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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: 53   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jesperhammer (4299) - 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 (12189) - 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 (13371) - 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 (1934) - 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 (1824) - 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 (8437) - 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 (8391) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9553) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle sample @ 18de Kerstbierfestival, Essen 2012. Again, tasted side by side with the Speyside and really the difference in BA is minimal at best. Certainly glad not to have forked out the overpriced these beers usually go for. Noire/brune fonce, col beige, dor au verre. Arme est quasi similaire au Speyside, vin restant en retrait avec ce profile de sucre caramlis qui est somme toute fort agrable. Palais reste sucr, caramlis, vin blanc est minime et trs en retrait, pointe de raisin frais mais domin par des malts qui poussent le tout vers un stout que ce style belge. Ressent aussi un palais plus ptillant avec un vin blanc qui mme tant minime ajoute une pointe de fruit frais au malt.

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