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Samichlaus Bier Helles - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Bier HellesSamichlaus Bier Helles

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BA SCORE
85
very good

313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 11-25-2007)
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just had the regular Samichlaus while working on stuff for tomorrow... The Helles seems like a natural follower. I've never had this before despite buying them for the cellar... This is an '07.

My Delirium goblet is glowing clear orange.. the head was pretty much nonexistent...

Nose is pretty boozy with thick and sweet pale malt.... sugar cookies... hints of fruitiness... lite white peaches.

Flavor has all the aromas with an encompassing golden raisin essence.. some honey notes.. thick and malty... there could be some spicy hoppiness that is wrecked by the booze... like some grappa was thrown into some peach juice honey water concoction... almost like somebody boiled down a maibock and spiked it with yeast.

The body and carbonation are the same as the regular Sami... but overall, this is turning into a chore... the drinkability is lost on the fact that it is very one dimensional..

The bad thing is, despite my review, I will continue to pick these up time to time, just so I can let them age.. but I am sure they will get no better (stoopid stoopid beer hoarder mentality).... I'm not dum... I'm a kollektor.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/3

Edit: looking at other reviews, I get no "caramel" or toffee.. instead, it is just a verging on cloying pale maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 08:21:19 | More by JohnGalt1
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portlandjeff

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Samichlaus bier helles -2007 vintage

pours a beautiful crisp clear amber red with rapidly dissipating soda-like head.

the nose is extreme - like hot melted chocolate covered figs and sweet booze.

taste is smooth and similar to the nose, with the added complexity of rich spiciness, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. This sensation is further enhanced by the heat of the alcohol and the sharp carbonation.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and syrupy, with the high alcohol and carbonation warming and tingling from the lips all the way to the throat.

This beer is sticky and resinous and it really lingers in the finish.

Between the sweetness, high ABV, and boozy heat of this vintage at this time, drinkability isn't high, but it's very tastey and I can understand why older vintages are so highly sought after.

This is a delicious, rich, and decadent beer, but even after 3 years in the bottle, it still begs for more time. I bought a 4 pack, with the intention of enjoying 2 now, and 2 later. After having my first, and really enjoying it, I've decided to age all three of the remaining bottles for some time, as I think they'll be more enjoyable in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 03:24:30 | More by portlandjeff
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samichlaus Helles Malt Liquor (doppelbock)

2007 vintage, poured into a slender tulip in April 2009

Pours a nice medium red with golden highlights. Short lived white head with no lacing to speak of, typical of high octane beers.

A nice toasty malt flavor with some prune like notes, and a good bit of booze as the beer warms. A cough syrup/medical aroma from the big alcoholic phenols.

Flavor is big toasty malts, some sweetness, a warming/prickly hit from the 14% ABV, some dark fruit/prune. Some oak and sherry qualities from the aging as well, all around quite complex for a lager. No hop flavor or bitterness, which makes sense for the aging and style. Some medical quality from the phenols, giving off a bit of cough syrup on the palette as well as the nose.

Mouthfeel is quite syrupy and the carbonation is very low.Feels very hefty and chewy in the mouth. Alcohol provides a bit of warmth.

This beer isn't super easy drinking, but the overall complexity of the experience makes up for it. This is a great beer, and a super treat for anybody who can get their hands on one (or a few if you want to lay them down for a while).

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 22:01:12 | More by Flashsp2
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Brent

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first impression of this beer was that it was a syrupy sweet, boozy mess. Big Karo syrup sweetness up front, followed by a pungent alcoholic bite. Flat bittering followed, wallowing in the sweet malt. Much as I was not engaged by the first few sips, I found myself nonetheless continuing to drink to conclusion. An odd disconnect between drinkability and overall flavor I am at a loss to explain.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 13:35:20 | More by Brent
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Sallerj

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a brilliantly clear, orange beer that smells like raisins and booze, almost like a port. It's very boozy and syrupy, which is to be expected from a 14% beer. It has a honey, mildly hoppy aftertaste. It goes down pretty easy for a massively strong beer, but it has none of the crispness that you'd expect from a lager. I'm not sure what makes it a helles.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 23:50:18 | More by Sallerj
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tatoodkelt

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 2/15/2010- from notes.

