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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,467 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1467
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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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured for a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Had at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A- Pours a medium heavy amber with good amount of clarity. No real head to speak of.

S- Lots of malty sweetness and some spice.

T- Dang! This is the sweetest beer I think I've ever had. Some yeasty spice and moderate alcohol on the tongue but much of the ABV is hidden by the sickening sweetness.

M- A heavy mouthfeel which isn't surprising given the sweetness and the ABV.

O- Had always passed on this beer but finally choose this one tonight. I'm pretty disappointed in this one, it is just way too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:58:34 | More by PaulyB83
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havoc1

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Apologies, I lack the vocabulary to adequately review as the others I've read, but here's what I took away.

A: Thick amber/red, limited head
S: Sweet
T: Finish was a clinging, lingering combo of raisins and maybe licorice. Very unpleasant to my palette.
M: Thick and impressive

Overall: Definitely heated up my gut. Mouthfeel was full and pleasant, but I could not get past the cloyingly sweet finish, with a lingering aftertaste that I found highly unpleasant. To each his own, but I'm not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:27:24 | More by havoc1
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EliotTruelove

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious.

Appearance,: Welcoming deep amberish caramel brown color, little to no head.

Smelled of Caramel, honeycomb, molasses, and slight milk chocolate, with bits of fruits like raisins and cherrys. I have a stuffed nose so it could be different.

The taste was the same, although predominantly Honeycomb, fruity, and Malty taste, with a sweetness akin to Butterfingers, Maltesers, or Whoppers.

Mouthfeel: it registered in the middle of the tongue, wasnt heavy in the back or the front but lingered in the middle of the tongue just right even well after you'd swallowed the nectar.

Overall an excellent beer. Probably to sweet for some peoples taste but i vastly enjoyed it.

4.75/5 would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 04:46:00 | More by EliotTruelove
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stephens101

Oklahoma

2.89/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer goggles for beer.

A short, tan, bubbly head tops off this reddish-brown brew. The froth fades quickly, leaving very little evidence of its existence behind.

Prolific caramel malts, ripe cherries and milk chocolate to the nose. A little allspice and sweet bread linger.

Tastes of caramel, cups full of brown sugar, maraschino cherries, and licorice. Has a spicy aftertaste. Bitterness is negligible. Finishes off with a sloppy syrupy kiss.

Hot and heavy with the kind of body that slams you down and rides you ragged. There's no accounting for taste, so choose your pleasure.

This one is ia bit too sweet for me, although the prominent alcohol heat warmed me up quickly and helped me forget some of it's less appealing aspects. Always up for trying huge beers, but find many times there are too many trade-offs in the balance department.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 00:02:29 | More by stephens101
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up no head and has no retention. There was patch of bubbles that seemed to be an off-white to light beige color. The body is a dark amber with hints of maroon which appears as a dark amber with glowing orange in the middle when held up to the light. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very enjoyable and very promising. Chocolate is the prominent note, followed by raisins, coconut, and caramel. Has suggestions of cherry, toffee, and vanilla. There is a slight nuttiness to it and a vinous quality to it as well. I don't detect any heat though and swirling doesn't add any nuances.

Taste- Starts off with a lot of syrupy cherry and raisins which move into sweet chocolate and hints of tolerable soy sauce. Lots of oak, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. As you might be able to tell from my description, this has a very heavy malt bill. And don't worry, the alcohol is there. Very messy with lots of complexity and presence but still very enjoyable. Flirts with being cloying but I think the obvious alcohol reins this in somewhat. Much more vinous than the aroma, with tendencies toward port and sherry. Would like to see more bitterness or perhaps a coffee component to balance liqueur sweetness of the flavor profile. Some nuttiness and coconut. Pretty good beer but not great. Pretty sure I'm going to grab a few bottles and see what some aging will do.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied with a huge amount of syrup. Minimal carbonation wouldn't be a problem at all if this were even heavier and thicker. Or maybe had little grit to it.

Drinkability- It's pretty messy and the booze isn't hidden. I'm enjoying it nevertheless. 6 bucks a bottle seems reasonable considering the ABV and the process.

