Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by philbe311:
3.91/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy "dirty" colored head that fizzes away in rapid fashion - Don't blink or you may miss it... No real lacing to speak of, rather just a slight collar in areas and a couple of minimalistic stray patches of lace... The color is a mix of light-to-medium brown and ruby red... There is a slight haziness and murkiness that permeates... There is a limited bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation...
S - I know there are no cherries or honey in this offering, but I'll be damned if I don't detect a bit on the nose... There is also a malty rich goodness at the forefront... Ripe banana and dark fruits... A mix of caramel and toffee... A faint Belgian yeast component... Trace notes of light brown sugar...
T - A one-two punch of Belgian yeast and overly ripened dark fruits... There is a vague wheaty presence as well... Slightly medicinal (but not in a bad way)... There is a bit of toffee on the finish... There is a distinct booziness that lingers...
M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... The limited carbonation packs a pretty strong bite... A bit sticky... Sleek... Warming...
D - At a time when most brewers add extra ingredients to repackage a beer, it's refreshing to see a brewer "deconstruct" an offering down to its more simplistic back... While it's a refreshing approach, this doesn't quite live up to its name sake... However, this is a solid beer none the less on its own... It's hard to keep the two separate, but I'll have no trouble making two six packs worth dissappear... Any Belgian beer enthusiast shouldn't hesitate to give this one a try...
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2013 01:29:19 | More by philbe311
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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.