Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 1,041
Hads: 1,845
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 159
Gots: 311 | FT: 17
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Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001

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.
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Photo of Eziel
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle. Poured a nice deep brown with very little carbonation. After the first couple sips, the beer warmed up into a very nice pitted fruit/malt bomb. I couldn't taste much of the 14% which was a good thing. Overall, an interesting beer that I'd drink again. (268 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

330 ml in a snifter a 2014 bottle so for this beer relatively fresh

A: like a barley wine but lighter, little to no head, reddish vermilion hue, truly a unique and beautiful color

S: kind of faint, but also pretty much smells like a standard dopplebock, not over fragrant, somewhat autumnal and warm but all aromas are faint, subtly dry and biscuit like--more so as the beer mellows, a tad of alcohol at the back of the nose and some astringency joining it, w/a bit of tartness every now and again, honestly the alcohol in this given the other flavors and the sweetness makes it a savory sipper for sure

T: like a mildly less hoppy barleywine, both sweet and bitter, rich and somewhat juicy like a berry of some sort, a tinge of cinnamon

M: thick but not quite syrup, but close

O: you will feel this beer but not taste it, this beer is thoroughly enjoyable and complex but not immediately so, it's not exactly welcoming you in to ponder it's complexities, it is very full but not overly boozy, not sure that a fresh bottle is worthy of the slogan " the worlds most extraordinary beverage" but it is good and also having not aged it i cannot comment on what the beer will do given time. This fresher bottle tasted like a less bitter barleywine almost to the letter. Truly does border on a liquor like burn. It is certainly worth a try if you can find it, but if you are looking to drink it right away I would say don't work too hard trying to locate this beer, once again i cannot comment on what aging does to this beer (though I've heard great things) but for me a fresh bottle is nothing necessarily to write home about. I would say if you are looking for something representational of a great doppelbock in the truest sense (this really doesn't taste like a dopplebock to me) try ayinger celebrator instead.Definitely interesting and definitely good though. Will age some and see how it develops with time (1,916 characters)

Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Reddish amber color with very thin white head. Big and boozy toffee-caramel malt aroma with cherry, plum and Christmas spices. All carry over to the taste. Sweet, syrupy and slightly hot. Not sure why I popped this in July, but can see how it would hit the spot on a cold winter night. (304 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 14% abv. Appearance: This one has a deep mahogany color with a light haze and a little yeast sediment. It raises a small quick fading fading light tan head. At 14% I don’t expect it to have much head or lacing. Smell: It has a full nose of sweet candy like fruity notes. Apples, plums, figs and red pears covered in sugar and soaked in spiced rum jump out at me. Taste / Palate: This one leads with big sweet maltiness packed with notes of candied fruit and boozy cake. The finish is warm and boozy in a good way. Hops are set way off in the background but still add a little spice to the overall character. The palate feels big full and a little syrup like with light carbonation. (785 characters)

Photo of LaneMeyer
1.85/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this a long time ago. I probably need to revisit this one as it has so much praise around here. But ya, I couldn't finish the bottle. Tasted like liquid smoke to me at the time. (186 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet, surprisingly juicy, viscous and thick, but not at all chewy or dense. Syrupy, describes it well. Profile almost like plum wine or plum brandy, a little boozy, but not overpowering in the front or the middle. Lots of fruitiness and low carbonation could trick you at times to imagining your sipping a spirit or a cocktail perhaps. Brandy, brandywine, and rum come to mind for me.

Warming, complex, and a long finish where the alcohol flavor can start to build, depending on the state of your pallate at the time, especially as it warms. That's something I personally find undesirable, as my tolerance for alcoholic flavors is low and I dislike spirits and liquors for that reason.

Not my kind of thing, but I can certainly appreciate why it's so highly lauded. (770 characters)

Photo of HankBuddy
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my all time, absolute favorite beer. Thank God the state liquor store has it each year, and thank God the Mormons don't drink. One of the positives (little known) about life in Utah! (192 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Worth the wait and deserving of the hype. A nice warming sipper with obvious alcohol warmth. The color of a nice Scotch wth almost no head. Drinking this out of season, but still wonderful.... (192 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very rich and sweet, like a port wine. Wine grapes, sweet liqueur, warm alcohol finish with dark dried fruit. Full body and slick feel with a clean and tannic finish. Smell is of wine grapes and dark fruit again. Very interesting beer. Highly enjoyable and would be a fantastic aperitif or dessert drink. (304 characters)

Photo of DeaconsBrew
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First, I admit this is not a type of beer I would normally appreciate. However, I found it weirdly intriguing. Far too sweet for my palate and the alcohol was very persistent. Almost anesthetic as it lingers in your mouth. Very low carbonation, almost flat. Burnt sugar, citrus rind, and prunes were prominent. Sufficient complexity to keep you thinking however a harsh lingering finish soon distracts you from those thoughts.

