Name: Tröegs Mad Elf
Style: Belgium Strong Dark Ale
Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company website
Region: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
How served: 22 oz capped bottle poured into a vintage Abbaye de Leffe chalice.
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.
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!