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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2010

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Editor’s note: the version sold in Sweden is a little weaker at 9.1% ABV.

Danish: En mørk stærk belgisk ale brygget på: vand, malt (maris otter, special-B, biscuit, og pale chocolate), havre, sukker (mørk candi sirup og mørk cassonade) humle (northern brewer, hallertauer, styrian golding), krydderier (sød appelsinskal, bitter appelsinskal og muskatnød) og belgisk alegær.

JDBaker11058's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JDBaker11058 (1782) - Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Appearance: very dark brown, almost like a porter; thick, creamy off-white head that lingered in the trappist goblet throughout; rich, thick lacing. Aroma: warm, dark malts, chocolate, dark fruits (cherries?) in syrup, raisins, molasses, hint of cinnamon and clove. Taste: rich dark toasty malts, bittersweet chocolate, bit of brulee’d sugar, anise, ginger, hint of cloves, molasses, brown sugar, and a nice dosage of sprucy, resinous hops. Finish: lingering sense of warm dark bread just eaten, with a yeasty spiciness mixing with the hops to freshen the palate. Notes: A superlatively enjoyable holiday beer. This was my first beer from Mikkeller. Judging by this one, it certainly won’t be the last.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1629) - DENMARK - AUG 2, 2015
Aroma: Fruity sweet with roasted malt and spice. Flavour: Sweet dark berries and rasins. Dark roasted malt and some bitterness. A thick creamy mouthfeel. Colour: Dark brown with a light brown head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (9823) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
750 ml bottle. BB 15/09/16. Bought some years ago... Dark reddish brown colour with a small tan head. Spices, sweetness, malt, liquorice, chocolate and some alcohol notes in the aroma. The flavour is chocolate, spices, sweet malt, toffee and alcohol. This has aged quite nicely. Strong and Christmas spicy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9234) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
more ripe fruit and booze in here than past years, but still a very nice Belgian dark ale. Getting up there in price, though...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6970) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 30, 2014
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. The aroma is rich sweet red-berry fruit. The flavour is strong sweet with a big rich spicy fruit palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (9632) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Rlgk. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of big raisin, prunes, overripe dark fruits, Christmas spices, toffee and a slight dank mold aspect, not in an unpleasant way, from the aging. Flavor is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a real booziness coming out in the palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
Backlog, bottle from Systembolaget. Loads of spices, some raisins and dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4067) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle shared up at Proof. Big Christmas aroma, little tart vibe and dark fruit. Mulled cider vibe. Caramel, dark fruit, orange peel. Great balance. 7.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6696) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Aged 3 years. Dark brown pour under a thin tan head. Nose is strong with some herbal and cocoa notes, booze esters, and mulling spice, maybe some cinnamon. Flavor is big and bold, a bit heavy on the Christmas spice notes, some floral tones, and lots of boozy plum. Warm cinnamon and malt finish. But again, a bit too dry and herbal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeyo1 (593) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle @ home, aged three years. Brownish red color and a beige frothy head with small bubbles. Nose is sweet and port wine like, notes of dark fruits, raisins mostly, spices, nuts, toffee, red apple, a hint of licorice and a lightly roasted character. Taste is smooth, sweet and spicy, with balanced sweetness from toffee & cocoa butter. Nuts, red apple, cinnamon, raisins & vanilla. Some alcahol shines through but at pleasant levels. Medium to full body. Finishes nicely with a dry and woody, somewhat tart bitterness and a lingering honeylike sweetness. A wonderful beer for Christmas eve.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Opaque chocolatey brown in color with a good amount of tan head. Fair to good lacing and nice collar throughout. Aroma is a cornacopia of spices, some deep caramel, and faintly buttery. Very thick body and medium carbonation. Taste is rich caramel and all that spice! Taste is good, but the aroma hits me better. Well balanced, but kind of two dimensional.

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