Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 1,721
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rAvg: 4
pDev: 17%
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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.

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Photo of beeroclock
2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I didn't realize that this was a malt beverage of 14% ABV. This was brought out w/ the bottle and a mug. I poured it into the mug and it had absolutely no head at all. Quite a bit of carbonation, a brown color w/ bubbles. Smell is of sugar cane and mollasses. The taste is simply ok, but the alcohol bite is extreme. You can taste every bit of the alcohol in this one. It goes down warm like a bourbon and has a similar taste w/ more of a sweetness to it. It is cold outside, so it warms you quick. Hard to drink many of these though.

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

2005 version. Pours very still, with no head but a slight stream of bubbles floating upward, and a body the color of hot diluted molasses. Big aroma that screams sweetness -- hot alcohol, candied fruits, raw sugar. Big sweetness up front (sugared oranges), caramel, berry fruits, and a touch of malt bitterness rounded out by hot alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel with almost no carbonation and quite a bit of alcohol. That present alcohol is the one part to take away from the drinkability of this beer; for a brew of 14%, this is suprisingly smooth and drinkable. Overall, this brew is pretty great -- huge alcohol, huge tastes, definitely something to be savored and paired with food. It's only real flaw is the present alcohol, which can be overlooked.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Packaged in 11.2 oz greenish amber bottle. Bottled in 2005, meaning it was brewed on Dec 6, 2004, two years ago today. Purchased at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA in spring of '06 and refrigerated since then. Bills itself as "perhaps the rarest in the world" on the label. The rarest beer you can buy at the supermarket, anyway. :-P

Served cold, just above refrigerator temp, below 40F, in a wine glass.
Aroma at the bottleneck is subtle, warm, pilsnerlike.
Pour is delightful, only slight carbonation that forms light beige 1/4" head which quickly subsides into nothing.
Appearance seems copper at first, but colors resolve themselves beautifully: medium dark rose and ruby and amber. Absolutely crystal clear, and very complex. The nicest looking beer I've seen.
Rich malty nose, no trace of hop aroma, whiff of alcohol.
Taste is an orchestra of complexity, with sweetness, fruitiness and oak, and rich. Alcohol warmth is welcome, not harsh or burning at all.
Mouthfeel is full and warm, and thick. Coats the tongue and treats the back of the throat with alcohol and bitterness. Not chewy, as often with barleywine ales of similar abv. More akin to SA Utopias than to Lagunitas Gnarlywine or DFH 90, but nowhere as sweet or syrupy as U.
As it warms, unfortunately, fusel alcohols start to dominate the aroma. Smells slightly reminicent of white gas.
Drinkability is one a year! It's a huge beer, cleaner than a barleywine, but also suffering from yeast defects and under-hoppiness. I wouldn't call it a sipping beer, goes down best when it fills your mouth soaking every sense of your palate. I want to get another of the same or older vintage and age it longer. This is one which can only get better with time.

Photo of bark
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2004.

Colour is clear deep amber; the finger thick beige foam disappears rather quickly into a thin ring. No lacing.

The strong smell is loaded with dried fruits, bitter almonds, marzipan, sweet cherries and some alcohol.

The taste is very sweet with lots of dried fruits (apricots, oranges, bitter oranges, and kiwi) but also somewhat roasted notes of sweet malt. The sweetness descends leaving a warming flavour of alcohol, oak-matured strong white wine and a hint of mild whiskey. The aftertaste got some alcohol, but it is dominated by a creamy fruity pleasant sweetness.

The mouthfeel is, to say the least, full. The liquid is rich and thick, it is almost overwhelming. The small strong bubbles give a refreshing contrast.

A very well crafted strong lager. Not very gulpable though.

Photo of mmcave
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Sam's a week ago and thought it might be fun to try after thanks giving dinner with a buddy. Poured into a flute, none aggressive head. The color was a wonderful purple, brown, rust color. Nose was strong barely presence, with definite yet pleasing alcohol scents, sort of earthy or barn yard like even. Having little experience with doppelbock the closest thing I could think of was barley wine, which to me has a similar smell. I found it a little hard to drink at first, but as it warmed up, both the scent and taste became much more accessible. This is defiantly worth a try, not something I'd drink often though. I bought two so one is going in my cellar till next year. See you then Samichlaus.

Photo of joedon
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd been saving this bottle for nearly a year to insure it was adequately aged and to drink it on a cold winter night as befits the style.

