Santa's Little Helper 2012 | Mikkeller ApS

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Santa's Little Helper 2012Santa's Little Helper 2012

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by biboergosum on 11-11-2012

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of cbencivengo
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of chippo33
1.36/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of IAmAWalrus
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of kojevergas
2.32/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Pry-off pressure cap.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a nonical pint glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured. Expectations are above average given my experience with past vintages.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, fullness, and softness. Decent complexion and consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - about 6 minutes.

BODY: Dark opaque ruby-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's generally appealing, but not unique or special.

AROMA: Syrupy, prune, raisin, wilted plum, cocoa, dark malts, molasses, and booze-soaked fruit. Sugarcane. It's almost a bit rum-esque.

A pleasant aroma of above average strength. Unnecessarily boozy. I expected more spicing.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Dark malts, cream, licorice, raisin, prune, dark plum, unrefined sugars/treacle, sugarcane, molasses. No real well balanced by any means. Sticky, syrupy, smooth, wet, full-bodied, and boozy. Overcarbonated (and this is at 2 years of age). Overly sweet, with no hop profile or yeast character.

Subpar depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

It's a mess, but there's focus behind it. Maybe it's grown chaotic over time? The sweetness seems atypical of a beer that shoots for a spiced flavour profile. Any spicing has receded.

OVERALL: More of a sipper than it has the right to be. Way too boozy to the point that I'll have trouble finishing my relatively meagre pour. Not one of Mikkel's strongest offerings. I wouldn't recommend this to friends.


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Photo of karatebartender
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Photo of Blodsvente
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MLDucky
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of bmwats
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles. A bit of sporadic lacing.

S: Molasses, raisin, a little pine, coriander. A little dark chocolate, coffee, and peat.

T: A little hoppy and pretty bitter. Pecan shells, rye bread, and booze.

M: Boozy and dry in the finish.

D: Sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Nice head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is characterized by sweet components, chocolate, coffee, and peat mostly. Bitter, peaty, and boozy. Overall, this is pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: muddy reddish-brown; no head, scant rim and surface film; scant snowflake and loop lcaing
S: chocolate, roasted coffee
T: dramatically chocolate and coffee; virtually nothing else registers to my palette, although I can imagine the ginger and sense the malt behind it
M: dry, medium-bodied
O: Would be improved were it less of a one-note beer, tasting almost exclusively of chocolate, with a ginger tinge.

12oz / Snifter / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby-tinted black with a dark tan head.
Nose shows doughy bready malt, sultanas, golden syrup, fruitcake, and faint chocolate.
Flavours comprised of booze, bready malt, soft roasted malt, treacle. The alcohol is a bit harsh.
Thick creamy body. Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Dawkins
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Backlash209
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of scottDC
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of aakerman
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of 2neardead
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Admittedly, it is old, but it poured DARK into the glass with a moderate tan head. Alcohol noticeable on the nose and taste. Enjoyable with reservations. Take it easy with this strong beverage.

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Photo of WynnO
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a chalice.

A: Black with a huge brown head. Light gives the beer a deep chestnut brown appearance. The head sits on top like thick cream and does not move. Leaves thick lines of lacing.

S: Heavy metallic aroma that might simply be alcohol, roasted malt, coco, nutmeg, vanilla.

T: Sweet thick malt with some caramel, lots of dark bitter chocolate, and hints of smoke and medicine from alcohol.

M: Thick and creamy

O: Great flavor but unbalanced alcohol, this beer needs more time to age and mellow. The sweetness of the beer is balanced nicely by bitter chocolate flavors, but the alcohol at the end adds a medicinal edge and warmth that distracts. A noel should have some warmth, but I need more balance. A few years could turn this into a gem.

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Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Santa's Little Helper 2012 from Mikkeller ApS
3.92 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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