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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 2002   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PLundsgaard (483) - Tranbjerg J, - MAR 8, 2013
Aroma/Malty-Ligth, Appearance Head/size-small, Head/Color-light brown, Head/Longevity-fully diminishing, Body/Hue-light, Initial Flavor/bitter moderate, Finish Flavor/bitter ligth, Palate Body/light, good beer


4.2
nybol (2200) - DENMARK - JUL 14, 2017
Oprindelig lavet i Schweiz men nu i Østrig. Meget vinøes, ogg næsten ingen bitterhed.

3.4
TrefwoordPunk (1201) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2017
Bottle 33 cl, bottled in 2013. Pours a purplish brown with a small and fading beige head and an intensely sweet aroma of maple syrup, toffee, sweet malts, booze, molasses and a giant pile overripe plums. The taste is heavy to extremely sweet with lots of boozyness and a sugarry sweetness that sticks to the lips. A bit one sided.

4.3
Franckg (1655) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2017
Bouteille millésime 2011, bue après 6 ans et à la limite proposée de juillet 2017. Robe brune-orangée très foncée et limpide surmontée d’un léger col de mousse blanchâtre et laiteux. De fines bulles s’échappent timidement du liquide. Arômes d’alcool au fruits des champs style brandy, figue et prune séchées générant beaucoup de sucre résiduel, malt caramélisé. Quelques traces de liqueur aux herbes. L’alcool se dissimule mal à ce taux mais le malt gras et fruité prend tout de même la pôle. En bouche, une tonne de baies confites, sucre d’orge et malt caramélisé. Le sucre un peu plus reposé, on perçoit les figues et prunes des arômes entremêlées d’un goût d’alcool d’orange qui ne se veut aucunement agressif et même quelques noix de grenoble grillées. Texture extrêmement soyeuse et lisse, un corps rond qui ne devient jamais trop lourd. Ma seule expérience d’une Samichlaus avant celle-ci était une bouteille datée de 10 ans et elle m’avait laissée une superbe impression. Une bière qui semble vieillir à merveille mais je devrai essayer de mettre la main sur une version plus fraîche pour comparer.

4
imdownthepub (14552) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2017
Bottled, 330ml, aged 12.5yrs from the long closed Abbey Stores, Salisbury, Wilts. Deep amber, ruby to brown with short lived head. There was still a satisfying pop on opening, the beer was as smooth as silk at first sip, boozy to a large degree but nicely amalgamated within a rich malty body. Some caramel, some plummy fruitiness. Robust and lasting. I suppose when I bought this 2004 vintage, it may well have been one of the strongest in the world, I wonder if its successors will age as well. Excellent.

3.5
ischas (721) - - JUN 3, 2017
0,33 l Flasche. Rotbraunes Bier, flacher, cremeweißer Schaum, akzeptable Gardine. Riecht alkoholisch, vergorene rote Früchte. Schmeckt nach Röstmalz, Karamell, vergorene rote Früchte, alkoholisch, sehr schwer, vollmundig.

3.5
JuanCC (115) - Valencia, SPAIN - MAY 30, 2017
Botella de 99Cervezas. Vierte en color ámbar rojizo brillante y transparente. Espuma tímida aunque presente con formación de lágrimas en la superficie de la copa, lo que nos va dando pistas de la graduación alcohólica de esta cerveza. De intensidad media-alta en nariz, da notas de nueces, avellanas tostadas y ciruela roja, así como caramelo y algo de chocolate. Aparece también un punto como de amareto. La sensación alcohólica es evidente pero suave (en comparación con los 14° que tiene). Entre los gustos básicos destaca especialmente el dulce, con una pizca de salado, algo de acidez y un amargor muy ligero, dando un conjunto muy equilibrado. De buen cuerpo y textura aterciopelada es sin duda una cerveza cálida. Muy elegante y equilibrada, de persistencia en boca larga y aterciopelada. Para compartir y beber con calma en pequeños tragos. Deliciosa!

5
cwill (93) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2017
Enjoyed from a bottle poured into a snifer. Bright amber pour with no head. Aromas of syrup, caramel and sugar. The taste of this beer is in a word, sweet; wonderfully balanced to the extent that my wife who is not a beer drinker was like "that’s really good." I have never had a 14% beer that was so light and smooth. I kept the bottle and didn’t drink anything else until I got home. World class beer in my book

4.2
azzurro (251) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2017
My first Doppelbock, this one is a unique beer from the sweet taste to the high level of alcohol, which is well balanced overall. A definite must in anybody’s beer reserve.

3.5
tfontana (974) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle pour into tulip glass from Manchester Wine and Liquors. Appearance is clear ruby red with fizzy off-white(?) head that lasts about as long as the initial flash when you light a match. Minimal sparkle and no lacing. Aroma is candied sugar, dark fruit and malts trying to conceal astringent alcohol. Taste is very sweet candied sugar and dark fruit over alcohol you can feel as much as taste. Palate is medium bodied with silky texture, flat carbonation and sweet, sugary finish. Warming to the mouth, esophagus, and later stomach with a slight numbing of the lips. Overall, an experience to be sure. Very sweet dessert beer, more like a liqueur, that’s a good sipper.

3
Jabic (588) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Ar: Deeply vinous; figs and alcohol, with a slight nail-polish hint. Ap: Deep chestnut brown, crystal-clear; Small off-white head with low retention, leaving a thin ring of foam and the slightest dusting of bubble cover. T: Very sweet, with orange and melanoidin character; a bit of sharp tanginess; alcohol is punchy, coming across with big notes of raisin and fig; sweetness and booze linger forever into the finish, with almost no perceptible bitterness. P: Full body with medium carbonation; finish is sweet. O: For a 14% abv beer, this is relatively clean; the richness and sweetness hit you like a freight train; interesting flavors, particularly the dark fruits; the sweetness is just absolutely overwhelming in this beer, to the point that it becomes cloying.


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