Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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°

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2008
Bottle. Poured bright golden-orange with a soda-like fizz that quickly succumbed. The aroma is explosive ... full of medicinal qualities. This drinks like a punch in the mouth, a full assault of pure ethanol, tempered by super sweet fruit syrup. I’m afraid to breathe near an open flame. (#3380, 4/6/2008)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
charlotte (5192) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2008
Pale orange colour with no head.Aroma is sweet with strong heavy alc.To much i guess.Flavor of malt and caramel with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15578) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle: Pours orange with a off white bubbly head. Deep malty sweet & fruity aroma. Very warm, vinous, sticky & sweet. A bit harsh & the alcohol prickles your tongue. Medium bodied with a low carbonaion. Quite sippable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ILoveNewBeer (113) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2008 Full bodied, and full flavored yet still quite mellow for having 14%. Slightly oily and makes your tongue feel like it has a slight bit of a coating. Sweet taste with an alcohol proof that lingers in the back of your throat, can’t taste yet you can feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beoir (51) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2008
sweet malty aroma. super sweet, almost like a desert wine, but the alcohol cuts right through. honey raisins, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle, pours a pale orange with white head. Aroma of candy and sweet malts. Medium-bodied. Flavors of sugar, malts, maybe caramel/toffee, and alcohol. Warm, alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Orange-amber color with faint white head. Sweet candy sugar aroma with faint malt notes. The flavor was a bit hot but caramel malt and candy sugar flavors cut through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2008
33cl bottle. Pours a brilliant orange with gold highlights and a thin, white head. The aroma is slightly fruity with notes of apple or pear. There is also a touch of sweet malts and a decent bit of alcohol. The flavor is very sweet - like sugar-glazed corn flakes. It is also very boozy - like schnapps. There are notes of rich caramel and malts around mid-palate with subtle notes of bitter hops, fruit (apples, white grapes), and alcohol. The alcohol is strong and gives impressions of peppery and minty flavors. The finish is sweet with a thick and firm, noble hop bitterness - a touch cidery, too. It is also very warming as the alcohol goes down. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated - it gives a slight sting on the tongue when combined with the heavy level of ethanol. Overall, this is an interesting, mega-malty beer - but not nearly as complex and interesting as the original, darker Samichlaus...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2008
From the bottle. Pours rich honey gold with a small white head. Big sweet nose, boozy and a deep rich maltiness. Hints of honey and pepper, cereal and glazed doughnut. Cloying and sweet on the palate, alochol wears a "hello my name is" nametag as an arrogant display. Heavy and bold till the end, but come on, you knew that going in, so you should be prepared, and its an interesting beer in its own.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, honey-colored body with a tiny white head. Smell: Sweetish, candylike aroma with notes of peach schnapps, sugar-coated matls, and booze. Taste: Sugary sweet malts with a taste of dark fruits soaked in alcohol. The beer gives you a sly wink then pours some grain alcohol down your gullet. Slight peppery hint. Sweetness of the finish doesn’t disguise its harshness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness. Drinkability: Many of these high ABV beers are a joy to drink and deftly hide their alchol amidst a truly succulent taste. The Samichlaus Helles is neither of those! As with its darker brother, hopefully some time locked away will bring some sense to it.

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