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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,584 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,584
Reviews: 996
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 119
Gots: 205 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The once strongest beer in the world is back! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001)
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a clear, dark orange color with minimal head and good lacing.

Scent of sweet malts, dark fruits, bubble gum, and alcohol. The scent is quite strong, and very sweet, but not overly sweet.

Taste of sweet malts, grain, and alcohol. Finishes with grain, a hint of ash, and more alcohol. A little too sweet, could be balanced a little better.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy.

2006 bottle sampled, it seems to have held up pretty well; this beer is worth a try.

12-09-2008 02:35:50 | More by paco1029384756
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +12%

NOTE: Had this at a one-time only keg tapping party at The Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA. The keg that was tapped was from 2005, so this review is of Samichlaus at three years aged.

Served to me in a brandy snifter with two-finger head that died quickly but left minor lace ring around glass. An intensely, almost overpowering sweet malt/sugary smell along with dark fruits.
Full-bodied and thick, almost milkshake thick; a definite sipper. Smooth, somewhat creamy, and bubblegum sweet while warming w/ a minor alcohol burn to coat a beer that is silky smooth. Caramel, honey, gum, dark fruits, raisin, grape or black cherry, seemed to be all tucked into this beer. Hops are very minor and completely overshadowed by the malts but are there. I couldn't session this as the ABV and the fullness of the beer hit me with one 8 oz. glass. Other than that "complaint", this had to be one of, if not the, greatest beer I've had. Guess I'll wait another three years for it again.

12-08-2008 18:31:18 | More by clayrock81
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jpaltan

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottled in 2004.

Ruby hues - semi-transparent. Minimal head with no lacing. Smell is sweet and malty. Nose is brown sugar. Smell really reminds me of a barleywine. Taste is quite sweet up front and rather cloying through the finish. As it warms some bitterness comes through to balance the end. The alcohol is very well hidden. Beer becomes way more drinkable as it is allowed to open up a bit. What really started out as being quite sweet, ends up being pretty complex with tastes of fig, some pear, brown sugar. Overall, definitely enjoyable and one that I should have tried much sooner.

12-07-2008 22:45:07 | More by jpaltan
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

wow I dont know where to start with this one, very complex

A- dark brown but you can see through it
S- whiskey, cinnamon, chocolate, clove, sugar
T- all over the place, it was sweet but their was a tad of a must, cinnamon and you could taste a general alcohol smell
M- very smooth , very sweet, but almost a sensory overload
D- a little rough, the flavors are all over the place and the high abv would catch up with you if you had more than one...

12-07-2008 08:03:13 | More by gdfan47
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +16%

Since I am not able to review this under it's proper listing I am forced to list it here. This is Samichlaus Brown from the Hurlimann Brewery of
Switzerland vintage 1993. Shared with SierraGS on Samichlaus Day 12/06/2008. Fifteen year old beer...hell yeah!

A-Deep, lustrous, ruby brown with the thinnest wisp of a light tan ring. No lace left but "legs" instead; akin to wine.

S-Ultra strong, sweet molasses candy. A bit of alcohol heat sneaks in with notes of raisin, prunes, dark skinned grapes and licorice.

T-Rich caramel malts swirl with robust dark fruit notes of raisins, prunes and plums. Bit of warming alcohol heat creeps in upon finishing.

M-Medium bodied, rich and silky smooth with an initial touch of tingle. It would be hard to get a smoother brew. A mysterious, tannic acid like, twang in the finish.

D-Regardless of the 14% ABV this is one of the smoothest, most luscious, easy drinking, sipping beers I have ever had. I am sure that the 15 years of aging have done this brew nothing but good. A treat for the mind, body and spirit....Happy Samichlaus Day!

12-06-2008 15:06:19 | More by Deuane
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

Bottled in 2007. This beer has been on my mind for a long time now. The first time a heard of it I had just turned 21 and just started getting into this whole beer thing, I was 6 months away from reviewing my first beer and was working my way towards a free tshirt by drinking the 12 beers of Christmas a lot of bars tend to do. This was the last one I had to drink before my free shirt, I was going to try it earlier until the bartender informed me that it was 14%. I was going to try it the day after new years, but the bar was closed and they took the promotion away. Alas, I was never able to try the beer. For months and years afterwards I would see bottles of this for sale but was scared off by both its price tag (even though I've spent more on a single beer) and the ABV (even though I've had bigger beers) But finally at 3.50 a pop at Sam's in Dowers Grove I finally caved and bought me a bottle. Let's see how this beast lives up to whatever expectations I have...

