Santa's Little Helper 2012 | Mikkeller ApS

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

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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: 130 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Meerkey
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A good amount of beige, slightly apricot head ~2 fingers. Dark, impenetrable raw umber.

S: A lot of spices and something that vaguely reminds me of nail polish remover and metal -- probably just the alcohol. Lots of malts and vanilla. Molasses, chocolate, and burned toast.

T: Wow, lots of flavor. Chocolate malts, alcohol, smoke/roasted notes, molasses - something syrupy sweet like that. A little yeasty. Delicious.

M: Smooth, silky, and full with just enough of a bite from the carbonation to keep things interesting. Nice.

O: Good, the flavors linger for a while on the tongue and the sweetness does coat the mouth, but not in a cloying, unpleasant way. Smell is a bit too boozy for my taste to be really good. All in all, quite good. I'd have another. Recommended.

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Photo of Blodsvente
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Grinky
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of afrothunder
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of NuclearRich
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served on tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a snifter glowing a rich mahogany coloring. It held a one finger tall head of taupe foam, showing nice retention. Thick sheets of chunky lacing were left around the glass as it went. There was a chill haze to the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared average. The aroma gave vinegar, licorice, soured wood, and Belgian yeastiness off the top. Working in were thickly roasted coffee, chocolate, and caramel malts, booze, musk, raisin breadiness, molasses bite, and white sugar sweetness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was strong and complex, with nice spiciness to it. As we sipped, sweet and lightly roasted malts, soured woodiness, clovey phenols, fusel booze fire, and savory hickory smokiness started things off. The fusel booze came to a peak, working with buttery chocolates, bittered salt water toffee, raw coffee bean, and synthetic cherry syrups to the top of the palate. Washing through the finish were medicinal phenols, bittered wood, lightly roasted chocolates, yeast, fig, breadiness, and spicy booze. The aftertaste breathed of more bitterness of booze, licorice, molasses, phenolic clove, and leathers. The body was thick, and the carbonation was medium. There was fantastic slurp, sip, cream, and pop, with excellent froth on the tasting swirl around the mouth that isn’t overdone or overbearing. A thick coating was felt around the mouth, with boozy fuzziness and burn to the tongue, and no real dryness except, again, for boozy rumbles up from the swallow. The abv is fine, and the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the silky and thick feel, and beautifully foamy appearance and lacing. From the pour on this beer was warming and inviting, with dark spice and nicely contributory booziness to the sweet grainy base. The flavoring followed robustly in the same vein. The feel, however, is really what makes this beer. There was thick froth to the lip, with massive foamy creaminess to the back of the throat. This beer is nice for a cold winter’s day, and certainly worth your time.

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Photo of bismarksays
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Chrily
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Bonis
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DooshBagalow
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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 QuamLaetus
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of barkingLlama
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of diverite
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jar66su
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Twig2848
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 3 fingers of dark tan colored head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is all black.

S. Belgian yeast, molasses, dark fruit, spices, caramel,. Spicy BSDA is what we got here. Has some roastiness to it that you don't often find.

T. Taste definitely has some stout characteristics. Molasses, roasted malt, Belgian yeast, a hint of coffee. Chocolate flavor lingers on the back of the tongue.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Very interesting. Maybe more of a Belgian RIS than a BSDA, but a good beer never the less.

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Photo of DotBier
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great great holiday beer. my bottle said 11%, not 10.5% abv, but either way its a monster. the pour is dark brown with a thin looking texture. some light passing through creating an amber glow, and there is some grainy sediment settling out in the bottom of my snifter. the head is just a half inch and light brown, but it fades fast. the nose is very complex. lots of belgian candy sugar and a powerful yeast which reacts well with it to create a dubbel style brew. same taste notes as the smell, but theres some dried red fruits on the back end which proveide additional sweetness and a sprucey character that makes this just right for christmas time. i like that there isnt a ton of spice to this, just a rich and balanced belgian beer without all the frills. the alcohol is real potent though, and it feels like all of 11%, especially as it warms up. full body with light carbonation. a few more bubbles would make this even better, but i liked this a whole lot. worth the price, around 15 bucks for a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of alelover
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Backlash209
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Santa's Little Helper 2012 from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 130 ratings
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