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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,011 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,011
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 164
Gots: 453 | 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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Photo of dragonWhale
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

pours with no carb, hazy ruby with bubbles rising. malty, thick sugar sweetness with a brilliant touch of cherries and some spiciness. the cherries don't really come off in the nose but in the flavor they are subtle and perfectly in balance with the heavy malt notes. love the choice of yeast here. some strong phenols. overall, pretty damn good, beautiful mouthfeel and fairly drinkable.

dragonWhale, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Ruby red body. Decent head that leaves a smidge of lacing.

S: Yeast, spices, cherries, and alcohol.

T: The Belgian yeast takes over in a big way. Spicy and phenolic. Cherries and honey are detectable, but I probably wouldn't be able to detect them if I didn't already know they were there. Pretty big alcohol burn.

M: Big and thick, little carbonation.

D: As a BSDA, it's merely OK. As a winter warmer, it's more than acceptable.

BarrelO, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

AlpacaAlpaca, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Hopdaemon39, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of csurowiec
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

csurowiec, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Stunner97
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- amber and crystal clear in color, small bubbles at first stream glass and slowly fade away, white head starts moderate and quickly dissipates to only white lacing around the rim of the glass,

Smell- definitely can pick up the cherry and honey sweetness on the nose, nice strong Belgian style spiced nose, very malty,

Taste- i originally probably served the beer to cold and some of the flavors opened up nicely with a little time, nice malty beer, certainly very faint hint of cherries and honey as advertised, slight Belgian malty, very long sweet finish, very slightly bitter finish of hops and spices,

Mouthfeel- I actually did very much enjoy the mouth feel of this beer, its not quite as heavy as you would think rather very smooth and soft,

Drinkability- definitely a sipper but not as much as I might have expected considering its 11 percent, its actually a very drinkable ale, I would definitely be curious to see how this would do with a little bit of age on it, overall a decent beer that gives you enough bang for your buck to justify the slightly high price, worth a seasonal look

Stunner97, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a fairly clear cherry amber red. No head at all, decent carbonation from my DFH signature glass, no real lacing. Just kinda flat.

S- Alcohol right up front, sweet cherries, honey, sweet maltiness and just a hint of bitter hops. A little cinnamon, allspice, clove and yeast.

T- Smacked in the mouth with alcohol... I like that! Sweet and a bit spicy. Dried cherries, clove, nutmeg, allspice and honey. Has a nice little bit of banana yeastiness as it warms up.

M- A ton of alcohol bite on the tongue. Very sweet with a nice yeastiness. The cherry and honey blend nicely with the peppery spices. A little bit sticky, definately sweet, and just a hint of bitterness on the roof of my mouth.

O- Really nice. I've always liked this seasonal. Probably not something I'd buy year round, but I do get my share when winter approaches. Wish it had more carbonation, more REAL cherry depth, and hid the alcohol just a bit more.

Thickfreakness, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jhartley
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.
Received a 6 pack for a Christmas gift.

A-Great looking label! Bottle imprinted with 2011-2012 Batch#110812. A beautiful ruby red-brown color, almost looks like iced tea. 1 finger head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S-You definitely know there's cherries in this one! Also picking up on the malts and a somewhat raisin like smell; tart.

T-Cherry right away leads into a nice maltiness and finishes with a nice alcohol bite. Sweet N Tart. For sure a Belgian style. Really pick up on the honey at the end

M-Tangy, tart and sweet. Enough alcohol at the end to cut the sweetness.

O-A great holiday/winter warmer for sure the 11% abv kicks in at the end, you want to be careful how many of this you're going to drink and be careful once you get up. I definitely could not drink this one all the time, but it was/is very nice for a change of pace. If you're a fan of Belgians; give this one a try.

jhartley, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of bbrown12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bbrown12, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kkmiller76, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Dcunicelli
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Dcunicelli, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of blitz134
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First real cold night of the year...pulled this out of the closet for a nightcap...one wiff told me that this one might definately put me out. This is last years version, so not fresh...

Appearance is a perfectly transparent caramel (not ruby red as the website says). Thin white head on the pour which disappeared to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Not the usual head of a belgian although I'm not sure if this is really true to the belgian style to begin with.

Aroma is a bit sweet with a little acidic funk to it. Alcoholic notes swirl readily from the glass. A slight cherry aroma comes around if you are really looking for it. A strong aroma, but somewhat non descript.

Again, I think the taste doesn't have much that really stands out, except for the alcohol. Taste is mainly malty with a touch of mildly sweet fruit in the background. I don't really detect any of the honey and cherries in any particular flavor. Although you can pick out the alcohol in this it isn't overwhelming, either in taste or effects of sitting on the stomach.

Mouthfeel is a little thin in my opinion, could be a bit thicker. Drinkability is okay for the high abv. The flavor or aroma doesn't really offer anything which I find particularly intriguing which would make me really desire this in the future. Maybe the flavors don't hold up for very long, I'm not sure. I have one more bottle to sample though.

blitz134, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of huysmans
4/5  rDev +3.6%

huysmans, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kshankar
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a reddish/copper color. Little lacing, decent foam.

Aroma: Yeast, cherry, sweetness from the honey.

Taste: Interesting. The yeast is similar of a wheat. Some bitterness, balanced out by the sweetness of the cherries and the honey

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side. Somewhat syrupy because of the honey. Carbonation isn't that much

Drinkability: Tastes good, has good mouthfeel, and goes down well. Good enough for me

kshankar, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of sneth019
2/5  rDev -48.2%

sneth019, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of wmobley
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of mlefebvre7
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mlefebvre7, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of necoadam
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a darker shade of amber with a nice head that settled down eventually.

Smell consisted of lots of fruit (cherries mostly) with some light sweet malts. Not overpowering by any strech and quite welcoming actually. Some yeast and brown sugar can also be detected.

Taste was wonderful. Cherries, honey, soft malts, some sugar but not overpowering with sweetness. Towards the middle and the end. No trace of hops to be found in this brew. This is downright excellent.

11% is a little to laugh at, this was more like a 7-9% with all the flavors hitting the palate. Loved every drop of this brew.

Big thanks to Pisskynights for this brew, thanks a bunch!

necoadam, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Zekenyce, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of blakesell
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a traditional weizen glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark amber light brown with a thin half finger of head that quickly dies to a milky wisp across the top. Lacing is hardly existent nor are any legs. Is this really 11%? From the visual look of it I sure can't tell.

Smell- Oooh, now this is nice. Rich cherry, figs and grapes with a very nice warming alcoholic scent. Malts are very balanced and even, and this even smells to me like a Belgian strong dark, which is very hard for us Americans to nail down. Light spices, a creamy cinnamon nutmeg scent. I like the way this one smells.

Taste- Whoa. Wow this is a good beer. A near krieklike cherry flavor with a light syrupy backing with much malt and oh, so sweet. This is the sort of beer that I got excited about when I heard that Troegs was coming to Ohio. Actually hop pocket was the main beer, but this is a great one as well. Hops and bittering agents are low to none here, this beer actually makes me think of Christmastime.

Mouthfeel- Warming, creamy, lightly spicy, chewy, full bodied, and medium high in carbonation.

Drinkability- For something this alcoholic and warming. I could see myself attempting to put down a whole six pack. I doubt if I could get the whole way through them, but I sure as hell could try.

blakesell, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of bmoney
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bmoney, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of keithmurray
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

keithmurray, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of dextermcgurk
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

dextermcgurk, Nov 30, 2013
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,011 ratings.