Just finished this beer about an hour later. Damn, this beer is a monster, I thought I was doing okay halfway into this thing, but it really has knocked me on my ass, even though I am already sitting down. A definite sipper to be sure, especially as the sweetness starts to get a bit stronger.

The color on this is wonderful. But I think I only say this because of the ABV on this beer. Normally beers of this size tend to be imperial stouts and seeing some color is a nice change of pace. That being said, it pours a wonderfully clear bourbon amber or amaretto as an earlier review stated. The head disappears almost immediately. Now it really looks like amaretto.

Cold pressed apple cider, slightly underscored alcohol heat, but if you breathe too hard you are going to feel it like a hot breath down your throat.

Sweet and boozy, honey and ripe red apples, finish reaffirms the apple sweetness in a big way. Booze seems to overpower some of the finer points of this beer. There are some mild caramel-like malts that can be detected that sort of turn the taste into a boozy, pulverized, candy apple. I honestly think this beer is too big for its own good, the beer should be a malt bomb but it doesn't appear to be all that roasty like other dopplebocks out there. But there is something to be said about a beer, a lager nonetheless, that can remain drinkable.

Not really living up to the sizable hype I had thought out for it but I'm not really giving up on this beer, it has something to offer and under the proper cellaring conditions could probably turn into something pretty interesting.

12-05-2008 05:09:29 | More by bluemoonswoon
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -14%

Poured into a Belgian goblet at the Cock and Bull in Covington, Kentucky. Pours an amber color with no head, don't know if it's because of the beer or the glass was not beer ready. However, there was plenty of carbonation in the beer. A constant flow of bubbles was rising from the bottom of the glass. The nose was full of dark juicy fruit note that was followed by a aromas of spicy hops, then backed by spicy alcohol. The taste was delicious, all of the fruits in the nose and peppery alcohol. The mouth feel was thick and wonderful, great beer to warm yourself against Cincinnati's rainy, cold winters. This beer goes beyond the style of Doppelbock, maybe an eisbock, but the flavor reminds me of an English Barley Wine. Would pair wonderfully with Creme Brulee.

12-03-2008 18:31:40 | More by cproioi
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

2008 bottle.
Ideally I would put some age on this before consuming, but seeing as I will be traveling back to the states within the next month, now will have to do....

Pours a chestnut colour, with some red highlights.
A good 2" of foam resulted from the initial pour, which has since receded to a mere 1/2" of slightly tinted yellow head.

Smell is of some darker fruits, a bit of alcohol...smells kind are reminiscent of some wee heavies I've had...

Taste is....wow, it is really intense up front....Incredible sweetness, which follows with some sweet malts. Some cidery notes in the background as it warms.

The mouthfeel is syrupy (much thicker than anticipated) and sticks to your tongue after swallowed...

Alcohol warming in the finish is VERY evident...This could definitely use some aging...

The flavour intensity and alcohol content of this brew limit the drinkability.

11-28-2008 20:16:24 | More by darklordlager
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botham

New York

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%

2007 edition, opened a year later. 12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a rich amber color with chestnut brown tones and three fingers of orangish tan head that remains for a few minutes and leaves no lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts and alcohol, with notes of bready malt, similar in character to a barleywine. mild dark fruits are present as well, though not very distinct. very faint notes of roasted malt and toffee are present upon a bit of warming.

taste is quite malty, with notes of bready malt and caramel malt mainly along with ancillary notes of alcohol and dark fruit. the alcohol takes on a medicinal character, like cough syrup, which does not work well with the malts.

mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy, with a noticable bite from alcohol, and a finish reminiscent of cough syrup.

drinkability is decent. normally a high alcohol tag would mean that the brew is more complex and rich, but this one fails to be either. the alcohol works against the malts, creating an odd alcohol character and a malt profile that does not stand up to it.

11-24-2008 00:10:01 | More by botham
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Nibbley

Georgia

5/5  rDev +25.3%

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

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

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

This poured a clear dark mahogany with no head. It smelled strong and complex, like honey wheat, nutty malt, earthy barley, a bit of creamy orange, and alcohol. It tasted like rich caramel and granulated sugar, burnt barley, and nutty malt, with creamy orange and vanilla oak, and some alcohol. It was somewhat thick with no carbonation, and had a lasting bittersweet aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warming. Overall this is the best of the Eggenbergs. It is fantastically complex, with a clean and delicious flavor and great body. It had noticeable alcohol, which made it a better for sipping. But it's so rewarding to drink. Holding onto this long enough to age would be difficult, but possibly very worth it.

