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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2012

 (RETIRED)
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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 188   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.


Ober's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2807) - Bommelerwaard, - JAN 20, 2013
A pitch black colored beer, with a thick foamy dark beige head. The aroma of dark fruits, little roasted malt and laurel. The taste of sweet dark fruits and bitter with burny alcohol. And little roasted malts. The aftertaste is sweet roasted, burny and a little bitter.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hockeybeerguy (1704) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2014
A little late on the upload of this but here goes. This was poured into a tulip and a snifter. The appearance was basically the same in both glasses. Here’s the rest: there’s a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking around the sides of the glass. The smell had a really nice Belgian spiciness intertwining itself in between some delicate chocolate sweetness even still letting in some light vanilla and some hot booze. The taste was mainly sweet and spicy. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy. Yup, this one’s a sipper and the carbonation was fairly smooth. Overall, mmm, nice Belgian Strong Ale worthy of having again but would probably just welcome the following year’s version just as much.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1735) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, rich, chocolatey, full of spice, caramel, dry roast.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2014
Backlog. Bottle from Systembolaget. While not a huge fan of the winter-seasonals, i still found this to be quite exciting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12477) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2014
Bottled 750ml. Tnx anna & fatphil. Opaque black color, tiny off-white head. Roasted, a bit spiceyness in the nose. Medium-bodied. Toasted, spiceyness, some burned notes. Simplish but decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Very Dark Opaque Brown With Shades of Red, Big Mocha Head, Decent Strings Of Lacing. Light Sweet Fruity Aroma. Taste about the same: fruity with light booze finish. Medium body, hides high ABV, 11%, well., Smooth and easy to drink. OK. At this point it seems that Mikkeller is slightly over rated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with a lightbrown head. Aroma is chocolate, raisins, caramel, spices. Taste is sweet and spicy. Medium body, medium carbonation, warming finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2567) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
11 Jan 2014, bottle. brown with a slight cherry twinge, thick foamy head. nosed is slightly harsh alcohol, raisins, plums. med body and mildly fizzy. plums, rock candy, moderate alcohol, slightly winey, some milk chocolate. nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
poisoneddwarf (1692) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 10, 2014
750 ml bottle. Aroma consists of chocolate, dark fruit (plums, raisins), soy sauce, alcohol. Pours opaque muddy brown with a large tan head with excellent retention; leaves lace. Taste is sweet and savory, sour and meaty, oxidation, soy sauce. Heavy body crushing my tongue, velvety mouthfeel. Not my cup of tea right now, but a quality product.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fantti (680) - 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 (1578) - 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.


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