Beer #43 Tröegs Mad Elf

Tröegs Mad Elf Ale

Name: Tröegs Mad Elf

Style: Belgium Strong Dark Ale

Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company website

Country: USA

Region:  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

ABV: 11.0%

How served: 22 oz capped bottle poured into a vintage Abbaye de Leffe chalice.     

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with: my favorite, assorted cheese and hard salami & bread.

Tasted on: Monday December 07, 2009

Note: This was a 2008 vintage bottle.  Either this beer or I had multiple personalities tonight. Each sip I tasted something else.  I first liked this beer, and then loved it, then it was Ok, then it was good but maybe too sweet, then I just loved it again.  Try it yourself and find out, because I am!  I couldn’t believe after I finished the bottle that it was 11.0% ABV, it drank like it was 5-7%.

From their website:

Seasonal Release: (Mid October – December)

Hop Bitterness (IBU’s):15

Color: Ruby Red

Malts: Pilsner, Munich & Chocolate

Hops: Saaz & Hallertau

Yeast: Belgian Spicy Yeast

JuJu: Pennsylvania Honey & Sweet and Sour Cherries

The Mad Elf, a cheerful creation to warm your heart and enlighten your tongue. The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast, this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the pleasant character of this intriguing yet delicious Ale. The Mad Elf, a jolly and delicious beer for the Holidays.

Serving Suggestions:
Temp:  50-55 ° F  Glassware:  Chalice or Tulip Shaped

This is the 12th of my daily Christmas/Winter beers which I will be having until Christmas.  There are now only 17 more beers until Christmas!

2 Responses

  1. This is one of my favorite winter warmers for sure.. even better when aged. Nice blog!

    This is noslenwerd from ba by the way🙂

  2. I agree with it improving with age. Had the 2009 over this weekend at a friends Christmas beer party. 2008 was better then the 2009, but only slightly.

    I need to post the pics of all the christmas beers we had.

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