Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by apintofknowledge:
4.43/5 rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Since I look forward to the release of Mad Elf each winter, I was intrigued to find this "stripped-down" Naked Elf without the cherries, chocolate malt and honey on my latest visit to the brewery. I understand it has been released a couple of times before, but a little different each time, and now for the first time at the new Hershey brewery.
I'm saving a couple of bottles to compare against Mad Elf this winter, but on its own it was a better beer than I expected, showing that it takes a solid backbone of a beer before adding the extras (cherries, etc.) to make a great brew.
It has a bit of a funky Belgian yeasty aroma, but appears a crystal clear amber-brandy hue in my glass with a thin white head. Flavors of sweet cereal grains, Fuji apples, and toffee come forward at first but as I sip more and the beer warms, more depth and complexity of contrasting flavors, like tart pear, sherry, and a subtle touch of what I can only call sour funk (but in a good way if that makes sense) come through with a mild warming alcohol burn and a slight drying quality that balances the initial sweetness and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.
My description just doesn't do justice to the delicious flavor and true enjoyability of this brew. Seek it out while it lasts since it is a very limited release.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2012 03:26:07 | More by apintofknowledge
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3.2/5 rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
This beer on tap tastes like a dunkelweizen. All of my ratings are in regards to the style it claims to be. Beeradvocate labels it a strong Belgian pale ale and the place that I'm at labels it an 'abbey tripel'. It tastes and smells much more like a dunkelweizen. It has some similar notes to a tripel, but I do not taste a Belgian pale ale. As for the taste, I do think it's great. Very enjoyable, but that's because I love dunkelweizens. Nice clove and banana taste and aroma. If this was a dunkelweizen I would have rated it much higher. If you come across it, try it. It's an awesome tasting beer, but don't expect your typical Belgian pale ale.
Serving type: on-tap
07-22-2013 01:45:10 | More by Joe_Duvel
Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.