Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1762   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 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.

   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.

   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...

   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.

   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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
bottle...vintage 2000. Pours a ruby red with minimal yellowish head. Aroma is hard to peg...I smell dry dogfood (I know, not very encouraging). Sweet start, definate fruit like plums or other pit fruit, maybe some macerated raisins. A little alcoholic burn in the middle to finish, but not bad for the content. Complex and interesting. A solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Pours hazy mahogany with a very very fast dissipating yellowish head. Aroma is very wine-like with grapes. Tarts and acidic to start, but middle is very roasty and yummy. Finish has some more alcohol notes to it, but I think this is pretty good stuff. (7/3/8/4/15)*********RE-Rate**********This is a 750mL bottle that was bottled in 2009 (which means it was brewed 12/06/2008) It was purchased at Frenchy’s Liquors in Woodland. The aroma is incredibly sweet and sugary, with hints of brown sugar. A good deal of cardboardy oxidation is also present. A little sherry-like. Quaffable enough. Transparent copper body with a weak, small, quickly dissipating off-white head. Starts extremely sugary. Lots of brown sugar and molasses present. More vanilla hints in the middle with some oxidation present. This beer finishes with some warming character. Very sweet and cloying. One dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2004
2001 vintage: Has a deep rudy color with moderate carbonation and little head. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is smooth sweet malt and finishes very smooth with little bitterness. Overall a fine strong beer that is very drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Beer pours (into Samichlaus glass) a dark brown-red light can easily penetrate with off white, yellowish head that dissipates quickly to nothing. Aroma is of sweet, candied brandy, some licorice. Flavor is of sweet, candied brandy. Not pleasant, but not undrinkable. Sampled at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Ruby red/brown color, no head at all. Aroma is nutty, somewhat strong alcohol, caramel. Some off notes in the aroma, kind of soy sauce like. Flavor is sticky, heavy, lots of caramel, strong alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, sticky.

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