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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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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 bottled - Poured into a small Cantillon tall snifter

Served at room temperature

330ml bottle, brown with a shiney silvery neck label on it, the main label states the name, facts and figures and the bottling date which in this case is 2005. 14% abv

Pours with a small off white almost yellowy head which soon disappears. Rich coppery body with little ruby and maroon hints floating around the edges, no head once its settled down except for a tiny patch about half a centimetre sitting in the middle of the glass. Thick syrupy body just clings to the side of the glass as you swirl it.

Smell, rich dry spicy malt (very similar in character to alot of lagers), slight hint of corn and a tiny bit of dms. Smooth alcoholic toffee and caramel, along with a little bit of sweet dried fruits like sultanas and raisins. Spicy and aggressive estery alcoholic vapours, a strong enough whiff makes you feel slightly light headed with its potency. Some slight butteriness coming through near the end, syrupy clovey warmth too

Taste, slight carbonation initally on the palette followed by a tonnes of very sweet sticky syrupy, alcoholic, caramelly malt, burnt sugars, raisins, figs, fresh plums. Thick and fairly syrupy body, touch of maderia and a helping of nutty marzipan. Some slight buttery character once again, along with a high degree of sugariness on the finish. Lasting strong alcoholic warmth, warming vinous like quality, some slight bitterness on the finish, whether its some hop character of a huge whack of alcoholic maltiness burning the taste buds. Some slight vanilla pod and light milk chocolate character in the main body of this beer, sits and moulds itself around the rest of the strong alcohol fruits and sweet caramel.

The second time I've sampled this beer, originally it was a 2003 and I wasn't all that impressed. The beer seemed to be too sweet, too one dimensional in terms of flavour, and a little overwhelming as far as the alcohol character is concerned. It might be my palette developing or the year itself but I have come round to this beer. I still think that the sweetness is a little bit excessive and it could have perhaps benefited from some form of balancing but I suppose at the end of the day this is a malt monster, and a malty beer, especially a lager, brewed to 14% is going to be pretty heavy on the sweetness. I definatly enjoyed this beer alot more this time, serving it at room temperature seems to bring out alot more depth in the flavour but it does push the alcohol to the forefront to some degree. Anyways, one of those beers everyone should try at least once, I have a 2005 cellaring at the minute and hope that maybe over time it will improve and develop further.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 02:53:28 | More by cypressbob
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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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