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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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1,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,540
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 108
Gots: 187 | FT: 10
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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.

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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

However, deep copper color with golden highlights. No foam. Malt aroma, ripening brown and alcohol, but are not ubiquitous. It feels as melted caramel and strawberries that come in addition, enhance the fruity beer which released already flavors of plums and dried figs.

The entry on the palate is much easier than you might imagine for a beer of this ABV - alcohol, although this remains firmly under control and there is no intrusive, unlike Bush Amber beer such as Dubuisson - but the aftertaste leaves the brew express its power and warms the palate, leaving the flavor of good old Scotch whiskey.

Beer remarkable for its ABV surprisingly digestible and tastes amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 21:06:08 | More by ThaCreep
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This exceptional brew was served to me in an 8oz goblet at the Front Door in Boise, Idaho, and was touted as the world's strongest lager by the server. Vintage 2008 (2 years old).

The lighting in a taphouse usually precludes an accurate description of color, but my impression was of a crystal clear reddish-brown.

The head consisted of a thin layer of very fine bubbles that quickly retreated to the miniscus, leaving a few small atoills floating in the middle, all of this slowly dissipating as the tasting progressed, leaving a very scanty lacing, if you could use the word in this case.

The smell reminded me of cherry and cigar, and a sweetness, made very penetrating by the alcohol vapor of this high octane offering.

Banana, spice, toffee sweetness and vanilla are what came to mind as I slowly sipped this delightful dopplebock, and any malt taste was seemingly overpowered to the point that I felt like I was drinking a brandy instead of a beer.

This beer produced a bit of sharpness in the mouth, not unpleasant, and had a palpable body to it, but I needed to take small sips, and I savored each one gratefully.

It was evident as the tasting went slowly on that I was drinking something very special. The flavors and aroma were intensified by the high alcohol content. This libation was not brewed to slake one's thirst on a hot summer day or wash down a spicy meal, but is a worthy showcase for the art of a brewery that has been around for over 400 years. At 1 U.S. Dollar an ounce I did not at all mind taking my time with this unique creation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 02:45:18 | More by boisehack
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 bottling, give to me as a gift by my friend Vierra.

This is awesome. Simply one of the best Dopplebock style beers out there. Always so complex and dense. This is like having The Odyssey or the Bible condensed and shot into your brain in 5 seconds and having complete retention. Does that make sense?

No head and little lacing at this point but who cares. There is plenty else going on.

Nose of freshly baked pumpernickel, carob and gingerbread spice. Really on the sweet register at this point.

The palate is dense and chewy with little to no carbonation. Mocha, sweet chocolate ganache and something like sasparilla on the palate not to mention lots of refined candy sugar. This is like a flourless chocolate cake with espresso cream. Long and lasting, this is something that you will taste for hours after it has long been out of your glass.

Texturally this is coating and still very much alive with nice lift from flavor rather than carbonation.

A note about drinkability: This will put you on your ass. There was a night that I drank 4 of these with some other booze. Let's just say interesting things happened. Be careful here. This is kind of a "one beer night" kind of beer.

Thanks Vierra!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 06:23:52 | More by bryanbrick
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Red-orange color with very little head. Nose is a strong malty aroma. Taste is a delicious sweet malt, extremely easy drinking for a beer this strong. I'm amazed that they hide 14% ABV this well. Very smooth drinking, not overly carbonated. I'm very impressed with this rarely produced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 05:15:11 | More by medic25
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two-finger, bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal ruby/amber color. Light carbonation and light - medium bodied. Nose is sweet raisins and alcohol, flavor is smooth and sweet dark fruit and honey. NOT a session beer - the 14% ABV is quite noticeable . . . savor this beer. $5.10 for a 330ml bottle, from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Bottled in 2010 - cellars well.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 23:24:37 | More by jdhilt
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2011, drunk February 2013.

