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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: 111
Gots: 195 | 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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TXHops

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I saw the bottle in Boston, I honestly couldn’t remember if I’d had Samichlaus before. I could remember Eku 28 and Kulmbacher Eisbock, but I wasn’t positive if I’d ever had this one, or if I’d just read about hundreds of times. Oh well, now I’ll know. The beer enters the glass the color of caremlized sugar and with about the same amount of head. A little sliver of foam lingered where beer met glass, but that was it (whaddya ‘spect from a 14% lager??). I wasn’t surprised by the lack of head, but I was surprised by the clarity—this beer was brilliantly transparent! Do they filter, or does 10 months lagering clear up any suspended yeast??? The nose was more subdued than I expected. I mean, it smelled like a super-strong lager, but only one with an ABV of about 8, not 14 ; ) Lots of toffee-ish port-like/single malt-like alcohol warmth. The body felt WAY thicker than the beer tasted. The flavor was as malty as malty gets, even surpassing 24% World Wide Stout, if my memory serves. The viscosity blew away any of Sam Calagione’s crazy offerings too—it felt like NyQuil in my mouth, which was totally coated. The alcoholic heat combined with the slight carbonation to chase away the sugary slickness that tried to cling to my tongue (nice effect). Then I was free to taste everything this beer has to offer in the tail—brown sugar, scotch, caramelized beef, port, pure two row malt, and butterscotch schnapps, to name the first wave only. Oddly, this beer isn’t cloying. How that’s possible, I can’t imagine as hops impart no discernable flavor on my palate (thought they must be there in a bittering role only). That’s really the beauty of this beer—so much strength and so much finesse all in a 12 ounce bottle! The alcohol is more evident in effect than it is in flavor—a real accomplishment with a beer of this gravity and an IBU count under 30 (if I were to venture a guess).

Well, it’s all it’s cracked up to be. Liquor lovers, line up!! I typically abhor liquor (too alcoholic), but this is an astounding brewing accomplishment, though not a beer I’d buy more often than annually: it’s an experience, not an addiction…

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2003 20:27:47 | More by TXHops
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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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