Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1841   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Dark copper color. Aroma is alcohol and raisins, toffee and a little woody quality. Flavor is spices, warm alcohol, dried fruits and malts. Rigtig god sammen med kransekage !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (36091) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
33 cL bottle, 2005 vintage. Pours slight darker orange compared to helles. Dark roasted and dried fruity aroma. Fullbodied. Flavour is sweet raisin like and with a mild malt base. Solid warming finish. Far more complex in flavour than the helles - but also with a slight oldish feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (30781) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2003
[Vintage 2003 sampled 25 november 2003] This is a fantasticly amber colored beer with no head. The aroma is very powerful with notes of fruit especially apricot. The flavor is also sweet with strong notes of apricot. This beer is great as a digestive. All in all it is plain great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Vintage 2000 - and probably stored for 2-3 years.Probably one of the worlds most sophisticated beers. The altered citizenship from Switzerland to Austria hasn’t really changed any of it’s qualities. Mahogany in colour. Extremely big nose as soon as you open the bottle. Figs, dates but mostly...raisins! Almost like a good portwine. This is simply yummy stuff and one of my absolute favourites. 291204

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23865) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2004
2004-edition. Amber colour with yellowish head, that disappears fast. Sweet aroma with notes of alcohol. Very carbonated. Very sweet flavour (almost cloying) with notes of honey and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (22982) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2006
Bottled. Reddish copper colour, small head. Aroma is alcohol, vanilla and caramel along with some yeasty hints. Flavour is alcohol, sugary, caramellish and warming. Pleasant to sip from, but was not hard drinking fast either. It gently rips your senses and suddently you note you are not sober anymore...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (21416) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2003
Bottled. 2001 version sampled in October 2001.
Pours red-brown and thick. Super malty with syrupy sweetness. Will by all likeliness gain by 10-25 years of aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (18659) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2010
20th March 2006
Warning! Early amateur rating! Super strong deep rich taste with a fruity undertone. Spritzy characteristics and a bitterish porty finish. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (17635) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2009
Lovely dark copper ... with very light lacing and little bubbles ... sweet cherry fruits nose... rich sharp alcohol ... some toffee ... quite a lot of pine ... fair bite .... syrupy ... just too alcoholic ... but an ok nip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013
2013-01-31, vintage 2010, 2+ years old, 6-4-8-4-15=37
Beautiful darker amber color, but almost no head, disappearing quickly. It has a mild aroma of caramel and alcohol, too light. Fairly good body strength; the mouthfeel is just a bit oily; caramel flavor, sweet but less than I remembered, with light fruity touch (pleasant) and quite evident although not obsessive alcohol presence.
It’s a bit too simple, missing some character/edges, it seems to have mellowed a bit from a couple of years ago, not necessarily for the better.

2011-05-31, bottled 2010, 1+ years old, 6-4-8-3-14=35
Amber color, clean, with a generous compact head, reducing to a thin layer. Mild aroma of Lager, malt, caramel and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Round body, sweet malty flavor, with some caramel and a hint of liquorice; the alcohol is quite well hidden, while the bitterness is on the low edge. It really reminds me of Eku 28, just less thick and cloying. Pleasant for sweet beer lovers, but without much interesting characteristics.

2003-07-14, bottled 2000, 3+ years old, 9-4-9-4-16=42
Beautiful ruby-amber color, poor head. Strong sweet aroma: malt, caramel, cookies, Christmas spices, liquorice. Extremely strong, malty, well hopped, caramel, Porto wine; chewy; evident alcohol. Long, bitter caramel final.

Exaggerated! Cloying as after dinner; better with spicy food.

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