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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 1,067
Hads: 1,939
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 177
Gots: 367 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Austria | website

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 FormatKid
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12oz bottle from Bacchus in Chattanooga. "Bottled in 2002" is on the label. This beer comes out of the bottle a rusty brown. It's very translucent. Quick fizzy head busts up about a finger-width high and quickly disappears into nothing. I'm not exaggerating when I say nothing, not even a rim of sparse foam around the edges. Carbonation rises slowly in small bubbles but is present.

Alcohol jumps right off the scent and assaults your nose. Seems like I've smelled less alcohol in a shot of whiskey. Behind the alcohol I can detect faintly the toasty malts, and a flat woody scent.

Taste is evident of alcohol all the way through. The scent and flavor here seem to corelate nearly 100%. Front is malt, which leads into that solid, oaky, wood taste. Alcohol stomps on the back of your tongue at the end, and assaults your nose from the inside out. Warm trails almost immediately crawl down my throat and accumulate in my belly. Mouthfeel is thick, almost slipping down like syrup. A nutty roundness becomes apparent as it opens up. I'd also like to add that I'm very glad I let this thing warm up a bit before consuming.

This brew has a sophisticated taste, yet busts you in the mouth with a brandy-drenched glove. I have to reach out to find some of the other flavors here besides alcohol, but they're there, just subtle. I like this beer a lot because it challenges my tastebuds. One thing I doubt I need to say here but I'll say anyway....THIS IS DEFINATELY A SIPPER.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A hard to find beer that is a really heavy Austrian entry to the best beers in the world. Although, the brewer bills it as the strongest beer in the world, it has been passed by a number of efforts by the Sam Adams brewery in the US with very mixed results. This beer is the real thing. It pours a dark brown, with amber highlights with a very small pale brown head that is very short-lasting. The aroma is fruity and malty with the odor of figs or dates being most pronounced. Those fruit flavors (maybe raisins, too) come through in the taste along with a deep malty flavor.

This is not a beer to serve to guys swilling beer at a party. They're not going to like it on a number of levels, although they will like the alcohol hit that comes after sipping for a while.

This feels very thick in the mouth with a heavy alcohol kick on the backside. The only drawback for me is a sweetness that overwhelms by the time you get to the bottom of the bottle. This is a sipping beer not one that reaches the drinkability in me.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer packs a wallop. The taste is extremely rich and potent. I had a 7oz glass on tap, and that was enough. I enjoyed it, but there's only so much you can take. The heavy malt and alcohol taste makes this a sipping beer. There aren't many other flavors, or perhaps the alcohol buries them. This only comes around once a year for a few weeks, and it would make a nice brew to have on a cold winter evening. It would be a substitute for a brandy (if I drank brandy). Overall, though, it's too tough to get down for regular drinking.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Luckily got to have a glass of this on tap. It arrived in a long glass sporting a nice bronze color with no head (barely a faint tiny one hugging the side of the glass). The aroma was all sweet malt and alcohol. The flavor is complex. Malt is all over this making this very sweet with plenty of caramel and fruity tones.

The mouthfeel is syrupy, as the malt thickly coats your tongue even after swallowing. Very thick bodied. I battled with giving this a 3 on the drinkability scale, but the complex flavors gave it another 1/2 point. Very unique and worth trying at least one in your lifetime.

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Photo of jtfest
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2001 bottling sampled. Almost a maple syrup color with reddish hues, it has a smallish tan head that eventually disappears virtually altogether. The aroma is of chocolate, alcohol, and cough syrup. A tingly carbonation accompanies the sticky thick mouthfeel with a candy sweetness and faint alcohol aftertaste. More of a desert treat than a session beer, it would be great sitting by a warm fire in the middle of a blizzard.

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Photo of Zorro
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003 Vintage here.

Pours a clear flat dark gold or brown color.

Smells like Olives and a bit of malt. Sweet and fruity like the really good olive oil they have in Italy! The stuff we get in the USA isn't even close. Smells like heaven!

Sweet malty almost syrupy! This is PURE CONCENTRATED DOPPELBOCK! More flavors than I can name. Vanilla, fruit, caramel, dates, and even some hops! This is possibly the ultimate Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is super rich.

I could drink much more of this!

