DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dutch’s. Keg labeled 7.5%. Clear amber orange color. Thin off-white head, leaving some bits of lace. Medium to bigger body, smooth kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Mild slick texture. Toasty malt and mild burnt sugars, little bit of mild spiciness, touch of fruity banana ester, mild caramel. Moderate sweet taste, light bitterness, very mild warmth. Is this a tripel? Kind of, but more amber than typical. I call it a belgian amber ale. Solid overall.
katrinaez (1255) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The brew itself is a good representation of the triple style. The fruit notes make it the Xmas style but it’s still a little less than the original mad elf. Tap and bottle
matty (353) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a clear dark amber color with a brief off-white head. Aroma is sweet, some spice, banana and a little bit of alcohol (maybe some dried fruit?). Medium-full body, the taste is yeast forward - spice, banana with a bit of sweetness in the back. Finish is a little dry but with an alcohol kick. Good stuff!
jsmerig (1472) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon and spice. Taste is sweet with a light maltiness and dry spiciness in the finish. The only thing missing is the heavy sweetness/maltiness. Interesting.
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alobar (3496) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper pour with aroma of Belgian yeast, clove, and banana. Mostly Belgian yeast flavor with spice, biscuit, and banana sweetness. Very nice beer.
keanex (1762) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Amber body with a creamy tan head.
Aroma: Banana and clove, very aromatic with a Twizzler like aroma.
Taste: Sweet leaning banana and clove with licorice on the finish.
Palate: Creamy body.
Overall: Licorice flavors ruin this, otherwise it’s great.
Darkmagus82 (2253) - - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-10-13-
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed copper color with a one finger creamy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is big of lighter fruits, consisting mainly of apple, and pear. Along with these aromas are some crackery and biscuit aromas as well as some yeast and spices of coriander and nutmeg.
Taste – The taste begins with a fruity and crisp flavor of apple and banana along with a lightly roasted malty and biscuit flavor. Up in the front of the taste there is also a decently strong showing of some candied sugar as well as a bit of honey (even though I know there is none, it still has a slight honey flavor) As the flavor advances yeast and spice come to the tongue with an intensification of the candied sugar flavors Even at 8.5% abv not too much of an alcohol taste works its way onto the tongue, and with a light floral hop flavor developing late in the taste one is left with a clean and crisp fruity flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly lighter side for a beer of its strength and style with a carbonation level that is big of tiny champagne like bubbles. The exciting carbonation and thinner body are quite nice for the sweeter and yeastier flavors of the brew and make for a very nice drinking brew which is rather dangerous in concert with the low boozy taste on the tongue.
Overall- A nice take on the original, and about as enjoyable. A very strong Belgian dubbel like feel on this one. It is well worth a try if you can find it.
BeerandBlues2 (12049) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dates and Belgian yeast esters and spices, figs, nutmeg and Candi sugar. Flavor is sweet malt dominant, medium spices and dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clearer translucent amber with a beige ring for a head. Aroma is too light, sweet Tripel yeast. Flavor is similar to Mad Elf but less sweet and cherry flavor is more subtle obviously. Sweet malts, light cloves and esters on a cleaner but full body. Perfect for Christmas in July.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
So.. it smells like a Tripel but is quite dark. Mad Elf is killer so lets see where lil’ brother is. Bottle from Mari’s. Pours amber with very little head, quite carbonated. The aroma has a on of bananas, clove, spices, sugar, light booze. The taste is a bit sweet banana but does have a hell of an alcohol warmth for such a low ABV beer. OVerall, pretty solid but really aggressive on the finish.