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 mrk, strk belgisk ale brygget p: vand, malt, flkket hvede, mrk candi sirup, mrk cassonadesukker, humle, krydderier og gr.
Version sold in Sweden was 9.1%
English: Belgian Ale brewed with spices

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (12305) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Skjold Burne, Roskilde.
Deep brown pour with a firm, staying, creamy, beige head. Nice lacings. Aroma has lovely complex caramel, toasted, light chocolate, plums, raisins, holly, light cloves, milky, some piney hops. Highish carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, some ginger and cinnamon mixing in with the chocolate and dried fruit. Cocoa nibs, piney hops, vinious and warming. Soft malty bitter and milky notes in a quite bitter finish. Really lovely this year!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (3823) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown/black with a thick tan head. Roasted malt, spices, dried fruit in the aroma. Sweet with a mild bitterness finishing off. Medium body and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikaJuhani (28) - FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Nice roasty aroma, pours great brown head. Good strong balanced taste with good dose of hops. Medium body with creamy texture. Nice bitter finish. Overall nice Belgian style strong ale but where is the xmas?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tero (46) - FINLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Chocolate, coffee, bread, alcohol, black, heavy cloying sweetness, soft carbonation, long finish. Very nice and strong christmas beer, makes me happy but doesnt blow my mind.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6849) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2011
(Bottle, 0.375 l - batch 201120, from Alko, 20111124) The beer poured almost black and clear. Its head was medium sized, fizzy and light brown. Aroma had chocolate, liquorice and mildly spices. Palate was full bodied, warming and bit oily with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, chocolate, ash, orange and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty and bitter. Very strong flavours but spices were luckily mostly in the backgroung. Good in small portions.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (11815) - Troms, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2011
200ml on tap at rsted lbar. Coal black body, fragile lacing, naked surface. Exhibits a great aroma of dried fruits, Christmas spices and anise-like malts. Comprehensive and well balanced taste character of pine needles, dark fruits added by coffee and nuts. Spiced bitter ending. Full bodied but not too heavy to drink. My friend Esben said that this was the best Yuletide brew he ever had tasted, and its truly flavoursome one (Copenhagen, 05.11.2011).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5471) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Dark brown pour, with a medium sized light tan head. Dark fruits, dry roasted malt, a fair amount of bitterness, christmas spices, light chocolate, and molasses. Not really what I was expecting, more burnt and bitter, and less rich sweetness. Still a decent holiday ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2011
On tap. Opaque dark brown with a small, rough off-white head. The aroma is a bit odd, a strange spiciness but also gluey with distinct alcohol. Full-bodied with dried dark fruits and brown sugars. Alcoholic finish. I bet age would do good to this. 041111

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2011
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with a large sized light brown head. The aroma holds Christmas spices - ginger, clove, nutmeg, light cardamom and soft pepper alongside notes of fruity esters, mild green hops (pine/herbs/grass/green citrus), liquorice, earth, raisins, berries, spicy brown sugar/candi sugar and light phenols. The nose is warm, bit creamy an quite complex and reminds me a bit of swedish glgg. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium bitter and light ascidic. Tones of, spices, liquorice, gingerbread, pine, brown sugar, dark fruits, glgg and light smoky phenols. The mouthfeel is creamy, soft and round with a light carbonation. Light numbing and medium bitter finish. Christmas spices and grapefruit lingers. Medium to full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dermi (1173) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2011
375 ml, bottled. Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma: Coffee, chocolate. Roasted malt. Taste: Nice bitterness, some sweetness. Alcohol compound. Full bodied. Palate: Fair carbonation.


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