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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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°


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (770) - calgary, Alberta, - DEC 30, 2012
Clear dark golden pour with a few yellowish bubbles for a head. Aroma of malts, caramel, toffee and apricot. Taste of syrupy malts, caramel, apricot, and a hint of green apple hiding behind all the sweetness. Medium carbonation and a heavy creamy mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salmoniform (540) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Copper hue with fizzy off white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is malt, figs, brown sugar, ethanol, banana. Mouthfeel is ok with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an ethanol finish. Overall this beer is ok but is a bit slick on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2340) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
Noen ganger smiler livet til deg, som da jeg fant denne juvelen i kjøleskapet hos Gml. Strand øllager, på hytta juli-14: farge som den fineste whisky, kortvarig skum og en herlig intens aroma med maltsødme, rosiner, marsipan, honning, plommer og blomster. Alt dette også i smaken, som er elegant humlebalansert. Nektar for kropp og sjel. Og alt dette for sølle 38 kroner.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (795) - HONG KONG - JUN 29, 2014


330 ml bottle bought at Fürstenberg in Tsuen Wan.

Looks: Clear amber honeycolour; Razor-thin head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Minimal sticky lacing and notable slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very strong sweet malt, with strong brandy, strong plum, butterscotch, sugar syrup, raisins and floral nectar.

Taste: Very strong sweet malt, with strong caramel, toffee, brandy, strong apricot, nice sugar syrup, warm alcohol, faint lemon, very light bitter hops and very light grass.

Body: Mid to full body. Oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Nice sugar bomb! Full maltyness but not that rich, strong but not too intense Brandy followed by apricots, strong caramel and toffee. Sugar syrup is not too thick sweetness in a nice, dark fruity way. Yeah!

Alcohol: Instant warm booze, never screaming and can’t be felt throughout. This 14% abv is well presented, but should be appreciated with care!

Hoppiness: Faint grass nose, very light lemon and thin grass in taste. Bittterness is very light but notable, just enough to complement the syrup sweetness for a strong sweet- low bitter semi finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Warm and liquor-like to mouth.

Comments: The “Samichlaus” is altogether a different level of strong beer - very good sweet liquor aroma woth nice floral and dark fruits, very nice syrups with apricots and brandy, 14% booze is comfy and superbly-managed, plus neat light hoppiness to top it off. After having so many watery and average beers from this brewery, the Samichlaus really means business, and this Helles serves as an excellent introduction to its brand of sweet-booze madness, control-freak style. Highly recommended!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2070) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2014
A lighter (?) version of their classic,with an amber body but all the kick of the sweet malt. ABV not really noticeable. Creamy head, nice lacing. Sweet malt aroma and taste., also on the finish. Alcohol sneaks up on you at the end.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
liquidbread86 (38) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Very bright amber color with almost no head. Aroma hints at flavor. Very sweet and smooth. Even my wife said "Wow!"

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Allegue04 (15) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2014
Cerveza fuerte en sabor y porcentaje de alcohol. Tiene regustos dulces que recuerdan a miel. Recomendable para tomarla tranquilamente

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2397) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Pours a thin layer, white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is sugar and hints of alcohol, flavor is smooth and sweet, dark fruit, almost cloying. Similar to their classic. NOT a session beer - the 14% ABV is noticeable . . . savor this beer. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle, from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, MA. Bottled in 2012.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (736) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 6, 2014
BOTTLE 33CL. Look: clear amber, small white head with poor retention. Aroma: some malt, but mostly sugary sweetness. Taste: Extremely sweet, but somewhat simplistic, thick body.

Unlike the regular Samichlaus, the Helles is more like strong euro-lager.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lore (1031) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 27, 2014
dark golden colour, practically no head; aroma of raisin, maybe some apple, spicy alcoholic notes and honey; taste is fully dominated by malty sweetness with fruity notes, honey and spicy alcoholic aftertaste

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2014
Rated on 12-29-2011 (Bottled in 2007 and flip top bottle) This beer pours a small head, cloudy orange body, very little carbonation, a lot of floaties, and no lacing. The aroma is toasted malt, sweet, fruity, and alcohol. The flavor is extremely sweet, fruity, toasted malt, syrupy, and boozy. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This is a sipping beer and has a light warming sensation.


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