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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

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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: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1544) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wonkazoo (7) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2011 does not count
A delightful beer, beautiful and dark as per the Mikkeller standard, head is creamy and thick, and the beer is slippery and velvety all at once. A bit lighter than some of the Mikkeller brews, but still retains much of the complexity that I am learning to appreciate well in this brewery. A delightful beer for a cold winter evening, and one that won’t necessarily leave you knackered the next day.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricks (579) - Delaware, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bitter, chocolately stout-like aroma. Very good taste. Dark bitter chocolate stout on the taste -- though listed as a BSA. Pours a great dark brown with tan head. Excellent brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Finn (4003) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2011
Flaske 0,33l fra Alko Muonio. Kosedrigg hjemme 4 Des 11. Kullsort. Høyt lysebrunt kremaktig & luftig skum som fester seg til glasset. Varer lenge. Topp utseende! Deilig aroma av lakris med undertoner av røstet malt. Fløyelsmyk munnfølelse. Smaken er sammensatt. Først søt frukt. Så kommer syrlighet med kaffe og så lakris. Alkoholen merkes ikke. Forbausende lett-drikkelig. Litt skummelt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2075) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2011
Pours very dark red with a tan head. Aroma is spices and roasted malts, as is pretty much the flavor. Brilliant again from Mikkeller.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Very dark red-amber almost black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Roast and dark yeasty fruits in nice balance. Heavy bitter wonderfull complex flavor. Long great moderate bitter finish. Vanilla and fruity esters and roast. Creamy palate. World class.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (4397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget in Jakobsberg. Dark brown with a medium, creamy tan head. A lot of licorice both in the aroma and taste. Sweet with chocolate, roasted malt and notes of vanilla. Nice and complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (13796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle from Skjold Burne. Huge creamy tan head with excellent duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, fruits, candy sugar, chocolate and hops.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1459) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Excellent Christmas brew. Poured pitch black with a chocolate head. Sweet, smooth, fruit notes throughout. Just a good beer from start to finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
[Bottle] Dark opaque pour, thick, lively and enduring head formation. Coffee, dark chocolate, coriander and orange peel aroma. Well hopped bitter citrussy palate, enticing at first finishing strong. Plenty of dark chocolate and burnt alcohol, mocha like finish. Drak fruits, licorice and spice (cinammon, nutmeg, mint) add some balance. Remarkably easy drinking.


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