Only 5 X 5 beer I have ever tasted!

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Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage here. Pours a clear, mahogany with ruby highlights. Head lasts 5 seconds and disappears, leaving no lacing behind. Aroma is incredibly complex. Rum soaked plums and peaches, toffee, molasses, and sherry. Also, some earthiness is apparent. Many additional aromas float in and out, but the alcohol presence makes up most of the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, chewy in a way, and warming alcohol is hard to miss. Taste is as complex as the nose. All kinds of fruits that have been dipped in a bucket of sherry, molasses, vinous notes akin to a good sherry, and some black pepper spiciness, all weave in and out of the flavor profile which is dominated by a big alcohol oomph. Actually, the big alcohol is craftily concealed in the taste and is much more apparent in the esophagus and below. This is truly a doppelbock on steroids. Definitely a slow sipping brew that is perfect as a nightcap(I went to sleep shortly after finishing this one). Plenty of complexities here. I would really enjoy sampling an older vintage to see how these age.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A darker shade of tanned brown here...no head at all. A super malty aroma...basically malts and alcohol is it. It just tells you right away to be careful. Alcohol dominates the flavor. Well I kind of say that, but it's so syrupy and malty as well. It's not like a shot of liquor, so much better than that. It's actually more drinkable that I expected. The malts are very sugary sweet and chewy. It really makes this an enjoyable beer for having such strength. If you don't mind alcohol playing a huge part in the flavor of a beer, than this is one sweet ass brew!

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

2001 version: Red/Orange beer with a VERY sweet bouquet that can't quite hide alcohol content. The taste is very strong in alcohol, I didnt expect it to be well hidden like in many trappists ales, but here it really seems like we have liqueur-like alcohol sticking to candy, syrup, wood. I don't understand most people's passion about this beer or it wasn't old enough, too sweet.

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Photo of oelergud
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear brownish amber, very little carbonation with a light white head, not much retention.
Very strong scent of spiced honey and concentrated molasses.
Wow, the taste knocks you on your ass. Ripe banana, strong cherries, a hint of almonds and almost as if there's a shot of good cognag in it.
Full strong body, high viscosity and somewhat chewable.
Decent drinkability.

I wish this brew had a better head and more carbonation, the sweetness in the nose and taste is great but it can become overwhelming, this is a brew perfect for sharing as a whole bottle can get too much.


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Photo of marburg
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2000. Deep brownish color. Hints of orange and red. Not hazed, but not clear -- just thick. Syrup and woodlands in the nose -- and oh yeah, alcohol. Deep, textured aromas.

Huge brown sugar flavor. Deep, carmelized, rich, layered sugar flavors. Powerful liquor -- cognac, perhaps. A bit harsh -- but not necessarily in a bad way. This is a big beer, and the alcohol asserts itself as part of the overall flavor profile.

Mild peppery finish. Alcohol driven for sure. Intense. But considering the strength and lack of carbonation, this is surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Bottled in 2002".

Man, that's a noisy head. Small and tan. Settles fast like Coke. Tiny lethargic bubbles stumble through the clear, darkred/garnet liquid. Sweet nose! Molasses, caramel, alcohol, some bread. It's almost a little cloying. Holy crap, that's a sweet front. Lots of alcohol. Sweet, dark caramel middle: syrup, grapes. Nice alcohol warming finish. Dry.


Just a little sweet for my tastes, but this is a pretty amazing beer. Tames some with temperature.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2001: Draught @ Papago
“Whoa Nellie what a beer”! A transparent deep garnet color on the pour, minimal head, minimal lace, maximal nose, the fusel alcohol just slaps your senses to the upright and locked position, ripe pineapple, bananas, bubble gum, sweet malt, its all there for the sniffing, start is sweet and nicely malted, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is all about alcohol, which at 14% makes it strong, a couple of years in the barrel, gives it a deep dark robustness that’s certainly not meant for the weak of heart or those not into dark brooding beers, should just stay away, carbonation quite mild, very dry, vinous aftertaste, that lingers on for quite sometime as does the significant “tummy warming”, excellent is all I can say.

