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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 496   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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4.1
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2008
Rating #1300:: 33cl bottle, Red and silver label. 14% ABV. This is the strongest Helles ever made! Pours the color of 24K gold. Aroma of a super hopped mead. Needs a bunch of age on it. Big bitterness, just in the nose. Flavor is hugely sweet. Burns a little as it goes down. Big ABV!

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Braudog (6674) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2008
Bottle. Poured bright golden-orange with a soda-like fizz that quickly succumbed. The aroma is explosive ... full of medicinal qualities. This drinks like a punch in the mouth, a full assault of pure ethanol, tempered by super sweet fruit syrup. I’m afraid to breathe near an open flame. (#3380, 4/6/2008)

1.7
charlotte (5350) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2008
Pale orange colour with no head.Aroma is sweet with strong heavy alc.To much i guess.Flavor of malt and caramel with a bitter finish.

3.7
Dedollewaitor (16056) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle: Pours orange with a off white bubbly head. Deep malty sweet & fruity aroma. Very warm, vinous, sticky & sweet. A bit harsh & the alcohol prickles your tongue. Medium bodied with a low carbonaion. Quite sippable!

3.1
ILoveNewBeer (113) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2008 Full bodied, and full flavored yet still quite mellow for having 14%. Slightly oily and makes your tongue feel like it has a slight bit of a coating. Sweet taste with an alcohol proof that lingers in the back of your throat, can’t taste yet you can feel.

3.2
beoir (51) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2008
sweet malty aroma. super sweet, almost like a desert wine, but the alcohol cuts right through. honey raisins, bitter finish.

3.3
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle, pours a pale orange with white head. Aroma of candy and sweet malts. Medium-bodied. Flavors of sugar, malts, maybe caramel/toffee, and alcohol. Warm, alcohol aftertaste.

3.7
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Orange-amber color with faint white head. Sweet candy sugar aroma with faint malt notes. The flavor was a bit hot but caramel malt and candy sugar flavors cut through.

3.5
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2008
33cl bottle. Pours a brilliant orange with gold highlights and a thin, white head. The aroma is slightly fruity with notes of apple or pear. There is also a touch of sweet malts and a decent bit of alcohol. The flavor is very sweet - like sugar-glazed corn flakes. It is also very boozy - like schnapps. There are notes of rich caramel and malts around mid-palate with subtle notes of bitter hops, fruit (apples, white grapes), and alcohol. The alcohol is strong and gives impressions of peppery and minty flavors. The finish is sweet with a thick and firm, noble hop bitterness - a touch cidery, too. It is also very warming as the alcohol goes down. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated - it gives a slight sting on the tongue when combined with the heavy level of ethanol. Overall, this is an interesting, mega-malty beer - but not nearly as complex and interesting as the original, darker Samichlaus...

3.4
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2008
From the bottle. Pours rich honey gold with a small white head. Big sweet nose, boozy and a deep rich maltiness. Hints of honey and pepper, cereal and glazed doughnut. Cloying and sweet on the palate, alochol wears a "hello my name is" nametag as an arrogant display. Heavy and bold till the end, but come on, you knew that going in, so you should be prepared, and its an interesting beer in its own.


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