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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2009

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Belgian Ale brewed with spices and cocoa powder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Cheeseman. Compared to the 2008 version this is less herbaceous with about the same sweetness. The cocoa powder shows through on this one, matched with some pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10137) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle @ Bull and Bush Christmas tasting. Dark reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Slightly burnt caramel, hay, straw, spicy, a touch fruity aroma. Moderately spicy, ginger, piney, grassy, somewhat fruity flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2011
2009 Bottle at home. Reddish brown color with a thin brown head. Sweet malty aroma, ltos of spices, soem cacao,peach and other fruit. Sweet malty taste, spices, lots of fruits, a flowery note, caramel. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - NOV 23, 2011
Dark red brown body, off white head. Strong sweet aroma of caramel, spices, chocolate, licorice, brown sugar; a bit too sweet. Medium lightly carbonated palate. Sweet malty flavour with caramel, alcohol, chocolate, licorice, some orange and lots of spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9361) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle at Craft Beer Co tasting, thanks to Matt. It pours murky deep brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is meat, gravy, spice, dried fruit, caramel and brown sugar. The taste is brown sugar, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, cola, chocolate, spice, light alcohol warmth, molasses and toasted brown bread. Medium to full body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (14303) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle at 1st CBC Sunday Tasting. Many thanks to Matt. The man is doing great work. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Mild roast and toast aroma, some spices, leather, meat and gravy, light toasted sugars. Medium to big sweet flavor, nice caramel and toffee, some spice, light molasses, subtle earth, some brown sugar. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Decent warm finish, slight spice, some more meat and leather, actually just mild booze presence. Very damn solid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove-y spiciness gives life to chocolate, date squares and caramelized nuts in this beautifully cohesive Belgian-style Kerstbier.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slim veil of foam skirts the reddish dark brown.
-The leafy hop bitterness is able to quieten the panoramic dessert flavor display.
-The spiciness is well balanced and never gets tiresome.
-This is a fantastic red meat accompaniment. Could make a nice glühbier too...
-Light alcohol heat, roasted malts and raisins are other nuances this brew can easily share with those looking for complexity.
-This is a fun change of pace in the vast Mikkeller lineup; complexity abounds yet intensity is part of the appeal.

2-year-old bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2011
Brown coloured beer wiht average carbonation and an average off-white head. Very special aorma. sweet fruity zestyand herby fruity aroma. Full palate. Finish is special as well. Fruity herby hinted. Special one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
In short: A rough, boozy, too sweet and very spicy big brown beer. Meh.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed approximately 1.5 year after the beer release
The look: Cloudy brown body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose is spicy and quite sweet with cacao and caramel fudge. Taste has a lot of burnt sugars, rough toasted grainy malts, plenty of cacao, too much spices, earth, toffee, burnt caramel, sweet candies, too much booze, some dried dark fruits. The beer was too sweet and too boozy for my liking but it is the spiciness that I found even more annoying. Star anise, cloves, ginger, cloves, more… This is a very tasty beer that can fair well in a tasting/small serving but I found a full bottle to be a challenge to drink by myself. I have somewhat enjoyed the previous Mikkeller Santas Little Helper but this one just wasn’t for me. Santa was not good with me this year, maybe I have been a bad bad boy, about which I’d I’d say that I might be a drunk, a liar, a scumbag but I AM NOT a registered sex offender. The line to register was just way too long.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4999) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle from Alko Arkadia. Originally rated on 28.11.2009. Great beer with a fruity and spicy taste.

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