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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

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very good

1,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 1475
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 17.34%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website

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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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 11.2oz poured into a snifter. Bottle in 2010.

A: A surprisingly red tinted brown (in the light it looks sunset red) that is very clear. The carbonation seems to struggle in its climb. A thin circle clinging to the glass is the only head.

S: Sweet dark fruit, cake, caramel, strong alcohol esters (sightly medicinal).

T: Sweet dark fruit and bread with a bit of smokey finish from the alcohol.

M: Heavy and coating

O: This beer is one always brought up when discussing the best beers in the world, and I figured it was time I tried it. Is Samichlaus hype rather than content?

While sweet, Sami offers an excellent portfolio of flavors from fruit to dough to alcohol. It is a sipper, and it would be perfect for cold winter nights. It is an experience to try.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 18:12:37 | More by ianjsullivan
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This doppelbock is quite strong, in both aroma and flavor. The strong ABV is quite noticeable in the finish. It is hitting my head quickly.

Appearance: This beer has a deep ruby red color when held up to the light. When not held up to the light the color is like a cherry cola. The beer poured a very small head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma: Sugary carmel and maple syrup come to mind. Candied cherries also come to mind. As some people noted, this beer smells more like a thick cocktail, than a a beer. I have to agree with this statement. Overall, it smells very sweet.

Taste: It has a heavy mouthfeel with syrup qualities. The aroma matches the taste well. Very malt heavy. Flavors of carmel, sweet vermouth, cherry, and maple syrup come to mind. The finish is sweet and the high ABV is noticeable. It has a slight bitter finish.

Overall: I respect the style of this beer and understand its significance, however, I do not need to drink it again. The thick aroma and flavor calls for a very small pour. It is an attractive beer, but not one that I would recommend for a social event, it is for a late evening of sipping, thinking, reading, and writing. The high ABV has a very calming and warming effect.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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