Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 1,041
Hads: 1,842
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 159
Gots: 312 | FT: 17
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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 watermelonman
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice and bright amber color with a minimal head. It's not leaving any lace at all.

The smell is a small step away from perfection, being extremely strong yet very appealing. The flavors are huge consist of sweet malts, alcohol, and almost a hint of assorted fruits. There's no shortage of body, either. (322 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Capital Ale House for their weekly "Steal the Glass" night. $8.50 for a 10oz glass. I'm assuming this was the 2003 edition that was kegged this year.

Color is very much like bourbon or whiskey. Copper-hued with a minute splash of head that was gone in an instant. Aromas are hot and heavy with alcohol sweetness. Notes of rum-soaked dark fruit at the edges. Same goes for the flavor. A huge splash of sugary sweetness up front that is quickly ravaged by the scorching alcohol fire that threatens to burn your tongue. Residual sweetness lingers after the ABV dies down. Not nearly as full-bodied as I'd expected and it really struck me as almost unbalanced. Tough to work my way to the bottom of this glass. Maybe I'm missing something with this beer, but it just didn't do anything for me. The waiter said this was the sweetest beer he'd ever tasted. For me, it's close. It's right behind the initial release of DFH 120 minute IPA at the AOBF last year. I have a bottle from 2002 that I won't be touching for years... (1,034 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium tan color, off white bubbly head which fades into nothingness almost instantly. Smell is over the top with alcohol and raisins. Taste is reminiscent of wine. Somewhat of a biscuit sweetness, bordering, if not slightly crossing, into cloying. Full slick mouthfeel with a lot of alcohol burn on the way down. A Quadruplebock, if I had to coin a style. Worth $5 a bottle? This time, but probably never again. (412 characters)

Photo of bnuttz
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2003 edition

pours a spectacular amber, with a small head of bubbles that disappear quickly. The smell of this beer is crazy I smell sweetness and a hint of alcohol, but mostly just sweetness. The taste is all caramel and alcohol. The sweetness hides the alcohol fairly well in this instance, I am suprised. This beer is reminiscent of the DFH extreme beers for me, as I have tried them first, this does a better job of hiding the alcohol. A class A brew, just one that could not be drank in quantity (503 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a thin head that is gone quite quickly this badboy seems to be more carbonated than expected,whoo the alcohol is very prevelant in the aroma almost whisky-ish along with some raisin and dried fruit.With this being a 2003 bottle this needed more time to mellow I think before opening,big and chewey with huge alcohol tones.Pretty darn sweet but it doesnt coat the mouth,has a nice mouthfeel not to thick but it may be hard just to finish this one I have.Like I said this beer could stand to age another year but no doubt this is a badass mofo beer, will get again and hold for awhile. (618 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
1.3/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

(Bottled 2003). Deep golden colour, moderate head. Aroma of sugary alcohol and hay. Grossly over-hyped and over-rated beer, mostly by people obviously fascinated by the high ABV. Sorry, I have difficulties respecting the ratings of people who actually LIKE this crap. Flavour is cloyingly & revoltingly sweet, alcohol, molasses, syrup, syrup and more syrup. And alcohol. Did I mention syrup? And alcohol? This is gross. This is REALLY gross. Half of it went down the drain. And I paid nearly US$10 (in Norway) for this bottle! (Sob!) Cellaring it for 30 years might have helped A LITTLE, but why cellar crap? A real drainpour, if I ever saw one. Thank God I drank it in November - "Samichlaus" would have ruined my Christmas completely. (736 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brownish-copper witha thin, light tan lead. No lace to speak of. Smell is oaky and malty. Hints of oregano and crushed tomato. Lightly smoky and rich fruity malt.

Tastes of sour fruit, black currant, cherries and crushed sweet apples. Nutty maltiness. Light alcohol but incredibly smooth for 14%! Roasted maple syrup and pine sap are evident as it warms. Huge in the mouth. Really sticky. Sips like a fine port. Not that drinkable but nice for what it is. An incredible beer. Will get more to age although it's pretty good straight from the store. A must try if you want to know what beer is capable of being. (625 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a spotty white lace head that quickly dissapates to nothing. The aroma is awesome. It has a very warm, malty scent that boasts of many crystal malts and lots of alcohol; very complex. The taste is exceptional. It has an incredibly smooth malty flavor for the abv. . It goes down easy and finishes warm and sweet; very tastey. This is a sipping beer, but it has a large, complex taste. The mouthfeel is awesome. For a high gravity beer it has an adequate amount of carbonation and a rich, full body. This is a great beer. It has exceptional flavor and mouthfeel; a kick ass brew. (613 characters)

Photo of 57andcounting
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head that doesn’t last long. There is just the least bit of lacing on the glass. It smells like a drink made with hard liquor on the rocks. Malt and alcohol. A sweetness like burnt sugar comes through.
The taste will set you back a bit. With the high alcohol, that is to be expected. Pleasing, fruity, sweet and alcohol aftertaste, light on the tongue, goes down easy. The alcohol starts to hit right away. This is a great after dinner drink. I suggest sharing the bottle with a friend.
I am going to stock a few of these away and see what happens in a few years. (586 characters)

Photo of etaggie09
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Vintage

Appearance: dark burgundy cognac-like color. quickly disappearing head. nice legs run down the glass.

