Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 1,724
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rAvg: 4
pDev: 17%
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Gots: 244 | 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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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Poured into a snifter.

Has almost no head and no lacing, but thats really to be expected with 14% ABV. Pours a brownish muddy orange.

Smells like dry grains. Loads of sweetness from all the unfermentable sugars. Laden with booze.

Taste really isnt as boozy as you would expect. The booze is there, but its masked by dry grains and hints of dark fruits. The scary thing about Samichlaus is that its drinkable. You dont feel the alcohol until youve gotten well into your pint, but when the alcohol hits you, watch out. It catches up rather quickly. That may seem bad, but its not. From a German-region Doppelbock, the smooth malt bill and drinkability are standard.

Once it sits out (because you cant drink it fast--literally), it looks like lucid whiskey or cognac.

Samichlaus sips really well, and was very nice on a rather chilly 11-11-11 here in Durham, NC. I dont know how they say it in Austrian, but in German--Ein Prosit!

Photo of BierGartenok
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bro CH again for this Tasty brew! 2007 Vintage.

Pour is a wonderful copper/dark gold color. Little to no head retention and minimal lacing. WOW, sweet malt is huge on the nose Caramel, Vanilla bean and candied sugar follow through. Upfront sweet on the tongue and heavy malted goodness. Roasted vanilla and candy as you taste. Mouthfeel is medium to full body, hard to believe this is a lager. Finish is sweet and long. Very delicious brew. Just a great beer. Get it, Drink It, Love it...Cheers!

Photo of bschinelli
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer, if you can call it that (calls itself a malt liquor). Poured a deep, burnished copper into the glass. Very little foam, and what was there vanished immediately. Smells of caramel malt, and caramel and malt, and a little of alchohol. Tastes surprisingly smooth. Lots of malt flavor in the mouth, with generous sweetness. Not a lot of hops to balance it out. No dryness or alcohol in the finish, just malt and more malt.

Overall, interesting example of a european barley wine. Tastes good with a very sharp hard cheese, like a parmigiana.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2007: poured (twice) into my La Chouffe stemmed tulip (25 cl glass). Had this beer for over three years, for some reason decided this was the night to broach it (4 Nov 2011).

The beer was a lovely autumnal red colour, but what happened to the head, was there one before I turned away and started writing this review?

The smell was simular to a good Greek sweet red wine, meaning rich and alcohol drenched. Almost Port like in the sweetness of the esters: you could get drunk just by smelling this beer.

The taste follows the aromas, very sweet and alcoholic in nature, lovely for me: as I prefer the sweeter, stronger brews (in small amounts). One small bottle is enough for me though. This beer is far to easy on the palate for those with a sweet tooth, hop fans will struggle to enjoy its pleasures, tough.

Can't believe it has an alcoholic content of only 14% ABV, seems stronger to me: but I'm not used to such strong brews, I live in Shropshire!

Photo of zaphodchak
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rare 2006 keg tapping, tasted in October 2011.

One finger white head, orange-ruby body. No retention.

Powerful, sweet nose of prune, booze, and cherry.

Super rich taste-- port dominates. Plum, caramel, wheat and yeast character. Possible trace of pineapple ester, but hard to say.

Carbonation is sparse but bright. Due to being on draft?

Outstanding strong sipper for warming up by the fireside.

Photo of Fux
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sample from the batch bottled in 1997. At that time, it was brewed by Hürliman in Switzerland. It was mentioned at that time as the guinness book of record's strongest beer in the world.
Note : this review may be strongly affected by the aging of the beer (15 years old).

A: Intangible, mahogany (?) color with absolutely no head. Very unusual elegant appearance.

S: The finest old Porto poured from the bottle to my glass. This smell is however not overwhelming the sweet roasted and chocolate malts behind. The ABV is well hidden from the nose.

T: The maderization is still dominating. But this brew remains a true malt bomb, chocolate, caramels, roasted malts, very complex from the first sip. It becomes rapidly very sweet, sugary. Finishes warm, very warm !

M: Given the ABV, I would have expected something far more syrupy. It is indeed smooth but not heavy at all. It is still a lager and is then quite drinkable. Not a daily beer however !

O: I do not know about young Samichlaus. That makes it quite difficult to compare. However I can tell that the aging on this beer is really wonderful. The Madeira aromas are perfectly blending with the powerful malts and aging may also compensate for all the sugars in this beer. I will definitely have this again (and again !).

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer sounded interesting, so I picked up a bottle at Beercrazy to celebrate finishing another marathon. Bottled in 2009, and according to the info on the bottle, that would make the brewing date in 2008.

Warning, this beer is freakin' strong, and not for the feint of heart. I actually found it too strong for me.

