Scratch Beer 46 - 2011 (Naked Elf) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

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.

Added by Fish113d on 05-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
259
pDev:
10.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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11
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-gold color with a white head. The aroma is full of candy sugar and toffee, with some Belgian yeast and some light cherry notes also mixed in.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and biscuit malt, as well as some nice cherry notes. There is also some candy sugar notes in the flavor, as well as some alcohol. The beer is easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bocktown, left over from Christmas in July. Hard to get a good look at the color with the lighting looked hazy,a cider like color with a reddish hue. 1" white head dissapated a bit quick to a ring around the inside of the glass. Was served just a bit too cold.

Moderate aromas,very spicy, lots of clove,Belgium yeast,some nutmeg with a somewhat earthy quality.

Very spicy taste,mostly clove,some doughyness,some Belgium yeast and slightly vinious, Finishes clean with light clovey notes throughout and straw-like dryness.Tangy feel very light and dry.

A good beer overall,not something i would seek out. Had this beer from a firkin at the Harrisburgh beerfest 2 years ago and seemed to have more alcohol and a bit more taste. A stripped down version of the Mad Elf which I like better this beer is a lot better with the cherries and honey added. Not a bad beer worth a try especially if you've had the Mad Elf before to compair it to.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia

Murky orangey red colored with a thick inch-high foamy off-white head, which sits down quickly but leaves some lacing around the inside of the glass. Low aroma of yeasty funk and some understated malt. Initial yeasty notes, followed by sweet malt, and notes of banana, clove, and a peppery spice in the finish. Full and rich mouthfeel. An interesting mix of flavors in the profile, but average drinkability for me due to the richness.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep glazed golden ambrosia large off white head very sporadic lacing with retention being a bit brief. Aroma mild fruit esters touch of sweet biscuit malt with clean spicy Belgian yeast character and in the end I pick up some mild banana with other fruit nuances. Flavor has a rolling sharp sweetness that crashes quickly into a clean airy carbonation flavor along the way that spicy yeast with mild fruitiness hits the palate just right without being too cloying and overstaying it's welcome on my palate. Those fruit esters become more evident as it warms I get a blend of apricot and banana tones with some low level hoppy herbal highlights. Mouthfeel is meduim bodied finishes so quickly flavors vanish leaving really weird sensation on the palate wispy carbonation is a good way to describe this effect, the Mad Elf normally has the cherries and honey to stick to the palate but with this just the yeast esters and pale malts are really working their magic. Drinkability definitely a great version of the Mad Elf built for the summer you won't feel bad draining a few chalices of this in the summer plus you won't feel like you've been hit in the head with a hammer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Mantawny on my B-day, what a treat. I was in the middle of ordering a RR Damnation when the waitress told me they just tapped this. I had both. The beer poured a good amber color but not as dark as the Mad Elf. I had heard about this beer as being the ME without the cherries and figured it would be hella strong but was suprised to find that the aroma and taste were both spicey and a bit fruity but a bit mellow (good) for a 8.5% brew. This was a real treat and worth another try of.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy with a reddish tinge, a fruity smelly, malty(ish), can really taste the spices and that’s OK, kind of a course heavy mouth feel. Overall a nice beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Realbeer1542
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great sweet Belgium style ale. Given to me as a trade from Troegs "scratch" batch. Really excellent! I liked this much better than mad elf and if it was offered for retail sale in my area I would buy this before mad elf. This beer is much cleaner and a bit sweeter without the chemically bite of mad elf.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Scratch Beer 46 - 2011 (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 259 ratings