Aroma: creamy, rich, vinous, and malty. A sweet, fruity wonder.

Taste: Oh this is a great dopplebock. Ayinger Celebrator was good, but this is much better. That classic creamy, malty dopplebock taste with a nice alcoholic profile. Ooooh yes. Like a good cognac.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully creamy with near perfect carbonation. superb.

Drinkability: 14% ABV? Are you kidding me? The alcohol was more prominent in the Rochefort 8.

Notes: Man this is good. Just freakin wonderful. (606 characters)

Photo of Higravity
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have had this beer several times and served it with desert to some of my girlfriends yuppie friends form work. I got two bottles and poured them into small dram glasses as I knew no one but me might like it.

The beer it self has a nice dark coppery color and the smell is of strong malt sweetness and other festive adjucnts: raisins/prunes, muted hops, and several types of sugars I'm sure. It is good @ about 55-60F not too cold or some of the flavors will stay hidden. The first taste is highly sweet and alcoholic but once you are expecting it the second taste is where you can keep it in your mouth finding all the different tastes of molasses and malt and the fruity tones. It has a decent after taste that is much like the beer and it goes well when eating some sweet chocolate confection. (800 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottled in 2003. Has a copper colored hue with a slight head. Massively sweet, caramel smell. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Has a very sweet caramel malt, grape, port wine taste followed by strong, sweet alcohol flavors to finish.

This brew tastes like a well aged Barleywine, and it's less than a year old. Pretty cool ! (336 characters)

Photo of Stingray5
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2000. inspection of the bottle reveals this is 11.2 FL OZ brewed in Austria. Tear the paper, pop the cap and pour the deep garnet, viscous liquid into the glass, slight head that fades to nothing immediately. Soda-like fizz and then no visible carbonation. initial aroma is dark fruit, prune, sherry. A wisp of smoke. Fades a bit after the initial pour. First sip reveals a hearty mouthful. Sweet caramel malt with more dark fruit notes, sweetness lingers on the tip of the tongue and alcohol afterburn coats the throat.

A sipper for sure, I think I'll wait until the dead of winter to crack open another one of these bellywarmers. (646 characters)

Photo of rugger
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow finally the great Samichlaus has come to pay me a visit. I was eager to give this one a shot. Pours a nice copper with a light head that dissapears quickly and then this beer just sits there cleara and calm as it can be. The smell is enough to get a beer lover excited, that barleywine big beer big malt smell with raisins, figs cloves and all sorts of good things. Then the first taste knocks you for a loop as it is big and sweet. The taste is of big malt with a molassas and toffee fig flavor. You can really taste the alcohol in this big boy. The mouthfeel has to be one of the biggest I have had in a while. Drinkability is questionable, I could Drink another but I don't think I am ready to call it a day yet. (719 characters)

Photo of nomad
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2002 vintage

A warm rosy red pours out with deeper glints, creating a beer of resplendent color but purely placid surface. After an initial bubbling in a snifter this lager sits as still, clear, and smooth as glass.

Whether on draught or bottle, this beer smells to me of cocoa powder amongst sweet German Cara malts. Balancing is an appropriate alcohol presence that is well integrated.

Flavor continues with light cocoa hints and a powdery dryness that keeps the sugary malt body at bay. Smooth and surprisingly slight despite its starting gravity, there's a slight creaminess in the finish. Has the definiton of a round, moderate mouthfeel only accentuated by aging.

A classic "bier" if there ever was, I've been able to sample a variety of vintage bottles, always pleasing but never one I'm dying to drink again. I love a malty, big beer, but its a bit sweet and not as complex as comparable beers. (914 characters)

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1999 Bottle

In the words of Johnny Carson, "This is some wild and wacky shtuff." Pours a murky, muddy brown with reddish highlights and with very little head.

Aroma is strongly alcoholic, almost like rum. Fruity (plums, raisins), and syrupy malt (in the best doppelbock tradition).

Very smooth mouthfeel and creamy mouthfeel. Very thick and syrupy. Big on alcohol with dark fruits, and some chocolate. Not really any hops to speak of. Extremely warming.

This is something else, but being something else it should be savored, and enjoyed slowly on special occassions. (579 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden amber color. The nose is high in alcohol. There is a good malt behind it, but it is highly obscured with the alcohol. There is a bit if fig in there. Wow. This beer makes my face do cartwheels. The second taste is a bit better. The flavor is sweet and molasses. This is a thick beer. I don't know where this falls in the style, but after the initial taste, this is a pretty decent beer. This is thick and syrupy. I think that one of these would do me, but I think I want to get another and let it sit for a few years and see where that gets me. (569 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An unassuming two tone silver and black triple labeled, "Eggenberg Schlob" embosed browner 11.2 oz bottle that most importantly dates this as a 2003 vintage, on the body label. Other info: "the world's most extrodinary beer" "malt liquor 14 % ABV" and on the back body label "brewed only once a year on December 6 and aged for 10 months."

