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The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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3,975 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:
#8,602
Reviews:
1,281
Ratings:
3,975
pDev:
14.99%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
1,173
Trade:
24
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of RachaelH
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If diabetes made a beer, it would be this.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek96
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-me-in-RI
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeycibelli
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Burghman
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hop-Bomb
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I asked the bartender if they had any IPAs. She gave me this. Clearly doesn’t know what she is serving. But, I think the element of surprise and NOT disappointment made this enjoyable. Almost never order Belgians. But very enjoyable for one.

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Photo of Jonathan6
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BJB13
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Clear, coppery red and topped with one half inch of fine off white foam that leaves small spots of lace.

The nose is bright, fruity and packed with Belgian yeast.

Taste is spicy, yeasty and starts semi-sweet. It finishes long and dry with as much spice as it opens with. Fruity esters are light and there is a small amount of heat. Body is light to medium with medium high carbonation.

Overall not bad, pretty good actually. Goes down easy for 11% ABV so beware.

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Photo of Moestavern
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _Adam_
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tom392
2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

I appreciate the strength of the beer but I was disappointed in the taste. It could be the cherries throwing off the true beer taste but I am not a fan. Been there, got that, don't need to get it again....especially at the crazy price it is sold for. If you are not a fan of a tangy cherry liqueur taste, this beer is not for you. I like a strong beer and this is not one of them.

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Photo of Coho11
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msp88
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

L) The beer looks fantastic. It pours a ruby-tinted honey color with a similar viscosity. It honestly is almost more a pleasure to swirl than to drink.

S) The smell leaves some to be desired. It is great, but is not as strong as the taste. The Yeast strain dominates the nose, and while the maltiness and cherries are present, they seem submissive.

T) The beer tastes solid. The cherries are present, not sweet or tart, mostly the tannic, dark fruit characteristics present in the peel. The honey seems to mostly have fermented out, but there are some notes in there that blend harmoniously with the lovely malt brought to the table. The yeast does add something that wraps this beer together in a tight little package, it is quite nice.

F) The mouthfeel is lovely. It is as silky as some outmeal stouts I have had. An absolute pleasure to sip.

O) This is a good seasonal. Worth picking up and recommending for Belgian strong ale lovers.

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Photo of Devonking
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bankboy66
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Interesting. Very much a holiday vibe. Boozy but fairly well hidden. Can't really taste the cherries or honey but the whole package is pretty good. Give it a try.

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Photo of Tcsox
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brian1357
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Derek8487
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A good Christmas/winter beer. Pour it into a glass and enjoy it around a nice cozy fireplace on a cold night.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Katedraper84
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 3,975 ratings
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