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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2003   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The once strongest beer in the world is back ! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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3.5
Cunningham (7978) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2017
Clear deep nutty color with a head that vanish a bit to fast. Not even a layer in the end. It was also a bit to cold at start. So the aroma was not that inviting either. And my first try with this one many years ago was a complete disaster. I gave it 1.1 here….. Felt I had to give it a new chance. And the start did not give me much hope for a better rating. Ok this one is sweet, but still quite balanced and nice. Smooth in a way. Also a bit oily texture. The carbonation level was actually quite nice for this beer. Toffee, dried fruits, some banana and some spices in the flavor. WoW what a nice evening sipper. The temperature did really matter here. And it fits best alone. Quite well masked alcohol. warming and fine.
[Bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden]

4.1
appiantiqua (197) - Lyon, FRANCE - FEB 5, 2017
Partagée avec mon petit Kittenbieer dans un verre Duvel 18 cl. Température de début 8 à 9°. Belle robe ambrée sombre surmontée d’une mousse beige qui disparaît très rapidement; carbonatation très intense. Nez plaisant qui laisse deviner un alcool soutenu avec des arômes de caramel; on perçoit également une petite note levurée. Le goût est capiteux et chaleureux avec un très bon équilibre douceur/amertume et quelques touches vineuses. La finale est agréable avec le retour de l’alcool. Une excellente bière très corsée avec beaucoup de caractère. 16,5/20

4
flying_pig (1571) - SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2017
330ml bottle from Beers Of Europe (2014 vintage):
Quite a strong beer with a full body & a very sweet mouthfeel, it opened up as a fairly balanced offering but gradually things got sweeter & it eventually began to overpower towards the end, almost seeming sickening but not quite. Some nice malts featured alongside some decent caramel flavours with plenty ripe fruits as well which is what I expected but it was just a touch too strong at times. The beer had good carbonation levels though & by the end it was also quite boozy with a pretty warming feel & solid kick to it. Overall it was a very nice beer but due to the strength it’s probably more likely to be a one-off for me rather than something I’d go back to often, if at all.

4.8
daenelyn (89) - - JAN 29, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2017 Robe rubis avec peu de mousse. Nez pruneau, alcool. Bouche pruneau, sucrée. Superbe.

4
wlf (590) - DENMARK - JAN 27, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2017 Pours clear and very dark red to chestnut brown with a small white head, very nice color; aroma is slightly malty grainy, dried fruits, some spice, a hint of alcohol, somehow buttery and also wine-like; taste is very sweet, fruity, lots of caramel and dark sugar, a spicy warmth with gentle alcohol leads to a sweet sugary finish with a lingering spiciness and warmth from the alcohol; mouthfeel is syrupy with medium carbonation; doesn?t feel like 14%abv, maybe a little too sweet [2015 bottle tasted in January 2017]

3.9
BrewWhatIWant (212) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
Pours mahogany with little head. Aroma is malty. Taste is sweet with notes of apricots, plums, vanilla, banana, chocolate and plenty of malt. Full bodied, creamy finish with moderate carbonation. Definitely unique.

4.1
Tranquillity (2333) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
Bottled. Dark cherry body, almost no head. The aroma has deep prune and raisin notes, with thick molasses. The taste is like a prune milkshake, this is extremely thick. Some sweet undertones, vanillin and milk chocolate.

3.6
axl (876) - Lund, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2017
330ml bottle, 2015 bottling. Shiny light brown with one finger beige head. Aroma is boozy up front with dried fruits, figs, caramel, light banana and general maltiness. Taste is very sweet with syrup, booziness, rich malts, caramel, some dried fruits, dates and a light wooden touch. Filling viscous mouthfeel, minimal carbonation and sweet malty aftertaste with plenty of warming alcohol.

4.6
Demens (442) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 10, 2017
0,33l bottle. Beutiful clear dark copper/ruby colour with quickly disppearing small off-white head. Aroma: Caramel, fermented dark berries, basement aromas, alcohol but not strong. Taste: Oh my god. Very sweet start and almost like a cognac. Has a very silky texture. Lots of malty tone with a light/medium bitter mouthfeel. The alcohol is there but not harsh at all. Full body with medium carbontion. Long bitter/sweet finish.Fantstic beer.

3.9
smroush (281) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2017
Aromas of toffee with a hint of orange to it; butterscotch, bread, slightly burnt candy sugar. Hops are quite subdued. Color is a lovely reddish brown, ,lmost ruby but with a bit of orange. Head is small and light tan. Taste is quite sweet, but fairly low bitterness. Body is medium; texture is almost sticky; high alcohol is quite apparent in both the sweetness and a warming mouthfeel; carbonation is average; finish is long ending with an intense candy sugar sweetness with, alcohol warmth and a hard to describe almost slightly medicinal spiciness. Overall there is a lot going on here. I like the complexity, but the alcohol and sweetness are just too dominant. Different and very good but falls short of greatness.


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