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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012

 
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Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14351) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a near-black with a medium tan head. Aroma of Xmas spices, burnt caramel, some burnt cocoa and some charred malt. Flavour follows the burnt aromatics, with burnt molasses, some sherry-like oxidation, burnt caramel and a bit of a smoky quality. Quite heavy, burnt and somewhat spicy. The burnt qualities work well actually. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14073) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and cinnamon. Med + body. Flavor is essentially Mexican chocolate. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (13881) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Sampled at OBER Kerstbierfestival 2012. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized light brown head. Smell and taste malts, some sweetness, port, slight hint of fruityness. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 28, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 750ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn)
Pungent hoppy aroma, very raw - seems like it might appreciate some ageing, lots of orange peel. Quite different in the taste, this one is ready to drink now, unlike previous SLHs I’ve had young, despite the clues the aroma gave. Nice rich roasty body. Smooth palate, nice carbonation. Mellow roasty finish. Look forward to trying one with a little bit of age on it too. 6-12 months would be good, I guess.
Rerate: 750ml bottle - 15 months aged.(7+:5:7+:4:14=3.7++)
Beautiful aroma, sweet, very gently spiced belgian strong dubbel to almost porter roast. Lovely black, small tan head. Spicey estery retronasals, great roast nice and toasty. Nice little burnt finish, and some nice biting noble hops. Mellow rich roast finish, fills out very nicely

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13456) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle. Poured dark reddish brown color with an average frothy tan head that lasted with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy complex dark sweet and spice aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a solid beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13208) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
75cl bottle. Medium beige head atop clear cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chococaramel, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, light alcohol, spicy. Sticky medium-full body, light effervescence.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13142) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Dark brown colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter flavor. Roast and chocolate dominating over fruity notes. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12876) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2015
A dark brown ale with a thin lacing brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light chocolate, fruity esters, treacle, maple syrup, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a sweet caramel malt with light treacle, scotch character, grassy hops, alcohol warmth, nice. Bottle from Spinrsx.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12828) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 Bottle at Cafe Biografen. Dark brown with a lasting light brown head. Malty aroma with caramel and licorice notes, spice and fruit, a little alcohol and a touch of green apples. Sweetish malty flavour with fruit, molasses, caramel, spice and alcohol. 3.6.

On tap several times at Christian Firtal and Carlsens Kvarter: No sign of the green apple notes. Very subdued alcohol. More chocolate character. Much better. Another bottle in February 2013 was still problematic

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12074) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Kihoskh, Cph. Pours deep black with a lovely, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has mild roasted malts, chestnut, chocolate, softly vinious, cardemum, coriander. Medium carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has a bit of a vinious bite, but also wonderful cocoa and Nutella. Piney, light roasted bitterness. A touch of yeast. Nice.


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