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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   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2011
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Mikkeller did a nice job on this holiday ale. Pours with a milk chocolate body, and a rich creamy head with a ring of retention. In the nose lots of sweet candies and chocolate, as well as peppery spice and fruity, citrus spice in a balanced, hoppy background. Tasting-wise, coriander citrus comes on strong up front, then sweet candy, peppery spice, herbals hops, and cocoa afterwards. The feel is quite rich, creamy, and spicy. Wish there was a bit more prominent roast. The peppery spice is not overdone and everything blends together nicely. Maybe not my favorite holiday ale, but well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3277) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and spices. Flavors of raisins and dates with lots of spices and some dark chocolate. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
[4167-20111203] Tap. Sweet roasted grains aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head and some light lacing. Roasted bitter alcohol grains flavour. Full body is quite boozy. Tasty but packs a little punch. (8/4-/7/3/14) 3.6
(@ Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Tap at Beachwood long beach. Clear inky red pour with mocha foam. Nose is somewhat medicinal, baked cherry, prunes, cinnamon dark bread. Taste is bitter, decently roasty, some cocoa, also some dark cherry and Pumpernickel bread. Dry, bitter cocoa finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (5880) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Aged 2 years. Heavy dark brown pour, no real head to speak of. Nose is a bit restrained but contains some chewy plum and a touch of light herbal Christmas spices. Flavor is dark and plummy, with a bright cheesy malty middle with a wee herbal tone throughout. Not necessarily plummy, just a bit sweet and fruity-malty. A bit booze forward without the necessary depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8907) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at ekstedt tasting on December 2, 2011
2011 edition, 37.5 cl, BB 31/08/17, marked 9.1%
Dark brown color, to black. Light brown head. Spicy alcohol scent. Malty, grainy, alcohol taste. Grainy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (9745) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Keg at CP&K. It pours opaque brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is caramel, treacle, aniseed, chocolate, spice, coffee, tar and varnish. The taste is leather, wood, coffee liqueur, tangy dark fruit, sweet toffee, petrol, charcoal, ash, liquorice, roasted malt and spice, with a long, dry finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Decent, but I prefer some of the previous iterations of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (9820) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle 750ml @ yngwie
Pours deep brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits and spices. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (4809) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Poured a deep dark brown with aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, wood, vanilla, spice and some yeast. Flavors are the same, blending nicely together. As it warms the booze flavor comes out more, but still good none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (3158) - FINLAND - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle 37,5 cl, BBE 31.08.2017. Pours dark brown with a thick creamy darkly tanned head. Huge amounts of lacing on the glass. Spices, dark chocolate, coffee and some dark dried fruits in aroma. Taste is dominated quite strongly with coffee at first. Malts and chocolate too in flavor and some hoppy herbal dryness in finish as well. Smooth, but a bit of the alcohol is pushing through. Somewhat earthy and spicy in aftertaste.

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