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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,605 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 121
Gots: 208 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

enelson, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

GetTheYayo, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photchkiss, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

HRamz3, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

thufflife, Jul 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Kiro, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of BeerBob
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Samichlaus Classic Bier pours a dark classic amber from a deep brown 11.2 oz glass bottle with a pry off cap.

Head went to about one finger before disappearing completely, no ring of foam, no islands of foam, and no lacing of foam or alcohol.

Nose is a major malt with whiffs of alcohol with herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is an extreme viscous with an abundance of malt saccharides and herbs. Little, if any of the 14% alcohol by volume can be detected. This translates to an extremely well balanced brew.

There is a lose parallel to EKU 28.

This is definitely a world class brew.

OMG, this is good!

BeerBob, Jul 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

DaryleEverett, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

yankeej13, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

GRap, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

noperative, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Zach136
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Crystal clear, deep ruby body. Absolutely zero head retention which is fair enough for a 14% beer.

S - Deep pit fruit and maltiness. Nice caramel notes as well. Little to no chocolate and zero hops.

T - Extremely rich. Like drinking melted dark fruit cotton candy. Cloyingly sweet, but still a crisp flavor. Warming booze character. Borders on medicinal unfortunately.

M - Sticky, not as crisp enough for a dopplebock IMO.

O - Interesting beer, extremely flavorful. Not a text book example of a doppelbock, but fun to try. Much too sweet for my tastes.

Zach136, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Alpar, Jul 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

adam5454, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pens1967, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

NumberNone, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of hops202
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a spiegelau glass. 2013 vintage.

A - dark ruby with honey edges. Fairly transparent.

S - vanilla and sweetness with slight toasty nuttiness. Smells delicious.

T- golden raisins and vanilla with some nuttiness and more sugar. Like sweet smooth honey milked from golden raisins.

M - full bodied but not too much.

O - absolutely delicious. A must have.

hops202, Jul 09, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My ratings are loosely based on memory, as I was in neither the mindset nor setting for a proper tasting. However, I will say this: this beer knocks you out in the caliber of the craft and ABV. I had it for breakfast while visiting Spain, hardly appreciating its beauty. What I would give to try this again correctly... Don't pass up an opportunity to enjoy this.

ibandribew, Jul 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Rlhinson2104, Jul 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

MojoIRL, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

AlvinLin, Jul 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

ILoveHead7968, Jul 03, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into stout glass, very little head even with aggressive pour. This is a beautiful beer, pours clear amber/mahogany.

Strong nose, and on the palate... bam! This is a big syrupy, caramelly, honey-raisin-rummy, silky doppelbock! It's a very powerful taste and mouthfeel, definitely a dessert beer because this would be hard to follow.

Mike-Harms, Jul 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Bundesbarber, Jul 01, 2014
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.