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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012 (Barrel Aged Grand Marnier Edition)

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1964) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle 375ml. Thx Albatross. Pours black (very dark brown) with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of oranges, chocolate, grapefruits. Taste is of oranges, roasted malt, alcohol, sugar. Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Pretty good. A tad sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1450) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 Bottle shared by Jean-François, muy thanks! Pours a dark brown (uh-oh) with a thin offwhite hear that leaves good lacing. Nose is more stout-ish than anything else (be it a saison or a belgian strong ale) and loaded with spirits and alcohol aromas. Grand Marnier is felt but not upfront, you also get some nuts in the back. Taste is of Grand Marnier, orange oil, caramel, roast and surprisingly not too sweet/swill-y. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderate and mouthfeel creamy. Overall this was pretty much a BA belgian stout, not bad but not something I’d come back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4613) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
bottle shared by albatross, thanks jeff! pours unclear dark brown-burgundy with a small light beige cap showing minimal retention and lacing. obvious grand marnier and its fragrant sweet oranges and almost astringent woodsy notes, tobacco; sweetish fruity, spicy and nutty caramel, hint of maple syrup, grass, minerals. average carbonation, light to medium body - surprisingly lean considering the abv, slightly boozy, oaky, semi-sweet, tannic and grassy-spicy finish. miscellaneous and motley flavors. very interesting grand marnier features though. but all in all the barrel blending doesn’t seem really convincing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
Another special edition of Santa’s Little Helper, very similar to the cognac barrel aged version, but much less sharp tannins; subtle orange liqueur and orange peel from the Grand Marnier pierces through and adds to the complex but elegant and gentle character of the basic beer. A masterpiece, the perfect sipper on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1306) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with a little sediment and a light tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are chocolate, fruit, liquorice, and alcohol - with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (3167) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle at James’s. Pours brown, sweet and sickly, orange, chocolate, spices, bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1057) - Nevada, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Pours dark brown with a rich foam. Aroma of brown sugar, figs, and tree bark. Low carbonation with a medium thick mouthfeel. Complex flavors of toast, oak, sugar, and dates. Grand Marnier has an orange citrus note, but not really detecting here. Maybe some peel in the finish. Drying from the alcohol. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yves (2312) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2014
Shared with Wim at my home. Dark brown colored beer with medium brown head and no carbonation visible. Alcoholic malty aroma with some fruity hints. Medium palate. Finish is malty soft ending alcoholic roasted sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4483) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour, with an off-white head. Dark fruit, some roasted malt, date, toffee, orange, and a bit boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11388) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark brown with a slight beige head. Aroma of dark treacle and wood. Med body. Flavor is orange, chocolate, wood. Not bad.

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