Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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The once strongest beer in the world is back ! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2007) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle 330ml. (2010 Vintage). Pours clear brown with no serious head. Some legs (this is sweet...) Aroma is of malt, fruits (raisins, plums), alcohol. Taste is of malt, bread, alcohol, sugar, raisins, sweet fruit jam. Palate: Full bodied. Very low carbonation. Overall: Good, complex, but way too heavy and sweet. Not drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (101) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 3, 2014
Clear copper color with small head that fizzes away quickly. Aroma of sweet malts and dark dried fruit. Taste is very sweet and quite boozy. Body is syrupy with a light fizz. Overall a tasty beer but a bit difficult to drink because of the overwhelming sweetness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Moravius (599) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2014
Flasche (33 cl). - Abfüllung 2010, einige Jahre im Keller gelagert. - Schönes Goldbraun, klar; kaum Schaum. - In der Nase dick karamellige Malzsüße, Rosinen, Fusel und etwas Kellermuff wie von alten Weinkorken. - Antrunk extrem malzsüß karamellig vor einem satten Hintergrund alkoholischer Schwere: Rosinen, Zuckerrübensirup, ein wenig Nuß; aber der dicke Zuckerguß walzt alles platt. Mild rezent, extrem schwer und leicht fuselig. Im Abgang ein paar schwache Röstaromen, mehr Zucker und Alkohol. - Schmeckt wie brauner Zucker mit Schnaps. Dann lieber gleich ein guter Likör oder noch besser ein Portwein.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McWorta (660) - LUXEMBOURG - NOV 2, 2014
(Bottled 2012) Deep copper sunset amber coloured with a small fading dark white head. Slick viscosity with some light lacings. On the nose aromas of raisin, caramelised dates and figs with some earthy wood notes and sweetened dark fruit jam arises. A light carbonation offers itself up to a slick textured full bodied beer. Dark sweet fruit flavours are predominant with some honey infused herb notes. Harmonically balanced with a long lasting alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (1879) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
330ml bottle @ the 9th Shrewsbury Bottle Share Oct 14, brought by myself, thanks to Geiserich. The penultimate beer of the night and a great way to end! Pours clear with a reddish hue. Taste is strong caramel malts and dark fruits galore with a smooth character and nice bitterness on the finish. A rich and compelling taste. Need another bottle of this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
simardsam (147) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
Brune/cuivrée, presque rouge, avec une mousse très éphémère et presque absente. Nez fruité de framboises, d’alcool et sucré. Goût très sucré et alcoolisé, de sucre d’orge et de cerises au marasquin... Un rappel des gâteaux aux fruits dans le temps des Fêtes! C’est rond en bouche et l’alcool qui réchauffe rappel le Porto ou les vins fortifiés.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
a little alcoholic and sweet for my taste in style, but a cool every once and a while beer anyway. sweet and bready, abv shows, little hopping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eduardovl (949) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 330ml bottle poured in a chalice. Distinct beer, I would say. Perhaps too sweet to my taste. Good quality anyway. A: Pours a clear amber to brown (caramel) color with a small beige head which dissipates quickly leaving few lacings S: Perfume of nuts and fruits (cherries, plums and raisins) spreads around when it’s poured. Caramel malts and oak. Alcohol is quite relevant T: Taste follows the nose. Caramel malts, nuts and dark fruits are really relevant (mainly cherries, plums and raisins). Very sweet and toffee upfront (negative point). Wood. Stingy bitterness in the end M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Low carbonation. Liquor sensation D: Medium. Quite sweet and strong beer. To be appreciated with moderation [ BA Review @ 11/7/2010 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MonsterMagnet (328) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle, sample served with chocolate cake. Didn’t take proper tasting notes. This beer doesn’t feel like a beer, it’s like a dessert wine, but less overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (136) - - OCT 7, 2014
On tap. Clear burgundy. Hay, grain, and dried fruit aromas. Taste matches the aroma. Thick and very sweet, with the strength masked.

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