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Santas Little Helper by Mikkeller
11.00 % ABV

Review by Tip Top on 06/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2007
A - Pour produces a two inch head that is a mass of tiny brown bubbles. Great retention. Dark brown body that is completely opaque. Nice looking brew.

S - Some spruce comes to me right away. Big chocolate aroma. Lots of dark fruits with raisins, plums, and maybe a bit of fig. Some ripe melon in here as well, giving it a sort of fresh smell to it. Touch of molasses and tons of honey.

T - Starts out much like the smell, with some fresh spruce. Immediately after there is this huge chocolate covered fruit flavor. Tons of fruits too. Cherries, raisins, prunes, figs, even a touch of fruit cake here. Spiciness comes on in with some xmas feel to it. Leafy hops sort of sit in the background, faded by time.

M - Medium full bodied. Thick enough, but not chewy.

Overall - I really like this one. Good mix of xmas flavors along with a solid backbone of a Belgian Strong Dark.

Price: $15.19 Served In: Tulip

Review by Westside Threat on 03/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 10 14 2 6 2008
A: Not a lot of pop when the cork came out but poured a really nice creamy toasted almond colored head. Body is totally opaque…an uber dark brown hue bordering on ebony.

S: Like a roasted, chocolate covered fruit. The fruit starts out oily and thick. Loads of raisin, prune and plum play the dark fruit role while cantelope, honey dew melon and peach round out the other fruits….and this is just the beginning. A lot of depth. Honey, molasses and maple add a fruity component while intense alcohol can be found in the highs. And really far in the back, roasted barley simmers behind the strong alcohol esters. Pretty nice.

T: Starts out actually mellow compared to the aroma. Dark fruits are present but not nearly as strong as I was expecting. There’s almost a vegetative quality to the whole thing. And this dirty flavor that comes with the spices/hops is killing me. Hopefully it will go away as my palate acclimates. The initial blast to the palate gives some vinegar moments as well as grape and fig…and the grape really goes the distance. As it warms the flavor comes on stronger, especially in the finish…but that dirty flavor never leaves. Lame. Finishes with hints of coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon. And a lot of alchol.

M Medium body, actually too light for the style.

D: I generally don’t advocate aging spiced beers, but this one is the exception. Reason being is that the spices suck! Get them out of there! Perhaps some aging will kill that dirty flavor and allow the dark fruits to come to life.

Served In: Tulip

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