Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2008

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium.

Mikkeller Christmas beer anno 2008. Santa’s Little Helper is a dark, strong Belgian ale, lightly spiced with sweet orange peel, coriander seeds, cinnamon and cocoa. This year’s version is recognized by less sweetness than the 2007 version, a fresh hop bite, balanced by the sweetness from the coriander and orange peel and a big bold body. Enjoy now or keep it in the cellar for many years to come.
Ingredients : Water, malt (pale, special-B and chocolate), flaked wheat, dark candy syrup, dark cassonade, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer, styrian goldings and simcoe), spices (sweet orange peel, coriander seeds, cinnamon and cocoa) and yeast.

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laiti (8531) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2012
75 cl bottle @ Oluthuone Esplanadi. Rated on 13.11.2010
Aroma is malty and spicy with some dark fruits. Flavour is spicy with licorice, some sweetish malt, chocolate and ripe fruits. A bit expectorant‐like feeling here. Good, the spices are not too offensive.

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma: strong cask notes, slight barley, vinous, mellow alcohol.6+
Appearance: black with hint of brown. Light rocky top.3+
Palate / Taste: medium full bodied. Noted by dry harsh alcohol (despite its age), dark malts. Mid noted by chocolate. Cask note on top. Good not great.

dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Massive Mikkellet pt.2 This one still had some flavor lingering but it’s a little past it’s prime. The carbonation has died a bit. Aroma and flavor still on the sweet malty side with hints of spice. Tasty but just a little too old.

TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
750 mL bottle. Got this in trade from someone - I think Vertical Bacon Strips. Opaque cola brown with a ring of head. Could tell right away that this one has lost some carbonation. Smells a little like Dr. Pepper with a hint of orange. There is still notable booze in the flavour, along with dried fruit, light caramel, yeast, and port. Good body. A shame it didn’t age better.

Camons (13497) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a small fast fading offwhite head, and then looking a little flat. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, sweets, marzipan, spices, light oxidation. So far so good. Taste is very flat with malt, chocolate, port and maderia notes, some booze. Thin body, flat or no carbonation. This beer was better years ago, but sadly i have no notes from back then.291211 7-2-5-1-13 Re-rate @ home 120712 Pours dark reddish brown small offwhite head. Aroma f roasted malt, chocolate, oranges, candy sugar, cinnamon, light yeast. Flavor is malts, Spice, chocolate, orangepeel, oak. Thin to medium, average carbonation.

Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2011
This poured a very dark brown color with a very small dissipating beige head. Aroma was of stale chocolate, light spices and cardboard. Flavor was much the same, light notes of a spiced dark ale, but hard to get past the oxidation that has gone rampant

cheap (6205) - CHINA - DEC 25, 2011
Had this at the 2011 Pittsburgh Ratebeer Christmas Eve Eve Tasting. Had this courtesy of mtoast. Not sure why he lets me taste these, I think he gets a kick out of the way my face looks when I get it in my mouth, such a joker. When we popped the cork on this I swear there was no co2 release. No head. Just plain dark and still looking. Smell, I’m told is the smell of oxidized beer but I’m not expert enough to say for sure. First taste? Well, let me tell you; smooth strong watered down whiskey. Perhaps this could be considered near beer but just barely, more like a PA state store thing going on here. Finish is flat whiskey laced something. Cheap whiskey that is. There you go Hart plowing over my taste buds once again. Pass over that gallon of water for a chaser. I want to say, regardless of my rating that I am very lucky to have mtoast allow me the chance to taste this rare beer. THANKS HART!

MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
dark sepia, large bubbled gravity pour dies fast. Buttery cheese nose, light cardboard and chocolate, dates and bit of sugar through the finish, cardboard and paper lasting.

lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Dark brown-red, beige small cover. Aroma is cocoa and cinnamon, oxidation. Taste is sweet, lots of dark fruit, light cinnamon. spiced. Interesting but a bit old.

esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2011
Drunk 13.12.2011 (so, aged for 3 years.) @ Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu, Finland. Pitch black beer, the head is minimal in this aged version. Very deep roasted notes, lots of cold coffee, milk chocolate and charred bread. Dark cherry and plum notes, raisins, slightly port wine-like. Hints of toasted vanilla, toasted almonds and licorice. The flavor still starts sweetish, slightly rhum-like and caramel syrupy. Finishes considerably drier and highly complex mixing intense dry fruitiness with woody sherry notes, dark roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Medium body, silky texture with flat carbonation. Nice, aged touch of alcohol. This beer really seems to age beautifully after all. The 2010 version at its first birthday wasn’t even nearly as good as this.

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