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Santa's Little Helper 2013 - Mikkeller ApS

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Santa's Little Helper 2013Santa's Little Helper 2013

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BA SCORE
85
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Evil_Pidde on 11-29-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Sludgeman, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of bark
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

My bottle was 9.1 % ABV.

The colour is red brown-red, the liquid is clear. The finger thick head quickly sinks down to a thick lid. No lacing occurs.

The smell is dry and bitter with some hints of stale pale lager and red wine. Phenolic yeasty-spicy-plastic flavours (allspice), brown sugar and hints of alcohol.

The taste is smoother than expected. Some yeasty notes, molasses and brown sugar. Bitter hops and herbs. Semi-roasted caramel flavours. Light to medium body. Growing notes of alcohol in the aftertaste as well as molding leaves, green plants and a touch of milk chocolate. Green hoppy notes and brown sugar in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is thin, especially considering the strength.

An unbalanced beer, reminding a bit of a too young/green english strong ale.

bark, Feb 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

slowfade, Aug 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

nosavingsaccount, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

NateMac13, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

beer64nut, May 01, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark brownish red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high beige colored head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian and earthy yeast are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is quite yeast and has additional notes of spices and slight hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very yeasty for the style and has the type of earthiness you would expect from a Bière de Garde.

metter98, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

pknyc, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

weeare138, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

KevT, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MonkeyBread, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Rikdikulous, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

golf4collet, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

cburns48, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kybeerdrinker, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MikeCactusGordon, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Bandi, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mrfrancis, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

22Blue, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Evil_Pidde, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jah_Json, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Libationguy
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Garnet color that has facets of sparkle in a deep, rich color. Off white/light tan thin head with short retention.

Feels like winter warmer, Belgian dark strong ale and a holiday table in the glass all at once. Date, fig, raisins, brown sugar, white pepper, cardamon and coriander.

Bold sweet entry to the palate with a dry finish. The alcohol in this beer is big, but not clumsy. Dark candy sugar, raisins, molasses and spice. A warming of low heat from the alcohol manages to keep it clean. The finish is polished with the beer being rich and the carbonation soft.

Definitely a sipper. The large bottle format demands that this bottle be shared with friends.

Libationguy, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby tinged/orange with a thumb of tan head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & plums, carob

T: Coffee, a little molasses & charred grain up front. A touch of plumb, more coffee, a touch of booze & a whisper of vanilla as this warms. Finishes dry, some char, coffee & faint smokeyness & Baker's Chocolate. Almost pulled a 4.25

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

I enjoy this beer, not sure I consider it a Belgian Dark, but won't hold it against it rating-wise

russpowell, Dec 24, 2013
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Santa's Little Helper 2013 from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.