Santa's Little Helper 2010 | Mikkeller ApS

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Santa's Little Helper 2010Santa's Little Helper 2010
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:
Spiced with bitter and sweet orange peels and nutmeg.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

A 9.1 % variant was sold in Sweden.

Added by bark on 11-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pisano
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlRappy
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of OpusMike
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

September 2014: Opened a 750ml bottle and shared with a friend. This had aged very nicely and was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mverity
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque chocolatey brown in color with a good amount of tan head. Fair to good lacing and nice collar throughout. Aroma is a cornacopia of spices, some deep caramel, and faintly buttery. Very thick body and medium carbonation. Taste is rich caramel and all that spice! Taste is good, but the aroma hits me better. Well balanced, but kind of two dimensional.

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Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ScottStache
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Brewed and bottled at De Proef. Stamped 7481108. "Belgian Ale Brewed with Spices, Aged in Rum Barrels."

A: A finger of brownish head that would look more at home on a stout. The beer is dark, murky brown and immune to light.

S: Sharp fruit is a little off -- it's sour or fermented, an impression heightened by the general booziness of the beer. It smells of old wine and dead yeast, but is somehow still pleasant. Fingernail polish finish hurts the rating.

T/M: Interesting. Green apple, Christmas-y spice, noticeable alcohol, and a surprisingly pleasant, sweet finish that could well be rum. Still, I think this might be a little past its prime, as the mouthfeel is thin and uncompelling. It definitely improves as it warms, becoming more fruity and less obviously strong (although astringent polish is still detectable...)

O: I enjoyed it, but it was overpriced ($15) and probably over-old. I would not recommend it, but I still love Mikkeller and think this is a pretty nice Christmas ale.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jdmandel
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Hex92
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just opened my 2010 Santas Little Helper today....Dec 2012. as usual i didn't rate my first one of these, that i drank 2 years ago, but this is very nice after aging for a couple of years.

A-nice big head, very dark, nice lacing
s- maybe a hint of bourbon? I dunno, my snifffer isn't working great tonight.
t-chocolate, booze, and strong dark ale goodness
m- its odd that a beer that has so much head seems kinda flat when you drink. it coats the mouth preety good, i wish it was a bit more syrupy.
o- tasty. I would like to try other vintages of this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -45%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of trail77
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one for quite a while. Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Small delicately bubbly head that fades quickly. A light covering of the top of the glass stays for a long time. Murky dark brown color.

Smell is fairly subdued malts,dark fruit and a little nutmeg and Christmas spices. Glad Mikkeller resisted the urge to make this a Christmas potpouree.

Taste is good. Rich malty dark fruit backbone with a hint of Christmas spices.

Mouthfeel is great. Rich, smooth, a hint of alcohol and a little sweet.

A good sipping beer. I highly reccommed it.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to opening this bad boy. Thanks to whartontallboy for the extra!

Brown body with red hues produces tons of head. Excellent lace; gorgeous! Spicy aroma with tons of malt. A little roasty with booze notes too.

Sweet malts and spices. Not overly spicy which is nice. Aged boozy character adds an extra dimension of tastiness. Really good.

Super creamy body was unexpected, yet very much appreciated. This is drinking quite well right now, wish I had another bottle.

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Santa's Little Helper 2010 from Mikkeller ApS
4.09 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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