Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs The Mad ElfTröegs The Mad Elf
3,938 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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Ratings: 3,938 |  Reviews: 1,272
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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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-12-26 at in Columbia, PA

A - Deep, clear ruby red with a 1-finger light tan head and good lacing.

S - Cherry and sweet malt with a funky yeast.

T - Belgian-style yeast, cherry and chocolate malt. Pretty sweet. It has a good dark-fruit, spice and malt flavor but didn't bowl me over. The alcohol is in the background; more noticeable on the outbreath. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and a little syrupy.

O - An easy-to-drink brew with quite a kick. Decent but not great.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a tulip glass.

A dark amber liquid fills the glass. Clinging carbonation is visible, as are a few rising streams of bubbles. The head is modest—a layer of tan bubbles that settles to a skim. A good amount of film (with sparse patchy foam) coats the walls of the glass.

The nose has aromas of cherry juice and hints of honey. A whiff of alcohol can also be detected.

Fruit with a mild spice and strong alcohol define the flavor of this beer. Lots of cherry juice at first. Some mild tannins and honey can be tasted as I swallow. Strong alcohol is also present, but it helps this beer feel like a real winter warmer.

This is a full-bodied beer and the carbonation level is good. There is some stickiness, but not as much as I'd expect from an 11% beer. The coat packs a good amount of flavor.

A pretty good winter seasonal, albeit a strong one. I don't think I'd have more than one of these at a time, but I enjoy it enough to be glad that I bought a 6 pack.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Red body with a thin, almost non-existent head. Not sure where the "dark" came from in the description. It looks like a golden ale with some cherry color added. No longer golden, but certainly not "dark".

S: Nose is boozy, sweet bubblegum Belgian esters.

T: Flavor is crisp and clean with a cherry bite and Belgian finish. Almost champagne-like. Not at all what I expected from a holiday ale.

M: Hits the palate thin and clean. No real body to it. It's actually rather quenching, for an 11% concoction.

O: Nice ale. Not deep and rich as I expected. Instead it's very thin, light and crisp. A nice holiday sipper. I'll go sit by the fire with this one now...

Merry Christmas!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a chalice.

A- Pours a honey-copper color with a thin cap of an off-white head. Leaves decent lacing and legs.

S- Big spicy Belgian yeast character, sweet cherry, and maybe a bit of dark fruits and bready note.

T- Follows the nose with spicy yeast and cherry. Big time sweetness that finishes with bready notes and booze. Lingering medicinal cherry cough syrup quality.

M- Medium-light bodied with high carbonation.

O- A different take on a winter warmer. Not my favorite due to the cough syrup finish, but glad I finally got to try it.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter to enjoy with an outstanding Christmas Eve pasta dinner by my wife. It paired pretty well with the red sauce.

The coloring looks really good. It is a deep red with about two fingers of foam from the pour. The foam goes away pretty quickly.

This smells very interesting. You get the cherry and sweetness from the honey pretty quickly. The belgian presence adds a decent amount of sour to the beer. The sour works well with the smell of the cherry.

This beer tastes interesting. It doesn't quite balance perfectly, but you can pick out the elements of the beer pretty well. The cherry and honey stand out, and the belgian presence helps.

This was a very interesting experience. If this is on the shelf, I recommend picking up a bottle for something new.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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