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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011 (Barrel Aged White Wine Edition)

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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011 (Barrel Aged White Wine Edition)
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Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian ale brewed with spices and aged in white wine barrels


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (2415) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown pour, off white head sweet malt aroma, slight roast malt taste bit boring this one move along.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (10186) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is vineous, malt, licorice. Flavour is white wine, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, licorice. Full body. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7772) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2013
Medium, rusty-yellow head, fast gone over practically black beer. Very sharp alcohol & wood nose, nearly woodstainer-like, tannines, acetone. Red or blue fruit & fruitwine in the background, some chocolate. Taste is thankfully more mellow, if again with fruity, woody & fusely notes; old winecasks, solvent, but always with a sweetish fruitiness behind. Finish is dry; carbonation more in the feel than in the glass. Very slick, oily. The nose is shocking, even where it speaks of better things to come. But I guess many’s the candidate that would be put off immediately, and that is a minus, whatever way one wants to look at it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at home (BOE) 01/01/13. Murky dark mahogony brown approaching black with a thin tan head that escapes to the edge and leaves a thin film. After 5 to 10 minutes there is no trace of this. Nose is damp wood, spice, Ronseal, medicinal, sour dark fruit, harsh booze. Taste comprises dark fruits, wood, sweet grapes, sweet dark sugars, burnt toffee, dates, raisens, touch of booze but well integrated. Full bodied with a little too much spritz in the carbonation for my liking. Having skimmed a few other folks rates before cracking this one open, it was better than expected but for the cost of the bottle and what could have been, very low in the Mikkeller pecking order! This one actually disintegrated as I rated - had it at 3.4 after 5 minutes. Last third I knocked .1 off taste and overall it just seemed less integrated and harsher, more medicinal!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jesperhammer (2814) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
28-DEC-2012, bottle @home, from Magasin. Pours cloudy, dark, dark brown with ninja-fast dying light brown head. Aroma is wine-like, acotone, alcohol, the little chemist play-set... Taste again chemical. Wood, dusty bready malt. Vanilla, sweet, alcoholic notes. BAD! Were is the QA department? They went home? Clearly a sick bottle. Can see that other raters have some of the same off-elements. I had to check to see if it was only my bottle. But no. First I think the 2011 version of Santas Little Helper is one of the weaker. Then barrel aging it may not be the smartest thing to do, but hey that is just to my taste. BUT shipping something like this is a disappointment from one of the greatest brewers in my book. Shame...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11099) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Kihoskh, Cph. Pours deep black with a small, creamy, beige film head. Aroma has oak, glue, roasted and light chocolate. Low carbonation, oily and fat mouthfeel. Flavour has roasted malts, soft chocolate, oak, light glue, grape sweetness. A bit over the top.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Dark brown colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Some whitewine barrel notes and no fruity notes. Moderate bitter flavor. More like a stout than belgian style. Long finish. Creamy palate. not my favorite.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yorker (1090) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is vinous, oak, liquorice, and dark fruits. Flavour is vinous, oak, vanilla, and liquorice. Better than the Speyside version, but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
Dark brown colored beer. Fruity aroma and flavor. Also wood, vinous notes and some chocolate. Some bitterness of burned malts, slightly acidic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (858) - DENMARK - DEC 22, 2012
A good sweetness and a winelike sourness and good bitterness. Black in color with a fading white head.


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