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

Bottled in 2001 - Color is a dark coppery ruby red, somewhat clear but with a resonant glow, thin beige head puffs away like smoke but keeps a tight collar the whole glass and slow dripping lace in rings from off the collared edge. Aroma is nice and malty, a bit restrained, but befittingly sweet with dark fruityness that has a good load of raisin and plum and touches of molasses and dark cherry. Taste is big time malts, wow, pretty big malts here;darkly sweet, lightly dry, solid amounts of raisin and tinges of warming alcohol blend right in and quickly. Its pretty boozy right from the get go on this stuff, whew...not as complex as some but does have some subtlities once the alcoholic warmth lays off with vanilla and more dark fruits. Its got a very easy slippery start that keeps sliding towards a fuller feel, silky and creamy with some agreeable warmth of good Ol' alcohol. A pretty sneaky brew, nearly port-like with its big and darkly sweet malts with a smoothness thats quite comforting. The alcoholic warmth makes it presense felt. A very good warm sipper. Did I say its warm? Cuz it is...warm...and yummy.

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Photo of Crosling
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Just poured this into my Thomas Hardy's Goblet. I have to say I am a little intimidated with this beer being 14% and all. I have had bigger beers but I am not really sure what style this beer is and am not sure what to expect. It's listed as a Doppelbock but certainly doesn't look like one. Hmmmm...well see.

Pours with a copperish body with dark purple and burgundy highlight. Fast pour yielded nothing but bubbles and a small ring around the glass. No lacing either but a nice color on this one. Looks odd but really interesting.

Smells deep and exotic. Alcohol is really hidden in the aroma. Smells very sweet with cherries and figs hidden in the aroma.

This will have you naked and running down the street in a hurry! This is a huge beer! But, it goes down so smooth and tastes so refined. Tastes sweet like a fine port. An after dinner sipper for sure. Very malty woven with some deep fruit flavors, toffee, vanilla and alcohol.

For being 14% the alcohol is apparent but hidden very well. Nice warming mouthfeel and it feels heavy in the mouth. Now I am wondering what this is doing to my stomach.

Damn this is potent stuff...wow...

I might suggest splitting this with someone.

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Photo of genaro
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was bottled in 2002. It has a cloudy, dark amber color with a short-lived head. There is a complex aroma consisting of caramel, spices, fruit essences and alcohol. It has a stong alcohol taste meshed with sweetness, caramel, and fruit (figs and others). It has a sweet, oily slightly dry finish. This is a smooth beer with some bite to it in more ways than one. Be wary of its high alcohol content, it does more than warm your stomach.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper/bronze-amber pour. Thin but frothy amber-tan head fades quickly to a thin rim. Minimal lace.
Smell: Fusel alcohol whack in the beak, loads of very sweet caramel/toffee and hints of toasted malt. Ripe fruits (cherries, raisins), hints of banana, butterscotch, vanilla. Like a creamier sweeter version of barleywine.
Taste: Candy sweet malt, hints of cherry and butterscotch to start, full slickness at the top, dries somewhat with a lingering alcohol burn that mellows to warmth and a semi-dry toffee/sherry aftertaste.
Very big in all dimensions but balanced and soothing.
Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy, silky-smooth, medium-full body. Light/fine carbonation. Stunning alcohol warmth.
Drinkability: Doppelbock on steroids. Too strong for a session, but this is one hell of a beer to be re-sampled again and again.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very clear copper-gold with a nice white head, not too much retention. Aroma is largely alcohol, but with accompanying raisins and caramels. Taste is amazingly clean and smooth, a nice range of malt and alcohol flavors. Rummy, munich malty, dark fruits. Body is pretty thin, but slick. Amazingly drinkable for the level of alcohol. A wonderful, potent brew that is perfect to sip on a cold night.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2003, Sampled March 2004
Pours a clear red-copper color. The head is a tan color, but it quickly dissipates. There is a heady malty aroma that is interspersed by notes of alcohol, and a hint of cherry as well. The beer is sweet, and seems to have some nice spicy hop notes still perceptible in this young example. Notes of spice cake, alcohol, and sweet malt are interspersed. This beer again surprised me in its relatively light body. The flavors are still quite fresh in this young example, there are no notes of oxidation, and the fresh hop character is quite outstanding.

