Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2007

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


on tap


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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Editors note: Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium.

This years little helper is a dark lightly spiced belgian ale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8849) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle shared by footbalm. Pours a almost pure black color with a medium beige head. A sour spicy nose, some dark fruit- plums. The taste is also very spicy, with lots of sour characteristics, some dark fruit. Not too bad, likely going downhill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2010
drink this @ kulminator a couple of times allready head : none colour dark brown to black smell : candy sirup , alcohol , coriander , anis ? taste : candy sirup , alcohol , indeed anis , coriander , bitter ending and slight aftertaste of celerysalt i like this beer allot !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7274) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 7, 2010
Bottle 750 ml
Appearance: dark brown , mid top , beige-brown head.
Aroma: aromatic hops , woody, alcohol , vanilla. All neatly smooth and with pleasant character.7+
Flavour/Body/Palate: mid bodied, mellow , bit flat. Oily textures , some brown malt as side character , some dryness on sides. Slight sourness shown on top.13+/20

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16342) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown, bordering on black with a thin layer of tan foam on top. S: Theres so much going on in the nose, it was hard to pick out everything. Theres of course a lot of dark fruits (most notably, prunes) and some nice chocolate aromas as well. The beer is slightly oxidized, but not surprising at 2+ years old. Theres also some alcohol and perhaps even paint (very odd). T: The sweet dark fruits are the main component of the flavor. Prunes, raisins, and cherries are what I notice, along with a hint of chocolate. There is also a definite sugary sweetness that you arent surprised to find in Belgians. M: A fairly full bodied beer with a fairly low level of carbonation which works well here. D: A touch sweet for me, but so complex that I kept coming back for more. A nice beer and one of the better offerings Ive had from Mikkeller.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11773) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2010
Jasons bottle, aged what 3 years or so? Black, with little head. An anoying sourness with chocolate and roasted barley. Aroma is big chocolate. Average mouthfeel overall. A sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
A solid dark brown, with a pretty milk chocolate colored tan foam. Cookie spice aroma with some roastiness, berries, fruity, dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolates, dark fruitiness like high % cacao dark chocolate, plums, berries, then a light spiciness, roasty. A really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2009
750mL Bottle -- Pours black with a tan head. coffee, dark chocolate, and a good amount of spice are the first flavors to hit me. Dark fruits like plum and dates are there in the background. Thick and oily but silky on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
750ml bottle pulled from the cellar. When I cracked the cork on the bottle, there wasnt any re-assuring snap/crackle/pop. I poured slowly but there wasnt any head. A bit more vertical and got a bit of head. Aroma is roasted malt and sugar. Taste is a bit hard to pinpoint. Definitely a Belgian ale. Caramel and malty with some nutmeg and clove undertones. Really light for the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2009
From the cellar. Dark brown with a dense greyish-brown head. Potent malty aroma, full of spices, caramel, syrup and chocolate. Creamy, almost oily texture. Very pleasant sweet palate. This is christmas in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2009
750mL bottle. Poured a highly-viscous, murky deep brown with very little carbonation evident. The aroma picked up a base of molasses, dark chocolate, and black patent maltage surrounded by spicy, fruity, Belgian-inspired yeast and darker spices.. a bit of soy impression on the back.. a touch brash at first, but it came together when given a chance to breathe. The flavor found soy and licorice at the core with dried cocoa and sticky black patent sweetness around.. warm spices and tart fruity character around.. a touch of oxidation hit on the back. Medium-plus bodied with very low carbonation.. tart and spicy notes accented decently, but it wasnt all that enjoyable.

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