Poured a deep copper color, crystal clear with only a thin covering of foam. The head fades rapidly which is to be expected for a beer of this alcohol content.

Really not much to smell. Good malt aroma and some alcohol but also a slight metallic smell I couldn't identify.

Big, malty flavor. Lots of sugar tastes as well. I could taste raisins, dates, plums, honey and vanilla. Very lightly hopped. Just a tiny bitterness and no hop flavor or aroma that I could detect. The beer is sweet but that seems to smooth out the alcohol. No bite or burning at all despite 14%ABV!

I like the mouthfeel, too. Very full body. You can feel the alcohol warmth but it is pleasant on the palate.

Very drinkable for such a huge beer. Recommended in small sips.

I'm planning a Samichlaus clone to be brewed in January. I hope I can come close to the original.

Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 2005 vintage, similar to one reviewed by me here in December 2005. Almost one year later, I thought I'd give it another shot.

A: The ale is a deep auburn to brown color. There was a thick foamy white head on pour that dissipated quickly.

S: The bock has a very malty aroma. Unlike a barleywine where the malt is sweet, the malts here are a thicker, grainier cereal aroma.

T: The flavor has evolved a bit. It has taken on a medicinal quality, almost pepperminty. The malts, which really dominated the original review, have mellowed out significantly. There is a bit of hop bitterness that has started to emerge, but not to a great extent.

M: The spiciness that has replaced the maltiness is interesting, adding a very different element to this beer.

D: At 14%, this is no pounder. One as a nightcap is more than enough.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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 !

Photo of JWFokker
2.63/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a stein, it's a nice looking, reddish brown beer, but clear - not at all cloudy. Not much carbonation and almost no head at all. The nose is a combination of alcohol, spice, nuttiness and a touch of cereal or bread. The flavor is a bit much. Initially the nose translates directly to the palate. Overwhelming nut/bread and alcohol flavor, which is folowed up with a syrupy sweet aftertaste which is just too much and not unlike brandy. The mouthfeel is quite thick and syrupy as well. They just took this beer too far. It's not the high ABV either. It's as if they fermented maple syrup and bottled it. I'm not a big fan of doppelbocks but this is definitely my least favorite thusfar. I'll give it another shot a year from now and see if it improves, but at this point, it's not a recommended purchase.

Photo of geetlord
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poreed a beautiful clear copper color with almost no head.
The aroma was dominated by alcohol, but hints of malts and nuts were present
The flavor reminded me of dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, sweet with a very warming almost brandy like finish.
The mouthfeel was slick and syrupy, but had a nice level of carbonation that made the beer drinkable.
Overall I enjoyed this beer but its strength makes it hard for me to finish a bottel without much help.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a .33L bottle to a steamed glass. The Liquid is crystal clear orange, OK carbonation. The head is one finger off white, fades fast, little lace.

The smell is stunning. Big alcohol, fruit and nuts, Like a juiced up trail mix.

The taste is even better, alcohol slaps you up side the head first then fades oh so smooth, to lightly caramel coated fruit and nuts. This is what so many try and only wish they could do. This is one hell of and excellent beer.

The mouthfeel works for me, could use a little more carbonation or a smidgen of a hopy bite.. Hmm...Or NOT. Dang is this good. Lip smacking good BTW.

The drinkability of this 14% ABV Brew. Is unsurpassed. This is a master brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Something special for # 600: 2005 vintage

A fast pour puts a brilliant orange-ruby bockbeir in my stein....smallish white cap vanishes after the pour to a white ring, weak lacing on the glass because of the alcohol content.

Aromas are primarily honey and alcohol..some almond and vanilla.

Thick malt spin. oily mouthfeel, malty boozy syrupy character

Rich thick malt and honey slaver the palate in the front, light peral hops give no real resistance to this boozy freight train...mid palate there are some prune-vanilla and maple syrup tones long wet finish where the thick malts and sweetness turn to a mead-like decernment then the alcohol spikes in and turns the whole thing medicinal at the very end.

This one has potential and I will cellar the other two I have for a couple of years before revisiting this beer....young ( a year old or less) it’s pretty 2 dimensional but still I like the flavor better than many young barley wines and imperials I’ve tried.