11.2oz brown bottle as pictured poured into a shaker glass. 2007 vintage.

I would not have known this was a doppelbock til I looked here.

A- Very vibrant, clear copper topped off with a one finger, tight bubbled, white head that faded pretty quick to a patchy skim. Random carbination bubbles make there way up very slowly.

S- Some maltiness but mostly candy sweet.

T- Big malt flavor up front, very much like a scotch ale at first with a little earthy smokiness. As the malt fades its replaced by a sweet boozy flavor that dominates the flavor. Also seems to pick up a little almost metallic taste.

M- Medium bodied, a little sticky and very mild carbination.

D- I loved the initial malt flavor but couldnt take what it changed into. Definitely wouldnt have more than one in a sitting, I barely made it through this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 15:13:24 | More by tatoodkelt
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DNA

Oregon

2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Quarter inch head that lasts only seconds. Very clear beer with a light copper/amber color. Aroma is a very sweet baked pineapple. No hop character in nose. This beer smells like a dessert and should probably be served as a dessert beer. The taste is overwhelmingly sweet and one dimensional. Whatever hops were used in this beer are long gone, leaving only a lingering bitterness that can't compete with the residual sugars. Even the high alcohol content can't cut through the cloying sweetness. The mouthfeel is more thick and chewy than expected even for such a high gravity beer...more like a liqueur. As far as drinkability goes, I can barely get through one bottle. Better to split a bottle with friends (or uninvited guests) in sherry glasses. Good luck!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 00:56:29 | More by DNA
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a bright orange color out of the bottle with a tiny layer of off-white head. The collar retention was good and the lacing was ok as well. The aroma was very complex with lots of Belgian yeast, toasted nuts, smoked meat, caramel malt and alcohol. The flavors were similarly full of elements, BIG candy sugar (probably used to cover up the hulking 14% ALC!), caramel malt, toffee, candied nuts, some oiled leather, dark fruits and, of course, boozy alcohol. The mouthfeel was average, the body was medium and the carbonation medium too. Tasty but very one dimensional. Just too sweet and alcoholic for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 04:00:28 | More by thekevlarkid
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a beautiful medium to dark amber color with a white, frothy head, very nice active amount of carbonation, more so than I expected.

Oddly enough, the aroma reminds me of the Avery Samael, not exactly the same, but close from what I can remember. The nose is pretty much all malts. Smells thick, syrupy, huge malt presence, sugary apricot, some booze.

The taste is absolutely fabulous. This comes accross more as a dessert type of beer, I should have poured this in a snifter instead of a pils glass. Thick malty carmel sweetness, slight pear flavor, possibly a slight hint of honey, light oak tanins in the flavor. There's a slight boozy warming like a nice cognac, the warming starts almost immediately on the tongue and remains throughout the sip. The booze character isn't as prevalent as one might think for a 14% beer. The warming in the throat lingers more as I get through the beer.

Medium to heavy body, silky, and quite drinkable. This would be a perfect dessert or after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 04:14:03 | More by jzeilinger
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dqrull

Sweden

4.88/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

An immediate fluffy, creamy tan head, that quicly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing, a placid-looking beer, with a wonderful clear amber colour. Foams up a bit after a swirl, but the head disappears fast. The absence of head-retention makes it feel a bit inscrutable!

Whoa. The smell is phenomenal. Huuuuge malty sweetness, with some dried fruits in the back, a slight hint of grass is detectable also, along with a fudge-like sensatio. But this is a really awesomely complex malt-onslaught, beautifu.

