Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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90
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1,718 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 4
pDev: 17%
Wants: 130
Gots: 242 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

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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Photo of gopens44
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Upon pour, this seemed thick. just the way it arrogantly wandered out of the bottle into my snifter. Even the nearly non-existent head rose up with an air of nonchalance. Putting my nose to it, I realized why. This thing was no joke, and it knew it. It had been around, doing it's thing far longer than I had and it knew it. I paused for a moment, approached it again and took in a long pull of the liquid. Sweet, hot, dry, bold, dark fruit, candy, figs, brandy, punch in the tongue and finally just about as well balanced as you could possibly imagine despite the bickering factions that existed on my tongue. It's as if every bold, dominant taste known to beer (other than hop bitterness) came together to sing "We are the world" or some peaceful shit like that... Or maybe if Sting, Bono and Frank Sinatra sang together with Neil Peart drumming, Santana on guitar and Steve Harris on bass. You'd think all that talent would be wasted, watered down, contrived or just an ego driven fail, but no - it comes together in masterful fashion with a dry finish that begs of you to stand up and praise with "Bravo!" after every drink. My only bitch about this beer is that it's ABV is too high to drink continuously for several, several hours....

If you enjoy a Quad but haven't ever tried this - do not wait any longer. Get this NOW!

Photo of msds
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice reddish-amber, no head to speak of. Very fruit-forwards, figs, rasins, chocolate, over a nice malty base. A bit syrupy, but otherwise nice carbonation and smooth - nice heat.

Photo of tikk
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AngusOg
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2010. This is my first go at this one. Have heard some mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed. A bit boozy, sweet (but not overly so), feel is smooth and creamy, light carbonation. Reminds me a lot of eggnog for some reason, which is a holiday favorite of mine. Really enjoyed sipping this one as a nightcap on Christmas eve.

Photo of grahuba
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatZaZa
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer tastes like grass, imo.

Photo of Svingjo
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This review is from a couple years ago - This vintage beer 2007 was the grande finale of an event I held. At 14% the front label says it all "The Strongest Lager Beer in the World". At five years old we were getting this beer at it's peak having mellowed out the high alcohol to bring the sweet maltiness to the forefront. A lot of comments were; this is similar to a port and this would be a great dessert beer that would go great with cheesecake. I still have a half dozen bottles that I'm letting age and opening on Dec 6 of every year. This year I cracked the next one open and it aged even better, becoming a little more port like.

Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottled in 2013:
Pours a clear auburn, maybe amber (dark in bar). Almost no head, especially within a minute of the pour. Nose is a nice sweet plum, maybe fig, fortified wine notes.

The taste is more date or other candied dark fruit. The fortified wine ability seems to fit here, also. There is an ever so light alcohol burn, and maybe that's the difference b/t this and a fortified wine, that heat.

A nice, slow sipper and if you know what you're getting into, it's a nice dessertish beer. Definitely not for all, but try it for yourselves.

Photo of thie_92
4.91/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ottima super buona, molto corposa

Photo of craftaholic
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GaBengal
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John-Robertson
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

2011 great beer. Pours dark and thick lots of coffee and malt

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of freshcarl
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tappangordo
4.2/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ddedhed
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of lysergicdream
4.52/5  rDev +13%

Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Naniamania
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSJr
3.96/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dostom
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of tillmac62
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2013. Pours a beautiful clear medium amber with a rich dark ruby cast. Exceptional head volume, lacing and retention for 14% alcohol. Rich nose of dark fruit (plum, raisin, date), caramel, and brown sugar over a rum like alcohol base. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture that is also oily slick, simply superb. Below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is intense, not very balanced (sweetness predominates) and complex. It begins with an assault of dark fruit (plum and raisin mostly) against a very rich sweet caramel malt background. In the middle, the dark fruits fade rapidly while the sweetness blends with a rum like alcohol. Sweetness and rum slowly fade into the finish where a bit of hop bitterness is evident. It leaves you with a surprisingly light alcohol burn at the back of the throat over a lingering sweetness with notes of rum. At room temperature, the rum flavor becomes quite pronounced as does the burn.

This one is hard to review. The first sips are world class (4.6 on the first pass), but after 10 ounces or so over 45 minutes, the sweetness becomes a bit annoying and I have the 750 bottle! So in goes a wine cap and back in the fridge this one goes.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
90 out of 100 based on 1,718 ratings.