Overall- Pretty good beer. I fully understand the polarization that this beer causes. This is not a beer for the novice or anyone who likes lighter styles. This is not a beer that you should really drink more than one of. I would love to see what aging will produce. Definitely worth a try if you like big, bold, malty beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:50:47 | More by artoolemomo
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In "The Naked Pint", Perozzi and Beaune describe this beer as a sought-after rarity and I have seen such a reference elsewhere. Alberta is improving by leaps and bounds but we are not a craft beer Mecca yet. Nevertheless, one can find this beer if one looks, in both Cowtown and Edmonchuk. Got mine at Co-op in the former, a nondescript bottle that boldly claims to contain some of the world's finest. Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights, was for some reason excepting pitch black. Aroma is very sweet, like dark fruits, a bit musty like old wine. Palate is indeed complex but largely along a sweetness dimension. There is a bit of an old fermented flavor that veers into brett territory and a twinge of earth and wood, but this is a deep, dark, and rich complex of sweet flavors that hit rum, butter cream, tiramisu, rich toffee, vanilla, and molasses notes ... No clear hops noted. Minimal bitterness and although the body is unexpectedly thin, finish is clingingly sweet. Overall effect recalls port. Awesome "dessert" beer that one could pour on ice cream. My preferences would dictate more bitterness to balance the sweetness but this is not an IPA and should be judged on the basis of what it is: Something that defies style and provides a pretty unique glimpse into what a sweet beer is capable of doing.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 03:34:42 | More by CalgaryFMC
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deschutes_fan

Idaho

2.48/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Passed by this beer many times at the bottle shop, but a friend highly recommended it to me, so I finally gave it a try. Maybe my expectations were off here....

- The beer pours a nutty brown with almost no carbonation.

- Smells very sweet with toffee and malt notes.

- Taste is off the chart sweet. Just a malty sweet syrup mess that lingers in my mouth for seemingly ever. I was hoping for some bitter roasty flavors to balance it out and add complexity. This is not for me, I could easily be convinced this is a port wine. And the booze is VERY apparent

- Mouthfeel is terrible.

-Overall, this an astringent overly sweet malt syrup that just lingers, no balance or compelixty. This could be sold as a cheap port ($5 for 12oz port is on the cheaper side). Not for me, the more I drink the more I hate it. Drain pour the second half of bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:28:06 | More by deschutes_fan
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endovelico

Portugal

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I must admit that the Doppelbock is one of my very favourite styles, probably THE favourite on matters of native European styles.

Rich, complex, nourishing and warming; It's holder of a blend of aromatics one seldom sees anywhere else - The pastry, melanoidin and usually over the top caramel sweetness, are just right up my ally.

You can then imagine how this beast is something I have been longing to meet for some time. Its violent sweetness - Don't get put off just yet - and unworldly complexity is evident right off the bat. Descriptors like pastry, cream, caramel, tiramisù, coffee, pumpkin pie might even cross your mind if you pontificate enough.

Also, while this beer is definitely sweet by any possible measure, it's never ever cloying - the beer's sweetness dies out just at the right moment, allowing for one's palate to focus on whatever else is going on while keeping it from saturating. Likewise the ABV is high but never harsh on the palate.

It's also very softly carbonated but you won't - well I didn't at least - notice it until you're almost done with the beer.

I could go on. I really could; But if there's a point I want to really drive home it's just how much this beer is a child of magnificent artistry and how it should be had by damn near anyone and everyone who is serious about craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 20:33:38 | More by endovelico
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to a snifter

A: A beautiful deep amber and somewhat copper appearance. Very similar in appearance to a darker rum really. Not much head but that's understandable due to the extremely high ABV.

S: Deep aromas of boozy fruit cake are instantly available. The alcohol isn't super present though and from the aroma I would have no way of guessing it was so strong.

