Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1998   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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 Feldschlsschen-Hrlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cglans (166) - - FEB 9, 2017
33cl bottle. clear ruby color. almost no head. sweet, sticky, raisins, brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3041) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle. Brewed Dec 2006; Bottled 2007; BBE date July 2012; Drank Aug 2009. Deep Gold/Copper in colour. Very, Very Malty; very caramel, very toffee, candy sugar, maple syrup, molasses, honey. Fruity; raisins, dried fruit. Hoppy; some hops, but little bitterness. Spicy. Syrupy; Vinous, rather port-like in mouthfeel. Very smooth. Very sugar-sweet malty throughout. A veritable sugar-bomb. But a Classic Beer! (2009-08)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kittenbieer (169) - LYON, FRANCE - FEB 5, 2017
Partage avec mon cher Appiantiqua dans nos petits verres Duvel,18cl.Trs belle robe cuivre surmonte dune fine mousse beige phmre avec une forte carbonatation.Le nez nous offre des armes de caramel,de fruits noirs avec des notes vineuses et une fine pointe damertume.la bouche nous amne sur des saveurs limage du nez dans un velout trs agrable nous laissant sur une douceur et amertume bien quilibres avec une bonne chaleur de lalcool.16,5/20

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (7719) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
appiantiqua (170) - Lyon, FRANCE - FEB 5, 2017
Partage avec mon petit Kittenbieer dans un verre Duvel 18 cl. Temprature de dbut 8 9. Belle robe ambre sombre surmonte dune mousse beige qui disparat trs rapidement; carbonatation trs intense. Nez plaisant qui laisse deviner un alcool soutenu avec des armes de caramel; on peroit galement une petite note levure. Le got est capiteux et chaleureux avec un trs bon quilibre douceur/amertume et quelques touches vineuses. La finale est agrable avec le retour de lalcool. Une excellente bire trs corse avec beaucoup de caractre. 16,5/20

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1548) - 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 its probably more likely to be a one-off for me rather than something Id go back to often, if at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daenelyn (74) - - JAN 29, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2017 Robe rubis avec peu de mousse. Nez pruneau, alcool. Bouche pruneau, sucre. Superbe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlf (547) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewWhatIWant (168) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (2234) - 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.

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