Santa's Little Helper 2007 | Mikkeller ApS

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Santa's Little Helper 2007Santa's Little Helper 2007
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Gourmetbryggeriet, Roskilde, Denmark.

Ingredients:Water, malt (lager, special B and caraaroma), wheat flakes, dark candy syrup, dark muscovado sugar, hops (Northern Brewer, Styrian Golding and Hallertauer) and Belgian ale yeast.

Added by Gueuzedude on 02-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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56
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.78%
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a small but condensed light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet dense malt with light vinous notes at the end. Taste is a complex mix between some spices and dry fruit with light dry finish including some vinous notes. Body is really full with a great creamy texture and great carbonation with no alcohol being apparent. Very well made and something I would like to try again.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, dark head as well, leaves to ring. Some soapy lacing.

S - Cocoa, astringent, a little medicine like.

T - Cocoa, sharp alcohol and medicinal flavors. Acidic sour finish.

M - Medium body, good carg.

D - Maybe past prime, but a bit medicinal and cloying at the same time.

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Photo of nick76
2.92/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma has cola, fruit (cherries), toasted malt, and chocolate. The appearance is dark brown with a small head. The flavor is not like the aroma. It has sweet cola but both bitter and random spices seem to ruin it. The palate is a bit thin. Overall I am not a fan of this one.

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Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle (2007 vintage) purchased for about twelve dollars along with the 2008 vintage, drank side by side on 1/28/09, reviewed from notes, I liked my first experience with the first batch of this from 2006, excited to give these a shot together, each were poured into pint glasses, color is a very dark brown with some mahogany tint, 1 1/4 inch creamy tan head, some retention, minimal lacing, aroma is full of dark chocolate, raisins, sweetness, biscuit malt, various spices, caramel, and some light sugar, starts off with a dark fruit characteristic mixed with dry breaad,, then got sweeter in the middle, finish was slightly sweet with chocolate and caramel, taste the raisins I smelled earlier once it warms, lots of dark fruits by the end that are quite sugary, slightly dry, sweet, and chewy mouthfeel, light level of carbonation, pretty thin body, sweet taste lingered a bit, I am glad friends were over because I could not have finished this bottle by myself, alcohol is not hidden and it is too sweet overall, not as good as the 2008, still not a bad brew at all, just spoiled by the other two different vintages I have had of this in the past, worth trying

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Photo of ccrida
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Santas Little Helper 2007 is a dark, blackish brown with a dark tan head that is pretty quick to settle to a thick skim but leaves decent lace. Another De Proef bottling with the synthetic cork (which I applaud from an enviromentally friendly point of view) that limps out silently. Luckly, this beer still had some moderate carbonation, but not the large rocky head I look for in the style.
Served ~50F, my cellar sure is cold this time of year!

Smell is fruity, grape and lemons, with more Shiraz like red wine and citrus notes developing as it opens up and warms, as well as some chocolate and boozy vapors.

Taste is rather chocolaty, with fruity esters, mostly grape, some fig and raisin, as well as some orange. There's some acidity that makes this rather vinous as well, save for the chocolate of course, with just a hint alcohol on the finish. Strange bird this one, very good but not at all what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a lighter body, highly digestible for what is a basically a Belgian porter.

Drinkability is very good, high then the sum of it's parts. This is just a flat out tasty, very easy drinking beer. As I worked though it, I kept bumping up the scores as I realized how great it really was. The high ABV is hidden behind the robust flavors, making it dangerously quaffable for the size. To bad it was only brewed once, last year, and I'll probably never get to have it again!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate chestnut with black cherry trim. Despite a woefully pathetic 'pop' on cork removal, the pour has produced four full fingers of coffee milkshake colored foam that looks almost as creamy. Thick sheets of cheese grater-like lace put the finishing touches on this attractive holiday brew.

The aroma is an outstanding mixture of chocolate stout and BSDA. Mostly the latter. Since no chocolate was added, the brewers must have used a boatload of chocolate malt (along with pale and special B). The clove-like character of the yeast is appreciated, while the orange peel and coriander seeds are not.

Mikkeller have themselves another winner with Santa's Little Helper 2007. This is one bold, flavorful beer that doesn't drink anywhere near its ABV. The challenge will be to drink it slowly enough so that the final few paragraphs of this review make sense.

