Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,928 Ratings
Tröegs The Mad ElfTröegs The Mad Elf
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
Ratings:
3,928
Reviews:
1,271
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
1,141
For Trade:
24
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,928 |  Reviews: 1,271
Photo of sjones5045
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbarletto
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVUbrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Harrison8
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby red, with a thin beige head that disappears rather quickly. No lacing left behind. Coriander and honey hit the nose with a strong malty presence in the background. Coriander, banana, cloves blend with a bit of honey and sweet malty presence behind it to form a tasty brew. Mouth feel is a little above average. Good filling nature, but a little harsh on the carbonation. Overall, a tasty brew that has some good sweet notes in the taste and aroma. Very pleasant to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Patlee3324
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

What is this beer?

Pours a ruby red, light head, terrific lacing.

Tastes like cherries and spice (go figure) but there is a deeper fruit profile I am still working on. A little sweet but not too sweet.

Smells of sweet cherries again.

Crisp and satisfying but not overpowering on the alcohol. Very balanced.

Overall, fantastic. Not exactly what I think of as a winter beer, but it has its moments. Definitely buying this again.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of davegray
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dbossman
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby hue with a thin quickly dissipating head and decent lacing

S: Lots of tart cherries, vinous, grainy, boozy, and raisins and other dark fruits

T: Subtle cherries and dark fruits on top of a subtly sweet malty backbone; sweet, boozy, slightly fruity, mmm

F: Medium body and sticky; pretty good mouth feel

O: Warming alcohol, fruity, bready: like a fruitcake but actually tasty and welcome at the holidays

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Photo of addiwilliams
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dbl_delta
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh growler into pint glass. Pours a beautiful reddish-amber with a thin light-tan head. Initial impression is cherries and booze. There is a little bit of hops bite at the very end, but the cherries dominate throughout and linger. Medium mouthfeel; medium carbonation. Alcohol is up front and obvious. A good seasonal sipper, I suppose, but I couldn't take a steady diet of this stuff.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Beestin
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dtm426
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattsmith413
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ALLISON01
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of beergeek279
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is a very reddish-amber, with a wispy white head. The smell is of cherries and honey. The taste is dominated by the tart cherry, though a nice honey comes through, and somehow the beer is balanced and not cloying; alcohol is not at all apparent in the beer. Mouthfeel is very thick. As for drinkability, I'd definitely have these as long as I could.

Probably my favorite Christmas beer from last year. A rich mix of honey and cherries that's perfect for a cold December night. Simply delicious, and this is certainly a beer I'll be getting plenty of next Christmastime!!

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Photo of bjohnson
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fitzIPAtrick for letting me snag this from this cellar.

A: Pours a ruby red color--almost like a cran-grape color with a cream colored head that dissipates slowly. Not much retention on this.
S: Cherries, strawberries, and raspberries all coated in honey. Sweet sugary presence.
T/M: Syrupy cherries and strawberries. Sweet fruit notes mixed in well with yeasty and spicy belgian esters. Thick and juicy fruit bursting in the mouth. An interesting brew with a nice blend of flavors. Dry yeastyness in the finish coupled with thick and juicy fruits. Almost too sweet for me.
D: A good change of pace for me with this brew as I would possibly only pull this out once a year during the holidays. Nice and warming in the chest with the high abv.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle as a start for the Christmas season. It poured a clear amber/mahogany gold with little white head building about half a finger high. Little retention and little lacing.
The smell is of cherries, malt and spice.
Testing the beer this flavors are confirmed in order. First the cherry fruit flavor, being met by malt and honey notes, than some decent hops and spice to finish the beer. Good balance and very drinkable. The alcohol is noticeable, but well hidden! Great Winterbeer!

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Photo of williahd
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,928 ratings.
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