Wow. Not nearly as prominent alcohol taste as I had anticipated, the viscosity isnt as thick as I was expecting either, but it sure is sweet. This is a really magnificient bouquet of tastes. The initial sweetness is the first thing that strikes you, but it is backed up by a slightly tart fruitness, some dried red berries, almost a bit of blueberry, some oaky tastes come through as well, with a hint of the usual suspect vanilla... all the while having a syrupy slightly clingy sweetness reminiscent of caramellized brown sugar. There isn't much else to this beer apart from the huge maltiness, but damn, this is SOME complex and interesting maltiness. The complexness here is very much of the same kind I might find in a glass of cognac, or even a non-smokey whiskey.
I'm really, really amazed that the alcohol is not more prominent in the taste here, but the body is so full, so bursting of sweetness and awesome flavours that the alcohol only lingers in the background all the while, contributing with a cozy warmth that complements the sweetness of the brew throughout, amazing.

Really syrupy thick, viscous mouthfeel, the carbonation is a little bit weak though, but that's pretty much expected from a beer like this.

I'm really eager to try the Samichlaus classic I have in the cellar, but damn, if that is only half as good as this, it will still be the second best doppelbock I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 21:51:30 | More by dqrull
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natelocc787

California

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2007.

Poured with a nice frothy head. This beer was reminiscent of Avery's "Beast" but much better. The nose was all booze, vanilla, cognac, corn syrup and grain. While others noted the taste wasn't complex, I had a different experience. Nice graininess, high alcohol which was warming and soothing, bourbon, vanilla bean, heavy caramel malt and sweet, sweet oak chips in the taste. I loved the high alcohol, I suppose the same people who make a sour face when drinking liquor straight might say this was too much. It was just right for me, very tasty, much to offer. Slick and oily mouthfeel with mellow carbonation-just right. This is like a V.S.O.P. version of the style. The cognac of beer no doubt. Would absolutely love a case of this. This is what a boss should drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 04:07:51 | More by natelocc787
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srandycarter

California

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light orange, a little murky. Half inch head, leaves fast to ring.

S - Booze, hairspray, dark fruit and malt.

T - Thin malt center, almost all BOOZE. Very, very hot.

M - Medium body, good coating and carb, harsh finish.

D - Yeah, one. One will do.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:52:03 | More by srandycarter
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BeerSingh

India

2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A : Golden caramel coloured with no lacing, no head. Still life.

S : Toffee and boozey. Reminded me of a candy called Poppins.

T : Overwhelming alcoholic and toffee / candy / cognac mixture. Cutting and dominating. For this level of alcohol, the taste should have been subtle, but it was overly sweet.

M : Syrupy and quite cutting due to the carbonation

D : I guess i should have cellared it first, could finish with great difficulty

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 08:08:01 | More by BeerSingh
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received through a trade with ironbike1. Bottled in 2007. Poured from a bottle into a Samichlaus Bier glass (I'm a glassware bad ass, don't you love the correct glass?). Beer is light amber in color, head forms quickly and disappears just as quickly, leaving nothing behind. No head, no lacing, nothing. Carbonation is mild to weak, this is expected though. Bubbles form around the lower bowl of the glass, beer is clear, completely clear.

Aroma is a little off putting unfortunately. Initially there was a sulfur flavor to it. This is quickly replaced with some alcohol / sweetness and some malt character. The aroma overall is not strong. Time to drink.

Sweet, strong. Wow, this beer actually made me cough when I sipped it. Probably not a good sign. Second taste was considerably better. Much more pronounced sweetness, some raisin like character, great malt body. Mouthfeel is good, not thin at all like you might expect with a 14% beer. Not dry like you might expect with a 14% beer. Just a great full body and high drinkability. This beer seems lighter than the other Samichlaus doppelbock I've previously reviewed and am currently aging. A great rarity for me.

I imagine this beer would age well, removed the warmth from the front end and mellow out the solvency of the flavors. This is a relatively young for a Sami.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 03:03:47 | More by drabmuh
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Casey10

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice beer that I picked up rather strong not anything to write home about thogh.

A - Very light copper brown.

S - Strong apricot alcohol and raison.

T - Thin lots of alcohol and raison, maybe plum.

