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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,551 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,551
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 204
Gots: 810 | 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: 3,551 | Reviews: 1,218
Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome deep amber with hues of copper and with a cherry blush. There is gold hue around the edges and even some orange like color. Yeast is floating around in suspension and the head is fat , tan and falls pretty quickly to a ring and film on top. It's clear enough to see the individual particles of yeast that dapple the body of the beer. No real lace except a few spots.

The nose is dripping with honey. Raw and sweet it is the most prominent feature of the nose. It even smells a bit sugary. There is a smooth and soft yeast that promises a bit of earth and has just a faint touch of cedar wood. The cherries are ripe and sweet and the malt is soft on the nose except for a light candy sugar and hint at flaky biscuit. Bit of spice to tickle the nose. I really had to dive in but I detect a subtle bittersweet chocolate that is faint but an overall enhancement of the nose. There is a rose like floral on this that is perfection.

Taste is seamless and perfect like so many of troegs beers. The balance is impeccable. The yeast is soft and lends the drink softness. The malt is feather light as if it was tended with expert care and imparts a light cracker to the front end of the drink. The cherry and honey are equals not rivals and the cherry leaves a nice tartness mid palate in deference to the sweet rich honey. There is a bit of spice that entertains the back palate as much as seeing one or two snowflakes fall out of the sky entertains the eye. Nutty flavor in the middle rather than chocolate and that is pleasant and uplifting. The carbonation is fine so that you don't notice it but it excites the tongue . This finishes with only a vague hint of medicinal alcohol that is quite remarkable to the perception of the finish. Dry but the mouth is watering. Slight gentle warmth from the alcohol.

What a fabulous beer. Drinks a lot like mead. It has a bit of stickiness in the mouthfeel that is wonderful and pleasant. The drink is bold yet refined. Troegs makes great beer.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a ruby red pour with a finger of head, kind of hypnotizing purplish hue. a finger of head, not much lacing - but a beautiful color.
smells of cherry, chocolate, bready caramel grain bill. the flavor is a bit medicinal.. lots of fruity, wheat bread, toasty, nutty, biscuity.. this is fantastic. full body, medium carbonation.. this hits you pretty hard right away. a heavy, true to the definition of winter warmer, this beer heats you up quick - heavy but delicious.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dar482
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is this beautiful clear deep red amber with a bit of a faint head.

The aroma immediate hits of Belgian yeast. Candied sugar sweetness, dried sweet cherries, a bit of honey. Very much of that Belgian dark/quad character.

The flavor follows with liqueur cherries, banana Belgian yeastiness, a bit of dried figs, some candied sugar sweetness, lots of spice of clove, anise, black pepper, combined with a good amount of alcohol. The finish has this maltiness for a bit and then subsides to a clean finish.

The body is medium with lots of carbonation to uplift the beer.

A decent holiday ale that is very faithful to the Belgian tradition. A bit boozy and thin on the flavor.

Photo of Gmartin75
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: medium amber and clear, with orange-red hues; slim cap of foam was reduced to a thin, tan collar within minutes

S: malty and sweet, like honey and cherry, with some spice notes and floral aromas

T: sweet and fruity, spices and flowers, some hints toward tart cherry

M: thin and slick, light in body, creamy

O: a bit too thin for my tastes, being as how it lacks the crispness of a pale ale; the cherry and honey are appreciable, and the ale is suitable for the holidays for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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