11-22-2008 17:57:28 | More by Pencible
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

I picked this up on a recomendation from Men's Journal since they seem to know their stuff when it comes to beer. It's supposedly a great way to get through the holidays with family. Must be the nice aroma...

Pours from a 330ml brown bottle into my curvy Sam Adams glass. I'm surprised that there is not a spec of yeast or sediment even at the bottom. Not as dark as I expected either. It has the appearance of an American red ale but it's almost completely lacking in head. Even with a smooth fast pour down the center of the glass, barely half an inch develops and it's gone in a flash.

Aroma is immediately evident as I pop the cap but in the glass it's mysteriously missing. Slightly sweet and fruity but nothing outstanding.

The taste is where this beer really packs a punch. Very sweet and strong, port-like flavors of cherries and oak, also apples and pears. Of course the alcohol is also a big part of this beer and it's 14% strength just can't be hidden.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost syrupy but not too heavy. The burn is considerable. It could use a bit more carbonation to prevent it from feeling like wine or liquor.

Drinkability is ok but it really makes for a good nightcap as I'm finding out. After just a few sips, the warming comes over me and I'm ready for bed.

11-19-2008 05:03:07 | More by GilGarp
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kbnooshay

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Poured a clear dark amber color with a small light head. Sounded very carbonated. The head dissapeared quickly. Aroma has hints of grape, alcohol pear, apple, brown sugar, raisins and dark fruits.
Taste is super sweet and malty! Reminds me of fall and like a whiskey spiked cider. There is a nice bitterness and LOTS of warmth from the alcohol. Feel is sticky smooooth and syrupy. Well this is pretty cool and drinkable. More than one and your hammered.

11-15-2008 04:50:16 | More by kbnooshay
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junkman203

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

First of all, wow. This is a strong beer. I did not notice the alcohol content before I drank of it. Again, wow.

Appearence is a brownish maroon, very nice looking. it has a thin head that goes away quickly, leaving a thin ring. Smell, taste and mouth feel are all dominated by the high alcohol content. Not in a bad way, though. Smell and taste are also very sweet and malty.

As far as drinkability, I think this is a good beer for after dinner, sipping and relaxing before bed. It is definately not a chugging beer.

After looking at other reviews and more closely at my bottle, I should mention I have a "bottled in 2006" bottle.

11-07-2008 22:25:17 | More by junkman203
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a thin white head that fades fast. The aroma is very sweet and rich with some nice caramel notes and a distinct alcohol note.
The flavor begins with a smooth malty sweetness that carries over but it isn't cloying and finishes clean with a burn from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is thin and it is perfect for the style.
Overall this is an excellent brew that is a bit sweet for my tastes but it is nice to drink in the colder months as a nice winter warmer.

11-06-2008 02:24:13 | More by RenoZymurgist
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BarryNL

Netherlands

4.47/5  rDev +12%

A: Beautiful deep copper colour with reddish highlights. A white head forms on the pour, but collapses fairly quickly.

S: Rich, sherry like doppelbock aroma. Sweet malt and alcohol also come through.

T: Very sweet dessert wine flavour, but with a malty edge.Toffee, plum, port wine, caramel. Hop bitterness is low but balancing and no hop flavour.

M: Rich and fluffy. Very smooth.

D: A slow drinking beer - more of a sipping wine than a beer type experience.

This is really a different class of drink to most beers - it also deserves to be classed with fortified or dessert wines. Having said that, if you take it for what it is then it is a exceptional and well made beer. Fermenting such a monster can't be easy and the Eggenberg should be congratulated on producing such a unique beer.

11-05-2008 19:21:42 | More by BarryNL
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drseamus

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Vertical of the 2000 and 2001 with a 2007 on the side for comparison. The 2007 seems to be completely different than the other two. The 2000 won, but not by much over the 2001.

Both had a dark amber/brown body with no head. The 00 was super smooth...pure butter. The 01 has a slight alcohol bite, but only compared to the 00. The 07 was like rubbing alcohol in comparison to both. The 00 had raisins on the nose and was slightly old aleish. The 01 had some fruit and was more port wineish. Both aged well.

11-05-2008 03:30:29 | More by drseamus
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Thunderball

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +14%

Poured into a flute, this beautiful amber colored liquid produced a ring of a head. The smell of sweet fruit, malt, and brown sugar. The taste of sweet malt, banana, sourdough bread, and a spice component. Mouth feel is just right for the complex working of this brew. This is a very fine offering. I would love to have a case of this to cellar!

