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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,895 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,895
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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vwbus7

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

06-26-2014 03:29:58 | More by vwbus7
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-02-2012 11:20:21 | More by Lawl3ss
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rcjennings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-15-2012 19:25:22 | More by rcjennings
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srgj88

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-24-2013 03:26:32 | More by srgj88
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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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Furley80

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-30-2014 00:45:48 | More by Furley80
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sunofneurot

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-24-2013 23:18:56 | More by sunofneurot
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atoulouk

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-24-2012 03:53:51 | More by atoulouk
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EStreet20

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last year I reviewed this on Christmas Day. Can't wait that long for this year's edition.

12 ounce bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - The beer pours out as red as a ruby with a compact off white head. The red color really is pretty.

S - Big fruit smell along with the distinct smell of Belgian yeast. Some alcohol character and some dark bready smell.

T - The initial sip is sweet but a tartness comes over this beer. I definitely get the cherries in there as well. Alcohol on the finish.

M - A bit of a lighter body than I expect for the style.

D - Intriguing, a lot of sour characteristics that I didn't expect yet are still welcome

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 07:31:27 | More by EStreet20
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FroggyFrog for the sample! Pours a clear amber hue with a fizzy, pale tan head of two fingers. Dismal retention and no lacing but thats forgivable given the ABV. Wild berry and tropical fruit phenols; more alcoholic than Belgian. Vanilla bean and toasted malt aromas in the background, with undertones of champagne yeast and honey. First sip is sweet with toasty pale malt, a touch of caramel, and some errant dextrins. A flash of zesty marachino cherry, reminiscent of a young Kreik. Subdued Belgian Phenolics are more tart than funky, and combines with the other flavors to mask the alcohol very well. The aftertaste is a little boozey, and further dries out the palate after the mild hop bitterness balances the malts. The mouthfeel is ultimately well-balanced, dancing from sweet, to tart, to dry, and finally a clean alcoholic heat with all flavors receeding- leaving no cloying or residual sugar. The medium-light body is well-attentuated and well-carbonated- thus giving the mouthfeel a light and spritzy character- capable of lifting the powerful elements displayed. Finishes surprisingly mellow, as the malt, alcohol and yeast profile seem to apex, then fade away rapidly leaving only faint white-wine notes on the tounge for the last few swigs. Solid drinkability given the high alcohol, and an impressive interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 05:14:52 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Atlas1

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta try something called Mad Elf, even if it is early on in the holiday season. Troegs does a number of very fine beers (Nugget Nectar, anyone?) and I hope this is no exception.

Poured into my DFH barrel pint glass, the Mad Elf is a thin-looking, clear copper/amber color with a nice full-bodied white head that dies down over time. Not much lace to speak of. The aroma screams strong Belgian and German dopplebock at the same time. Lots of candied sugar with bananas and, as intended, cherries. It's good, but it's almost a bit over the top for my liking. The taste is deep and rich, with notes of banana, spicy yeast, clove, honey, and sour cherry (although, in my opinion, the cherry flavor is a bit muted). Nice spicy hop kick on the back end of it, but it's also got a noticeable boozey quality to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.

This is a great spiced ale for the holidays. Not my favorite style of beer, but I think I knew that going into it. Honestly, I'd love to take a big IPA, like a Double Simcoe or a 90-Minute or a Two Hearted and mix it together with the Mad Elf to see what comes of it. I think it would make a fine combination. That said, this is a nice winter warmer. At 11% ABV, it'll do the trick. Enjoy around the fire place after a ski run.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:07:25 | More by Atlas1
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mrchrisray

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-26-2014 15:57:56 | More by mrchrisray
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 06:56:23 | More by ej285701
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark red color with one finger of head, which dissipates quickly to a slightly off white collar. Body is hazy with quite a bit of suspended sediment.

Smell: Cherry, clove, dark fruits, honey and some light medicinal notes.

Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast, cherry, dark fruit, pepper, sweet bread. Insanely drinkable for 11%.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium and ideal for this particular beer. Finish is lightly sweet with medium alcohol warmth.

Overall: Extremely tasty and very unique beer. One of my favorite winter seasonal beers and always worth seeking out a 6 pack when it's released.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 07:52:43 | More by Jonada
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-30-2013 02:36:08 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-30-2014 19:50:27 | More by ShepardCommander
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a sifter.

A - Deep ruby red coloration. Produced a fingertip's worth of froth that stuck around for a bit, then faded out into a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S - Hmmm, cherry and citric acid. A bit pungent for my tastes. Alcohol also shows up here.

T - Quite hideous chilled, but once it had time to breathe and reach room temperature, some flavors actually came through. Cold it tastes like citric acid, but as it warmed more of the spices came through, as well as the cherry flavor. Not bad, but not great either.

M - Medium body, warming from the abv, low carbonation, pretty smooth on the palate.

D - Okay I suppose, although I wasn't too impressed. I think I just bought into the hype a bit much, which one should never do. I doubt I'll seek another out, though I wouldn't turn one down if offred. Maybe cherries just don't belong in my beer. Recommended if that's your thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 16:25:19 | More by PhageLab
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rated the #1 christmas beer in Don Russell's book

A - Poured a cloudy red color that produced a fluffy white head that retained well and left a nice lacing around the glass

S - Strong scents of cherries and sweet honey with some spicy backgrounds, possibly cinnamon

T - A sweet cherry and honey flavor that mix well with the spicy flavors of cinnamon and malty goodness

M - Medium bodied with fair amount of carbonation

D - Very good Christmas beer, well earned reputation

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 00:00:58 | More by cvfish
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BierReise

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nearly clear cherry red color with no head at all. Just a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is fruity and malty with strong notes of sweet cherries. I also detect yeast in the aroma. Has a nice crispness like a Belgian Tripel. Flavor is sugary sweet and syrupy with lots of cherries. Alcohol is well hidden, a pleasurable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 22:08:23 | More by BierReise
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, reddish copper color with a fairly robust head and generous lace (especially for 11% ABV). Fruity and alcoholic aromas in the nose. The very malty flavor features a multi-layered estery, fruity character (primarily cherry), a pleasantly sour tartness, and well-masked alcohol bite. Mostly grain with a distinct touch of fruitiness in the finish. A creamy mouthfeel with mildly active carbonation.

For an 11% ABV brew this one is very drinkable; you would never guess how alcoholic it really is. Add that to really tasty sweet and tart flavor with a somewhat silky mouthfeel and it’s clear that Mad Elf is one of those beers that can get you into a bit of trouble. Highly recommended, but imbibe carefully….

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 06:38:44 | More by arguemaniac
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GOBLIN

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Mad Elf

The only thing I really don't like about this beer is the creepy lil' elf on the label.

Poured into pint glass

A: moughany

S: cherries are solid on the nose.

T: slightly boozy taste but at 11% it's not really an issue. Well done Troegs Brothers !

M: full and decent amount of carbination

O: I always look for this around Christmas time as it is a favorite of mine. Get a little extra whenever you see it and age it a year . . . The honey will really come through and add a new dimension to this brew. Perfect for those cold winter months.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 16:54:12 | More by GOBLIN
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-30-2011 14:34:22 | More by Kaydogg
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-29-2011 22:48:28 | More by kayrex
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HopBrain

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-24-2012 23:15:26 | More by HopBrain
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-20-2013 20:16:17 | More by Travcofarms
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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