Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 1983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2003
I was given the advice to save this beer for 5 yeras or so...but being the impatient person that I am, I decided this 2001 bottle was good to go. Poured nice and virtually head free, which wasn't unexpected from what I read on the label. Very very big beer, lots of malts of course, but you could taste the complexities beginning to come out. It mellowed some as I let it breathe...but I'd really like to see this beer in 3 or 4 more years. Mmmm.

hershiser2 (3825) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2018
$5.60 bottle, Wine Warehouse. Pours clear brown with a small beige head. Aroma is wet dog, caramel, earth. Flavor is whoa sweet caramel, burnt sugar, earth, brown leaves. Perhaps too sweet for me to love it, but this is interesting.

PilsnerDoctor32 (499) - madrid, SPAIN - JAN 5, 2018
Botella 0,33l Color cobre-marron, espuma de color beige, escasa,fina, desaparece en seguida.Aroma- ciruelas, frutas secas,miel,bisquito.Sabor-dominante dulzor,frutas secas,ciruela, miel,bisquito,alcohol notable con cada trago,pero no abundante, Clasico!!! Para postres, tartas, es una delicia!

Ebenezer (12) - - DEC 24, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2017 2015 bottle bought in 2016, consumed 2017. Delicious. Smooth, wonderfully boozy, rich and raisiny, caramel notes. Terrific sipper. Great stuff. Best not to drink too cold; the flavors really open up as it loses its chill.

lidor1995 (153) - ISRAEL - DEC 22, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2017 Pours from the bottle dark almost black brown with no head, sweet resins aroma, sweet start with a clean warming plate

Icedwarf (1883) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2017
Helder lichbruin bier zonder schuim. Smaak is krachtig warm, zoet en robuust met iets van rozijnen, anijs en honing. Mooi bier voor een winteravond.

jybi (479) - FRANCE - DEC 17, 2017
Cette Samichlaus est assez extraordinaire. Une présence en bouche incroyable et des arômes liquoreux de caramel, de raisin, épices, candi, fruits confits, vin cuits explosent en bouche. On prend une sacrée claque. Je serai cependant incapable d'être davantage dithyrambique car j'ai été incapable de finir ma bière (je n'ai même pas réussi à la boire au quart...). la raison? Beaucoup trop sucré pour moi. Je la trouve même plus sucrée qu'un Monbazillac (et cela va sans dire que par rapport à un Sauternes). Les 14 % Abv passent de fait sans problème d'ailleurs et se ressentent peu à part par la chaleur et la puissance qu'il confère. Compliqué à noter de fait. Une chose est certaine, c'est du très grand travail et si vous appréciez les alcool liquoreux vous serez aux anges. En verre, nous sommes sur un ambré soutenu (EBC aux alentours de 36 parfaitement limpide, une effervescence et une mousse quasi absente (avec 14 % Abv, logique). La suite ressemble à la chevauchée des Walkyries.

yerffoeg (80) - Dinant, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2017 Surprenante découverte, en particulier car je n'avais pas fait attention à la teneur en alcool. Une brune rougeâtre, bien sucrée au goût et avec des arômes très riches. Elle se boit très facilement, un peu comme un sirop alcoolisé qui coule seul dans la gorge.

rjplumer (1235) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2017
The aroma is woodsy, nutty and a bit of roasted caramel sweetness. The body is a clear dark brownish red with only a bubbly head to start but fades quick. The taste is a rich roasted woodsy nuttiness with molasses sweetness. The boldness warms your palate on the way down. Delicious.

Maracuja05 (2052) - Mainz, Rineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2017 06-12-2017 // 2014 Version. So exactly 3 years old when enjoyed. Thanks to werckmeister! HoHoHo! 3 years old now and tasting awesome. Browny beer. Sweet malty, woody nose. Lovely complex taste. Dominantly sweet with brown sugar. Boozyness well hidden. Slighlty creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Long lasting finish. Great treat!

Zlotta (4142) - Hagen, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2017
0.33 l bottle from 'Bierbörse' (Schwelm), bottled in 2014, best before May 2019, cellared for over three years. This beer has either not been aged for ten months or not been brewed on 6 December as I purchased this one already in August 2014. Clear, dark brownish red with a beige layer. Sweetish-malty, boozy and a bit fruity aroma of molasses, port, raisins, prunes, rhum and some bourbon. Very sweet, malty, slightly fruity taste of molasses, raisins, prunes, port, bourbon and some marzipan, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, quite warming but only slightly boozy finish. Full body, oily mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. Tastes a lot less boozy than it smells, it's actually very enjoyable. Quite complex, moreish and a bit heavy as well, overall a really nice, slow sipper.

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