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Santa's Little Helper 2013 - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Always one of the most anticipated beers of the winter season rears its handsome little head with the familiar taste, texture and warmth that keeps me coming back year after year. Though its not your prototypical Belgian-style stronger, darker ale- it borrows a little from porter, a little from barleywine and a lot from Belgium to achieve such wintry taste.

Dark brown in its appearance, the ale is easily mistaken for porter. Especially once its slowly separating froth extends from its dense body beneath, the porter-esque appearance is further propelled. Highly persistent in its retention and trailing with well-defined rings to denote each sip, the ale is as sturdy as they come.

Its aromas are somewhat muted because of its dense blanket of froth that prohibits such popping of aromas from reaching the nose. But a deep and slow draw from the snifter reveals a toasty, chocolate and light coffee note that hides just behind the aromas of tangy and toasted dark fruit: everything from grapes and figs to apples and cherries are all represented in a drunken, rum-soaked portrayal.

Its taste is just as dense and savory with slightly scorched brown sugar and toffee for "brittle" like sweetness. Dry cocoa and medium-strength coffee bring out a more robust and earthen taste to ride along side of sweeter flavors of hard candies. That's when its fruity middle palate pulls ahead and shares flavors of plumbs, blackberries, currant, cherry, dried apple, roasted pear and grapes. Wrapping up with a notion of spiced rum, the taste of both coffee cake and fruit cake are alive and well in the beer's aftertaste.

Full bodied from start to finish, the ale doesn't spring off the palate like most Belgian ales do. Instead, its creamy carbonation keeps the taste savory, succulent and rich for full palate appreciation. Its deep bready-sweet textures temper its powerful alcohol spice for a balanced session and a deep coffee-sweet linger.

Perhaps the perfect "Winter Warmer", the ale has a lot of Belgian and Belgian flavor but with high experimentation and impeccable balance. Its the epitome of winter ales!

BEERchitect, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

ygtbsm94, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev 0%

weeare138, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +6.7%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of bark
2.85/5  rDev -24%
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
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Evil_Pidde, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

olradetbalder, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev 0%

mrfrancis, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +6.7%

smithj4, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev 0%

22Blue, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.75/5  rDev 0%

MikeCactusGordon, May 28, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Sludgeman, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev 0%

pknyc, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet color with a tight, tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits and a little spice.

Tastes of the dark fruits, roasted malts, and touches of spice. Figs, raisins, and cherries come through with a bit of sweetness. This leads to some coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and molasses type flavors. Everything is supported by a breadiness. Touches of clove and pepper come on the end along with some earthy bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with a little alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is full with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and worth a look.

ocelot2500, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of NateMac13
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

NateMac13, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

MonkeyBread, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

fionn13, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

kybeerdrinker, May 12, 2014
Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Bandi, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

nosavingsaccount, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of ascags
4/5  rDev +6.7%

ascags, May 10, 2014
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Santa's Little Helper 2013 from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.