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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 2000   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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3.6
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Pours a clear dark amber with a thin head. There’s little carbonation and the aroma is sweet malt and alcohol. The flavor is syrupy sweet but not in a bad way at all. There’s a dark fruit aspect to it as well. It is apparent that this is a high alcohol drink and meant to be sipped. The mouthfeel is slick and warming. I had tasted some 1995 and 1996 vintage Samichlaus recently and decided I really wanted to put some away for a few years. However, this drink is such an enjoyable nightcap that I’m not sure my stash will stay untouched.


4
imdownthepub (14467) - 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 (696) - - 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 (107) - 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 (90) - 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 (211) - 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 (952) - 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 (562) - 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.

3.1
vami (455) - Poznan, POLAND - MAY 6, 2017
Malts, caramel, dried fruits, lacks the desired pumpernickel melanoidin character. Very boozy, burning alcohol.

3.5
L_Lovecraft (596) - - APR 27, 2017
Fruity, malty, caramel, copper with a thin white head, medium/full body, carbonation is soft, strong sweetness, fruity and caramel...very good for me, maybe too sweet.

3
ShivanDragon (4086) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2017
bottle from secret santa, thanks. pours brown/red with a limited white head. aoma of caramel, dark fruits, christmas herbs, raisins, pretty sweet. Taste is smooth, a huge amount of alcohol, raisin, way too much sugar, way too much alcohol, not that great. however if you like alcoholic christmas sugar bombs you’ll love it... i dont..


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