The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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: 4,022 |  Reviews: 1,288
Photo of JRed
1.92/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a dark red color with no head to speak of which is quite a turn-off. The scent makes up for dull appearances with a strong cherry, sweet aroma. There's some false advertising going on here, the cover is way more pleasant than the book. An initial stale fruit gives way to rotting plums and cough medicine. Don't get me wrong, there's a ton of flavor here but I can't imagine a palate that would enjoy this for more than one sip. Either this elf really is crazy or I've been bad all year cause he just brought me coal in a bottle.

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Photo of joekoz007
1.94/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wanted to like this but had a hard time just finishing the bottle. Clear, red/amber color with 1.5 finger head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of pure alcohol. Light carbonation/almost flat. Taste is cherry cough medicine with a shot of Everclear. Definitely not my kind of brew. This followed a Lagunitas Brown Shugga. No comparison at all. Almost a drain pour compared to Brown Shugga.

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Photo of Spica66
1.96/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Got this as an extra from gumppette. Thank you, Christine!

Poured into a tulip and shared with gwuilliums after bottling and racking.

A: Medium red color with decent head formation and retention.

S: Funky fruitiness. Musty like a sweaty horse blanket. I look at the bottle and realize that this probably uses Belgian yeast.

T: I should not have opened this beer. I do not like the funky flavors that Belgian yeast gives. Sour cherry cough syrup. gwuilliums would not take more than one drink.

M: Medium body and very good level of carbonation.

D: Too funky in the nose and on the tongue.

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The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 4,022 ratings