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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,615 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 122
Gots: 209 | 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%

reaganrvltn, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

clevelandhops, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

dannyboygaga, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Anatole, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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!).

Roguer, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

1jstafan, Aug 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

rostencrantz, Jul 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Walkerjgt, Jul 31, 2014
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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
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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
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,615 ratings.