Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs The Mad ElfTröegs The Mad Elf
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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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Ratings: 3,934 |  Reviews: 1,272
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this at a restaurant recently. It arrived in a bottle and was poured into a goblet. The appearance was very dark and there was a little head when it poured. The smell was strong of spices and smoke. The taste was spicy and sweet, without a strong btter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thick but smooth. Overall drinkability, not bad for a seasonal dark ale.

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3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into mad elf tulip.
Pours reddish amber very clear with a nice fluffy white head.
Lots of cherries, some vanilla, honey, and a little booze.
Follows the nose, cherry, vanilla, and a little alchohol. Not much honey though.
Thin watery mouthfeel, not much of a problem except maybe it makes it too easy to drink.
Overall a nice beer, not exceptional but solid. Hides the 11% very well.

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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours the color of rust, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly
S: some holiday spices and a light sweetness and nuttiness
T/M: sweet and spicy on the uptake. Flavors of honey and alcohol overwhelm the palate and drown out anything else. Medium carbonated with heavy body, almost syrupy. Too strong and phenolic for my tastes.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-dark reddish amber with a nice cream colored head that thins out pretty quickly.

S-spicy belgian sugars. molasses. slightly smoked and burnt, yet sweet and syrupy.

T-comes in with a dog breath creaminess with a spoiled taste of belgian sugars. ends with a warming taste of caramelized sugars and smoked burnt taste. pretty forms a matching long lasting after-taste with some bread malts. complex but not exactly well balanced. quite boozy.

M-syrupy heavy low carbonation with a dry finish

O-its difficult to drink more than a pint of this. it hits quickly. the tastes just don't hold up well. you can tell its not brewed in belgium. too much heat, and artificial tasting flavors that don't mix well. honestly i think people get this because its a lower priced alternative to the belgian christmas beers, but just buy them instead. don't save your money by getting this instead.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

The first this that stands out with Troegs Mad Elf is the brilliant ruby color. The nose is full of interesting flavors, too, including sour cherry, black pepper, and a hint of vinegar.

Everything seems to come together quite nicely. The sour cherries aren’t too sour. The vinegar isn’t very aggressive, the hops add a nice dryness and bitterness at the end, and the huge 11% ABV is nothing more than a pleasant warmth. The sweetness from the malt and honey provide a nice counter point to everything else going on.

A different take on the style than most winter warmers and this relies on the cherries and yeast for flavor, rather than familiar warm spices. It would have been easy to go overboard with this one, but there is no hint of medicine or bad candy, something I was afraid of with the cherries. Definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber hue with a minimal white head that quickly dissipated in to a fine lace.

S: Sweet cherry and fruit aroma with an boozy ending.

T: Very sweet start with a alchol hitting hard in the middle. Almost barley wine in taste as it is very fruity and boozy. Bit of a spicy yeast bite to it as well.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer, almost too much going on that it strays so far from beer. Almost a wine like quality to this one. Great sipper and seasonal beer though just not my style.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one more times than I can count...figured I should finally review it.

A - Pours a brilliant deep ruby red, crystal clear. The head fades rather quickly and leaves little trace of lacing.

S - The wild cherries are more prevalent and the sweetness of the honey adds to the overall aroma. The malts are virtually undetectable and some belgian sugar can be smelled as well.

T - Tart cherries at first but then the thick honey flavor kicks in. There's a slight alcohol feel but no flavor from it. It smooths out as the sip continues and finishes with a light cherry juice and tangy tartness.

M - Medium to heavy body with just enough carbonation. Definitely a sipper because of the thickness and alcohol content and the aftertaste lasts a while. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

O - Troegs knows this beer is successful and the recipe doesn't deviate from year to year. I look forward to it every holiday season and try to keep it around the entire year. Definitely goes off the path for the style guidelines but the combination just simply works.

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Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.2% out of 100 with 3,934 ratings
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