The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Bitterness (IBU's) : 15
Color (SRM) : Ruby Red
Availability: Seasonal, 12 oz. & 3L bottles, 1/2 and 1/6 kegs (contact your local retailer to pre-order)
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Chocolate
Hops: Saaz, Hallertau
Yeast: Spicy Yeast
Pennsylvania Honey West Coast Cherries

Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 12-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,017
Reviews:
1,308
Ratings:
4,074
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
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240
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1,221
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Photo of Curt3
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTVesely2019
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackhydra866
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured ruby red with a tan one finger head, light retention. Light lacing was present. Nose of malt, cherry and cinnamon.
Pronounced malt taste with cherry overtone and hint of light honey. Booze is hidden at the first few sips but then jumps out and says Boo . . . ze! Not getting any chocolate notes. Could be a bit more complex, which would raise this to an outstanding brew. Moderate body and carbonation. For a Belgian Strong Ale, the carbonation is a tad light.

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Photo of JB4Beer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrOH
2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Clear ruby, not much in the way of a white head, not much retention, but ok lace
Smells like cherries and honey, however faint. Not a bad thing, don't like be banged over the head with these things.
Tastes like the smell, but not as good. Alcohol is far too present. Very sweet.
Very cloying. Boozy. Some more carbonation would help, as well as being a bit drier.
Could be a great beer, but it kinda sucks. I've been trying it out here and there for about a decade, and have always wondered why there was any fuss over it.

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Photo of Wpivpsu
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of izraelc
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red pour. Smells like cherry brandy. A nice malty character. With a sweet cherry finish. A little spiciness. Burns a little going down. A true winter warmer.

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Photo of Edy-Cantarero
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of walt5
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrimeDog
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really didn't think I would like this, but wow! pleasantly surprised.....

This is a belgian strong ale.

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Photo of dcbeers
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patsfan91
4.94/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wafers
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamFuel
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a dark reddish brown with fine, soapy head.

Smell is sweet and a bit spicy with notes of cherries, honey and cinnamon.

Taste is sweet, but with some bitterness to it. Note of cherries, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. No booze and nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, well carbonated.

Overall, a really nice dessert beer. Hides it's ABV almost too well.

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Photo of JohnDon
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste is a little medicinal

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Photo of Nmgreen
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shenk87
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bafcats
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I didn't know this is 11% ABV, I would have never guessed it. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Overall, very good and an excellent after dinner or late night treat. You'd likely only want one of these in a sitting. Not due to the booze, but due to the intense flavors of honey, cherry and spices, more than one is overkill. Move onto a beer that tastes like beer after one of these.

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The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 4,074 ratings