10-25-2008 01:54:07 | More by Thunderball
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Well I had great memories of a bottle of the Swiss made one that was aged about 3 years. This review is for a new bottle of the Austrian version and alas the hotness and in your face sweetness dimmed the memory a bit. This beer is meant for the cellar as it is too boozy and sweet when young. You can tell this is a well made beer and full of flavour but it needs Father time to mellow the edges. Used to be one of the world's great strong beers but I think the beer world has evolved and this is a bit of a relic.

10-23-2008 22:30:50 | More by canucklehead
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -38.6%

I had this beer around 10 years ago and didn't like it at all. This was a random send from Sudsdog and i'm kind of interested to see how my tastes and palate have change or not towards this beer. I have a 12oz bottle served into a large Delirium snifter.Pours a medium clear amber color,looks like apple juice with reddish hues with a thin white head that falls quicker than i can type in the appearance of the beer. Just a few tiny bubbles staggering around.

A very sweet hot malty aroma,better than i remember. Strong burnt carmell,slght metallic notes with a booziness that burns the senses,dark overrippen fruit,slightly perfumy.

Very sweet syrupy taste,not as boozy as expected. Has a woody boubon age quality to the taste. Heavy very sweet candied burnt carmelled taste leaves a very sugary coating on the lips. Sweet overippen dark fruitiness throughout with a touch of honey? A definate sipper had lots of warming character,more drinkable than i would have thought from my first impression. I feel like i'm drinking a shot with every sip,yet the beer does has some smoothness to it.
Would like to try this one again after more aging this beer was bottled in 06.Better than the first time i tried it,still not a beer i would recomend. drink at you're own risk. Don't see why this beer gets all the hype?
Can't belive this beer gets a B+ rating on BA. I wasn't impressed a bit. Might as well just save your money and get a bottle of booze. I did manage to finish this one,but really would'nt want to do it again.

10-14-2008 03:13:11 | More by jcdiflorio
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to biegaman for this bottle for Secret Santa 2007. Cheers, Jan!

2005 vintage. Pours with a thin head. Amberish in color. Smell is boozy and sweet. Taste is very similar & reminds me of a port or an aged Old Ale. Mouthfeel & drinkability are affected a bit by the alcohol burn even for a 2005 bottle. I have had this "fresh" & this is a beer meant for the cellar. A sipper but interesting.

10-08-2008 23:47:56 | More by SkinnyElvis
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nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

2006 Vintage***

A - Clear brownish amber color with slight orange hues. No head or lacing to speak of.

S - Dried ripe dark fruit, lots of alcohol. Slightly metallic.

T - More of the same. Bitter finish. Lots of alcoholic warmth.

MF&D - A sipper, much like a port or a good whiskey. Not for the weak, but a must try for any true beer geek.

09-27-2008 02:21:06 | More by nasty15108
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Zraly

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

2003 Vintage

I've been storing this charmer for a while and on a whim decided to give it a whirl.

Pours rusty amber with little head retention. A color one would attribute to autumn leaves. No head retention is appropriate, considering its age. Strong, alcohol smells predominate. Smells much stronger and rougher than the flavor profile.

Tastes much like a tawny port...mmm! Honey flavors mixed with rum and dried fruits. A touch of creaminess fills out the mouthfeel. Sweet and syrupy, but not too cloying. Slight bitterness in the finish reminiscent of chocolate, but not a chocolate flavor per se. Smooth and full-bodied. Quite special.

The bottom line: buy a few Samichlaus each year to lay down for a while. Your patience and good taste will be rewarded.

09-20-2008 21:21:07 | More by Zraly
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kansascity

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +19%

Poured a 2007 vintage in late 2008 from an 11.2 oz bottle at about 40 degrees into a glass mug. It is the color of a dark tea (dark amber with some red-orange hints) and forms a centimeter head when poured vigorously that will dwindle to a small froth shortly. No lacing at all after the head goes down (about 1 min.). A strong alcohol smell comes immediately when you open the bottle that quickly goes away to none. The smell of the beer in the glass is of a nice mellow apple cider throughout the entire drink, no alcohol.

It initially tastes fruity with apples and creamy caramel in the middle. It finishes with raisins and then a biter that covers the alcohol when you are sipping. It is a sipping beer. You can take some bigger pulls at first, but it is hard to finish due to the ABV.

I recommend splitting a bottle with someone and pouring it into a wine glass or snifter, as there is limited head. Feel free to drink at any temp as I didn't notice much difference between cold and warm. I would like to see what some people that are not big "beery" drinkers have to say about this b/c it reminds me so much of apple cider and drinks like a wine. I enjoyed totally from first sip to end, but I did have to slow down and can feel the ABV after one beer.

09-17-2008 05:21:47 | More by kansascity
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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