Beer Review #169
The Pour' for My Youtube Channel. As a Pennsylvania winter standard, The Mad Elf seemed like a good candidate for revisiting. I originally reviewed this one exactly 364 days ago (review #61), and as with my two previous re-reviews I'm intentionally going into this one 'blind,' and not -re-reading the earlier review prior to writing this one.
Troeg's Independent Brewing is a Pennsylvania craft brewing staple. The once-yearly release of their beautiful transparent ruby hued spicy Belgian brew, Mad Elf , is eagerly awaited each autumn. Weighing in at a hefty 11%ABV (and only 15IBU), this festive, $18 per six-pack, libation is dangerous good.
Each batch is brewed with honey and cherries. My vague memory of last year recalls a more intense presence of both. This year those element seem a bit more subdued (to me), with the spicy Belgian element being more pronounced. Prepare for a spicy, peppery tingle on the sides of your tongue as you swallow, with ample helpings of pungent clove and ginger.
The beer smells much the same as it smells - clove, ginger - but there is also an underlying foundation of overly ripe cherry and creamy raw wildhoney.
Medium-high carbonation, quickly dissipating head.