Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,933 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:
3,933
Reviews:
1,272
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
Wants:
233
Gots:
1,142
For Trade:
24
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,933 |  Reviews: 1,272
Photo of MispeledStalion
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goldbot
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep, brilliant, ruby red; clear, with essentially no head - which isn't too surprising. Any aroma is very subdued at first - just a barely detectable hint of malt and dark cherries and raisins. Seriously, how does this beer have almost no aroma? There is some flavor, at least. Malty and sweet but lacking any complexity. Hints of bread, raisin, cherry. A subtle, spicy yeast flavor tries to come out but is held back. There's flavor but not very much of it. Somehow the alcohol is very well hidden but I don't know how. Slight bitterness; full bodied but with a thin, watery mouthfeel. Maybe I'm doing it wrong but this beer lacks any character whatsoever. Alcoholic malt water.

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Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Ryan4120
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uvm2003
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Dbot
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of LuckySevens82
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle courtesy of Dithyramb
Pours a pale, slightly hazy rose color with a small, but well formed white head. Retention is a bit lacking, but the lacing and collar are nice.
Smell is cherries, slight honey, some hops, a bit of caramel, definitely wine like in character, with just a hint of cough syrup.
Taste is a bit bitter up front, with some residual sweetness. Cherry cough drops come to mind. Bitter hops finish this one out. It seriously tastes like Vicks Cherry cough drops. Which I like, but not in my beer. I was hoping that this would be a lot sweeter than it actually is.
Mouthfeel is okay, carbonation is nice, and it's not particularly hard to drink.
Overall, wow, I was really hoping that this would be better. Nevertheless, I'm not very fond of it and I probably won't have much more of it.

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Photo of zero_signal
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of rfoltz53
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't pour as red as expected, with so much emphasis of the cherry on the bottle. Poured it extra rough to generate some head, since my last bottle yielded nothing with the traditional pour. The head built, but was gone quickly. It's a golden amber color and I notice a minimal amount of streaming bubbles. I smell cherries and banana and clove. Not overly impressive. Smells of Belgian yeast. Not picking up any hops on the nose. I have a feeling this beer would taste much better with a deep chill on it. It lacks the crispness that carries important flavors, so maybe the chill of refrigeration could help. I get a breadiness at first, and on the exhale the alcohol kicks in. Some cherries are very present as well. Mouthfeel fails here for me. Carbonation would send this beer over the edge, but without it I feel like I'm drinking a malty syrup. The beer is flavorful, but after two it's time to move on to something else.

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Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AntLeatherface
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of direwolf00
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vogey77
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mjc410
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour into my La Moneuse glass raises a a lovely cream-tan one finger head that quickly falls to surface bubbles and a glass ring. It leaves some sparse and slick lacing when the glass is tilted. The beer's body is a slightly transparent cherry red, tinted gold just a bit. The nose is very forward with cherry and estery fruit notes, as well as strong yeastiness. There's a note of spiciness, which I know must come largely from the alcohol, but seems to indicate hops as well. The aroma doesn't exactly leap from the glass, though. The taste is at first very sweet and cherry flavored, but it quickly moves into a characteristic flavor of Belgian yeast. It then exhibits a distinct breadiness. It lingers in the mouth with an acidic bread note. Alcohol is well hidden, so long as you don't sip too much or too often. Considering this beer's heft, the mouthfeel is somewhat light, which makes it an easy drinker. Carbonation is slight, too.

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Photo of irishevans
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mpenders
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jjf3792
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chefdave37
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobMessina
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Liverpool08
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Yummy! Pours a ruby red with just a thin whit head. Not much aroma, a little cherry and candy. The taste is incredible. Rich sweet malt and cherry. Plus that nice spicy yeast just adds to the mix. There is also a nice honey tone that keeps the cherries from overpowering. This is the way to brew with cherries. The beer keeps the sweetness without the medicinal/cough syrup that a lot of cherry brews have. This is just a great winter brew. There is no way you would ever guess it was a 11% ABV beer. SUPER drinkible! One of my new favorites.

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Photo of stxSS07
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a chalice.

A- Pours a honey-copper color with a thin cap of an off-white head. Leaves decent lacing and legs.

S- Big spicy Belgian yeast character, sweet cherry, and maybe a bit of dark fruits and bready note.

T- Follows the nose with spicy yeast and cherry. Big time sweetness that finishes with bready notes and booze. Lingering medicinal cherry cough syrup quality.

M- Medium-light bodied with high carbonation.

O- A different take on a winter warmer. Not my favorite due to the cough syrup finish, but glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 release

The deep amber, ruby-highlighted Elf raised only a short, quickly dissipating head of tiny tan bubbles that left no lacing. The smell is of dry cherries, sweet honey, hints of clove, and touches of alcohol. It has a medium mouthfeel with a fairly light body and light carbonation. It has a sweet, dry cherry finish. There are hints of cinnamon as well, coupled with the malts. The alcohol is stealthily cloaked behind the cherries. Extremely well balanced, this is a wonderful beer. It would be easy to enjoy several in a row before noticing how potent they are.

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Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance; reddish-brown, white head that dissipates very quickly. Kind of flat and boring looking.

smell; all aromatics are quite mild. Definitly some cherry in there with the sweetness from strong alcohol surrounded in spicy malts. Decent smell but the balance could be better.

taste; not as sweet as I expected. Really good actually. Cherry like sweetness only hangs around the aftertaste. Main flavor has a nice balance of hops and malt. Some alcohol gives a fruit flavor but not in a sweet way. A festive tasting beer, Glühwein like without much spice.

mouthfeel; acceptable but nothing special, pretty strong alcohol burn and spotty carbonation, otherwise pretty flat.

drinkability; taste good but does not hide the alcohol well. I would definitly drink again but would not seek it out.

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Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,933 ratings.
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