Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 483   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. 32į

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
33 cl bottle. Clear golden colour with a weak head. Sweet aroma of malt, hints of fruit and alcohol. Very sweet and alcoholic flavour, notes of dried fruit, malt and sirup. Ends up with a warming touch from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2008
(bottle) Pours clear gold with a white head. Really sweet, fruity aroma, with brown sugar also. Taste was very sweet, but I enjoyed it. There were flavors of molasses, sweet fruit, and caramel. There is some booze present in both the smell and taste, but I didnít find it too distracting. I liked this one a little better than the regular Samichlaus.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (13100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle poured a clear gold with a minimal lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of fruitiness, alcohol, light straw and pepper. Palate was medium bodied smooth warming and lightly syrupy. Flavors of pear, pineapplew, pepper and a hint of spice with a smooth warming lingering sweet finish.
A very hot sweet beer, I donít recommend it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (847) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 29, 2008
This stuff has got to be filtered. It is absolutely crystal clear!! Poured slight head which pretty much died immediately upon hitting the glass, leaving a little ring foam along the sides. Color of dark straw. Thick mouthfeel, very heavy with malt, as expected for something that heavy in alcohol. Warming sensation comes up in the back of the throat almost immediately upon taking a sip. Tones of rubbing alcohol in the aftertaste. This is most definately a sipping beer, but Iím not really sure Iíd want to sip it on a regular basis, especially at $7/btl at Ledgerís in Berkeley, CA.. I suppose Iíll got back and see if they have any more and lay a couple down for trying in a couple of years. Lord knows if its going to be another 19 years before they bottle it again!!!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2566) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Clear golden orange, moderate to small head with some lacing and retention. Aroma is dominated by grain and is quite hot. Some vague fruity notes, but itís not very promising. Very sweet sugary grain flavor with a lot of alcohol. Sloppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2008
2007 Vintage. 11.2 oz bottle served in a brandy snifter. Poured a clear pale gold. Thin white head that dissipated quickly. Boozy aroma with a little fruit. Very full bodied almost syrup. Lots of malt sweetness with some caramel. There is a little bit of hop bitter. Warming but not hot considering the ABV. A nice beer to sip on a cold evening. For malt lovers only!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tiboron (13) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2008
12oz btl from fourwinds int, pensacola..beautiful pour with very thin head. abv hidden nicey...very complex....good brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Well then, this isnít to bad, though itís a bit big for the britches. Pours a very clear golden yellow with not much of a head. The nose is sweet! Alcoholic with strong floral overtones. Hops? Huh, is this a first machination of an IIPA? Not quite. Though very alcoholic and rather malty. But exceedingly subtle after the alcohol. Full and creamy and slick in the mouth, lovely really. Incredibly sweet! Alcoholic booze nitemare! But still very fun. Some floral hops. Some fruity hops? Rich sweet light malt. Which is hard to do. This is kind of like a whiskey/ beer liquor. Lingering alcohol heat in a slightly toasty dopplebock finish. Tons of heat, but here it works. Iíll have to see what this is like after some time. Good thing I bought three others.

   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 (5478) - 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.

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