With several more ounces under my belt, I'm not sure that it's a world-beater, but it's still quite good and is worth the $13.99 that I paid last winter. Again, think BSDA with more much chocolatiness than that style usually delivers. It's an interesting combination to be sure.

The coriander works well in combination with the peppery spiciness of the Belgian yeast. However, the orange peel adds a citric tartness that comes close to being over the top. Sweet BSDAs are fine, as are spicy ones, but sour doesn't work nearly as well. That said, the flavor and drinkability scores could just as easily be one notch higher.

That 11.0% has to be a misprint. Absolutely no alcohol is appreciated and there isn't even much esophageal and belly warming. Great job, guys. The mouthfeel, although fine and dandy, falls a bit short in the volume department. More bubbles is probably the only fix that's needed.

Santa will get more than a little help from this 2007 holiday ale. Actually, after killing the 750 ml bottle, he'll *need* some help driving his sleigh. If you're lucky enough to find it on the shelves, this is a worthwhile purchase. And to all a good night.

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Photo of dnichols
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I served a 2007 vintage that I've been cellering for this holiday season. I shared the 750 ml capped and corked bottle with my sons as we initiated our celebration of the coming of winter.

A: I poured a musky dark brown body that was thick and sticky. It had a rich and robust oily caramel head that retained well before receding to a thin cover. There was a temporary thick curtain of lacing that fell back into the liquid.

S: I had a sweet, caramel and dark fruit (figs and plums) aroma that was filled with spices (brown sugar and belgium candi).

T: It was rich in flavors that were heavy on the candi and malt side with very little hop presence. The dark fruits were dominate (including raisins, figs and plums),however, the taste of brown sugar, licorice and chocolate came through. The alcohol was very well hidden.

M: It was a medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation. It had a sweet front and spicy back with a warm and wet finish. It finished clean with little aftertaste.

D: It has too high an ABV and too thick a body to be a session beer. However, it is a great winter warmer and cold holiday night sipper.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750 with red aluminum foil wrap around the neck of the bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark alcohol soaked fruits with sugar and spices. the aroma is somewhat boozy but it smells delicious.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet with dark fruits and spices with a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The alcohol is definitely there, but it is pretty well hidden considering the high ABV and adds complexity to the brew almost like a fine liquor.

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Photo of gonzogambler
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of the Mikkeller beers that I've had so far, and grabbed this near year old bottle after trying about 5 of their other beers.

This beer is really dark with some light brown head. There wasn't much pop to the cork but there is some carbonation for sure. The smell has a bit of roast, a lot of Belgian candied sugar, and some citrus fruit.

When this beer was cold it tasted too light and sugary, but now that its closer to room temp the flavors have evened out a lot. I get some Belgian sugar, and a lot of the orange I found on the nose. It's lighter and more candied that I would expect from the look of it, and it's stealthy ninja skills continue by hiding that 11%. The flavor at the beginning is nice and roasted but the end has a little too much sweetness for me.

Overall a great beer but for my tastes its a little light and a little fruity (there's a broadway musical or san franciso joke there somewhere).

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Photo of trafordboy
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a motor oil brownish black with a light brown head of frothy, creamy foam. Good head retention and a fair amount of laced sticking.

The first smells I noticed in the aroma was an appetite inducing chocolate malt, a mix of dark chocolate and mocha, followed by the dark candy syrup, a desert lover's dream. The orange peel and coriander seeds add a soft orange citric dimension to the smell. At the edges is a light spiciness and traces of woody herbal hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable, just a warm dark candy scent. As it warms, a little smoky nuttiness emerges. I found the nose to be quite attractive.

The moderate body has a fluffy creaminess to it, smoothly lush feel in the palate. Definitely sweet desert tasting, dark chocolate cake with caramelized dark sugar icing. Right behind the chocolate malt and candy syrup comes a mild malt nuttiness, a nice topping to the desert flavors. The orange peel and coriander seeds, along with the ale yeast, help add a sharp fruitiness to the taste. The hops are properly restrained, herbal spicy and adding a little woody stem taste to the softly dry finish. The alcohol provides a steady mellow spiced warmth through out the duration of the taste, the 11% ABV is well disguised, making this a sipper that you need to be cautious with.