Photo of llitsua
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into glass that somewhat resembles a flute, but a bit fatter (I'm not good with wine glasses- I bought this at a Publix for $3), bottled in 2004

A- A few shades darker than a rose wine- nice color, no head (not
that I was expecting one), tiny lacing left behind- almost like the
surface of some types of leather in appearance

S- Candy, soy, alcohol, a bit of sake; quite complex, and quite nice

T- Alcohol, raisins, peach, sake- the alcohol seems to overpower
everything, although not completely in a bad way

M- Mouth is numb from alcohol- heavy body

D- One and one only for me, but who would expect you to drink
more than one at a time?

While I really did enjoy this, I think it would have been better to wait awhile- a very intriguing beer.

Photo of mjc410
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 2004 bottle that's been in my basement nearly a year...

The pour into my Hobgoblin tulip raises a short-lived, one-finger light tan head that recedes to a lasting, large-bubbled glass ring that leaves more than acceptable lacing for this ABV. The body is a deep copper color, around the shade of many of the O-Fests I've been drinking this time of year. The nose is incredibly sweet and alcoholic, with rich fruity esters as well. I also pick up a bit of brown sugar. Alcohol is definitely overpowering. Taste is wildly sweet, highly alcoholic, and a bit acidic. Mouthfeel is on the high side, with no carbonation. This will be a drain pour, after I pass it about the fraternity house. The alcohol and intense sweetness ruin the beer. I thought I liked it better a year ago.

House results: two out of two people said it was alright, but only for a few sips.

Edit: after bringing this beer around to various tasters, I decided to give it another go, and I actually find it palatable, but still nothing exciting.

Photo of haz77
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - 2005 bottle. Pours a fizzy reddish copper, with the foam dissipating immediately. Small bubbles of medium carbonation.

S - Cherry, rum, solvent, alcohol, dark ripe fruit, caramel/dark sugar.

T - Syrupy sweetness comes through almost immediately along with the ripe fruit (especially cherry). Spicy alcohol kicks in and keeps building all the way into the aftertaste leaving a very warming, slightly numbing, feeling. After the break of the alcohol, a second wave of caramel sweetness appears and grows into the finish, along with a herbal note.

M - Very smooth, full, coating and rich. Low carbonation.

D - Drinkability isn't great, but overall this is excellent and will be re-visited on many occasions.

Photo of MLegendre
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled in 2004

A: Dark amber almost ruby colored. No head whatsoever, a tiny little bit of carbonation can be seen. No lacing. Very beautiful color.

S: Very sweet and malty. Reminds me a bit of cherrys. Can't detect any alcohol.

T: Wow, the flavors on this hit you like a ton of bricks. The flavor changes so much during one sip it's almost impossible to describe. Taste of marachino cherrys are noticable first, but last for only a few seconds as extremely sweet malts come in and surrounds the taste buds. Midtaste alcohol becomes quite noticeable as it stings the tongue and burns the throat on the way down warming the whole body as it slides down to your stomach. This could be a really good beer however I have one big complaint, The aftertaste tastes just like cough syrup. I would like this a lot more if not for that BIG flaw. It is completly ruining this for me.

M: Thick and syrupy. There is surprisingly a very noticable amount of carbonation. Sticks to your mouth as you can taste it on your tongue long after you've swallowed leaving mouth feeling a little bit numb. It is definatly a sipper as it's a little hard to swallow.

D: I can't say this is an easy thing to drink, It's worth a try if you are into big malty beers, but not something I would get again. I really can't stand how much it remind me of cough syrup. I'm starting to doubt I'm going to be able to finish it (though I really don't want to waste something so damn expensive, over five bucks for a 12oz bottle!). Maybe if I had a cough to cure.

Photo of ToggleEyes
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured out a 2005 vintage and was surprised by the amount of carbonation. It's copper clear and formed a small head and then disapated quickly in my tulip bulb glass. Taste was amazing, hints of rasin, rum, port, and molasis ginger cookies? The mouthfeel is thicker/more syrupy than most dopplebocks due to the high sugars which give it the 14% alcohol rating. It's definately a sipper. I goes well with a night of surfing the net. Drinkability is a little harsh with the alcohol burn, but this is the very reason I like this beer.

Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2005 version I'm drinking. I wasn't sure of the style...but actually assumed it was an Eisbock at 14%.
Pours a brownish red color. More red than brown, and remnicent of some doppels I've had, as well as EKU28. There's a little bit of head on this, but not much. As time passes, it's completely gone. I know it's 14%, but it's totally gone inside of 10 minutes. Does have some sticky brandy-like qualities, though.
The smell is booze, malt, and marachino cherries. Not bad actually.
Flavors are complex, but everything comes back to SWEET. Likely the sweetest non-fruit beer I've ever had. Think of a really potent doppelbock with cherry and vanilla highlights. I really liked the flavor of this, and it's shockingly not overdone. I could handle 2 bottles no problem because that sweetness hides the alcohol burn pretty well. You can smell it, but it only creeps into the flavor slightly.
Mouthfeel is lowered because of the total lack of carbonation after 5-10 minutes. You can swirl it, shake it, whatever you want - it's GONE. At that point, it's kind of like a sweet, but very drinkable cognac.
Drinkability isn't bad for something of this strength.I could handle a second one with no issues. This is pretty far from sessionable, but it's still something I'd like more of.
This was bottled in '05...so I gues you milage might vary, but I liked this. My only knock on it is the lack of carbonation.

Photo of stephendr
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber hue-medium white head- soft nose of light apricot jam – chewy thick body, it tells you it is in your mouth – sweet tawny port taste – tender long lasting aftertaste Reddish amber hue-medium white head- soft nose of light apricot jam – chewy thick body, it tells you it is in your mouth – sweet tawny port taste – tender long lasting aftertaste

Photo of johnniemarg
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2005 bottling.

Color is golden orange with very little carbonation. No head whatsoever. Crystal clear.

The smell is very rich. Highly concentrated sugary malt and alcohol spice.

Woah. I have to disagree with the last reviewer that said the alcohol is well hidden. The taste is at first a sweet dark fruity malt, followed quickly by the alcohol. Something in the finish is earthy, like grape vines. As this quality is noticed at the same time as the alcohol, it tastes like grappa in the finish. From the smell I expected the malt to be stronger throughout the flavor profile than it actually is. I enjoy this, but the alcohol isn't well balanced. I would guess that age must mellow it out and allow some more complexity to come out.

Based on how concentrated this smelled, I expected it to be super thick. But I'd say this is only just on the heavier side of medium-bodied. I also expected this to be sticky on the lips, but that's not the case either. It's as if the high alcohol washed away the thick sugary malt that I had smelled and I know has to be in there. The alcohol provides a spicy burn in the mouth and it continues to burn all the way down. I was just about to post this and realized my tongue has gone numb, so there's that alcohol for you.

At 14%, this is hardly a session beer. It's certainly worth drinking, because you can see the potential that it has if allowed to age for a while. This is one of those beers I'd like to start buying 12 or so of each year and drinking one of each vintage each year.

Photo of Graebner
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 2005 edition. The local beer store managed to get ahold of eight bottles. Oddly enough, I bought a Samichlaus tulip while in Orlando, having never had the beer, and found the beer here at home two weeks later. So, this Samichlaus is being sampled out of a Samichlaus tulip as well. How proper.

Pours a ruby-orange with a rich orange head that rapidly disappears completely. The liquid itself is transparent and has active bubble columns. Strongly resembles a red cider. Very beautiful beer, looks rich yet refined and elegant.

Initial nose is incredible malty sugar, I mean like smack you in the face malty sugar. Not cheap, though...it smells good. Also features huge alcohol and some spiciness. Hints of apple and pear and strawberry as well.

Taste is unique and incredible. Towering malts. I mean TOWERING...this is like creamy syrup it's so sweet, and yet not cloying. Major hints of rum-raisin spice cake, strong spicy and herbal notes, and a slight medicinal quality upon swallowing. Hops fight through briefly in the finish, and manage (together with the alcohols) to keep the palate pleasantly clean, much moreso that I would have expected from the initial onslaught of malty goodness. Other notable tastes are mostly describing the malty characters, and include orange-blossom honey, plum, carrot, and other fruit. Incredibly complex malts, moreso than any other beer I've tried, up to and including Stone RIS. Not alot of hops to speak of, but they're there, and they add to the beer.

Mouthfeel is slick, because of all the alcohol. Not cloying, which is surpising given the malt assault that is Samichlaus. Interestingly, the beer momentarily leaves my mouth feeling as it does after I've sipped whiskey; that oakey, ester-y, evaporated feeling. I attribute this to the alcohol and to the long aging time before bottling. Finishes really clean, and exhibits the drying quality of a scotch, as I said.

