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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 1,637
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 126
Gots: 216 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium carbonation with no head..a clear dark caramel color.

Smell: Alcohol, whiskey, some earth, some dried fruit

Taste: sweet then bitter..taste of dried fruit then alcohol.

Mouthfeel: sweet, but I can feel the burn of the alcohol going down

Drinkability: I can taste the alcohol and could not have more than one at a time due to the abv...This is a good dopplebock, but not my favorite in the style

tigg924, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
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.

Lexluthor33, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of baos
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fluid ounces into bottle.

A: Three finger tan head over dark reddish amber body. Nice to look at. Head disappears and virtually no lacing.

S: Wow reminds me of Raison D'etre from Dogfish head. Dark dried fruits and brandy. Pepper notes as well

T: Dark and deep fruitiness with big booziness. Kind of a spicy-peppery vodka finish.

M: Medium to heavy in body with thick syrupy feel.

D: This is no wee brew lads. A sixer of these will knock ye on ye backs. But you can sip on one for over an hour and it just grows in flavor. So I'd say slow drinkable but very drinkable nonetheless.

baos, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of PdxBeerNut
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage

A) copper red hints of plum. Poured with little head but nice lacing.

S) predominately smells like raisins.
T) if madeira were a beer, this would be it. Very sweet and warming (due to the high alcohol content, 14%)

M) slightly sticky, this is a big beer.

D) @ 14% this is not a sessionable beer. Take it easy. It does however go down very easily.

Easily one of my favorite beers.

PdxBeerNut, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of johnnyirishman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass (Bottled in 2006)

Apperance- Dark amber color, decent head that dissapated to nice lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt aroma almost fruity

Taste,Mouthfeel- Very complex taste, sweet and warm because of the alochol, I taste rasins, brown sugar, and a plethera of other things going on. (I have a young palate not used to all these different flavors)

Drinkability- Very good beer, but take them one at a time..

johnnyirishman, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is certainly a sweeter doppelbock, but I tend to think those are the better ones (compared to, say, Optimator with its more earthy flavor..)
Pours a very nice ruby brown with a white head which settles but remains somewhat present.
Aroma is sweet- malty and fruity. Standard sweet doppel affair, what I expected without any particular unique quality, but good nonetheless.
Taste is very sweet, a bit syrupy. Malty and fig/raisin-like. Brown sugar, vanilla, and cinammon-liek spice a bit. Quite caramelly and molasses-like and, in fact, a bit cola-ish like Pepsi or coke. Has a certain spice or something which I could not put my finger on but was very present in the back of each sip. Especially in the aftertaste.
Mouth is a bit viscous, a little on the thicker side of medium, a bit chewy.
Overall its very good. If you like sweeter doppels then you should enjoy it quite a bit. I'm not positive if I like that extra spice or whatever that was in the flavor, but it certainly didn't take away form the drink.
The high ABV adds a little warmth.
I'll definitely be buying it again.

BirdFlu, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a dark brownish red color that produced a nice sized tan head that disappeared slowly and produced a nice lacing

S - The aromas produced by this beer were smoked wood chips, dark fruit, and the burn of booze

T - The taste of this beer had a good start with a nice, rich caramel malts profile, edged in some mild dark fruits, maybe some sweet chocolate, and a burn of alcohol at the end

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a slight amount of carbonation

D - This really could be a great beer, and from all accounts it used to be, but the alcohol comes in at the end, where I wish they would have put some smoky characteristics to hide it

cvfish, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 9.4 fl oz poured into a Celebrator glass. Vintage 2007

Pours a fizzy, small off-white head that QUICKLY reduces into nothing. Basically no lacing at all. Body is a crystal clear light ruby red with tons of carbonation rising up.

Smell is outstanding. Tons of sweet, caramel, creamy malts. Raisins, dark fruits, a hint of toffee. Sugary rum, sweet butter... very unique. Alcohol is there, but its not extreme by any means.

