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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,468 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1468
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 17.34%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Way high alcohol and it smelled it. 2003 edition and in an ideal world it would have waited closer to its 2008 expiry date. Like a 100 proof. This is the Austria brewed under license and no longer the original and not all that complex. Orange-amber-yellow appearance with some lace. Some syrupy fruit mid-sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 03:13:19 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and lots of sweet caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice-like bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite strong.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 04:19:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2007. Dark ferric oxide orange with the slimmest of beige colored crowns after an increasingly high-altitude pour. With negligible hop esters and such a high ABV, a large lid and loads of sticky lace were never in the cards.

The nose is medium-dark malty and has its alcohol hidden... acceptably well. Trouble is, there isn't much power and there's even less personality. Warming helps, but we're still looking at merely average for a doppelbock.

Samichlaus Bier is so unique that it's almost its own style. This BSE beast tastes more like cloyingly sweet date-and-fig liqueur than it does beer. Can't see the monks downing too many of these bad boys during their fasts. Not unless they wanted to be constantly smashed and at risk of developing diabetes.

Although warming improves flavor intensity to some extent, there isn't much depth or complexity. Specifics include figs and dates in sugar syrup, steely caramel, leather and a few shots of Absolut. There's plenty of warmth, but no real heat this long after bottling.

The body/mouthfeel is lightly syrupy-sticky. Unfortunately, the beer doesn't expand in the mouth, but rather slides across the tongue and deflates soon thereafter. Sparkly bubbles add even more sensory dissonance. It's all rather odd.

For whatever reason, beer from this venerable Austrian brewery has never really floated my boat. Samichlaus Bier is supposed to be their flagship offering, but it too sinks under the weight of too much residual sugar and too much alcohol. A curiosity maybe, but light years away from being great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 14:34:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 1996 (!?!) sent my way by Derek. Thank you for your never ending generosity.

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with some serious opaqueness and almost no head.

S: Smells quite sweet and fruity, especially of plums, prunes, and raisins. There is a lot of chocolate going on here as well as caramel and perhaps even some maple syrup.

T: A similar level of sweetness on the palate, but nowhere near as overwhelming as I would have expected. Some nice dark fruits, milk chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, and toffee all combine to make a pretty nice flavor profile.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this. I am not a very big Samichlaus fan when it's fresh, but it appears aging the beer about 15 years is a good idea...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 18:55:58 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottling sampled in December 2006

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a bubbly head that fails to retain (as one would expect from 14% abv); after the head disappears, it looks like cognac

Smell: Nostril opening aroma of fusel alcohol laced with honey, rum-soaked raisins, orange pith and chocolate covered cherries

Taste: Swirling in the mouth, the honey, chocolate cherry and rum raisin flavors come to the fore; after the swallow, the alcohol blends in with the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Sticky and smooth; the thick body trickles down the gullet with a burst of warmth

Drinkability: I never tasted the original so I cannot compare but this elixir is mighty impressive; kind of a dopplebock cum barleywine, it is well worth seeking out but you have to know what you are getting into - if you don't like after dinner liqueur such as Cointreau or Drambuie, you are not going to like this

