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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2011
Old amateur rating: Dark brown with a fine brown head. Malty aroma. Flavor is sweet and has good bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2011
Hazy darker brown coloured beer with average carbonation and a small off-white head. Strong malty and yeasty roasted aroma. Full palate. Finish is bitter sweet old madeira herby alcoholic. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4504) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle @ Pannuhuone, Kuopio. Originally rated on 18.6.2010. Slightly worse than the 2009 version. A bit unbalanced.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2011
@dmacs-750ml bottle-thanks to dmac for sharing–pours no head and black color that sheets the glass. Aroma is cocoa/roasty-dark malt, some dark fruit. Taste is cocoa/roasty/ashy-dark malt, earthy hops.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Pours almost dead flat, with a deeply concentrated, brown body. The beer smells of Port Wine, nutty Sherry (though not overly oxidized as Sherry usually is). The beer is quite fruit laden in the nose with notes of raisins, prunes and concentrated figs playing quite a prominent role. There is perhaps a hint of alcohol towards the finish and there is also a soft mustiness to this beer that reminds me of a damp, limestone cave, or perhaps a slightly damp cellar. The oxidation and fruit character combine to form an almost umami like concentrated, oxidized-caramelized malt character here in the aroma; despite being flat the nose is actually quite complex, rich and enticing.

Flat feeling of course as it hits the tongue, and this makes the beer seem a touch lighter than it would otherwise be. There is a rich, nutty character to the finish that really lingers along with ample Sherry notes. The nuttiness in the finish gets quite toasted at times and there also seems to be a slight metallic note that I sometimes get from the skins that are found on some nuts. The middle has some viscous heft to it (this beer would feel more rich if it had some carbonation to it), this lingers for a bit on the palate in the finish, but then seems to disappear. The rich fruitiness from the aroma isn’t quite here in the flavor, though there are some slight dark fruit notes that come through.

This beer is really reminiscent of a Port or Sherry, especially due to being completely still. It doesn’t have the richness in the flavor to pull that likeness off though; the body isn’t viscous enough, nor is there enough fruit character to round out the complexity. The aroma, though, does have the proper balance and intrigue to be quite nice; too bad the rest of the beer didn’t live up to this. I wonder why this beer is flat, the synthetic cork was a pain to remove and I wonder if a synthetic cork, when compared to the real thing, is just quit inferior when it comes to retaining carbonation. If this is the case, then a big, rich beer like this should not be packaged with synthetic corks.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4510) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2011
750 ml bottlle from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a flat body which was slightly slick and syrupy brown with no head what so ever. Aroma of syrup, sweet chocolate, slight alcohol and vanilla. The body is almost completely flat with a thin mouthfeel most likely due to the lack of any carbonation and quick duration on the after taste. Flavor of chocolate, grains, old raisins and stale alcohol. Meh it’s okay.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10313) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle shared by Dmac at his tasting. Pours black. Almost no head. Nose and taste of toffee, roast chocolate, caramel, almonds, walnuts, dark fruits and spicy cocoa. Mouth feel is a bit syrupy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (12822) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2011
Clear dark brown with a lasting head. Aroma is sweet, heavy malty, roasted malt, dried fruit, spicy and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. The finish is bitter and warming alcohol. Full bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Very nice. 121209

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6219) - ITALY - DEC 26, 2010
scura schiuma media non molto peristente naso tostato speziato cioccolato aromatica in bocca tendenza dolce etilico ben nascosto il dolce è bilanciato dalle speziature ed da una discreta dose di luppolo

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Black with almost no head. Sweet aroma and taste of chocolate, carmel, nutmeg and cinnamon.


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