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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Aroma is lightly toasted rye bread, chocolate chocolate chip cookie and some five spice with a hint of anise. Flavor is awesome. I get pumpernickel snappiness up front followed by some spice and then back to the brown bread, finishing with a slight hop resin note. A luscious mouthfeel that comes off not heavy or oily at all, but rather air infused and dense like whipped cream style. Great beer. Thanks Mikkeller. 2011 25.4 oz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
(bottle 31 /12-2011) medium brown head, black color, roasted coffee aroma, dry roasted taste. Like a smoked imperial stout. BB date 25/08/17, bottled 25/08/11.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Fragrant, but not in a perfume sense, more in the way that only beer can be, with hints of dark cocoa. Wonderfully and unyieldingly dark, with a persistent, rocky head of tan. Such a smooth, balanced taste for such a rich beer, leaning towards bitter; powerful but in no way overwhelming. It’s a full, creamy body with taste of fruity esters, that leaves that beautiful warming sensation from the throat to the belly. One of the best Belgians I’ve ever had. Buy up what you can find!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (6194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle from systembolaget. It poured a dark liquid with big brown head. Dark malty smell with spices, ripe fruit and some yeast. Similar taste. Complex and well balanced beer. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (4167) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2012
Tap @ Henrik. This is a deep dark brown one with a nice big, tan and bubbly head that both sticks around for a while and laces quite massively down the sides of the glass. Served way to cold of course, so it need some warming up. Normally that’s not to much of a problem but when you have been walking out in the rainy/snowy Bergen weather, warming a ice cold glass is not the first thing your hands want to do. Anyhow, after a while the aroma is filled with sweet chocolate ice cream, tons of roasted malts, lots and lots of woody vanilla and some hints of leather. Powerful on the aroma. Must admit that I’ve always thought that this was a imperial stout, but I now understand why It’s a Belgian. It has this thick and chewy - but also light and fluffy - almost velvety mouthfeel and the carbonation level is small-prickling and quite average. Chocolaty-roasted silky flavors with vanilla, wood, spices, yeast and brown caramel fudge. It ends perfectly hoppy-bitter with this everlasting prickling chocolaty, espresso powder, leather and dry finish and a warming slightly boozy aftertaste that lasts for quite a while. Heavy stuff from the Dane. I really like it! 29.12.2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AshtonMcCobb (5335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
75cl bottle thanks to onkelgobber. Pours opaque black with a slim but attractive head. The nose has nuts and praline. The taste has more hazelnuts, toffee, some spice, ginger cake. The palate is full bodied, with a lovely long texture that leans into the finish. Overall, absolutely gorgeous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5531) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Dark chocolate, raisins, vanilla and roasted nut aromas. Medium bodied with dark chocolate covered pit fruit upfront turning dusty and hot in the lasting espresso finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkoholocaust (37) - HELSINKI, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2013
0,375l bottle. About 1 year old. Pitch black with huge brown head. Aroma: Strong burnt, like sweet liqueur and dark fruits. Taste: Light smoky, dates, hopped and cognac. Full body with long and strong hopping. Average carb. No taste of alcohol at all. Improved at the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7877) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with creamy beige head. The aroma is dark ripe fruit, roasted malts, spices, chocolate and some hops. The flavour is roasted and spicy with notes of toasted caramel, chocolate, berries and some hops. Creamy texture. Berries and fruit in the finish. Great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1677) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 .35l bottle @ Alko 2011 Bottle kept in the closet over a year. Pours deep brown red with low tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, spices, dark fruits, coffee. Flavor is alcohol, roasted malts (almost burned), dark coffee and some chocolate and spices. Dry and a bit fizzy. Swell! Rerate 6/july/2016 Hanniku’s cave vol.2.0. Tnx Sampo. Pours black with low tan head. Aroma is toothpaste, dark malts, mint, roasted malts, spices, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, anis. Round aroma. Flavor is x-mas spices, dark malts, anis, chocolate, coffee, warming alcohol, etc.. Round. Soft. Easy. Still swell!

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