Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,926 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
Ratings:
3,926
Reviews:
1,271
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
1,142
For Trade:
24
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,926 |  Reviews: 1,271
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker than amber with more brown. Cherry wood color, and very clear. Head is so miniscule I didn't catch the color. No lacing associated with Belgians.

Very fruity, very sweet on nose. Syrupy, grenadine, mulling spices, moonshine soaked cherries and chocolate. Just too sweet.

Ends up a bit cloying, and syrupy. Lies a bit flat.

The taste is like a banana split, extra cherries, hot fudge. It was flambeed in a copuious amount of O.K. cognac, but not all of it burned up. A bit of herbal punch. Maybe some mint. In the end, the mulling spices, well they muddle it all.

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Photo of wertschy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brew_ski
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CNoj012
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a crystal clear reddish auburn color with a one finger khaki colored head. Retention and lacing are minimal.

Smell is fruity with clove. Banana and maraschino cherry along with clove and peppery spice make up the nose.

Taste is similar, but very sweet. Also the cherry comes across as syrupy and medicinal. Not a fan.

Feel is medium to full, smooth and syrupy.

Overall not great. The taste is overly sweet and medicinal and I really don't enjoy it.

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Photo of ripperltj
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lucular
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jbalintjr
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hopflyer
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark copper and ruby color, crystal clear, almost no head even with semi vigorous pour.

Smell is definitely booze soaked cheery, like a Manhattan with grenadine, but no so much booze. some decent yeast aroma too.

First taste I pick up hefty Belgian yeast banana flavor and quickly overtaken by the cheery and alcohol. Booziness eases up as it warms some and the banana and clove Belgian character dominate. Cherry is there but only complimentary. Can't pick up the honey though.

Heavier side of medium body and a little syrupy. Lower carbonation. Some alcohol burn.

I stayed away from this for a long time but I received a sixer as a gift. Its better than I was expecting but not sure I'd go buy this. glad to have tried it though.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heerboth
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cherry flavor. Not a beer you can pound down. Has a nice kick. Recommend for a relaxing night at home. Have 2 and go to bed.

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Photo of hophugger
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thestranger99
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgiordano88
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briancathy
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of haines710
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frykid
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. very boozy smell and taste. this distorted the rest of the flavors. An ok beer. Seems over hyped to me.

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Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,926 ratings.
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