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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,585 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 119
Gots: 205 | FT: 11
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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Nibbley

Georgia

5/5  rDev +25.3%

Oh My God!
Where do I begin..
I have been truly blessed. This is absolutley the finest brew I have ever tasted. This is a 2007 vintage. Pours a wonderful dark caramel color with an off white head that doesnt linger long.
The aroma that I got was honey and lavender with a touch of cotton candy, very sweet.
The mouthfeel is indescribable, big malty chewy goodness.I found this one at Summits Tavern in Snellville,Ga. Scores a perfect 5x5!!

11-22-2008 22:41:43 | More by Nibbley
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veruus

Utah

5/5  rDev +25.3%

Appearance:
Beautiful brown amber color. If you're a bit rough with your pour you'll summon a bit of foam, otherwise it's kind of a dead fish - no head and no lacing. Alcohol kills bubbles. What were you expecting? Giving it a 5 because this is an amazing beer and its "appearance" shouldn't detract from its score.

Smell:
It smells like alcohol, honey, flowers, vanilla, "spices". Meady. Crisp. I like it.

Taste:
Honey, malt, hops (ever so light) alcohol (light burn), salty, extremely mild citrus notes (tangerine/clementine). It tastes absolutely delicious - like wine would if it were brewed from malt and hops. :) Mild aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Just right for the kind of brew. Thick, lightly coating. Not quite as thick as a Belhaven Wee Heavy.

Drinkability:
Well, how "drinkable" do you want a beer to be? You can drink the hell out of Bud Ice, after all. There's very little that keeps this beer from being and enjoyable drink. Its sweetness can be a bit cloying if it's your first beer of the night, but it's a sipping beer. You'll want to enjoy this over the course of an hour or so. It's savory and sweet. This would be great to pair with a very rich and hearty dinner and to finish up after the food is all gone.

I couldn't imagine giving less than a 5 in all categories. I'm very particular about my brews but I can't find fault with this one except that's it's particularly sweet. However, I'm a fan of sweet and malty brews so it doesn't bother me. It's just a notable feature.

01-01-2008 08:30:01 | More by veruus
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astidad

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-20-2012 03:22:34 | More by astidad
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Gottesverachter

Russian Federation

5/5  rDev +25.3%

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nebula1999

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-25-2013 01:03:01 | More by nebula1999
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CGAR

Florida

5/5  rDev +25.3%

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CWhite

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-10-2012 16:57:14 | More by CWhite
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mholdefer

Alabama

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-06-2011 04:48:11 | More by mholdefer
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tjseveryday

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-08-2011 22:09:43 | More by tjseveryday
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Zorro

California

5/5  rDev +25.3%

2003 Vintage here.

Pours a clear flat dark gold or brown color.

Smells like Olives and a bit of malt. Sweet and fruity like the really good olive oil they have in Italy! The stuff we get in the USA isn't even close. Smells like heaven!

Sweet malty almost syrupy! This is PURE CONCENTRATED DOPPELBOCK! More flavors than I can name. Vanilla, fruit, caramel, dates, and even some hops! This is possibly the ultimate Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is super rich.

I could drink much more of this!

Only 5 X 5 beer I have ever tasted!

02-09-2004 00:08:33 | More by Zorro
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henkmudi

Croatia (Hrvatska)

5/5  rDev +25.3%

Cold bottled, syrup consistency, similar to blackberry juice, tick but not creamy. Malt, dried fruit, caramel, oak tree and some smoke in smell and taste. Honey and rum at the end. Dark and heavy, ideal for dark chocolate, and beer chocolate cake. Not too sweet, nor too dry. Cigars, apples, rye, and more to be found.

06-26-2014 15:29:18 | More by henkmudi
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jskennedy

Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-27-2012 03:58:20 | More by jskennedy
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SeatsTaken

Oregon

5/5  rDev +25.3%

11-16-2013 04:58:01 | More by SeatsTaken
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Leonte


5/5  rDev +25.3%

08-05-2012 03:21:12 | More by Leonte
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karst

Missouri

5/5  rDev +25.3%

Ahhh... Dopplebock!

Always born on St. Nicholas Day.

Exhaling sweet malt and rum soaked fruits from a 0.1 liter wine glass.

14% hiding in perfect flavors - Chocolate Whisky Caromel Toffe Honey Fruit

Its sweet aroma and alcohol fumes reach into my nose and water my eyes

Epitome of Mouth Feel I swallow this slick Samichlaus 2003 - Carpe Diem

02-20-2005 14:07:39 | More by karst
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honestlyno

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-05-2013 15:57:04 | More by honestlyno
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WynnO

Florida

5/5  rDev +25.3%

06-06-2012 03:55:54 | More by WynnO
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RedBeerchetta

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +25.3%

On tap at Armsby Abbey this Christmastime 2010. Just ~90 minutes before Phish takes the stage for their holiday, pre-MSG New Years show.

Poured jnto its own brande glass, nice thick head that lasts a while and dissipates, after which you'd think it to be a cognac; shimmering copper color, entirely translucent, viscosity clinging it to the glass.

Nose alone is worth the price. Warm alcohol, caramel, pear, holiday spice.

First taste impression on the tongue is "sweet". Not "sweet!", but "sugary". But immediately afterward the complexities arrive. So many it's hard to know where to begin. So hard that I won't, and I'll simply say that this beer is top 10 in the world. Give yourself a Christmas present and try it.

12-28-2010 23:27:47 | More by RedBeerchetta
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delzer13

Nevada

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-13-2011 00:54:29 | More by delzer13
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Kahlerbock

Kansas

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-15-2011 20:50:16 | More by Kahlerbock
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6demonbag

Missouri

5/5  rDev +25.3%

10-03-2012 03:30:55 | More by 6demonbag
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Indiana

5/5  rDev +25.3%

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janubio

Spain

5/5  rDev +25.3%

How can one rate a beer when you find different things on it everytime you taste it, even in bottles of the same vintage? Samichlaus was absolutely amazing and wonderful back when it was bottled by Hürlimann and it's amazing and wonderful now. It was amazing when it came in 25 cl bottles and now in 33 cl. It's one of my two favorites beers.
Opaque red colour, very very nice when you see against the light. It pours an amazing almost not existing head, you blink and the head is not there anymore. From the very first moment you opne the bottle, a cascade of aromas come to your nose, and, as in the palate it developes and changes as the time passes and the temperature increases: brandy or generous sherry, port, cask aged wine, caramel, figs, dates, vanilla, chocolate, liquor, spices, berries... you name it. Very strong, in aroma and in flavours. Mouth of syrup, sweet, but strong, extraordinary complex, chocolate, brandy, spices... everything I noticed in the aroma is there too. And that final warmness when it gets down your throat...that post-taste that lingers like when you drink a good brandy... Well, I think I'm out of words, I don't know what can I say next week, when I rate Stille Nacht, my other favorite.
Just drink it slowly to appreciate all the subtles in it.

12-28-2006 22:53:02 | More by janubio
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tbeer40

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-12-2012 23:40:46 | More by tbeer40
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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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