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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,556 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,556
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 112
Gots: 196 | FT: 10
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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DoubleJ

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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is only brewed once a year in Austria. Then it's aged for 10 months before bottling. My sample was bottled in 2006, so it's a pretty "fresh" sample. I shall see how this brew works for me. On to the beer:

The beer holds a ruby brown color with a mix of orange in my flute. A two-finger sized head is formed in my flute, but then fades away, not much of a surprise with the amount of alcohol in this. The smell of raisins, sweet dough, and fructose tease my nose. Man, this is getting me excited...
Head for the hills! This is one explosive beer. Full bodied, chewy, and a very syrupy texture. A touch of vanilla here, chocolate raisins there, and alcohol everywhere, brining with it fruity esters. The strong maltiness in the beer is felt strongest just before it goes down your throat, which preludes a warming feel to that area.

Notes: With 14% ABV (twice the amount of most dopplebocks) and a great taste, this beer deserves a category of its own (a quadrabock?). If you're into dopplebocks, eisbocks, or extreme beer, this is one to seek out. Bow down to the brewers of Eggenberg, Austria.

Got another bottle for me? Bring it on. : )

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 06:33:06 | More by DoubleJ
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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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