Bitterness is low if not non-existent.

Mouthfeel is full in body with carbonation in the medium range. Finish is fruity and sweet, with a lingering spice flavor. The 11% makes itself known with some pleasing alcohol warmth.

Overall an enjoyable spiced holiday ale. The appearance left something to be desired, but other than that was a brew I'd recommend to anyone who likes malt-forward spiced holiday beers.

Thanks to baybum for this one!

sommersb, Dec 27, 2012
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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