The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Deep crimson that is perfectly clear with no head or lacing at all.

Sort of a standard Belgian-style smell (nothing to complain about here) with plenty of cherry, phenols, bananas and banana bread, and some cloves. I get some chilli peppers in there, too - certainly some nice spice to it.

Some good Belgian flavors and some good spice at the back on the mouth at the finish. Big cherry flavor with it hits the tongue - not particularly subtle. Not really sure what all the fuss is about though. The alcohol taste is prominent, and smacks a little bit like cough syrup. In comparison to other strong ales, this is average at best.

A flat mouth feel to it - didn't like it compared to other strong Belgian ales. Little carbonation, and a flat, watery finish to it is below average.

I like Troegs, just not sure that the Mad Elf is all it's cracked up to be. For such a strong beer, it leaves the palette unfulfilled and tastes a bit too much like cherry cough syrup. Average at best.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 keg on tap at the growler station @ Joe Canals... thank you

A: Pours a muddy crimson brownish color head completely dissipated, some minor lacing left behind.

S: Alcohol is there, but there is a fruit flavor... cherry-like. Interesting.

T: Alright this must have mellowed significantly, the booze flavor is not present and there is a nice tartness of cherries. Clove is also present, very enjoyable, and I'm not a big fan of the style.

M: Smooth very little carb.

O: I'm glad I went with the 2010 because they had 2011 as well, very nicely done again Troegs.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice transparent red amber color with a off white head with pretty good retention
S-cherries, sweet malt, caramel, low hop aroma
T-Cherries up front followed by the sweet malt, hops not contributing any flavor but providing some balance for the strong sweetness.
M-medium bodied
O-Very drinkable for the high alcohol content and good balance of flavors

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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

A: Pours a translucent ruby red color with a thin whit head. No lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

S: Candied sugar and yeast dominate the nose. Cherries, raisins, banana and clove are present as well.

T: The Belgian strong dark ale really come through at the beginning and end with the fruit and clove flavore. Cherries sine in the middle as the bring sweetness and some tartness to the profile. The alcohol is present throughout the sip.

M: This is a light bodied beer with minimal carbonation. Appropriate for the beer.

Overall this is a good beer. The cherries mixed with the Belgian ale produce a nice, complex flavor profile that suits the winter season. The prominent alcohol detracts some from the balance, but overall a good beer.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is obviously a darker beer coming it at 11.0% alcohol percentage. Therefore you get your money's worth and don't have to drink a lot of them to get the job done. For people who enjoy pilsner's I wouldn't recommend this but for the heavy drinkers this is right up your ally. It pours a very dark color and leaves a potent aftertaste in your mouth, but I have no problem with it. When I'm looking for a dark beer to give me a little buzz and to go well with my meal I go with Mad Elf.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber cherry color with very little head and no lacing at all. Aroma of cherries, bananas and spicy Belgian yeast with alcohol in the back. Taste follows more sweetness and cherries. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. This is a tasty complex beer, I really like it!

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The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 4,010 ratings