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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
Pous a deep amber colour with a very quickly diminishing head. Strong sweet aroma of caramel malt and some alchohol. Very syrupy mouthfeel and alcohol taste uo front. Strong malt flavour with a long lasting hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARMed (603) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Bottled 1996: Certianly a very unique beer. This beer has an awful pour. No head or lacing to speak of. As soon as the bottle is opened you receive the immediate olfactory scent of apricots, cholcoate, plums, maple syrup, pepper, and molasses all in one. Deep brown and gray color with not visual color tone or reasoning. However, after you get passed these two immediate scences of smell and sight, you can then experience the true nature of the beer - taste. It tastes like a chocalately brandy with a molasses liquor shot added to the pour. No carnonation all all. Syrupy and viscous with the taste of alcohol abundant. Warms the stomach and lingers on the palate. Mature and seasoned with complex tannins apparant. Finished with an excellent port-like taste that is very appealing to those who appreciate fine port. Certianly an experinece and one that I will experience again, thanks to Trappist, who provided me with this six-pack of heaven.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2003
A nice, slightly darker than ruby doppelbock. Aroma reminds me a bit of maple syrup. The taste has a hint of that with some definite 'root beer' flavoring somewhere. Not a bad beer, just not what I expected from a doppelbock.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Bottled 1996. Deep brown with a suggestion of red. Fizzy head rises and collapses in seconds, like "the wave" at a ballgame. Nose is cola, licorice, chocolate, pinetree. Tastes of sugary red velvet cake, tootsy-roll, root beer, smoky burnt marshmellows, bitter chocolate, and gingery alcoholic heat. Carbonation barely exists. Medium-light body due to staggering abv. Lasting bittersweet finish, chocolate covered raisins, caramel, gingerbread, licorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2003
2001 ruby and amber absolutely no head. Smells of alcohol,figs, some fruit and makes me think its going to kick me in the ass. malty sweetness, thick on the palate, candy sweetness. warming and a bit rough to get down, this needs some age, I would like to re-try an older version, this one I really did not want to finish, though I can see the potential , your call I would say the older the better, 5 years+

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Bottled in 2001.
Clear amber/red body with a thin white head and heavy carbonation. Aroma is caramely sweetness and alcohol. I was not amused by the harsh, syrupy malt nastiness that hit my tongue upon sipping. I enjoy sweet, malty barleywines and a good doppelbock, but this beer was way too harsh. The alcohol punch was also harsh. Unique, but in a bad way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2003
Deep amber in colour. The aroma is of alcohol, caramel and some sweetness. The flavour was of alcohol first, with some cream and syrupy sweetness. If finishes with a hugh alcohol warmth that lasts for a while in the back of the mouth. Quite nice, but would like to try this aged after a couple of years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14599) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 2001 version: Red/Orange beer with a VERY sweet bouquet that can't quite hide alcohol content. The taste is very strong in alcohol, I didnt expect it to be well hidden like in many trappists ales, but here it really seems like we have liqueur-like alcohol sticking to candy, syrup, wood. I don't understand most people's passion about this beer or it wasn't old enough, too sweet.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2003
Bottled 2002. I am one of those who just can get the hype of this beer. I've tried embrace it, tell myself how uniqe it is and so on...I'm sorry, but "No More!" to this one. Brown in coulor with no carbonation to speak of. Smelled maplesyrup and tasted like one. Gave most of it to my sister who only drinks Bacardi Breezer and she just loved it...

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