Maybe because it is Christmas and I am in a really good mood, but I really enjoyed this Christmas ale from Mikkeller, for me, the definition of a festive winter warmer.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey! A Mikkeller beer that actually goes "pop" when the cork comes out! Brilliant!!!

Pours a deep dark ruby, almost impenetrable black, just some slight ruby highlights. A big solid light tan ice cream head retains "ok" but leaves very good lacing.

Nose is quite complex with some tartness, dark fruit, spices, and sugar. Dark cherries and licorice come through, along with some anise.

Taste is quite unique. Some great belgian spice in here. Similar to the spicing in Het Ankers Noel, but different at the same time. Some anise, licorice, dark black cherries, candy sugar and rum soaked fruits. There is an ever so slight tartness here. A bit of vanilla. The finish rides a malty sweetness and leaves lingering sugar on the lips and spices on the palate. Slightly dry finish, and there is slight tartness.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Maybe a touch thin, but still seems very hearty and thick to get down. Wierd.

Drinkability is very good for the abv, but you will not be having more than one of these tonight, and even that is quite a stretch. Tough to get through, but a pleasure to drink, and hides the abv relatively well.

Overall, this is a tasty winter brew. Lots of complexity and alot of interesting winter spice. A rich beer to be enjoyed in the dark of winter in front of a roaring fire with good munchies and good friends. A very intense beer, not to be scoffed at. Good work by mikkeller here.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pull this beer out of the cellar and give it a go. Poured out of a 750 mL corked bottle into a snifter.

A- Dark brown with hints of amber when light was reflected onto it. Half inch head formed that dissipated quickly forming a thin band as the beer was consumed.

S- Complex! The first sniff reveals a sweet/sour smell...almost like a nice aged wine. The follow up reveal a much different aroma...cinnamon and spices along with caramel malts infiltrate the nose.

T- Sweetness, again like a fine wine, but then subdued by spices and other malts. Aging worked wonderfully on this one.

M- Medium body with some carbonation...even after a year in the cellar.

D- Highly drinkable. The 11% abv was very well hidden. A very nice beer to just kick back and enjoy life on a cold, rainy fall night.

Overall, brought back memories of opening vintage wine with my roommate back in college. I am extremely glad I aged this bottle for a year. I will wait another year and see how the other bottle stands up to this one.

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Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Christmas 2007 gift from my wife, ksak, and sons. While I picked it out, they were kind enough to wrap it.

A: The ale is a dark wonder, thick and oily, that allows absolutely nothing to get through it. A cream colored head blanketed the glass on pour and slowy receded to a thin band.

S: Spicy sweet, the ale shows off licorice, candi sugars, brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, figs, chocolate syrup and citrus (fruit not hops). The complexity of the nose is a big winner.

T: The flavor brings as much to the table as the nose, to the point that the tastebuds can't keep up. Lots of citrus notes, sweet but fast to pass. Following the citrus, candi sugars overpower the tastebuds with a deafening strength. Spices include brown sugar, licorice, raisins and powdered cocoa. Surprisingly there isn't much booze floating around, for as big as the ale is.

M: The spices seem to zap the tastebuds, leaving a dead spot occasionally. The profile is big though and should provide hours of tasting time.

D: At 11%, this is a one-and-done deal. A muggy September night is a little out of place for this beer, which would do better on a chilly sub-zero night.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little cautious about buying this as it is at least seven or eight months old at this point. Dark brown, almost black with a tan coffee head. It smells delicious and perfect for Christmas. Spicy, maybe nutmeg, chocolate, and bubblegum(?). Very spicy taste, sweetened black licorice at the end not bad. This has a nice mouthfeel. The alcohol is not noticeable in the taste. This was pretty good and would be a lot better at Christmas time when its a little colder. This one is a sipper for me.