M - strong mouthfeel of ethanol leaves a residual hard grainy taste.

D - If looking for a strong ABV might look for this otherwise would not.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:17:50 | More by Casey10
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jayfarley3

Nevada

2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle states it was bottled in 2007 and states it as "The World's most Extraordinary Beer" so I had to buy it! Pours a real dark brown amber color with a small tan head. Smells very sweet and strongly of alcohol but I guess that should be expected with a 14% abv. Taste is very very sweet almost syrup like with a touch of roasted malts in there. Maybe if it was aged a few years longer it would be better but I think I'll pass on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 03:15:35 | More by jayfarley3
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLED IN 2007

This one pours a clear, dark, golden honey color. A fingers worth of loose foam forms, then recedes quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Very rich malt notes dominate. Lots of fruit presence also, like golden raisins, pears, apricots and nectarines. Large notes of honey. Hint of booziness.
It's very rich and sweet smelling.

A super dessert beer is what we have here. Very rich, sweet and decadent. A smooth, rich maltiness is prominent. Tons of sweet fruit notes also, mostly white fruits/orchard fruits. A very light booziness is here, which is somewhat surprising, because it was a little more obvious in the nose.

This is almost more like a nectar than a beer. It's a thick body with very minimal carbonation. This would be wonderful poured over ice cream or custard.

It should be said that this is certainly not an everyday beer. It is an excellent dessert beer though. It's very easy to drink, but you'd regret drinking multiples in a single session.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 17:18:06 | More by coldmeat23
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale golden coppery color with a bolder center of thickness. A minimal scratchy white head of foam appears briefly to a thin ring and no lacing. Given the malty weight of the brew however, it's not expected.

Aroma is heavy of a slushed over malty tropical mush of warming ethanolic pear, yellow raisin, and apricot.

Warm to the gullet immediately with a malty rich goo of warmth that eludes to a tropical illusion of milding caramel, pear, yellow raisin, and star fruit. A touch of white grape skin dryness perks the finish with a fluff on the tongue of syrupy tropical jam.

Body is slick, bold, filling, warm, sleek, smooth, and more warm. The girth is perfect in its fullness as it lets the malts create a slight stick and chewy aspect behind each warming, hearty sip.

This tremendously malty, sip at, treat is quite nice and tropically set within a gooey mush of yummyness. It will warm any palate quickly and swim any head that drinks it down just as quickly, as it should.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 19:47:15 | More by tavernjef
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erz316

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

got the last bottle at sahara mart, 11.2 floz into brooklyn pokal. bottled int 2007, the first year since 1986.

A - not much head even with a nearly vertical pour. head is a bit off white, undoubtedly from the bright colour of the body, and about one fingers high. simmers down to a thin layer in under a minute. the colour is this majestic setting sun orange; a rich amber. the colour is very beautiful. I wonder why they decided to do a clear bock? well they did very well, at most the beer could be classified as a medium-dark orange, which is nothing compared to the rich dark brown of the regular samichlaus. head eventually becomes a whispy layer on top.

S - despite the reduction in colour, the beer's nose hold up for its own. a very rich malty, fruity and booze nose. the top notes are boozy sweet fruits, booze is quite pungent and noticeable; it cuts right through the sweetness at times, and others it blends seamlessly with it to make a super booze soaked fruitcake kind of aroma. the middle notes are of the muted malt body, still very sweet, but not as malty in essence as other x2 bocks. nothing discernible holding up the beer. a fairly straightforward nose, simple but still quite delicious. smell develops quite nicely as it warms up a bit: malts become a lot more noticeable.

