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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Samichlaus is brewed once a year on December 6, and is aged for 10 months before bottling. It is one of the rarest specialties in the world. Samichlaus may be aged in the bottle for many years to come, as older vintages become more complex. Brilliant deep amber, complex dry toasted malt nose and huge intensely sweet palate. The 2007 bottling is the first bottling since 1987. 32

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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours with a small, rocky, white head, clear golden body. Head goes quickly leaving a blanket over the beer. Aroma of berries, dust and alcohol. Taste is ultra sweet with a bit of hay like tastes. Quite different, and not as much like an Eisbock as the regular Samichlaus. Some warming but the alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Mouthfeel is syrupy, as expected, with light cabonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12752) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Bottle purchased at Coaltrain Wine & Liquor in Colorado Springs, CO. Pours clear gold with virtually no head, but what is there is white and stays at the glass edge. Aroma is heavy malt (meal, cereal, cookie), average hops (grass, flowers), average yeast (sweat, dough) with notes of apricot and peach. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2008
This is a good beer, not as good as the original Samichlaus by any means, but still a nice doppelbock. The aroma of this beer is very clean with noticeable alcohol and some faint hops. It tastes clean and crisp in the beginning before building up to a very sticky and cloying aftertaste, which I dont find that pleasant. I probably wont buy this again, though I definitely will continue to purchase the Dunkles.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Darker golden color with a thin white head. (Really, a doppelbock?) Aroma is honey, alcohol, malt, faint hops. Taste is sweet alcohol, honey, malt, light caramel. Reminds me of EKU 28. Alcohol is fairly well covered, but seems for like an alcohol vessel then a quality brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbastard (843) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Nice pale golden looking. Sweet alcohol nose. Very full body with a candied apple sweet taste. clean finish. For a doppelbock it lacks the maltiness I would expect. Makes me think more of a eisbock.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (16630) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2008
Golden body, not much head, nor would I expect there to be on a beer this strong. Rich pale malt nose, light fruitiness (lemon, pear, apricot). Smooth, soft with lush pale malts, firm alcohol, peachy/apricotty esters. Finishes nice and sticky, lick your lips style, like when you eat barbeque. Truly lovely, balanced and fresh. Eggenberg is 4/4 in doppelbocks, which I believe makes them the world champs.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Pours clear bright golden with little head. Aromas of apple, walnut, date that are wholly unexpected. Sweet-smelling. Palate is insanely drinkable and quaffable. Flavors also include lots of apple and date. Sweet and dry at the same time and sweet without being cloying. An incredible and underrated strong lager.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14736) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
330 ml bottle. Aroma is almost wheaty. Color is orange gold, and there is no head. Very full bodied, with sharp, creamy carbonation. The first impression is sugar, then the blood surges from the CH3CH2OH hit. Everything turns milder as time passes. This is a very superior beer. The sweetness perserveres, but its not obnoxious. We should be grateful that the brew is revived. Its amazing.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
Clear light amber body, very fast disappering white head; Very small nose with a little malt, a little alcohol sharp; Oily texture, sweet a bit 1-dimensional; Huge alcohol burn in finish, lots of malt aromas.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (8951) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. Golden amber beer with a thin whitish head. Sweet malt, slight grassy aroma. Sweet malt flavors with lots of fusels and some cereal. Lingering sweet malt and caramel. Medium-plus body.


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