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Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by jmdrpi, Oct 27, 2017.
Looks like 11% abv, 750ml bottles, and distributed to Troeg's full distribution footprint.
Damn! Sounds like a perfect Christmas beer. Too bad we don't get their stuff in these parts.
Yeah, North Carolina is the furthest south:
Yeah and I'm not sure they have full coverage of those states yet. Less than a year ago I was in Blacksburg, VA. They have the Vintage Cellar there (one of the outstanding VA bottle shops). In a chat with the manager, as I was checking out with some stuff not easily found around here, I learned that they were soon to have a public tasting session with the Troeg's rep and there were already some discussions going about which beers and how many cases.
I may have to give this a try, I usually bring Mad Elf to the Christmas Tree party I attend maybe this one goes with me this year.
So is this basically just regular Mad Elf but like 1% abv higher and bottle conditioned or am I missing something?
Typically Grand Cru is used to describe something unique or special. Compare the description of the ingredients above with the regular Mad Elf and you'll find that there are a few other differences between the regular and the Grand Cru versions.
I hope it has more cherries in it. Any sightings in PA or NJ? I haven't seen it yet.
The post from Troegs said "In early November".
Same ABV. The Troegs sell-sheet for Mad Elf lists the cherry varieties as Bing, Lambert, Van, Royal Anne, and Monmarte. Those are all sweet cherry varieties except for the last one (appears to be a typo, should be Montmorency?)
The sheet for Grand Cru says it uses the same cherries as Mad Elf, plus a lot more tart cherries of the Balaton variety. Plus the raw sugar.
Well the additional tartness should be interesting, and probably lead to a better balance but we'll see.
I think Mad Elf is better after a year of cellaring that seems to dry out the sweetness a bit. Maybe this Grand Cru will taste similar.
Just drank a bunch of Mad Elf at a wedding reception this weekend (for the first time in years) and would agree with this assessment.
So since this is out there, does anyone else think that the Mad Elf used to have more cherry to it? And I don't mean recently, it might go way back. I remember Chris Trogner having a growler at the Grey Lodge one night that had much more cherry to it than it has now - no idea what year that was but it was soon after it was introduced, if not the first time.
After not having it for years, that was my first impression on Saturday. "This doesn't have as much cherry as I remember."
Hmmmm. It used to be my wife's favorite beer but she seems to think it's lost cherry over the past 4 years or so and she actually gave away the sixer she bought this year after having only one or two.
It has been a totally varied run over the years as far as my relationship with that beer (original Mad Elf). Hated it early on > started getting back into it > didn't drink it for a year or two > really enjoyed it the past two years > this year, have had it just once.... didn't care for it. Seemed like a sweet gloppy quad with little to zero cherry.
Could be all me, I guess. Or could be a bit of me and a bit of the beer.
This release screams for a side by side, though. I'll pick one or more up if the price isn't outrageous.
First time I've had it,seemed a bit thin and light on the cherry flavor. Still decent and was impressed by how well the high abv was hidden. I consider it to be good,maybe very good,but not great
Ugh, I still hate how the new label looks like a drunk egg-headed baby. Gotta be the worse of the re-designs.
Glad it is diminished on the Grand Cru label.
Update on release date - November 6th:
Bought it today at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg/Silver Spring shopping center
What was the price on it at Wegmans? Breski has it for $13.99/bottle. Usually Wegmans is a buck or three cheaper.
Cane here to say this. "Grand cru" to me is another way of saying "best of" in wine i believe grand cru region of the vineyard is the best humanly possible section of the land for growing comparer to others on the property
From my "sources", this beer is one you don't want to miss. I have not tried it, but plan on getting a bottle or 2.
Not accurate in your experience?
Very accurate. That's why I put lol.
Picked up some regular Mad Elf at Wegman's, but didn't see the Grand Cru. I'm sad.
checked a couple of Weis grocery store sections for Grand Cru version but didn't see any
checked the distributor in town yesterday and they had a spot for it on the shelf but it was empty
the owner texted me later to let me know they had some that he was holding back so it didn't disappear over the weekend while he was gone
in his word, it's "super limited"
i live about 60 miles north of the brewery for what it's worth
the first post led me to believe this would be more easily obtainable
Does he not want to sell it? Why does it matter when it sells. If he wants a few for himself just have the staff hold back a few.
That's what I like about it and every time I see it I laugh
my assumption is he held a few back for regulars or preferred customers of sorts to get it since they didn't get much in
This one's on my bucket list ! Hope to get one in a trade...
$12.99 a bottle at a distributor in York.
Wilkes-Barre or close to it? Apparently the brewery store is flying through it.
Our distributor didn't even mention it to us as he hadn't even received it in his inventory yet. I'm hoping we get a few bottles.
Northumberland, just a little outside of Selinsgrove for reference
Very cool. I am assuming you are very familiar with Selins Grove and Rusty Rail quite a bit.
Picked up 3 bottles at Bounds in PA. They have a few cases.
More so Selins Grove
Going there is really what sparked my interest in craft and micro brews
It takes a good half hour to get to Mifflinburg from my house so I don't get out to Rusty Rail too much
Got my bottle! Will most likely crack it open next Wednesday or Thursday.