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Santa's Little Helper 2012 - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 11-11-2012)
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Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

derkfromwi, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Kirk, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

AngusOg, May 28, 2013
Photo of srhoadsy
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served slightly chilled into a tulip.

Pours an extremely dark mahogany brown bordering on black, thought I was pouring an Imperial stout at first. Half inch of foamy light brown head that recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of dried fruits, molasses and bittersweet chocolate.

A very complex mix of flavors. Dried cherries and raisins, dark chocolate, molasses, cloves and cinnamon.

Medium bodied with a sweet finish and mild carbonation. Lingering aftertaste with a hint of booze.

Impressive beer. This one is an assault on the senses, a lot of strong flavors blended together surprisingly well. Not a huge fan of winter warmers, but this one is very nice.

srhoadsy, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Rogorama, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

caverog, May 10, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

andrenaline, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted as part of last year's Kerstbier Fest at The Trappist, Oakland, CA.

A: Dark, light beige head, thick lacing.

S: Malt, brown sugar, fruit, raisins.

T: Bit of alcohol. Roasty. Chocolate. Bitter coffee finish.

M: Medium body, bit oily.

O: Delicious holiday quad.

Ale-ienation, Apr 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

ascags, Apr 30, 2013
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Paonz, Apr 17, 2013
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aakerman, Apr 02, 2013
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aflies, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

flayedandskinned, Mar 01, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A good amount of beige, slightly apricot head ~2 fingers. Dark, impenetrable raw umber.

S: A lot of spices and something that vaguely reminds me of nail polish remover and metal -- probably just the alcohol. Lots of malts and vanilla. Molasses, chocolate, and burned toast.

T: Wow, lots of flavor. Chocolate malts, alcohol, smoke/roasted notes, molasses - something syrupy sweet like that. A little yeasty. Delicious.

M: Smooth, silky, and full with just enough of a bite from the carbonation to keep things interesting. Nice.

O: Good, the flavors linger for a while on the tongue and the sweetness does coat the mouth, but not in a cloying, unpleasant way. Smell is a bit too boozy for my taste to be really good. All in all, quite good. I'd have another. Recommended.

Meerkey, Feb 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Blodsvente, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Grinky, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

afrothunder, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

NuclearRich, Jan 28, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served on tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a snifter glowing a rich mahogany coloring. It held a one finger tall head of taupe foam, showing nice retention. Thick sheets of chunky lacing were left around the glass as it went. There was a chill haze to the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared average. The aroma gave vinegar, licorice, soured wood, and Belgian yeastiness off the top. Working in were thickly roasted coffee, chocolate, and caramel malts, booze, musk, raisin breadiness, molasses bite, and white sugar sweetness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was strong and complex, with nice spiciness to it. As we sipped, sweet and lightly roasted malts, soured woodiness, clovey phenols, fusel booze fire, and savory hickory smokiness started things off. The fusel booze came to a peak, working with buttery chocolates, bittered salt water toffee, raw coffee bean, and synthetic cherry syrups to the top of the palate. Washing through the finish were medicinal phenols, bittered wood, lightly roasted chocolates, yeast, fig, breadiness, and spicy booze. The aftertaste breathed of more bitterness of booze, licorice, molasses, phenolic clove, and leathers. The body was thick, and the carbonation was medium. There was fantastic slurp, sip, cream, and pop, with excellent froth on the tasting swirl around the mouth that isn’t overdone or overbearing. A thick coating was felt around the mouth, with boozy fuzziness and burn to the tongue, and no real dryness except, again, for boozy rumbles up from the swallow. The abv is fine, and the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the silky and thick feel, and beautifully foamy appearance and lacing. From the pour on this beer was warming and inviting, with dark spice and nicely contributory booziness to the sweet grainy base. The flavoring followed robustly in the same vein. The feel, however, is really what makes this beer. There was thick froth to the lip, with massive foamy creaminess to the back of the throat. This beer is nice for a cold winter’s day, and certainly worth your time.

TheBrewo, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

bismarksays, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Chrily, Jan 14, 2013
Santa's Little Helper 2012 from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.