I would probably not visit this again, but I am glad to have been there once. (506 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a recent quest / "todo" list item, so most pleased to have found and tasted, particularly in May of the year. The world's most extraordinary beer as claimed by Eggenberg??? Perhaps, but would qualify "extra ordinary" as meaning unlike anything you've likely ever tasted that's classified as beer.

The preliminaries:

-Look: Somewhere between an amber and mahogany color; fairly clear, with some bubbles visible. No head or lacing.
-Smell: Sweet Dried fruits; (figs, prunes, raisins, cherries), alcohol
-Feel:: Syrup, warmth, some light carbonation, smooth, thick
-Taste: Wine! As in porto; Intense dark/dried fruity sweetness. Hides the 14% ABV well.

Was really shocked by this one; Doppelbock?? By definition and chemistry perhaps, but in terms of taste?? Absolutely port wine for me! (Beyond S-W-E-E-T!)

Would I go here again? Yes, but will probably relegate to its intended time of year-- Christmas--and will treat / pair as wine or the like, but not doppelbock. (998 characters)

Photo of Foyle
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells delicious, tastes delicious, one of the best beer I have ever had. Sweet/malt aroma. Flavor is malt dominate with fruit and sweet barley some earthy hops in the background. 14% abv is not apparent at all. (211 characters)

Photo of 303beer
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out red. Not much head to it. Wow it has a sweet taste. Very slick kind of texture on the tounge. This is different. Is good. Think I could only drink one bottle. (168 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very clear mahogany body with a cream-hued head. It smells like a freshly opened bag of bread with a good dose of raisin and a twang of spice. There is surprisingly little alcohol detectable in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by intensely sweet and flavorful malt, like a mouthful of liquid brown sugar and toffee. Rye bread also comes to mind. There is a little prune-like fruitiness along with a touch of fennel seed-like spiciness. The alcohol is rather strong; it becomes vaporous and fills the mouth upon swallowing and quickly fades. The body is on the full side, and there is only a little carbonation. Very smooth, like thin syrup, and almost sickly sweet.

Overall lovely in color and astoundingly sweet and rich in flavor. On a personal note, I don’t normally care for high alcohol content in beer, but the alcohol doesn’t linger and interfere with the other aspects. And with such intense flavors and high alcohol content, it’s great for sipping at a leisurely pace. (994 characters)

Photo of mikemands
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark copper color, pours with very little head, just a fizz that fizzes out with little carbonation
s- raisin and alcohol
t- cherry brandy, dark malts, caramel
f-warm, sweet and coats like a liqueur (201 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a bizarre beer. At first, I thought I was going to hate it but now, I'm not really sure what to think. Pours a tantilizing deep reddish brown, very transparent, little to no head and only minimal effervescing. Smell is mostly dark fruit, apple, raisin, plum, merlot. Taste is very heavy rasin, caramel, merichino cherries, fig, molasses. Very, very sweet. Feel is syrupy, heavy with zero carbonation. Coats every part of your insides. Little bit of a boozey burn going down feels nice.

Well, overall for me, I am glad I tried this. It is a unique experience, but the ridiculous sweetness will probably keep me from coming back frequently. Certainly something I want to explore again! (692 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a footed tulip

I've been wanting to try this one for quite a while, but always balked at the $25 price tag on the 4-pack. So you can imagine my delight when there were a couple singles in the $12.99 mixed-sixer section.

Looks unlike any beer I've ever had. Pours a glowing blend of mahogany and garnet with 1 finger of fizzy head that quickly disappears. Murky, but not quite opaque when held to the light. Looks viscous and oily in my glass. Aroma is a robust blend of dark fruits with banana peel and sweet alcohol.