Clear, brownish copper. Slight foam when pouring, but there is no lasting head whatsoever. A few bubbles float to the top but it appears very lightly carbonated. After sitting in the glass for a while the bubbles stop and it looks more like a glass of brandy than beer.

The smell is of sugar and heavily toasted malts; figs and and raisins and cherries. Some alcohol in the nose, but not as much as one would expect when considering its high alcohol content. Very clean.

The taste is just as clean, and follows the nose with rich malt, cherries, raisins, and dark fruit. Sugary sweet, almost syrupy. More cherries.

Carbonation is there, but bordering on non-existence.

A squeaky clean dobbelbock with perhaps a little too much sugar, though the extra sweetness helps make it a wonderful digestivo. Reminds me a little of Baladin's Xyauyu'(without the oxidation) and is just as unique. Absolutely worth seeking out if you're into sweet after-dinner drinks. If you don't, you'll probably think it's too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 20:26:40 | More by mmmbirra
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a glass stein.

Appearance- The beer pours a very light gold. It is a little weird to see a doppelbock pour so light! The body settles in at a dark copper / light amber. The head is a bright white, but the soapy foam is barely a pencil-width.

Smell- This nose is very balanced between the fruity raisin and apple notes and the slightly spicy and herbal notes. The mesh works extremely well, giving it just enough raisin for a dopplebock.

Taste- There is much more booze present on the palate. It is more of a brandy, but that is probably due to the fruitiness inherent in doppelbocks.

I will say, this just oozes raisin and apple. Although it is just as herbal and sort of peppery. A really nice balance is struck , making a fantastic drink.

Mouth feel- A big medium body that is incredibly creamy. There is a decent amount of coating, and for such a high alcohol content, it goes down very well.

Overall- This doppelbock is quite wonderful. The smell and taste strike a wonderful balance between spices and ester, raisin notes. The mouth feel is also fantastic. If ever in the mood for a higher alcohol sipper, you could hardly do better.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 01:58:13 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Caramel/Amber with very little head. Little to no lacing, and a small amount of carbonation activity.

Smell - Sweet and spicy. I smell some figs, caramel, a few spices I cannot place.

Taste - Everything I smelled comes to the fore with a strong, but not overbearing alcohol taste. Also a bit of a Malty maple flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick and syrupy with light to medium carbonation. Definitely pleasant.

Drinkability - I think this may be my ultimate winter treat now. Very warming while remaining surprisingly easy to drink with all of the alcohol present.

Note : Bottle says this one was bottled in 06.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 08:18:01 | More by sevopie
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Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2005 Samichlaus pours a clear amber, with no head, just a delicate white lacing around the top. Smell is sweet malt, with rich and fruity raisin and toffee aroma. Taste is a huge malty sweetness with incredible complexity. Much more RIch and syrupy, without being overly thick. Alcohol is apparent, definitely a burn towards the end, but at 14% I would say well hidden. Hops are hiding as well, as expected. Carbonation is slightly more than I expected after the lack of head in the pour, just enough I think. I wish I had the cash to drink this one more often

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 02:28:02 | More by ericj551
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my Dad who got this for me for Christmas two years ago. Drinking it with him now, 2 years later. 2009 bottle.

Beer pours a dark reddish-brown with a thin white head. Smell is of caramel malt, candied sugar, dark fruit and a good amount of nuttiness. It honestly smells like an aged Belgian quad and is rather impressive. Flavor follows the nose - it's sweet up front, but not overwhelmingly so, then it finishes with an awesome malty nuttiness, again, just like a quad. It hides its 14% incredibly well and is certainly unlike any doppelbock I've ever had. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, nothing particularly positive or negative here. Overall, I'm really quite impressed with this beer. I've never had it fresh, but I can certainly imagine that it's sweeter and boozier, and thus some age does this one some serious good. This is an impressive beer that ages as well as any quad out there and has a similar flavor profile. Go buy a 2012 now and stash it in the cellar for 3+ years.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 01:28:01 | More by starrdogg
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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a 750mL bottle at Beer School at Whole Foods in Lakeview in Chicago, IL on 12/16/08.

