Brewer: Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: German Doppelbock
Known for their rich, malty flavors, dopplebocks are the strongest beers in the German lager tradition, but even among the most powerful examples of the style, Samichlaus is something of a freak at 14 percent alcohol. The style dates back to the Monks of St. Paula in Germany, who used it for sustenance during Lent. Castle Brewery Eggenberg has monastic roots, but it's now a commercial concern. They brew up Samichlaus just once a year, on December 7, Saint Nicholaus Day. The beer undergoes 10 months of cold storage before being bottled and put on the market. In keeping with its exceptional strength, it bears some resemblance to a remarkably well-aged barleywine.
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