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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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2,899 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,899
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 138
Gots: 407 | 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 celticfutblclub


4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-28-2011 02:42:11 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After hearing so much about this brew, I was excited to try it. Picked up a single bottle due to the high price tag at 14.99 a sixer.

A- A bright red color/some orange/ tons of bubbles of carbonation, thin ring around the top of my glass, no lace.

S- Smell was overwhelmingly sweet.

T- Taste was a little to sweet for me. The cherries blasted me right away, a long with other tropical fruits, mals, caramel, and spices.

M- Mouthfeel was oily and light, tingly on the tongue due to the high carbonation.

D- Cool idea, but a little too sweet for me. Alcohol was surprisingly well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 02:40:48 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter. 2010 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red with a small ring of foam around the outside of the glass.

Smell: Sweet candied fruit - apples, pears and cherries, some honey sweetness, sugary sweetness, Belgian yeast, and slight alcohol burn.

Taste: Candied fruit, honey, malt, sugar, not that much of a boozy taste despite the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Felt a little thin, but was very smooth and the alcohol is hidden nicely. Previous years' the it felt a lot thicker.

Drinkability: This is my new winter tradition after moving from Cleveland two years ago (although I still miss endless amounts of Christmas Ale). I get this on draft whenever I see it around and usually pick up quite a few bottles. I really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:14:07 | More by Axic10
Photo of keithmurray

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:00:55 | More by keithmurray
Photo of Bustersuess

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-05-2014 02:05:44 | More by Bustersuess
Photo of baggio


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A: Ruby red with a small head that disappears quickly. Still, the color of the beers looks very appealing.

S: Cherries, Honey, Sweet malts, Spices.

T: Honey, Cherries, Belgian yeast, Spices (Cinnamon and something more...).

M: A bit of sourness hits me before the sweetness of the malt comes into place and makes everything delicously sweet. Low carbonation. ABV is hidden extremely well for a brew this strong.

Not the most christmas-like beer i've ever tried but a damn good beer nevertheless. Feels a bit like a barleywine with added spices. Why didn't i bring a few more bottles home with me...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 19:47:20 | More by baggio
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-25-2012 18:40:03 | More by ryser2k
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-08-2012 18:25:07 | More by whallgren
Photo of Maxwell


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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-24-2013 03:48:26 | More by camartin27
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-27-2013 22:46:27 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of soze47


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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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-27-2013 14:01:42 | More by bruindre
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-27-2013 01:40:18 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-02-2014 16:10:26 | More by Dirty25
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-28-2013 16:24:11 | More by csurowiec
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-08-2013 03:25:10 | More by MRsojourner
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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


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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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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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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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
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-21-2012 16:41:15 | More by brealbg
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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