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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: 232   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.

chimaybier's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Colour: Very dark brown... Head: Very light brown, retention is excellent, for as high as a high gravity beer as this... dense, but not rocky. Bouquet: toffiesh, yeasty, yet herbal and minty. Taste: hoppy bitterness with maltiness. The palate to me, was oily but in a very good way. Excellent nutty maltiness with that slight touch of minty herbalness that characterizes a Christmas ale. Another masterpiece from De Proef Brouwerij in Belgium! God will have this (and many others available in Heaven to enjoy at the marriage supper with the LORD!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (818) - FINLAND - AUG 7, 2016
Vajaat 4 vuotta ikääntynyt Pukin pikku apulainen maistelussa. Tummanruskea olut kohtalaisella vaaleanruskealla, hieman maitokahvin värisellä vaahdolla. Intensiivinen tuoksu hyökkää esiin jo pulloa avatessa. Tuoksussa marjaista mausteisuutta, salmiakkia, paahteisuutta sekä lämmittävän jouluinen ja punaviinimäinen tunnelma. Maku tuo vahvasti mieleen punaviinin. Oikein täyteläinen, sopivalla sekoituksella makea, jouluisen mausteinen, salmiakkinen, luumuinen sekä hieman kuivattavan katkera loppuliu’ultaan. Kevyt hiilihappoisuus keventää kivasti täyteläistä, sokerista suutuntumaa. Todella laadukas olut ja kypsytys on ehdottomasti kannattanut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1779) - 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 (10653) - 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 (10242) - 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 (7837) - 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 (11232) - Where the wild whales are, 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 (4321) - 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 (7484) - 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 (693) - 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.

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