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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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1,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,556
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 111
Gots: 195 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website

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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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Chestnut brown in colour. Not very strong head retention.

S - Prunes and dark fruits with candy sweetness.

T - This is a sweet beer with strong hints of molasses, dark berries and toffee. Touch of booze is present at the end but its still very smooth. There is an oak-like character that is really comes out in the after taste that leaves one reaching for more.

M - Smooth and silky mouth feel and below average carbonation. Medium bodied beer that is designed for those who like stronger ales.

O - Can't believe this beer is 14%. If you love Belgian quads and strong dark ales, then this is a must. This beer might be a tad too sweet for some but I appreciate the complexity of sweet flavours that exhibit great balance and finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 01:37:09 | More by John656
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-04-2014 23:51:19 | More by buschbeer
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New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: May 23, 2014... GLASSWARE: Celebrator Doppelbock... OCCASION: state playoffs drama--7th inning interrupted by rain to resume tomorrow... APPEARANCE: a fizzing head vanishes into air, leaving a dark amber, reasonably effervescent body the color of iced tea; zero lacing--one wonders where the head went, until one realizes the alcohol kills this ascetic beauty... AROMA: powerful sugar malts create a candied aroma; a syrupy suggestion too promises a sweet malty experience floral notes suggest hops are not balanced but are present... PALATE: instant burn, like a rum-drenched swizzle stick broke apart; to be taken in sips! alcohol comes in hot and challenges ... TASTE: rum/candy sweet--slightly smoky as a scotch might bee; some caramel and toffee, but predominantly a menacing malt that dares to be consumed--I like challenges, but wow...OVERALLL: I recalled the experience of sipping this in Russell's almost two decades ago, and I knew this review would reveal my inability to enjoy the finer, more precious things in life. Complex enough to be cellared and sipped, unique enough to be an acquired taste, I cannot pretend to have an affinity (my wife smirks at my struggle from the couch)... the beer grows in its attractiveness as the glass drains, but the full-bodied nature demands something intense as a pairing, like a rich chocolate cake....

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 01:40:23 | More by dacrza1
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4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber with about 1 finger of off-white head.

Smell: Smooth and sweet: dark fruit, hops, and a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Like the smell, I taste dark fruit like cherry up front, mixed with some oaky sweetness and molasses. There is a bit of hops to balance it out, along with some spice. As it warms, I get more bready notes, with some toffee and figs. Maybe a hint of vanilla and some brandy.

Mouthfeel: Very velvety, with a smooth finish and a long finish. Very good.

Overall: This is an excellent beer, incredibly balanced and tons of complexity. I'm looking forward to grabbing one to see how it ages. Definitely would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 03:45:32 | More by weltywm
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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The label reads "MALT LIQUOR" for a reason as this is a straight malt bomb. It starts with strong chocolate malt but settles into a dark fruit, fig, prune and raisin. It finishes with a strong alcohol brashness in flavor and feel. Overall it's pretty good and fairly varied but 14 pct ABV is forever evident.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 23:29:03 | More by KYGunner
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%

05-27-2014 00:17:24 | More by Latarnik
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Russian Federation

5/5  rDev +25.3%

05-26-2014 14:01:27 | More by Gottesverachter
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-25-2014 00:16:55 | More by Socialiste
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-23-2014 14:58:20 | More by hmmmbeer10
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

05-22-2014 22:28:25 | More by sooner961
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

05-22-2014 01:50:33 | More by portijon
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

05-20-2014 02:02:27 | More by CGAR
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

05-19-2014 06:32:48 | More by rickski1981
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-15-2014 01:59:25 | More by CraigTravor
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-11-2014 05:05:09 | More by dmorgan310
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-10-2014 17:43:27 | More by Synapstic
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-10-2014 16:16:14 | More by henryclay_
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-08-2014 01:20:04 | More by 2GOOFY
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-05-2014 04:47:01 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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New York

5/5  rDev +25.3%

05-03-2014 21:40:56 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-01-2014 15:18:57 | More by PHBoiler
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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