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Santa's Little Helper 2012 - Mikkeller ApS

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 11-11-2012

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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 22
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's with a strong malty presence that Mikkeller relies upon the spicy and fruity interplay to govern the balance even among such strong toasty, chocolaty, and toffeeish flavor- ideally suited for the holiday season!

Starting off with the strong presence of heavy toast and chocolate, the note conjures the notions of nutty Columbian coffee, walnut, cocoa, and burnt toffee but doing so with a mild backdrop of cherry, plumb and grape.

Flavors follow with the strong presence of sorghum and chocolate sweetness that evokes a savory and lightly tawny taste. Exacerbated with a complementary plumb, fig, and raisin undertow the taste retains a pleasant fruity taste that hinges on dark, dried, and pitted fruit varieties. Notes of red wine rise and give a slightly tart taste that resembles chocolate covered cherries.

Full bodied, but with exceptions. The holiday ale sings the praises of coffee cake but with richer malt influences from brown sugar, pound cake, and bitter coffee. It's supple richness is aided by abundant carbonation, yet the beer remains weighted on the palate and prefers the more succulent sweetness and savory texture that the beer has to offer.

Closing with a malty-dry taste and texture, the beer does it all with earthy notes of wood, alcohol, and soil- but in the most pleasant toasty and fruity kinda way.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great great holiday beer. my bottle said 11%, not 10.5% abv, but either way its a monster. the pour is dark brown with a thin looking texture. some light passing through creating an amber glow, and there is some grainy sediment settling out in the bottom of my snifter. the head is just a half inch and light brown, but it fades fast. the nose is very complex. lots of belgian candy sugar and a powerful yeast which reacts well with it to create a dubbel style brew. same taste notes as the smell, but theres some dried red fruits on the back end which proveide additional sweetness and a sprucey character that makes this just right for christmas time. i like that there isnt a ton of spice to this, just a rich and balanced belgian beer without all the frills. the alcohol is real potent though, and it feels like all of 11%, especially as it warms up. full body with light carbonation. a few more bubbles would make this even better, but i liked this a whole lot. worth the price, around 15 bucks for a 750ml bottle.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml red foil capped bottle. This year's offering boasts Northern Brewer, Hallertau, and Styrian Goldings hops. Thanks again to John from Solstice for the sample.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with ever so slight cola edges, and one very anemic finger of thinly foamy mocha head, which leaves some rather prominent honeycombed lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells of sweet caramel/toffee/treacle malt, some pungent plum and prune pudding fruitiness, a sugary coriander spiciness, prominent leafy, earthy hops, and a more than subtle booze warming. The taste is more sweet multi-hued caramel malt, restrained earthy savoury spice, a moderate anise character, some understated Belgian yeast, boozy florals, and tame earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, the body a so-so medium weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the fruity caramel simulacrum malt ceding halvies to the hop and yeast dryness.

A nicely warming, Yuletide-friendly, boozy fruit bomb, of the Belgian persuasion. Something to keep one's cockles toasty at this early winter juncture.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.32/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Pry-off pressure cap.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a nonical pint glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured. Expectations are above average given my experience with past vintages.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, fullness, and softness. Decent complexion and consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - about 6 minutes.

BODY: Dark opaque ruby-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's generally appealing, but not unique or special.

AROMA: Syrupy, prune, raisin, wilted plum, cocoa, dark malts, molasses, and booze-soaked fruit. Sugarcane. It's almost a bit rum-esque.

A pleasant aroma of above average strength. Unnecessarily boozy. I expected more spicing.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Dark malts, cream, licorice, raisin, prune, dark plum, unrefined sugars/treacle, sugarcane, molasses. No real well balanced by any means. Sticky, syrupy, smooth, wet, full-bodied, and boozy. Overcarbonated (and this is at 2 years of age). Overly sweet, with no hop profile or yeast character.

Subpar depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

It's a mess, but there's focus behind it. Maybe it's grown chaotic over time? The sweetness seems atypical of a beer that shoots for a spiced flavour profile. Any spicing has receded.

OVERALL: More of a sipper than it has the right to be. Way too boozy to the point that I'll have trouble finishing my relatively meagre pour. Not one of Mikkel's strongest offerings. I wouldn't recommend this to friends.


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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml red foil covered bottle poured into tulip 3/12/12

A pours more like a stout, nearly black with a deep cola edge, big three finger dark mocha head sits around for a few minuets leaving some random lace

S smells great, lots of molasses and some licorice, dried fruit, raisins, prunes and over ripe plums, some citrus peel, some random spices, earthy notes, dark rye bread, brewers candy and a little booze. there's plenty going on with this one and I'm liking all of it

T more licorice and molasses then the nose and a little chocolate and cola I didn't smell, its harder to pick things out like I could with the nose, everything's blended together, it works well and is quite nice but the smells working wonders for me

M not as thick as the color would let you believe, mellow carbonation and a little heat, long finish of chocolate covered licorice

O drinking well for a big fresh Belgian, lots going on and I could only imagine what some age would do as its smooth young

well suited for this chilly evening, a complex brew that's worth some attention and being reasonably priced for Mikkeller at around 12$ I might find out what an aged bottle tastes like

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shapely goblet. Dark brown with a miniscule head. Very much like the color of a quadruple.

Plums,dates and a touch of boozy spice make up the aromas of this ale. Reminds me a lot of a winter warmer.

Sweet with a strong resemblance to plum and with just enough spice and alcohol to warm the mouth. Very stout-like finish to the malt.

Lingering sweet malt and spice. Alcohol heat too. It could probably use a bit of aging to mellow out the overall profile.

Not a bad ale for a cold December night. It's simple, unpretentious and warms the soul as well.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Westvleteren chalice

Very dark body – mocha head but no retention. This is an interesting beer and not quite how I remembered it – the 11% is pretty well masked. Chocolate definitely in the foreground, dark cherry, dark fruit, molasses. Very nice stuff.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby-tinted black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows doughy bready malt, sultanas, golden syrup, fruitcake, and faint chocolate.
Flavours comprised of booze, bready malt, soft roasted malt, treacle. The alcohol is a bit harsh.
Thick creamy body. Could use more carbonation.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Aroma had a touch of tequila and roast malt. Flavor is cocoa dominant, with a hint of tequila aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of andrenaline
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to joemcgrath27 for this gem... The last of his most recent parcel to get consumed and well worth the wait.

A - Pours pitch black, thumb of dark mocha head with solid retention and nice sticky lacing.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, plums, cocoa, molasses, hints of burnt sugar and tobacco.

T - The dark fruit notes dominate with the burnt sugar, molasses and cocoa coming through alongside cloves, toasted bread and raisins that linger on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - This brew is insanely drinkable, an ABV that at 10.5% drinks like an 8%-er and will sneak up on you incredibly fast. So pumped I got a chance to try this, thanks again Joe! Loads of flavour and a fantastic example of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

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Santa's Little Helper 2012 from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.