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 18:26:19 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 vintage - bottle: Poured a clear light brown colored beer with a medium head with almost no retention. Aroma is reminiscent of plums with a touch of alcohol. Taste is quite sweet with again the plum taste being quite evident. Alcohol is quite subtle but still noticeable, which is quite good for a 14% beer. Overall, this is very enjoyable and can see some similarities with a good barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 14:21:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A must try on tap, but a must-not drive home afterwards. Served in a brandy sniffer at my local pizza pub. The beer came out with a mild, fine carbonation and a light trace of foam atop. A very pale golden / copper color and crystal clear. The viscocity evident with a magnifying effect through the glass and shows heavy legging. Aromas of heavy, syrupy malts, ripe fruits (figs, dates, and pears) with a light nuttiness and strong maple syrup. Lightly buttery, oily and very sweet. The feel is very warm, nearly hot alcohols and a light tingle to the whole mouth. Numbing upon impact. Good beer, and a nice variety from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2007 15:49:49 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage thanks to bmanning. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a faint caramel color with a few bubbles here and there, but not too much of anything going on. Pretty color, though, I suppose. A few legs on one side of the glass. The nose is pretty strong with a really nice amount of super-sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruits. The taste is more toward the sweet end of the spectrum and adds in a bit of light alcohol, though not too much. Feel is nice with the sweetness and alcohol combining well. Not cloying. Really tasty and a nice sipper. Glad my first taste of this brew was a vintage version and not something fresh, which I've heard can be quite hot.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 11:53:02 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark amber in color and has just a few bubbles floating on the surface. Only a low amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There's a strong aroma of boozy malts in the nose along with some notes of dark fruits.
T: There is a moderate amount of sweetness in the taste, which shares a lot of similarities with the smell. The taste is somewhat complex, and has some notes of caramel, dark fruits and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth, and somewhat syrupy on the palate, along with some warmth from the alcohol.
D: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped, but it's perfect for keeping warm on a winter evening and goes down rather easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 01:36:09 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a thin head that is gone quite quickly this badboy seems to be more carbonated than expected,whoo the alcohol is very prevelant in the aroma almost whisky-ish along with some raisin and dried fruit.With this being a 2003 bottle this needed more time to mellow I think before opening,big and chewey with huge alcohol tones.Pretty darn sweet but it doesnt coat the mouth,has a nice mouthfeel not to thick but it may be hard just to finish this one I have.Like I said this beer could stand to age another year but no doubt this is a badass mofo beer, will get again and hold for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 01:29:47 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a clear bright amber-brown with very little foamy head. There is a moderate amount of sudsy, transitory lacing. The nose is unsurprisingly heavy on the dark malts, with bits of figs, brown sugar, molasses, and plums. A slight hint of booziness is also present. The taste emphasizes the brown sugar and molasses, with the figs and malts pushed back a bit, and toffee and maple syrup beginning to come through. Again, a hint of alcoholic burn is present, but not as powerful as one would expect from such a high ABV. The body is pretty hefty, with light carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Still, though, it covers the tongue very thickly, but not obtrusively, leaving a very satisfied drinker behind. Despite the ABV, this brew's drinkability stands very high, albeit more appropriate for sipping than everyday drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 12:53:03 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I finally got around to reviewing the "new" Samichlaus from Castle Eggenberg, and I was disappointed.

It's still an excellent beer that's intensely rich, full and malty - but the alcohol shows where it didn't before, and it's lost alot of character.

The color is lighter than it used to be at Hurlimann (it's gone from a brownish red with reddish orange highlights to a deep-amber that borders on chestnut with orange and gold highlights); not that that really matters, but it does appear as if there are fewer kilned malts used in its production, and that comes through in the flavor. It's no longer superbly cerealish (like Ovaltine), lightly chocolatey, fudgey, and creamy coffee-like. And the cocoanut notes only arise in the late finish.

In fact, it's a totally different beer in my opinion; one that's much closer to their Urbock 23º. It's rich and full with some caramelish notes, and there's also more fruitiness to it, but it's lost the richness of the dark malts and the alcohol comes through too easily. Otherwise it's fairly similar in appearance, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Which leaves me with one major difference... the different vintages of Hurlimann's Samichlaus seemed to age a bit, softening and improving, but I don't give this one much hope other than a softening of its alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 21:03:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007, uh, 'vintage'? The bottle/label design - silver and sepia tones - looks quite cold and, well, Teutonic, and the proclamation of "The Strongest Lager Beer in the World", front and center, seems a bit overwrought and unnecessary, if you are able to just read the rest of the label...

This beer pours a clear medium orangish-copper colour, with a small cap of off-white head, that quickly disappears, leaving no lacing whatsoever. It smells of sweet fruity malt - raisins, prunes - toffee, and a slight warming alcohol essence. The taste is big and warm, that initial phenolic palate hostage-taker that big ABV can be. Through the alcohol-thinned sweet caramel maltiness, an aged fruity, earthy, woody, resinous character pushes through. There are barleywine/vinous parallels here in spades, the booze-soaked fruitiness being the most evident, which would overpower any hops that may or may not be present. The carbonation is quite subtle, hardly noticeable, the body is big and beefy, stick to your ribs kind of stuff, and it finishes warm and sweet, lingering all the way down. The smoothness of this beer is actually rather remarkable - there is no obvious alcohol edge, it is seamlessly blended into the base malt, rendering the overall effect of a strong, but smooth drink.

This is a lovely sipper, methinks it would fly with a nice cigar. As for the Santa Claus theme, as well-structured and tasty a beer as this is, I don't know that ol' Saint Nick would do well to have one of these with the requisite cookies (leave the milk for the kiddees in the morning), and not be cited for SUI (Sleighing Under the Influence). Save it for an easy chair and roaring fire...

