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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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very good

3,170 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,170
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 184
Gots: 540 | 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 +3.4%

Found my new Christmas beer

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle, no obvious date:
Pours a quite clear rose colored beer. Head gathers at end of pour, but reduces to edges fairly quickly. Lacing is spotty, but head returns quickly with agitation. Nose is obviously Belgian: in this case banana pervades the rest of the scents. I do get some cherry tartness, as well as a soda-like scent (maybe cherry 7-Up??).

The taste is similar to the nose, with the Belgian notes grabbing hold first. Banana bread and cherry soda come through from the nose, but the honey sweetness comes through much better in the taste. The carbonation is a bit prickly, but the body is seemingly light with a decent depth if flavor.

I've gone back and forth in this beer, almost from bottle to bottle. It seems to me to be a beer I have to be in the mood for, but I'm never sure what that mood is. Will likely grab a pour of this and/or a six pack each year.

cjgiant, Tuesday at 02:00 AM
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amazing and complex flavor, slightly sweet though the cherry flavor is rather subtle

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3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, ruby coloring, with a slow flow of carbonation and a sparse, filmy, off-white surface coating of head. Aromas of very rich, sugary fruit notes of cherry, fig, date, as well as notes of bubble gum, cotton candy, a blend of nutmeg and cinnamon spice, rich honey, tangy caramel, and woody notes. There's an overall roast character dancing around in there, too. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with an undertone of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Sweet flavors are caramel, an old-world fruit blend, cherry tart and sweet, rich honey, and earthy notes. There is a subtle booze warmth that builds as you drink. Solid. The beer is slick and light in mouth, despite all the heavy palate notes. There is a tangy fruit sweetness in the aftertaste, with some of the booze lingering around. The finish is slick, slightly oily, with a decent fruit and booze linger. Good beer.

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Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,170 ratings.