A: Pours like apple juice or whiskey. almost zero head.

S: smells of apples with alcohol, caramel and molasses

T: similar to the smell in flavor, sweetness...with a warming sensation

M: thin going in, but the flavor and alcohol makes it feel fuller, very low carbonation..seriously like apple jioce or whiskey being poured

D: surprisingly drinkable with such a high alcohol content...the sweetness counteracts it...strong alcohol would make it dangerous to drink too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 15:44:28 | More by dukedevil0
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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brouwer's cafe in Seattle. Main differences I noted between the draft version and the bottle I reviewed earlier is that the mouthfeel is improved out of the tap...some of the overly syrupy texture gives way to a tiny bit of carbonation that makes this a bit more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2006 00:59:19 | More by masikon
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aged approximately 10 years and 3 months since bottling, 11 years and 1 month since brewing.

Still carbonated (phew!), this well-aged sample poured a rich brown color, almost like watery milk chocolate. A small brown head forms and then quickly dissipates. Aroma is very, very rich - full of caramel, figs, rum, raisin, and more. Sip is smooth and warm, like a fine brandy. Rich, supple, creamy, and slick, with big caramelized flavors of fig and rum. Warm and sumptuous, with just enough hops left to tickle the tongue. Very good - I'm impressed by how well this has stood up over time.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 03:21:05 | More by RockyTopHeel
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown color with a small head and a lace that fizzles away rather quickly.
The aroma of fruits,raisins,malts and alcohol.

The fist sip was malts,sweetness followed by a taste of dark fruits,figs,raisins and a dose of chocolate hints.
Alcohol was there,but contained.

The feel was medium heavy body with an almost oily,syrup like finish. Carbonation was low and balance was incredible.

Notes: Wow,this was 2007 Vintage and if this gets better with age then I can't imagine how good it would be if I cellared it.
Amazing in that I did not feel the 14% ABV. Balance was great and taste was more than above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 03:08:43 | More by Lexluthor33
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Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. 330mL bottle into a tulip glass. Best before 09/2016.

A - Pours a beautiful red-copper color, very clear, with a 1-finger off-white creamy head which disappears quite quickly, leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet malt is dominant upfront, blending progressively with some alcohol to give a very balanced aroma. I pick out a lot of dark fruits.

T - One thing comes to my mind after the first sip: Raisins! The taste is very much like a cake full of dry fruits -- raisins, plums, apricots, grapes -- all mixed with honey... What a flavor! Then comes a nice warming touch of alcohol and right after a (not so) discrete hoppiness. This makes a really good balance in the mouth!

M - Extremely smooth, gently warming, this beers features a low carbonation which suits perfectly the style. Full-bodied, almost syrupy, it lingers a long time on the palate before the alcohol adds a slightly dry note at the finish.

O - A massive beer with an excellent drinkability! Very complex and close to style, it's definitely a must try for any beer enthusiast!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:18:48 | More by duracell
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color with very little head. No lacing. Aroma is very sweet, alcoholic, and fruity. Taste is very fruity, dark cherries and plums. Alcoholic flavor definitely comes through, not much that can mask that. No discernible hop flavor. Medium carbonation, very full bodied and very sweet tasting at the finish.

This is a very good drink and I'm glad I picked it up. Definitely not like anything I've ever had before. Would love to have it again, but I probably won't based on how long it took me to find it around here.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:33:39 | More by scvance
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

XMas Day treat poured into a chalice, 2009 bottle

Appearance - pours a translucent dark copper colour with very little white head

Smell - Plums, raisins, figs, lots of dark fruit, almost smells like a dark rum, a little booze is present, butterscotch

Taste - toffee, malt, maple syrup, raisins, figs, currants, plums, like the way this is complex and dances on the tongue

