Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bomber to worthy sniffer
A: ruby red not even brown almost like a Shirley temple in terms of color with a white to grey head that goes away quickly with no ring. The thought of dark cherries is there.
S: I don't know what it is but as soon as I smelt it my first thought was "this is definitely a belgian style" its that spiciness i guess. There are strong smells were I feel like I can almost smell the hidden alcohol but I cannot smell it directly. The smell is very pungent but I can't describe what it smells like other then belgian maybe a hint of cherries but thats a reach.
T: It has that spicy nature to it that follows the nose the honey sweetness and flavor is actually fairly easy to distinguish. As the flavor continues the cherries definitely start to come out there is a tart flavor there that balances well with complex malt flavors in the finish. It is also a good combination with the spices that comes out as well in the finish.
M:Light carbonation surprisingly that makes the feel more delicate. It is very oily but not necessarily thin. The abv is literally no where to be found this stuff is dangerous its not sniffer totally drinkable and it will knock you out quick if your not careful but this isn't my first rodeo with this beer.
O: First off I tried this beer for the first time last year solely for the name/label (with the drunk elf) and the abv so ill give it that as selling point. The taste is decent but did not blow me away above average for sure but not greatness same is true for the mouthfeel. The fact that blows me away and will keep me coming back to this beer is the back that the abv is 11% and its totally drinkable., the average person wouldn't even notice. Needless to say it will warm you up quick during the holidays and as long as its tasty ill take it.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2012 00:28:44 | More by Pinknuggets
4/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
this is the quintessential holiday brew for me, i look forward to it each year, and have been cellaring different vintages for experiment. i find a year really cools down the alcohol heat and lets the flavors develop. the fresh one im drinking now pours a rich cherry amber color, with a sexy frothy pearly white head nearly three inches tall. the nose is lots of fruity, cherries, plums, baked pears, lots going on. also some honey or molassas sugar, a lot of booze, and a curious blend of winter spices, a little heavy on the clove. the flavor is identical to the nose, if a bit less fruit forward. its very balanced, and you dont taste the alcohol as much as you smell it, but you sure do feel it. whew. belgian yeast and candy sugar work magically together, creating a velvety grog that is sure to warm up the coldest bones in the winter time. relaxed carbonation and about as full a body as you can have in a beer that still lets some light pass through it. it gets really hot in terms of booze as it warms up, but thats just fine by me. overall one beer that is not to be missed come christmas time, and one that i keep going back to again and again. if you get youself a case, put a few in the basement until next year too, youll be glad you did!
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2012 20:35:57 | More by StonedTrippin
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Reddish amber, with a head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Smell: Cherries with some vinous undertones and some honey underneath it all. Pretty strong and pleasant.
Taste: Cherries, booze, malts and belgian style yeast. The ending is a bit too boozy for my liking, in that it's not covered effectively enough to hide the 11%. If the funky(corianderish), boozy ending could be fixed through aging, I'd probably buy these a year early, just to mellow them out before I drank them. Being that I bought a sixer of this and I'm not exactly crazy about it, that will probably happen. I guess I'm just not crazy about coriander type ending.
Mouthfeel: A bit thick with average carbonation.
Overall: Again, there's just something going on in the ending, be it strong booze and/or coriander, that just doesn't do it for me. I bet that if you let this age, the cherries will eventually hit harder on the back end. I don't know if aging can fix this, but one can dream...can't they?
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2012 04:47:52 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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