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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: 208   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.
Version sold in Sweden was 9.1%
English: Belgian Ale brewed with spices

   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 (6476) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12953) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
Near black with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit, pine needles, cardemum and cinnamon. Sweet and spicy flavour with caramel and toffee and a slightly roasted finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2011
Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, caramel, fruit, dried fruit, spices and alcohol. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is alcoholwarmth and sweetness. Overall an average beer with a high level of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2676) - Kaarina, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 A almost black beer with a medium, brown head. Aroma is great, roastiness and liquirice, lot of pine woods and some warming alcohol and spicyness. Taste is also roasted with liquirice, medium piney bitterness, spicyness, anis and some black peppers and spicyness. Smooth carbonation, full bodied, pleasant to drink. When the beer is warmer, then spicyness is more dominant than liquirice. This year Santas helper hitts the target and I enjoy this package, very succesfully, enjoyable, distantly similar than Nøgne Ø #100, but clearly more spicy. Edit. 2.11.2012. One year old, now there are also dark furits and raisins in the aroma, same dark fruits can be found also from the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikkopen (1058) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2011
375 ml bottle. Black, with a thick and creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, alcohol and spices. The flavour is dry, roasted, with coffee, chocolate, and a spicy, alcoholic finish. Alcohol is a bit too sharply present. A few years of aging might help.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBaboon (1978) - FINLAND - NOV 8, 2011
Santa’s Little Helperin vuosikerta 2011 on aika kaunis olut. Se on musta ja sen vaahto on ruskea. Vaahto ei häviä hetkessä vaan sinnittelee koristeena hyvän aikaa. Oluen tuoksussa on mausteita, suklaata ja aromihumalaa. Suussa olut on mausteinen - onhan tämä jouluolut. Olut on lakritsinen, makea ja jouluoluille epätyypillisen voimakkaan humaloitu maultaan. Kohtalaisen paksurunkoinen olut on kyseessä. Kyllähän tätä voisi pullollisen ostaa kellariin seuraavaakin joulua odottamaan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2011
0.375 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Opaque dark brown color with creamy head. Sweet aroma with dark sugar, solvent, licorice, pepper, nutmeg, coffee and hint of raisins. Thick sweet flavor with woody spices (licorice, nutmeg, clove), chocolate-licorice roastiness and toffee. Full bodied with smooth palate. Bitterness, licorice, charcoal and woody spices in finish. A bit hot on alcohol, but not bad. Spiciness is in fairly good control.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (10446) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle @ Ølkonsortiet christmas beer tasting. Pours black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, berries, licorice. Taste is malt, yeast, dark chocolate, dark fruit, berries, light licorice, spices, alcohol showing up in the finish. Full body, soft carbonation. Could well be mistaken for a imperial stout, but whatever still a great beer. 051111

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8870) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2011
Draught. High creamy and lasting light brown head. Pitch black body. Creamy coffee choccolate aroma. Mild and relatively sweet spicy coffree choccolate flavor with low carbonation and a long aftertaste. Sweet but thereby the alcohol gets hidden in a very pleasant way.

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