T - initial taste is a very strong, piercing fruity-booze, with some minor hop bitters, and a big malt presence. the malts really make themselves noticeable here; if it werent for them, then this would be so much more boozy. the alcohol is quite manageable when first tasting it, but it develops into this dragon in the later stages. the subtleness of the hops is, well, quite elusive; only when one has cornered out the malts and the booze does that characteristic bitterness become evident. the finish is almost cloying in both sweetness and alcohol burn. the alcohol sheds its fruity skin and tears down the throat with a ethanol like character; the booze is completely raw. right after the sting from the alcohol is this huge sweet malt body, this is the taste that was keeping the alcohol in check during the initial tasting. wow, is it sweet. really almost like rock candy or something else that is basically pure sugar. it is quite interesting to get to see these two flavours by themselves in one stage of drinking. the aftertaste is a bit of that warming alcohol at first, then it subsides into the really sweet malt character. the taste evens out pretty quickly, leaving a more balanced flavour. overall I think the finish is a bit too strong and sweet; I can deal with the alcohol, if anything it is a good burning warming feeling, but the sweetness is too much for my palate.

MF&D - as mentioned above, i think the drinkability will suffer because it is too sweet, maybe it should be a dessert beer. the feel is pretty good, right amount of carbonation and the body is just enough syrupy to be a x2 bock. I'm guessing that because it is the helles bock, the feel is a bit thinner. understandable, but not desirable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 19:14:53 | More by erz316
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zeff80

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with little to no head. No lacing either.

S - It smelled of sweet honey, caramel and sugar with a boozy nose, too.

T - Very, very sweet. Over the top sweet with boozy taste.

M - One of the better qualities of this brew. It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - To me this beer is just over done. Too much alcohol, too much sweetness without any hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 15:35:56 | More by zeff80
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured the color of orange blossom honey, with minimal head, and some nice bubble trains.

S- Smells of honey, vanilla, fruit nectar and alcohol. The nose wasn't as prominent as I expected from such a big beer, but that may have to do with the champagne-saucer-style glass I was drinking out of.

T- Honey and almond flavors are up front, followed by candy sugar and an alcohol burn.

M- Oily on the tongue and creamy in texture. Lots of unattenuated sugars lend to a full body here despite the high ABV.

D- This beer is wonderful as a nightcap, but I couldn't have more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 02:32:23 | More by jgasparine
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brokenleadedcask

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My girlfriend went to San Fran and this is one of the beers she purchased for me at City Beer. Best girlfriend ever!

Unfortunately, this beer wasn't what I was expecting. It poured a golden orange with a fizzy soda pop head that disappeared and I couldn't make it return, no matter how much swirling. I have to say, the smell was the best part. Honey, Euro hops, clove and alcohol ( it IS 14%). This beer is on fire, plenty of alcohol in the taste. Some honey and bread are all that were left. Thin and astringent in the mouth. I found it odd that a beer this strong could be watery. Some lingering cloying sweetness and fire in the belly. 14% but not a lot of depth. This one is "one and done". I would sample again, if offered, but it would have to be aged for 5-10 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 23:37:25 | More by brokenleadedcask
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz Bottled in 2007, poured in a snifter.

Very sweet, slightly alcoholic aroma, no hops, little malt. Small head dissipated very quickly. light carbonation.

Very sweet and somewhat hot. It as a quite full mouthfeel similar to a very sweet red wine, almost syrupy. It gives a good warming feeling.

Overall I'd say that for a beer brewed 3 years ago this is still very young, if you've got a cellar going toss this down there for a few more years and give it another go. I wouldn't drink this fresh again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 01:18:38 | More by kingcrowing
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent deep copper with no head. No lacing.

The smell is strong of alcohol, sweet malts, whiskey. The taste is really sweet of malts; almost a drambuie type taste, alcohol. Mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, almost no carbonation.

This is drinkable but the ABV is very apparent. Tastes & smells almost more like liquor than beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:25:55 | More by theghost3
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jballeng

Florida

2.15/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours dark amber with little to no head. Malty aroma. Accents of malt, chestnuts, and pears. Alcohol makes a VERY strong presence at the finish. So sweet as to induce gagging. An unpleasant brew; felt like I was drinking cough syrup. On the other hand, I admire the bottle design.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 19:34:11 | More by jballeng
Samichlaus Bier Helles from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
85 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.