Overall this beer is dangerously drinkable. At 14% abv, even an 11.2oz bottle could be trouble, depending on hydration level and stomach contents. The alcohol, though evident, is not overpowering, and you could get sodded real fast if you weren't paying attention. Nonetheless, this is an amazing and complex beer...a pinnacle of achievement for Eggenberg and for brewing in general. I cannot wait to try the other three bottles in the coming years, as aging will only increase the splendor of this already majestic brew.

Photo of KyleVick4
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz 2004 bottled date.

A: Very little lacing, just looks thick when I swirl it... Much lighter than I imagined a light copper/dark golden color.

S: Brandy/white wine. Overwhelming alcohol esters follwed by a more delicate burnt malty orange smell? Very unique. Smell the sweetness of the malt for sure. A little to overpowering for a beer, needs to age or mellow out for sure.

T: Palate cleansing high alcohol. First impression is "wow this is gonna be a long bottle" kinda numbs the tounge when it hits it. After I get over the extreme alcoholic taste I do find pleasant oranges and maybe toffee/nutty undertones. Not a bad taste but the high alcohol content throws it waaaay out of skew. Will drink a water or two for sure to clean this taste out.

M: This is not its finest quality. The alcohol is so much all at once that it seems to raise the carbination. Wow, thick and syrupy all the way down. This is an extreme of an extreme for a beer. Maybe served in one of those little port glasses this would work fine, but 12 oz in a belgian tulip is just too much.

D: Not very drinkable, although the taste is strangly addicitive. The ultra heavy mouthfeel and crazy syrupyness of this beer really take off major points. Very small sips as if I was sampling a brandy or cognac, again this should not be presented in a 12oz bottle.

Photo of joecast
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

bottled in 2004 edition. bought in the US which would explain the "malt liqupr" on the front label. also the words "the worlds most extraordinary beer"
wish i had another bottle to hang on to for a few more years. oh well, beer is for drinkin' and thats just what i'll do...

pours light amber, with hint of red/orange. very little head. in fact only a few colonies of bubbles, but they last as does a light collar around the edge of the glass. starts with a surprising amount of carbonation which settles considerably as the brew warms.

by smell alone, i wouldnt guess this was a beer. really sharp, almost medicinal, alcohol. this combines nicely with a concentrated fruit aroma. hard to pick them as its so strong, but probably cherries and prunes. hard to describe as its not like any beer i have tried.

well, tastes kind of like a concentrated syrup. has contrasting good and bad qualities, hence the 3. very complex and interesting, but the just-short-of-harsh alcohol prenence makes it tough to take. lots of sweet fruitiness, but its so strong that its really hard to enjoy.

extraordinary? cant argue with that. this has been really tough to drink. the only way i could see finishing a bottle of this is over about three to four hours, a sip at a time. unfortunately i dont have that kind of time tonight, and keeping this at a drinkable temp (about cellar or just a bit below for me) is not achievable.
i would love to see this come in those little airline alcohol bottles. what are they one or two fl. ounce? yeah, i would dig that.

Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highs: Flavor, well-integrated alcohol
Lows: None

From a vintage 2004 12 oz bottle it goes into the Cervoise goblet an attractive ruby-cranberry clear color with plenty of small bubbles; quite an attractive pour. Head is one finger that fades quickly to a sheet, retracting to a ring, and mild lacing. Dark fruit clearly evident on the nose, along with alcohol, yeast, and sweet malt. Dark fruit straight up front on the palate, followed up by yeast and again sweet malt. On first tasting, the 14% ABV asserts itself, but it’s not an assault, just a nudge which quickly fades to a warm glow. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness and more warm alcohol glow. Mouth is good, slightly syrupy, nice and slick. Drinkability is likewise good: it’s easy to drink the concoction, but be forewarned: the 14% ABV will kick you in the ass. It snuck up on me both times I tried it.

Overall: I guess this is the beer that finally made me stop making comments like “good within style” or “atypical of style.” Samichlaus is supposed to be a dopplebock, but to me it’s much more similar to a Strong Dark or a Quadrupel. Who cares? It’s a great beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan ($4.99 for 12 oz)
pours a burnt siena with barley any head.
the aroma is rich, malty, candy sugar, alcohol.
the flavor is very rich, malty, noble hops, carmelized malt, cotton candy
this beer is thick, but on a cold night it will do you right.

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
90 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.