A touch of vanilla lurks in the piney hop background of this
darkly red brew. A toasted spiciness tends to dominate
throughout. An energetic hop nose is followed by woody notes
in the aftertaste. The finish provides some light chocolate
notes. An acceptable brew.
Overall Rating - fair
This brew is noteworthy for more than it's high alcohol content -
14%. It is, simply put, a strong sweet, malty, dark lager that is
reminiscent of fine brandy or port. There is a complexity of
tastes throughout with a smooth cherry and oak backbone.
Samichlaus is only brewed once a year on December 6 in
Eggenberg, Austria and aged 10 months before bottling.
Overall Rating -excellent
|Duvel Belgian Golden Ale
First sip brings a spicy yeastiness
with a lemon backdrop. The ever
present white head carries a hop
bitterness in mid-sip and nut and
apple notes appear in the finish. A
tad too malty sweet for some but still
a highly regarded brew.
Overall rating - good