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Photo of Crosling
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intricate malt and yeast complexity, with flavors of hazelnut, espresso roast, apple and plum. Very dark brown color with a small head. Nose of rum soaked dark fruit. It's a very alive, very well balanced and authentic beer with great aging potential. It's a very nice ale.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4 fl oz. corked & caged bottle served in my DFH snifter. Bottle opened with a suppressed pop. Poured a deep opaque brown with rubye red highlights. One inch mocha-colored head with tiny ringlets. Fairly consistent skim and ringlets present during the tasting, with sheets of sticky foam that adhered to the bulb of the glass throughout. Heavy nose of dark fruit off of this one detectable from a distance. Upon closer examination, also detected a wine-like quality in the nose suggesting a somewhat tangy body. Flavors revealed a pleasant coffee-character up front, followed by dark fruit (cherries) and a tangy finish with a touch of alcohol. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with just enough effervescence to add some additional character to the body. Some alcohol, but predominantly detectable as a slight warming at the back of the throat. This is an excellent offering that is meant to be sipped; subtle character changes as the elixir warms. Very reminiscent of De Dolle's Extra Export Stout, but flavors are much bolder. Unfortunate that this was only brewed once.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours like a stout, black and bubbly. A thin cap of mocha foam builds up and drops to a partial cover and thick collar. A variety of lace formations on the glass. Great start.

Aroma - chocolate liqueur, sweet and warm; roasted grain, rum and abv vapors filling the nostrils. A little lighter on the heat and a little more on the rest would help, but this smells superb.

Taste - toasty malts sweetened with candi sugar and warmed with abv heat. It takes a few sips to get used to the hot flavors, but afterwards some coffee flavors start finding their way through, along with some anise and/or molasses. The swallow has a flash of the yeast in there, a quick stint of balancing hop bitterness (low level), and a mellower drying finish. Nice reprises of flavor at the end; the roast, the coffee, anise, all make appearances on this sip or that. The only constant is the alcohol. Maybe if I'd had a few warm-up beers I wouldn't feel it so much, but the abv is jumping outta the bottle. A solid brew.

Mouthfeel - bubbliness makes for a lighter body despite the high abv.

Drinkability - not sure how long I'd lasted had I been wrapping gifts with this one alongside. Probably would be fine, wrapping's busywork and is a great slowdown for the bigger beers. Since I only had time to enjoy one bottle tonight, I'm glad it was this one.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BIG THANKS to drunkmonk for hooking me up with this one!!!

This one is best with a very light chill. Pours clear but impenetrably dark brown color with a big foamy dark tan head that resists fading, leaving a good amount of Belgian lacing n it's wake. The smell is really unique and this one is already scoring points for imagination. My first perception is a NECCO wafer chocolate, only really silky rather than chalky. There is tons of stuff going on with this one! Dark chocolate, liquorice, cinnamon and molasses. The flavor is a mirror image of the nose and THAT'S A GOOD THING!! The dark fruit aspect is in there, but it's playing second fiddle until it's close to room temperature. The 11% ABV is really well hidden for about the first 15 ounces...after that you can expect the hammer to hit. This one is way too easy to drink. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied without being syrupy. There is no doubt that HUGE ingredients are consumed in the process of cranking this one out. The last mouthful is a roasty chocolate, anise molasses dream world. Highly recommended!!!! Thanks again Joel!!

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Photo of RomanW70
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a dfark beige head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses and toffee. Taste is similar with additional notes of vanilla and nuts. Medium bitterness of the finish. Full mouth feel. Tastes more like a stout than a Belgian Strong. Don't really care that it's a style buster. It's damn tasty.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body pours to a blackest brown that really only is a hint of brown. Host a biscuit brown spicey toned three finger head that shows scattered lace as it fades. Nose is all spice and zest with a little spice chocolate thrown in for good measure. Enters the mouth with creamy crisp dark fruit feel that points the mouth completely. There is a bit of a tart feel that reminds me nicely of a dark chocolate raspberry truffle. This beer is unique and really keeps you interested in each oncoming sip. The alchol is this one is super well hidden at 11%. Mouthfeel is a mix of bitter dark chocolate and tart fruit tones. A complex brew that is to be sipped all night.

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Photo of talkingpoints
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obviously, I love this style of beer, I haven't had this beer in a four month gap, boy did I miss it. This beer is a year round Christmas present with screaming malt, chocolate, nutmeg and coffee all coming at you in a thickness and dark murky way that just screams thank you. I loved looking at this beer and regretted drinking my last one, will have to go scrounge a few others. Will drink forever.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle from the 2007 release. Leaves a crazy and foamy three-plus finger espresso-foam colored head that has merely good retention ( especially considering the depth of the head - but then maybe I poured too vigorously ), and it leaves thin webs of very good lacing. Body is black. This is a very handsome ale.

