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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: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Bottle, at WeeHeavySD’s Halloween tasting, with thanks to KimJohansen! Very nice. Dyrish, but not too roasty. Creamy tan head. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours a murky black with a frothy tan head. Great aroma, hints of coffee, alcohol and yeast. Flavors of chocolate, toasted malt, coffee, dark fruit - especially ripe plums, hints of caramel. There is a bit of citrus during the middle of a sip. Very mellow finish - great flavor. Not as complex as some Belgian strongs, but this certainly helped Santa at my house.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3947) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2008
On tap @ Ølbaren. Pours dark brown with a light beige head. Sweet with aromas of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Warming alcohol notes and some spices like orange and coriander. Full bodied. Soft, but long lasting carbonation. Spicy finish with just a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2008
(Bottled, 0.75l) Very dark brown with a medium, tannned and lacy head. Aroma of licoricey malt, cinnamon-vanilla spiciness, black coffee, hints of warming alcohol. Chocolatey-malty, slightly roasty flavor with anise, cinnamon-spiciness, medium bitterness. Medium-bodied, lowish-carbonated palate. A nice, christmasy and spicy strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Big and bold, my sister-in-law says it smells like tar. I disagree. Deep and dark, lovely spice. Cocoa, holiday fruit cake. Yum

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a tan, big-bubbled head. Nose is cocoa, yeasty, a bit dry, light. Taste is big on cocoa and brown sugar, with a big, spicy, yeasty note too, and a dry presence throughout. Hints of alcohol, but really well hidden - just a bit warming. Beautifully done. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit light. Lots of spices and cocoa overall, a very beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8399) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
750 ml bottle drank at the Bayou in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pours out a dark and murky color with a large brown head. The aroma was very nice; loads of dark fruits, some yeast, lots of spices, not an aggressive nose, bit nice. The taste was initially a bit hot, but not anywhere near 11%. Some spices, sweet cookies, light vinous BSA flavors, and a bit of toasted malts. Very unusual, and just as they say, a spiced Belgian Ale. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2008
Thorups, Aarhus, DK. On tap, 211108. Dark brown with beige head. Aroma of spices - anise and some coriander. Flavor is of chocolate malt and a sharp alcohol tone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (911) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle, at WeeHeavySD’s Halloween tasting, with thanks to KimJohansen! Pours a clear, deep, dark brown with a off-white ring. Sweet and sour aroma, of toasted malt, tart dark fruits, caramel, spices, and herbs. Taste is sharp, with sweeter burnt toasted malt, molasses, tart fruits, a lot of spices, and a hint of chocolate. Finishes clean and sharp, with chocolate and malt. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
Draught at Ølbaren. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized lacing beige head. Fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and hops with notes of yeast and spices. Spicy finish.

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