Tröegs Mad Elf Grand Cru
If you missed our 12 Beers of Christmas, here are links to them: first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth.
Date: January 7, 2019
The Story— The brewery allocates some of their annual Mad Elf production to be seasoned with Balaton cherries. If you don’t think differences in the variety of cherry in a beer is significant, you could fly to Brussels and ask any lambic brewer, of do a side by side tasting of both versions of the Mad Elf. They’re both way better than good and each has its own strengths
The beers, happily, are well distributed in the Mid-Atlantic region. We found the Grand Cru in a small wine shop in rural Maryland. See more about the brewery here.
The Beer— Richer darker and fruitier than its cousin, this beer even manages to surpass the success of the more easily available (and more easily afforded) Mad Elf.
Value — Good to very good. Any beer this good under $20 a bottle is a pretty good deal these days.
Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.
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