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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: En mørk, stærk belgisk ale brygget på: vand, malt, flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, mørk cassonadesukker, humle, krydderier og gær.

English: Belgian Ale brewed with spices


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7664) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at ekstedt tasting on December 2, 2011
2011 edition, 37.5 cl, BB 31/08/17, marked 9.1%
Dark brown color, to black. Light brown head. Spicy alcohol scent. Malty, grainy, alcohol taste. Grainy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erasmus_ro (1263) - Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brownish tinge against the light and a large, thick, latte head. Aroma is fairly sweet with liquorice, coffee, alcohol, tones of christmassy spices. Taste is rather sweet though, again with coffee and spices and roastedness as well as alcohol. Palate is medium, could be fuller. Rather disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10047) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at Ekstedts tasting 2011-12-02. Spicy malty aroma, coriander, ginger, some brown sugar and yeast. Malty spicy flavor, chocolate, cocoa, milky notes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ExpendableHero (742) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
This beer rocks. Dark brown, with some reddish hues. Strong aromas of spices, and dark chocolate. Tastes of dark fruit, toffee/caramel, dark chocolate, some coffee, and lots of malt. A bit thick, with some warming booze thrown in. Sweet, chocolaty finish. This stuff is great, words do not do it justice. I strongly recommend this to anyone.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2451) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2011
(bottle) Colour is deep red-ish black. Head is large and foamy. Fruity berry aroma with some roasted notes. Flavour is loads of salty licorice with a smooth and warming finish. A really good Belgian Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Tap. Pours opaque with a medium, fizzy tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malt with light ash and smoke, dark fruity esters and light alcohol notes. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, and roast malt, dark fruity esters, medium bitterness and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011

Bottle 750ml.

Clear dark black brown colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, dusty, moderate hoppy, hops. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111123]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2228) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. This is a really good christmas sipper. It’s sweet of chocoalte and at the same time quite aggressive with notes of something burned and licorice. Also quite spicy. BIg bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
On tap at The Bavarian Lodge. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of nice lacing throughout. Aroma is rich, milky chocolates and coffee with a light spicing. Some licorice, dark fruits, and toffee. Flavor is licorice spice and rich chocolates up front with some toffee and dark fruits. A nice coffee and roast comes through in the end as this finishes dry, but rich and balanced with a light hoppy bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a moderate, soft carbonation. Overall, a really solid beer. Chocolate and roasty with a really smooth body and a nice, dry, roasty, somewhat hoppy bitterness. Nice licorice spice as well. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2011
750 ml bottle at the Bayou. Pours a totally black color with a medium brown head. This is not what I think of with a Belgian Strong Ale, more of a porter. A sweet nose of chocolate, roast and fruity hops. The flavor is a very hoppy and spiced up solid porter; roast, chocolate and coffee, bitter hops in the finish, some milkiness. A solid brew, Mike commented that this was like a Mole which is a good descriptor.


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