Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

very good
3,930 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: 3,930 |  Reviews: 1,272
Photo of jbertsch
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of danedelman
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured a 12 oz bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip glass.

A-Very little to no head with 0 retention. Orange/red copper color with very low carbonation.

S-smells like a belgian red with faint cherries.

T-This is a new bottle so with that being said, the alcohol really hits you first. You then get a tiny bit of the belgian yeast and some malt followed by a microscopic amount of cherries. Really not much going on and I don't really enjoy this one.

M-A bit syrupy but alcohol helps with the poor carbonation. Still feels like it is carbonated due to the alcohol burn.

I bought a case of this so I plan on sitting on this for at least a year.

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Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is dark red (resembling a Dubbel) and has little (very little, that is) carbonation. It's quite thick owing to the presence of honey, cherries and many residual sugars.

B: Very sweet-smelling. The honey is very noticeable.

T: Overpowering honey and cherries dominate the beer (which is good if you like honey and cherries; if you don't, then I wouldn't recommend this beer). Some reviewers think the two aforementioned flavors did a good job of masking the alcohol content; I, however, think the alcohol is still very noticeable (but this doesn't mare the taste in any way).

M: Very thick. Due to the limited carbonation, the beer goes down smoothly.

O: I like this beer a lot. If you like beers with high alcohol content and high malt:hop ratios, then this beer is for you.

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Photo of amstelcat
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of DreaminBeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CoolGuy42
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of MerryTapster
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pour almost Cherry Wood in color with a short lasting head. Not much lacing with this beer. Just a nice color

S: Cherry and Maltiness with a slight spice and sweetness.

T: Cherry Cough Syrup w/ malt. Not to good at all.

M:Smooth but lacking in carbonation.

O: Not sure why so many people actually enjoy this beer. Oh well, to each there own. Much better holiday seasonals out there.

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Photo of Metuo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jtdolla911
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Hophead717
2.33/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A fresh 2011 12 ounce bottle, poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: A deep, pretty ruby red, with a thin head that entirely dissipates almost instantly.

S: Sweet malt and dark cherries rush at the nose, with notes of honey and hints of spice also making themselves known. this beer is overwhelmingly sweet (not in a bad way). smells almost like candy.

T: Dark cherry upfront, with a strong sweetness to the beer. Unfortunately, the cherry flavor comes across is an identificably medicinal flavor. The more I sip, the more I notice. You're left with the same medicinal taste after the finish. There are some slight hints of spice from the Belgian yeast, but my palate is having a hard time picking them out over the medicinal flavor. I wanted to like this beer...but did not.

M: Nicely carbonated and surprisingly thin for a 11%. Mouthfeel is fine.

O: Definitely disappointed. This is a beer I've heard a lot about and was excited for. Oh well. I have five more that I'll age for a bit and we'll see what happens. Expectations are low.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of boxofrane
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear crimson/brown with nearly zero head. The light ring of bubbles does leave some lacing.

S-Interesting nose. I really enjoyed it. Smells of lightly tart cherries. Belgian yeast, and some cloves. Other fruity notes too. Alcohol is noticeable. I'm loving the cherries here. Has a bubblegum aspect too.

T-Like the nose but maybe a bit less enjoyable. I am shocked at how well the alcohol is masked. It definitely warms the cheeks but the actual boozy taste is well hidden. Not tart like the nose unfortunately. Cherries, honey, and cloves. Still pretty tasty.

M-Subtle carbonation. Feel is lighter than I was expecting. Alcohol lends a drying element to the feel.

O/D-Pretty good. I think its far too pricey at nearly $16 for a six pack. I only bought a single beer so I am not unhappy with my purchase. Good to try, won't be shelling out that much doe for a whole six pack any time soon however.

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Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of casualfan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DocHalladay
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of victory4me
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. 2009 vintage.

Pours a muddy mahogany with a thin coating of bubbles. No lacing and very still. Aroma is of tart cherries, alcoholic esters, and a twang of Belgian yeast.

The cherries truly shine through in the taste. Alcohol is surprisingly well masked and slight sweetness from the residual sugar left by the honey. For the cherries to hold up this well after 2 years is a huge surprise. Fresh I have found the alcohol to be too much with this beer and the cherries to take on a medicinal quality, but the true flavors of the fruit are really breathtaking with age. Mouthfeel is pleasant, but lacking in carbonation.

Not a fan of this one when fresh. Really loving it with age. Buy a six pack, drink one. If you don't like it, sit on it for a year or two. Thank me later.

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Photo of challenja
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in the bottle and observed through the pint glass

A: A nice blood orange with racy white froth head that coats and dissipates in under than 4 minutes to absolute zero.

S: Brown sugar malt, heavy wheat, nutmeg, all spice, cooked rhubarb, cherries, and yeast alcohol.

T: Nutmeg mouth clove bomb with black spiced cherries, heavy yeast, very much like a strong barley wine. Damn Tasty.

M: Creamy full mouthful with a spicy lingering nutmeg, heavy yeast white pepper after-wash with a pleasant tingle between my teeth and gums. Heavy carbonation

O: An impressive holiday offering that teeters on the obscene. Definitely for the more acquired beer aficionados. This bastard is heavy, racy, and tough with a 11% blast cap!

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Photo of Mohican88
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BelJen
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of funcooker78
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,930 ratings.
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