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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. 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.

fletchfighters' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1374) - - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Although this is past itís prime and has gone flat in the bottle Iím going to fill in some blanks from some other SLH bottles. Dark fruit, baking spices, charred sugar, booze is very present, nice citrus flavor still comes through after all this time. Like the cocoa on the nose. Wish I had opened this way earlier! doh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (457) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2015
The aroma is light cinnamon and cocoa. Pours a very dark brown with no head, some wisping bubbles during the pour. The taste is a light sweetness. The body is medium, the texture thin and a little creamy, the carbonation soft and the finish smooth, no alcohol. Has tastes of figs, raisins some chocolate, the coriander still comes through and it still has some bite. Very Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8239) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2014
750 ml bottle at home. I found this buried in the cellar and thought I would give it a try (a few days late). Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, cocoa, orange peel, spices, coriander, hints of cinnamon, and still a bit of alcohol. Probably better a few years back as the hops have faded, but not bad. Soft on the carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5881) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Drank this in 2014. Nice flavor, nice aroma, but I suspect this might be past its prime. Itís weirdly watery. Oh, sure, I get plenty of orange peel and cocoa, but itís off. I thought you could age this? Is it me? If I need to delete this, let me know...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (3749) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2014
0,75l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours dark red with a nonexistent head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malts, dark fruits, alcohol and some hops. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9217) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"this is simply a great beer and put some other worthy belgans to shame. dark, with an aroma full of pine, half from the hops, half from the spices. quite lively, with just a hint of cocoa under the big pine hop and sugary sweet flavor. smooth full body, lasting finish. one of Mikkellerís best? 2009 up to the task as well."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1358) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Little late on this one. Dark brown witb short lived biege head. Aroma is sweet light roasted malt. Taste is sweet fruit with a short bitter finish. Agdled well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (5316) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 21, 2013
Bottle 0.75l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. 20130420. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, hints of sourness, berries and red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ration (2096) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
This review is exported from olutopas.info with no comment. Original rating date 3.12.2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8800) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2013
75 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20101113.
Pours dark brown color with a medium sized head. Aroma of ripe fruits, spice notes, some toffee and caramel. Flavor of caramel malts, yeast, toffee, ripe fruits and some spice notes. Very nice.

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