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The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich reddish amber, very slightly viscous with evidence of legs visible on the wall of the snifter after a swirl. Nice healthy, off-white head fades quickly to a thin film.

The nose is all fruit and candy sweetness (probably due to the honey, but I don't get any specific honey aroma). Takes a minute for the cherries to show up, but they're there.

Juicy, almost winelike up front. Ripe cherries & dark fruit followed by alcohol warmth. Finishes with cloves, cinnamon, and woodiness. Very slight hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin but satisfying. An almost wine-like fruitiness and alcohol dominate.

Overall: A nice offering. Pronounced, interesting flavors and definetly enough of an abv to warm things up.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A - ruby amber with a soft, off white head

S - sugar, faint belgian yeast, some spice

T - cherries, sugar, belgian yeast, faint spice, faint alcohol

M - medium bodied, warm, good carbonation

This was a really nice beer. I thought it had great balance and flavor. The cherries were a nice touch to the Belgian yeast and spice. They aren't tart or sour. I was very impressed. I would have given a higher score if the flavor was more than cherries with underlying notes meaning I wish it had more of a Belgian character. As it is this is a very good beer that is definitely worth your time.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful ruby red color (a clear, red amber) with a half finger head, about half of which retains while drinking.

Smell: Primary aroma is cherries, sweet, fruity.

Taste: Very sweet, yeasty, definitely tastes like cherries, which is kind of funky (but a good funky), syrupy, chocolate, and there’s also a bit of spice that hits the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, syrupy consistency, carbonated but smooths out at the end.

Overall: This is a complex beer but I think it could be a little more balanced for more drinkability. However, considering the alcohol content in this brew, it surprisingly doesn’t override the taste. It’s an interesting beer, but probably not for everyone. I personally find it a nice switch from the more traditional, spicy winter warmers or Christmas ales.

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The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 3,958 ratings
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