Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,930 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:
3,930
Reviews:
1,272
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
1,142
For Trade:
24
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,930 |  Reviews: 1,272
Photo of TheWolf
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1Adam12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Irish57
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Stoutmeister
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Trent
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of diehl07
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Claytonbrewsby
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jharkins07
1.5/5  rDev -61%

Photo of MrDanno96
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours with just a very thing ring of head (to be expected based on abv). It's a clear orange-amber color with little lace.

S: Very sweet honey, cherries, nutmeg, all spice, and some feint malt.

T: It's very sweet, the honey is very apparent. Cherries and spices come through as well. It's not bad, but a little too sweet.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well.

D: I really want to like this beer, but it just doesn't quite make it for me. I think if Troegs balanced the sweet flavors with some malts and hops it would taste much better. My friend Zach had a good analogy for this one: It's like eggnog. I could enjoy a small glass of it, but I wouldn't want anymore after that glass. Also, if a beer is going to put me on the floor after drinking a few, I want it to be worth it!

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Photo of blange3
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I snatched up a single 12oz from Skibbo's last weekend. The boys over at Troegs have kept me smiling with other styles, so when a Belgian Dark Ale comes around, it's only right and proper to add it to one's pallet pedigree.

A: Poured into a pink glass to show a dark crimson red, khaki small head that fades quickly as I've learned from high ABV beers. Slight crescent rings of lace but fade fast.

S: This boy is strong up front. Very sweet with dates but actually cherries from other readers and faint hops. Not far off from Vicks or cough medicine it's that powerful.

T: Packs a punch for sure. I didn't let this breath that much. The mad elf is smiling for a reason. Mad Elf is in the true Belgian tradition of sweetness of fruits and malts over hops. You get a bit of bitterness in the last part of the tasting in the back of your throat.


M: Suprisingly thinner than I would have expected from the nose and body. Very little carbonation and stingyness at the end of the finish.

D: Excellent with a heavy meat or ice fishing for that matter. I want to try this from a bomber and let it breath to see if the flavor has more complexity beyond the cherry's and malt bombs I'm still tasting ten minutes after finishing this boy.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one. He is an honorable man indeed, we had a bet over the Texans vs Cincy playoffs (Abyss vs Parabola) and in addition to the agreed upon Parabola, he threw this and Goose Island Black Out Stout in the package. I'll certainly be trading with Matt in the near future. Now to get to the review. Poured from bottle into Victory tulip glass. Pours a crystal clear amber color. No head at all to speak of and tons of alcohol legs. Smell- booze! raisins, prunes, cherries, brown sugar, burnt creme brule. Taste- BOOZY! raisins, dark cherries, very strong alcohol phenols. Some bitter notes on the end, but this one is a dark fruit boozy bomb. Just really not much else there. Mouthfeel- very little carbonation at all. The booze dominates.

Glad to have tried this, but it is just a little bit too boozy for my liking and lacks complexity.

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Photo of mcss
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Dylanjf
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dbaraniak
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this into my tulip. Pours a ruby red color with an off-white two finger head that leaves a small island of foam in the middle and on the edges.

Smell is of honey, lemon drops, belgian yeast, spices.

Taste of cherries, honey, and slight spices come through. Its kinda of lacking flavors and more depth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good amounts of carbonation. Slight cherry cough drop aftertaste is left in the mouth.

I wouldnt manage to drink another one of these. This beer didnt live up to my expectations and is nothing special to seek out.

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Photo of jancona
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mtpHokie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rogacks
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dvanhandel
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Metalaero
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of dbkdev
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BethanyB
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A flurry of fizz gathers to create a creamy tan head which starts out strong, but is quick to melt. I was surprised by the excellent clarity. The color is lighter than expected--a medium copper.

On the nose, pale malt clashes with chocolate-covered cherries and sticky sweet honey. The flavors promised by the label are unmistakable in the bouquet, but are too saccharine to be truly appetizing. A hint of nutmeg and cinnamon adds some lively variety.

The honey plays a starring role in the taste, glomming onto the other starring flavors which include dates, pears, and yes--cherries. It's a nice, fairly well-balanced combination platter, but the overt sweetness mixed with the tartness of the cherries has the potential to get a bit tiresome.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, the refreshing feel for a beer this dark and with such a high ABV is impressive. It's dangerous, of course, as the crisp qualities make it easier to throw down the hatch.

Overall, a tasty brew that lives up to its description. Still, as that description tends to suggest, it could be too cloying for some.

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Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,930 ratings.
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