It's a medium brown color, clear, with carbonation that goes from really fizzy to flat in about 30 seconds. The aroma is very noticeable. Caramel and what resembles a port wine, like a deep and rich cherry. The taste almost knocked me out. A massive amount of flavor. Caramel, toffee, cherry, plum, like a beer and a port wine had a child together and raised it in an Austrian castle.

It's build good but proved to be too much for my palate. I'll save it for a steak marinade later.

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4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz of dark copper beautifulness into a snifter. Head is very little to none, off white and expires in a short second. No lacing, but huge tall sticky booze legs, at 14% abv I guess one would expect that.

Brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, plum, caramel, candy apple, so much going on including a nice whiff of that booziness in there. Very sweet brew here, alot of residual sugars after that 14% fermentation.

Starts out big with the dark fruits & brown sugar - so sweet, its crazy. Caramel malts smooth it out and transition it to the back where there is a candy apple like sweetness & alcohol heat. Malt bomb, not getting any hop presence here at all. With the alcohol heat at the back, i do get some vanilla notes though. Smoothe moutfeel with a lovely alcohol burn in the chest throughout, damn I love big beers!

Overall, such a malt bomb - very sweet, very boozy, and a hell of a lot going on. For some reason, that I cant put a finger on, it reminds me of the holidays. At $5.50 per bottle ($.50 / oz) I dont think I will revisit this one - solid brew though.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby brown color with moderate carbonation coming from the bottle of the glass. Head is cream-colored and lasts at a one finger height for about 30 seconds, receding down to a foamy ring that sticks for a long time around the surface of the liquid.

Pretty intense aroma with lots of sweet malts, caramel, red fruits (such as cherries and raspberries), nuts and wood/oak. All of it with a boozy alcohol punch along with acetone.

If the taste of this beer could be described by only one word, that word would be "sweet". It starts with malt, licorice and caramel, moving on to woody and red fruit. I get no hop character whatsoever in this beer. Finish is long and sweet, again with a potent alcohol bite and a warming sensation that follows.

Body is heavy and carbonation is low. Not as viscous as the high abv would make me think. Drinkability is on the low side due to excessive sweetness. Definitely a sipper.

Overall an interesting lager with lots of complexity in aroma and taste, but it is a very sweet and boozy beer that lacks balance. But i think it is worth having at least once.

Photo of Cavery
2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottle purchased for the sake of disciplining myself to put away some beers. I figured I'd sample one of them to gauge where it's at and what I think of it.

A: Really light looking, thin brown cheap maple syrup with perhaps even some lighter cranberry juice character to the body. This really could pass for a plum iced tea with the complete lack of head. Literally no head formation, no lacing.

S: Smell isn't bad at all with some sugar coated raisins, fermented sugar cane (rum) whiffs, and some slightly sweet dessert wine character. Alcohol is apparent in the end with a modest suggestion of sugary rum booze.

T: Really very sweet raisin and rum flavor. The alcohol is fairly tame in the flavor, but it really spreads its warmth in the mouth as you sip. A slightly bitter finish that is suggestive of sweet porridge. Even with the sweetness, it feels juxtaposed with even more sweetness. It's like throwing packets of white sugar mixed with splenda on lucky charms. Just too sweet for me, but some people might like it.

M: It's just so light in the mouth, and when soft carbonation bubbles pop I can't help but think I'm just crunching on sugar crystals. It's like a mixed drink where you take 5 packets of sugar, splashes of old dessert wine, garnish with a few raisins, and then add a tablespoon of Perrier. At least it's not flat I guess.

O: Just way off my idea of good flavor. This beer is so not my style, and I can't help but feel I don't think time is going to change this beer enough for me. Simply too sweet, and too light in the body. If you like fresh 120 Minute IPA, then this is your doppelbock. Layers of sweetness, where low carbonation and popping sugar crystals collide in a dissonant juxtaposition of sweetness. Excuse me while I inject myself with insulin.

Photo of DCon
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 330ml bottle of this from The Old Millstream Inn & Beer Garden in St. Charles, MO for $9. Poured from the silver paper foiled topped bottle w/ "The Word's Most Extraordinary Beverage", "PRODUIT OF D-AUTRICHE" (should this be Oesterreich?!?), & Biere extra forte= extra strong beer written on the front into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a Freshness date but while its says "BOTTLED IN 2010" on the front, The Bottled on Date HAS to e December 6, 2010 b/c of the occasion of brewing this limited brew.

Aroma- Has an extremely strong aroma from the start with a booziness that very nice. Sweet caramel and malt play a good part in this aroma also. Very interested to see how the strength and intensity of the aroma becomes much stronger and complexed when aging one of these!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that stays for good time. Has a dark brown color body with tons of ingredient and body. Has the "legs" that are found in many brews that are much more viscous.

