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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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°


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Thanks once more to Bob! Poured clear, brighter golden with a short-lived cap of white head. The aroma picked up lots of strong fusel notes driving pale malty sweetness.. strong corn and herbal notes as well.. this came across as more of an exercise in power rather than a complex and intricate beer. The flavor had strong pale and toffee maltage (all amplified by the booze factor).. toasty and a little slick.. lots of warm honey sweetness at the finish.. good things going on in here. Thick and coating on the palate with strong boozy notes lasting well beyond the finish.. lower carbonation. This may mellow out and be really enjoyable in about 5 years!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours gold with 1-finger white head. Aroma is hopcitric, pale malty, with some fruit and spirity notes. Tastes rich, pale malty, with honey, corn syrup, and hopcitrus. Gets a bit cloying and syrupy as it warms.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2007
huge helles at 14%. Wheat colored pour whispy white head, w/ little lace. Hot aroma alcohols, sweet grains, odd sweet aroma I can’t quite place. Nice palate well coated. Very rich sweet and alcoholic flavor, lots of sugars, light caramel and grains hints of bread in the aftertste. big sweet & pretty good.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
Heavy hoppy aroma. Small fizzy head. Fully diminishing longevity. Clear orange body. Heavy sweet initial flavor, with a long finish duration. Medium palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4284) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
A blond doppelbock. Well carbonated and a tall, thick head. Fruit and sugar in the aroma. Very sweet, but also powerful alcohol presence, this is for slow sipping. Thick on the palate, but the heat means I can’t drink a lot of it.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2007
Bottle. Frothy white almost no head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma, Powerfull but not very pleasent flavor totally dominated by alcohol. Sticky syruply palate. I really didnt like this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Clear yellow color with a large head. Very slight grainy aroma. Big, bready taste with some yeast. Tastes very much like a Belgian Tripel. Fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2007
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is very powerful with notes of alcohol, fruits, and caramel - somewhat like a dessert wine. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of alcohol and fruit both fresh and some over ripe making it a bit heavy, leading to a somewhat alcoholic finish. The alcohol leaves a burn on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
This beer was a great suprise and a had a great kick to it. Golden in pour with an off-white head about a finger thick. Very sweet aroma of sugar. Taste is very smooth and sweet with a definite alcohol presence. Thank you Joe!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Sampled during Cellar’s Wine & Spirits weekly beer tasting, shared by Joebrew. From bottle, pours a dark hazy golden brew with a thick off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweetened caramel malt, a touch of spice, some light cherries, and a touch of brown sugar. Taste is quite high in alcohol. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation with additional flavors of caramel malt, dark pitted fruit and a touch of black pepper. Finish is quite smooth, warm from the high alcohol with a semi-sweet caramel and brown sugar aftertaste. I’d like to try this after a couple of years of aging.


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