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Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,531 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,531
Reviews: 1,215
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 203
Gots: 791 | FT: 22
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:
Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 12-14-2002

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of kegger22
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear red with modest head that dissipated to a collar. The aroma was cheap cherry Kool-Aid. The taste wasn't as bad as the aroma would lead you to expect, but it wasn't very good either. Something my mom would have poured into ice cube trays to make homemade popsicles, 40 years ago. The feel was medium bodied with reasonable carbonation. Drinkability was only decent due to high ABV and questionable taste.

This was a bad idea that went badder (if I may). While not horrible, everything about it screamed artificial, cheap and tawdry. Does Boone's Farm make a cherry?

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into little tasting glasses- split this year's edition with a few friends...

Deep ruby red with a quickly dissipating head. Left surprisingly good lacing.

Aroma of toasted malt, slightly sweet, fruitiness (cherries, dates) but mostly just alcohol. Saying that it is very present is an understatement. I recently got an 05 as an extra in a trade and am very excited to see how it has mellowed.

One friend said the words "Cherry cough syrup" and once I heard that, I couldn't stop thinking it. Had a nice, creamy, full bodied mouthfeel but the alcohol was very present. Somewhat yeasty/spicy throughout. Interesting to try, but certainly a sipper for the cold months.

Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It smells like Black Cherries. I also pick up some caramel in the aroma. A clear copper color with a moderate white head. The flavor is very acidic and a little sour. I definitely pick up the sour cherries as well as honey and some citrus. Spicy aftertaste. Its very belgian-esque. Not for everybody, but I will buy this along with my other winter brews.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcalabre
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very nice looking clear reddish color. It has a nice cherry nose & it's taste is tart yet sweet. It was very enjoyable. The 11% ABV is extremely well hidden, but it sneaks up on you later. I would imagine that this beer is absolutely stunning in a cold climate where it would be a great winter warmer

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Naugros
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No dating on the bottle, but this is the 2010 edition of this holiday brew.

Poured into a wheat glass it rose a two-finger head that stayed for a little bit and then reduced down to a film and crown that left very little lace. A deep copper with a ruddy tint, the beer's clear enough to see carbonation through it.

Barnyard-like Belgian yeast funk assails your nose and you want it to be followed by sourness, but it's backed up by maltiness and honey sweetness instead. The cherries are definitely not Morellos and come across as meaty, but not all that sour.

The taste follows the smell with dark fruits and funky yeast esters, but sourness is stopped short by a bitter bite. The esters thrown off by the yeast dominate the mouthfeel and it lingers. As that hits, the alcohol tries to take center stage and makes it feel more medicinal. This beer is sort of all over the place. The flavors come at you in waves and are not well-integrated. Is it sour or bitter? The two sensations fight it out and you're left wondering what it should be. It does improve a little when it warms up and it's possible that laying this down for a year might balance it out and make it more drinkable than it is right now. Still, this won't be on my yearly "look for" list.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mikey711
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice reddish color with a white head on top. Very good lacing.

S: Very fruity and estery. The cherries come through very well and there is lots of bubble gum notes too.

T: Very sweet with the tiniest bit of funk. The cherries. Pretty big on the bubblegum and fruitiness. Very mellow tasting. A bit of holiday spicing is present too. A little bit of soapiness too.

M: This certainly has mellowed out alot since the winter. There is still a bit of heat but it is not intense at all.

D: Pretty easy to put down, but not the best

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle. so its 4 years old now. the cap came off very easily, like the metal had become more rigid, and i was worried about possible oxidation issues from a bad seal, but after the end i don't think there were any problems. awesome.
This one looks better then most, the head and lacing is just barely off white over a crystal clear cherry body.
Aroma has a deep dense cherry sweetness thatmatches evenly with the flavor. the 4 years must have toned this down i assume because the alcohol is nowhere to be tasted. this doesnt have the spice character i assumed would be in a christmas beer, but instead a rich creamy sweetness from the malts, honey and cherries.

Chad

Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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