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Santa's Little Helper 2010 - Mikkeller ApS

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Santa's Little Helper 2010Santa's Little Helper 2010

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BA SCORE
90
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: bark on 11-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Spiced with bitter and sweet orange peels and nutmeg.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

A 9.1 % variant was sold in Sweden.
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by Neffbeer:
Photo of Neffbeer
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 12/17:

A: Dark brown, almost black. Good size head with great retention, some sticky lacing.

S: Fruity and spicy goodness on the nose. Cinnamon, spruce, nutmeg, raisins, plums, and toffee bread.

T: Santa indeed. This is one smashing holiday cookie. All the previous flavors show up with some vanilla, cloves and a hint of cola. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: A little thin for the style with light carbonation.

D: For good beer for the season. I would try this one again given the chance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mverity
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque chocolatey brown in color with a good amount of tan head. Fair to good lacing and nice collar throughout. Aroma is a cornacopia of spices, some deep caramel, and faintly buttery. Very thick body and medium carbonation. Taste is rich caramel and all that spice! Taste is good, but the aroma hits me better. Well balanced, but kind of two dimensional.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with some nice chocolate notes. I don't get much Belgian character in the aroma. The beer smells more like a porter than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

The flavor is heavy on the chocolate with some spices mixed in. The spices are definitely there, but they are hard to identify. I also get some smoke and tobacco notes in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with large amounts of semi-sweet chocolate. Also present are hints of dark molasses. As it warms mild amounts of raspberry and black cherry aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts lightly roasted malt and rich dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Midway throught the sip the flavor profile turns more bitter with the addition of leafy and slightly pine-y hops. The hops fade out into a moderately bitter ending. As with the aroma, as the beer warms small amounts of fruit flavors come into play.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this turned out to be a very nice Christmas beer. There is a good deal of complexity here however nothing manages to be overpowering. Well worth a shot if you see it on and I'm already looking forward to next year's.

Photo of jamex
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza port, Ocean Beach.

Pours dark and looks great. Malt, espresso, spice. Very easy to drink. Some reviewed this beer as being bitter but I picked up very little - it was a very smooth and enjoyable beer. Good job Mikkeller. I will be looking for this again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really a very interesting beer here. was not sure what to make going in but was very shocked by what i got in the end. picked up on sale for 7.99??ok. poure into a snifter and consumed on 01.15.2010.

really a great pour as a jet black body puts down two fingers worth of head that are really going nowhere. really very, very well done i have to say. aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, lots of hops which i was not expecting, ground spices, roasted nuts and a hint of peat. very deep and complex and very much welcomed around here. flavor is more of the same with a light punch of hops pushing through before being taken over by a bum rush of holiday spices. lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, again a touch of light peat, brown sugar and a nice mix of dark fruit yeast that seem to seal the deal for me in the end. finish is very clean and the alcohol is hidden so well it was rediculous.
overall one of the most solid beers i have had in a really long time and was very much enjoyed as night cap.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, highlights like a tawny port. Thick head on the pour with thick pretty lacing. A real looker this.
Smell: thick roasty and port like. Reminiscent of dfh wws.
Taste: Mostly delivers what the nose is sellin. Roasty, port like, the rum up front but balanced.
Overall: a very nice and unique beer. Thanks much to Chris at Boo's for landing this beauty.

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Our Special Ale on steroids - that pretty much sums up this interesting winter offering. Dark, spruce rosin notes, roasted malt and holiday spices - allspice, gingerbread cookie, fruit cake. You name it, they tossed it in. Big abv works well with the swirling melange of flavors. If you hate OSA, you will despise this. But, if you love OSA . . .

Photo of blammasterj
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that sits on the beer like a thick slick. Smells of puffed wheat, cinnamon, Ginger, clove, some faint chocolate. The taste is kind of weird. That puffed wheat, the same spices, cocoa powder, some spicy yeast, a little bitterness on the finish and a pleasant roastiness. The mouthfeel is wonderful; fluffy, velvety, carbonated, and very full. This has to be one of the strangest, yet most exciting winter beers that I've had. It gets sweeter and more caramelly as it warms along with a nice yeasty spice and alcohol prickle.

Photo of JLeege
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- 750 poured into a tulip glass. Pours a deep brown with a large 3 finger off white head. Great retention and lacing left down the glass.

Smell- Aroma is toasted and roasted malts, coffee notes, some dark fruits.

