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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,772 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 137
Gots: 277 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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 smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner style glass. Bottled in 2009?? woah I missed that part!

Very foamy off white to light caramel colored head. Some retention. A very nice colored body of perfect brown chestnut with lots of rising carbonation and sticky cola like bubbles on the glass. Head falls somewhat quickly.

Nose is a real big rush. Mild sticky toffee with a light little malt sense in the background. Kind of airy. Nice

Taste, holy carp this is sweet as all get out. Ridiculous brown sugar rush and toasted caramelized sugar on the palate. Luckily not a real big syrupy body for the mouthfeel, and not a trace of alcohol heat or booze. Taste is almost vinous and with a sense of after dinner liquer.

Overall real special drink. Unfortunatly for myself this is way too sweet for my tastes, this really could use a food pairing I think. But I sure wouldn't turn one down, got to be in the right mood for this one I think.

Photo of tjseveryday
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of valkyre65
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy, dark honey color with good carbonation with a nice tan cap

S: Sweet brown sugar, dark fruits, booze

T: Immediate sugar blast and booze. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, candy and faded dark fruits, hint at wheat and overly ripened bananas

M: Medium to big body with nice carbonation.

O: Very drinkable for a 14% ABV beer

Photo of NCbeerpirate
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Allurex
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of SykDoc
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is in honor of my wife, whom was born on December 6th. 2007 bottling. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a clear amber color that seems to vary some depending on the light you look at it through. A very light tan 1/8 inch head forms and quickly reduces to essentially no lacing.

The aroma is solid with a dark fruit/malty sweetness. Alcohol definitely comes through. Some interestingly hoppy notes are present.

The taste is again quite malty with a raisin and caramel malt presence. There is no lack of alcohol. Sweet and just again a little tickle of hops.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation. It actually goes down quite smooth and leaves an alcohol burn with a little dryness.

Overall, I like the maltiness of this beer. The alcohol could be a little more hidden but I still find this quite enjoyable. I am biased somewhat by my wife's birthday and the date of this beer and still enjoy it quite a bit.

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of mholdefer
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly pale amber with loose taupe head that quickly fades to film. Honey liqueur, barrel, flower nectar and some booze on the nose.
Surprisingly sugar up front - pear honey cake, some date and caramel, with more candy sugar and some white pepper to end.
Bone dry finish and lingering tight burn. Medium, sticky, creamy, hot.

Strange juxtaposition between sweet and hot - it's almost too thin and sugary to handle the burn. Plays much better if you think of it as a port or sherry that requires baby sips. But the burn makes me wonder if it just needs to lay down for a year or 3, and if it would even end up that complex at the end.

Hot (heh) mess.

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Keiner
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of IlludiumQ36
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of spatendan
5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Stockfan42
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red body that gives off a deep amber red color in the light. Little to no head, fizzles away quickly.

Very sweet smelling. A bit boozy and spicy as well. Also, some dark fruits, maybe some raisins or figs.

Taste is very sweet. Sweet malts and caramel. More dark fruits like plums, raisins and figs. This beer also has a bit of heat on it and leaves a nice bitter bite in the finish.

I would say this beer is just a bit over medium bodied. Its doesnt feel to heavy but keep in mind it is 14%. A bit chewy but not to thick. Goes down pretty smooth but a bit boozy as well. Leaves a very nice sweet and bitter aftertaste.

Overall this beer is probably the best I've had for its style. Highly recommend.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

six ounce tasting for myself and a friend from a bottle recently puirchased at BevMo.

A --- deep amber color with very little foam

S --- malts, raisins and alcohol

T --- the alcohol at first is overbearing, but then I pick up elements of fig and plum. Very nice balance between malts and hops.

M --- Medium-to-full body with perfect carbination.

O --- I really enjoyed it. It has a whiskey likeness to it which I really enjoyed --- not over the top but enough to remind me this is a STRONG beer.

Photo of DeliriumDuck
5/5  rDev +25%

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
90 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.