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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:
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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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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2007 Samichlaus, served in a snifter glass.

Beautiful amber garnet hue with okay clarity, like an unpolished gemstone. Had to raise the bottle about a foot above the glass during the pour to get the mere hundred bubbles that I have now. They haven't quit yet, or should I say popped. Next to no head, in actuality, and that was evidenced by the lack of a hiss when it got cracked.

Liquoury malts with heavy toffee, raisin, candied peach, burnt sugar, caramel brittle, and booze. The booze is pretty quiet, actually. Lots of dark fruits, a hint of birch, shy vanilla, and treacle. Brandied, but not as brandied as I remember the fresher vintages.

Huge raisin and toffee notes, as is obvious. Big brandy flavors that are even vinous in their maltiness. Reminder of bitterness is hard to attribute to hops, but it's likely. Sweetness coats the roastiness of the grains. A little grape-y, like an ice wine. Alcohol is more present, but still way the hell tamed back. Amazing, in the way it's aged.

Very low carbonation. Medium-heavy body with decent stickiness. Totally subdued for 14%.

One beefy doppelbock, and apparently, that's how I like 'em. I always enjoy this beer. Thank goodness I have more.


Enjoyed on Thanksgiving 2013

'09 Samichlaus is mahogany dark red-brown and I got a sliver of off-white foam on top from an elevated pour. Big beers deserve a little help for the look.

Booze, brandy, dark fruits, hard tack candy, dark sugars, caramel malt, toffee sugar, maraschino cherry juice, raisin, and bock aromas.

Dark caramel, brandy, red grape, hard-tack, cherry, toffee, and more sweetness. Lots of booze and candi sugar with a doppelbock malt base that has been distorted to handle the high ABV. Tuned-up, like an eisbock, and I'm not sure of the exact lagering method. 14% is never laboring if it's drunk at a slow speed. A perfect winter warmer. Languid body with syrupy thickness and not much carb to propel it, it's still a remarkable drink. Just be careful.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:03:09 | More by thecheapies
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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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T: Mostly follows the nose, with maple and sweet cherry leading the way. Brandy, caramel, and hints of sweet vermouth follow. Barely perceptible tingle of alcohol, that 14% is well hidden.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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