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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2009
A rich milk chocolate aroma, beautiful color. Flavor is thick, some roast, some Christmas spice, maybe nutmeg and incredibly smooth. A hint of graininess and hops in the finish. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2009
Style; glass: Belgian Strong; trappist, tulip, tumbler 25.4 fl oz x 11% ABV = 279.4 / 60 = 4.65 beers * 150 C = 697.5 calories (est.) Purchased at: Canalís Lawrenceville for $12.19 Aroma: cocoa, coriander, orange peel, zest, and pepper. Visuals: fun, idyllic, brand oriented packaging, A deep midnight, deep brown, opaque, bright tan head, sticky lace. Taste: expertly balanced, dark roasted coffee malt, peppery hops, refined strength. Palate: crisp texture gives way to a rounded mouthfeel, long burnt finish with bitterness and cocoa. Overall: delicious, layered and amazing. This is the epitome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Pours a very dark ruby red/chestnut brown color thatís almost black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter edges when held to a light source. Huge frothy light tan/coffee colored head with amazing retention that only slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves thick chunks of soapy lacing in itís wake. Spicy pepper aroma with lots of dark fruit notes, especially dark cherry, grape, raisin and plum. Also, there is some prominent candy sugar, sage, brown sugar and dry piny hops. Peppery spice flavor up front with a full bodied dark roasted malt body. Lots of dark cherry, plum and raisin with a prominent chocolate malt presence. Very well balanced, smooth and creamy and the high ABV is very well masked. This beer is amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. I donít know, it was big., Iím pretty mashed. Here goes. Okay. So, we poured this fucker and thought it was a stout at first, because it was cold and dark, and we had not checked ratebeer. Anyway, back to this guy, He was a nice, tall, dark brew with absolutely no fucking head. At all. Jet black surface. Actually, itís more of a deep brown with tons of sedioment, and, Jesus Christ, the aroma is nuts. with heaps of booze and malts and figs and plums and the rest of the shit us beer nerds smell in these things. Ohhh lawwwwwd, The body. so fucking smooth. it is like... thin chocolate syrup. Hershey;ís. Fucking warming A-bomb in the finish, definitely a fireside sipper Guy . SICKKKKKKKK.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
[At Carlsens with Hans Ole.] Again - foreign belgian brew when itís best. Darkbrown and similar head with aroma of x-mas-spices. More flavornotes of spices, ginger, alcohol, anise, roasted cacao, sweet maltiness and with a long lasting finish of good heavy alcoholic warmness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (7458) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle split with Pat and Vinny, courtesy of Vinny. Pours a deep, murky blackish brown body - maybe some sediment, but this guy is so damn dark. Aroma is cocoa, sweet nuts, dark fruit, and sweet brandy. Mouthfeel is dangerously smooth for an 11ABV beer. Flavors of chocolate, sweet oak, nuts, fig, and a bit of coriander (bizarre).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
It is a black beer with a red hue and the head is dense and creamy. The aroma has notes of chocolate, light dark fruit and light spice. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of roasted malt, plum and other fruits, light alcohol, chocolate, licorice, spice and the finish is slightly dry. It is remarkably delicious. The previous years it has been wonderful, but this year I hear the angels sing. Damn, now I have to buy some more for Christmas eve...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2009
750ml bottle
11.0% ABV
I tried this beer on April 23, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a solid brownish-black with a 1" light brown head. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, yeast, and spices. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, slightly creamy and with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, chocolatey, with a hint of plums and molasses. A very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2010
750 ml. bottle dated from 2008. Pours a very deep, almost black brown with quickly receding bubbly brown-gray head. Aroma of milk chocolate, apricot, peach, chocolate syrup. Taste is an incredible silky smooth mouthful, with notes of chocolate and raisin and fig, citrus fruit, roasted nuts. Carbonation barely noticeable. 11% completely masked, this is simply an incredible brew.

   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...

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