T: Very sweet and malty. Dark fruits in the vein of figs, plums, and raisin that have been heavily caramelized come to mind. Hops are next to none but if you step into a doppel looking for hops you've come to the wrong place.Brown sugar flavors are also present .Once again the alcohol isn't all that present in the flavor but as it warms it becomes more pronounced.

M: Rather syrupy and low alcohol. One at first could deem this as unacceptable but I really think that this beer has to be approached differently.

O: This beer was somewhat different than what I'm used to but it was nice. Definitely a winter sipper. A whole glass could definitely over encumber your palate with sweetness and booze but once in a while its nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:15:06 | More by Haydn-Juby
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.74/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear orange/amber color with a finger of very short lasting white head.

S: Very mild - mostly plum and apple cider.

T: Quite sweet and very boozy. Mostly one note caramel.

M: Quite thick with low, prickly carbonation.

O: Pretty boring and very boozy. No major taste flaws, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 02:57:29 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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TruePerception

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Samichlaus Classic: 14% ABV, Austrian; Appearance: mid-amber; Smell: malty; Taste/Mouthfeel: heavy, rounded, toffee, alcohol (brandy), burnt toffee finish; no noticeable alcohol "bite"; good

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 07:51:23 | More by TruePerception
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2007 bottle poured on 8-24-2013, poured into sniffer glass.
A: pours a reddish brown color, one finger white medium bubble foam head that quickly fades, very little lacing
S: hints of chocolate and roasted malt, dark fruit, sourness, some alcohol presence as it warms, sweet honey notes
M: creamy and syrupy, wow it really sticks to your tongue....
T: malt, some oxidation, sherry, honey, dark fruit, sweet, slight boozy, really good for 6 year old beer
O: a sipper brew, taste really comes out as it warms, at 14% abv it is not a boozy as I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 02:17:45 | More by outdoor7or24
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a darker amber brown with some head at pour. Head disappates to nothing. This brew is clean filtered.

S: Bready, malty, molasses, brown sugar, alcohol.

T: Really nice malt combination - sweeter than I expected but still very enjoyable. While strong the alcohol present on the nose is toned back on the flavor.

M: Defintiely on the heavier side - sweet malts linger on the tongue for a while.

O: Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 21:51:05 | More by Oakenator
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jivex5k

Florida

1.54/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well, I had this beer thinking it was going to be a treat. A nice, rich, creamy doppebock...though I suppose the 14% should have told me this one was going to be different.
Now, the appearance of this beer was the first warning sign...where I expected a dark and rich beauty with a creamy head, instead I get a glass of tepid well water that's had rust dripping into it for the better half of last century...
But I remained brave, I fought through, past the offending looks and onto the aroma...
My good, if this beer smelled any sweeter I'd swear it gave Wilfred Brimley diabetus.
Of course, the taste only confirmed this fear, it was as if I dumped 40 packets of splenda in a 40 of O.E.

I don't get it...everyone seems to love this beer. It is the worst beverage I've had the displeasure of consuming. And I drank bong water once...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 21:56:23 | More by jivex5k
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MighHighBrewer

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Found a 2011 vintage at my liquor store. Nice!

WAY too sweet for my taste buds. It's probably partly due to the age of the bottle, but I found this beer way out of whack. They need to bump up the hop bitterness somewhat to counteract the overwhelming alcoholic sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 01:03:15 | More by MighHighBrewer
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage: 2012

A:
Pours a crystal clear red-purple-tinged amber with a thin, beige head that fizzles out leaving virtually nothing. Non-existent retention; similar lacing situation.

S:
Rich roasted nuts, rum, cloves, and berries.

T:
Oakey, earthy heaven. Said "Woah" out loud. Similar to the smell. More boozy, though. Roast nuts and raisins; wood, spices, and wine.

M:
Medium body, sticky and warming. Low carbonation (just enough to notice). Warming, clingy finish and aftertaste (very subdued, though).

