Tröegs The Mad Elf | Tröegs Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,929 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:
3,929
Reviews:
1,272
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
1,141
For Trade:
24
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,929 |  Reviews: 1,272
Photo of OleDixie
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ridgeline23
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of joepais
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks MuenchenerKindl for the opportunity to try this one
Bottle poured a clear ruby red into my tulip glass, not much of a head and no lace

Aromas of Belgian yeast and sweet malts fill your head

I do have to say the yeast dominates this one with a sour cherry finish It really hides the alcohol I couldn't pick it up at all. I read one of the reviews and will agree that it is kind of meadish in a way

Very easy to drink light on the palate almost no carbonation

Drinkability well lets say you could pound away a few of these but at 11% I wouldn't recommend it

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Photo of seedyone
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From bottle at home. Coppery, brown ale color with virtually no head or lacing. The cough syrup aroma is redolent of cherries...black cherries. The texture is far from syrpy...actually a bit disappointing. That being said this is a true wintery treat.

I was introduced to it as a blend w/Troegs Dream Weaver in a 80/20 mix, The Elf adding a very pleasant balance to the wheat beer dryness of the Weaver.

OK on it's own, at the right rime of year, but since we're running about 15F+ on the year, this might find it hard to become a preferred quaff...but the marriage works very well.

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Photo of little_star
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good holiday feelings in a glass. I look forward to this beer every year.

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of dtm426
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-26-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

It's the day after Christmas, so a little Mad Elf seemed appropriate...

This beer isn't much to look at -- pours a semi-clear reddish-brown with very little head to speak of. The head disappears quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

Smells are malty and sweet, with big fruit and cherry notes. I also get some complex holiday spice aromas such as cinnamon and clove. I think I can also detect the added honey, but maybe that's just because I read it on the label...

Full-flavored ale here, sweet and of dark, ripened fruits like raspberry and cherry. Bitterness is low if not non-existent.

Mouthfeel is full in body with carbonation in the medium range. Finish is fruity and sweet, with a lingering spice flavor. The 11% makes itself known with some pleasing alcohol warmth.

Overall an enjoyable spiced holiday ale. The appearance left something to be desired, but other than that was a brew I'd recommend to anyone who likes malt-forward spiced holiday beers.

Thanks to baybum for this one!

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Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WVUbrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Bought this bottle as a start for the Christmas season. It poured a clear amber/mahogany gold with little white head building about half a finger high. Little retention and little lacing.
The smell is of cherries, malt and spice.
Testing the beer this flavors are confirmed in order. First the cherry fruit flavor, being met by malt and honey notes, than some decent hops and spice to finish the beer. Good balance and very drinkable. The alcohol is noticeable, but well hidden! Great Winterbeer!

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Photo of addiwilliams
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dbl_delta
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh growler into pint glass. Pours a beautiful reddish-amber with a thin light-tan head. Initial impression is cherries and booze. There is a little bit of hops bite at the very end, but the cherries dominate throughout and linger. Medium mouthfeel; medium carbonation. Alcohol is up front and obvious. A good seasonal sipper, I suppose, but I couldn't take a steady diet of this stuff.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

What is this beer?

Pours a ruby red, light head, terrific lacing.

Tastes like cherries and spice (go figure) but there is a deeper fruit profile I am still working on. A little sweet but not too sweet.

Smells of sweet cherries again.

Crisp and satisfying but not overpowering on the alcohol. Very balanced.

Overall, fantastic. Not exactly what I think of as a winter beer, but it has its moments. Definitely buying this again.

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Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BFCarr
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davegray
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Ruby hue with a thin quickly dissipating head and decent lacing

S: Lots of tart cherries, vinous, grainy, boozy, and raisins and other dark fruits

T: Subtle cherries and dark fruits on top of a subtly sweet malty backbone; sweet, boozy, slightly fruity, mmm

F: Medium body and sticky; pretty good mouth feel

O: Warming alcohol, fruity, bready: like a fruitcake but actually tasty and welcome at the holidays

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Photo of williahd
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of HeadyTheElder
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of ramrod666
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Beestin
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GregSemenza
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tröegs The Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,929 ratings.
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