Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2007

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Bottle from the Beer Stein in Eugene. This aged brew poured an oily pitch black with limited carbonation and head. The nose was filled with sweet chocolate and cherry notes, while the flavor was defintely dark fruit and chocolate candy. This was a sweet one for sure, but I had much of the bottle with chocolate torte which paired perfectly. Outstanding beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a quickly disappearing tan head. Boozy aroma, full of citrusy fruits and sweet chocolate, with a roasted nuttiness. Silky smooth body reveals a very sweet, malty beer. Hints of chocolate and coffee with a hint of sourness in the sticky sweet finish. Good, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (5224) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2009
750 ml. Opaque, dark chocolate with a small disc of lasting bubbles. Nose is cherry, prune, chocolate, light coffee. Front taste is tart raspberry, merlot and chocolate. Dark fruit, brown sugar and hints of orange follow. Long finish of toasted oak, char, black pepper, cinnamon, and cafe mocha dries things up nicely. Heavy body is smoothly carbonated, has a nice acidic tingle, and is amazingly well-balanced between sweet and dry. Well-hidden 11% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
In short: A spicy thick molassy beer. Good nourishing sipper.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when almost 2 year of age. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Very dark brown body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose indicates a spicy rich beer that translates in the taste. A lot of molasses, black liquorice, medium spiciness (peppery, more). Alcohol well hidden. Despite being on the heavy side of things the beer didnt feel cloying or too heavy. I believe I could drink a full bottle without complaining. Huge improvement over the 2006 version. Good Christmas beer. They say Santa comes once a year, bullshit, someone who visits so many bedrooms certainly comes more than once a year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (12031) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2009
75cl bottle, celebrating the recent dollar weakness. bbf 25-9-2011, brewed 6yrs before. Almost pitch black, but i think actually very very dark brown. smooth small head with some lacings. looks very much like a stout ;-). Aroma is a little bit swet fruity, banana, pear, roasted notes. orange, very mild aroma for a 11% beer, but quite complex. lots going on. flavor is sweet fruity, dry, sort of stingy flavor at first. when warmed up, roasted grains also blends in. boozy, sort of like a port barrelled someting. flavor resembles perhaps dessert wine or portwine. an infected imp could taste somewhat along these lines, but i wont accuse this one for being infected, its just... strange. some orange in the flavor too. alc is fantastically well hidden.complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grawk (12) - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2009
An interesting beer, sweet and chocolatey. I think a little less sweet would be more to my taste, but its definitely a good holiday beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7942) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2009
750, corked and baled and foiled. Direct from the lovely folk at Johns Market. We really gotta get distros in this state keeping up with posting stuff like this. Not that I mind driving to PDX for beer, but I cant do it every time they get something good that we dont. Pours nearly opaque black, looks like an impy. Big, thick, creamy, surging dark tan head. Quite the perfumey, boozy nose. Maple syrup, molasses, little hints of bourbon and oak. Creamy medium body, not showing a heck of a lot of carb. Maple, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, dark brown sugar on the mid-palate. Some pie spice showing. Nice effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (6046) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2009
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of finely sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was bourbon and woody. The thin mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of spices and herbal. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This fruity and spicy Belgian-style Strong Ale lays out dried cherries and figs on top of molasses, before roasted malts, alcohol warmth and light tartness mellow out in the finale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the darkest brown.
-Carbonation is lower than expected.
-The spiciness is definitely Christmas-y, on the nutmeg and cinnamon side of things.
-Even though this wasnt my favorite Mikkeller brew, I have to admit everything Mikkel creates is at least very good. Bravo!


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7576) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de lige, partage lors dune dgustation Ratebeer Montral chez Glouglouburp. Arme: Odeur de petits fruits et dpices avec une pointe chocolate. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Prsence dun mince col mousseux et dune fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de mlasse fruite avec une pointe dpices et de chocolat. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement aqueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrire got lgrement fruit. (Rating #2646)

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