Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 480   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skippapotamus (29) - USA - NOV 20, 2008
on bottle and tap within the same week. More carbonated on tap, not to detriment of beer - on bottle killed head. On bottle the bottle may have sat a while, but not to detriment of beer. Picked up at Pipe and Pint in Greensboro. Very clear with meadlike sweetness and alcohol to nose. Thick mouthfeel, malty toward slight syrup. Alcohol is pleasant and diversity of malt flavors impressive. Smooth, drinkable whiskey type finish. I could easily drink myself to death with this drinkability to alcohol ratio and never notice it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vally (3) - - APR 2, 2016 does not count
Izvrsna. Ludilo. Izuva iz cipela. Frce usi. Sok... Svima.koji nisu probali preporucam!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eastwood (147) - Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 29, 2016
Tomada en el Kraken. Parece que de las ultimas que quedan en EspaŮa. Color rojizo. Olor potente. 14į. Densa.Para dusfrutar lentamente. Ajerezada. Poca espuma, ni falta que le hace. Es un poco mŠs dulce que su hermana la Samichlaus Original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (2169) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 28, 2016
Botella 33 cl tomada en el momento en el kraken 26..03..2016. Color Cerezo transparente con espuma algo rojiza. Aromas y sabores intensos bastante dulces, caramelos y ligeos frutas del bosque y cerezas. Cuerpo intenso con 14 vol algo denso aunque se nota menos que su compaŮera. Bastante buena. Para repetir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4427) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2016
(Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus Helles) Bottle 330 ml from Sebilinz, thanks Erich! Vintage 2015, served into a snifter, ABV 14% Deep copper orange colour on the body, crystal clear, with a small and thin, off-white head on top, low retention. Aroma of malts, sugars, light fruity notes, alcohol, apricits. Very sweet taste with syrup, sugars, dried apricot, peach, malts, dates, prunes. alcohol, sherry wine. Medium body, soft carbonation. Rather enjoyable, good sipper, Iíd like to try an older vintage some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (946) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016
2007 bottling poured into a snifter. Lightly hazy amber color, reminiscent of ginger ale. Small, thin bone-colored head that disappeared quickly. Aromas of candied fruit and caramel. Full body, syrupy. Long finish with a mild astringency. The aging allowed the alcohol bite mellow considerably. Flavor of candied fruit mixed with caramel or toffee. Light boozy note as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle, 2007 bottling. Itís a rather flat one, just a few beige bubbles gather around the glass. Itís clear and mahogany colored, except if the dredges were poured. The aroma is rather intense and complex. Not as alcoholic as you might think considering the ABV though. Dried fruits, prunes and apricots, port wine, brown sugar, some grass, a touch of caramel and also a faint hint of something soy-like and oxidized. The soy thing was just a faint whiff. Itís very sweet on the palate, rather warming, with very little carbonation. Dried fruits, port wine, caramel and grass and some brown sugar in the flavor. It sort of falls through in the finish though, as it then feels almost cloyingly sweet and warming only, but all the other flavors are there as well, just not as pronounced as in the initial flavor. I must admit I have been storing this one for years just because I didnít feel like drinking a 14% ABV sweet lager, but Iím glad I did save it for eight years as now itís quite wonderful. Pity I donít have more bottles, Iíd love to try it with some cheese as well, not only with dried fruits. 151229

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JSigsbach (11) - Chicago, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottled 2014. Experienced Dec 2015. Direct pour into Belgian chalice. Really nice holiday offering.Highly drinkable but as a slow savor, not sipping, but definitely not "guzzling." Appearance: Light caramel, rosy notes Aroma: Boozy sweetishness, pleasant, inviting Mouthfeel: Light but sturdy with body, hot, fizzy Aftertaste: cherry, brandy, peppery on retro olfaction Overall: Superb strong Helles (co labeled "Malt Liquor"); Brandy-like in overall experience; to me, best enjoyed by itself by the fire, but savored, and not too cold

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (2389) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2015
33cl bottle shared at home. Dark orange with almost no head. Full body with low carbonation. Very sweet (and syruppy) with some smooth. Caramel, sugar, peach, ripe fruits, honey and some spices. Strong but tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rusos (478) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden colour, very small white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, some plums, dried fruits, nuts, sweet, alcohol, honey. Wood. Taste is very intense sweet, malty, fruity, raisins, dried fruits, warming alcohol. Sweet aftertaste. Hard drinkability due to sweetness and alcohol, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4187) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 12, 2015
Samichlaus Helles 14% A very pretty looking orange amber. The nose is quite a fragrant fruity plum/prunes, malty caramel with some heat. Very rich malt, syrupy brown sugar, some sharp heat, dried prunes in the aftertaste. Super sugary and rich. Some heat burning down your throat. The aftertaste is burnt brown sugar. Very interest wrong but somewhat over the top. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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