1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Santa's Little Helper 2011 - Mikkeller ApS

Not Rated.
Santa's Little Helper 2011Santa's Little Helper 2011

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
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)
View: Beers (267) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan colored head that died down but left some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of chocolate malt.
T: The taste has flavors of dark fruits along with notes of chocolate.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very well balanced and makes for an interesting sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 00:25:50 | More by metter98
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

04-26-2012 14:14:41 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a two-finger head of light brown foam. It left thin rings of lace and a good deal of sediment in the glass.

S - It smelled of plum, raisin and some spices.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with a touch of booziness. Good dried fruit flavors with notes of raisin and plum.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good beer. Nice to find it on sale after the holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 22:57:59 | More by zeff80
Photo of Rifugium
Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Before tasting, this beer seemed quite stout-like to the senses. Dark, opaque brown-black in color, no head whatsoever. Aroma of coffee, predominantly, with tones of dark malts and dark, dried fruits. Coffee and dark roasted malts in the taste--again somewhat reminiscent of a stout, but the mouthfeel tells you otherwise--and additionally notes of yeast and fruity esters, that should leave no doubt that this is a Belgian strong ale. Hints of soy sauce as it approached room temperature. Medium mouthfeel, moderate booziness as expected, and a bit bland in the finish. Good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 12:22:40 | More by Rifugium
Photo of kojevergas
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
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12-05-2011 01:41:58 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is near black with a thick beige head. Lasting retention and decent lacing. The aroma brings classic Danish roast scents, rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, yeast. Smells similar to a Danish stout. The flavor is rich and smooth. Drinks more like a European stout than a BSDA. Relatively light in body for the style, but by no means thin. Alcohol hidden very well. A solid beer. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:36:32 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-21-2014 04:14:29 | More by afsdan
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black, but slightly transparent. Huge mocha head. Never dies away, just settles to a thick layer of foam.

Smell - Dark chocolate malts. Sweet dark fruits. Coffee.

Taste - Very chocolatey with a nice dark fruit presence. Figs and dates and the like. They get stronger into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Reminds me of Black Albert, but more chocolately. This was $3.99 because it was a seasonal "past season." Can't beat it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 17:44:00 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of WOLFGANG
WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-11-2013 00:48:03 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of Evil_Pidde
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
Photo of ADZA
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
Photo of ngeunit1
ngeunit1

California

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, chocolate, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweety dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, chocolate, a hint of roasted coffee, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Nice spiced BSDA. Good overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 06:49:09 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of homebrew311
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
Photo of BMart
BMart

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-02-2012 02:41:52 | More by BMart
Photo of DarthKostrizer
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
Photo of ADTaber
ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-04-2013 22:50:36 | More by ADTaber
Photo of rarbring
rarbring

Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark foggy brown, has a very high tan head that settles slowly leaving loads of lacing and good curtains.

Smell of spices, chocolate and coffee, dark dried fruits and grape-fruit peel.

Starts sweet with dark syrup, burnt crust, figs and raisins, citric zest and seeds.

Medium carbonation, smooth and sticky, big body anda good smooth dryness.

In all a potent and good winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 14:51:17 | More by rarbring
Photo of brez8791
brez8791

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

04-20-2012 02:02:05 | More by brez8791
Photo of st9647v3
st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-26-2012 00:47:35 | More by st9647v3
Photo of Immortale25
Immortale25

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a seriously black color with a full two-finger tan crown which retains for a good long while before sliding down to a 1/2 inch head that has great lacing following it. I can also see little specks of sediment in the body.

S- Smells of potent alcohol combined with a musty malt aroma. As the nose gives way, it leaves an aftersmell of red delicious apple. Some earthy hops are also detected.

T- Initial flavor of well-balanced malt/hop duality that doesn't lead to the boozy quality until afterward. In a word: smooth. Very smooth. There's also some spice trying to fight its way to the front of the line but it's weighed down too heavily by the key ingredients. There's just a dash of astringency that's only really detected when I swish.

M- Heavy, but not too much so. A bit dry and tingly from the high alcohol and medium-high carbonation.

O- Probably my favorite "Christmas" beer to date just due to the sheer extremity.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 01:10:33 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Stinger80OH
Stinger80OH

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

07-07-2012 17:57:00 | More by Stinger80OH
Photo of Adamostella
Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev 0%

11-23-2011 23:33:45 | More by Adamostella
Photo of jak
jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

12-13-2011 19:54:34 | More by jak
Photo of brotherloco
brotherloco

California

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml foiled and capped bottle. 2011 vintage. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very deep brown, almost opaque black. Big two and a half fingers of dark tan pillowy foam. Slowly settles to a generous thick ring with medium amounts of lacing.

Aroma of sweet and roasty chocolate malt and fruity esters. Pineapple seems to dominate. Dry christmas spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice are quite prominent. There is also a noticeable hop presence, much like you get in a Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale. Also, a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is a lot drier and less sweet than I was expecting from the nose. Roasty malts and hoppy bitterness starts sharp and spicy and then quickly gives way to a softer soda water middle and finish. Fruit notes are there, orange being more prevalent than the pineapple in the nose. Still, they sit somewhat quietly in the background. Aftertaste lingers a bit and is mildly bitter. Overall the flavor is good, but emptier than I'd like. I should note though, that it improves as the beer warms.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with medium-high, soft and natural carbonation. The big 10.9% ABV is very well buried, which is quite impressive given the mild flavor, so this is quite drinkable.

Apart from the fruity esters from the yeast, this beer is very subtle about it's Belgian nature. There's a lot of American influence here too.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:25:47 | More by brotherloco
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Santa's Little Helper 2011 from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.