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Santa's Little Helper 2011 - Mikkeller ApS

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89
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A 9.1 % variant was sold in Sweden.

(Beer added by: brotherloco on 11-13-2011)
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Bellabananas

Illinois

2/5  rDev -50%

12-17-2011 00:29:23 | More by Bellabananas
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

07-07-2012 17:57:00 | More by Stinger80OH
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joecast

Australia

2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of mulder1010.

Pours nearly black. Thin tanned head. Unassuming for such a big beer.
Opens up as it warms. Some spice, coffee. Little dark fruit or yeast character.

Big beer but manages to hide much of its flavour. Full malt, some coffee and spice. Little dark fruit or yeast. Hard to get into the beer as it sort of leads you on. Differentath. Initial impression is of a big stout. As it warms more interesting aspects appear but still a bit unassuming for the style.

Uninteresting overall. Average for the style and average overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 11:17:47 | More by joecast
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Corkpuller

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25%

12-22-2011 16:09:05 | More by Corkpuller
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Stoutsman

Kansas

3/5  rDev -25%

01-14-2012 22:10:28 | More by Stoutsman
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HomerS

Sweden

3/5  rDev -25%

12-30-2012 20:56:03 | More by HomerS
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a somewhat transparent dark brown color with a decently thick, tan head of 3 fingers. Retention is good, especially considering the ABV.

S - Modest hops aromas, caramel, bland yeast, and milk chocolate. It's bold, but a bit boring.

T - The yeast is prominent on the tongue, but a bit bland. Toasted malt and light spice. I wish the spice were a bigger character. The ABV comes through a bit on the finish. The flavors of this one seem a bit restrained, unfortunately.

M - Medium to full bodied, smooth and wet, with an alcoholic burn on the finish.

D - Not a bad beer by any means, but not what the brewer is capable. I'm a bit disappointed by this offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:04:24 | More by blakelive784
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours very dark brown with a tall tan kind of airy head. Slow dissipation leaves some lacings.

S: Spices and yeast, a bit sour though. Candy-like suger. Dark dried fruits and syrupy sweetness. Rather highly roasted, almost a bit burnt. Vanilla.

T: Boozy and yeasty. Spices and lots of dark roasted malts. Sweet. Dark dried fruits. Vanilla and some faint smoke. Coffee.

M: Aftertaste lingers with mostly sweet notes. Body is full and carbonation very low. Very boozy.

O: The hard thing, when it comes to strong Belgian Ales is obviously hiding the alcohol - here the Danes fails. The smell is a mix between Strong Belgian Dark Ale and Porter... Not that balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 19:51:21 | More by Evil_Pidde
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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a Fort Collins Brewing glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of lovely cream lacing, lightly dark tan influences on the colour, great thickness, and amazing retention. Colour is a dark brown-amber.

Sm: A very yeasty aroma with some spice and candied sugar. a mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy spice, with some caramel. Far more simple, with reduced yeast. Much more muted. No alcohol comes through. It's not complex nor is it particularly well built. Uninspired and a bit boring. It's balanced, but there's not much there.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours merely generally.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but inferior to the other Santa's little helpers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:42:45 | More by kojevergas
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ikantspel

California

3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 into a duvel tulip

pours a black coffee color with a super sized head that has a crimson hue to it. head seems to be going nowhere fast.

coffee and cocoa in the nose. slight bit of alcohol in the nose. smells more like a stout than a BSDA

taste is of dark fruits, coffee, and spices. a little more alcohol in the taste than im used too; but thats not to say that this beer is exceptionally smooth.

the mouthfeel is heavy and smooth at the same time

kinda perplexed about this one. would like to see how the flavors pan out after aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 05:11:31 | More by ikantspel
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass at altitude in Denver. Thanks once again to kojevergas for this one, my third vintage of Mikkeller’s Santa’s Little Helper.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a huge tan head of nice retention. Great lacing.

S: Caramel malts are the strongest presence here, with some chocolate and Christmas spices.

T: Chocolate up front with some yeasty spice character to follow. Caramel malts support these flavors and give it nice balance, but it’s not particularly complex, especially compared to the 2009 and 2010 vintages of this brew.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth, wet mouthfeel. Appropriate for the style, but not particularly interesting.

D: Good and quite drinkable; the ABV is concealed quite well. However, this pales in comparison to the 2009 and 2010 vintages. I would have a hard time buying this again given the price point, and I think I’ll wait on the verdict on the 2012 vintage before buying (although at this point it might be hard to let go of this tradition…).

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 17:19:02 | More by schlimenhaumer
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours dark brown with purple hue,has a cloudy appearance... Similar to dark chocolate milk. No head retention.

