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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Samichlaus is brewed once a year on December 6, and is aged for 10 months before bottling. It is one of the rarest specialties in the world. Samichlaus may be aged in the bottle for many years to come, as older vintages become more complex. Brilliant deep amber, complex dry toasted malt nose and huge intensely sweet palate. The 2007 bottling is the first bottling since 1987. 32


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
Yellow with a small white head. Fruity aroma, with plenty of alcohol, giving a sherry-like impression. Very sweet with strong alcohol flavour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 Poured a deep orange color with a very thin head that dissolved quickly. The aroma is of sweet malts, caramel, alcohol, and sugar. The flavor is in your face sweet with the caramel malts and syrupy sugar dominating with a hint of fruit in the background. This one was just overpowering from the start with the malts and sweetness and followed it up with some solid heat from the alcohol that is persistent all the way through. Just a big beer all the way, but a liitle too sweet and overbearing for my tastes. Still a solid offering though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours a clear gold with little white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with lots of alcohol there. Taste is very sweet with fruit and honey. A very strong alcohol warmth. A very good malty beer, almost like drinking a mead.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2008
The Dan Journal #141. Tasted 12/11/07. 330ml bottle. Filtered with a golden hue. Sparse ring of white head. Fruity toasty aromas. Honey-ish. Full bodied and sweet. Big burn but so nice! Sticky with a long finish. Touch honey and port. Well done!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 7, 2008
33cl bottle. Crystal clear gold with a scant white head. Boozy, fruity nose, sweet malt and light boysenberry. I know, weird. Huge, sweet flavors of honey and berries, distinct alcohol. Thick body, slippery. Lingering sweet honey with a mild alcohol bite. Nice...

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle... O-Town Christmas Gathering 07... Clear golden lager with a small, fizzy, white head. The nose is alcoholic with pale malt notes. Full-bodied and syrupy with moderate carbonation. Cloyingly sweet. Boozy, but not quite as heated as the 14% ABV implies. Medicinal. Finishes syrupy, sweet and pretty damn hot! I might revisit this one in about a decade, but for now, its way too sweet for me... and Im a total malt head.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
2007 Bottle. I picked up a 4 pack with the plans of having one fresh and opening one every couple years or so to see how its doing. Hopefully it ages as beautifully as the original Sami. Poured a nice golden body with thin head. aroma is strong, alcohol, heavy malt. Flavor is so strong and hot. I treminded me of an unhopped 120 minute. Very thick, sweet and rough.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Thanks Skyview. 2007 vintage. The beer pours to a thin pale shiny yellow gold body with a thin white head. The aroma is honey, sweet flowers, special k cereal. The flavor is very heavily honey, sweet malt, really, really sweet. For 14%, I dont notice the alcohol as much as Id expect. The palate is sweet, sticky, coating, and surprisingly not boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Transparent and magnifying polished bronze in color with dots swirling on the top. Aroma speaks of vanilla, butter glaze, cut out cookies, almonds and jojoba. A touch of sweet vanilla accented toffee meets lavender strips for an absolute triumph in melding the nose to the mouth. Flavor packs a serious entourage of caramel, vanilla and honey butter. Creamy velvet treat. Floral lavender compliments the cross pollination of honey and herbs. Nectar rose rings with a touch of alcohol vibrancy as the caramel liquor touches the tips of smoothened grain for a decadent, vanilla honey finish. Thanks, Bob!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2600) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark gold and clear with virtually no head. Aroma is malty sweet alcoholic. Sweet malty taste that really hides the extreme alcohol content. Has a bit of an aperitif drinkability to it. Finishes nicely, not cloying aftertaste. As it warms I started to get hint of apple and caramel. Very nice.


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