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

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2014
375 ML bottle thanks to papsoe for the bottle Dark murky reddish brown color. Big rocky off white head that falls to a collar. Leaves a thick ring of lacing. Looks very good for the age. Some slight oxidation in the nose but a lot of red wine, oak, and stewed dark fruits that lean more towards a port nose. Rich nose. Taste is dark fruits, well balanced with red wine. Barrel and fruits are very much in tune here. Some of the malt notes come into play but well surprised how the fruit has held up. Soft and silky body. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Solid beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
375 ml bottle. 2009 vintage. Pours a red brown with full head. Aromas of green wood, sherry/port, and resin. Flavors of burnt caramel, oak barrel, and vinous port.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2013
(375ml bottle, 2009 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, red wine, wood, and vanilla. Flavor of caramel, vinous, wood, berries, and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (12049) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 5, 2013
Bottle from Super Best, Rødovre. Dark brown colour wirh a beige head. Aroma and flavour of spice, malt, wine, vanilla and woody notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2013
Cheers Papso you legend. Dark brown pour with little head. Nose reminds of sweet melted caramel. Honestly....it resembles a McDonalds caramel sundae. Crazy. I love them! Loads of caramel and heavy Christmas came fruit driven notes about. Sweet and sticky tones and mouth feel. Good stuff ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18713) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle shared at CPK, London - one of my contributions. Pours dark amber with a large, tan cream head. Dark berries in the nose, some alcohol, light toffee. Medium to big sweet flavor with light earth, alcohol, semi-ripe fruits, mild leathery fruits, raspberry, some fruitcake. Full bodied with very lively carbonation - until I stir the shit out of the beer to calm it down some, at which point the carbonation softens up and the beer’s nuances become a bit more apparent. Warm finish with rich semi-dark fruits, berries especially, and some sweet bread. Not bad but I was hoping for more. Decent depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Massive thanks to Leighton for pulling this out of the cellar! The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is deep brown with a small head. The aroma’s deep spiced chocolate, some raisin, woody bourbon and some red fruits. The taste is prune, brown sugar, chocolate and wood. Rich, full flavors. Slightly metallic body. Perhaps a touch oxidized. Overall, not bad stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy deep mahoganny brown with a thick light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, red wine and Xmas spice. The taste is dark fruit, prune, date, red grape, roasted malt, candy, vinous, chocolate, spice, wood, some astringency and alcohol warmth, with a dry, faintly tart finish. Medium to full body and lively carbonation. Decent, but I can’t say I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2012
37.5 bottle @ home. Pours dark reddish amber with a light tanned head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is red wine, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Flavour is red wine, oak, dark fruits, and caramel.

   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.

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