Santa's Little Helper 2009 | Mikkeller ApS

Santa's Little Helper 2009Santa's Little Helper 2009
64 Ratings
Santa's Little Helper 2009Santa's Little Helper 2009

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

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 jamie2dope on 11-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass from a vintage 2009 bottle.

Appearance: Thin brown body, with medium bubbles at best. Head rose to at best maybe 1/8" off the body and seems like almost nada. Head was originally off-white but hard to tell since the brew for obviously reasons lacks carbonation.

Smell: Light notes of yeast and chocolate. Scent as good as it is, is light.

Taste: You can't knock on the taste light mocha and yeast with a bitter hops offset a bit because of its sweetness.

Mouth: Alright thought to judge factoring in the brew is just about seven years old.

Overall: nice find but by the best from Mikkeller. Definitely a unique brew regardless and so happy I actually did find it. Salud!

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured fom a 750 ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours brown with a half finger light tan head. Big trails and blotches speckle the glass.

S- honey, dark fruits, brown sugar, Belgian yeast.

T- sweet amber malts, honey, dark fruits (raisin, black cherry, prunes), some faint spices, and Belgian yeast.

M- medium body and carbonation. Drinks 3-4% lower than the abv.

O- this beer was better than I expected, especially with 3 years on it. Fairly sweet and spices are faint, and no cocoa that I noticed, but a very tasty beer none the less.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass at altitude in Denver. Drinking this in a vertical tasting with Santa’s Little Helper 2011 after a great experience with the 2010 version. Probably not aged in ideal conditions, as I picked this up at a local bottle shop without air conditioning or central heating.

A: Pours a hazy brown caramel color with a substantial off-white head and heavy lacing.

S: Cocoa, nutmeg and Belgian yeast notes that bring out coriander. Appealing and fits the bill for Christmastime.

T: Chocolate up front followed by peppery winter spices and a malty finish. There’s plenty of yeasty complexity here, but I felt that the balance tended too much toward the malty end of the spectrum.

M: Full-bodied and wet without much carbonation at all. Not exceptional, but I expect this may have been a result of the circumstances of its aging.

D: The alcohol is concealed very well in this one, perhaps partly as a result of the aging. It’s smooth and enjoyable, and while it’s not quite as good as the 2010 vintage in my opinion, I would be happy to drink it again.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle serve in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a murky, dark brown color with one finger of fairly creamy head. Retention is average, but understandable considering the ABV.

S - Toasty caramel, spice (clove?), sweet fruit, heavy yeast, and some cream. Nice aroma all together. Medium strength.

T - Chocolate and toasted malt are more prominent on the tongue. Sweet malt and fruit are countered nicely by pepper and bitter chocolate. The ABV hardly comes through at all. It's got a full array of spices: coriander, clove, and pepper. It's awesomely complex.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, wet, and no appreciable carbonation. It works, but I think it's probably past its prime in this regard.

D - Incredibly well balanced, flavorful, complex and its ABV is hardly detectable. If I have the chance I'll have this one again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hod and wire cap over a cork served into a nonic pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is a caramel-brown.

Sm: Highly yeasty, with cream, spice, and light chocolate. Musty. Coriander is prominent. Some candied sugar. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate/cocoa as undertone, with nice cream throughout and pleasant spices atop. Complex and well-bodied. Quite nicely balanced. The yeast is less prominent, but still pleasant and well-suited to the flavours. Caramel. I like the coriander and maybe light cayenne.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. A bit too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable. A lovely little winter ale. I'd definitely have it again. I think it might be best at two years age.

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Photo of PeerlessMark
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Bar Volo for $35 a bottle New Years Day 2011.

Even an aggressive pour can't coax any carbonation out of this rarish brew. Quite a lot of delicious sediment containing most of the flavour at the bottom makes this an uneven pour, and much more enjoyable after it warms up a bit and you get about half way through the bottle. Would recommend putting this on its side and rolling it a bit before serving.

Visually it is very dark, almost a dark coal colour with only a few rays of light barely making its way through the glass. No discernible legs on the oversized wine glass I drank it from but it does leave a thin coating on the inside of the glass.

It smells a lot boozier than it tastes. Hard to describe the taste actually, as it warmed up I started getting a better appreciation for its subtle flavours. It was much smoother to drink than I expected. I got a bit of smoke and dark chocolate and the rest blended in too neatly for me to identify individual flavours.

Overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured vintage 2009 750ml bottle into snifter glass. Pours murky deep brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is meat, gravy, spice, dried fruit, caramel and brown sugar. The taste is brown sugar, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, cola, chocolate, spice, light alcohol warmth, molasses and toasted brown bread. Medium to full body, fine carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Much better than the 2011 vintage IMO.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009, thanks to whoever sent this. Dug out the cellar, into a Grand Targhee mug.

Pours a dark brown, tan creamy head and there's some frosty lacing. Smell is dark fruit and a bit of cocoa and cinnamon. Taste follows... Very nice and mellow. Cocoa follows and compliments the dark fruit. Really nice finish. Damn, this is a spectacular beer. I am swooning. Really could not ask for a better beer this evening. Toasty graham cracker with semisweet chocolate. Oh yeah. I might have opened this at the exact right time.. Fantastic beer.

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3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with a light tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Heavy spice, heavy hops

T - The taste of the spice and hops are very strong. I didn't really detect any chocolate

M - Very light, moderate carbonation

O - A good beer, but not anything that I would go out of my way to have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Santa's Little Helper 2009 from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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