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Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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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.

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Photo of thefrog114
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDM1994
2.7/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointing given how hard this is to find in my area and how expensive it was. Smells great, very malty with lots of fruit and I love the darker color it has BUT the flavor is like nothing I've ever had before, and not in a good way. It tastes like someone took a good doppelbock and added Red Bull and vodka. It has an overpowering sweet prune taste with and equally overpowering vodka taste. Flavor is the most important part of the beer and this just doesnt taste good.

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Photo of jhlosito75
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RayCannata
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, malty, tasty. The 14% alcohol is well hidden in the flavor.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was inspired by the "Beers You Inexplicably Haven't Had" thread to give this a try finally. Always seen it in the store, and why not, I like doppelbocks. It was a 2014 bottle, yet the booze is still hot in the smell, with caramel malt, sweeter baking spices, and oddly enough raisin. Taste was more bready, but bread is not a defining character of the taste, no that is the caramel malt, rich toffee, golden raisin, booze, and some fruit I can't put my finger on, maybe mulberry. Very warm in feel, with creamy body that finishes decently crisp. Glad I finally gave this a try

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Photo of stunman
2.06/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I bought a four pack of this on a whim using a Christmas gift certificate. I was intrigued by the high ABV. My plan was to try one and age the other three and so I did. I managed three, maybe four sips before deciding that this was literally the WORST BEER I’VE EVER TASTED, BAR NONE. I poured the remainder down the drain. It’s incredibly, unbearably sweet. I goal is to age the others and hope that “something” changes. If it doesn’t, then perhaps I’ll find an incredibly hopped up IPA to blend it with.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2017 bottling....

A- Pours a dark golden/brown color and is surprisingly clear (I was expecting a cloud of yeast tbh). There is not head upon the pour and what is there dissipates very fast, so that isn't what I expected either! There is a lot of carbonation, that rises very aggressively, however, it looks to be of fine bubbles, and while there is no lacing to speak of, there is an oil slick of a layer that coats the inside of the glass when a gentle swirl is applied. Overall Id say the look is underwhelming....

S- There are some different aromas happening here, with Cherry Nibs coming to mind immediately! Cherry liqueur, very smooth alcoholic tinges, some mild, yet rich oak or wood barrel, chocolaty hints, brown sugar/molasses sweetness, plummy banana fruit character, even some muted black licorice/sarsaparilla notes and vanilla bean pod infused cola right at the finish.....a very sort of spiced Winter style Ale.....superb on the nostrils!

T- Lovely flavors!! Cherry Kirsch....almost syrup like, lots of chocolate, both milk and dark varieties, smooth vanilla bean, hints of cinnamon spice, cooked brown sugar, caramel/toffee nut notes, sweet Caribbean dark rum and/or Cognac with maple hints, licorice/sarsaparilla root, cola nut, dried candied fruits (banana/raisin/fig), some very mild sweet alcoholic tones, even yeasty flavors throughout! The finish lingers for several minutes in sticky sweet fashion and once in the gut it is warming. Tasty!!

M/O- Medium-full in terms of body, and the carbonation is actually quite nice, with plenty of tiny bursts of fizz allowing plenty of flavor to emerge on the palate! The alcohol, while very present, is very smooth and blended into the liquid superbly. Drinkability is good, but not something to have more than a couple of these in a sitting otherwise it would be bedtime fast! I think this is a little underrated here on the site, and if the appearance was better this would be near the top of the overall rankings! Rudolph has a red nose for a reason!

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Photo of GingerFinn
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
2.1/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle aged for 2 years prior to drinking.

Brown/Amber color with no head as expected.

Oh no, smells of rich, sweet, brown sugar.

Wow-by far the sweetest beer I have ever had. Straight up sugar overload with a thick, cloying mouthfeel. I just couldn't power through more than half of the bottle.

Not my thing. Pass.

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Photo of lastmango
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear ruby amber brown with a one finger white head that dissipated immediately to nothing. Beautiful color. Nose was weak sweet malt. Taste is a malt bomb with maple and caramel. The sweetest beer that I have had. At 14% abv, the booze could not be hidden. Moderate heavy body and light carbonation. This beer is more of a dessert beer. It pairs very well with German chocolate.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The scant head disappeared almost immediately. This beer has a gorgeous deep, deep amber color with a ruby tinge. The taste is almost overwhelming in its sweetness -- not bad or a turn-off, though. It pairs well with rich foods; I had it with chocolate.

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Photo of JB4Beer
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vinicole
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Clear chestnut. No head.
Rich aroma of dry and autumn fruits. Barley sugar.
Tastes as it smells. Very sweet and somewhat boozy.
Full in body. Viscous in the extreme. Cloying.
OTT and something much appreciated on Christmas Day.

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

Photo of LarryV
1.3/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I couldn't drink this beer, cloyingly sweet, brown sugar way too pronounced. Really just a major malt bomb, I couldn't find anything that would have made me want to drink more of this. I made it about half way through the bottle and that was it.

If you like the style I'm sure it's a fine beer, just not my thing.

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Photo of Le0Pont
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Grackos
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 drank at the end of 2018. Solid, very malty and smooth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautifully unique beer here, really one of a kind stuff to be honest, ages amazingly well, i had a 2010 vintage to start a christmas beer share last night, nearly eight years old, and its drinking insane right now, nowhere near the end of its useful life, i wish i had more this old to keep sitting on! one of the older beers i have had in awhile really. near still from the bottle, crystal clear, thick and slick looking, brassy bronze colored. smells incredible, like a cognac or something, the age is evident in slight oxidation and maturity, i smell some old lager yeast i think, the booze obviously, and some really interesting malt depth driven by a rich toffee and mineral character. infinitely complex as i drink it, copper and metal in a good way, soil and earth, nuts and seeds and bread, warming and a little fusel, but not over the top, brown sugar and maple but honestly not as sweet as i thought it would be, complex enough to be weirdly quaffable, it doesnt drink nearly as strong as it actually is, but this started the slippery slope of getting very drunk on holiday beers. i feel like this was meant for this moment, christmas season kickoff, dusty bottle, an unassuming standout from a killer session. figs and toffee notes, brandy and brown butter even, really decadent and special. i wont soon forget this one, and i will have my eyes open for more of it, especially the older vintages! really exquisite beer! happy holidays!

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Photo of Poproc
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has an awesome color. The head is small but very flavorful. At 14 Percent, it is awesome.

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Photo of Avitra
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Way too sweet

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samichlaus Classic is stunningly beautiful. The colors of autumn blend seemlessly in the glass with picture perfect clarity. Garnet, auburn, and light brown highlights shimmer without competition for attention as the lightly tanned bubby foam above flees entirely from the scene.

Golden and red raisins jump from the glass. Plum and cranberry juices along with light caramel promise for a potentially sweet experience. Lying deep below, a simple and pleasant white bread adds comfort.

The flavor couldn't mirror the aroma any more perfectly. Cranberry juice without the tartness takes front and center before allowing the raisin blend to shine. Black mission fig and burnt sugar on white bread linger on and on before a mild pepper spice finished it all off.

Dense, syrupy, and oily, this beer is no joke. The almost lack of carbonation makes this so incredibly rich, but still manages to be smooth. Sweetness is showcased here, bitterness be damned. The warmth of alcohol creeps in with a burn throughout the chest.

This is a delectable beer, demanding to be sipped and savored. A doppelbock on steroids without the rage. The sophistication of a debittered barleywine, if there were such a thing. Not an everyday beer that's for sure, but it's delicious, no question there.


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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

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,147 ratings