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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: 236   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4673) - 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.

3.9
   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

4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6333) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5395) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (882) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21533) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
A strong, intense but very drinkalble beer. The aroma is dominated by cinnamon, dried fruit and a hint of alcohol. The flavour is very balanced with heaps of raisins and dates blending in with the cinnamon, coriander and cloves. There’s some hop flavour too, giving it a slight citrus feel. Ends very balanced and not too sweet. Extremely balanced for a beer this size, but the bottles indicates, a brewing date in 2006...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11259) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours deep brown with light red sides. Medium, creamy, beige-brown head. Impressive aroma, light perfumey, though. Raisins, fruity hops, light vinious and a touch of vegetable. Lovely creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. N ice flavour. Chocolate, raisins, vinious, but still some vegetable notes. Doesn’t taste of 11 % at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
75 cl bottle shared with girlfried at a cristmas party. aroma is licorice, roasted stuff, alc not noticeable in aroma. slight orange too. appears pitch black with a small brown head. flavor is sweet, lots of lightly roasted stuff. a very gentle beer even at that alc. strength, drinkable and a joy, but i could’nt help feeling puzzled by it being somewhere in the middle between a good belgian and a good stout.


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