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style
Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1979   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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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3.2
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 16, 2006
2005 bottle, 33cl. Amber/orange colour with a small and disappointing tan head. Very lively beer! Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and honey. Favour is extremely sweet and alcoholic, something normal to a 14% ABV beer. Unfortunatelly, the sweetness becomes sticky and annoying. To tell you the truth, if i wanna have a strong beer i’d rather drink a Bush Ambrée than this Samichlaus: more well balanced, not so sweet and with the alcohol very well hidden by other flavours.

3
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
Pours a copepr/red, no head. Sweet aroma apples ands other fruits. Taste is a not too bitter fruit taste, apples, pears, mixed with the mellow alcohol kick, not too strong until it warms up. Ok beer nothing spectacular.

2.6
Zeswaft (1784) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
Super sweet alcohol paint thinner aroma. Syrupy in texture, sweet taste and alcohol. yeah, nothing much more than alcohol. The fact that a beer is famous solely for being the most alcoholic is probably a reason not to drink it. I’m reminded of a scene from Seinfeld in the Kenny Rogers Roasters episode where Kramer yells out the window of his appartment, "HEY! Bad chicken...mess you up!"

4
PhillyBeer2112 (2903) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2006
2005: First, it just plains needs to age at least 5 more years. Pleasing true amber color, but low on carbonation (as expected) and no head. Nose restrained, strangely, but otherwise a nice raisiny and persimmon fruit with burnt sugars and rummy alcohol. Smooth, rounded and slick palate, albeit with quite an alcohol burn. Generally sweet. Like a sweet brandy or fortified wine. Shows the potential to develop an amazing drinkability and complexity in 5-10 years.

2
screigh (771) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2006
Pouerd a very nice clear copper color. No head whatsoever. The aroma is of sourkraut and alcohol. Very sweet and and off sourness. Very sweet with a sugary candy like aftertaste. Strong alcohol presence.

3.7
rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2006
Bottled in 2005, bright copper color, with an off-white head, with a malty, biscuity and cookie dough nose, with some dried dark fruits notes, with a brandyish aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a syrupy and sweet malty character, with an alcoholic flood of waves in her liqueurish aspect, giving to me a warming comfort, with a touch of maple syrup, leading towards a strong alcoholic warmth finish.

3
eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Bottled at Mr. Dunderbocks in Tampa. Poured deep orange with no head to be found. Aroma was heavily malted with sweet carmel notes. The aroma reminded me a lot of the maltier barley wines. The flavor has a cloying sweetness. Huge malt and a creamy mouthfeel. Basically this was way too sweet for me, almost like a sugar bomb.

3.3
jdjuice (502) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - MAR 22, 2006
2005 vintage. Pours the color of black tea with little head. Very sweet, kind of unexpected how sweet it is. Warming alcohol but nothing too strong, sometimes it sneaks up into your nose and surprises you but otherwise is well hidden. Has a nice dichotomy between the thick, syrupy taste and a relatively high carbonation. Interesting, but not something I would want to drink regularly, and at 14% I don’t think I’d be able to drink it regularly.

4.7
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2006
I find this beer unpleasant when it is fresh.
ITherefore is my rating for a 2001 vintage sampled in december 2005.

Brownorange with red note. Low carbonation. No head.
Maltsweet aroma with notes of spices, molasses, cabbage, alcohol, dried fruit.
Sweet flavor with notes of licorice, alcohol, tart mal, syrup, raisin, cellar and biscuits. Large smooth body with low bitterness.

2.9
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Clear deep amber with a quickly fading head. Nice musty alcohol aroma. Very strong alcohol flavour, warming, tinny, on the sweet side and not very bitter.


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