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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 431   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°


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
janubio (390) - SPAIN - MAY 19, 2009
I didin’t know about this one until I saw a bottle in De Bierkoning in a trip to Amsterdam last year. Wish I had bought more bottles. Served in my rare Samichlaus glass, it pours some more head than its sister and lasts a bit more, but you can say it doesn’t last. Very nice maber-orange colour, and absolutely beatiful when you hold it to the light. Smells of honey, tropical fruits, dried fruits, and even almonds or hazelnuts or similar. Licorice, caramel. Silky sweet, maybe too sweet, flavor. Palate is similar, orange, honey, hazelnuts... only add a touch of oak. The finish is more like an orange liquor than a brandy, a difference to the Samichlaus we all know. The only "bad" thing that I could find is that I would have like it a little less sweetness, but when you have a beer like this, who cares?

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HellesBunny666 (147) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Sweet aromas, I also get some faint smoky notes, like grilled fruit. Syrupy, sweet, oily mouth feel, good body. Thick. Sweet candy, sugary, honey, boozy, fruity, preserved fruits, like a jam (or schnapps?). So delicious, hides the alcohol, except for a little burning aftertaste. Love love love! Rated 4.9 because I can only have one at a time...

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2010
0.33l dated 2007 - Toffee color, milky caramel nose, no head and little carbonation. Caramel apple followed by a honey punch. I liked this.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bodisson (1) - CROATIA - JAN 20, 2011 does not count
One of my all-time favorites. STRONG! Goes perfectly with chocolate (watch cacao content - preferable between 70% and 90%). Best tasted at room temperature, poured in cognac-style glass...

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nisse666 (4083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2010
Provdatum: 2009-07-20, bottle Göteborg Lägger min Samichlaus Hellas 2007 (bolaget kallar den för 2008?). Flaska 8 grader. UTS: riktigt bärnstensfärgad (oljig) lätt skum D: Malt, siraps sötma S: lyckades inte helt täcka alkoholen, som slår igenom direkt, smörkola blandat med bröd sirap (mörk) medel beska. Som vanligt när dessa typer av öl blir lite varamare framtäder mer smaker, främst en liten oljig smak som bär med sig toner av plommon med lite apelsin. .... lite som wiskey men utan rökighet. ES: Alkoholen är till en början värmande god. Passar utmärkt en sådan här regntung Juli dag. Dvs kombinera inte ihop med ev beachvistelse/er. Passar bäst till: Husmanskost (Österrike) Förslag på öltyp: Extra Stark Mörk Lager Förslag på liknande öl: Samichlaus Bier 2008

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
liquidbread86 (36) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Very bright amber color with almost no head. Aroma hints at flavor. Very sweet and smooth. Even my wife said "Wow!"

4.5
   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?

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2009
750mL painted brown glass swingtop. "Bottled in 2007." This is one of 12 bottles that came into the state of Vermont recently. Appearance: Almost no carbonation. A clear, orange/gold hue that gets thin and watery at the rim, going more burnt yellow towards the edges. Nose: Sweet Jesus! Candy malt, light caramel, yellow plantains, a quick zip of licorice, candied orange peel, and some prickly alcohol. Palate: Medium bodied, almost no carbonation, and a little hot and sweet up front. As the sugar-shock fades, toasty malt notes come out. A little creme brulée, Marcona almonds, a faint whisper of citrus, a touch of ripe banana, and sweet buttered oak. A warming finish of alcohol carries the flavors on for minutes after the sip. Notes: At 14% ABV, this beer is surprisingly balanced. It’s hot, and a little prickly, but it doesn’t feel like 14. 10 maybe. The finish is incredibly long, and the ageability of this beer is out of this world. I might have to buy some for my children...maybe it will be mature by then! Oh man. The finish is amazing. The banana/plantain thing comes in and out of focus for minutes after the sip. I’m going to go make some seared dry-rubbed Pollack and some red beans and rice to have with this!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Real sweet nose and alcohol heat. Honey, maple and come citrus liqueur type notes. Copper gold color, clear, no head whatsoever. Medium+ sweetness with caramel, maple and some hints of vanilla. Light bitterness with hints of citrus. Slick and thick mouthfeel. Very sweet attack and a lingering syrupy sweet finish with just a touch of hops to balance. Surprisingly enjoyable for such a boozy and sweet beer. Not to be guzzled but a great fireside sipping beer.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
9er (74) - Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2014
Smells yeasty in the beginning. Pours perfecly clear golden and orange. Tastes of sweet cherries, vanilla and bubblegum. The alcohol is mature and thereis pleasant carbonation. Pairs well with seasoned meat. The molasses and malty brew is high on sugar, but not overly sweet. If you like sweet rum this is quite similar.


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