Smell - the nose is filled with the aromas of dark fruit such as plums, prunes ( yes, dried plums, I know ), dates, and raisins, with some coffee, and a hint of chocolate, as well as some roasted malt. There is a very slight hint of horseblanket. Well hidden alcohol.

Taste - much like the smell, but with the coffee and roasted malt upfront, and then with the plums, prunes, dates and raisins showing up in the middle, as well as dominating the rest of the way out. Again, well hidden alcohol. Yummy.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and slightly semi-dry ( probably from the well hidden alcohol ).

Drinkability - this is a good ale, only its high abv limits its sessionability.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this from South Bay D&Ls. Thanks Joey!

This pours from red foiled, caged and corked 750ml bottle(2007) a pitch black..ok, there's just the slightest hint of some reddish highlights, with a 2 finger head of tan foam that shrank quickly to a solid and stubborn 1" head with some nice lacing.

The smell is all malty and fruity with notes of caramel, dark fruit, some spice, and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is very sweet. Good caramel malt along with some very nice fruity flavours of raisin, plum, cherry(?) or is it strawberry or maybe both? Anywho, it's a very fruity beer and I'm liking it.

A few more sips in and the spice starts to be more assertive with flavours of nutmeg, cinnamon, and something else that's on the sweet side. I can also taste some anise but it's done lightly and, imo, nicely. Very very tasty; much more so than I would have guessed from the smell. And what of the 11%abv? Yet *another* brew that does one hell of a job of hiding its strength. Well done!

Mouthfeel wise, I'd say it's medium light, the carbonation is light, and it finishes as fruity as it starts. Very drinkable and I think it's a wonderful offering for the festive season but to be honest, I could drink this *any* time of the year. ;^)

Bottom line: A truly satisfying BSDA that kept my interest from first sip to last swallow and if you like spicy and fruity examples of the style, don't pass this one up!

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Photo of Beertracker
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mikkeller's Santa's Little Helper (2007) pours up with abundant carbonation that creates a lively brownish head that sits unwieldy atop the nearly opaque dark mahogany-black body. The moderately roasty aroma has some nice chocolate (cocoa nibs) & coffee (mocha) notes which are heavily influenced by the spices which show hints of cardamom, star anise, and licorice root. The spicy phenols & alcohol combined with the roasted barley to create almost a burnt rubbery character that I find very distracting. The moderately roasted flavor starts off with some caramel & toffee sweetness intermingled with a toasted nuttiness reminiscent of black walnuts that gives way to some chocolate roastiness. The maltiness is balanced by a low bitterness and underlying spiciness. In addition to the fruitiness (black currant, bilberry, caramelized raisins), there's some acidity (balsamic vinegar), earthiness, and leathery/vanilla oakiness that further add to the overall complexity. The odd finish is a mixed bag of cloying sweetness, licorice, and higher fusel alcohols. This medium-full bodied Belgian specialty ale is very creamy and plenty strong with loads of complexity, but it lacks finesse. A bit of cellar aging might help meld all of those big flavors for a better drinkability? Overall... I find this Danish specialty a bit curious, but if you enjoy strange brews made by elves in Flanders then this is the beer for you. Here's to Santa's Little Helper.

Skål! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to beerhandy for sharing this bottle.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 03/04/08. 2007 version.

Pours a dark brown color with two fingers of fluffy light brown head. Head leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells like Belgian ale, yeasty and bread-like. Also smells of spices and sweet fruits

Taste is amazing. When this first hit my tongue, it's like there was a party and all my taste buds were invited. Sweet and spicy at first, bread flavors and lots of fruit, especially fig and raisin. As it warms some banana flavors come through as well. Finishes with bitter roasted chocolate and coffee malt. When it was cold, the alcohol taste crept in, but as it warmed, that taste vanished.

This one is full bodied with medium carbonation. My initial impressions (when it was cold) were that mouthfeel and drinkability would be rather low. It left my mouth feeling rather sticky. I let the beer warm up though and that went away. Smooth and delicious.

Make sure you let this one warm up before you drink it. It's really good, definitely one I'd drink again.

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Santa's Little Helper 2007 from Mikkeller ApS
4.09 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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