Taste is out of control good. Rum-soaked raisins, dark ripe fruit, creamy malts. Honey dipped grapes as well. Extremely creamy and smooth. The alcohol content only adds to the greatness, as it accentuates the dark fruit flavor and proves a welcoming warmth afterward with a nice spice. Almost a chocolate, maple syrup like flavor tossed in the background somewhere. Splashes of port, crisp green apples... every sip seems like a different flavor, its unreal. So complex, absolutely amazing.

Mouthfeel is light despite it's medium-heavy body. Crisp, silky smooth. Sticky on the palate, syrupy as well. Buttery in the mouth. Goes down extremely well despite it's ABV - very drinkable - but it needs to be sipped. Carbonation is somewhat light, but it's a perfect fit. It's amazing how many different flavors I found sipping a glass of this. Awesome. Truly an outstanding brew, a fantastic dopplebock.

TMB0424, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Shaon94
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2004

Appearance - Light Amber with very little head (surprised there is any at all to tell you the truth) what does make an appearance quickly disappears with no lacing left behind. Swirling leaves a nice coating that slides back down. This beer just looks thick!

Smell - Maple, Molasses, cinnamon and a hint of some other spices as well. (Of course I had this on Christmas day so who knows maybe some of it was in my head)

Taste - It tastes like sweet spiced liquor, but not so heavy on the alcohol. The alcohol content on this one is high and you can definitely taste it, but not as strongly as I had feared. This coats you all the way down with a warming sensation that is pleasant. Also the taste sticks with you for a while after.

MouthFeel - Here is the one knock I have on this beer. It has a mouthfeel of cough syrup. The one saving grace is this still had some carbonation left in it.

Drinkability - Drinkable, but only a little at a time. High enough alcohol content where it does not have you running back for a second. Heck I may store the other 3 I have from this vintage and see how they taste in the coming years.

Shaon94, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear dark amber color with virtually no head.

Aroma - Light molasses and caramel aromas with wisps of apple cider.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew that finishes sticky.

Taste - pretty much the way it smells. Caramel and molasses with notes of apple cider with a warming alcohol finish.

Overall - Noticeably different but nothing to rave about.

praufs01, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage, pours brown/ruby with excellent clarity, minimal head. Nose- white grapes, sweet malts and honey. Taste- nuts, dark fruits , honey. Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very much a dessert type beverage. Drinkability is actually not bad given strength. Its sweet, but not sickly sweet.

oakbluff, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. 750 ML. Shared amongst a group of people. Perfect beer for a Christmas celebration.

A- Light orange/light amber. Somewhat cloudy. Very bright hues. Not much head. The head that was there was off white. No lacing.

S- Candied sugars, molasses. This one smelled like traditional Christmas candy and fruits.

T- Extremely malty and very sweet. The abv is well hidden by the sugars and sweet flavors. Candy apples, vanilla. Dark soy sauce and cookies. This one will stretch your palate to the max. Mostly sweet and sugary. This is not for everyone.

M- Thick, sticky, nice carbonation. Tough going down at times due to the burning sensation.

D- Tough to take a lot of this stuff, but enjoyable in small amounts. I can see how this beer could be a fun beer to drink every Christmas. I'll pick up a bottle and let it sit around for a while. I would have loved to have done a side by side taste test with the 93 bottle that I had over the summer.

DavidSeanNJ, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 batch, am 6. Dezember 2007 gebraut, natürlich. The beer is brewed only once a year, after all. Enjoyed as the perfect finish to Weihnachten.

Rich, deep amber in color, with a small off-white, creamy head that disappears quickly and leaves just a ring of bubbles around the rim of the beer. Cling is virtually non-existent, though the beer is so thick that it holds on to the glass on its own.

Aroma is sugary sweet, with just a hint of maple.

Thick and viscous as oil, this enormous nuke of a malt bomb hammers the tongue with a heavy sweetness that dominates all, pierced only by the vague hint of alcohol presence. Finishes very sweet with a full, warming essence all the way down, both of which linger long afterward.