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 00:10:48 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2001 bottling, 2003 drinking. The last time I had this was the 2000 edition, with label proclaiming "Das Starkste Bier Der Welt", Guinness Book of World Records. This one says "The World's Most Extraordinary Beer". Utopia and World Wide Stout have robbed them of the former claim, and as for the latter boast...
Color is clear and dark red, with a small, dunnish, and vanishing head. Aroma is enormous: on first cracking the crown, it leaps out of the bottleneck and pervades the room. So let's get a closer sniff...
Deep, heady, woody, burnt, huge with alcohol, brimming with brandy, cognac, rum characteristics, along with cherries, licorice...but overpowering the flavor is the heat, searing and fierce. Powerful impact on the palate, the tongue feels burnt on first taste! Is this something I want in a beverage? This bier does travel smoothly down the throat, to say the least! Not nearly finished with the bottle, I can feel my senses dying off, utterly destroyed by this bier's impact!
I love a barleywine, and hold strong stouts dear to me, but in this one, there was too much sauce and no meat! I can't comment on the flavor, for all I could taste was the booze!
Perhaps it was too early to drink, and I'd have better luck with a properly vintage bottling.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 11:55:36 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, caramelized malts, some spice, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet, with flavors of dark fruit and caramel. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and very little trace of the 14.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this beer is flavorful and as drinkable as any beer you'll find with an ABV this high. It's a very good beer to drink for as long as you can handle the strength.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 21:32:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eggshell foam builds up and crackles audibly, lasts for a second, then dissipates to a thin ring. The body is very high clarity, and shines a bright orange-red.

Sweet apple in the aroma with brandy vapors coming off of it. A touch of fruit cocktail behind that, leading into apple liqueur flavors. The alcohol is strong in the flavor, and warms like whiskey after the swallow. Sweet is the key word, some light caramel and apple notes, smothered under the warming alcoholic blanket. This would definitely cellar well, and would be recommended for a year or more.

It paired well with pecan pie, and i'm sure any sweet dessert would offset the alcohol a bit, making it more palatable.

2007 vintage, $6 from Vrai Amour wine shop in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:16:53 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2004

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a 1 finger deep head. No lacing or head retention, what a suprise!

S: Intense sweetness & syruppy (maple & praline)& a hint of alcohol

T: Caramel, pecan & bourbon up front with some alcohol burn present from the get go. Rich caramel & a hint of smokeyness follows. Finishes with a butterscotch/alcohol twang

MF: Super thick with a hint of carbonation. Impossible to define balance with a bier like this IMO

Drinks pretty easy considering the abv. I can discern no difference between this & the hurliman version from back in the day when this was THE strongest bier in the world. Got to try just for the sake of repsecting the extemism. The original triplebock !

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 05:24:27 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a spotty white lace head that quickly dissapates to nothing. The aroma is awesome. It has a very warm, malty scent that boasts of many crystal malts and lots of alcohol; very complex. The taste is exceptional. It has an incredibly smooth malty flavor for the abv. . It goes down easy and finishes warm and sweet; very tastey. This is a sipping beer, but it has a large, complex taste. The mouthfeel is awesome. For a high gravity beer it has an adequate amount of carbonation and a rich, full body. This is a great beer. It has exceptional flavor and mouthfeel; a kick ass brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 00:58:24 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was privileged enough to have a NINE year old Sammichlaus with a fellow beer snob last night at our favorite watering hole. He has been aging several cases of beer in his beer cellar for years and wanted to share after a discussion we had where I described a time, years ago, when I had Sammi on draught. He had to share after that.

Beer was like syrup, poured into the glass, dark dark dark, thick, almost no carbonation, so no head at all. Smell knocks you over, raisins, sweetness, malt malt malt...This is definetly a beer that i can just keep smelling for several minutes, completely content without taking a sip. Eventually I did take a sip and all the wonderfulness exploded in my mouth. This beer was smooth and warming (probably the 14% alcohol). The sweetness was not overwhelming and it went down smooth. Feeling no pain after that. The beer was served in a 0.2 L Sammichlaus glass. How awesome is that?

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 17:25:47 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

2006 vintage. Pours orangish-yellow with a white head. Very clear. The aroma is a mix of honey and brown sugar. The flavor is lots of honey with some alcohol. Very sweet. Lots of fruit in there as well. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 17:49:27 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled an '04 next to an '06.

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, thin, short-lived head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled boozy, very boozy! The 2006 version was a little more calm. There were tons of caramel malt aromas.

T - Wow, this had some powerful alcohol heat. Tons of sweet caramel taste with hints of raisin. The 2006 version was far smoother and more balanced than the 2004 edition.

M - A soft, smooth beer with a very warm alcohol heat. It was medium-bodied.

