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Checking in today with another beer named for a troubled elf and I am once again wondering about the working conditions at Santa’s shop.  I’m taking us on a tangent here, but having just watched that old Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer special I think I can understand why: people in Christmas village are jerks.  Would anyone really have blamed Rudolph and Hermie if they just said “fuck y’all” and never turned back?

Beer Name: Mad Elf

Brewery: Troegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA)

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 11.0%

Description: The brewery’s winter seasonal featuring (among other things) spicy Belgian yeast, raw honey, and cherries.  Check out the complete story here.

Appearance: Deep ruby-red/light brownish body with a lacing of white bubbles up top.

Smell: A mixture of sweet honey and cherry tartness backed by notes of peppery Belgian yeast.

Taste: Again sweetness upfront in the form of rich malts, honey, and cherry.  The ending was somewhat warming and featured a blend of peppery yeast and winter spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body that despite feeling fizzy at times had low carbonation.

Hype: I don’t recall having this before, but I remember at one point this beer had a bit of a seasonal following.

Overall: Very solid brew.  I don’t think I could do more than one of these in a sitting, but it’s a nice beer to sit back with and keep warm with.