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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2008

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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium.

Mikkeller Christmas beer anno 2008. Santa’s Little Helper is a dark, strong Belgian ale, lightly spiced with sweet orange peel, coriander seeds, cinnamon and cocoa. This year’s version is recognized by less sweetness than the 2007 version, a fresh hop bite, balanced by the sweetness from the coriander and orange peel and a big bold body. Enjoy now or keep it in the cellar for many years to come.
Ingredients : Water, malt (pale, special-B and chocolate), flaked wheat, dark candy syrup, dark cassonade, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer, styrian goldings and simcoe), spices (sweet orange peel, coriander seeds, cinnamon and cocoa) and yeast.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle sitting my the "cellar" since purchase and served in my Iechyd Da snifter: pours jet black with absolutely no head nor carbonation (but I knew that already). The aroma has massive anise, prune and marzipan along with moderate roast, chocolate, rye bread, corriander and and herbal hops. The citric zest notes have long faded away and the cinnamon has melded into the malts. Slight cardboardy and "pickle" note as well. The taste is oxidized malts and moderate spicing... and I LIKE IT! The crash of opposing flavors that were in this beer when fresh have gone bye-bye. Now it has taken on the character of a nicely aged Imperial Stout versus a muddled Dark Belgian of it’s youth. Too bad this is not carbonated or the score would have been much much higher.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with no head. Aroma of dark toffee malts, citrus and spices. The taste is nutmeg, clove, nuts, other spices, citrus, toffee malts. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Comes across as very flat, despite the promise it can age for many years.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bax (1282) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2012
(bottle 19/12-2012)low beige head, black color, roasted taste, rather smoothen, slightly thin taste due to age. bb date 01/09/12.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1541) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2012
75 cl corked bottle @ home. Pours dark brown/almost black with a tiny (and I do mean tiny) tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma is port, dark fruits, subtle spices, and orange peel. Flavour is booze, dark fruits, spices, and orange peel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle @ Ølbaren.....It pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head.... The aroma is roasted malts, dark fruity, sweet and some spicy notes..The flavor is roasted malts, dark fruit, hoppy, sweet and spices.....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1234) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2012
A-- Poured a very syrupy dark brown with a lot of ruby in it. In the glass it was a coke syrup color with traces of dark ruby on the bottom of the glass. Did not think there was a head until the 300 ML mark, then a light kakhi colored head erupted and became one finger, finally settling to just light brown film that left a lot of lacing. Very little visible carbonation. S-- Very spicy and sweet. Nutmeg, Coriander, Cinnamon, Orange peel, coffee, and some sweet chocolate. Almost Christmas in a nutshell. No noticeable alcohol smell with this. T-- Spicy, sweet and syrupy. All the above mentioned flavors in the smell are in the taste but almost ramped up. Almost reminds me of the Chouffe N’Ice with the taste. There is a slight bit of an alcohol burn with this. M-- Has a slight Pine or candy cane hop feel at the end. It helps cut through the sweetness and leave a fresh feel that pine or peppermint would with a candy cane. A bit syrupy though. Low carbonation and medium feel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Not bad. Sweet flavor of vanilla. A bit alcoholic. Seems a little dull on the flavor side, but that might be due to its age.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle @ Rene’s house, courtesy of camons. Thanks a bunch, Rene! A little hazy, dark reddish brown appearance with little head. Somewhat coriander spicy, orange citrusy, candy sugar, caramel aroma. Light oxidation. Orange citrusy, mild coriander, a bit minty/herbal, candy sugar, caramel, toffee, cocoa flavor. Held up pretty well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2012
75 cl bottle @ Oluthuone Esplanadi. Rated on 13.11.2010
Aroma is malty and spicy with some dark fruits. Flavour is spicy with licorice, some sweetish malt, chocolate and ripe fruits. A bit expectorant‐like feeling here. Good, the spices are not too offensive.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma: strong cask notes, slight barley, vinous, mellow alcohol.6+
Appearance: black with hint of brown. Light rocky top.3+
Palate / Taste: medium full bodied. Noted by dry harsh alcohol (despite its age), dark malts. Mid noted by chocolate. Cask note on top. Good not great.


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