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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: 9 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

JohnK17, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

CreightonSM, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

JSkone09, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Joe_Duvel
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.

Joe_Duvel, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jpd7374, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jbdpsu82, Jul 01, 2013
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2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured in a frosted dimpled mug.

A: Formed a solid head when purposefully splashed into the glass, though it gave off little smell. It has a nice hazy red-orange color. Though the overall retention of the head was short, lacy foam still lines the glass for the 30 mins of sipping.

S: The smell, to me, is honestly not all that strong. Regardless, it smells sweet; incredibly malty. There are hints of banana, but also non-specific spice that fights with the sweetness, rather than complementing it. - Like putting pepper on a banana. Darker fruit is needed to balance out this smell and taste.

T: The spice hits your tongue first, but the starchy sweetness creeps in fast, and lingers long after the spice leaves. The time that they overlap is not as unpleasant as the smell of the combo, but it is extremely brief. The swallow goes down smooth-nice- for about 3 seconds. Then the sweetness floods in; what lingers is quite powerful. (overpowering if this is not your thing...).

M: Certainly medium bodied; it feels lighter than expected given its dark color. However, more carbonation would be nice to compete with the starchiness of the sweetness. The swallow has a light smoothness, but this dissipates as the beer warms.

O: Never having had Mad Elf, I do not know how this compares to its parent. Though, for me, this scratch is annoyingly unbalanced compared to other Troegs beers. It is reminiscent of Flying Mouflan, though not nearly as balanced. The starchy sweetness overpowers any spice, leaving a post-banana flavor lingering on the sides of the tongue with unpleasant dryness in the middle. A fun experience, though not something I would go back for.

Birdmarg741, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bigfnjoe, Jun 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

bcsbeer, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

JakeEsterly, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Tim, Jun 03, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

beatlefan56, Jun 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.