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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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1,783 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,783
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 142
Gots: 285 | FT: 16
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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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Ratings: 1,783 | Reviews: 1,040
Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light reddish brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Zero lacing.

S- Boozy aroma of dark fruit, raisin and even some red wine-like characteristic. Sherry-like sweetness.

T- The dark fruit notes continue with more raisin sweetness but the clean lager finish keeps everything in control. This is way too drinkable given the ABV.

M- Sticky, almost syrupy with low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Haven't had this in years and I'm glad I finally revisited it. A great sipper that hasn't lost its edge even in the new era of extreme high gravity beers that have surpassed this, what was once the strongest beer in the world.

Photo of spacecake9
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was probably only 25 when I tasted this for the first time, and back then I only bought a bottle for it's legendary abv. Now I'm 53 and I've purchased my second bottle. The is the Bottled in 2014 version.
A - Pours a clear amber brown. The head settles very quickly.
S - Surprisingly little or no aroma.
T - Oh this is smooth. Complex, somewhat sweet, dark fruit is the flavor but it's wonderfully mild and soft. A hint of alcohol on the warming finish.
M - While not a thick beer, the flavors coats your mouth and stays with you for a good long time.
O - I think this deserves a much higher rating. A very special beer that I will buy more of now and in years to come.

Photo of Faroveryonder
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got to try the 2007 on New Years Eve. Pours an amber color with very little head to speak of. The smell was full of caramel and toffee but also oak and what smelled like port wine. The taste wasn't as sweet when I tried my first sip. Very complex and layered with different flavors. Sweet but not sugary, bold but not overpowering. Very nice.

Photo of prwill00
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When you get one of these let it set in the wine cellar for a couple of years. The flavors become much more complex

Photo of Jaisell
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JoninVT
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaF
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeanCHS1980
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WanderingFool
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soupyman10
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gopens44
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Upon pour, this seemed thick. just the way it arrogantly wandered out of the bottle into my snifter. Even the nearly non-existent head rose up with an air of nonchalance. Putting my nose to it, I realized why. This thing was no joke, and it knew it. It had been around, doing it's thing far longer than I had and it knew it. I paused for a moment, approached it again and took in a long pull of the liquid. Sweet, hot, dry, bold, dark fruit, candy, figs, brandy, punch in the tongue and finally just about as well balanced as you could possibly imagine despite the bickering factions that existed on my tongue. It's as if every bold, dominant taste known to beer (other than hop bitterness) came together to sing "We are the world" or some peaceful shit like that... Or maybe if Sting, Bono and Frank Sinatra sang together with Neil Peart drumming, Santana on guitar and Steve Harris on bass. You'd think all that talent would be wasted, watered down, contrived or just an ego driven fail, but no - it comes together in masterful fashion with a dry finish that begs of you to stand up and praise with "Bravo!" after every drink. My only bitch about this beer is that it's ABV is too high to drink continuously for several, several hours....

If you enjoy a Quad but haven't ever tried this - do not wait any longer. Get this NOW!

Photo of msds
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice reddish-amber, no head to speak of. Very fruit-forwards, figs, rasins, chocolate, over a nice malty base. A bit syrupy, but otherwise nice carbonation and smooth - nice heat.

Photo of tikk
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AngusOg
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2010. This is my first go at this one. Have heard some mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed. A bit boozy, sweet (but not overly so), feel is smooth and creamy, light carbonation. Reminds me a lot of eggnog for some reason, which is a holiday favorite of mine. Really enjoyed sipping this one as a nightcap on Christmas eve.

Photo of grahuba
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatZaZa
2.79/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer tastes like grass, imo.

Photo of Svingjo
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This review is from a couple years ago - This vintage beer 2007 was the grande finale of an event I held. At 14% the front label says it all "The Strongest Lager Beer in the World". At five years old we were getting this beer at it's peak having mellowed out the high alcohol to bring the sweet maltiness to the forefront. A lot of comments were; this is similar to a port and this would be a great dessert beer that would go great with cheesecake. I still have a half dozen bottles that I'm letting age and opening on Dec 6 of every year. This year I cracked the next one open and it aged even better, becoming a little more port like.

Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottled in 2013:
Pours a clear auburn, maybe amber (dark in bar). Almost no head, especially within a minute of the pour. Nose is a nice sweet plum, maybe fig, fortified wine notes.

The taste is more date or other candied dark fruit. The fortified wine ability seems to fit here, also. There is an ever so light alcohol burn, and maybe that's the difference b/t this and a fortified wine, that heat.

A nice, slow sipper and if you know what you're getting into, it's a nice dessertish beer. Definitely not for all, but try it for yourselves.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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