Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1710   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Pours a clear dark amber with a thin head. There’s little carbonation and the aroma is sweet malt and alcohol. The flavor is syrupy sweet but not in a bad way at all. There’s a dark fruit aspect to it as well. It is apparent that this is a high alcohol drink and meant to be sipped. The mouthfeel is slick and warming. I had tasted some 1995 and 1996 vintage Samichlaus recently and decided I really wanted to put some away for a few years. However, this drink is such an enjoyable nightcap that I’m not sure my stash will stay untouched.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (692) - Hammel, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle from Hammelhus, Hammel. (2011 Vintage). Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Sweet malty taste, caramel, sweet fruits, syrup, alcohol. Full body. Creamy mouthfeel. Oily texture. Very sweet warming finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fashawn (98) - Montesarchio, ITALY - SEP 26, 2014
Birra estrema, nel senso vero del termine. Dagli aromi forti di frutta, coriandolo, castagne e ciliege, oltre che di tanto malto quasi fosse pane al burro. Senza alcun segno di schiuma, intensa ed estrema è dolcissima e deliziosa sulla.lingua. assenza quasi di carbonatazione, è buona anche in bocca anche se le castagne dominano e il finale non la rende meno stucchevole. Birra da dosare ma che, onestamente, piace.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
YantarCoast (100) - Moscow, RUSSIA - SEP 26, 2014
If this is what one of the greatest doppelbocks tastes like then I am disappointed. It tastes like fizzy cognac with added sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (291) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 21, 2014
Aroma bastante intenso, perceptível logo após a abertura da garrafa. Álcool pungente, malte forte, algo de salgado. Lembra um pouco o aroma de molhos de carne assada. A cor é ímpar entre as cervejas que bebi até hoje. Um âmbar acastanhado, um pouco turvo. Creme efêmero e não digno de nota. Quanto ao sabor, gostaria de ter mais "vocabulário" para descrever esta cerveja. Portanto imagino, que para mim ela é bastante complexa. Os adjetivos que entrego as esta cerveja são: Doce, denso, alcoólico, zero amargor, amadeirado, essência de amêndoas e outras castanhas. O retrogosto é um caso a parte. Intenso, doce e alcoólico. Um pouco "travado" ou seco. Parece muito com um vinho madeira, porém menos doce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Anatole (112) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2014
Bière extremement sucrée, trop sucrée, jusqu’à écoeurement. Alcool bien présent en bouche.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Harkyto (34) - barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 14, 2014
Demasiado dulce y pesada, difícil de beber y cansina. Parece un vino dulce sin gas. Puede estar bien para tomar un chupito, pero no un vaso o una botella.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
PaoPaoPanda (24) - - SEP 14, 2014
Un moscatel de cerveza, dulce y sin gas. Bien para un chupito acompañando un postre, quizá demasiado cansino para una copa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
realadam (76) - HUNGARY - SEP 7, 2014
Dark amber colored beer with a long lasting, thin head. The smell is amazing. Aroma is chocolate and some fruit. Tastes pretty sweet with hints of fruit and you can feel the alcohol. It has an amazing full body. Definitely extraordinary beer, but for me it is a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Monstershield (3) - - SEP 7, 2014 does not count
2013bottle. Copperish-red colour,fully clarified.Aroma of heavy malts,brown caramelised sugar,caramel and hints of yeast. Head dissappeared almost immediately after serving. Body is full to above average full.Taste is of roasted and caramelised almonds,malt and of course heavy alcoholic cognac taste all the way.Extremely sweet aftertaste for my taste but overall an appreciated beer with more resemblance with a good cognac rather than beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2400) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 5, 2014
Bottles sampled and shared at a tasting at work. Thanks avrashi for 2013, 2011 vintage.
2013: Clear dark copper, small head. Cheey tomato, then raisins in the nose, very sweet, liquor-like taste. Smooth texture, full body and no carbonation. Long, raisins aftertaste (7/3/7/4/14=3.4)
2011: Same appearance. More raisins and chocolate aroma, deeper, more alcoholic taste, full-bodied, vinous finish (7/3/7/3/13=3.3)
2009: Deepr colour. Cherry tomato aroma again but also lots of chocolate. A little sour and a little sweet taste, vinous finish, smooth, no carbonation and long liquor and chocolate finish (7/3/7/3/=13)

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