Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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4.19/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
In "The Naked Pint", Perozzi and Beaune describe this beer as a sought-after rarity and I have seen such a reference elsewhere. Alberta is improving by leaps and bounds but we are not a craft beer Mecca yet. Nevertheless, one can find this beer if one looks, in both Cowtown and Edmonchuk. Got mine at Co-op in the former, a nondescript bottle that boldly claims to contain some of the world's finest. Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights, was for some reason excepting pitch black. Aroma is very sweet, like dark fruits, a bit musty like old wine. Palate is indeed complex but largely along a sweetness dimension. There is a bit of an old fermented flavor that veers into brett territory and a twinge of earth and wood, but this is a deep, dark, and rich complex of sweet flavors that hit rum, butter cream, tiramisu, rich toffee, vanilla, and molasses notes ... No clear hops noted. Minimal bitterness and although the body is unexpectedly thin, finish is clingingly sweet. Overall effect recalls port. Awesome "dessert" beer that one could pour on ice cream. My preferences would dictate more bitterness to balance the sweetness but this is not an IPA and should be judged on the basis of what it is: Something that defies style and provides a pretty unique glimpse into what a sweet beer is capable of doing.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2013 03:34:42 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.06/5 rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Fresh bottle, only a couple of months old
A- Pours clear and copper color with a very small fizzy head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind
S- big sweet malty aromas with notes of fresh bread, fruit cake, caramel, toffee, alcohol and dark cherries
T- very sweet caramel malt up front with a big hit of sweet brown sugar. sweet bread with some fruity notes mixed in, continuing into a sweet finish
M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, big alcohol warmth at the end
O- super sweet and definitely a sipper, but the sweetness does not overpower. Great sweet bread flavors that one would expect from a doppelbock. I'd love to get another bottle to see what some age does for it, but it drinks just fine fresh
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 01:04:27 | More by Treyliff
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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