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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2008

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 233   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. Santaís Little Helper is a dark, strong Belgian ale, lightly spiced with sweet orange peel, coriander seeds, cinnamon and cocoa. This yearís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1056) - 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 NíIce 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle @ Reneís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5598) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6386) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Massive Mikkellet pt.2 This one still had some flavor lingering but itís a little past itís prime. The carbonation has died a bit. Aroma and flavor still on the sweet malty side with hints of spice. Tasty but just a little too old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
750 mL bottle. Got this in trade from someone - I think Vertical Bacon Strips. Opaque cola brown with a ring of head. Could tell right away that this one has lost some carbonation. Smells a little like Dr. Pepper with a hint of orange. There is still notable booze in the flavour, along with dried fruit, light caramel, yeast, and port. Good body. A shame it didnít age better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (5785) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a small fast fading offwhite head, and then looking a little flat. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, sweets, marzipan, spices, light oxidation. So far so good. Taste is very flat with malt, chocolate, port and maderia notes, some booze. Thin body, flat or no carbonation. This beer was better years ago, but sadly i have no notes from back then.291211 7-2-5-1-13 Re-rate @ home 120712 Pours dark reddish brown small offwhite head. Aroma f roasted malt, chocolate, oranges, candy sugar, cinnamon, light yeast. Flavor is malts, Spice, chocolate, orangepeel, oak. Thin to medium, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerman6686 (4293) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
This poured a very dark brown color with a very small dissipating beige head. Aroma was of stale chocolate, light spices and cardboard. Flavor was much the same, light notes of a spiced dark ale, but hard to get past the oxidation that has gone rampant

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (4003) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Had this at the 2011 Pittsburgh Ratebeer Christmas Eve Eve Tasting. Had this courtesy of mtoast. Not sure why he lets me taste these, I think he gets a kick out of the way my face looks when I get it in my mouth, such a joker. When we popped the cork on this I swear there was no co2 release. No head. Just plain dark and still looking. Smell, Iím told is the smell of oxidized beer but Iím not expert enough to say for sure. First taste? Well, let me tell you; smooth strong watered down whiskey. Perhaps this could be considered near beer but just barely, more like a PA state store thing going on here. Finish is flat whiskey laced something. Cheap whiskey that is. There you go Hart plowing over my taste buds once again. Pass over that gallon of water for a chaser. I want to say, regardless of my rating that I am very lucky to have mtoast allow me the chance to taste this rare beer. THANKS HART!

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