Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
90
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1,834 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 1,056
rAvg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 156
Gots: 315 | FT: 18
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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001

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 ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev -15%

Brief write-up of a 2013 vintage. Perhaps as expected, it was an up-and-down drinking experience. At first, the flavor finishes with too much leather/booze. But after a few sips, the general flavor profile balances the alcohol better, at the cost of coming across too sweet at times. Having said that, it was surprisingly easy to drink for a 14% beer.

3.4/5: Up-and-down, but still a fun drink

Photo of mandanss
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The look: dark but not stout dark but doublebock dark.
The smell: it smells how a doublebock should smell kind of carmelly with a honey smell.
Taste: the taste of plums and apricots with a hint of ginger and spice.
The feel: like a good nights sleep after warming numbing a wonderful doublebock.
The overall: just one of the finest doublebocks you will ever enjoy.

Photo of leffebrown84th
1.75/5  rDev -56.3%

Bleh. Way too sweet and syrup like. I will never buy this one again.

Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown. Mid-sized and soda-like light brown head. Head fizzes out almost instantly. No lacing, no head retention.

S: Sharp and sweet maltiness. Very sugary. Candied fruits for sure. Lots of raisin but a little cherry and maybe even grape?

T: More of the same very malty from start to finish. Up front there is a little bit of herbal quality mixed with some heavy dark bread. A good amount of cocoa too. Pure sugar in the middle with dark fruits, again with raisins but some light stone fruit (cherries?). Lightly earthy and herbal, just a hint. Sugary through the finish and lingering forever, like I just ate a tablespoon of table sugar. A little sharp alcohol in the aftertaste too.

M: Heavy, super sweet and syrupy. Low carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I figured it would be exceptionally harsh but it is not. It is however, super sweet. I can hear my teeth rotting. Heavy and thick with sharp alcohol leads to not-so-great drinkability; this is certainly a sipper. A good sipper though. Not too harsh, not too over the top. 11.2 ounces is just right, anymore would be hard to handle.

Photo of Dougology
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

I appreciate the high percentage, but too sweet. Purchased in Villach at Eurospar.

Photo of Gotti311
4.4/5  rDev +10%

The bottle I had was aged 5 years. I imagine fresher bottles might be a little rough

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a rich, clear, deep amber with a frothy, lingering khaki head. I can smell melanoidins and deeply toasted malt across the room. Dark fruit notes of raisins, dates, prunes, figs, and bruised cherries add complexity. The flavor is very sweet, with a toasted malt and fruity specialty malt backbone. The finish is surprisingly dry and toasted. Boozy, rum-soaked figs, raisins, and dates provide fuel for the syrupy sweetness. Could use some age to develop those esters a bit and calm the alcohol. It's definitely for those with a sweet tooth! I really wanted to love this, but it's just too sweet.

Photo of Craigory
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

2013, poured into a Samichlaus snifter.

A: Pours a deep copper body, approaching ruby-brown. Slight tan head builds but subsides momentarily. Great clarity and bubbles here, with plenty of legs.

S: Date syrup, sweet raisin bread, and alcohol. Not complex, but pleasant.

T: Sweet, fruity bread, date syrup, toffee, alcohol, and vanilla. Again, not too many things going on, but a nice depth and everything blends well.

M: Syrup, syrup, and pleasant warming in the throat.

O: The English Barleywine of Doppelbocks. Syrupy sweet, but pleasant throughout.

Photo of DoktorEd
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

2012 bottle. Pours a nice reddish hue, a little on the dark side, very clear and with lots of carbonation. Little to no head on this one. Very VERY heavy and fragrant sweetness in the smell.

Taste is very sweet, not harsh in the slightest. Far too sweet to really call a beer. Almost tastes non-alcoholic. Carbonation, although heavy to the sight is not at all overbearing, very light in feel, drinkable.

This would be a great dessert beer, very palatable.

Photo of TheAdamConners
3/5  rDev -25%

Good LORD its too sweet. Alcohol is not hidden either.

Photo of Dunkelganger4
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

2012 Vintage. Pours a beautiful amber red with a small off-white head. Medium to high carbonation. The nose hits you with dark fruit and bready notes. The taste follows the nose but is extremely sweet with some vanilla that rounds off the dark fruits, caramel malt and alcohol. Reminds me of a sweet alcohol syrup. I can only imagine having this with a meal or a substantial dessert. It finishes slightly dry. This is definitely a sipper.

