Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,925 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:
3,925
Reviews:
1,271
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
1,141
For Trade:
24
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,925 |  Reviews: 1,271
Photo of Bboyslash
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To the fullest taste and more powerful packing consistent AO!!! Damn that's a good BEER

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

Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of srfou
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DBosco
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joekoz007
1.94/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wanted to like this but had a hard time just finishing the bottle. Clear, red/amber color with 1.5 finger head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of pure alcohol. Light carbonation/almost flat. Taste is cherry cough medicine with a shot of Everclear. Definitely not my kind of brew. This followed a Lagunitas Brown Shugga. No comparison at all. Almost a drain pour compared to Brown Shugga.

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Photo of Nihilistic
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weezarc
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of newcastlemike
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billysdad
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not really a beer. More like a singapore sling. Amazing what brewers can do.

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

Photo of Stobin
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. I consider this a "Christmas Ale" in style, and had zero idea of ABV while consuming....nice flavor and great drinkability ... But the ABV can, and will, creep up on you....

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

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

Photo of Wer34truh
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnec
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown to chestnut in color with no discernible head. I smell nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. I taste cinnamon, nutmeg, and loads of light malt. Is that bourbon I taste? The mouth is crisp and dry.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - a deep hazy brownish ruby red color with a decent white head that dissipates quickly. There's some nice silky lacing.
Smell - tart cherry and yeast hit the hardest, but there's also some notes of sweet honey and dark fruits.
Taste - tart cherries, dark fruits, brown sugar, honey, and some slight booze towards the end.
Feel - good carbonation, creamy body, and smooth finish.
Overall, the combination of sweetness and tart cherries is done very well, it has a rich body, and it looks pretty amazing. It's definitely not for casual drinking, and I could imagine that some people would be put off by it, but if you like rich, complex, and sweet Belgians, I think you should try this.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdman56
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seanecy
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,925 ratings.
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