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Santa's Little Helper 2012 - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +1%

Bonis, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

DooshBagalow, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a chalice.

A: Black with a huge brown head. Light gives the beer a deep chestnut brown appearance. The head sits on top like thick cream and does not move. Leaves thick lines of lacing.

S: Heavy metallic aroma that might simply be alcohol, roasted malt, coco, nutmeg, vanilla.

T: Sweet thick malt with some caramel, lots of dark bitter chocolate, and hints of smoke and medicine from alcohol.

M: Thick and creamy

O: Great flavor but unbalanced alcohol, this beer needs more time to age and mellow. The sweetness of the beer is balanced nicely by bitter chocolate flavors, but the alcohol at the end adds a medicinal edge and warmth that distracts. A noel should have some warmth, but I need more balance. A few years could turn this into a gem.

ianjsullivan, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

QuamLaetus, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

goalie33, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +1%

uturn, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Sludgeman, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

barkingLlama, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

diverite, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jar66su, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Twig2848
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Twig2848, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 3 fingers of dark tan colored head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is all black.

S. Belgian yeast, molasses, dark fruit, spices, caramel,. Spicy BSDA is what we got here. Has some roastiness to it that you don't often find.

T. Taste definitely has some stout characteristics. Molasses, roasted malt, Belgian yeast, a hint of coffee. Chocolate flavor lingers on the back of the tongue.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Very interesting. Maybe more of a Belgian RIS than a BSDA, but a good beer never the less.

siradmiralnelson, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

DotBier, Dec 29, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

alelover, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Backlash209, Dec 27, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight black in color with a dark tan head and a thick sheet of lace as topping. Nutty aroma is followed by chocolates, beer bread and plums. Tastes of molasses, nuts, ripe dark fruits, cream, milk chocolate and some phenols. Some astringency is noticed to the end, followed closely by a balancing bitterness. Creamy with a medium to heavy body. Hot and edgy. Good little winter respite as the gray days begin in earnest.

stephens101, Dec 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

2neardead, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

BTHU, Dec 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

BJasny, Dec 25, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nearly impenetrable black, finger of mocha head retained half way, plenty of random lacing
S - rich chocolate cake batter, mild raisins and spice, touch of coffee and a hint of booze
T - distinct dense chocolate fruit cake flavour, cherry and raisin, caramel and booze
M - rich and dense, bit of boozy heat mellows quickly, fully coats the mouth
T - must say I am impressed with both the xmas flavour quality and the drinkability given the high octane, well done!

joemcgrath27, Dec 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

nsfalam, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DavidRose, Dec 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

sbanacho, Dec 18, 2012
Santa's Little Helper 2012 from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.