Santa's Little Helper 2008 | Mikkeller ApS

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Santa's Little Helper 2008Santa's Little Helper 2008

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale, special-B and chocolate), flaked wheat, dark candy syrup, dark cassonade, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer, styrian goldings and simcoe), spices (sweet orange peel, coriander seeds, cinnamon and cocoa) and yeast.

Added by cjgator3 on 11-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown-ish to a black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, candy sugar, small roatiness, and hints of spices. In the taste, roasty, nutty, candy sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and just a hint of orange citrus, corriander even. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, dark fruit aftertaste. Lacking in aroma, but a nice flavor, a nice alcohol heat, but very nice.

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Photo of jspruit
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from 33cl glass on tap from Brewpub in Copenhagen in late November 2008.
Pours a dark brown, almost black but let a bit of light through, with a light tan small head that left plenty of lacing.
Smells wonderful. Malty, chocolately, fruity, raisiny, spicey and strong.
Dark flavor just like it looks and smells, some more roasted malts too. Goes down remarkably smooth for something this strong, but there definitely is a kick to it. Tastes a bit unmature and I do agree with others that it may need to sit for a bit before it really can be fully appreciated.
A bit of carbonation, but not much, and remarkably medium bodied for something so strong.
Took awhile for me to drink this one, and probably a good idea that it is served in small servings. Because it is so strong and full of so many flavors, this is a beer that I would just have one of before moving onto something else, or drink it after drinking something lighter. Overall though, I had to take this rare opportunity to have it on tap and I am glad that I did.

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Photo of grumpy
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think the previous reviewers have pretty well nailed this beer.

Color is dark amber, without the expected slug of yeast affecting clarity. The aroma is cocoa and winter spice. The flavors follows suit, with some dark fruit, maltiness, and a significant booze bite added to the mix. Mouthfeel is medium, with substantial carbonation that produces a tan ring of foam with moderate staying power.

Nice beer. Fits the B- / B / B+ category that it has been placed in, so far. Were it inexpensive and readily available, I'd buy it again. But it's not. So... I won't.

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Photo of Douglas88
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle drank at the Bayou in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pours out a dark and murky color with a large brown head. The aroma was very nice; loads of dark fruits, some yeast, lots of spices, not an aggressive nose, bit nice. The taste was initially a bit hot, but not anywhere near 11%. Some spices, sweet cookies, light vinous BSA flavors, and a bit of toasted malts. Very unusual, and just as they say, a spiced Belgian Ale. Nice.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 edition

"Belgian Ale brewed with spices and cocoa powder"

The description sounds very interesting, can't wait to pop the cork on this baby!

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is fantastic! The nose features dark roasted malts, a good amount of cocoa, spices and alcohol soaked fruits.

T- The taste features much of the same dark roastiness that is evident in the aroma along with cocoa and a long warming finish from the alcohol. The flavors are really nice, but this one is a little hot.

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

D- This is definitely a sipper. I feel that this offering is a little too hot for my tastes while fresh. I would lay down a 2008 for about a year and enjoy it for the Christmas of 2009 or 2010.

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Santa's Little Helper 2008 from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 55 ratings