Two regular dudes who happen to be huge fans of American craft beer.
By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Thursday, March 17th, 2011
It is so easy to get lost in the day. It is St. Patrick’s day, so green beer will be the norm and the NCAA basketball tournament starts in earnest with first “real” games. I will be anticipating the end of work all day, so that I can make it home to watch some of the best sports action of the year. St. Patrick’s day really does almost nothing for me: I have never really gotten into the festivities of the day.
The beer I chose last night was from one of the last holidays: Christmas. Mad Elf Ale by Trêegs Brewing Company is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale which normally means lots of alcohol from a combination of malt and sugar.
Mad Elf Ale lives up to that synopsis but it also has a twist: cherries. According to Trêegs’ website, it is aged with both sweet and sour cherries while some honey is added. Although I appreciate the attempt to make this beer something festive and the fact that they didn’t use any crazy spices, the cherries just don’t do it for me.
After having about half the beer, I went outside and shot hoops with my oldest daughter. I don’t know if that took me out of the mood but the beer really seemed to get cloying at that point. It just sat in my mouth and didn’t quench the thirst the “rough” game of basketball can bring upon you when beating up on a nine year old. 😉 Enjoy!
Aroma: 7, Taste: 7, Look: 7, Drinkability: 7, Overall: 7.0
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