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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Samichlaus is brewed once a year on December 6, and is aged for 10 months before bottling. It is one of the rarest specialties in the world. Samichlaus may be aged in the bottle for many years to come, as older vintages become more complex. Brilliant deep amber, complex dry toasted malt nose and huge intensely sweet palate. The 2007 bottling is the first bottling since 1987. 32°


HarmonKill-a-Brew's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Aroma was malty and fruity... Flavor was malty and fruity... VERY SWEET. Had it been any sweeter, it would have been too sweet. Pretty good I suppose.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjogro (2495) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Deanso’s bottle at cellar cleanout tasting. Amber with no head. Very sweet, tea, caramel, toffee. Very sweet, light bitter. Medium body, low carbonation, very sweet and long lingering finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mariuspoenari (1419) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to deanso. Dark, hazy ruby with a thin tan head. Notes of dried fruit, brandy, caramel, macerated fruit. Medium body, low carbonation and a sticky sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garlic_of_Doom (626) - SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2016
2012 Vintage. Pours clear amber with no head at all. Loads and loads of caramel, fudge/toffee, sugary sweet goodness, some alcohol and perhaps a wee bit smoke (?) and chocolate (?). Taste is pretty much as the aroma but with prominent peppery and nutty notes, some chocolate as well. Full body, low carbonation, sugary and sticky mouth feel.
Good but too sweet and cloying, I’d preferred to split the bottle with someone.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vally (3) - - APR 2, 2016 does not count
Izvrsna. Ludilo. Izuva iz cipela. Frce usi. Sok... Svima.koji nisu probali preporucam!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eastwood (153) - Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 29, 2016
Tomada en el Kraken. Parece que de las ultimas que quedan en Espańa. Color rojizo. Olor potente. 14°. Densa.Para dusfrutar lentamente. Ajerezada. Poca espuma, ni falta que le hace. Es un poco más dulce que su hermana la Samichlaus Original.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (2347) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 28, 2016
Botella 33 cl tomada en el momento en el kraken 26..03..2016. Color Cerezo transparente con espuma algo rojiza. Aromas y sabores intensos bastante dulces, caramelos y ligeos frutas del bosque y cerezas. Cuerpo intenso con 14 vol algo denso aunque se nota menos que su compańera. Bastante buena. Para repetir.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4752) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2016
(Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus Helles) Bottle 330 ml from Sebilinz, thanks Erich! Vintage 2015, served into a snifter, ABV 14% Deep copper orange colour on the body, crystal clear, with a small and thin, off-white head on top, low retention. Aroma of malts, sugars, light fruity notes, alcohol, apricits. Very sweet taste with syrup, sugars, dried apricot, peach, malts, dates, prunes. alcohol, sherry wine. Medium body, soft carbonation. Rather enjoyable, good sipper, I’d like to try an older vintage some time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (984) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016
2007 bottling poured into a snifter. Lightly hazy amber color, reminiscent of ginger ale. Small, thin bone-colored head that disappeared quickly. Aromas of candied fruit and caramel. Full body, syrupy. Long finish with a mild astringency. The aging allowed the alcohol bite mellow considerably. Flavor of candied fruit mixed with caramel or toffee. Light boozy note as well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle, 2007 bottling. It’s a rather flat one, just a few beige bubbles gather around the glass. It’s clear and mahogany colored, except if the dredges were poured. The aroma is rather intense and complex. Not as alcoholic as you might think considering the ABV though. Dried fruits, prunes and apricots, port wine, brown sugar, some grass, a touch of caramel and also a faint hint of something soy-like and oxidized. The soy thing was just a faint whiff. It’s very sweet on the palate, rather warming, with very little carbonation. Dried fruits, port wine, caramel and grass and some brown sugar in the flavor. It sort of falls through in the finish though, as it then feels almost cloyingly sweet and warming only, but all the other flavors are there as well, just not as pronounced as in the initial flavor. I must admit I have been storing this one for years just because I didn’t feel like drinking a 14% ABV sweet lager, but I’m glad I did save it for eight years as now it’s quite wonderful. Pity I don’t have more bottles, I’d love to try it with some cheese as well, not only with dried fruits. 151229

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JSigsbach (11) - Chicago, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottled 2014. Experienced Dec 2015. Direct pour into Belgian chalice. Really nice holiday offering.Highly drinkable but as a slow savor, not sipping, but definitely not "guzzling." Appearance: Light caramel, rosy notes Aroma: Boozy sweetishness, pleasant, inviting Mouthfeel: Light but sturdy with body, hot, fizzy Aftertaste: cherry, brandy, peppery on retro olfaction Overall: Superb strong Helles (co labeled "Malt Liquor"); Brandy-like in overall experience; to me, best enjoyed by itself by the fire, but savored, and not too cold


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