D - The '06 brew is much better tasting and much easier to drink. The older version was too over the top, but '06 was a great, smooth, powerful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 02:41:17 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, this was supposed to be a winter beer, but it's been sitting at the back of the beer fridge for a while and I'm behind tonight so I figured this would help me catch up.

A: A light fizzy 1/3 finger head arrives and fades semi quickly to barely a head covering. The beer is a crystal clear darker ruby red auburn color.

N: Lots of dark malts, fruits, nuts, etc. THere is quite a heavy malt base, Belgian and German malts I think. Then some candi sugar, a little heavy sweetness. THen some fruits too, raisin, candied dark fruits, etc. I also get a little nutty aroma too.

T: Wow, that's heavy. Super thick, syrupy, malty. Lots of heavy malts, like it contains the weight of a black hole in density. Some sweetness, actually a lot of sweetness, with candi sugar, molasses, etc. It has so much heaviness and sweetness, crazy. Some fruits again, mostly raisin, candied nuts and dark fruits. A very slight spice, like nutmeg and cinnamon. A decent boozy taste too, like pure booze taste, and some alcohol warmth and tingly feel. It has some nice flavors, but its just way too friggen sweet.

M: Pretty thick, very syrupy and heavy, lower carbonation.

F: Still very sweet. The syrupy feel leaves a big thick layer that tickles the tongue as it slowly drips off. Some lingering sugar and syrupy sweetness, slight bitterness with that too. Lingering fruits and nuts, as well as the booze. A super heavy and rich beer, slow sipper. Great for sitting by a fire in the winter, which I'm dreaming of doing now in this blazing heat outside.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 03:35:07 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2003, Sampled March 2004
Pours a clear red-copper color. The head is a tan color, but it quickly dissipates. There is a heady malty aroma that is interspersed by notes of alcohol, and a hint of cherry as well. The beer is sweet, and seems to have some nice spicy hop notes still perceptible in this young example. Notes of spice cake, alcohol, and sweet malt are interspersed. This beer again surprised me in its relatively light body. The flavors are still quite fresh in this young example, there are no notes of oxidation, and the fresh hop character is quite outstanding.

Vintage 2001, Sampled 18th of December 2003

Pours a deep reddish copper color, it is very clear as well. A thin tan head forms when the beer is roused in my glass

Thick beastly malt aromas emanate from my glass. Alcoholic notes underlie the malt in the aroma.

The taste is actually surprisingly light for a beer of this size. The taste is sweet and ends with a bit of spice (notes of allspice perhaps). There seems to be a hint of acidity here as I take my first sip. Very drinkable actually. It lacks the complexity of the aged Hurlimann Samichlaus that I had recently, but it is eminently more quaffable. Fairly clean lager profile, but the strain of fermenting this beer has allowed for a positive yeast flavor contribution. The beer is slightly hot in the finish from the alcohol. Deep fruit flavors are here; notes of raisins that have been soaked in rum, brandy-ish with subtle notes of vanilla. The spiciness of this beer seems to be perhaps a hop contribution, it is lightly bitter in the finish as well, but it is fairly subtle in this massive malty brew.

I was just imagining how incredible this would be if it was lightly aged in oak, wow that would be good. While not as complex as the Hurlimann version, it is much more drinkable, softer and I enjoy this just a bit more. I don't know that it is better though.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 18:21:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer I was just starting to dabble in strong beers. At the time this power house was the strongest I had ever tried. This beer poured out as a deep copper color brownish red. The head was non existent. The carbonation was good though. The smell was sweet and boozie, the taste was also semi sweet and rather bitey. Lots of dark berries and malt creating a very complex brew. Overall this beer is pretty damn tasty and rather good for the winter season.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 23:13:50 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage - bought at Oak Tree Discount in S. Plainfield - the last of it - sorry...

Heaven in a bottle. After the first few sips, I grabbed some chocolate that a friend brought back from Sweden. Wow.

Poured a very dark amber with a white head that rapidly disappeared (probably due to its high abv - still a beautiful color).
The smell was very powerful - sweet and complex, it had aromas of chocolate, toffee, and a fruity mix, with a noticeable touch of alcohol.
It tasted just as wonderful as it smelled. The chocolate, toffee, and fruitiness were wonderfully blended. It was very complex and delicious. With each sip, the complexities and characters became more pronounced. If I could give the taste higher than a five, I would!
It is certainly a sipping beer more than a session brew. It had the texture of a fine cognac. I have a 2005 vintage stored away - wonder how long I can hold off...

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 03:23:28 | More by jwc215
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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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