Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs The Mad ElfTröegs The Mad Elf
BA SCORE
3.87/5
3,936 Ratings
Tröegs The Mad ElfTröegs The Mad Elf
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,124
Reviews:
1,272
Ratings:
3,936
pDev:
14.99%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
234
Gots:
1,145
Trade:
24
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Ratings: 3,936 |  Reviews: 1,272
Photo of Slack
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber brown in color and clear. About a half inch of head that settles to about an eighth. Very good lacing on a sip.

Nose is cherry, cloves, sugar, and pilsner hops.

Taste is sweet cherries, malt, booze, and hops.

Mouthful is medium-ish and syrupy. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi sweet.

A great seasonal beer that lends itself to a hearty meal. Tasty, balanced, and drinkable. The syrupy sweetness is about the only drawback here which tends to inhibit more than one.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CertifiedG81915
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of perfectsilence3
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of 413
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The label on the bottle tells us that the Mad Elf himself brews this seasonal offering, and after tasting the 2016 edition, I believe it. This beer had a unique, front-loaded taste that was dominated by the cherry notes, but not in such a way as to rob the ale of its darkness. I perceived almost no finish or aftertaste and a light mouthfeel. Bringing something a little different, this one makes a great addition to any collection of winter seasonals.

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Photo of zrroot
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulElk
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Was hoping not to taste the spices but damned if I did. Ok beer and will age a bottle but not really a fan

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Photo of Caveworm
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company. Another gifted bottle from my good friend @nicholas2121. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a two finger thick head, with web-like lacing, and a clear deep brownish amber body.

I smell the pleasant addition of cherries among other conventional notes for this style. Now, the cherries don't come off as too sweet, syrupy, or artificial. Which is the quality I've come to love and appreciate from Tröegs.

Tastes like smooth, sweeter malts oh-so nicely blended with the cherries. I really can't pick up on the 11% abv here, either. Again, said sweetness is very masterfully proportioned. Mmm mmm good!

Mouthfeel is just a hair over medium, but nothing like a porter or stout. Medium carbonation.

Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company has earned an overall 4.5 in my book. A sipper that I hope to come back to sooner than later.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tröegs The Mad Elf brewed by Tröegs Brewing Company, with an ABV of 11.00% This brew pours out a deep brown amber color with a nice off white head. There is a decent amount out lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass really nice. The smell is rich with sweetness, with cherry and honey. There are also some nice roasted grians and malts in the smell. Between the look and smell this brew is really inviting. There is a lot going on in this brew. Now for the taste, it bold with flavors, you also pick up on a rich honey and cherry sweetness. You also pick up on some roasted grians and malts. I really like the smooth sweetness in this brew. There is a nice amount flavors in this brew. I like how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 11.00% ABV in this brew. The mouth feel of Tröegs The Mad Elf is Bold, Rich, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm Tröegs The Mad Elf a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. Tröegs Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this one.

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Photo of philerman
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsputin
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep ruby red color with some purple notes. Not much head to speak of. It's a beautiful beer

S: dark cherries, candi sugar, brown sugar, raisin, plum, and huge caramel. End of the nose has some alcohol

T: huge dark fruits up front: plum, raisin, prunes, fig. There is an alcohol bite directly behind that followed by a huge blast of sweetness from the malts. I'm picking up some Belgian yeast in the flavor along with a touch of clove

M: heavy mouthfeel. This is a sipper for sure. Carbonation level is low

O: big beer with big flavors. This is a great winter sipper. There's a lot going on in here, so take your time and appreciate it

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Okay so I was surprised by a beer manager with a sixer of The Mad Elf .
I didn't know much about this Christmas brew , however had heard some mixed feelings.
Being what is it sounded like something that would be up my alley .
The look is fairly nice as it resembles one of my favorites (Samichlaus) except with more carbonation .
The smell is a fruity and spicy as most typical Holiday brews..
Taste is delightful, but a little thin ..
I gave it 3.75 and 4's, but overall a 4 for its 11 abv as it's not even noticeable.

I would buy it again next year and have put a couple of bottles away, so that I can compare them side by side next year;)

Funniest part of the story is I had to get out of the store, before I was tackled as at least 4 different couples asked me where I got them ..
I guess I never realized that they were so desired ..
Thanks Mr Beer Manager for thinking of one your regular customers :)
CHEERS !!!

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Photo of tabhill
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New 2016 bottle. Get clove and slight cherry

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Photo of drews240
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cambabeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLK7299
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johtro
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorites. I love the Belgian caramel taste and feel with the complexities of slight cherry and the Belgian yeast. It does a splendid job of cloaking the high ABV.

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Photo of Ctb6582
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 10/20/16

Pours clear ruby red with a frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like banana, clove spice, vanilla, honey, cherries, toasty bready malts, mild chocolate, caramel, with minty earthy grassy pine. Tastes like banana, clove spice, vanilla, honey, cherries, toasty bready malts, mild chocolate, caramel, with minty earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice and interesting Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out of the bottle it pours a translucent brown color that looks darker when it hits the glass and also has elements of ruby red. Minimal head quickly disappears and leaves no lacing or remnants; I'd like to see more from a Belgian.
A lot going on in the aroma; my favorite feature of the beer. Dark fruits such as raisins, prunes and figs with a splash of alcohol. There is also a nice coating of dark chocolate malt as well as spices such as cinnamon and cloves.
The dark fruit detected in the aroma are evident in the taste, along with a dried red grape consistency that is evident in a sweeter red wine. The predominance of sweetness in the taste can border on cloying at times, except for the fact that there is a cherry tartness that balances things out somewhat. There is some spicy clove like elements that are found in the middle phase, however, the sweetness returns towards the end. The alcohol is evident, although well masked for such a high ABV drink. It is on the high side of medium bodied.
I feel that this one had some nice qualities, however, I would have liked to see more spicy Belgian characteristics to balance out the sweetness. Maybe I should give it another chance as a dessert beer?

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Photo of dlin0sbb
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 3,936 ratings
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