Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

 
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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: En mørk, stærk belgisk ale brygget på: vand, malt, flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, mørk cassonadesukker, humle, krydderier og gær.
Version sold in Sweden was 9.1%
English: Belgian Ale brewed with spices

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3.4
suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Black pour. Big, light, tan/khaki colored head. Slowly falls leaving a coating of bubbles behind. Malty, carbonic aromas, with hints of chocolate. And sugar. Taste is malty, alcoholic, and a bit fruity. Not bad. A bit too hot, but it is nice on a cold day.

4
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2011
dark brown, reddish colour. pours a full creamy chocolatey head. aromascape is rich with rye bread, dark chocolate, grapes, barley wine tones, berries, wood.. taste is very nice with a full sweetness and mild bitterness washed of by warm alcohol. the alcohol is used extremely well to bring out tones and depth. body is medium but feels pretty full because of the overall balance. a creamy but slick tecture work well with the entirety. a good christmassy beer from a great brewery.

3.9
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Poured a velvet red out of the bottle, but was dark in the glass.  Looks like a Belgian stout.  Has a highly carbonated mouthfeel. Tastes of chocolate and mildly of cherries. It finishes with a warm burn. I don’t think Santa will deliver too many toys if he has one before Christmas.

3.7
Dedollewaitor (16055) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Pours dark brown nearly black with a creamy head and lacings. Spicy and malty nose and flavor. A bit of clove, thick caramel, liquorice and vague roast. Dark fruits and dark sugars. as well. Smooth and syrupy. A fine sipper.

3.8
Cunningham (7860) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 Bottle. Almost black colour with a beige head. Roasted coffee and licorice nose. Sweet malty background with a lot of roasted coffee, toffe, caramel and licorice.

3.7
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured very deep brown with a pillowy cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up raisins, rum, darker fruits, and molasses, with cinnamon and nutmeg accents.. greener alcohol warmth hit the nostrils on the back.. lots of good stuff going on here, but it came across a little hot. The flavor found molasses, maple, and honey at the core, with layers of raisins, dates, and candi sugar not far out.. nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon around plus some earthy bitterness around.. more of the wintery spices and peppery alcohol on the long, warm (but not too hot considering the ABV) finish.. again some greener notes on the back that didn’t mesh perfectly.. overall very tasty stuff! Heavier-bodied and very filling on the palate.. rolling carbonation.. great use of spicage, and tasty malts to go with it.. I enjoyed this, and think it’ll be even better with some time to mellow.

3.3
SirLimpsalot (4162) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2011
Diskret doft, stor fin smak av kola, tjära, kryddor, fisherman och turkisk peppar.

4.2
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2011
The pour is a very dark, mahogany color with a full, tan, creamy, pillowy head which settles to a creamy froth and leaves tight, Belgian lace. The nose is seemingly young with spicy alcohol notes, lots of spruce and cedar, dark breads, some cocoa, and faint anise. The flavor is much richer with still the sprucey notes, but adding dark chocolate, rich cocoa, some vanilla beans, still a light anise hint, a faint raisin, cinnamon underneath everything, and a very earthy tone moving into the finish. The palate is full, round, soft to lively, coating, and quite warming; another year might make this one perfect. The finish is long with earth and cedar, cinnamon and warmth, and lingering dark chocolate and faint anise. I can only assume anise and a spicy addition were part of the spice involved in this brew. The hop notes were present but did not interfere withe the spicing or the malt richness. The warmth was overwhelmingly originally but after an hour or so, really becomes more complementary, which leads me to wonder how this will be be in a year or so. I read that anise was an overwhelming note in many ratings and certainly did not find it this way, only a complement to the beer. Certainly unique and still challenging the ever-so-broad BDSA category. Will put at least one in the cellar to try next year. Mikkeller is awesome.

4.1
gyllenbock (9097) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget in Jakobsberg. Dark brown with a medium, creamy tan head. A lot of licorice both in the aroma and taste. Sweet with chocolate, roasted malt and notes of vanilla. Nice and complex.

4.4
Furseth (2159) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle: Clear red/Brown colour, big creamy brown head. Aroma was dominated of iron,fruits,caramelly,raisins,vanilla and brown sirup. Flavor was almost the same here Medium body, and a long fruity/raisins finish! Well done!!


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