Samichlaus Classic
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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From:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
 
Austria
Style:
Doppelbock
Ranked #29
ABV:
14%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,865
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 16.17%
Reviews:
1,185
Ratings:
1,054
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 21, 2022
Added:
Feb 25, 2001
Wants:
  203
Gots:
  441
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: 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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Rated: 4.64 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 330mL bottle into my BeerAdvocate teku.

Appearance: rich, dark-amber hue with a crystal-clear body and a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. I would like a little more head on this, but that color is simply outstanding.

Smell: sweet malt with a rich combination of raisin, date, and tobacco that I love in a high-ABV malty beer. Very nice.

Taste: the flavor backs up the aroma, but with the addition of a slightly fruity character that reads to me as cherry and perhaps blackberry, but without tartness and with plenty of sweetness. The date/tobacco thing is just delicious -- a sweet treat that's hard to beat.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a light carbonation and a rich smoothness that is not exactly creamy, but is quite good.

Overall: this beer is ludicrously sweet, so it's not something I would drink a ton of. But a 330mL serving for dessert is just perfect.
Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by samEBC from Belgium

Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by clausthaler from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
It’s so sweet like syrupy. I’m drinking this on a rainy night in July so I probably fucked up, this would be interesting/good in the winter after a meal and shared. No barrel character, it’s good but so sweet I really cannot get into it. Would really be best following Christmas dinner or something.
Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Skabiski from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Dark ruby red color. Almost burnt caramel aroma. Taste follows nose with a bit of good booziness in the finish. Sticky mouthfeel. This is everything you want in a big beer.
Jun 03, 2022
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a dark chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, dark fruits. Taste is cherries, raisins, malts, and lots and lots of alcohol. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid but very boozy beer.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.2oz can poured into a tulip.

Pours an amber with ruby hues; nice clarity and transparency; small light khaki head that fades quickly leaving decent retention and lacing. Great color.

The aromas are malt forward. Lots of sweet caramel. Some dark fruits, toffee and cocoa. Some vanilla and coconut as well.

The flavors follow the nose perfectly. More sweet and sticky caramel leading the way. Lots of raisins along with some cherries. More cocoa and toffee. Some milk chocolate. More vanilla and coconut in the mix. Solid sweetness. Subtle spiciness. Lower bitterness. Strong malt backbone. It drinks big and finishes slightly hot, but in a good way. It becomes more balanced the more that you dive into it.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's slick, sticky and slightly fluffy.

This is a great Triplebock. It's big and bold while ultimately remaining balanced. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done. I really like it.
Mar 03, 2022
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A Rare Beer Club selection. Pours a dark copper color with almost no head. Aroma is dark fruit and caramel. Tastes of sweet cherries, other fruit and alcohol. Finishes with a warm alcohol burn. Enjoyable.
Feb 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Feb 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by irishevans from California

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Kenneth_Penn

2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Sweet. It could well.be this is just my style. I like dryer ales. This is for cola lovers IMHO. Great pairing with sweet milk chocolate. I could see this working with a Brie and honey, or maybe something savory? Standing alone I’m not a fan. Possibly great if you like triples?
Feb 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2012 vintage poured from a 330mL bottle into a snifter. pours a light brown but gathers in the glass more a faint barleywine brown. no head, no lacing. cherry, port wine and a bit of rye bread on the nose. taste has all that going on plus caramel and fig. it’s a sipper but it’s damn tasty. medium to almost medium thin in body with a slight watery finish. however, despite the appearance, nose AND taste, this is a doppelbock and not a barleywine or old ale. you just expect a little more body from a 14%’er. that said, the thinner mouthfeel makes it a little easier to drink as it is caramel, toffee sticky in feel as well. overall, a very complex beer that opens up and rewards its drinker more and more as the liquid is consumed.
Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2016 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear amber golden red hue with essentially no head.
S: Cherries, brown sugar, oaked sherry, sweet malt, and some dark dried fruit. Boozy.
T: Sweet caramel, dark cherries, oak, red berries, vinous and sherry notes, and some dark dried fruit.
M: Medium body. Layers of malt sweetness. Some fruit and berry elements. Boozy and yet kept in check, likely aging has helped. Lingers nicely on the palate. The 14% ABV sneaks up on you!
D: An interesting brew and glad I got to try it. Definitely one for sipping after a meal with friends. Aging extremely well.
Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2021 vintage; drank 1/11/22 @ the Yarchives.

