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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Naked Elf takes a hard look at the less-is-more theory. Ever since we developed The Mad Elf, we’ve speculated what it would taste like without the cherries and honey. So what lies beneath the fruit? Naked Elf is unfiltered, so the spicy yeast taste is more prominent in this strong, hazy orange ale. The combination of the Pilsner, and Vienna malts give a lot of body and minimal sweetness, but Naked Elf has a dry finish. Finally, the heat of the alcohol makes its presence known in the finish. The Naked Elf’s finest quality is the delicate balancing act between a lively yeast kick and a slight alcohol note that lingers in the back of the mouth—constantly reminding us not to overindulge in this complex, warming elixir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Outchillen (29) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Nice copper color with small white head, alot like mad elf but not over flavored, very smooth and a great sipping beer, a nice finish that makes you want more. one of my favorite seasonals

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Poured amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma of spice and fruit. Mostly belgian fruit flavors to start with some pine mixed in. Finished with some cherries and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
served from the tap in a brandy snifter @ Capone’s in PA (from 2/7/08) A: A clear rusted amber/copper with a thin white wispy head that quickly diminishes and leaves no lacing at all. Looks like a refreshing glass of iced tea. S: And speaking of tea...I detect sweet tea leaves and a nice earthy undertone, to go along with an obvious honey note. Slightly medicinal, and very fruity from the yeast. T/M: Honey right off the bat, had a slight metallic aftertaste when it was too cold, became much more sweet & fruity (mostly bananas) as it warmed in the glass. There were still faint traces of cherry flavors in this beer, and a very thin, almost flat mouthfeel didn’t take away from my enjoyment. D: I couldn’t believe that this was 9% ABV, it was incredibly smooth and super-drinkable. Too bad it’s so rare and hard to get, glad I had some though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Draft at Capones - Paler golden color with a medium white head. Aroma has quite a bit of candy sweetness with some citrus, honey, and spice. Flavor has alot of tripel-ey candi sugar present with some solid orange and sweet bready goodness. Good tripel, just not knock your socks off kind of stuff. I think I would still prefer a regular mad elf, but only when in an extremely fruity mood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Tasting @ Capone’s: This brew was one of our favorites. The pour was an amber color with not a lot of head. The aroma was that of a sweet malt. The flavor was great, very smooth. Had a hint of apples and other fruit...but just a small hint. Overall, a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2008
On tap at Capone’s poured a bright golden color with an inch of white head into the snifter. The scent was very spicey with notes of honey, orange peel, corriander and some hops. A rush of malt and yeast to back of the mouth are countered by a honey sweetness in the finish. A nice beer, one I will try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Draught: Aroma of fruits, cherries, spices, and wood. Poured amber/orange in color with a tiny off-white head. No head. Hazy. Lightly sparkling. Flavor was medium sweet. Tasted of fruit, cherries, yeast, caramel malts, grains, candy sugar, alcohol, and bubblegum. Medium body. Dryish texture is also a bit tingly. Average carbonation. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Troegs 10th anniversary celebratoin: Nose is quite spicy with hints of pepper and corriander. hazy orange glow with a head that doesn’t move. distesbable palate. Flavor is spicy, with pepper, corriander, and usual belgian notes with a nice pils backround. very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Draft at McGrath’s in Harrisburg. Mostly clear amber and ruby orange color with some shades of color that are close to pink. Sweet candy sugar nose, notes of red apple skins and white grapes. Tingly and effervescent on the tongue, sharp with medium to heavy sweetness, but just under the level of cloying. Light body, with a mild spice flavor, clean all around, low yeast presence. I’m not so big on tripels these days, but this one is tasty enough, with more of a fruit cocktail hop flavor than most, but I would like to see some more dryness and less sweetness. Finishes with a pineapple and white grape note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2007
I’m sure many people are going to put this down because of the story behind it, but i think its an outstanding beer. It is exactly what it is supposed to taste like: Mad Elf without honey and cherries and is just as great as its larger counter part

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