Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 455   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Pours a clear pale yellow body with a skimpy white head that quickly falls to a film. Aroma is bready and malty, with faint florals and some phenolics. Medium body, somewhat syrupy, with low carbonation. Taste is malty and earthy with a hint of floral hops. Whiskey like warming alcohol. A good winter sipper but this one could use some age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4435) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2008
12 oz bottle purchased at Oak Tree. Pours a clear bubbly orange with a small totally diminshing white head. Boozy aroma with notes of bready malts, green apples and honey sweetness. Medium chewy body with a very dry finish and slight alcohol warming. Dry flavor of booze, bread and slightly fruity. Not bad but some time might allow this beer to really show some more potential.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6514) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2008
2007 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is clear dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, bread), with notes of peach, alcohol, candy sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Not tooooo far removed from the regular Sami, just a bit milder. Enjoyable to a degree but boozy and kinda simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Great extra from SoLan. A blonde dopplebock. Pours very light, frothy tiny head that disappears right away. Overripe fruit (white grape, peach) and strong corn fusels (a bit euro-strong lager-like). Taste is alcohol hot, sweet, some hearty grain and bread. Slick and somewhat thick. Fatiguingly sweet...but still a fascinating drink. Nice in a 140 cl snifter (kind of like those little EKU glasses).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11421) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (9891) - 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.

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