See-through brown/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy khaki head almost no lace.

Sweet caramel, cream & mild raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Port wine, caramel & mild raspberry flavors.

Sweet & boozy, but certainly interesting. I'd have another!!
Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
-this cola-colored bottle pour (bottled in 2019) hosts no visible carbonation and a super boozy, toffee-like aroma.
The flavor is full-vitamin K (an occasional childhood tribulation). This version does include some dried, dark fruit aspects and molasses.
The mouthfeel is slick, thin and a bit sticky in the after-taste. I’ll continue to age the other three.
Jan 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.73 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by justme from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Split a bottle with my brother. I bought it last year. Wonderful flavor but the alcohol will knock you over. Sip it slowly with food. Have 3 more bottles will maybe try one next Christmas see if it can mellow more. Most likely will try the fourth one Christmas 2024.
Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
11.2oz bottle dated 2016 poured into a chalice shows a clear, dark garnet body and almost floats a cap of cream colored bubbles sans lacing.

Sweet booze aroma has hints of apricot and plum and plenty of brown sugar.

Flavors hint of grape juice with dark brown sugar.

Oily, full mouthfeel with lip smacking sweetness.

Overall a classic malt bomb.
Dec 13, 2021
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Rated by donzilake from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A strange and exciting brew. One that's not for everyone.
Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON)

Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2021 Vintage enjoyed Dec 5, 2021 - fresh (I gather brewed 364 days earlier on Dec 6, 2020)

Pours a crystal clear dark garnet copper colour with scant tawny head mainly noted at edge of the glass.
Nose hits with brown sugar, raisin, toffee on a bready malt base - notes of vanilla and a hint of booziness.
Wonderfully sweet bready malt on the palate - sweet toffee, caramel, biscuit; notes of raisin bread pudding with vanilla and a punch of booziness.
Smooth, medium full and boozy sweet mouthfeel without being cloying - warming and comforting - a great sipper.
Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.2 oz. bottle (2016) poured into a pint glass with a dark amber color, minimal tan head and no lacing. Smells of booze, spices, brown sugar. Taste follows aroma with sugary malt, caramel, dark fruit and rum/whisky. Medium bodied with light carbonation and lingering sweetness. Overall, did I mention this is sweet? It's very good and boozy, but definitely a 'once in a while' beer.
Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Nov 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Anders91 from California

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: A nice clear amber color with a thin off white head

Smell: Very strong malt, caramel, plum, rum

Taste: Very sweet, strong caramel, rum, and plum flavors, nice roasty malt too. If you don't like sweet beers this is not for you.

Feel: Almost syrupy, practically no carbonation
Nov 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.12 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 03, 2021
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance:
Crystalline copper. At its center moves a conveyor belt of disparate bubbles, all in an unhurried procession to reach the top where you’ll find… nothing. No head, no lace. Hmm…

Bouquet:
Whole grain wheat slathered in caramel sauce, followed by spice cake topped generously with raisins plump on rum.

Feel:
A slender medium that’s light and frictionless as a thimble of maple syrup; impossible to believe the 14% ABV.

Taste:
Toasted bran flakes, finely crushed, and tossed with an ample payload of light brown sugar. The midpoint could be characterized as a slab of oak, glazed in molasses, bobbing in a bubbly sea of sherry. Concludes with a mouthful of rum-soaked raisins, grainy wheat, and the smallest slivers of sugar dates.

