Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

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3,933 Ratings
Tröegs The Mad ElfTröegs The Mad Elf

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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Photo of liveKarl
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of djbow
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mad Elf is one of my favorite seasonal brews. This beer pours a clear red color with a head that dissipates quickly. As it color and smell indicates, the taste of this beer is a pronounced cherry with a hint of honey flavor. Mad Elf drinks very easy and goes down smooth. Here in lies the problem for those unaware of the 12% alcohol content. The fact that they sell this high powered beer in a 3 Liter format as a special item to accompany the 12 and 22 oz formats is truly MAD. Enjoy!

Serving Temp = 47 F.

Glass = Pint Glass.

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Photo of jlenik
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hopmeister
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of roastTHEmost
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of devinoconnor
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times, but in 2011 it seemed to disappoint. Pours a ruby red with little foam.

Smell is fruity, cherries hit the nose mixed with malt. Little to no hops.

Taste is complex... a lot going on. Chocolate and the cherries mix well, and appropriate for the Christmas season. The subtle spices in the nose seem to be more than subtle on the finish. A little harsh, and "alchoholy" which I suppose is expected.

Overall, worth the try. But a little too hard to enjoy with the rough finish.

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Photo of darrenb42
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of RyanC3958
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard about this one and had to give it a try. Pours our a bright red color and you can definitely taste a strong bite of cherry. Have always been a fan of mad elf. Nice strong beer with no bad aftertaste. Always willing to spend the extra buck to get it so I can casually have one now and then. Quality brew and not one you rapidly drink.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of shockrocker65
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kja157
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of renegadeburger
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

heard a lot about this beer so decided to try it with our tasting of red ales okay so its not really a red ale by category but it is by color haha plus i had already tried the hopback amber

smells awesome and just like the appearance deep red chestnut definitely tell this one is a monster underneath a cherry spice and plum aroma there was a big booze aroma not that i didn't like it sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't and this time it happened to work really well

the taste was really super delicious the chocolate comes in the end but there is a bitter cherry pit taste too its funny it almost is on the verge of being really really great but its held back just a little bit by something

my favorite thing about it is the pure mouthfeel of this beer it has a real nice thick but not overpowering coating it gives you really nice!

nice seasonal brew and glad i tried it

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Neorebel
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby/copper color into my Delirium Tremens glass. The initial soda-like head dissipates very quickly leaving the tiniest ring of foam. Very intriguing aroma - has creamy, yeasty, funky & sweet tart elements to it. Sweet wild cherry dominates in the flavor. Interesting concoction in that it has a bit of a Pilsner mouthfeel that is a bit lacking in carbonation. Goes down very spicy and crisp, but it does not seem heavy at all. Later after the sip, a delayed warming sensation kicks in. Good, but there are much better Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

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

A- Red/brown. No head, almost nocarbonation activity at all.
S- Sour cherry in the smell.
T- It changes with the temperature. The cherry taste is most dominant. Not much booziness for an 11%.
M0-Fairly thin on the feel. This is a dangerous beer. So potent and so easy to drink. A great sipper and it will be a holiday regular.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of j1knapp
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of dawgnation51
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jackrodgers77
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into new belgium tulip glass, color is translucent amber with light carbonation, head is light tan but quickly dissipates with no clinging.

Smell is light cherries, hints of other fruitiness, raisins, plums, not alcoholic.

Taste is clean, surprisingly for such a strong beer, with sweet malt flavors that mingle with slightly tart cherries with other fruits, bitterness is light but noticeable but no distinct hop flavors. Light hints of spices and yeast come through as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very balanced, again its hard to believe this beer is 11% abv, very nice flavors and bitterness make it somewhat drinkable.

Overall, very drinkable strong brew, I like the light cherry flavors, I'm not sure if I'd like some of the flavors to come through stronger but it is tasty.

Review for 2015 vintage: pours still clear, better lacing, thin lingering head.
- Aroma is similar, a bit of booze, but pleasant interplay of malt and cherry.
- Taste is still quite clean for a big brew, nice booziness, some tart cherry, and then some stronger lingering malts with biting yeast off flavors.
- Mouthfeel is strong, a touch biting, and tart but not sour.
- Overall - a beer I've had numerous times since my first review and always presents differently - great fresh, great on draft, and now a great aged version as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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