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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012

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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fantti (765) - FINLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Pikkupullo reitattu. Kaatuu tulppaaniin tummanruskeana/mustana vaahdon ollessa pari sormen paksuinen, melko hitaasti katoava ja vahvaa pitsiä jättävä. Haju poikkeaa melko lailla muista pukin pikku apureista. Siitä löytyy IS:mäistä paahteisuutta, maamaisuutta ja savuisuutta, jotka peittävät lähes kaiken muun. Kauan saa pyöritellä ennen kuin löytyy myös marjaviinimäisyyttä ja lievää mausteisuutta, mutta belgialen kuivattu hedelmä loistaa poissaolollaan. Maussa jatkuu paahteisuus, mutta nyt mausteisuus (neilikkaa ja kaardemummaa ainakin) on vahvempana. Myös marjaisuutta on joukossa, sekä suklaata, mutta ei aivan perinteinen vahva belgi ole kyseessä. Viinikumiakin saattaa tuntua. Suutuntuma on melko täyteläinen ja hieman alkoholinen. Alkoholisuus ei ole pelkkää lämmittävyyttä, vaan siinä on hieman pistävää viinaisuuttakin joukossa, muttei toki häiritsevästi. Hiilihappojakin tuntuu olevan ja humalointiakin on jonkin verran jäljellä. Erilainen vahva belgi, josta ei oikein saa mistään kiinni. Olipa kyllä erikoinen kokemus ja voisi jopa sanoa pieneksi pettymykseksi. Ikääntymisen vaikutusta on mahdoton sanoa, kun tuoretta ei ole tullut maistettua.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (1958) - FINLAND - JAN 3, 2014
750mL bottle, over a year old. Almost black beer with a hansom, big and brown head. The nose is roasted, some salt liquirice and dark dried fruits, plums, spices, hint of overcooked bananas and warm of alcohol. Quite complex and succesfully aroma. Taste of salt liquirice, dark fruits and some cellar. Clearly spicy taste and they are quite strong but smooth and balanced. Only medium bodied, low and smooth carbonation. Quite a mess but still it works at some level.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1514) - SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2014
Jag kan inte skaka av mig känslan att den har legat av sig lite, men det är i och för sig svårt för mig att avgöra eftersom jag inte drack den när den kom. I vilket fall så var det här gott med toner av choklad, honung och belgisk jästkultur. Kroppen satt där den skulle och det gjorde även balansen.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 28.12.2013, 0,75l bottle @ home:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry and boozy, oak, spices, grass, dark malts, cocoa, burnt coffee. Taste is slightly dry boozy, dark malts, oak, alcohol, spices, grass, chocolate, dark sugar. Longlasting mild bitterness. Fair enough.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (1155) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours a cloudy dark brown with an average creamy brown head. Aroma is rich maltiness, dark fruity esters(raisins, plums, and cherries are most prominent), some mildy spicy phenols, caramel, alcohol, and a bit perfumey. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes, plums.), warming alcohol, caramel, and dark candy sugar.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1450) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a frothy brown head and good lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark dried fruits, chocolate, caramel and candi sugar. Taste is dark dried fruits(plums, dates and figs), alcohol, caramel, caramelized sugar and a light bit of sugar. Finish had a warm alcohol finish with a good hop bite... Excellent Belgian dark strong and wicked Christmas dinner beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike5326 (1100) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium frothy head. Sweet candy malt smell. Light malt body with pepper and mineral finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghendrix (138) - Cardiff, WALES - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle from Good Spirits Co., Glasgow. Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head, good lacing. Aromas of chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits, roasted and booze on the nose. In the mouth I get more chocolate, spices, caramel and brown sugar but quite a bit of booziness and less of the fruit. Nice medium sweetness and a pleasant finish with the choc and caramel. Like this, shame they?ve not quite balanced the booze so well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hypo_Luxa (58) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2013
2012 ver. Bottle. Smells whip cream. Milk. Butter on fruit cake. Very boozy but not as strong as when it first came out last year. One year on it has taken a lot of the sharp alcohol taste off it; still a bit of heat. Great mouthfeel. Creamy and thick.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (5501) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle at home, 2013 Christmas party. Dark brown pour, thin white head. Plums and burnt sugar on the nose, light spices and orange, then a hint of yeast. Good flavour, rich mouthfeel, sweet finish. Lovely.


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