Taste- Fruity up front, cherry and raisons and I suppose some orange peel by power of suggestion. Belgian yeast then pops up along with some "holiday" spices. Finishes with slightly bitter coffee notes. Pretty complex. No alcohol is noticed at all, impressive for nearly 11%.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, and fairly full bodied. It looks thicker than it actually is. Creamy and finishes clean.

Overall- This beer is great and is almost too easy to drink. It is expensive but deffinitely worth a try!

Photo of david18
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge fan of the Mikkeller single hop ipa's and was very excited to see this on tap at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Not bad for the style, which is not one of my favorites.

Dark amber brown, maybe with a redish hue and a light brown head. Aroma is a combination of dark fruit, malt, hops. Flavor has a nice balance of fruit, malt, hops and alcohol. A little strong on the alcohol. If you like this style of beer, you'll love this. I look forward to trying additional beers from this brewery.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, plugged with a really long cork, into a goblet. Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head and excellent retention. Although the beer is listed above as being 9.4% abv, the bottle itself states it is 10.9% abv.

Smells spicy, with tangy orange, clove, dark fruit, mollasses, and mild alcohol. Reminds me a it of wassil.

Sweet, like candied sugar, and slightly tart. Orange rind, clove, nutmeg, and brown sugar present up front, with a mild hop bitter catching at the end. A bit of yeastiness, woodiness, and herbal spice reside mid-mouth. A definite sipper, as this is quite complex and can be overwhelming if drank too quick.

Full-bodied, this is quite earthy feeling, with a dryness that presents only a while into the beer.

For as strong as this beer is, it is not boozy. It is, however, intense in flavor, and is one to be enjoyed throughout the evening.

Photo of antzman
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage This beer pours a deep dark brown with a full mocha brown head that fades away rather quickly. The aroma is very interesting. It is full of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits like dates and plums, with a hint of citrusy hops. It is almost impossible to determine what this beer will taste like by the aroma, so we’d better take a sip and figure this thing out. It starts out with baker’s chocolate, with hints of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. A slight citrusy bitterness works its way in, with hints of orange. The sweetness comes back with brown sugar, candied sugar, and then a hint of coffee. I’m not entirely sure what all they put into this beer when they made it, but it all works together fantastically.

Photo of rarbring
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown with hints of orange, the tan head is huge, lasting and leaves lots of lacing

The smell is brown sugar, dark burnt bread, raisins, sherry, roasted coffee and cinnamon.

The taste starts intensely sweet, caramel, dark syrup and brown sugar, clove and bitter oranges, alcohol in the strong wine area, Madeira and Port. Some dark chocolate.

Medium carbonation, tiny soft bubbles, a bit oily, a complex and big body, a dry finish.

Very good, one possible downside is the sweetness.

Photo of OpusMike
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

September 2014: Opened a 750ml bottle and shared with a friend. This had aged very nicely and was a pleasure to drink.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Belgian Christmas night.

It's very dark brown, with hints of light, hazy, and light head.

Nose of light spices, cinnamon, nuts, some dark Belgian malts, a bit of sweet syrupy aromas.

Taste has some light spices, malty and pretty boozy, Belgian dark malts, a little candi sugar and chewy malts, a bit of nougat, some fruit, raisin, light roast, a little creamy, and some smoke. Also quite a bit of licorice and a bit of aniset, and cocoa powder.

Mouth is medium to slightly heavier body, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so, with a bit of warming and slightly tingly booze, some spices, and the licorice anise is a little too much for me at least.

Photo of lownote
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with just the right amount of head with a dark but not pitch black. The taste is strong by not alcoholic with hints of a citrusy sour. The mouthfeel is carbonated but not too lively. There is not a strong smell either way. A delicious beer even when not in season.

Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one for quite a while. Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Small delicately bubbly head that fades quickly. A light covering of the top of the glass stays for a long time. Murky dark brown color.

Smell is fairly subdued malts,dark fruit and a little nutmeg and Christmas spices. Glad Mikkeller resisted the urge to make this a Christmas potpouree.

Taste is good. Rich malty dark fruit backbone with a hint of Christmas spices.

Mouthfeel is great. Rich, smooth, a hint of alcohol and a little sweet.

A good sipping beer. I highly reccommed it.

Photo of champ103
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head rises with really good retention. Rings of sticky lace are left behind.
S: Toasted malt, to nearly roasted malt. Some big Belgian yeast aromas as well. Some bread crust.
T: Some roasted malt and chocolate. Big bready flavors as well. Reminds me more of a stout than anything. Enjoyable though.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink. Something I can sip on with ease, but there is a big alcohol punch.

