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Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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3,938 Ratings
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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:
#8,138
Reviews:
1,272
Ratings:
3,938
pDev:
14.99%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
234
Gots:
1,144
Trade:
24
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Photo of Patlee3324
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of drew74
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%

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3.72/5  rDev -3.9%

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3.72/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of u2carew
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 01/09/10

A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles slightly. Lacing is thin and sticky. The body is absolutely transparent with active upward carbonation. Amber in color with just a bit more red than usual. This has got to be one of the best beer presentations I have seen in a longer - nearly perfect!
S) Sweet - caramel, toffee. Notes of alcohol. Mild citrus notes. Black pepper.
T) Malty and alcohol up front. Hints of dark fruit - cherries and apples in the mix. Malty sweet all the way through. Finishes with just a hint of hops. The aftertaste is sweet banana and alcohol effervescence.
M) Very mellow fizziness. Medium body with a little bit of girth. Slight syrupy feel.
D) A nice Belgian in style. Was hoping for something unusual / unique that would make this a standout... oh well, still a good brew.

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Photo of daythree16
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a wine glass. Clear honey-amber color with a 1" head.

Very winy aromas. Sweetness with a touch of cherry, though I don't know if I would have noticed it if I hadn't read the label first. Taste is sweet and piney with a lot of alcohol heat. Just a hint of sourness from the cherries.

Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is decent, but the noticeable alcohol kills it a bit for me.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Also picked up at Capones. Want to see if its worth buying the case.

Appearance: Red/Amber in color. Crystal clear. Not much head to speak of, and what did rise up receded very quickly. Not much for lacing either.

Smell: Predominantly honey and cherries, as the bottle indicated. Big malt aroma behind that as well as a bit of spiciness underneath.

Taste: Honey and cherries are there, but there is more to this beer than that. Big malty backbone is also there. There is some additional spiciness to this one, mainly I find hints of clove, nutmeg and some bubblegum at the beginning. Finishes quite sweet, most likely the honey. Not much bitterness to speak of. The 11% shows itself though, I think this is one that definitely benefits from some age.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied with minimum carbonation. Very smooth and sweet.

Drinkability: A little to warm on the alcohol for my tastes. No problem finishing the 12oz'er, but a 2008 would probably taste amazing. I'm gonna buy a few more and drink them over the next few months to see how this develops.

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Photo of jbone78
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from a friend swveral months ago. There is a code on the bottle, but I couldn't find where to use the code on their website.I'm guessing it is an '09. But I bet that's fine.

Pours slightly hazy and amber in color. Nearly no head, which I would've thought odd because it's labeled a Belgian Strong. Smells a tad malty, but not much there. Tastes is complex to me. It starts with a spice and the sweet cherry flavor follows, but the sweetness (I'm sure) is from the honey. I don't pick up a distinct Honey flavor, jus the sweetness.

Carbonation is low to medium and at 11% this one drinks easy. It's not very syrupy, I like. I could easily drink more than one.

-Bye

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Photo of JohnofUpton
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rhythmguitartz88
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was nice although the head did disapear quite quickly. The smell was hard to find but once found it was pleasent some bitter-esque qualities coming through the smell but overall nice. The taste was nice with a strong finish that stays on your tongue. The mouth feel was above average.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red pour, aroma and taste both feature a lot of sharp phenol and alcohol esthers, there's a decent malt backbone but that phenol is a tad strong for my taste, didn't pick up any cherry

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Photo of Dr_Demental
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden copper color with off white head that dissipates quickly no lacing. The smell in a little off putting initially it smelled a little like rotten fruit, once the head dissipated you get a slight cherry smell and orange note. The taste is not bad some cherry flavor the alcohol stand out it is also a little bitter. Light beer leaves a slight tingle on the back end cherry up front. Overall not a bad beer but it does not stand out.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from Growler Tasting -12/12/09

Growler purchased at brewery, Harrisburg, PA

Wow. Lots to talk about with this beer.

Smell - Honey and malts

Flavor - Honey, malts, cherry, some candy. Sweet notes covering the higher alcohol finish. It's a bit like fruit cake, but one you actually want.

Very drinkable, but don't drink much. It's a heavy hitter. Unless the Christmas party is that bad, lol.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pvsob
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Ruby/orange color with a nice head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell - Cherries, honey, some spices, and a little alcohol as the brew warms.

Taste - Pretty much the same as the smell.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium with very little carbonation.

Overall/Drinkability - Definitely a sipper. A great warming brew that needs to be enjoyed slowly. This beer seems to be on the threshold of greatness, but needs a tad more character to really blow me away. Not my favorite offering from Troegs, but give it a try if you run across a single or sixer. I going to cellar the rest of this six pack and see what its like come Spring. Cheers!

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Photo of mattyrubes
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uustal
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby red with the slightest of off-white heads. Vanishes right away. Belgian spices and hints of cherry on the nose. Alcohol as well. Belgian spicy start to the flavor, not too agressive, but present. A bit of a saison-like funk as well. Viscous malts follow. Sweet, thick, caramel malt, hints of alcohol and the slightest hint of woodsy vanilla. Cherries and a bit more crisp spiciness closes it out.

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Photo of walaguh
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2Xmd
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrandypandy
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of a co-worker. Thanks Miles!

A- Pours a crystal clear ruby red. Miniscule white head quickly disappears to nothing. Looks kind of like cranberry juice.
S- Struggling to get much of anything. A vigorous swirl yields a faint belgian fruitness/yeast. Not much else.
T- Strong belgian yeast dominates with sweet fruits (cherries) at the end. Tasty. You get a bit of the alcohol as the beer warms.
D- The more I drink this beer, the more I like it. The hint of cherry sweetness is a nice touch and makes me come back for more.

Overall - A sipper, but a good brew nonetheless. A good take on a Belgian Strong Ale and I can see this being good fresh and with some age on it.

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Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear red amber with a small amount of head that leaves a ring of lace around the top

S-sweet, a little tart cherry, and booze

T-very sweet, cherry, with huge warming alcohol. There is some malt in there though so its not cloyingly sweet

M-medium body, syrupy thick, low carbonation

D-the high abv and sweetness cut down on the drinkability, but its still a good one to try

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Photo of JackNip
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, vibrant, ruby coloring, with a slow flow of carbonation and a sparse, filmy, off-white surface coating of head. Aromas of very rich, sugary fruit notes of cherry, fig, date, as well as notes of bubble gum, cotton candy, a blend of nutmeg and cinnamon spice, rich honey, tangy caramel, and woody notes. There's an overall roast character dancing around in there, too. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with an undertone of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Sweet flavors are caramel, an old-world fruit blend, cherry tart and sweet, rich honey, and earthy notes. There is a subtle booze warmth that builds as you drink. Solid. The beer is slick and light in mouth, despite all the heavy palate notes. There is a tangy fruit sweetness in the aftertaste, with some of the booze lingering around. The finish is slick, slightly oily, with a decent fruit and booze linger. Good beer.

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Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 3,938 ratings
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