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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2013

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Vand, malt, flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, mørk cassonadesukker, humle, krydderier og gær. 33 cL version for Systembolaget er på 9.1%

BrettTaylor's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (669) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Poured during the local shop’s weekly beer tasting, so this is based on only a 1oz sample. Lots of malt, almost like drinking a liquor, alcohol is very apparent. It is however smooth rather than harsh on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2291) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2015
Flaska. Oklar nougatfärgad öl med ett medelstort smutsvitt skum. Dofter av smörkola, karamell, grapefrukt, läder och trä. Detsamma återkommer i smaken. Hade trott och hoppats att efter två års lagring skulle det ha blivit mer komplext och med mer tyngd. Men i själva verket känns det aningen tunt trots 10,9 % och smakerna spretar lite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Echon (148) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2015
Tap at Fairbar. Black body with nearly no head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Sweet taste with light bitterness. Flavours of spice and dried fruits. Medium body with average carbonation. Very tasty beer. In many ways similar to Gouden Carolus Noël, but not as rich and flavourful. Still worth seeking out, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (326) - - OCT 7, 2015
10.9%ABV. Belgian Strong Ale. Poured out of the bottle a clear brown black, again I cannot resist the comparison to a local drink of grass jelly, chin chow. 30-35ºSRM. Nose is fruity and refreshingly herb-like. Again, there is that reference to chin chow where the nose is a clean light sugary aroma with a cold character to it that suggests a refreshing herbal or even medicinal aroma. Mouthfeel is light and playful. The name should say it all, since the palate is dominated by Christmas flavors, nutmeg, cinnamon, rum, fruitcake, walnuts, pecans, sweet sherry, sweet date cake, cranberries and even a suggetion of christmas turkey fom the umami that the wheat gives this brew. All this hyperbole of course rests on a backbone of perfectly roasted dark sweet malt Very expertly done. Wouldn’t expect any less from Mikkeller. A very well balanced, spicy homage to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. I don’t generally like spicy brews relegating them to the "gimicky" pile and I want so badly to gove this Mikkeller a place on The List, but it will have to stay on the "interesting" pile for now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
(750ml bottle) Pours a murky brown with a small beige head. Aroma of pine, anise, tobacco, dates, allspice nutmeg, and cinnamon. Flavor of pine, allspice, caramel, nuts, and anise with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABS (772) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. 9.1% version. Pours brown. Medium amount of tan to light brown head. Prunes, dates, alcohol, smoke/peat, chocolate, coffee and hint of vanilla nose. Medium, almost borderline thin body. Dry mouthfeel. Body and mouth feel reminiscent of a dry stout. Bitter. Not much sweetness. Smoke, bitter chocolate, coffee and some roasted malt flavour. Lovely smell, but pretty lackluster in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Oddly bright brown/dark ruby with a greenish ringed head. Heavy breath of clingfilmed christmas pudding and light festive spice nose. Initial taste is crusty berry, fruitcake and pushed along by the ABV. Carbonation is a bit busier than previous years, mouthfeel rich creamy. Finishes light chewy spice and cherry sweetness.

Bottle, 10pm Curfew Tasting

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of dark sugar, clove. Taste is sweet. Finishes thin. Hope it picks up with a few years on it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BenH (3244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of belgian yeast. Taste is metallic with cake, chocolate and yeast, slightly roasty. Slightly bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (18524) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
bottle at home ... deep brown ... big tan head .. dark dry bitter chocolate roast .. soft toffree roast ... sweett toffee fruits ... ligth banana hints ... bitter roast ... soft toffee fruit ... soft roast

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7820) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours reddish brown, nose is sugary, caramel, spiced, taste is dry, fizzy, bit flat.

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