The Mad Elf
Tröegs Brewing Company

The Mad ElfThe Mad Elf
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #105
Ranked #17,173
3.88 | pDev: 14.95%
Aug 19, 2023
Dec 14, 2002
Notes: 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
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Rated: 4.1 by NJRob88 from New Jersey

Aug 19, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by scottyshades from Florida

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by headfullofacid from Maryland

May 01, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Cold bottle into a snifter. Reasonable foam settles down fast.
Aroma is festive spiced cherry pie.
Tastes like winter in Maryland. Spicy and sweet, a tad of tartness too. Alcohol makes a big noise.,.
Feel is medium to thick, medium carbonation.
Overall, nothing to complain about., big and bouncy boozy beer. Good shyt.,.
Apr 13, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by h4ger from Connecticut

Mar 26, 2023
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
333 ml bottle
Freshest By 07/10/2023
Consumed On: 08 March, 2023
Glass: Troeg's 0.4 L Tulip
ABV: 11%

Clear amber with bubbles continuously rising. A 1-finger hight beige/light tan head quickly dissolves to a ring and filmy cover leaving OK lacing.

Fruity, sweet, and a touch spicy. Tons of cherries with honey and candi sugar. A light note of cinnamon with a hint of cloves and some baking spices.

What is in the aroma is here. The sweet cherries and the candi sugar are more pronounced. The cinnamon and other spices are quite a bit sharper. The sip dries slightly and does not get cloying but it is certainly sweet and spicy. The alcohol is not hidden and provides a noticeable boozy note.

Sharp but also syrupy. Warm to hot from the alcohol. The body is medium-light.

This is not my favorite BDSA nor my favorite Troeg's offering, but this makes a decent winter warmer. If you like sweet, fruity, and boozy beers, this one is for you.

My ratings reflect this beer as Holiday beer or a Winter Warmer (which is what Mad Elf really is). I would rate this much lower as the BSDA that it is currently listed as.
Mar 09, 2023
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Rated by Tadwinks from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I didn't like it as much as a I thought I would, but it was still pretty good.
Jan 23, 2023
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Reviewed by TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
(Freshest by 07/15/2023); Pours an opaque reddish copper into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass with a thin tannish head that fizzes and dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Malts & cherry forward in the nose with a nice sweet earthy aroma to boot. Taste follows nose with a tart velvety finish. Very slight carbonation with the spicy Belgian yeast mid tongue, a syrupy mouth and noticeable alcohol burn, but hey @ 11% ABV it's hard to hide. This has been a staple in my beer fridge around the holidays for many moons. Always enjoy kicking back with a couple of these on cold winter nights.
Jan 21, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 17, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Jan 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
1/14/23 poured from 12oz bottle purchased from Troegs gift shop.

Color is a beautiful reddish copper.

Aroma: cherry, raisin, malt, honey. Dave can pick out the Belgian yeast!

Bright effervescence and smooth silkiness in the mouth

Taste is tart cherry, malt, clove, and it's boozy, almost "hot"with alcohol. Slight metallic finish on the sides of the mouth.

Not our favorite, but it's decent. Enjoy the mix they have on tap if the Grand Cacoa and Mad Elf.
Jan 14, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by strengthdoc from Connecticut

Jan 14, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

Jan 08, 2023
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Rated by stanley63

5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Awesome, my favorite.
Jan 08, 2023
Rated: 3.85 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Jan 08, 2023
Rated: 4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 04, 2023
Rated: 3.78 by Rebels903 from Georgia

Jan 03, 2023
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Reviewed by kp7 from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Well this was something else. I feel like this is like when you read the recommended dosage on cold meds and say, yeah but I'm really sick, and take more. Then it knocks you out. Same thing here. It says it's full of cherries and you say, well yeah it's probably a little tart but it's a belgian dark strong ale so giddy up. Then it knocks you out with tart cherries, and that 11%.
Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 3.87 by Overtonjd from New Jersey

Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by rangerred from Tennessee

Dec 25, 2022
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