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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5079) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Dark brown pour, with a medium sized light tan head. Dark fruits, dry roasted malt, a fair amount of bitterness, christmas spices, light chocolate, and molasses. Not really what I was expecting, more burnt and bitter, and less rich sweetness. Still a decent holiday ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2011
On tap. Opaque dark brown with a small, rough off-white head. The aroma is a bit odd, a strange spiciness but also gluey with distinct alcohol. Full-bodied with dried dark fruits and brown sugars. Alcoholic finish. I bet age would do good to this. 041111

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2011
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with a large sized light brown head. The aroma holds Christmas spices - ginger, clove, nutmeg, light cardamom and soft pepper alongside notes of fruity esters, mild green hops (pine/herbs/grass/green citrus), liquorice, earth, raisins, berries, spicy brown sugar/candi sugar and light phenols. The nose is warm, bit creamy an quite complex and reminds me a bit of swedish glögg. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium bitter and light ascidic. Tones of, spices, liquorice, gingerbread, pine, brown sugar, dark fruits, glögg and light smoky phenols. The mouthfeel is creamy, soft and round with a light carbonation. Light numbing and medium bitter finish. Christmas spices and grapefruit lingers. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermi (894) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2011
375 ml, bottled. Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma: Coffee, chocolate. Roasted malt. Taste: Nice bitterness, some sweetness. Alcohol compound. Full bodied. Palate: Fair carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Smells like dark caramels and toffee. Pours a dark brown. Taste is fairly balanced but there are some baking spices and light chocolates. Hides the booze well. A fairly easy drinking winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wonkazoo (7) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2011 does not count
A delightful beer, beautiful and dark as per the Mikkeller standard, head is creamy and thick, and the beer is slippery and velvety all at once. A bit lighter than some of the Mikkeller brews, but still retains much of the complexity that I am learning to appreciate well in this brewery. A delightful beer for a cold winter evening, and one that won’t necessarily leave you knackered the next day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (1763) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2011
On tap. Pours very dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Aroma is orange jam, sweet melon, cloves, honey, red candied apples and some sweet nutty toffe stuff. Taste is chocolate, caramel, deep roasted malts, syrup, brown sugar, christmas spices, some hops is showing and some orange peel. Santa got himself a nice little helper this year too!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (4980) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2011
37,5cl bottle from Alko. Poured black with a brownish head. Aroma has liquirice, spices and malt. Flavor is liquirice, roasted malt with spices coming better through as it gets warmer. Some alcohol in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
black with off white small head, Aroma, cantaloupe, melon, pepper, spiced, dried fruits, raisins, dusty, wheat, overrioe plums, prunes, cloves, molasses, floral, some honey, brown sugar, medium mouthfeel, taste is melon, some dry bitterness, roasted, light liquorice, spices, hard burnt malt, tingly,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5407) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 375ml bottle from Alko

Batch 201120 - Pours dark brown with a small sticky bubbly head. Aroma has notes of caramel, syrup, spices and malts. Taste is quite spicy and malty with notes of roastiness, pepper, chocolate and hops. Full bodied and carbonated. Finish is smooth and warming, alcohol is quite well hidden. Okay, but still quite raw and unbalanced Belgian ale. 7-4-7-3-14 = 3.5

Re-rated on 26.12.2012, 375ml bottle from Alko. Batch 201130 - Taste has evolved quite a lot and is now a lot more malt heavy, the spices have blended in nicely and aren’t as disturbing as they were before. A lot more roastiness and less carbonation, slightly sweetish notes as well. Feels almost like a dark Belgian ale mixed with a barley wine with some spiciness. Nice.

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