Santa's Little Helper 2011
Mikkeller ApS

Santa's Little Helper 2011Santa's Little Helper 2011
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From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
ABV:
10.9%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 13.03%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
60
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 21, 2022
Added:
Nov 13, 2011
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  12
SCORE
89
Very Good
Santa's Little Helper 2011Santa's Little Helper 2011
Notes: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer is dark foggy brown, has a very high tan head that settles slowly leaving loads of lacing and good curtains.

Smell of spices, chocolate and coffee, dark dried fruits and grape-fruit peel.

Starts sweet with dark syrup, burnt crust, figs and raisins, citric zest and seeds.

Medium carbonation, smooth and sticky, big body anda good smooth dryness.

In all a potent and good winter ale.
Nov 20, 2011
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by cscrowley37 from California

Dec 20, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by zestar from California

Aug 02, 2014
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black, but slightly transparent. Huge mocha head. Never dies away, just settles to a thick layer of foam.

Smell - Dark chocolate malts. Sweet dark fruits. Coffee.

Taste - Very chocolatey with a nice dark fruit presence. Figs and dates and the like. They get stronger into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Reminds me of Black Albert, but more chocolately. This was $3.99 because it was a seasonal "past season." Can't beat it.
Jun 15, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by halo913 from Connecticut

Jan 20, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by QuakeAttack from California

Jan 20, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by jumbopanda from California

Dec 26, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Oct 16, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Aug 04, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Jul 11, 2013
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Reviewed by ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, chocolate, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweety dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, chocolate, a hint of roasted coffee, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Nice spiced BSDA. Good overall balance.
Feb 04, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Harkrank from Sweden

Jan 16, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by jkball01 from Kentucky

Jan 13, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Nolen12 from Kentucky

Jan 13, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Peyton5410 from New Jersey

Dec 30, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by HomerS from Sweden

Dec 30, 2012
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Reviewed by StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

A - Pitch black body with a creamy mocha head that retains well. Sticky speckled lacing left behind.

S - Strong and rich dairy chocolate, roasted barley, sweet vanilla coffee, chocolate fruit cake, cherries. Good stuff here.

T - Chocolate hits first, creamy and sweet with some bitter roast behind it, hints of oxidation, some muted cherries, and raisins, also getting some charred wood in the middle. The finish showcases powdery dry yeast with some bitter roast at the very end.

M - Full body but light and very creamy as well, moderate carbonation, no alcohol heat at all.

Haven't had this fresh but at 1 year this tastes great. Not your typical BSDA but very smooth, creamy bold flavors that have seemed to blend well. Drinks more like a stout.
The way that this beer hides the ABV is very impressive. It's almost non-existent. Well done.
Dec 26, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by st9647v3 from New Jersey

Dec 26, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by leansean88 from New York

Dec 11, 2012
 
Rated: 4.75 by dougemert from Ohio

Dec 03, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by LambicKing from Germany

Dec 03, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by Robdrinx from Maryland

Nov 11, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by mattdbh from California

Oct 24, 2012
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is near black with a thick beige head. Lasting retention and decent lacing. The aroma brings classic Danish roast scents, rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, yeast. Smells similar to a Danish stout. The flavor is rich and smooth. Drinks more like a European stout than a BSDA. Relatively light in body for the style, but by no means thin. Alcohol hidden very well. A solid beer. I would definitely have this again.
Sep 15, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by ajs4bd from Missouri

Aug 20, 2012
 
Rated: 2.5 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Jul 07, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by FrankShirley from Massachusetts

Jun 25, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by Rickythejeweler from Maryland

May 25, 2012
 
Rated: 5 by bluesplit63 from Connecticut

May 21, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by joesc230 from New Jersey

May 01, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Apr 26, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by KevdoggNasty from California

Mar 28, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by UltimateLivewire from South Carolina

Mar 12, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by briandot from District of Columbia

Mar 10, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by harrisjohnson from Maryland

Mar 04, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by AlastairM from England

Feb 26, 2012
Santa's Little Helper 2011 from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 96 ratings