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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,893 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,893
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 138
Gots: 405 | 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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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$6 @ Gulu-Gulu, Salem MA

Arrived at the table a beatiful ruby color but with not even trace amount of foam. I'll assume a bad pour. Came in a big boy glass which was nice because Boston seems to be trending towards even remotely big beers in miniscule pours.

Smelled of light grain and thick, sweet cherry juice. I guess you get what you ask for. Taste is syrupy medicinal cherry with a boozey slickness. Bleh. I couldn't finish it.

For some reason I feel the addition of juniper would greatly improve this beer. Get on that Troegs. Thank you.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 12:48:48 | More by donkeyrunner
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bubseymour

Maryland

2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - 1 finger head and best that quickly disappears. Clear ruby red hue.

Smell - sweet and fruity. Definitely cherry notes.

Taste - Not as bad as I would have thought for an 11% cherry beer but still too boozy and heavy to really enjoy. Not quite cough syrup but just a tad below it.

Mouthfeel - full bodied

Overall - Sorry, I drainpoured about 1/3 of it. Not completely horrible but also extremely challenging to drink and be refreshed. Basically its a great tasting cough syrup..but unpleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:36:09 | More by bubseymour
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jatinkee

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-18-2011 23:30:36 | More by jatinkee
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david18

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-29-2013 16:16:39 | More by david18
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-11-2012 17:13:12 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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Stoutsman

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-14-2012 21:56:28 | More by Stoutsman
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lic217

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

11-12-2013 00:26:07 | More by lic217
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Hoppytree

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-30-2014 23:38:26 | More by Hoppytree
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josephwa

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

03-19-2013 21:23:54 | More by josephwa
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JPowell712

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

06-25-2014 13:00:53 | More by JPowell712
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illidurit

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

06-29-2013 00:32:44 | More by illidurit
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

11-14-2011 14:25:01 | More by Lawnboy33
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JimmyCop

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-19-2012 02:27:43 | More by JimmyCop
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stuttle13


2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

02-02-2013 22:21:36 | More by stuttle13
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tellish33

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-13-2012 01:58:58 | More by tellish33
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-24-2011 06:50:27 | More by jophish17
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marine1975

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

07-24-2012 11:01:28 | More by marine1975
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noremac423


2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

12-02-2012 00:42:53 | More by noremac423
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JStue77


2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

06-19-2014 21:03:55 | More by JStue77
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Jinxxor

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-20-2012 17:13:29 | More by Jinxxor
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-24-2012 00:07:53 | More by bluesplit63
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sliks96

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

11-16-2012 02:54:41 | More by sliks96
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ratedz

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy dark amber with minimal off-white head. The little head that it did have was gone in the matter of seconds and didn't leave any lacing on the glass.

The nose is full of cherries along with a bit of sweetness, which I would assume is from the honey. There is some definite spiciness going on in there too, which gives it a familiar Belgian aroma.

To me, this one tastes like a Belgian ale (a tripel, maybe?) with a splash of cherry syrup. Some sweetness on the back end before the tart cherries and spicy Belgian yest come back in the aftertaste, which lingers for quite some time.

Mouth feel is fairly thick and creamy, which was a bit of a surprise. Very little carbonation combined with the thick body made this feel like cough syrup going down because it coats the inside of your mouth and throat. The lack of carbonation seemed way off from other Belgian ales that I've had.

Drinkability was below average because all I could think about was cough syrup. I'd heard a lot about this one and was looking forward to trying it for the first time, but it certainly didn't live up to the hype. Definitely a disappointment in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 01:42:57 | More by ratedz
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beer1018

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked this up because of a recomendation by a friend. 6 pack of bottles poured into a tulip glass.

Small head that keeps a small layer on top for awhile. I would say it is close to ruby red but has allot of brown in it as well.

Smell is all spicy bitter phenols with a touch of cherries and malt.

The first thing i taste is the spicy phenols and some sour cherry. I am not a fan of how spicy this is though. I wish they would have used a diffrent yeast strain for this beer. I also get a unplesent sour taste as well.

Mouthfeel is good as the carbonation isnt to strong.

Drink is low just because i am not a fan of the flavor at this point and dont want to drink more then one.
I am going to celler the rest of my pack and re visit them thorughout the year. Also at over $17 a 6 pack here in Ohio i wishi would have got a single instead.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:11:07 | More by beer1018
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PretzelCity

California

2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my third and final attempt at trying to figure out why people seem to enjoy this beer. That being said it poured a nice copper red into my glass with a one finger white head. The smell was mostly alcohol with a hint of cherry. The taste, for me, was lacking. It says right on the bottle "ale brewed with honey and cherries". Not typically a phrase that leads me to purchase a beer but I've had some great brews that were made with cherries. This is not one of them. The cherry flavor is weak and seems artificial, like Ludens Cough Drops. I know this is not a sour but I'm still underwhelmed. Mouthfeel and drinkability are low due to the medicine/alcohol traits. Overall,the third time wasn't a charm. Although it did get a little better each time it never turned into a good beer. Being from Pennsylvania I did want to like this beer but it seems to me it's all hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 19:19:14 | More by PretzelCity
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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