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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Naked Elf takes a hard look at the less-is-more theory. Ever since we developed The Mad Elf, we’ve speculated what it would taste like without the cherries and honey. So what lies beneath the fruit? Naked Elf is unfiltered, so the spicy yeast taste is more prominent in this strong, hazy orange ale. The combination of the Pilsner, and Vienna malts give a lot of body and minimal sweetness, but Naked Elf has a dry finish. Finally, the heat of the alcohol makes its presence known in the finish. The Naked Elf’s finest quality is the delicate balancing act between a lively yeast kick and a slight alcohol note that lingers in the back of the mouth—constantly reminding us not to overindulge in this complex, warming elixir.

(Beer added by: apintofknowledge on 08-12-2012)
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on at Troegs tasting room, enjoyed sample served chilled in a goblet.

The color is deep copper almost bronze with very good glarity and nice thick creamy band of beige with tight bead. only mild haze and accents of crimson appear at the base. The smell is decent with slight phenolic aroma with mild earthy yeast and light dried fruit scents with some spice notes from hops. the feel is decent with mostly dry and moderately high carbonation with subtle spice and moderately high alcohol influence on the palate.

The flavor is standard, I like the yeast taste but as it warms it shows more alcohol and the flavor of dried fruit stands out with a kind of prune-like flavor I am not fond of especially. There is a ripe banana undertone which is ok but the alcohol is a little high in the flavor for my liking as it is only 8.5%. I find this beer to be ok for what it is and not offensive but overall basically just above average -I am not a fan of the regular Mad Elf for some of the same reasons I don't find this appealing. I think I should have consumed this while it was cold since it did not improve as it warmed much.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 16:23:48 | More by Slatetank
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-03-2014 00:19:09 | More by oriolesfan4
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 20:19:39 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz standard scratch series bottle/label into a matching Troegs pint glass. The brew appears a burnt copper color with polished clarity. A finger of off-white froth sits atop and rapidly dissolves to a thin film across the top. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin halo around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is spiced with belgian phenols; clove, a bit of banana, mild fruit like banana and a hearty malt character thick with toffee/caramel is present. There is an earthy undertone of noble hops but it is faint in comparison to the rest of the aromatics.

The taste is filled with the belgian yeast character. Spice like clove hits initially with an herbal flavor of hops coming in right behind. A bit of dirty melon flavor is present through the middle coupled with a combination of toasty malt flavors that impart a taste of caramel/toffee inside the mouth. A bit of butter is noted in the aftertaste that lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lighter level of carbonation. It is a decent take on a belgian ale and worth a try. The alcohol is fairly well hidden for 8.5%. However, in comparison to the last 2 releases of "naked elf" I dont think this one lives up to how much I enjoyed this the last time.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:21:34 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2013 15:49:59 | More by InspectorBob
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

10-06-2012 23:13:55 | More by xnicknj
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 11:56:31 | More by thagr81us
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-05-2013 14:02:32 | More by IPAchris
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-10-2014 15:45:37 | More by kscaldef
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scottfrie

California

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled 73 – Naked Elf. Thanks for the extra Stormking47.

A: Pours a deep ruddy brown with almost no head or lace.
S: Sweet smelling with tons and tons of spices. It’s like a holiday in a glass. Brown sugar, apple cider, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, prickly pear, banana and clove. Tons of fruits and spices with a little bit of caramel malts.
T: Follows the nose, sweet palate, with all the spices and fruits mentioned. Doughy yeast, caramel, and the holidays come through. Very complex and intense.
M: Full bodied, thick and slick mouthfeel, slightly syrupy, soft foamy carbonation. Drinks well, a little sweet though.
O: Same as I remember 46 being. Very delicious, fairly sweet, but highly drinkable and complex. Thanks again Josh.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 23:42:09 | More by scottfrie
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-29-2014 16:06:47 | More by Whiskeydeez
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-25-2013 15:14:32 | More by BMart
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-17-2013 02:47:23 | More by st9647v3
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-07-2013 20:35:45 | More by JohnK17
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-10-2013 11:53:31 | More by bigfnjoe
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egrace84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-11-2013 03:51:45 | More by egrace84
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jegross2

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

02-08-2013 02:24:33 | More by jegross2
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-14-2014 18:30:25 | More by JohneHoodlum
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-04-2013 18:56:16 | More by hollywood_15063
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-10-2013 22:52:53 | More by richkrull
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-10-2013 02:56:09 | More by bcsbeer
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-13-2013 19:55:30 | More by jpd7374
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-22-2012 05:18:42 | More by TimoP
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served a little darker than I expected...a caramel colored body that shows some carbonation bubbles...a thick, fluffy, white head stands tall and slowly falls to a spotty cap...decent lacing

S - Belgian spices stand out with coriander, a hint of pepper, and a touch of cinnamon...there is actually a sweetness lingering that I was not expecting...light caramel and fruit (apples, pears, bananas) are providing that sweetness

T - Again, the spices cut through and stand above everything else...the saving factor of becoming too spicy is the yeast...it provides a balance while actually giving a different spice flavor throughout...the sweetness isn't there from the nose, but there are some dried fruit flavors peeking through

M - Medium bodied...some creaminess, nicely carbonated...lingering spice

O - There was some confusion about the release of this one...it was labeled with a Scratch label, but was identified as just Naked Elf...I like that they do this version and would like to see it in regular production...but I still prefer Mad Elf

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 13:02:37 | More by thain709
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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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