Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001

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Photo of AGoodStout
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wavyhill
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Devonking
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Robanonymous
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nickydell
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TeddyBundy
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2014

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of brown sugar and a little banana with some dark fruits, toffee, and caramel.
T: Taste is a little dark fruits, brown sugar, plums, toasted bread, caramel and toffee. Swallow is a little banana, dark fruits, toffee, and more brown sugars with some lingering toasted malt.
M: The mouthfeel on this beer is fairly thick and slightly silky. Carbonation is low but adequate given the ABV while the beer has a drying finish which is quite nice.
O: Overall this beer is intense but still somewhat approachable. Flavors are bold but balanced. Time has done this one well. It has some great complexity and really nice flavors. Definitely one to try if you like this style of beer and it seems to keep getting better with age.

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Photo of desint
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurtsdcc
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I remember reading a book about world beers around 1976 that called this the strongest beer in the world, in German. Something similar to das stärkste Bier der Welt, which I just stole from Google translate. Bought a couple of these from a liquor store in Wash, DC in 1976 and found them delightful. Also remember EKU 28 from the same store about the same time. Both were very unique in those days. Craft beer way before today’s generation of great American craft beers. Between the two, I think I might have liked EKU 28 better, but that might be because I had it on tap in Munich in the 1980s. Last week I bought one of each from Holiday Liquors in North San Diego County (incredible selection there), a mile or two from Stone World HQ and very near 140-some local great craft breweries, probably the best in the world (be sure to visit us if you dig craft beer). Our standards here are VERY high because we have the best. Having said that, Samichlaus and EKU 28 hold up very well to our best. Worth a try if you have never had them. To imagine what Samichlaus tastes like, add 5 tablespoons of brown sugar to a glass of Stone Old Guardian or similar Barleywine. Add more Sugar and maybe a little cream soda. Also a shot of dark rum or something similar. Be prepared for perhaps the sweetest bier you have ever tasted. If you don’t like sweet, brace yourself. Yeah, it is strong, but I have had local craft beers in San Diego that have a harder hit. This is candy beer, plain and simple. Be sure to sample a bottle at least once. If they have it on tap somewhere, I would love to try that. Eku 28 was better on tap than in the bottle. Both E28 and Samich are loads of fun. Every beer lover should try them both. Looks clear, like red ale. Taste is not very complex. Had an old world Madeira wine recently, and it reminds me of that. Not sure how well it traveled from Europe to California. Might be better if you got one in Europe. Nose / smell is not very strong. I had the 2016 bottling recently and the 1974 or 1975 botting years ago. Feel? Not sure what to say? Not heavily carbonated, more smooth like cream soda, or a sweet dessert wine. Did I hit all the required points? Try one!

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Twal
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MNAle
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2016. Malty sweet aroma, caramel, and alcohol. Deep ruby color with bubbles nicely rising to a short off-white head that disappears quickly to a ring with swirling bubbles creating a pattern at the top. Thick mouth feel leading to a thick, sweet very malty taste. Despite the strength of the beer, there is little (but not no) alcohol in the taste and no burn but for a slight sensation on the tongue. Very slight bitterness (which may actually be from the alcohol). This is a very since sippable beer. If you don't like sweet, malty beers, you won't like it. But, if you do, it is gorgeous.

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Photo of Lucular
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptional beer. It almost tastes more like sherry to me than actual beer. The 14% abv is nowhere to be found - so smooth with moderate to low carbonation. Consumed slightly above cellar temperature. It is fairly sweet but not at all cloying. Vanilla, sherry, rum, oak, toffee, and dark fruit flavors of raisins and figs. I need to get more of this beer.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is malt,malt,malt, brown sugar alcohol, and what seemed like cherries. Taste was very similar,it's a high quality malt bomb

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Photo of Curt3
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Crystal clear copper color with a small and fleeting tan head, leaving almost no trace. Toffee, raisins, caramel, and bread on the nose. Rich, deep taste. Cherries followed by toffee, caramel, raisins, and figs. Full-bodied and sweet on the finish. A bit too sweet for me, but I enjoyed sipping this. A very warm finish with the alcohol in full force. Interesting and fun beer.

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Photo of Specules
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 4-pack for $20 at Mesa Liquors in Santa Barbara (I highly recommend the place). 11.2 fl oz poured into a Tulip glass.

I'm smitten about cloyingly sweet beers, so this one is heaven sent for me! Smelling this is like opening a cupboard of freshly baked bread with brown sugar, caramel, dates, and hazelnut in each side shelf. Booziness is actually somewhat well hidden in the nose. The taste, oh man, is it sweet. Many would not like this, even consider it a drain-pour. I for one and my old lady consider this exceptional. The malts, honey, and boozy sweetness are gone to town with. There is some sweet southern iced tea qualities, for sure some brandy barrel flavor going on here, and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

gord bless this particular individual beer situation

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Photo of SpaethJam
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kenansense
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dewsby
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Pours a lovely dark amber with hues of copper. Creamy off-white head with some lacing.

S) The aroma is a malt bomb, through and through. Deep caramel and sicky-sweet toffee. It's inviting, warming, and almost detracting all at the same time. Giving high points for nose intoxication.

T) The taste is one of the sweetest non-lactose beers I've had. It has some toasty breadiness, it has some grain, but man does it have some sugar, caramel, currant, candi, and toffee. It's a bit too malty for me honestly, which is impressive. Boozy as heck too.

F) The mouth-feel manages to both have a full body and decent carbonation. Warming sensation from the booze.

O) Impressively malty, and decidedly boozy. I'd recommend this to Dopplebock lovers, or anyone looking for Founders DKML that can't get their hands on that.

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Photo of quadmad
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 2105 batch. Purchased Jan 2017. Alcohol aroma seems stronger than last year when I tried it, Wonderful clear deep amber colour when held up to the light. Getting smoother on the palate as it ages. Lucky I bought a bunch so I can continue my quarterly indulgence -- only have 55 bottles left -- have to think about a future stockpile. As I sit and watch the beer warm up a bit more while sampling some dark chocolate. The etching in my Duvel tulip makes a small circle of bubbles form on the surface .

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMW66
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monk2021
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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