Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +16%
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.
08-12-2012 03:26:07 | More by apintofknowledge
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Big thanks goes out to kkipple for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, clove, sugar, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spice, earth, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Unfortunately this one was not very complex at all. But what it lacked in complexity, it totally made up for it with balance. Everything in this brew really helped to take each of the other aspects to the next level. Glad I got the chance to try this one and suggest you do the same.
11-21-2012 11:56:31 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of spicy belgian yeast, biscuity malt, apples, pears, and some light peppery spice. It smells just like Mad Elf, without the sweets and cherries added to it.
T - Starts off with a mix of chewy malt and spicy belgian yeast slowly giving way to a mix of apples, pears, candied sugar, and a touch of peppery spice. While it is quite chewy the light sweetness and fruity flavors help to ease its blow on the pallet. The finish is a mix of light spice and chewy malt.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Spicy, chewy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.
O - I have always liked this beer and this release is no different. I don't think this one is markably different than last years, however I think I preferred last years to this particular one.
08-29-2012 20:19:39 | More by orangesol
Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.