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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours orange amber with almost no head. Only bubbles meandering on the surface. The aroma to me is grassy and grainy, almost like an imperial pilsner in a sense, and slightly boozy. The sugary sweetness took a bit to come out in the aroma. The taste is very similar to regular Samichlaus, but, as mentioned before, there’s a pilsner like quality in there. Malty, sweet and sugary notes, with light fruit, soft grains, booze and grass/hay. Body is medium but slick with a nice warming feel to it. Ends with more grains and grass, sugary malts, alcohol and fruit notes. Even a touch of honey, or even fermented honey, in spots. As I love regular Samichlaus, indeed I love this one, just not as much. Some age on this will be interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15800) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
Nice golden color, hazy; fizzy noise; there is poor head retention; it’s nice to observe how slowly the few bubbles crawl to the surface. Quite simple aroma, some sweet malt. Good mouthfeel; lean malt flavor; nothing special, but at least there is some nice sweetness and light fruitness (apples); and the alcohol perception is kept to a minimum, just in the end the mouth and throat are warmed by it. It’s a booze, but quite well brewed.

I would drink it more often than the score (33) tells, but the maths is maths.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Cheesehead YeAH 2007, thanks Bob (Skyview): Golden with a fizzy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of honey, grassy, herbal, bready, star fruit, and quite phenolic. WOW! Big sweet syrupy honey based flavor with a notes of pear fruity. Biting fusel alcohol comes rushing forward as well. The mouth feel is lush and chewy and quite warming. This is really powerful and needs some serious aging to mellow out. Got to be nearly undrinkable after a few sips.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7253) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8253) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4813) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HenrikSoegaard (11139) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4549) - 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.

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