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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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1,706 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,706
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4
pDev: 17%
Wants: 128
Gots: 238 | FT: 12
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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.

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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2013. Pours a beautiful clear medium amber with a rich dark ruby cast. Exceptional head volume, lacing and retention for 14% alcohol. Rich nose of dark fruit (plum, raisin, date), caramel, and brown sugar over a rum like alcohol base. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture that is also oily slick, simply superb. Below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is intense, not very balanced (sweetness predominates) and complex. It begins with an assault of dark fruit (plum and raisin mostly) against a very rich sweet caramel malt background. In the middle, the dark fruits fade rapidly while the sweetness blends with a rum like alcohol. Sweetness and rum slowly fade into the finish where a bit of hop bitterness is evident. It leaves you with a surprisingly light alcohol burn at the back of the throat over a lingering sweetness with notes of rum. At room temperature, the rum flavor becomes quite pronounced as does the burn.

This one is hard to review. The first sips are world class (4.6 on the first pass), but after 10 ounces or so over 45 minutes, the sweetness becomes a bit annoying and I have the 750 bottle! So in goes a wine cap and back in the fridge this one goes.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Lager meets sweetened spiced wine. A good thing to have in small amounts a couple times a year. Not sure I would want more than a little at a time.

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3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a seidel mug. Frothy cream-colored head from the pour two fingers thick. Lacy film over the liquid. Brown body with blonde hues and medium carbonation. 4.5

Smells like a caramel apple. Sweet malt and bread. Toast even. Slight alcohol aroma. Mildly reminiscent of a sweet wine. 4

Immediately reminds me of a grape sucker. There's certainly a grape quality that blends with the sweet, caramel malt flavor. Slight taste of alcohol, but nothing offensive. I am not crazy about the taste of a grape lollipop, so this isn't my favorite. I'm not sure how age will alter this, but I'll have to try again. 3.25

As the beer is low carbonation and thick it has a syrupy quality. A bit of yeast feel mid-palate and the finish has a touch of solvent. Not my favorite collection of sensations. 3.5

I had high expectations for this brew, but it's not nearly my favorite. Fresh, it seems to be a syrupy, candy-like, low-carbed wine. It's a bit too sweet for me too I guess. This doesn't make it bad at all, just very average.

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
90 out of 100 based on 1,706 ratings.