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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1707   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5613) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2004
Bottled at DBF 2004. Dark golden. Very sweet aroma. Really malty flavour with a lot of sugary sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2004
(2001) This beer poors a dark mahogany color toped by no head. The body is clear but not appealing in my book. The aroma is of malt and lots of alcohol. Some woodiness throw in as well. Flavor is cloying,medicinal, way to sweet for me with little or no balance to help offset same. The alcohol is not well hidden. At the beer warms it mellows out a bit but this is like a port wine or an appertiffe. Palate is ok. It was fun to taste this beer but it has noticable and significant flaws in my book.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Bottled in 2002, consumed in May 2004. Absolutely beautiful dark red color. No head at all. Smells of alcohol, and somewhat fruity as well. Plums, maybe? The alcohol is certainly present all the time in the taste, but there is a sweetness that really helps to blunt the alcohol. Once it hit room temperature, it became spicy. Thick, but not too syrupy. A good, solid, interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
I think the bottle was aged for one year. No head at all, brown color with red reflects. Aroma of malt, roastiness and alochol. Sweet flavors of malt with alcohol. A good beer that should be cellared for at least two years to be at it’s best.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Duvel tulip glass / 2000, bottle: soy, sweet liquor (brandy, egh?) aroma. the appearance is nothing stellar. the palate is lovely; cremey, smooth, just lively enough. the flavor needs more development, i suppose. i almost think i’m drinking chinese food. the soy has its presence, that’s for sure. it’s good, although i think it needs to age more. this is more a malt liquor, rather than a doppelbock; however, that's just me ;o) still, it's good. (oh, and once again the commercial description gives it up... So, don't worry about my thin rating explanation ;o)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
Bottled in 2002. Golden-orange colour with no head. Nice, sweet, brandy-like aroma with a pronounced fruitiness that is hard to describe—perhaps caramelized apples, pears, and apricots? You sense the alcohol vapours deep in your nasal passages, but the aroma is far less alcoholic than you might expect from a beer of this strength. Medium body with a soft, creamy, lightly syrupy texture. Sweet, fruity, and honeyish flavours offer a pleasant, subtle complexity. Some alcohol sting at the finish, but quite smooth otherwise. It’s been years since I last had this beer (and then only the Hürlimann Dark version) so I can’t offer any comparisons. To say that opinions are mixed on this beer would be an understatement. There must have been some recipe changes, and the difference in colour between certain vintages—ruby-red versus amber—is probably enough to confirm that. Too simple to be great, but still enjoyable.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 22, 2004
Heavy beer with strong alcohol taste. I was expecting alot of alcohol taste with the 14%, but I still got more than expected. Not much of a head. This beer is nothing too impressive, but I guess you can be "the cool guy" if you bring it to a Christmas party.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 18, 2004
Bottled. 2003 vintage. Redbrown color, almost no head. Vinous nose with lots of sweetness. Again in the flavor: vinous and very sweet. Too sweet for me im afraid. Not the best $5 i spent...

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 (bottle 2003) Oh my; after the first taste, I puled out some smoked lamb, ryebread and mustard, to level this beer out. Label says both "lager" and "bock", well it´s certainly underfermented according to the low aroma. A big mouthfull of malt and then the hard lash of sugar(cane) and alc. I pulled it trough, and I might even buy a few for the cellar, just to check out the aging process.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 4, 2004
Amber color with a fast disappearing white head. The taste is very sweet wit h strong malty notes. Has a sharp slight bitter finish


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