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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2009 (Barrel Aged Red Wine Edition)

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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: En mørk stærk belgisk ale brygget på: vand, malt (pale, biscuit, special-B og pale chocolate), flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, mørk kandis, humle (northern brewer, hallertauer, styrian goldings og simcoe), krydderier (sød appelsinskal, bitter appelsinskal, korianderfrø, kanel, kakao og stjerneanis) og belgisk alegær… og lagret på fad.

English: Aged 4 months on Red Wine Barrels.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2012
(From notes 13.11.12) Bottle. Beige foam, settles fast. Beer is a hazy dark brown color. Aroma has hints of blue cheese (!), sweet and quite like a Belgian (spiced) Xmas ale. Flavors are dark sugar, sweet, a little bit of all kinds of things, a wee bit bitter. Very smooth mouthfeel. Aftertaste is malty and sweet.

Overall, good stuff. For some reasons makes me think of a very spicy Pannepot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8226) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2012
375ml bottle shared by Dutchdrebus. Very dark brown color, small beige to light brown colored head. Smell malts, some vanilla, wood, some wine. Taste malts, sweetness, wood, wine influences. Soft but suitable carbo, medium to full body, silky mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4018) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle thx to myself @ joes. Quite dark brown to red colour, little to no head. Smells sweet, oak, some wine, roasty, some chocolate. Tastes sweet, oak, vanilla, subtle red wine notes, earthy. Full body, slightly warming, low carbo.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8434) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
375mL red sparkle wax thanks to anders37 at Woodshop 7. Pours a tepid, murky brune with a ring of tan bubbles. Nose is sweet cherry juice, savory soy and mushroom. Taste is sweet, cherry juice box, sugar cube, oil, sweet tea. A bit cloying through the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (1980) - NORWAY - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle shared at a cottage near Blokhus, summer 2012
Pours brown red, tanned head. Smells of red wine, dark fruits, tart apples. Taste is light sweet, quite dry, some unripe fruits, caramel, wine and oak. Medium bitter finish, quite fruity. Totally a beer with a very distinct barrel character. Maybe a bit too much barrel character? Still, it’s a very nice beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AshtonMcCobb (2544) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle shared with onkelgobber. Thanks. Pours a cloudy amber or dark brown. The nose has ginger biscuits, demarara sugar and orange peel. The taste has chocolate orange, then ginger with coriander seeds on the end. The palate has a medium bodied elegant start which builds and builds and then the finish is long and delicious. Overall, lovely and complex doesn’t do justice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1055) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2012
Bottled 3 years, 10 months and 17 days ago. Pours deep golden-brown with an off-white head. Nose of apple, some caramel, nuts, milk powder (?). Taste is very warm as from the beginning, sweet, near the end the freshness and sourness of the wine barrel kicks in. Glowing finish with spicy herbs.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOLA_DK (285) - DENMARK - JAN 27, 2012
Pours dark mahogony with a mocca head. Aroma is sweet-ish aromatic and a hint of alcohol. Spicy, fairly lightbodied easy to drink. Not much bitterness nice touch of red wine

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MotherBrother (693) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2012
Pour deep hazy, almost opaque orange/reddish, with a thick off-white head. Aroma is quite complex, and really malty. Lots of caramel, candied sugar, plums, dades, raisins and vanilla. Also some spices in here. Aftertaste brings the wood, which rounds this up nicely. Taste is pretty sweet, and quite christmassy. You know what I mean. Medium body, with a fizzy carb. There’s quite alot of heat comming through towards the end.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (8047) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2011
375ml compact, dark green bottle, bought at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen more than a year ago. Lots of small bubbles to a fawn-coloured head that stays well on top of a clear, mahogany coloured body. Hazy, last pour. Smell of earthy malts and mid-tart berries. Vinous taste profile with reminiscences of Madeira. Blend of citric fruits, candy sweetness and chocolate malts. The finish is made up by bittersweet spices. Integrated, warming alcohol. Quite well made and a fine Yuletide sipper on a relaxing evening at home (Tromsø, 28.12.2011).


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