O:
Really interesting beer. It was simultaneously exactly what I expected and not at all what I expected. It is boozy and kind of resembles a wine more than a beer, but it is also very much a rich, strong bock-seeming brew. Perfect for winter.
What really stuck out to me is the taste and smell. All of the rest of it (when held up against other beers-- which, to be sure, may not be the way to go about a beer like this one) is kind of so-so.
The flavors from being aged (ten months prior to bottling, according to the label) really come through in a way that is both abrupt, obvious, and also delicate.
Would have again, but is a little bit "too much" to become a staple or anything.

***I tried to reflect this in my rating. I've never had anything like this, but the ratings are based on my understanding of beer and how it works. Thus, the appearance is shit, to be quite honest, but since it is so high in alcohol content, that is to be expected. As for the rest, this beer has qualities that I don't particularly enjoy in other beers, but that seem to fit really well in Samichlaus Classic***

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 21:21:55 | More by TheDoctor
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $4.50 CDN. 2013 Vintage. Served chilled into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Clear auburn color, with only 1/2 finger of off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Soapy collar left around the sides of the glass. A few bubbles slowly make their way to to the top.

Smell - Cherry, sweet baking, ripe fruit to the core. There's some other dark fruit aspects, plum, and prune namely that are present here. Faint chocolate aromas specifically a milk chocolate or a white chocolate is the chocolate of the hour. Also some caramel sweetness and obviously some alcohol element.

Taste - Very sweet overripe cherry, booze is somewhat well hidden. It doesn't quite taste like 14% but it does taste strong. More like a sherry than anything else. Some plum and prune flavors within a slight nut like mixture of flavors. Booze is present as in the nose but reasonably well hidden. It only tastes like a 10-12% beer as opposed to the full 14%. alcohol intensifies at it warms.

Mouthfeel - Very syrupy, coats the mouth in a thin layer of plum and prune and booze and deliciousness. Very low carbonation. A bit cloying, but not distractingly so.

Overall - a definite sipper and one of those beers I can't enjoy on a regular basis but a couple of times a year, especially when it's cold outside this becomes the right sipping beer over the course of an hour or two with a good book. Definitely I will look forward to revisiting once a year.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 20:40:40 | More by DenisKolkin
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber with almost no head. Aroma begin with a hint of whiskey, followed by some boiled candy syrup. Taste begin with a powerful malty blast, followed by some honey, then a toasty, sweet, alcoholic finish. Super rich mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer, though I would prefer a bit more hop bitterness for balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 23:34:33 | More by tronester
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Russet; no head; no lacing

Aroma: Vinous fruit; sweet; toasted malt; hoppy; noticeable alcohol; smells complex and delicious

Taste: Juicy, syrupy and creamy on start with chocolate notes; warming alcohol kicks in pretty quickly; finishes peppery and sweet; definitely a sipping beer

Remarks: more like a port wine or aperitif than beer, but tasty

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 18:42:00 | More by IchLiebeBier
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage
A - clear maple syrup red-brown, short head quickly fizzled away but to be expected of a brew of this octane after a couple years
S - rich caramel and bloodlike sweet aromas, some almond and a bit of musty earth
T - rich caramel and syrupy sweetness up front, some nutty accents with brown sugar, this actually reminds me of a brandy!
M - medium sticky body, stays relatively full throughout, not even a sniff that the ABV is this high, warm finish that leaves you wanting more
O - it is ridiculous how easy drinking this is and the big rich flavours keep any flavour of alcohol at bay, a true gem

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:08:12 | More by joemcgrath27
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Murrhey

Montana

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz standard pressure-cap bottle with some foil at the top. Poured in a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. The high ABV has me slightly worried to be honest.

A- Poured much thinner than I expected. Very thin, almost clear head that evaporates in seconds. With a very high ABV, that makes sense. Walnut colored body with high clarity and low carbonation. Deceptively quiet looking.

S- Nuttiness, cola, brandy, warm caramel malts and really subdued aroma overall. Well balanced.

T- Brandy, cola, nuttiness, toffee, brown sugar, candi sugar (maybe). Definite booziness. This is a doozy of a flavor. Complex yet not overpowering. Wonderful.

M- Thin body, sticky finish and dry. More like drinking a cognac than a beer.