In the flavor arena, this is one damnably drinkable beer. Each sip pains for another, and it all goes down smooth as silk. After one bottle, though, the alcohol, which is well-hidden on the palate, breaks through the mold and makes is presence known, slowing down all mental functioning and making this Triple Bock's review decidedly difficult.

This one is an instant classic, and world-renowned for good reason.

superdedooperboy, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Samichlaus poured a dark brown color that was popping out of the glass with a fizzy behavior but left no lacing or foam head.

The aroma was of licorice and brown sugar. Dates and dark fruit came to the nose party as well. The taste was really sweet and malt dominated. There was a tinge of burn at the back of the throat but the syrupy sweetness seemed to quell that fire. It had a full body and was definitely a sipper.

After a while the abv does pop you in the jaw but overall this is a fun beer to get once in a while.

cswhitehorse, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of DaveUK
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - a deep reddish brown, clear, with very little remnant lacing - just a small halo of white bubbles on the sides of the glass.

Aroma - Earthy and bitter noble hops, sweet malt and caramel/burnt sugar.

Taste - Syrupy sweet, some roasted malt, very sugary with cloying candyfloss and caramel along with lashings of burnt sugar. A vaguely bitter finish fights a losing battle with prominent alcoholic warming.

Mouthfeel - Cloying sweetness dominates, very heavy and sweet. Alcohol is fairly well complimented by sweetness, but I've had beers that better conceal/balance alcohol of this level.

Overall - A powerful and sweet bock. It has a barely noticeable lagery base which is drowned by layers of caramel, candyfloss and alcohol. Very unbalanced and as a result, I could only have one at a time. That said - a powerful and sweet doppelbock with an interesting history and name!. Not for me, but I see why others take to it.

DaveUK, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle 2007

Ever since I read about this beer, I knew that I had to get my hot little hands on it. I found this during my travels in Colorado, I waited until Christmas to try it. I just hope it is good, if not I got a brother who will drink anything.

Appearance: The pour produced a one finger head, but it lasted but a second. The color of the beer seems to be a brown/amber with a reddish hue. There are no effervesces. The clarity is clear and allows the interior of the beer to be shown.

Nose: A spicy alcohol, follow by a sweet malt aroma. There seems to be some esters, cherry, raisins, and, plum, I am leaning towards a port aroma and some phenol. It was hard to tell what is what because the alcohol blindsided my nose.

Taste: There is a heavy sweet malt with an spicy alcoholic vibe. There are notes of raisins, cherry, and plum. To me it seem to be kinda have a port feel to this beer.

Overall: This beer is drinkable, but just one per week or month. I think I will see if I can get another one and let is age a few years. I will say if this beer wasn't aged it could knock you on your ass. I was rather surprised and I think I will finish this off for myself

colts9016, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, Georgia . . .

A: Dark gold with a killer head. Head marks the glass nicely on its way down.

S: SWEET! There is not a doubt as to the mammoth ammount of malt used in this beer with one whiff. There is so much sweetness here along with a pretty good alcohol punch.

T: How do they do it? 14% ABV, and still enjoyable. . . One would expect it to taste like Crazy Horse with an ABV like this. Very sweet and alcoholic, yet balanced nicely. The year-long aging must help this out tremendously.

MF: Very full-bodied, but not too thick like I might have expected.

D: More than one? Probably not, but very drinkable once you take the vitals into consideration. Everyone should try this at least once.

MerkinMan, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Samichlaus, I enjoy bock beers, so Ive really been looking forward to this one. Alright!

Smell: you immediately know that this is a beer with high ABV; smell is a lot like a fine dessert wine, with lots of dried fruits, mostly figs and raisins, dark burnt sugar, almonds and alcohol. Great smell!

Taste: sweet, malty and rich - figs, raisins, almonds, burnt sugar, syrup and some bready malt. Some hints of rum or/and brandy as well. Some hoppy bitterness too, but just in the background. Alcohol is there, but rather warming and nice.

Overall: great beer. Im gonna buy this again, for sure. Lots of flavors, but somehow not extreme.

simonjohansson, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Cylinsier
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle.

