Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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Reviews by SpruceMoose:
3.38/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Ladies and gentlemen, I have a sin to confess. Something awful, something treacherous and probably something unforgivable. I, in all the time I've spent exploring IPAs, witbiers, stouts and porters, dubbels, tripels and quadruppels, scotch ales, barleywines and the like...
..have never, ever had a doppelbock before. *cue shocked gasp from the audience*
Yes, it's true, and so I decided to pop my cherry the other day and walked to the grog shop near my holiday house to pay the AU $13 and finally try this esteemed style for myself. Here we go.
Serving Type: 330ml classic sealed bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Yes, I probably should've had it in a pilsner glass. Whatever. Piss off.
Appearance: Light red to crimson and completely transparent with very, very little head; almost inevitable given its strength of 14% ABV. Carbonation appears very light as well.
Smell: Strangely sour, almost lambic in character. Hints of cherry, banana and bread are matched with a boozy under-aroma. Almost thought it was off for a second, and then realised that a beer of its strength and style would only get better with age. I subsequently slapped myself hard and went on with the review.
Taste: Very sweet, with cherry, sultana, white chocolate and nutmeg being amongst the several I noticed after the first sip. The flavours become less individualist and more consistent as the drinking continues. Certainly a strange experience for a Doppelbock virgin, but pleasant enough in its own right. Reminds one more of a fine brandy than a beer to quaff.
Mouthfeel: Dense and breadlike, with an alcohol-induced warmth surrounding the mouth. This is definitely a sipper.
Overall: Well, there we go. I finally cast off my shackles of ignorance and tried the fabled Doppelbock. Was I impressed? More intrigued if anything. Samichlaus Classic was certainly an experience, and perhaps I should've inaugurated myself with something a little less intense. If extreme beer is your forte, have at it. Will definitely be trying this little ditty again after I've explored the Doppelbock scene a bit more.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2013 13:51:50 | More by SpruceMoose
More User Reviews:
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
4.9/5 rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A - Poured a deep ruby with a cream colored head that disappears to a whisper quickly, but left lots of lacing. Looks like a wine or a brandy, and is a beautiful color.
S - Huge showing from dark fruit. The smell is nearly like a wine, and I can literally smell the alcohol. Figs, grapes, plum and hints of dark chocolate and prune.
T - Intense flavor, huge deep dark malt hit, massive showing of dark fruit and some dark chocolate, and another huge wallop from the high ABV, which makes itself known, but not obnoxiously. My bottle had been aging for a few months, and I'd imagine the flavor was more intense initially, whereas now it has matured and brought out some beautiful spicy sweet tones. Delicious.
M - Extremely sticky, almost has a cough syrup texture to it, very thick. Heavy.
O - An expertly crafted dopplebock, and one I'd love to try fresh to compare the flavors to the aged bottle I had. Absolutely delightful!
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 22:32:27 | More by undeadozzy
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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