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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,178
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 185
Gots: 542 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Canti4341, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Citadel82
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally sampled this at the Open Door, 110 John,Downtown, Manhattan, NYC. Not so sad that I waited. Okay it is a strong beer that masks its alcohol very, very well...behind the cherries and honey. Not my cup of tea as it were, but a definitely solid flavorful brew.

I asked my friend Doreen and "drink shrink" to pour it into a Palm tulip. It poured a dark amber with minimal head. I know she rinsed the glass for sure so not sure why there was o head and minimal lacing. Oh well.

Aroma was sweet honey and tart cherries.

Taste was malty sweet, tart fruity cherries and honey finish. Clover???

Mouthfeel was nimble for the gravity. Not oily or slick.

Drinkable - hell yeah but not something I would seek out regularly.

Citadel82, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JasonTaverner, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of jagada
5/5  rDev +29.2%

jagada, Dec 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

chrishiker1409, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

AWB3, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Stockfan42
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few of these at the Tavern at the end of the world.

Poures a dark red body (it was dark in the room so couldn't tell ya if it really is a lighter beer) and thin white head.

Aroma smells of cherrys with a bit of a malty undertone and you can easily smell the alchahol.

A pretty tasty beer that let's you know it's 11% right away. Alchahol is the first thing I taste almost instantly, followed by a sweet malty sugary flavor, cherrys, a little bit of hops and a spicy bite that reminds me of hop devil.

Mouthfeel has a bite of alchahol and spice, not something I could sit and drink all evening but a very tasty brew indeed.

Stockfan42, Jan 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

shockrocker65, Jan 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

atoulouk, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of rootbeerman
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into boston lager glass.

A: brownish red, with very short lasting half finger foamy white head.
S: cherries, honey, cinnamon, and clove. sweet malt.
T: spices, with cherries, honey. sweet malts, very light hop on the back-end
M: light like thinned out honey thats lightly carbonated
D: easy to drink...would be good dessert beer.

rootbeerman, Dec 13, 2009
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2.96/5  rDev -23.5%

KlayWey, Wednesday at 04:07 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ILikeGoodCider, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

NickyDee21, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of thekanna
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours the color of rust, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly
S: some holiday spices and a light sweetness and nuttiness
T/M: sweet and spicy on the uptake. Flavors of honey and alcohol overwhelm the palate and drown out anything else. Medium carbonated with heavy body, almost syrupy. Too strong and phenolic for my tastes.

thekanna, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

HuntDaddy540, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

marshmeli, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SharkNado, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served lightly chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Clear red with just a hint of orange. Topped with a short-lived and frothy white head that recedes to a film and then just a ring of foam. Itty-bitty blobs of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Nice whiffs of honey and cherries overlying a brandy-esque smell. Mildly floral, too. Not a bad little sniffer.

Taste: Sweet, sweet caramel malt flavor with overtones of honey and light cherries. Grainy and boozy aftertastes. Quite nummy.

Mouthfeel: Lightly syrupy. Solid medium body with not an ounce of flab on it. Alcohol is well masked, but this is still a muscular beer. A masked Mexican midget wrestler, if you will.

Drinkability: Not to reference my thread about mixing this and Samichlaus together, but I do wonder if one would be moved from the "naughty" to the "nice" column if I left a few of these for ol' St. Nick. A great, high-octane fruit beer.

ManekiNeko, Nov 22, 2003
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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

harryhops, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Atlas1, Nov 10, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

kkmiller76, Nov 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

csurowiec, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

huysmans, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of EStreet20
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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

EStreet20, Dec 16, 2006
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 3,178 ratings.