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Santa's Little Helper 2013 | Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
3.76/5
Very Good
43 Ratings
Santa's Little Helper 2013Santa's Little Helper 2013
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Evil_Pidde on 11-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
43
pDev:
9.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled into a Guinness goblet. 2013 vintage. Reviewed live as a Christmas ale.

Brief impressions below:

A: ~1.5 inch wide head. Pale khaki colour. Nicely creamy. Looks appealingly soft. Leaves inconsistent lacing as it recedes. 5 minute retention.

Body is a deep amber of nice vibrance.

Sm: Deep amber malts. Crystal malts. Caramel. Hints of dark fruit - plums, dates, fig. Malty sweetness is high, but the attenuation seems great. Cream. Treacle. Candi sugar.

T: Follows the aroma, with hints of biscuity Belgian malt. Sweetness is nicely dialed in. Well balanced. This might be the best beer/vintage in this series.

Mf: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, medium-bodied, slightly sticky, a biteen syrupy.

O: A well constructed offering for its style. Aged well over 2 years. One of the better Christmas ales I've tried from Mikkeller.

High B- / WORTHY

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Photo of illeagle05
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mwilbur
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with almost no light emerging from backlighting. 2-3 inch light tan head with good retention.
S: Brown sugar, dark dried fruit, lightly burnt caramel malt, molasses, and dry chocolate.
T: Mild tobacco and leather, moderately strong brown sugar and sweet bourbon, sweet dark dried fruit (fig, prune, and raisin), cinnamon and clove, cola, and maybe a hint of nutmeg. Surprisingly good! An interesting side note is the spice component here really comes through when tasting the head alone.
M: Medium-heavy body. Sweet, dense, and fairly oily. The wonderfully dark-sweet notes linger and mature nicely on the palate. ABV is extremely well hidden. Very well balanced.
D: I think letting this one sit in the cellar for over a year did the trick! Still strong, dark, and sweet, but it seems to have mellowed a bit which perhaps allowed this beer to come together better. Seek it out if you can!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of bark
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

My bottle was 9.1 % ABV.

The colour is red brown-red, the liquid is clear. The finger thick head quickly sinks down to a thick lid. No lacing occurs.

The smell is dry and bitter with some hints of stale pale lager and red wine. Phenolic yeasty-spicy-plastic flavours (allspice), brown sugar and hints of alcohol.

The taste is smoother than expected. Some yeasty notes, molasses and brown sugar. Bitter hops and herbs. Semi-roasted caramel flavours. Light to medium body. Growing notes of alcohol in the aftertaste as well as molding leaves, green plants and a touch of milk chocolate. Green hoppy notes and brown sugar in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is thin, especially considering the strength.

An unbalanced beer, reminding a bit of a too young/green english strong ale.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Santa's Little Helper 2013 from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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