Poured into a tulip glass, shows like a golden amber coppery clear hued offering with scant bubbles rising under a halo ringed white high ABV toned cap.

Easy aroma of malts overbearing the nose with some spicey hints similar, not surprising, to a Barley Wine Ale. Not a lot of other scents.

First swigs: Massive syrupy maximum malted almost port wine. Tons of turbinado raw sugar taste. Sticky lingering cloying aftertaste of sugar, sugar, and more sugar. Awl-kee-hawl esters also, (duh!) obviously arise to the fore of the tongue here. As warmed, a bit of ginger spice and confectioners sugar peeks out.

A wee bit cloying on the syrupy side. Second pour is "second verse...same as the first." Flat root beer takes over this one to a detriment, me fears.

Last swigs: A seriously warm down the gullet port wine turns to root beer soda notes meets barley wine offering. An 11.2 oz is almost 10.2 oz too much. But seriously folks, this turned into a port wine after half way thru.

Beer is good. Happy strong beering. (1,373 characters)

Photo of dren
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I had to re-evaluate this beer. I slammed it the first time I had it, but after having it again, I have to give it a much better rating.

2004 on the bottle

It pours a dark amber with a slight cream colored head. Smells of dark dried fruits, plums, figs. Tastes of the same dark dried fruits, some dark chocolate flavors, brown sugar and earthy flavors. More flavor than sweetness unlike the Belgian candied beers. A warming alcohol presence. A very heavy mouthfeel, almost like wax coating your throat. If it wasn't for the thick mouthfeel I would like this beer a bit more. Certainly a sipper. This beer holds well over the years and starts to mellow/blend its flavors. I've heard this is best drank 2 years after the date on the bottle. (744 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 vintage - bottle: Poured a clear light brown colored beer with a medium head with almost no retention. Aroma is reminiscent of plums with a touch of alcohol. Taste is quite sweet with again the plum taste being quite evident. Alcohol is quite subtle but still noticeable, which is quite good for a 14% beer. Overall, this is very enjoyable and can see some similarities with a good barley wine. (399 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Way high alcohol and it smelled it. 2003 edition and in an ideal world it would have waited closer to its 2008 expiry date. Like a 100 proof. This is the Austria brewed under license and no longer the original and not all that complex. Orange-amber-yellow appearance with some lace. Some syrupy fruit mid-sip. (309 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2000.

Appearance: Quite a deep brown with hints of mahogany. Whatever fizzy head arose soon faded to... absolutely nothing. Too much alcohol to have any retention.

Smell: Strong malt.

Taste: Very strong alcohol taste is reminiscent of brandy. Subtle fruit esters of plum and cherry arise. A sweet vanilla flavor is compounded with a taste of oak, both of which fade into the decadently sweet malt. A complex and heavy beer, closer to an aged whiskey.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and rich, this coats the mouth and has a cloying property.

Drinkability: Whoa. It's nice, but I can't imagine ever drinking more than one of these. It might even be better to split one with someone else, as an entire bottle gets to be a bit much. (741 characters)

Photo of danadeny
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 2003.

Poured a brownish red color with no head. It smells doughy and a little fruit sweetness. The taste of sweet sweet alcohol is strong. There is a hint of some spice and some burtness, but mainly flavors of sugar and maple syrup. This proved to be a little more than a sipping beer, something I would have 1 or 2 of a night. The mouthfeel is slick and oily. overall not too bad, but nothing too special. (417 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2000:
12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep deep ruby red with one finger of head that quickly dies to a small collar. There is no lacing left over. The smell is potent! Rich and malty, with lots of plums and grapes topped on caramel malts. A fairly strong dose of alcohol sure wakes your ass up too. Its almost got the smell of a strong scotch ale or wee heavy. The taste is also way over on the malty side. Those dark fruits really shining through again, just not as much as in the smell. A bit too much alcohol on the finish. By how it's pasked, you'd think this was plum schnapps. The mouthfeel is very thick and strong, heavy on the tongue. The drinkability suffers some due to the strong strong alcohol content and taste. It'll sure put your ass to sleep! (797 characters)

Photo of chriscolby
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle: "Bottled in 2003 . . . 14% ABV"

The beer pours a deep copper color and is crystal clear. There's not much of a head to Samichlaus, but that is expected from a beer of this gravity. Lots of alcohol, esters and fusels in the nose, again as expected, but not so much that they totally overshadow the malt.

The flavor is moderately malty, noticably sweet and very alcoholic. The beer's body is lighter and drier than you might expect from such a huge beer. It's not dry by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not as thick and sickly sweet as some big beers tend to be. Lightly carbonated.

It's "drinkability" is good, assuming you are sipping it. Samichlaus bears little resemblence to what most people think of as beer. It's more alcoholic by far than most beers and is even more boozy than many big, red wines. (In fact, you catch quite a bit of the raison/plum notes you might find in a fruity wine in this beer.) A great beer to sip and slowly savor on a cold winter's night (which I should have saved it for rather than drinking it now in July). (1,075 characters)

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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