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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ home.
Clear dark brown color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, cacao, moderate hoppy, orange shell, wooden spunce, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, and a dry dry finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syruy, carbonation is soft and smooth, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20081208]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2008
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a dense light brown head. Aroma is spiced, complex yet with a clear annis seed note. Flavour is mild smoked and and roasted malty with a light spice note. Chocolate malty too. Light cinnamon on the back of the tongue. Lasting coriander and smooth chocolate finish. Light bitterness to a vague acidic note into the far finish. Main impression however is the chocolate smoothness and light complimenting spice notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34315) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2009
Drunk to celebrate my rating number 12,400. A pitch black beer with a huge dark brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of alcohol as well as lighter notes of ginger, coriander, coffee, and cocoa. The flavor is sweet and very roasted and spicy - especially coriander, but also notes of alcohol and lighter notes of cocoa, leading to a dry cocoa and roasted finish. The alcohol is felt both on the tongue and palate, and lingers for a long time.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 14, 2010
Bottled (thanks fonefan!). Very deep amber colour with small beige head. Aroma is liquorice, dark dry fruits, caramel malts, some spices as well as some slight notes of alcohol. Flavour is rather well balanced sweet malts, some liquorice, dark dry fruits, some earth, mild spices as well as some fruityness. Warming alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of Grovlam. Opaque dark brown with a dense light brown head leaving laces. Spicy aroma, some burned malts. Quite full-bodied, burned maltiness, spicy and fruity with a whiff ginger. Finishes rather bitter. 311008

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2009
Draft @ Plan B, Copenhagen. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty spicy chocolate aroma. Roasted malty spicy chocolate flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty slightly spicy chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
17th November 2011
Opaque black brown beer, a few bubbles instead of a head. Smooth palate, low carbonation. Smooth lactose dark malt. Touch of wood with a mild whisky - bourbon. A little fruit - well buried. Mild warmth in the finish. Simple but effective!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21576) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle at home ... deep brown bit tan bubbly head ... pick up the cinamon and cocoa in nose ...tracle and gentle spices ... good roast ... nice balance ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2008 Lots of competing spices here, reasonably balanced and much more subtle than its strength. Should get even better after laying down for a year.

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