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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: 237   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. 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.

mcbackus' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle: pours a dark dark brown with no head. Aroma is chocolatey woth some earthy spice and toffee malts very enjoyable. Flavor is a soft chocolate and a rich spicey roast. A thin mouthfeel at first then a heavy spice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6096) - 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 (5289) - 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 (2481) - 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 (6160) - 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 (1159) - 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 (3149) - Oulu, 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 (1977) - 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 (6685) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , 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 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle sitting my the "cellar" since purchase and served in my Iechyd Da snifter: pours jet black with absolutely no head nor carbonation (but I knew that already). The aroma has massive anise, prune and marzipan along with moderate roast, chocolate, rye bread, corriander and and herbal hops. The citric zest notes have long faded away and the cinnamon has melded into the malts. Slight cardboardy and "pickle" note as well. The taste is oxidized malts and moderate spicing... and I LIKE IT! The crash of opposing flavors that were in this beer when fresh have gone bye-bye. Now it has taken on the character of a nicely aged Imperial Stout versus a muddled Dark Belgian of itís youth. Too bad this is not carbonated or the score would have been much much higher.

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