Chuckaduck (602) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, Vintage 2013. Pours cloudy ruby-amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is wheat, honey, licorice, spices, caramel, light fruitiness. Taste is Belgian yeast, fruity, bubblegum, wheat, spicy, earthy, warming; finish is fruity and mild. Nice lacing. Medium bodied, a bit syrupy. Medium carbonation. Not at all what I was expecting. Many Belgian-Ale like characteristics. Very drinkable; the alcohol is not at all noticeable. Interesting; not sure I would go back for a second.
Wesman (23) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 2013 12oz bottle, Pours with a reddish tint. Smell is boozy, cherry and sweet. Tastes is malty, sweet, cherries and some honey and chocolate hints. Really hits at winter and Christmas. I love it. I will put a few down and try over the next few years to see how they mature.
callmemickey (2090) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body, medium sized off-white/light tan head, sparse lacing. The four Cs: chocolate, caramel, cherries, and cola. Medium to full bodied, assertive carbonation, well-integrated alcohol presence, big, lingering finish.
TheLevi4000 (62) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Taste kinda like a ok Belgian double with a slight hint of fresh fruit and an extreme amount of alcohol. It’s like a Quad as far as alcohol with out he complexity. If you want to get drunk The Mad Elf is there for you.
mcran86 (19) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 Oz bottle pours malty amber. Tastes of honey with malt and slight cherry. Picked it up for the rarity but not my favorite Tröegs ale. Made me fart just a little.
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Jasond612 (211) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/1/13 a ridiculous $4.59 bottle fromCBO. Feel compelled to have 1 a season. Pretty amber color with a strong smell of cherries. I'd call this a Cherry syrupy Belgian due to the sweetness of the cherrys and Belgian qualities. 11% is sneaky so be careful.
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dliberto (72) - Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a 22oz bottle with co-workers. I liked this beer quite a bit. Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. The aroma is strong in alcohol and dough. The taste is sweet with a lot of cherry mixed in, the honey was not noticeable. Full bodied sweet beer
Haze76 (18) - - OCT 26, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a nice ruby red color, but head dissapointly fades to almost nothing quickly.
Smells like a good Belgian ale. I dont pick up cherry notes.
First taste is surprisingly nice, reminiscent of a good belgian style ale. Good mouthfeel.
Picking up the warming alcohol tones. First sips, I’m pleasantly surprised. Thought this would be a cherry flavoring-type beer, which I was worried about.
More of the astringent, mouth drying alcohol taste now.
In a few sips now and the alcohol is defiantly there. Not hidden much, which isn’t such a great thing. Almost like there is a shot of whiskey in my beer.
Still warming to drink. Maybe a good thing if thats what you like, but it’s a bit "too" much. Kind of a watered down version of that drying mouthfeel, and "hot breath" feel when sipping on vodka.
Losing its interest. I’m noticing that this beer really isn’t very complex. It had a nice nose, the color was nice but the lack of a head took away from that quickly, and now its pretty much just an alcohol warmer. Astringent, and weak in flavor and complexity.
Ok, well coming to the end of it, and not impressed. Just blah. It had a good first impression, but once I got to know this one, I lost interest quickly. I’m not saying it’s horrible, but I would not buy it again. If your going to buy a troegs beer, which isn’t a bad choice, just don’t buy this one. Well, just don’t but this one, period.
PS: Bad buzz too. lol.
kermis (4205) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to iphonephan. Pours clear amber with barely any head. Aroma of caramel, overripe dark fruit, toffee, malt and honey. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with fairly flat carbonation.
generallee08 (64) - New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: The body has a deep reddish brown to orange amber color with a light haze. On top is a small off white head which quickly fades from a one inch cap to just a thin light ring of lace. Only a few spots of lace stick to the glass.
Smell: Its aroma is full of big fruity notes with dark cherry notes standing out. It also brings a heavy sweet bready maltiness with some hints of wild flower honey. The big 11% abv is also quite noticeable as well.
Taste/Palate: The flavor comes close to the aroma with a big sweet, warm (boozy) and malty character. In it are lots of fruity notes, bready malts, and spicy yeast which adds a touch of clove like and white pepper like spiciness. It also has big boozy warmth which adds some grain and honey mead like character to the finish. The carbonation is mellow and the palate feels smooth.
Notes: This is a big beer and it lets you know it.