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, on the sweet side, booze comes through on the afterfinish, warming effect on the way down and also as it warms

drinkability - This is a great beverage to celebrate special occasions, ABV makes this a sipper for sure, price makes it not feasible to drink often but this is a really good beer that I will revisit in the future

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 22:22:43 | More by keithmurray
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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like liquid carmel, spicy apple cider, the dead of winter or the height of the holidays. Small head the color of sunbleached sand, disappears the second after you see it. Lazy light carbonation. Sweet taste of maple syrup, asian flavors like teriyaki and soy sauce. Half way through the alcohol really creeps up on you and reminds you that beer deserves your respect. It is a slow sipper. If you take it too fast it becomes cloying. Just half is sufficient; next time I will split it with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 00:53:45 | More by droomyster
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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 2-18-09 in a snifter.

A - Poured a clear, light orange color, definitely different than most doppels.

S - Overall aroma was very sweet and fruity. Smells of light molasses, oranges, raisins. The alcohol really jumps out at you as well. With the combination of alcohol and orange aroma, I was quickly reminded of Grand Marnier.

T - This definitely tasted like a carbonated glass of Grand Marnier, too! The hops are completely shut out in relation to the sweet malts. The alcohol also really came through.

M - Good carbonation provided a soft and creamy mouthfeel.

D - An excellent beer, but almost a replacement for a cordial. This is too flavorful and high in alcohol to have more than one, but is an excellent nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 19:26:51 | More by ajs4bd
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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle (2005 vintage) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep amber brown and perfectly clear. Thin, pale khaki head, hold almost no retention at this point-the beer pours almost still, but shows definite legs.

Aroma-Big time positive oxidation notes of sherry and nuts, with distinct almond and hazelnut character. Beyond the oxidation notes lies smooth toffee, toasted caramel, brown sugar, and molasses, with some heady, perfumy alcohol aromas. This has aged quite gracefully.

Flavor-Sweet rock candy sugar, caramel, raisin, molasses, and toffee blend seamlessly on the front of the palate. Candied plums and sherry almond flavors dance through the mid-palate before a smooth yet powerful alcohol presence dries the finish, leaving behind a trace of sherry and almond which carries long into the finish.

Mouthfeel-Full bodied, with low carbonation. Silky smooth with powerful warming and a bit of heat, but without knowing, you would never guess at the 14+ ABV.

This beer wears it's age incredibly well-at nearly 7 years out, it is smooth as can be, with elegant sherry and nutty oxidation flavors and aromas. I would be wary about aging it too much longer as the oxidation characteristics may soon become too prominent, but I think this could easily make it to 10 years (if not further). Delicious, and dangerously easy to drink at this age-a truly wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 06:01:32 | More by plfahey
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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark translucent amber color into my snifter, revealing a thin layer of tan head that quick reduces to a steady ring around the glass; light to moderate carbonation is visible (4)

S - Intense nose of malts with notes of soy sauce and strong caramel sweetness; dark fruits with hints of dates and raisins (4.5)

T - Strong syrupy, caramel sweetness upfront on the palate with a huge malt background; tonnes of dark fruity phenols with notes of dates and raisins in the middle, lasting towards a raisiny, malty finish with just a light dash of alcohol despite its 14% ABV strength (4.5)

M - Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a syrupy texture; goes down creamy smooth and slightly dry with a pleasant alcohol warming (4.5)

D - At 14%, it amazes me that the alcohol hardly shows through, except for some warming as it goes down; strong, delectable flavors as well as a smooth mouthfeel makes this beer a perfect night cap. In my opinion, this leans closer towards a strong Eisbock more so than a Doppelbock (4.5)

Bottled in 2008; consumed on December 26, 2010.This is, by far, the highest ABV beer I've ever had. In my cellar, is another bottle from 2003.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 16:04:03 | More by basica
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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330mL beer (bottled 2009) poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Mahogany to dark coppery orange color with bubbles moving up slowly through the clear beer. Poured a light tan head, but this dissipated quickly and left the faintest of rings at the edge. No lacing. Nice color.

