Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer (Naked Elf)Scratch Beer (Naked Elf)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Naked Elf takes a hard look at the less-is-more theory. Ever since we developed The Mad Elf, we’ve speculated what it would taste like without the cherries and honey. So what lies beneath the fruit? Naked Elf is unfiltered, so the spicy yeast taste is more prominent in this strong, hazy orange ale. The combination of the Pilsner, and Vienna malts give a lot of body and minimal sweetness, but Naked Elf has a dry finish. Finally, the heat of the alcohol makes its presence known in the finish. The Naked Elf’s finest quality is the delicate balancing act between a lively yeast kick and a slight alcohol note that lingers in the back of the mouth—constantly reminding us not to overindulge in this complex, warming elixir.

Added by apintofknowledge on 08-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 15
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Birdmarg741
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured in a frosted dimpled mug.

A: Formed a solid head when purposefully splashed into the glass, though it gave off little smell. It has a nice hazy red-orange color. Though the overall retention of the head was short, lacy foam still lines the glass for the 30 mins of sipping.

S: The smell, to me, is honestly not all that strong. Regardless, it smells sweet; incredibly malty. There are hints of banana, but also non-specific spice that fights with the sweetness, rather than complementing it. - Like putting pepper on a banana. Darker fruit is needed to balance out this smell and taste.

T: The spice hits your tongue first, but the starchy sweetness creeps in fast, and lingers long after the spice leaves. The time that they overlap is not as unpleasant as the smell of the combo, but it is extremely brief. The swallow goes down smooth-nice- for about 3 seconds. Then the sweetness floods in; what lingers is quite powerful. (overpowering if this is not your thing...).

M: Certainly medium bodied; it feels lighter than expected given its dark color. However, more carbonation would be nice to compete with the starchiness of the sweetness. The swallow has a light smoothness, but this dissipates as the beer warms.

O: Never having had Mad Elf, I do not know how this compares to its parent. Though, for me, this scratch is annoyingly unbalanced compared to other Troegs beers. It is reminiscent of Flying Mouflan, though not nearly as balanced. The starchy sweetness overpowers any spice, leaving a post-banana flavor lingering on the sides of the tongue with unpleasant dryness in the middle. A fun experience, though not something I would go back for.

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Photo of Joe_Duvel
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer on tap tastes like a dunkelweizen. All of my ratings are in regards to the style it claims to be. Beeradvocate labels it a strong Belgian pale ale and the place that I'm at labels it an 'abbey tripel'. It tastes and smells much more like a dunkelweizen. It has some similar notes to a tripel, but I do not taste a Belgian pale ale. As for the taste, I do think it's great. Very enjoyable, but that's because I love dunkelweizens. Nice clove and banana taste and aroma. If this was a dunkelweizen I would have rated it much higher. If you come across it, try it. It's an awesome tasting beer, but don't expect your typical Belgian pale ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Slatetank
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on at Troegs tasting room, enjoyed sample served chilled in a goblet.

The color is deep copper almost bronze with very good glarity and nice thick creamy band of beige with tight bead. only mild haze and accents of crimson appear at the base. The smell is decent with slight phenolic aroma with mild earthy yeast and light dried fruit scents with some spice notes from hops. the feel is decent with mostly dry and moderately high carbonation with subtle spice and moderately high alcohol influence on the palate.

The flavor is standard, I like the yeast taste but as it warms it shows more alcohol and the flavor of dried fruit stands out with a kind of prune-like flavor I am not fond of especially. There is a ripe banana undertone which is ok but the alcohol is a little high in the flavor for my liking as it is only 8.5%. I find this beer to be ok for what it is and not offensive but overall basically just above average -I am not a fan of the regular Mad Elf for some of the same reasons I don't find this appealing. I think I should have consumed this while it was cold since it did not improve as it warmed much.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent take on a strong ale. Not much on the nose but the drink ability on this is big. It's a little thin for a strong, a little light for a strong, but the taste is there. Honestly, this was a good offering in the series. This went down easy, although I prefer my strong ales to be a meal, this was brunch, but satisfying none the less.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served a little darker than I expected...a caramel colored body that shows some carbonation bubbles...a thick, fluffy, white head stands tall and slowly falls to a spotty cap...decent lacing

S - Belgian spices stand out with coriander, a hint of pepper, and a touch of cinnamon...there is actually a sweetness lingering that I was not expecting...light caramel and fruit (apples, pears, bananas) are providing that sweetness

T - Again, the spices cut through and stand above everything else...the saving factor of becoming too spicy is the provides a balance while actually giving a different spice flavor throughout...the sweetness isn't there from the nose, but there are some dried fruit flavors peeking through

M - Medium bodied...some creaminess, nicely carbonated...lingering spice

O - There was some confusion about the release of this was labeled with a Scratch label, but was identified as just Naked Elf...I like that they do this version and would like to see it in regular production...but I still prefer Mad Elf

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle labeled 73 – Naked Elf. Thanks for the extra Stormking47.

A: Pours a deep ruddy brown with almost no head or lace.
S: Sweet smelling with tons and tons of spices. It’s like a holiday in a glass. Brown sugar, apple cider, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, prickly pear, banana and clove. Tons of fruits and spices with a little bit of caramel malts.
T: Follows the nose, sweet palate, with all the spices and fruits mentioned. Doughy yeast, caramel, and the holidays come through. Very complex and intense.
M: Full bodied, thick and slick mouthfeel, slightly syrupy, soft foamy carbonation. Drinks well, a little sweet though.
O: Same as I remember 46 being. Very delicious, fairly sweet, but highly drinkable and complex. Thanks again Josh.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass from the tasting. Much thanks for the bottle K! I think this is the right one?

A nice golden apricot body color, just crystal clear with tan like collar.

Real interesting nose. Hints of booze and cherry, like a classic winter warmer, but there's some real nice minty leafy quality as well.

Interesting palate and flavors though. Mild malt backbone with still a cherry fruit quality. REal interesting mouthfeel with some borderline wetness but good coating in the palate. Good finish, and some strange interesting light charring that is a bit ashen like.

Overall not too bad. I am not the biggest fan of Mad Elf but I am always up for the scratch series.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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