Outchillen (29) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Beerman6686 (4169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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