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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,466 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1466
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 17.34%


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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Fux

France

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sample from the batch bottled in 1997. At that time, it was brewed by Hürliman in Switzerland. It was mentioned at that time as the guinness book of record's strongest beer in the world.
Note : this review may be strongly affected by the aging of the beer (15 years old).

A: Intangible, mahogany (?) color with absolutely no head. Very unusual elegant appearance.

S: The finest old Porto poured from the bottle to my glass. This smell is however not overwhelming the sweet roasted and chocolate malts behind. The ABV is well hidden from the nose.

T: The maderization is still dominating. But this brew remains a true malt bomb, chocolate, caramels, roasted malts, very complex from the first sip. It becomes rapidly very sweet, sugary. Finishes warm, very warm !

M: Given the ABV, I would have expected something far more syrupy. It is indeed smooth but not heavy at all. It is still a lager and is then quite drinkable. Not a daily beer however !

O: I do not know about young Samichlaus. That makes it quite difficult to compare. However I can tell that the aging on this beer is really wonderful. The Madeira aromas are perfectly blending with the powerful malts and aging may also compensate for all the sugars in this beer. I will definitely have this again (and again !).

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 22:51:54 | More by Fux
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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.