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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: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Belgian Ale brewed with spices and cocoa powder.

   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 (5399) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle from Alko Arkadia. Originally rated on 28.11.2009. Great beer with a fruity and spicy taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2011
750, corked and baled and foiled. Year and a half old or so at this point. Lovely packaging as we have all come to expect from these guys. Pours an opaque dark brown with a sudsy and creamy tan head. Loose stringy lace. Big fruity nose, showing plenty of dates, figs, and raisins. Watery body, almost going a bit thin. Dates, figs, raisins, caramel, molasses on the mid palate. Mild fruity finish. Aging is definitely taking the wind out of the sails of this one, but it’s still a very pleasant and enjoyable big holiday BSA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
Aroma of spices, coacoa, mild hops, malt. Cloudy dark brown pour with a medium beige head. The flavor is very sweet (licorice) with some coacoa and spices. The body is medium with a slightly vinous texture and medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SirLimpsalot (3022) - SWEDEN - APR 23, 2011
Flaska Mikkeller Bar 2011: Mycket nötig kolasmak, brända toner och ganska så trevlig.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 2, 2011
Bottle, 75cl. A clear, very dark red to brownish beer topped by a finger thick, dense, beige head. The aroma is vinous, with dried fruits, piney hops, a little alcohol and yeast and some chocolate. Bitter, piney flavor, vinous and with chocolate and some berries. A faint note of coffee too. Full-bodied and slightly warming. The finish is of the lasting kind, seemingly lasting forever. A lovely Christmas beer, strong and tasteful. 101229

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Brownish beer with a tan head. Cocoa and spice aroma with yeast and rich malt. Malt and spice flavor with light cocoa and light yeast. Medium-plus bodied. Light chocolate and light malt linger with light toffee, yeast, and spice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (13339) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle. Red amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, malt, fruit, chocolate. Flavour is sugar, alcohol, malt, hop, fruit, chocolate, spices. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle… Space Coast Craft Beer Festival 2011… Pours very dark brown with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is mainly of caramel and chocolate, but there are also nice components of leather, funkiness and smoke. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated with a 2%-milk mouthfeel. The well-balanced flavor presents some really nice “imperial brown ale” (toffee, caramel, mocha) features. Bittersweet, dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (3570) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
I should mention i tasted the last little bit in a bottle being shared by several people which probably effected it’s murkiness and carbonation brown and murky and looks flat nose is alcohol and yeast (tart and floral yeast) med/thin body, flat dry toast/bready yeast and mild alcohol flavours. need to try again

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