The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3.87/5
Very Good
4,020 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:
#9,944
Reviews:
1,287
Ratings:
4,020
pDev:
14.99%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
1,192
Trade:
23
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 4,020 |  Reviews: 1,287
Photo of user785335
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of opierce
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to winter/Christmas ale. Its great a stand alone beer, doesn't mix well food because the cherry and honey flavor is so strong. But it is so rich, easy to sip on in cold winter nights.

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Photo of slhuggy
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Unholybeansauce
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Babalu614
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of bcsbeer
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DMc8ride
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of digitalflood
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinney1989
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

All Belgian Strong Ale all day. Belgian yeast esters, banana, cloves and caramel. Not getting much Cherry flavor. Belgian candi sugar sweetness. Somewhat dry finish. Medium thick mouth feel. Smooth. Pretty good.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall: Complex, sweet, and spicy. A believable Belgian strong dark ale that delivers a cherry hint without being medicinal. Beware of the ABV.

Look: ruby red meets amber tea. Head quickly dissipated.
Smell: faint of cherries, sweet, Belgian yeast spice. Bready with a slight metallic and bubblegum hint.
Taste: sweet, dark bread, hint of cherries and dried dark fruits. The yeast gives a spicy character. Alcohol presence.
Feel: Smooth and full bodied. Thick.

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Photo of ZiggyZag
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap, Looks great. Amber brown yet clear view. Lacing died, but that isn't the taste-related Part. Smell of fruity yeast and sweet dark fruits. Smooth at 11% not a bit of alcohol. One of the most interesting and accessible strongs ever.
Truly 4.5 star.

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

Photo of PX316
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacob17
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of k47k
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dusty copper with a thin khaki blanket that dies off completely.

Smell is banana bread, tons of Belgian yeast, with raisin and caramel.

Taste is big yet oddly sweet Belgian yeast, spiced apple pie, plum and metallic cranberries. The spiciness of the Belgian yeast makes this relatively moderately spiced Christmas beer seem ultra spiced, so it amps up what doesn't need amping up.

Full and frothy.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sellen
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slack
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber brown in color and clear. About a half inch of head that settles to about an eighth. Very good lacing on a sip.

Nose is cherry, cloves, sugar, and pilsner hops.

Taste is sweet cherries, malt, booze, and hops.

Mouthful is medium-ish and syrupy. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi sweet.

A great seasonal beer that lends itself to a hearty meal. Tasty, balanced, and drinkable. The syrupy sweetness is about the only drawback here which tends to inhibit more than one.

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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 CertifiedG81915
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of perfectsilence3
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of 413
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The label on the bottle tells us that the Mad Elf himself brews this seasonal offering, and after tasting the 2016 edition, I believe it. This beer had a unique, front-loaded taste that was dominated by the cherry notes, but not in such a way as to rob the ale of its darkness. I perceived almost no finish or aftertaste and a light mouthfeel. Bringing something a little different, this one makes a great addition to any collection of winter seasonals.

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Photo of zrroot
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 4,020 ratings