Overall:
Liquid dessert.
Oct 29, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Look: First thing I noticed is this brew is pretty much flat, no head at all. Only foam present is a .03" ring around the glass and about a .50" circle visible lingering in the center. Liquid color of a red ale. Almost like a dark liquor like whiskey or rum.
Smell and Taste: Pure, overly sweet malt mixed in with the boozes of the 14% ABV. Almost like drinking a bad brandy if I can make such a comparison.
Feel: Feels like it would make a good cough syrup.
Overall: This is the first Malt Liquor I have tried since high school in the late sixties to early seventies. It was Colt 45 back then. I could get that down, this I can't. The sweetness is sky high. I'm hoping I look up this review before I purchase another one of these.
Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by glugg

4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I will not go into the wine style tasting details as others do. All I will say is that if one likes liquid dessert...this is it...astoundingly pleasant.
Oct 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by mishi_d from Romania

Sep 16, 2021
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Reviewed by mscott

3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Color is great. True dopple style but this is simply candy sweet and reminiscent of a liquer more that a malt forward, dopple. Dopple is my favorite category and top ranking of Ayinger Celebrator and Spaten Optimator are classics. Troegenator by Victory is best US dopple I know of. Love the Sami story though and that alone makes it special, but it deserves a different category classification.
Aug 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I wish everybody would list the vintage in there reviews/ratings.

11.2 oz bottle (2020 release) I bought a 4 pack, will cellar a few. hopefully I can control myself and let one age for 5 years or more.
Smell: I smell plum, sweet dark fruit, brandy/booze
Taste: Follows the nose, plus caramel and brown sugar. very sweet. I wouldn't want it any sweeter.
feel: Syrupy but not that thick considering the Abv.

I might have to buy more for cellaring. 4.11/5 for now
Jul 14, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2004 vintage.

This one pours a murky dark reddish/brown, with a small and immediately dissipating head, and no lacing.

There is shockingly no oxidation here, just sticky fruity goodness, caramel, port, sherry, and chocolate.

This has aged really, really well over the past 17 years. There's no booze or oxidation at all here, just a sticky and kind of delicate malt character. It's delicate for how strong the beer is. It's definitely sweet but it never gets cloying or sugary, luckily.

This is medium bodied, with a lower level of carbonation, nearly still, with a sticky mouthfeel.

This was certainly a revelation. I didn't really know what to expect, but it held up quite well for being 17 years old.
Jun 30, 2021
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Look: Dark, somewhat opaque brown with amber highlights in the light. Half a finger of fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet, doughy malt, caramel, fortified wine (port or sherry).

Taste: Surprisingly similar to port. Malty and sweet, but with a distinct grape wine undertone. Mild bitterness on the bottom, with a light fusel alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly average in feel, with very mild carbonation.

Overall: A strange and exciting brew. One that's not for everyone.
May 09, 2021
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving: 11.2 oz bottle (2020 release) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, chestnut brown with a fleeting cap of off white bubbles.

Smell: Malty, sugary nose with aromas of caramel, molasses, brown sugar and dark fruit.

Taste: Malty and sweet, plenty of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa and some alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium to fuller body with soft carbonation and slightly oily feel.

Overall: Very much a dessert beer for sipping. Layers of sweet, malty notes and boozy warmth, though lacking some of the depth and balance of similarly big beers. Likely to benefit from years of aging.
May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Pours a very nice caramel color with some amber hues. Decently sized tan head that dissipates very quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma is malt forward and quite sweet with huge caramel, molasses and some candied sugar. There are some floral noble hops-esque notes to balance. Taste is remarkably sweet, like almost stunningly so. I said the aroma was sweet but that’s nothing compared to the taste. It has an almost candy like sugary sweetness, as well as big caramel and molasses notes, yet remains shockingly uncloying with a moderate degree of bitterness and some fusel ethanol bite (in a good way as it balances the sweet bomb). Some lingering subtle dark cocoa notes on the finish, with very subtle earthy almost woody notes. Others have commented on its English Barleywine similarities, and there are perhaps some but not many in my opinion. There’s almost no dark fruit notes here, it’s also much cleaner (which is a poor descriptor I know, but it’s what comes to mind when I drink it). This is wonderfully complex. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking, it’s certainly low on carbonation but not too detrimentally so as in some ways this almost drinks like a lower ABV spirit. This would serve as a terrific after dinner drink, a fine alternative to a port wine for example. ABV is noticeable but necessarily so, as mentioned above. It’s remarkably drinkable. Overall, this is just stellar. How I have never had this beer before is baffling to me. I am picking up several of these both for current drinking and to cellar. Honestly kind of blown away by this.

4/4.25/4.75/4.25/4.75
Apr 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by kodt from Illinois

Mar 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 15, 2021
Samichlaus Classic from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 2239 ratings