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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

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Evil_Pidde on 11-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 7
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Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with almost no light emerging from backlighting. 2-3 inch light tan head with good retention.
S: Brown sugar, dark dried fruit, lightly burnt caramel malt, molasses, and dry chocolate.
T: Mild tobacco and leather, moderately strong brown sugar and sweet bourbon, sweet dark dried fruit (fig, prune, and raisin), cinnamon and clove, cola, and maybe a hint of nutmeg. Surprisingly good! An interesting side note is the spice component here really comes through when tasting the head alone.
M: Medium-heavy body. Sweet, dense, and fairly oily. The wonderfully dark-sweet notes linger and mature nicely on the palate. ABV is extremely well hidden. Very well balanced.
D: I think letting this one sit in the cellar for over a year did the trick! Still strong, dark, and sweet, but it seems to have mellowed a bit which perhaps allowed this beer to come together better. Seek it out if you can!

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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.

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Santa's Little Helper 2013 from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.