Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2012
Reviewed by Brady White on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide
- 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 !
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.