Santa's Little Helper 2010
Mikkeller ApS

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Belgian Dark Strong Ale
4.08 | pDev: 11.03%
Oct 26, 2016
Nov 16, 2010
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Notes: Spiced with bitter and sweet orange peels and nutmeg.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

A 9.1 % variant was sold in Sweden.
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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer is dark brown with hints of orange, the tan head is huge, lasting and leaves lots of lacing

The smell is brown sugar, dark burnt bread, raisins, sherry, roasted coffee and cinnamon.

The taste starts intensely sweet, caramel, dark syrup and brown sugar, clove and bitter oranges, alcohol in the strong wine area, Madeira and Port. Some dark chocolate.

Medium carbonation, tiny soft bubbles, a bit oily, a complex and big body, a dry finish.

Very good, one possible downside is the sweetness.
Dec 18, 2010
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.9 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Oct 26, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by pisano from Massachusetts

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 3.27 by nathanmiller from New York

Feb 17, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by AlRappy from Massachusetts

Jan 04, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 25, 2014
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Rated by OpusMike from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
September 2014: Opened a 750ml bottle and shared with a friend. This had aged very nicely and was a pleasure to drink.
Sep 24, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Dec 26, 2013
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Reviewed by mverity from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
Dec 22, 2013
Rated: 4 by beernads from Florida

Sep 12, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Jul 11, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by DarthKostrizer from California

May 10, 2013
Rated: 4 by ScottStache from Massachusetts

Feb 08, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by DmanGTR from New York

Jan 29, 2013
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Reviewed by AgentMunky from New York

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
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.
Jan 20, 2013
Rated: 4 by Lebby from Maryland

Jan 06, 2013
Rated: 4.75 by jdmandel from California

Dec 29, 2012
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Reviewed by Hex92 from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.
Dec 21, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by DruC4 from Michigan

Dec 18, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by jklecko2 from California

Oct 30, 2012
Rated: 2.25 by t0rin0 from California

Oct 29, 2012
Rated: 4 by Jmac91 from New Jersey

Aug 04, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by trail77 from Canada (BC)

Jun 06, 2012
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.
Jun 02, 2012
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Reviewed by brystmar from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.
May 09, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Apr 26, 2012
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Reviewed by lownote from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours with just the right amount of head with a dark but not pitch black. The taste is strong by not alcoholic with hints of a citrusy sour. The mouthfeel is carbonated but not too lively. There is not a strong smell either way. A delicious beer even when not in season.
Mar 02, 2012
Rated: 4 by phattman073 from Texas

Jan 15, 2012
Rated: 3 by LinusBohman from Sweden

Jan 11, 2012
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Reviewed by JRed from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Black in body with cinnamon head that stays. Aroma of dark fruit, cinnamon, cocoa. Tastes of light plums and other dark fruit, cinnamon, some tang, spice. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A slight cloying mouthfeel and an undetectable ABV. Smooth and beautiful.
Dec 26, 2011
Rated: 3.5 by duff247 from Texas

Dec 18, 2011
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Reviewed by whatthehull from California

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very pretty blood red/sienna, two finger head with serious retention and sticky lacing. Pretty thick when poured

S - sweet, bready, gingerbread cookies, pecan pie, funk, sour like yeast and sweet yeast, cinnamon, some dark fruit wine notes, citrus rind, pine, fresh cut branches and some earth

T - Very sweet, slightly sour, fall/winter spices ( nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper?, orange peel), Dark dried sweet fruits, pine, booze, toasted dark malts, citrusy hop, funky Belgian yeast, ginger, wood, potpourri and lots of crazy earth

M - full bodied, medium complexity, balanced, low acidity and long finish

D - huge ale, biggest "holiday" ale I have had in a while. Still very warming and refreshing. Reminds you of cold winter nights with a roaring fire in the background

Final thought - at $14 a pop and only 11% abv, this is worth 2 bottles if you like Belgian strong/winter warmer. Drink one to gauge and age one to praise
Dec 17, 2011
Rated: 5 by Ralphs66 from New York

Dec 15, 2011
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml cork and caged bottle into tulip glass. Pours extremely dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of plums, dark fruit skin, molasses, roasted malt, candi sugar, citrus peel, nutmeg, light chocolate, and yeasty spices. Very nice and pleasant aromas with nice balance. More on the interesting side of things as well. Taste of big plum, dark fruit, caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, citrus, nutmeg, and light yeast spices. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of molasses, dark fruit skins, chocolate, and roasted malt. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very silky, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel that goes down way too easily for being almost 11%. Alcohol is practically invisible with only a slight warming well after the finish. Overall, this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale. Fantastic balance and dangerously drinkable.
Dec 08, 2011
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Reviewed by jamescain from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one, poured into a sniffer

Appearance: Pours a deep dark red with a thin off tan head that leaves spots on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Subtle spice notes, some what faded, orange peel, clove, and cinnamon, with dark fruit notes.

Taste: Dark fruit, figs and plums, with cinnamon and a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: I think it's held up pretty well, the spices have faded and I think the body is a little light.
Dec 07, 2011
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: dark brown, highlights like a tawny port. Thick head on the pour with thick pretty lacing. A real looker this.
Smell: thick roasty and port like. Reminiscent of dfh wws.
Taste: Mostly delivers what the nose is sellin. Roasty, port like, the rum up front but balanced.
Overall: a very nice and unique beer. Thanks much to Chris at Boo's for landing this beauty.
Dec 03, 2011
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Dec 01, 2011
Rated: 5 by Joecaddie from Delaware

Nov 28, 2011
Rated: 3 by HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

Nov 16, 2011
Santa's Little Helper 2010 from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 81 ratings