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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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1,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,602
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 121
Gots: 207 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The once strongest beer in the world is back! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001)
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4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

The bottle I had was aged 5 years. I imagine fresher bottles might be a little rough

Gotti311, Today at 04:03 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Giggy, Today at 12:05 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Big_Dave, Yesterday at 06:39 AM
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Kerrie, Yesterday at 01:38 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Metllica97, Sunday at 04:14 PM
Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a rich, clear, deep amber with a frothy, lingering khaki head. I can smell melanoidins and deeply toasted malt across the room. Dark fruit notes of raisins, dates, prunes, figs, and bruised cherries add complexity. The flavor is very sweet, with a toasted malt and fruity specialty malt backbone. The finish is surprisingly dry and toasted. Boozy, rum-soaked figs, raisins, and dates provide fuel for the syrupy sweetness. Could use some age to develop those esters a bit and calm the alcohol. It's definitely for those with a sweet tooth! I really wanted to love this, but it's just too sweet.

barczar, Saturday at 04:40 PM
Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Rice_Nate_25, Friday at 04:05 AM
Photo of Craigory
4.15/5  rDev +4%

2013, poured into a Samichlaus snifter.

A: Pours a deep copper body, approaching ruby-brown. Slight tan head builds but subsides momentarily. Great clarity and bubbles here, with plenty of legs.

S: Date syrup, sweet raisin bread, and alcohol. Not complex, but pleasant.

T: Sweet, fruity bread, date syrup, toffee, alcohol, and vanilla. Again, not too many things going on, but a nice depth and everything blends well.

M: Syrup, syrup, and pleasant warming in the throat.

O: The English Barleywine of Doppelbocks. Syrupy sweet, but pleasant throughout.

Craigory, Wednesday at 11:58 PM
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2.08/5  rDev -47.9%

mcgovern1010, Sep 09, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

linnymtu, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Storm21, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Sellen, Sep 06, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -13.8%

woodmike, Sep 06, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -10.8%

Kniv3z, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

22Blue, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

malfunxion, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of DoktorEd
4.75/5  rDev +19%

2012 bottle. Pours a nice reddish hue, a little on the dark side, very clear and with lots of carbonation. Little to no head on this one. Very VERY heavy and fragrant sweetness in the smell.

Taste is very sweet, not harsh in the slightest. Far too sweet to really call a beer. Almost tastes non-alcoholic. Carbonation, although heavy to the sight is not at all overbearing, very light in feel, drinkable.

This would be a great dessert beer, very palatable.

DoktorEd, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

rredshift, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Good LORD its too sweet. Alcohol is not hidden either.

TheAdamConners, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Dunkelganger4
3.75/5  rDev -6%

2012 Vintage. Pours a beautiful amber red with a small off-white head. Medium to high carbonation. The nose hits you with dark fruit and bready notes. The taste follows the nose but is extremely sweet with some vanilla that rounds off the dark fruits, caramel malt and alcohol. Reminds me of a sweet alcohol syrup. I can only imagine having this with a meal or a substantial dessert. It finishes slightly dry. This is definitely a sipper.

Dunkelganger4, Aug 29, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +13.3%

Dunc1062, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

browniewithnuts, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

muskiesman, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

KG710, Aug 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Whatup14, Aug 20, 2014
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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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