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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (18427) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at home (BOE) 01/01/13. Murky dark mahogony brown approaching black with a thin tan head that escapes to the edge and leaves a thin film. After 5 to 10 minutes there is no trace of this. Nose is damp wood, spice, Ronseal, medicinal, sour dark fruit, harsh booze. Taste comprises dark fruits, wood, sweet grapes, sweet dark sugars, burnt toffee, dates, raisens, touch of booze but well integrated. Full bodied with a little too much spritz in the carbonation for my liking. Having skimmed a few other folks rates before cracking this one open, it was better than expected but for the cost of the bottle and what could have been, very low in the Mikkeller pecking order! This one actually disintegrated as I rated - had it at 3.4 after 5 minutes. Last third I knocked .1 off taste and overall it just seemed less integrated and harsher, more medicinal!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jesperhammer (4551) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
28-DEC-2012, bottle @home, from Magasin. Pours cloudy, dark, dark brown with ninja-fast dying light brown head. Aroma is wine-like, acotone, alcohol, the little chemist play-set... Taste again chemical. Wood, dusty bready malt. Vanilla, sweet, alcoholic notes. BAD! Were is the QA department? They went home? Clearly a sick bottle. Can see that other raters have some of the same off-elements. I had to check to see if it was only my bottle. But no. First I think the 2011 version of Santas Little Helper is one of the weaker. Then barrel aging it may not be the smartest thing to do, but hey that is just to my taste. BUT shipping something like this is a disappointment from one of the greatest brewers in my book. Shame...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12328) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Kihoskh, Cph. Pours deep black with a small, creamy, beige film head. Aroma has oak, glue, roasted and light chocolate. Low carbonation, oily and fat mouthfeel. Flavour has roasted malts, soft chocolate, oak, light glue, grape sweetness. A bit over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13744) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Dark brown colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Some whitewine barrel notes and no fruity notes. Moderate bitter flavor. More like a stout than belgian style. Long finish. Creamy palate. not my favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yorker (1939) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is vinous, oak, liquorice, and dark fruits. Flavour is vinous, oak, vanilla, and liquorice. Better than the Speyside version, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2012
Dark brown colored beer. Fruity aroma and flavor. Also wood, vinous notes and some chocolate. Some bitterness of burned malts, slightly acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1899) - DENMARK - DEC 22, 2012
A good sweetness and a winelike sourness and good bitterness. Black in color with a fading white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2012
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 201212. Brown with small head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavour with wood and dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (9029) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2012
15/XII/12 - bottle @ Kerstbierenfestival (Essen) - BB: n/a (2012-1362) Thanks to the Belgian/Dutch ratebeer crew for sharing our beers!

Clear dark brown beer, small beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, mocha, alcohol, sugary, sweet. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit sourish, caramel, mocha, bitter, coffee, alcohol. Aftertaste: sour, caramel, sugar, mocha, chocolate, alcohol. Dont really like the sharp sourness with the rest of the flavours. Im starting to believe that Mikkeller is only surviving because of the ratebeer tickers. Putting every new beer in 20 different barrels... hmmm...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8968) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2012
375 ml. bottle sampled @ 18th Christmasbeer festival in Essen // side-by-side with the Speyside version. Brownish black, head is only a rim of mocha on the sides. Smell is sweet, vinous, sugar, mocha, boozy & crazy amounts of wood. Taste is sweet white wine, glue, white berries & grapes, lots & lots of wood, chocolate, some bitter charcoal, milk chocolate, creamy, more wood. Very low ratings before I entered my score 47/19 but I find this one quite lovely and interesting. Bit sticky, slightly lighter carb. body.

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