Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011 (Barrel Aged White Wine Edition)

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Belgian ale brewed with spices and aged in white wine barrels

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Lowenbrau (4277) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2013
375ml bottle from 2D2Dspuma. Pours very dark with nice tan head, creamy. Some head retention and lacing. Some tart, grapy, funky and solvent-like aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, silky texture. Taste is ripe fruit, caramel, quite alcoholic, some sour flavours and dry harsh notes. Some unbalanced.

Inbreak (6025) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 27.12.2013, 0,375l bottle @ home:
Nice slightly red-brown fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is very dry oaked and boozy, lots of spices, dark malts, cocoa, burnt coffee, grass. More like tequila aged than white wine I’d say. Taste is kind of sour-ish dry, oak, grass, spices, caramel malts, cocoa, citrus peel, white wine, sour coffee. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Fair enough, kind of strange.

TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle. Tasted alongside the speyside. Pours Dark Brown with a thin, rapidly dissipating head. There’s traces of the base beer (which is excellent) but they’re muddied by the wine ageing. Caramel, prunes and sour, off wine. A failed experiment. The speyside one is better.

ej (1330) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2013
Dark brown pour with a small, tan head; fading fast to little more than a film. Aroma of smoke, wood, alcohol and leather. Cloyingly sweet, almost medicinal. Taste is a weird combination of bitter chocolate, grapes and wood. Not very pleasant to be honest. Close to full bodied and very softly carbonated.

berntholer (1617) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2013
almost no moccha coloured head. coffee/coke non transparent colour. *extreme* woody smell that completely overpowers anything else that might be there. taste is as extreme as the aroma suggest. utterly disappointing, didn’t even finish this one. compared to the delicious original 2011 SLH this is one traumatic experience ;) notes from backlog

MF666 (310) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 23, 2013
En årgang 2011 drukket i feb 2013. En krydret duft, eg, syrlig i smagen, fyldig, hvidvin smag. Udemærket Free Føroyar!!!

Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2013
A black colored beer, with a thick dark beige head. Te aroma has some winery, with wood and dark fruits. The taste of dark fruits, wine, wood, some spices and alcohol. The aftertaste is sweet alcohol with a little bitter.

RichTheVillan (7852) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark brown pour, off white head sweet malt aroma, slight roast malt taste bit boring this one move along.

gunnfryd (14877) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is vineous, malt, licorice. Flavour is white wine, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, licorice. Full body. Nice beer.

JorisPPattyn (10002) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2013
Medium, rusty-yellow head, fast gone over practically black beer. Very sharp alcohol & wood nose, nearly woodstainer-like, tannines, acetone. Red or blue fruit & fruitwine in the background, some chocolate. Taste is thankfully more mellow, if again with fruity, woody & fusely notes; old winecasks, solvent, but always with a sweetish fruitiness behind. Finish is dry; carbonation more in the feel than in the glass. Very slick, oily. The nose is shocking, even where it speaks of better things to come. But I guess many’s the candidate that would be put off immediately, and that is a minus, whatever way one wants to look at it.

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