Vintage 2001, Sampled 18th of December 2003

Pours a deep reddish copper color, it is very clear as well. A thin tan head forms when the beer is roused in my glass

Thick beastly malt aromas emanate from my glass. Alcoholic notes underlie the malt in the aroma.

The taste is actually surprisingly light for a beer of this size. The taste is sweet and ends with a bit of spice (notes of allspice perhaps). There seems to be a hint of acidity here as I take my first sip. Very drinkable actually. It lacks the complexity of the aged Hurlimann Samichlaus that I had recently, but it is eminently more quaffable. Fairly clean lager profile, but the strain of fermenting this beer has allowed for a positive yeast flavor contribution. The beer is slightly hot in the finish from the alcohol. Deep fruit flavors are here; notes of raisins that have been soaked in rum, brandy-ish with subtle notes of vanilla. The spiciness of this beer seems to be perhaps a hop contribution, it is lightly bitter in the finish as well, but it is fairly subtle in this massive malty brew.

I was just imagining how incredible this would be if it was lightly aged in oak, wow that would be good. While not as complex as the Hurlimann version, it is much more drinkable, softer and I enjoy this just a bit more. I don't know that it is better though.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut-brown color with a thin tan head. Smells sugary and brandy sweet with the faintest bit of oaky notes and a whole lotta alcohol as everyone knows. Sipping this beer makes one's lips stick together after sipping. Carbonated cough syrup is an adequate description. Beautiful, though. Poured in an authentic 25 cl Samichlaus snifter. Takes an hour + to drink. We won't touch on the drinkability. Mouthfeel is again, syrupy, yet complex. I prefer it on-draught because the oakiness just doesn't seem present on the bottled version.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a deep copper color. Not much head and very little lacing. Smells like a Christmas ale. Syrup, Caramel and corn candy are present on the nose.

Thick sugar, sweet molasess and syrup dominate this beer. Hops are forgotten. Flavors are heavy malt. Alcohol is huge. Too much alcohol on the palate.

Alcohol sets up this beer. Heavy burning. Very unflavorful. This beer has no back bone. No willing to compromise. Mouthfeel is unsettling and it is just overall a bit harsh and ragged.

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Photo of daledeee
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty bold statement on the bottle"The World's Most Extraordinary Beer" I must say this is a fine beer. I wasn't sure what the 14% alcohol would do to it but the taste shines through over the alcohol.

Pours a little head if you try that goes away soon. Then there is no lace. Smell is great. Fruity apples raisins and some malt. Taste does not disappoint. A blend of fruit, malt, maple syrup.

I wish I would be patient enough. Aging this one would only make it better. Don't pass it up if you see it. Not always around.

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

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temp in a Trois Pistoles goblet. 2002 vintage.

Appearance: Gorgeously clear copper color topped by a short-lived frothy yellowish head. No lacing whatsover, but that's to be expected.

Smell: Rum soaked raisins and cherries. Maple, caramel, and honey notes. Whole lotta sweet smells goin' on here.

Taste: Über-sweet caramel malt flavor asserts itself, but gives some time to let honey, prunes, raisins, cherries, and medicinal flavors have a moment to shine. Mild alcohol tastes.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with adequate masking of the alcohol.

Drinkability: *insert standard disclaimer about not having more than one in a sitting* That said, I'll definitely pick this one up when it comes out this year. Cain't wait for a vertical tasting that's coming up in the DC area.

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Photo of Dmann
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could not help myself when I saw this beer at the store the other day. Just reading the info on the back plus all the good things I heard about it justified paying $4.50 for a bottle! It pourd a dark brown color with just a very small off white head. The smell of plums and raisons jumped out at me as well as a hint of alchohol. The taste was heavenly with a great malt profile, toasty nut flavor, raisons and a excelent warming effect from the alchohol. This was a great beer and I will be going back to pick up more to consume and age.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one is all around astounding. A nice deep brown color, while still retaining plenty of transparency. Not every dark beer has to be absolutely pitch black. It's smells toasty and with plenty of carmel, which is also about how it tastes. Very sweet, very heavy, and with a hint of fruit in it.

If there's any complaints against this one, it would have to be that there is definately a heavy alcohol aftertaste, but there's enough other flavors in here that it just blends in, one flavor with all the rest. A wonderful brew.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.