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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: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2012
Aroma has dark sweet malting, licorice, herbs, citrus, pine. Lots of character and nuances. Looks also great. oily black, creamy frothy long head is beige. After aroma taste is surprisingly crisp, noppiness more in front. Good taste. Dry coffee and elements from aroma. Crisp roasted, dry finish, full. Great Christmas beer for dessert or just to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle, 75cl. It’s looking really gorgeous this one, with a dark reddish brown body, and lacings left as the two-finger, dense beige head slides down the sides of the glass while drinking. Licorice, chocolate, coffee and some dried fruits hits the nose, as well as some spiced hints with cinnamon amongst other. Quite dryish on the palate, full-bodied and soft. Some alcohol warmth, and a nice bitterness in the flavor. Coffee, chocolate, licorice and dried fruits too. Bitter and roasted in the end. Certainly a good way to make a Christmas beer. 111229

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2757) - NORWAY - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown body, low beige head. Aroma of caramel, anis, coffee, chocolate. Fruity yeast taste, with licorice, roast, cardamom, toffee and orange. Roasty bitter finish. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (12870) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
served on tap into a half pint ’tulip’ style glass at the Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell (Dec ’11). Dark brown to black colour. Smells fruity, dried fruits, raisens, orange peel, cranberry. Tastes of mildly spiced fruits, berries, toffee, caramel a hint of nutmeg perhaps. Mouthfeel, creamy with a dry-ish finish, great taste and feel in the mouth and on the palate. Overall a rich complex beer that did not dissapoint

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
avantdagare (151) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2012
1 finger beige head that sank to 5mm, black-brown body. Nose: Licorice, ginger, dates and prunes. Aroma: Licorice, licorice-root, ginger, cinnamon, pumpernickel and dates. A little sharp, rough and dry spiceyness. Vineous. Some bitterness in the ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11219) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Opague. Malt, roast, bourbon notes in the aroma. Almost tart flavor with malt, roast, alcohol, bourbon and dried red fruit. Full bodied. tasty. A big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6767) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2012
Medium beige head. Opaque black body. Strong spicy roasty cocoa aroma with notes of cloves, cinnamon, and anise. Dry-sweet cocoa and alcohol taste with strong spicy notes of cloves and cinnamon. Full-bodied. Mild, smooth, and somewhat hot mouthfeel. Dryish minty spicy earthy roasty aftertaste with caramelly coffee and cocoa notes. Hard to identify the spices, as the beer is powerfully flavoured, and everything seems to sort of mix together nicely. Nice, sippable. (0.375l bottle, I forget where from.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2880) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle, 14C. Almost black with a tan head that fades to a coat but laces well. Gentle aroma of plums, cinnamon, dark sugars. Full-bodied but not heavy, gentle carbonation. Tends to creamy rather than syrupy. Taste is sweet with balancing spices - star anise and cinnamon, maybe some mace and cloves- , bitterness and coffee astringency in about equal measure. Alcohol is not there but not raw (although 750ml is a bit much for one). The flavours are fine but not terribly deep - it’s the graciousness of the balance that charms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a dark brown color with a large brown head. The nose is bready with notes of spice cake. The flavor is a little bready but not heavy. Lots of dried fruit, spices, and a touch of residual sweetness. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Very nice. This can make for a very merry Christmas indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown, huge brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, subtle coffee and licorice. Taste is licorice, tar, burnt coffee. Very boozy.

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