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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


on tap


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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (40504) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2635) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7587) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11652) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Skjold Burne, Roskilde.
Deep brown pour with a firm, staying, creamy, beige head. Nice lacings. Aroma has lovely complex caramel, toasted, light chocolate, plums, raisins, holly, light cloves, milky, some piney hops. Highish carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, some ginger and cinnamon mixing in with the chocolate and dried fruit. Cocoa nibs, piney hops, vinious and warming. Soft malty bitter and milky notes in a quite bitter finish. Really lovely this year!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (2432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown/black with a thick tan head. Roasted malt, spices, dried fruit in the aroma. Sweet with a mild bitterness finishing off. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikaJuhani (28) - FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Nice roasty aroma, pours great brown head. Good strong balanced taste with good dose of hops. Medium body with creamy texture. Nice bitter finish. Overall nice Belgian style strong ale but where is the xmas?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tero (49) - FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Chocolate, coffee, bread, alcohol, black, heavy cloying sweetness, soft carbonation, long finish. Very nice and strong christmas beer, makes me happy but doesn’t blow my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (5616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2011
(Bottle, 0.375 l - batch 201120, from Alko, 20111124) The beer poured almost black and clear. Its head was medium sized, fizzy and light brown. Aroma had chocolate, liquorice and mildly spices. Palate was full bodied, warming and bit oily with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, chocolate, ash, orange and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty and bitter. Very strong flavours but spices were luckily mostly in the backgroung. Good in small portions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2011
200ml on tap at Ørsted Ølbar. Coal black body, fragile lacing, naked surface. Exhibits a great aroma of dried fruits, Christmas spices and anise-like malts. Comprehensive and well balanced taste character of pine needles, dark fruits added by coffee and nuts. Spiced bitter ending. Full bodied but not too heavy to drink. My friend Esben said that this was the best Yuletide brew he ever had tasted, and it’s truly flavoursome one (Copenhagen, 05.11.2011).

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