Taste is equally robust. It's a smorgasbord of fruit--fig, raisin, dark plums, red grapes, banana, and black cherry are most prevalent. A touch of bready caramel malt comes through as well. Virtually no hop character except for some earthy undertones in the clean, dry finish. Body is heavy but smooth, and coats the palate well. There's clearly some alcohol heat, but I suppose it's relatively smooth for 14%. There is also a slightly syrupy, cough medicine-like, cherry sweetness coming through as it warms. I don't find it to be overpowering at all, and I actually kind of like it.

Overall, I would definitely drink this again. It's a real nice strong sipper with some table wine and brandy-like qualities. Not so sure about the doppelbock classification, but frankly I don't care what it's called. It's good. For what it's worth, it paired surprisingly well with a bacon and red onion pizza. I don't think I'd ever pony up for it at full price, but I will keep an eye out for reasonable deals on this one. (1,558 characters)

Photo of Jdompnier
2.3/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottled in 2013

Whiskey taste mixed with kind of liqorish chocolate, too sweet for my taste, its absolutely not what i am loking for in a beer. Wont try it ever again (167 characters)

Photo of azorie
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had many many of these over the years, its a great beer. Not as strong as it says on teh label.

place holder review. I will get a few more and review it.... (159 characters)

Photo of founddrama
2.11/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Fruity and winey. There's a bit of a cough syrup thing happening here? Sadly I'm not so sure I'm into this one. Maybe I'm not being fair? I don't have a lot of experience with doppelbocks. But I know what I like and I feel like this was wasted on me. (250 characters)

Photo of Capt_Pete
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had a couple of bottles years back from a now defunct local gourmet grocery. Absolutely amazing! Smooth and sweet smell and taste, very fruity with too many flavors to remember, just like a good port wine or brandy. A beer liqueur you need to sip slowly with rich dark chocolates on a plate. I don't usually like sweet brews but once a year this is a treat. (359 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From taste notes. Appearance: Pours brilliant dark amber to chestnut with a thin film of white fizzley foam for a head. Smell: Dark dried fruit and sherry to port aromas, leather, not much malt, no roast, not much hop but some alcohol. Taste: Starts with a blast of fruit, some sweet dark cherry, then it seques through some sherry, flavors sweetened with caramel and spiced with a trace of cinnamon. It presents a hot alcohol warming finish. Mouthfeel: A shade less than chewy. It’s less than average carbonation levels suggest a port wine texture. Overall: This is sweet and alcoholic like a sweet wine with some malt flavors running around and leaves a burst of alcohol in the back taste. A classic holiday sitting by the fire beer. (738 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured a gorgeous coppery ruby colour, very clear. No head.

S - sweet dates, cherries, candied bananas, brandy, maybe some nuttiness, a fair bit of caramel malts coming through. Also alcohol notes.

T - quite sweet, with robust brandied cherries and dates, raisins, creamy with some slight nutmeg and spice, blended into the warming caramel flavour. Orange, no real bitterness, just a toasty caramel lingering on. Warming, alcohol is well hidden, and it drinks like a smooth brandy nearly, with a similar warming oaky character.

M - thick, candied feel with light carbonation and some definite alcohol warmth off of it.

Paired very nicely with dark chocolate, yes a lot of sweet caramel notes, but a lot of interesting dried fruity character, mixed with spices and oak. It never became cloying (had it at nearly room temperature though) and was a smoothly satisfying. I don't think you can take knocks at this beer for being what it is meant to be, it is utterly delicious, a smooth sipper and warming. It may not be to everyone's taste but it makes a nice treat. (1,080 characters)

Photo of RobertColianni
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel juvenile writing this review. Maybe I am out of touch or breaching my comfort zone.

13oz pour into Chimay goblet

A: Generic; headless due to booziness. Chestnut body.

S: Whiskey cherries, dates, latex.

T: Raisins, maraschino cherries, toffee.

F: A great, smoothe body, but very dry finish. Again, the booze really get to me.

O: Although balanced, this doppelbock is far too much to enjoy. It's not warming, just intoxicating. The flavor is simple and straight to the point. There is nothing clean about this recipe. (528 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-a clear dark ruby color with a thin layer of head that disappears quickly to leave a bit of lacing around the top

S-very sweet with lots of alcohol in the nose, dark fruits and light caramel malt

T-very sweet, tastes like sweet fruits have been marinating in sugar, caramel malt comes out as the beer warms. Incredibly smooth and not much alcohol in the taste.

M-medium body, light carbonation

Overall a truly gorgeous looking beer and way too drinkable for 14%. Would love to taste it again with some age on it. (520 characters)

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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