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The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3.87/5
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3,976 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:
#8,602
Reviews:
1,281
Ratings:
3,976
pDev:
14.99%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
1,175
Trade:
24
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful clear, light red color with a light pink head that fizzes up quickly and fades quickly. No lace and a thin ring of retention.

S: Sweet, sugary booze, deeply roasted malt, dark fruits, candy sugar, some citrus, and more booze at the back. Effervescent and inviting.

T: Dark fruits and honey shine when the beer is warm. Boozy, fruity, malty...delicious. This beer needed to warm up to allow the proper flavors to show themselves.

M: Sweet and smooth as it should be, properly boozy, and full of flavor. Very Belgian but plenty of American character. A pleasure to drink near room temperature.

O: Troegs pulls of a fantastic American interpretation of the style. Perfect for sipping.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a chalice.
Vintage 2012-2013, batch #120913.

Tea-tinted oak in color. Carbonation-filled off-white head that disappears to a broken sheet after only a moment leaving no lasting lace.

Sweet, Belgian candied sugar marry beautifully with the cherry, fig, raisin, and plum fruity esters. Spicy anise, brown sugar, and nutmeg add another layer of depth to the already deep aromas.

Slightly tart fruit flavors: orange and cherry, come through initially. The Belgian candied sugar is a bit heavy with a touch of an artificial taste. The yeast adds a hefty dose of spiciness along with the strong anise flavor. All of the individual flavors are bold and do not quite make for a balanced sip; including a hefty alcohol presence.

A full, medium in body. The body, much like the flavor, is a bit out of balanced creating a rather slick, slightly unpleasant mouthfeel particularly for the style.

A bold ale in more ways than one. I can really envision this one only improving with age, allowing the flavors and alcohol character to mellow.

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4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark almost ruby red color with a 1/2 inch mocha head and thin lacing.

The smell is strong on cherries and kind of a wheat/wet hay smell. Sweet malts, honey and some type of spice. Possibly peppery hops.

The taste is a sip of heaven, sweet cherries, wheat, sweet malts and honey. There is also some type of spice which I can not identify. The cherries are the dominant taste throughout however the other flavors are well balanced.

The mothfeel is very smooth and creamy. A spicey residue remains on the tounge after swallowing.

This is a very spicey and sweet winter warmer. I would never guess that this brew is 11% ABV, one can not taste the alcohol at all. Everthing mixes nicely, and the 11% alcohol, along with the spice, gives a warming feeling. I could easily drink a case of these.

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3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a beautiful amber, with a half inch of off white head, that leaves some lacing. Smell is cherry, banana, clover, and biscuit. Taste is all of those things, really well balanced. Body is maybe medium, not much life, a little dry, and very approachable for its heft. This isn't my favorite style, but I do enjoy this beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

This is a year aged 2011 edition...very curious to see how it aged!

Appearance - bright orange-red, off white head. Full of delicious sediment!

Smell - cherries very prominent, can smell the alcohol packed into this one too. Heavenly!

Taste - cherries and honey mix together so deliciously in this beer, it is always one of my favorite winter releases. The aging really worked well! Recently tried frosted frog by hoppin frog, just too much with the cinnamon and nutmeg, Mad Elf is what Xmas brews is all about!

Mouthfeel - nice

Overall - like I said, one of my very favorite winter/Xmas offerings...keep up the good work Troegs Brothers! Again aging works nicely in this brew.

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The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 3,976 ratings
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