Photo of Shikitohno
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Very sweet and bready. Despite the higher alcohol content, quite easy to drink and delicious.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark orange amber with very light carbonation, just a few light patches and a thin ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and bready malt, toffee and light cardboardy oxidation. Flavor is very sweet with concentrated cherry, dark stone fruit, toffee and caramel malt. Finishes with spicy fruit, caramel malt, a bit boozy, but plenty of flavor to back up the alcohol. Heavy bodied, nearly syrupy, which is enhanced by the low ABV. Quite a remarkable ale, the doppelbock is there, but on steroids. So sweet and syrupy it seems like it should be cloying, but the sweetness and alchohol are melded into the great malt and fruit flavors. Almost like the apertif version of a bock. Not for the sweet adverse, but a great dessert beer and pleasant late evening drink. Deserves its classic name and reputation.

Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brew is a fairly clear, nearly transparent muddled red/amber. Head is relatively small - ~1 finger - but quite lively. Retention is fair, and lacing is minimal.

Big notes of caramel and toffee. You can tell the beer has quite a kick, too.

Wow! Flavor follows the nose, and then some. Intensely sweet, with big, big notes of caramel and toffee, dark fruit, a little bit of vanilla, and candied fruit. Sugar, alcohol, and some more sugar.

Silky and oily medium-light mouthfeel - a high-octane lager, indeed. While the alcohol is noticeable as a liquor-like presence, it's not at all hot, which is very impressive.

This beer is truly a quaffable, drinkable glass of liquid diabetes. It's very good, but very potent, and the intense sweetness is sure to turn some people off. Would make a good sipper over a good long hour (or more!).

Photo of BeerBob
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Photo of Zach136
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of hops202
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of ibandribew
4.61/5  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.

Photo of Mike-Harms
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Aristeia_88
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Didn't even know what this was before buying it- But apparently, it's a Doppelbock- and those are one of my favorite styles, so here goes...

Poured from an 11.2oz Bottle into an Innis & Gunn Snifter. (Vintage 2012)

A: This is probably the most beautiful shade of amber-ruby I've ever seen- And it's absolutely crystal clear. Very much like Eku 28 (Also an amazing brew) but with a head that dissipates much more quickly. Ever constant bubbles travel up the sides of the glass, collecting in a ring around the lip. It looks like we're off to a good start.

S: Again, Just like Eku 28... There's an amazing nose coming from a generous use of what I imagine to be Victory Malt. Sweet burnt caramel, almost no mention of hops, and a touch of alcohol...

T: Words can't even describe what I'm tasting right now... Again, there is absolutely no hop presence... There's burnt or toasted caramel, an almost marshmallow like sweetness, and something in there that reminds me of the best cream soda you've never had...

M: Creamy, lightly carbonated, yet dense - sweet, yet bittersweet, delicate, yet heavy... This is one amazing blend of contradictions that have been melded together so precisely, it's almost impossible to know what's going on.

O: At $6.50 a bottle, I'd call this the bargain of the century... You'll never find a more perfect embodiment of what a doppelbock can be. The Austrians have come up with one amazing beer... If I ever see this again, I will most certainly buy it again, and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever tasted beer. Simply Amazing...

Photo of henkmudi
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cold bottled, syrup consistency, similar to blackberry juice, tick but not creamy. Malt, dried fruit, caramel, oak tree and some smoke in smell and taste. Honey and rum at the end. Dark and heavy, ideal for dark chocolate, and beer chocolate cake. Not too sweet, nor too dry. Cigars, apples, rye, and more to be found.

Photo of John656
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle
Served in a teku glass
Bottled in 2007

L - It is burgundy with very little off-white head. It looks kind of like wine.

S - I get sweet malt and alcohol. There is some dark fruit, figs, and dates.

T - The taste is loaded with dark fruit. Dates, figs, and molasses are noticeable as well as some alcohol.

F - Syrupy

O - This beer is smooth with nice flavor development. I get a warming sensation from the high abv. I should sleep well tonight!

Photo of dacrza1
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
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....

Photo of weltywm
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
90 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.