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Santa's Little Helper 2012 - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

97 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: biboergosum on 11-11-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

asigler, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

PaBeerLover, Dec 17, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

chrishensley, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Brad007, Dec 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

rolltide8425, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

jrfehon33, Dec 12, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Miorge Mihoublon. Surprising dark as night pour with caramel-colored two finger head with great retention and crazy lacing. Wonderfully earthy, unique nose with hints of soy sauce, roasted coffee, rye bread, licorice, and plums, becoming a bit boozey as it warms. The taste is really complex with hints of black cherries, cola, dark chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, cloves, molasses, espresso, and dates with a bit of coriander and vanilla as well. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and chewy with a subtle syrupy finish. This is a fabulous example of what I think a Christmas beer should be. A flavorful sipper to warm you up on a snowy winter day!

beerdrifter, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

roblund, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

aztraz, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

dougemert, Dec 03, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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

wordemupg, Dec 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Hanzo, Dec 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

weonfire, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

CheekyBroad, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Harkrank, Nov 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

karatebartender, Nov 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

schnarr84, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

lupercmda, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Listers, Nov 14, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 11, 2012
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Santa's Little Helper 2012 from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.