Mostly simple toasted/roasted malt flavors. Though still enjoyable. I wish some more spices and other flavors would come out. Overall, worth a try.

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle into glass in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Non-transparent dark colour. Creamy, tan head. Four finger excellent retention.

Sm: Musty, pleasant scent of barley. Very hoppy.

T: Creamy open to a well built, complex body. Caramel. This beer has a dry body which is difficult to find and even harder to pull off correctly. Has some spice, but it isn't overdone. A sappy finish.

Mf: Perfect dryness. Nice coarseness in the body bleeds through the finish perfectly.

Dr: Very good but very pricey. I plan on making a pilgrimage to Mikkeller because I love their beers. Hides its ABV extremely well. Serve colder than usual for an extra treat.

Photo of brystmar
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to opening this bad boy. Thanks to whartontallboy for the extra!

Brown body with red hues produces tons of head. Excellent lace; gorgeous! Spicy aroma with tons of malt. A little roasty with booze notes too.

Sweet malts and spices. Not overly spicy which is nice. Aged boozy character adds an extra dimension of tastiness. Really good.

Super creamy body was unexpected, yet very much appreciated. This is drinking quite well right now, wish I had another bottle.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not exactly the typical Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this beer borrows attributes of Winter Warmer spiciness, Porter-ish darkness and toast, and assertive hop notes.

Santa's Little Helper pours a dark brown with very little haze. Off white head character starts and remains foathy, sturdy, and formitable. Moderate lacing lef on the glass, the beer even looks like a Porter.

Toast and charred fruits fill the nose while a zesty and fresh ginger-like spice that reminds me of sorghum laced ginger snaps. Weave in a piney-earthy note with mild cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, the beer has a seductive and appetizing scent.

Toast and maple syrup starts the flavor profile by balancing the sweetness and toasted grains/bread. While the beer warms, the more subtle ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors rise and adds complex flavors that compliment the maltiness well. Just before the finish, a minty-sprucy hop counterpart is met with estery and vinous grapes, cherries, wild berries, and plumbs. Very nice balance and enough layers of taste without becomming complicated.

Full and creamy at first, but as the carbonation subsides, the vinous tartness and mild fruity acidity balances the weight while cutting through the malty feel. But going into the finish, the mild woodsy, toasty, sprucy bitterness and spicy bite ushers in a dry and clean feel that saves the mouthfeel.

A delicious toasty beer without becomming roasty, this Belgian Strong Dark Ales has a Noire character and fruitcake spice and ester profile that makes this Winter Warmer easy to drink, pint after pint.

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle into tulip glass. Pours extremely dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of plums, dark fruit skin, molasses, roasted malt, candi sugar, citrus peel, nutmeg, light chocolate, and yeasty spices. Very nice and pleasant aromas with nice balance. More on the interesting side of things as well. Taste of big plum, dark fruit, caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, citrus, nutmeg, and light yeast spices. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of molasses, dark fruit skins, chocolate, and roasted malt. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very silky, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel that goes down way too easily for being almost 11%. Alcohol is practically invisible with only a slight warming well after the finish. Overall, this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale. Fantastic balance and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into regular dinner glass at high altitude (around 6,000 feet).

A - Dark cream-colored four-finger head at first, which went down to a two-finger head afterwards. The beer itself is a nice dark reddish color.

T - The spices in this beer really remind me of winter and Christmastime. Eggnog was one of the first things that came to mind when I tasted this. There was a bit of a nutty taste on the finish.

M - Coarse and dry body which stays through to the finish.

D - Serve it cold, it hides the 10%+ alcohol content very well. Great once a year for the winter, I'd definitely buy the 2011 version.

Photo of LevitatedEep
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750 ml bottle in a St. Bernardus glass.

A - Tons of lacing and nice head, nice and dark, pancake batter on the surface...perfect....

S - Nothing strong but after continuing to sniff I notice some interesting smells....cinnamon, spices, peppermint candy.

T - Wow this is awesome and unique...gets more boozy as it warms....cinnamon, candy canes, schnapps, and smoky brown sugar combined into a frothy brew of boozy greatness.

M - Feels like reindeer pouring beer onto my tongue....near perfect carbonation and feel....yummm

D - Really easy to sip even though it is really boozy damn this is a great winter beer to sip and enjoy. Will buy this again ASAP.

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Santa's Little Helper 2010 from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.