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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,889 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,889
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 138
Gots: 400 | 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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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-25-2012 18:40:03 | More by ryser2k
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-08-2012 18:25:07 | More by whallgren
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Bustersuess

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-05-2014 02:05:44 | More by Bustersuess
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camartin27

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-24-2013 03:48:26 | More by camartin27
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ILikeGoodCider

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-27-2013 22:46:27 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the first to emerge from my cellar after a short two month sleep. The beer pours a ruddy ruby, with a light, gently cream colored head. The body of the beer is clear and caramelly with little to no carbonation coming up through. On the nose the beer smells big with honeyed raisins, slight candied sugars, bready caramel, and only the faintest ghost of cherry. Spicy alcohol, similar to what you might find in a quad, is also definitely present in the nose. The beer tastes lightly of cherries and honey, transitioning into bready caramel and Belgian yeast character, with a light alcohol spice. The beer begins with an almost framboise like cherry sweet flavor, mixed quickly with spicy alcohol and then creamy honey which opens the beer into grainier caramel and Belgian yeast notes, and light candied sugars. There is a huge cereal bread taste in the middle of the flavor which dies off quickly, but does leave a light bread lingering in the finish and aftertaste. This beer is hugely complex in flavor, and with only 2 months in the cellar it seems to have none of the huge alcohol flavors that other reviewers describe. On the mouth this beer is smooth and caramelly, sitting on the tongue at a medium to heavy body with nearly no carbonation to speak of. The only bite comes from the faint alcohol at the back of the throat, but this is really quite faint, and considering this is 11%, I really don’t taste the heavy alcohol flavor. Overall, I’m a huge fan of this beer. It is a great holiday sipper, to be had in moderation for sure. I could obviously not slug this beer back, but if you put it in a small glass, swirl it around and observe its holiday appropriate color, and then savor and enjoy it. It kisses the tongue, packs a wallop of alcohol, and seduces my taste buds with warm sweet flavors that I want in a holiday beer. A beer to have on Christmas night for sure!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:40:11 | More by Maxwell
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gabedivision

New York

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

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tulip glass

A- Pours a deep reddish chestnut, crystal clear, visible carbonation, 1/2 finger inch white tight bubbled head.

S- Very sweet, cherries right up front, dry belgian yeast, maybe some oak? apples, raisins, slightly medicinal, but not in an offensive way at all, dry red wine alcohol blush on the end.

T- Syrupy cherry soda flavor, followed a bomb of sweetness, honey, cane sugar, apples, pears, dark fruits. Nice bready malt, that almost gets completely overwheamled by alcohol on the finish.

M- Full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth, very dry.

O- Overall, i like this beer alot, though, some age does do it alot of good, just a tad boozy when fresh but it definitely settles down as its sipped on. Has a great bite, and ton of complexity, i always look forward to this beer come this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:54:24 | More by gabedivision
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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

02-01-2014 18:59:45 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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bruindre

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-27-2013 14:01:42 | More by bruindre
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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):
Alcohol/Solvent: 4
Dark Fruits: 4
Citrus Fruits: 2
Hoppy (pine): 1
Floral: 1.5
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 2
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 2
Burnt: 1.5
Sweet: 3.5
Sour: 2
Bitter: 2.5
Astringent: 1
Body: 3.5
Linger: 4

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:57:30 | More by soze47
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-27-2013 01:40:18 | More by BeerBuckeye
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BodiesLexus

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-26-2013 04:07:43 | More by BodiesLexus
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-08-2013 03:25:10 | More by MRsojourner
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cjac

Maryland

2/5  rDev -48.2%

12-15-2012 05:52:02 | More by cjac
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into the glass a ruby/red/garnet color that sparkled when held to the light. The head was white no lace and did not last, only a film was left. The aroma was fruit and alcohol. Nose of cherries, spices, plums, malt and alcohol were all present at different points on my tongue. The tastes were of spices, fruit (mostly cherries) alcohol and malt. Slightly sweet and tart but not overpowering. I rather enjoyed this beer, it surprised me after my first sip, I was imagining some different flavors then I received. The flavors intensified as this brew warmed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2003 12:55:12 | More by Jarod
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drewbage

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled after a long Xmas day to celebrate my glorious victory in our Annual Bloodmatch Trivial Pursuit Game. 12 oz brown bottle provided courtesy of PisskyNights. (Thanks!)

Beer was sampled cool at first (~55F) and allowed to warm up over the course of an hour.

Beer drops into the glass with a thud and no carbonation. As it settles in the glass the drinker is presented with a deep red leather colored beer.

As the beer comes up to room temperature, the cherries and spicing becomes stronger melding with a very evident alcohol presence.

The flavor is filled with cherries and a bit of honeyed sweetness. As the beer lolls on the tongue, the combination of alcohol and cinnamon begin to sweep the thickiness of this beer form the palate.

Decent warming beer for the occasional slow sipper during the winter time.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 06:56:14 | More by drewbage
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Looks pretty good. Orange with a red tinge with a white foam cap.

S. Cinnamon with yeasty malt. Banana eaters come out as it warms.

T. Sweet malt with honey and spiciness. Some cherry
, but it might just be the label influencing me.

M. Medium mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

D. I'm not a big fan of spiced ales and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 02:11:11 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mad elf glass

A: pours a dark ruby red, with a finger of off white head, no lacing to speak of.

S: bit of honey, a bit of cherry, a bit of brown and candy sugar, and a while lot of Soicy Belgian yeast aroma.

T: much like the nose, I taste honey, and cherry with alotnofnapice coming from te Belgian yeast, caramel and alcohol

M: medium with light carbonation almost syrupy, bit lush a the same time.

O: a nice winter time beer, deffiantly a sipper for a cold night, especially if you like spicy Belgian yeast. The only thing holding me back from giving a higher score here is that i personally not a fan of spicy Belgian yeast, and by that I mean cloveyness, that's the best way I can explain it, but if you are a fan I could see how this is an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 01:52:40 | More by PeterIngemi
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brealbg

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-21-2012 16:41:15 | More by brealbg
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Dirty25

Germany

4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-02-2014 16:10:26 | More by Dirty25
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-24-2013 20:17:28 | More by aqualung23
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jjboesen

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had the Mad Elf at a recent tasting (4 ounce pour). Initial thoughts: quickly diminishing head that leaves loose lacing then settles into copper colore clarity.

I did detect a few notes of black cherry but given the underwhelming nose in general, it certainly did not linger long. As for the taste, I found it mildly sweet with some clove background. Little hops or malt was noted. I found the mouthfeel adequate, which was rather dissapointing given the brewer - I did not discover what they were trying to achieve here.

This is not one of their best beers; average, yes, but not worth going out of the way for. Personally, I thought the elf more disinterested than mad. Sorry guys.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 00:09:51 | More by jjboesen
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csurowiec

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-28-2013 16:24:11 | More by csurowiec
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-11-2013 02:31:36 | More by Lambocalrisien
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a coppery-red body and a small white crown with a short head retention.

S: Aroma is a subtle cherry smell with notes of spices, booze, honey, & caramel malts.

T: Upfront sweetness from honey, candy sugar, and a hint of tart black cherries. Some clove, other spices, sweet malts, and yeast are noticeable as well, but the high ABV is well hidden.

M: Light body; light-medium carbonation; mouth coating and almost syrupy texture.

O: I love this one for the holidays. Not a bad price makes it a cute gift. Otherwise, high ABV makes it a 1-2 bottle drinkability and a nice take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 19:58:30 | More by BrewCrew2010
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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