Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2012

Reviewed by on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mikkeller

  • Origin: Denmark

  • Rated On: November 28, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 10.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Dark Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A lovely Christmas wrapping paper striped label, on a 750ml red foil capped bottle, gives more than a simple clues as to what we are in for here. Mikkeller has produced this particular offering for a few years now, slightly altering the recipe from year to year. The current offering boasts Northern Brewer, Hallertau, and Styrian Goldings hops.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with ever so slight cola edges, and one very anemic finger of thinly foamy mocha head, which leaves some rather prominent honeycombed lace around the glass as it lazily abates. It smells of sweet caramel/toffee/treacle malt, some pungent plum and prune pudding fruitiness, a sugary coriander spiciness, prominent leafy, earthy hops, and a more than subtle alcohol warming. The taste is more sweet multifaceted caramel malt, restrained earthy savoury spice, a moderate anise character, some understated Belgian yeast, warm, perfume-like florals, and tame earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, the body a lulling medium weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the fruity caramel malt well balanced with the hop and yeast dryness.

Overall, a nicely warming, Yuletide-friendly fruit bomb, of the Belgian persuasion. Something to keep one’s cockles toasty during the worst the winter can throw at you, wherever you may be.

Brady White



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