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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

 (RETIRED)
overall
98
98
style
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: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
avantdagare (143) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10563) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6323) - 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.)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2555) - 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.

4
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (13511) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnoud (286) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2012
2012.05.21 - 750ml bottle in snifter. Pours deep brown or black. Thick one finger caramel head subsides slowly but leaves a nice cap and some lacing. Aroma is spices and mild yeast. Flavor is quite nice. The front end seems to be saying "stout" with a roasty flavor. This never really materializes and instead gives way to the spices. Very nice. I've liked most Mikkeller brews I've had, and I fully expected to like a Mikkeller spiced holiday brew. I was right.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (751) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2012
From notes: Poured opaque deep brown-to-black with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is mild, with cocoa, some spices and maybe a note of yeast. Nice, full body with deep flavors and a medium-thickness. cocoa taste up front, with a nice, lingering bloom of spices in the finish...pretty sure there’s allspice and maybe nutmeg and/or cinnamon. A touch of yeast in the finish. The spices become more notable as it warms.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (11257) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, malt, dried fruits, spices. Flavour is coffee, malt, licorice, alcohol, cinnemon, cloves, spices, sugar. Nice beer.


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