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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Ingredienser: vand, malt (pale, special-B og chocolate), flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, humle (northern brewer, hallertauer og styrian goldings), krydderier (appelsinskal og korianderfrø) og gær.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Draft. Blackish beer with a brown head. Toffee and spice aroma. Toffee and spice flavor with light chocolate. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and light spice lingers with light chooclate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2012
The pour is a very dark brown color with a full, pale tan, foamy head which settles to a thick, rocky foam and leaves decent Belgian lace. The nose is a bit off (may be infected), lactic, some floral, grass, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, and slight toffee. The flavor is similar with lactic still, burnt toast, sweet toffee, dark chocolate, faint apple skins, light cinnamon, and floral. The palate is medium to full, silky smooth, soft to lively, and round. The beer finishes mostly sweet with toffee, dark chocolate, some cinnamon, and toast and roast notes left on the tongue. A fairly disappointing beer from a series I look forward to every year. I’m not sure if the beer was infected but the nose sure seemed that way. The biggest positives were the incredible drinkability for the ABV and the amazing palate for the style. Decent but not as good as the past years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
75 cl. bottle sampled @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen. Lighter black / brown, light ruby shade, mocha bubbles. Smell is light, sweet liquorice, cough syrup, lightly mineral. Taste is sweet mocha, sticky chocolate, cream & creamy, liquorice, herbal, bitter mineral, burned coffee in the back & light booze. Sticky but less full than usual body. Not the top but certainly solid & enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
15/XII/12 - bottle @ Kerstbierenfestival (Essen) - BB: n/a (2012-1357) Thanks to the Belgian/Dutch ratebeer crew for sharing our beers!

Clear red ruby to purple beer, small creamy beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, alcohol, sugar, red fruits, bit woody, hint of red wine, dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very sugary, sweet, caramel, mocha, chocolate, candy, lots of alcohol. Aftertaste: chocolate, bitter touch, lots of alcohol. Not too bad though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeyswede (37) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2012
Even if it’s a dark strong ale it is a fiest for both the eye and the mouth - you have to taste it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle at the Cask, Pimlico - 14/12/12. Very dark mahogony brown with a thin head. Nose is booze, dark fruits, leather, spice, Belgian yeast esters. Taste follows, boozey - but well balanced, dark fruits, sugars, dark toffee, spice, yeast esters a la Beglique. Full bodied with soft carbonation with a boozy dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Thick dark brown with low to moderate carbonation.Nice roasty flavor mixed with candi sugar and soy sauce. Ends with a slight warming alcohol and roasty lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (4662) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2012
Sample at the Essen Xmas beer festival. Thin ran head. Clear black pour. Lots if chocolate. A great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle sample @ 18de Kerstbierfestival, Essen 2012. Brune foncée, mousse moka laissant un léger filament huileux doré au verre. Arôme est assez fleuri et houblonné; citronné et agrumes, le tout étant bien alterné par un bouquet généreux de malts. Palais est malté, pain d’épices tirant fortement sur le torréfié et café et en fin de bouche une certaine fraîcheur houblonnée et une pointe de réglisse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
txspartan (943) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
Marzipan aroma. Nice coffee colour. Excellent sweetness. Pretty darned good.

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