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Santa and The Beast

Here’s a quick review by request, with two brews that I picked up at Growler & Gill.


Mikkeller Santas Little Helper GlassMikkeller Santa’s Little Helper

“Belgian ale brewed with spices and aged in Grand Marnier barrels” This pours opaque cola brown with a moderate light tan head with a hint of rose. You get an aroma of rich malt from two feet away. Up close add a note of chocolate orange liqueur and lots more malt, kind of a hint of brown bread. The flavor is like a Belgian Dubbel crossed with a chocolate porter as roasty notes come in. The finish starts with that roastiness and adds a caramel sweetness and a touch of hops. The Grand Marnier shows mostly in the aroma with just a hint in the flavor. Overall, it’s quite smooth with a roasty edge. Does the “good twin” think this is suitable for aging? The “best before” date is 03/06/21! 9.1% ABV However, there’s better to be had for much less than this premium priced beer.

Avery The BeastAvery The Beast Grand Cru Ale

Hazy dark amber in the glass with a light amberish head. The nose features light liqueur barrel and apple sour notes over caramel and bready malts. The flavor is of poached dark fruits with a slight sour edge sliding more toward sour on the finish, but also more toward caramel with a little alcohol heat. No wonder! Long finish, good stuff! 17.2% ABV!

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