O- Taste is phenomenal, everything else is above average. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:52:37 | More by Murrhey
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ckollias

Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear burgundy red hue with a small off-white, 1-finger, wispy head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail and a hint of a lace.

S: Sweet dark fruity aroma that slightly burns then nostrils.

T: Sweet caramel and dark fruity flavor with slight syrup and toffee notes. There are some complex flavors here. Finishes slightly spicy, dry with an alcoholic burn.

M: Very Boozy with a heavy body and minimal carbonation.

O: Wow – A nice sipping beer at 14% - great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:41:29 | More by ckollias
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SpruceMoose

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ladies and gentlemen, I have a sin to confess. Something awful, something treacherous and probably something unforgivable. I, in all the time I've spent exploring IPAs, witbiers, stouts and porters, dubbels, tripels and quadruppels, scotch ales, barleywines and the like...

..have never, ever had a doppelbock before. *cue shocked gasp from the audience*

Yes, it's true, and so I decided to pop my cherry the other day and walked to the grog shop near my holiday house to pay the AU $13 and finally try this esteemed style for myself. Here we go.

Serving Type: 330ml classic sealed bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Yes, I probably should've had it in a pilsner glass. Whatever. Piss off.

Appearance: Light red to crimson and completely transparent with very, very little head; almost inevitable given its strength of 14% ABV. Carbonation appears very light as well.

Smell: Strangely sour, almost lambic in character. Hints of cherry, banana and bread are matched with a boozy under-aroma. Almost thought it was off for a second, and then realised that a beer of its strength and style would only get better with age. I subsequently slapped myself hard and went on with the review.

Taste: Very sweet, with cherry, sultana, white chocolate and nutmeg being amongst the several I noticed after the first sip. The flavours become less individualist and more consistent as the drinking continues. Certainly a strange experience for a Doppelbock virgin, but pleasant enough in its own right. Reminds one more of a fine brandy than a beer to quaff.

Mouthfeel: Dense and breadlike, with an alcohol-induced warmth surrounding the mouth. This is definitely a sipper.

Overall: Well, there we go. I finally cast off my shackles of ignorance and tried the fabled Doppelbock. Was I impressed? More intrigued if anything. Samichlaus Classic was certainly an experience, and perhaps I should've inaugurated myself with something a little less intense. If extreme beer is your forte, have at it. Will definitely be trying this little ditty again after I've explored the Doppelbock scene a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 13:51:50 | More by SpruceMoose
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RaphaelSC

Brazil

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a beauty dark honey amber with no head, just a thin lace.

S: Sweet with cherry and grape notes, resemble some liqueur wines.

T: Follows the nose with a strong sweetness and liqueur wine feel, the alcohol warm is strong, but the alcohol is not invasive despite its 14% ABV which is quite impressive, the low carbonation help to keep its liqueur feel.

M: A very alcohol warmth accompanies the aftertaste, with its spicy feel. Some malts (toasted probably) can be feeled too, no bitter at all, the body is thick and justify the self fashioned "malt liquor" name in the bottle.

O: A very amazing beer, with a complex flavour all build up in its malts and alcohol. I think that a more hoppy bitter would make this beer better, but it is very unique and special beer, the problem is that beer is a little cloying which makes difficult drink more than one bottle in a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:06:42 | More by RaphaelSC
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lighthabit

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear, deep garnet/ruby red, half inch of head dies very quickly to just a bit around the rim, which quickly goes to essentially nonexistent. i'd like to see just a little more carbonation; not a lot, just a tad. simple, solid taste; not a lot going on, but considering the abv, it's remarkably drinkable, though definitely on the sweet side. a bit sweeter than i care for, but i'm thinking it's intentional to help hide the alcohol. nose seems somewhere between apples, raisins, caramel. taste is, again, a bit fruity, warming up and showing a bit of booze. as it warms the sweet starts getting a bit distracting. feel is smooth, a bit syrupy. very glad to have tried this. not something to have often (it's almost a "six pack in a bottle"), but i have to give it a thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 06:51:13 | More by lighthabit
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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