Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 436   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°

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Pours medium gold, very clear, and with a medium but quickly fading head. Aroma is almost pure malt, very little hops, but some. Alcohol does come through, although very cleanly, in the aroma. Palate is full, and appropriate. Flavor is a wonderful malty, alcoholic and very clean beer. Uber-maibock anyone?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13590) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle at ØLbaren. clear yellow - white edges. Cactus, straw, honey, vegetables, high alcoholic, snaps, fruity, brændeneller. Why drink this fresh... why drink this ... why brew this ??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Pours a bright deep orangish color. Very sweet nose with raisins, caramel, biscuity doughy notes, and a nice deep port like character accent the alcohol on the nose. Very complex deep flavor, like that of a super amped up lager with hints of green apple, caramel, a light grassy earthiness, and a good dose of alsohol that shines in the finish. Very nice beer, but definately a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4936) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle: The aroma consists of plums, apples, candi sugar, and alcohol. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a minimal white head that quickly fades to a fine ring along the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate sweet apple with light caramel and a hint of candi sugar. Big alcohol finish in flavor and warmth with the slightest hint of floral bitterness. There is a slight burn in the back of the throat. Full-bodied with a syrupy texture. Not bad, but definitely needs some time to sit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Interesting. Like a dessert wine pressed out of malt-liquor. That sounds bad, it’s not that awful. The nose is full of...booze and a some white peach fruit. Little lacing, not much carbonation. The entry in sweet, the palate attempts to dry out with help from the booze, but puts on weight and goes back to dessert. This would be perfect with some of the stronger, stinkier aged cheeses in fact. This beer needs time, period. The booze should settle and the malt should dry out a little bit. All in All balanced, and will get some extra points for what it may become.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Well my friends, this is hardly beer right now. The fruity/bready alcoholic nose, the sweet sweetness of the flavor and the warm tingling warming tingle that hangs around for quite a while: Definite indicators of a young buck of a malt liquor. Interesting, but somewhat one-dimensional and harsh right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear amber-orange colour with a big short lasting head. Sweet siruppy and fruity aroma with plenty of alcohol. Good sticky mouthfeel. The flavour is quite sweet but pleasant with a good bitterness, caramel, toasted malt, dark fruits and alcohol. Quite sweet bit stingy alco finish. Great brew indeed! A good nighty night beer bekausche it maiks U feeel goo-raitt...and rate more beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25084) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of yespr. Clear, deep golden with a small, off-white head. Sweetish alcoholic aroma with an edge of almonds. Very solid body with sweet, malty accents - a little low in carbonation. Again these almond notes. The finish is extremely alcoholic but this still manages to come out as a very pleasant beer. 201107

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Richmond "industry" gathering. Medium gold. Sweet, slight hops in both the flavor and aroma. I’m not exactly a bock fan, but this wasn’t too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7159) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2007
Bottle. Medium high whtie fluffy but lasting head. Clear golden body. Unexpected sweet - corn ? - fruity aroma. Sweet and fruity flavor with just a hing of the high alcohol percentage. Low carbonation and a long swee t aftertaste. Very well balanced between the sweet ant eh bitter flavors. Plasant surprise.

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