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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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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich golden red into my tulip - don't expect to get any head out of this one, the alcohol content is too prohibitive for that. i forced a small tan head which dissappeared in the time it took me to walk to my chair and sit down. The color of the beer is rich, like mahogany, with amber highlights as the light strikes its corners.

Smells very bready, like rye bread or oatmeal, followed up with swirling antifreeze fumes of alcohol.

The taste, on the other hand, is not bready at all, but takes a sweet and fruity turn instead; My first impression was that this tastes like the juice canned peaches come packed in, only fermented and aged for 10 months before bottling. That's a bit unfair; This is definitely a syrupy, syrupy beer, but there's actually more to it than that sickly-sweet-syrup peaches flavor. It's got some subdued spicy flavors that round it out, and the alcohol content packs a big tart punch on the back of the tongue. The alcohol reminds me very strongly of peach schnapps, or Southern Comfort. The first few sips are kind of frightening, because it takes a little while for your tongue to get used to the combination of syrupy sweetness followed by harsh alcohol - but once your taste buds settle down, the flavor actually becomes rather enjoyable. I understand the reason this particular beer has rated so high for some, and so extremely poorly for others. Individual people are going to like this or absolutely hate it.

Zero carbonation, but this beer is rich and packed with alcohol, and the mouthfeel is zippy enough because of it (mm, tingly.) I'd venture to call it chewy, actually, and upon swallowing only a very small bit of lingering slick sweetness hangs around, which helps.

Overall, I'm definitely glad I tried this; I had heard that it is extremely rare, but I stumbled across around 20 bottles on the lower shelf of BevMo in San Diego, hiding behind a few stacked cases of Wersteiner. If you think your palate is capable, give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 19:06:12 | More by Tupperwolf
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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,556 ratings.