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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 2
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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Photo of Slatetank
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.

Slatetank, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

oriolesfan4, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +4.7%

InspectorBob, May 19, 2013
Photo of orangesol
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.

orangesol, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass from the tasting. Much thanks for the bottle K! I think this is the right one?

A nice golden apricot body color, just crystal clear with tan like collar.

Real interesting nose. Hints of booze and cherry, like a classic winter warmer, but there's some real nice minty leafy quality as well.

Interesting palate and flavors though. Mild malt backbone with still a cherry fruit quality. REal interesting mouthfeel with some borderline wetness but good coating in the palate. Good finish, and some strange interesting light charring that is a bit ashen like.

Overall not too bad. I am not the biggest fan of Mad Elf but I am always up for the scratch series.

smakawhat, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.7%

DrBier, Today at 08:07 PM
Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

xnicknj, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
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.

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +4.7%

IPAchris, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +4.7%

BMart, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

kscaldef, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

st9647v3, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
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.

scottfrie, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

JohnK17, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

egrace84, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

hollywood_15063, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kurmaraja, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev +4.7%

bigfnjoe, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of 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...

philbe311, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of jegross2
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

jegross2, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

JohneHoodlum, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

richkrull, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

mikeincharleston, Aug 05, 2014
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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.