The appearance is a deep brown, like dark brown sugar, and no cloudiness. There was little to no head to speak of.

The smell is fantastic. Dark brown sugar and caramel. You almost want to just pour this into a snifter and smell it all day.

The taste is good but far too rich for me. There is a flavor of hops and barley in there, but the sweetness overpowers it. Its good but it packs a wallop. The aftertaste of beer is absent, replaced by the aftertaste of alcohol which packs a bit of a wallop. Warms on the way down.

The mouthfeel was pretty good and unique. Its thicker than your basic lager but not quite syrupy. Effervescence is minimal.

The drinkability is good, but really one or two of these will do you in. If there is any beer that is NOT meant to be sessioned, it is this one.

Cylinsier, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head doesn't stick around very long before receding into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells of very sweet grapes with some raisins and figs. The alcohol is noticeable near the end.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Big sweet fruits up front, raisins, figs, and grapes, with a hint of molasses midway through the sip. Ending is sweet, and it sticks around for a bit. Alcohol is noticeable, but not as much as it should be with this high of an ABV.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a syrupy thickness with good carbonation.

Drinkability is very good for a beer with an ABV this high. I had one a little too fast, but I don't think I could drink another, partly because of the ABV but also because of the sweetness.

Overall this was sweeter than I remembered from last year. As far as I know this was this year's batch, so that may have had something to do with it. Worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Brick Store Pub in Atlanta, GA. .2 liter pour served up in a Samichlaus tulip.

A: Poured a really good looking dark brown that had some really nice red highlights to it, much like a dark cherry wood finish. This had a good finger of thick off white head. The head created some really nice lacing that notched the glass nicely. Good looking brew.

S: Smell was a bit weak actually. I kept waiting for something to come out but all I really got was some roasted malt and cloves. There is also a touch of caramel. The smell is pleasant but there is not as much complexity as I would expect.

T: Taste is much nicer than the nose. First off you get a ton of cognac flavors coming out loud and clear. The cognac is oaky and buttery. Very nice. There are also some nice fruits coming out: plum, raisin, and fig. The malts are roasted with flavors of caramel and sugar. Some nice honey flavors as well. The back end is mostly high octane alcohol, but enjoyable high octane alcohol.

M: Full bodied beer that is very nice. This is a pretty creamy brew. Carbonation is low. ABV is high and you can feel it. It hits you on the palate, in the throat and in the stomach. Aftertaste is of alcohol. If the alcohol wasn't so overbearing, it would get higher marks from me.

D: This is a heavy beer that is absolutely a sipper. The ABV burn is quite high and does hurt at times. The beer is tasty and interesting, but I don't see myself having a larger pour or more than one in a sitting. Overall pretty good, but absolutely meant as a night cap or an after dinner drink. Not a pounder by any means.

everetends, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Macca
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear ruby colour into a Samichlaus tulip glass. Obvious carbonation. Solid 2 centimetres of head and fantastic retention.

Obvious alcohol on the nose. Stewed fruits. Dark rum. Molasses/brown sugar.

Very rich mouthfeel. Warming alcohol. Lots of sweetness.

Look, I understand and appreciate the rareness of this beer but, I really feel the alcohol level is just too over the top. Perhaps as the years go on it might mellow. Glad I got to try it though.

Macca, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a clear amber with little to no head, and good lacing.

smell is strong, alcohol, some spice, caramel, touch of fruit, malt, and grain.

taste is warm, thick, grain, spice, sweet, syrup, dark fruit, some caramel, and lots of malt.
overall this is very strong and gets better as it warms up.

froghop, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of bryanbrick
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!

bryanbrick, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Philly82785
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark copper with a small white head. The nose is nice, sweet malts, alcohol, toffee, caramel, a tiny hint of Noble hops, and a ton sweetness. Comes across the palate with a lot of sweetness. Actually its a bit boozy up front, then you get hit with this ridiculous amount of malty sweetness. That does a fantastic job hiding the high abv; its very thick and full feeling. I would highly recommend trying this one at least once.

Philly82785, Dec 18, 2008
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