Smell: Sweet, dark fruits, grape, brandy, and strong alcohol notes. Smells much like a high ABV doppelbock would be expected to.

Taste: Sweet malt and grape/plum flavors up front, then a warming alcoholic finish. No bitterness at all. Malt forward and at times more like a fine liquor rather than a beer. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth and creamy. The barest of carbonation present but the absence of carbonation works really well here.

Overall / Drinkability: I was thinking of holding this until July for a goofy "Christmas in July!" theme, but for whatever reason, I wanted it tonight 6 months from Christmas, even though Dec. 6 is the real date for this beer. And in a way I wish I had held onto this beer until the Winter. It's definitely a beer for sipping and warming one's self, and slowly enjoying over the course of an evening. I suspect it's this brew that keeps St. Nick mellow over the course of his gift giving, and maybe even keeps the Krampus in line. It's a very smooth beer with a nice alcoholic kick to it, one solely for savoring and passing the night with. While I think I could handle 400mL of this beer rather than 330mL, one bottle is enough. It's too powerful to have more than one, and in a way if I had more than one, I'd think I was missing the special point of this beer. I can see from reading this I'm rambling, but this is a beer that's made me ponder it a bit, and for that, overall I'm giving it a five. It's not amazing from a smell or appearance, but it really grows on you and makes you realize this is one special brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 22:11:49 | More by damndirtyape
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Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber appearance with a small amount of brown head that quickly settles down leaving little head. Smell consists of dark fruit (raisins and apples), brown sugar and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is like the smell, but times 10. It's an uppercut fruit (mainly raises), lots of caramel and booze. Picked up grain, chocolate and roasted malt as well. My lips went numb from the first sip. Heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a very dry raisin taste.

Overall, this has to be one of the most powerful beers out there. At 14%, it's something that should be savored and not chugged. Still, it's amazing and the flavors go well with it. This is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:39:55 | More by CrazyMike
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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cinnamon color with extremely light carbonation and a thin white ring around the glass. Swirl the glass, and the carbonation becomes very active along the sides only for about a second or so. Nothing relevant, but I found it to be interesting.

Smells of brown sugar, sweet candy-like malts, mild fragrant booziness, dark fruit, mild spiciness.

Taste is carmel and toffee (predominantly), hints of plum linger in the background, has a spicey character, a little bready. The best way I can describe this in the simplest of terms is sweet carmelized alcohol toffee! The huge alcohol volume in this gives the beer a hint of rum flavor as well.

This is a pretty heavy beer, syrupy, sticky sweet - at this ABV, that's to be expected to get the alcohol reading up there, you need the sugar. Finishes dry and boozy like a cognac, maybe best to enjoy in a snifter? The sip is velvet-like smooth and the drinkability...well...I could drink these all night (which realistically amounts to two, maybe three depending...). I'm not sure I'd pair this with food or anything else because I wouldn't want to taint the enjoyment I'm getting from this bottle, it's definitely a sipper.

Prior to January of this year, I'm sorry to say I wasn't familiar with this beer. I was lucky enough to get this as an anniversary gift from my wife (part of a beer gift basket), I've enjoyed it immensely. HIGHLY recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 02:54:46 | More by jzeilinger
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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: A very deep amber with small white head.

Smell: Maple, prunes, spicy. And oh, yeah, alchohol. Big time caramel. I also get a cognac vibe.

Taste: Sweet, caramel maltiness. I mean big time caramel. Hops are nice and cleansing to the back and sides of the mouth, especially at warmer temperatures. I wonder if caramel comes from diacetyls or crystal (caramel) malt.

Mouthfeel: Slick and chewy. Buttery.
Drinkability: Hell, yes!

I've had quite a few big beers, and I'm reluctant to admit I had a hard time getting a grip on Samichlaus. It will take repeated samplings on a regular basis, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 15:17:50 | More by Shultzerdugen
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.