Flavor- Great sweetness and rich qualities all the way through. Has a bit of the booziness as found in the smell. Has light chocolate and caramel flavors but the fruitiness and strength takes over to the end. Has a light bitterness at the finish. Very warming finish! Wonderful!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has the caramel flavor and good strength to finish on the tongue.

Overall Impression- I'm definitely finding another one of these and aging it! What a great brew! Very rich, strong, and full of flavor and body. A big beer that is aloud to call it the most extraordinary brew in the world! Its funny I never heard/saw this when I lived in Wien for 6 months but maybe its because they say its from D'Autriche on the bottle... I recommend this to those who enjoy STRONG Doppelbocks, Barleywines, and brews with tons of strength.

Photo of Vierenner
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I'm glad I came across this one ... recommended to me by a liquor store owner in Tucson. I don't know if other breweries have attempted to create such a product ... if not, they should! It truly is an extraordinary beverage. I only wish the sweetness was scaled back a little bit. It's as though a dozen sugar cubes were dissolved into each bottle before capping. If you like sweet (like Southern Tier Creme Brulee'), give this one a try.

Photo of cooler4life
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear appearance with little to no cloudiness. Amber brown color. Half finger head that does stay around. Leaves a small amount of lacing, mainly from the head. Carbonation is very, very fine. Quite nice.

S- Unique! I like it. You can pick up the alcohol; however it is masked by a sweet, tangy brown sugar and molasses. I do pick up some dark fruits as well.

T- Sweet. I get the alcohol bite at first (expected with the 14% ABV!), but then it smooths out considerably. I taste plums, raisons with some hints of tobacco and chocolate. This is a complex brew.

M- Lights up your mouth with the alcoholic burn, but is more of a smoldering ember than a wildfire. Thick and sticky, you can enjoy this one long after the bottle is gone.

Photo of dahlen22
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper/Light brown with almost no head to speak of.

Aroma: Malts, a whisky-type scent and some dark candied fruits, and brown sugar.

Taste: Whoa!! Smooth with almost zero carbonation. Malty syrup, raisins, whisky, cherries, and figs with a creamy feel and warming alcohol (whisky) in the end.

Overall: This beer is not for the faint of heart. Smooth, yet a sipper. Creamy, yet more like a whisky than a beer. If you are a new-comer to great beers, this will scare the B'Jesus out of you. If you are a connoisseur (which if you spend time on this site, you should be), this is a sipper to be savored and is top notch. Next time, I get two and put one in the cellar for an extended period of time to age. Cheers!!

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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured into a wine glass

Amber pour with a finger of off white head that quickly disappears.

Smell is of dark fruit, sugar, caramel, and alcohol.

Taste follows the noise. This is a malt bomb. Tons of caramel and sugar are all over. Dark fruit is also dominant - raisins, cherry, grape, and figs. Alcohol provides some warming, but this doesn't seem as strong as 14%.

Carbonation has held up well. Very thick, chewy, and rich.

I will definitely seek out this beer in the future, and hope to enjoy it at various ages. It is one of the most drinkable beers I have tried at this level of ABV. Great doppelbock!

Photo of ThaCreep
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

However, deep copper color with golden highlights. No foam. Malt aroma, ripening brown and alcohol, but are not ubiquitous. It feels as melted caramel and strawberries that come in addition, enhance the fruity beer which released already flavors of plums and dried figs.

The entry on the palate is much easier than you might imagine for a beer of this ABV - alcohol, although this remains firmly under control and there is no intrusive, unlike Bush Amber beer such as Dubuisson - but the aftertaste leaves the brew express its power and warms the palate, leaving the flavor of good old Scotch whiskey.

Beer remarkable for its ABV surprisingly digestible and tastes amazing.

Photo of camil1mj
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage poured at cellar temp into my Founders snifter.

A: This looks like ice tea. Even the head does. I did not expect it to look like this.

S: Sweet, sweet booze.

T: Tastes like a very sweet and liquory barleywine. I like it.

M: Thin with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Great sipper for a cold night. Will be buying some more of this.

Photo of Derranged
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Samichlaus Bier tulip of sorts. Label reads: "Bottled in 2009".

A- Dark amber brown with very thin white head.

S- A bit sour and boozy. Burns the nostrils a little. Very sweet; brown sugar and molasses.

T- Very sweet, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, almost like a boozy cola. A tad sour, super malty with alcohol burn.

M- Thick flat and syrupy. Leaves a slight burn in the throat and numbs the lips.

O- This was an interesting beer but not great. Next time I'll try a fresher one.

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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