Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Austria
schloss-eggenberg.at

Style: 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

BEER STATS
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#3,645
Reviews:
1,121
Ratings:
2,114
pDev:
16.17%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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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 above 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 of the almost clear 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

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 fl oz bottle into glass. Label has the beer bottled in 2016.
Clear amber brown colored body, with red tint when presented to light. Less than one finger off white head quickly settles to a few islands and a thin ring fed by rising bubbles. No lacing.
Aroma is strong with alcohol. With dark fruit and burnt brown sugar. Really fills the nose.
Taste is sweet with fruit such as cherry, dates, and figs. All is soaked in alcohol-like cough syrup. Dark roasted malts are part of the base. No bitterness but has alcohol burn. Sweetness continues into the aftertaste.
Has a syrup quality, medium mouth feel. Carbonation is low.
More like a dessert beer, very good with nuts, strong cheese, and chocolate. A very sweet beer and the alcohol really stands out.

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Photo of SpaceBeagle
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of sparx1100
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WormGod
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Popkorn615
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer, and beautiful in color and head! High ABV with sweetness almost like an ice wine, great to sip and savor.

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Photo of madelf66
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MickeyHops
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BennyProfane
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Julieanne231290
1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tastes like a concoction of drinks that one would have to drink as a forfeit at the end of a game of kings

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,114 ratings