Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
22 oz bomber, poured into my Duvel tulip.
A: Red body with a thin, almost non-existent head. Not sure where the "dark" came from in the description. It looks like a golden ale with some cherry color added. No longer golden, but certainly not "dark".
S: Nose is boozy, sweet bubblegum Belgian esters.
T: Flavor is crisp and clean with a cherry bite and Belgian finish. Almost champagne-like. Not at all what I expected from a holiday ale.
M: Hits the palate thin and clean. No real body to it. It's actually rather quenching, for an 11% concoction.
O: Nice ale. Not deep and rich as I expected. Instead it's very thin, light and crisp. A nice holiday sipper. I'll go sit by the fire with this one now...
12-25-2011 22:40:56 | More by ghostwalker
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
Thanks to dashirey for this one.
A- Solid ruby red, wispy head.
S- Clean, slightly vinous hints of cherry.
T- Lightly grainy sweet malt upfront makes an almost seamless transition into a light cherry flavor that is intertwined with floral notes from the honey. Finishes clean and semi dry.
M- Medium-full bodied with balanced carbonation.
D- If it weren't for the 11% I might do more.
A very interesting take on the style. The alcohol is well hidden. This would make a great crossover beer for those who like red wine.
12-13-2008 04:23:10 | More by Pauly2X
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
Drinking a 2010 edition from a 22 oz. bomber. Looking forward to trying this one since a buddy told me how much he loved it this past July.
Appearance: Very amber with an almost purple glow. No head, no lacing. The color is very striking, but nothing else is.
Aroma: Honey and cherries are there (the bottle touts this additions on the label). Some doughy tanginess too. Definitely some spicy and herbal qualities presents after it warms up a bit.
Taste: Hot and tangy right off the bat, but a quick, honey, rich sweetness rushes in. As the flavor develops, the cherries and dark fruits come out. This one opens up quite a bit as it warms to reveal a real hop-driven spiciness that goes well with the other flavors.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is thick in body, but much like a good Belgian strong ale, it isn't so much cloying. It is heavy on the palette and your mouth is going to be busy while drinking this one. This one bomber lasted me all evening, so not one to get in a time pinch or to fill a pint glass with. It's 11% is very real.
Overall: This one really grew on me as I drank it. It definitely benefits from warming up a bit. Drinks heavy, almost like a port or rich wine. All the flavors (cherries, honey, malt, hops, heat) create a simultaneously tangy, spicy, sweet, and slightly sour beer. I'm going to go out to get one of these for the cellar. I could see why this one could get better with a little more melding of these flavors.
33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Dark Fruits: 4
Citrus Fruits: 2
Hoppy (pine): 1
11-09-2010 01:57:30 | More by soze47
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance - Copper body with faint tan head
smell - Cherries, yeast, malts, honey
taste - cherries, raisins, honey, malts
mouthfeel - sweet upfront, ample carbonation, medium bodied, tart finish on this, finish seems out of balance to me even though there is no booziness present
overall - decent offering from Troegs, I was impressed overall with their attempt at a Belgian style ale
Price Point - single 12oz for $3.99
01-08-2012 03:00:55 | More by keithmurray
3.33/5 rDev -13.7%
My 100th review :)
I started out with an average pour and ended up getting a little more aggressive when no head seemed to form. I got a half finger of very active bubbly head that was gone in 30 seconds. The beer now sits there with nothing other than a ring atop the body, which definitely fits the "ruby" description.
The yeast hits the nose first, and is quickly followed up by the unapologetic smell of booze. Notes that linger after are malt, cherries, dark fruit and spice.
The taste is very underwhelming. With the nose being what it was, I was unprepared for what would be a serious search through the nuances of flavor. Up front I taste a bit of yeast, heavy spice and some honey, with a little cherry tucked in for support. Unfortunately the alcohol takes over after that, and in combination with the cherry flavor, it tastes like cough syrup for a little while there. Once this mellows out, malt and spice come back out to say goodbye.
Medium bodied, it has enough carbonation to hustle it over your tongue pretty quickly. It doesn't coat very much, nor does it dry, but it does sting your tongue a little, seemingly a little from the carbonation and a little from the alcohol. A strong burn builds up in the back of the throat.
12-16-2011 23:40:51 | More by CFHMagnet
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
Pours a dark red/copper with a small off white head that didn't stay for long. The smell is sweet and yeasty with cherry and malt. The taste is very sweet, the yeast and fruit are very pronounced, but just a sweet beer overall. The high ABV is noticeable while sipping, but doesn't detract from the beer or mouthfeel. A medium body, good carbonation, and decent flavor balance. If the sweetness was taken down a bit this could be a top notch beer, but overall enjoyable.
01-14-2012 03:46:41 | More by wingman14
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Color of a dark cherry, good clarity. Looks like a port, maybe a little lighter. Virtually no head, even on a medium-heavy pour. Basically no lacing as you sip. Honey and sweet ripe cherries do come to mind as well as a touch of booze. Malted barley rounds it out. A little like cough syrup in aroma actually, but somehow not really to its detriment.
Sweetness of the cherries and the honey are combined with a warming alcohol presence to bring out a very nice sipper of a dessert beer. Maybe a touch too boozy and a touch too sweet, but with the right setting, this is a decent selection. The pilsner malt and munich malts contribute to a malty backbone that keeps it just hearty enough to work. Spicy yeast is welcome as it adds a prickly mouthfeel that compliments the low-medium carbonation level. Actually without this little spiciness, this beer would be thrown out of whack and lose the continuity that makes it all gel together. Surprisingly light in body and finishes bone-dry.
Would have to be in the mood for this one as it is pretty sweet and a little boozy. But the two flavors work well together and make for a good holiday after-dinner sipper.
10-30-2011 03:26:13 | More by chodinheaven
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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