S: nose features rich roasted Malta along with candied red grapes. A little bit of fig in there as well.

T: taste starts out with milk chocolate followed by grapey sweetness, bitter roast towards the end with some heat to finish. Interesting pairing of roasted flavors and Belgian character

Mf: medium body, high carbonation

O: flavors compete a little bit and the cloudy appearance is not very appetizing, definitely unique... That doesn't always translate to delicious though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 00:00:45 | More by homebrew311
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Jason for bringing this one to my Christmas party

Look: Pours a dark brown with a 1 inch tan head and great retention

Smell: Notes of cinnamon clove brown sugar and Belgian yeast

Taste: Very similar to the nose but a bit too sweet for my taste

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low carboantion

Overall: The only real problem I had with this beer is that I just found it way too sweet and hard to drink. If that is your thing then this beer is for you

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 21:15:49 | More by DarthKostrizer
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JoeBloe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-29-2012 12:57:53 | More by JoeBloe
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KevdoggNasty


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-28-2012 15:27:48 | More by KevdoggNasty
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BMart

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-02-2012 02:41:52 | More by BMart
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris at Boo's for landing this one.
Appearance: near black with red highlights. Impressive billowy head.
Smell: Very nice but a bit diluted for a high % Belgian with spice. Chocolate malt up front with a hint of spice.
Taste: Very nice and drinkable but a bit of a letdown if you're expecting big and bold.
Overall: tasty, mellow for a beast. High quaffability.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:12:00 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12-05-2011 01:41:58 | More by dbrauneis
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halo913

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

01-20-2014 14:51:10 | More by halo913
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-04-2013 22:50:36 | More by ADTaber
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ADZA

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dont know if i cracked this too early but im gonna have to buy another one anyways so here goes.

A-Pours a dark black hue which leaves a creamy smoggy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing everywhere.

S-Candy sugar,candied plums,wildberries and caramel.

T-Xmas pudding,boozy alcohol and i mean boozy,sour cherries,burnt toffee,caramel and finished with a stout like finish sweet and bitter.

M-Full bodied and creamy with a touch of sour bitterness on end.

O-I like this drop and after the first goblet the booziness goes away funnily enough but yeah its definately a drop that crosses styles and is very tasty especially on Xmas day with all the toppings cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 15:00:56 | More by ADZA
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Heatwave33

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a DFH Snifter.

Color: Black with a light brown head.

Smell: Roasted and caramel malts, chocolate, bread

Taste: Same as the aroma except with some nice cinnamon and nutmeg spices.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse with a mid dryness on the palate.

Overall: This brew has a great balance. Drinkability is pretty decent considering the ABV. I didn't detect any hops in it. Still good. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:45:26 | More by Heatwave33
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Oswego Taphouse.

Poured into a snifter and was extremely dark. I couldn't tell f it was brown or black because of the lighting. Huge chocolate mousse colored head with loads of cascading lace.

Not only does it look like a stout, it smells like a stout. Chocolate and roasted malt. It's not very deep in aromas.

...and tastes like a stout. Chocolate, roast, a little raisin, earthy hops, and yeast.

Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slightly warming.

It's a decent beer, although it screams stout to me, not Belgian Dark Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 03:14:25 | More by Vonerichs
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

A - Pitch black body with a creamy mocha head that retains well. Sticky speckled lacing left behind.

S - Strong and rich dairy chocolate, roasted barley, sweet vanilla coffee, chocolate fruit cake, cherries. Good stuff here.

T - Chocolate hits first, creamy and sweet with some bitter roast behind it, hints of oxidation, some muted cherries, and raisins, also getting some charred wood in the middle. The finish showcases powdery dry yeast with some bitter roast at the very end.

M - Full body but light and very creamy as well, moderate carbonation, no alcohol heat at all.

Haven't had this fresh but at 1 year this tastes great. Not your typical BSDA but very smooth, creamy bold flavors that have seemed to blend well. Drinks more like a stout.
The way that this beer hides the ABV is very impressive. It's almost non-existent. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 22:56:22 | More by StaveHooks
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at TJ's in Paoli, PA. Poured a dark, opaque black color with a thin chocolate head that receded slowly, leaving lacing along the glass. Had an aroma of spices, sweet malts and yeast. Taste is certainly booze-forward, with spices, yeast and sweet malts. Pretty limited in terms of complexity, but well-balanced.

Heavy side of medium in terms of body, with low carbonation. Smooth, but not too sessionable simply due to booze taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 01:39:41 | More by MsRif
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Santa's Little Helper 2011 from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.