Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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.

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Photo of IDrinkAllot
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look = Dark amber in color with a rapidly disappearing 1 cm of head.

Smell = The aroma is filled with the smell of malt and raisins with a pleasant touch of alcohol vapor and no hop's.

Taste = It has a very dark rich malt and syrup flavor with a slight warming alcohol finish. In many ways it tasted like a mellow barley wine.

Feel = Thick and oily with only light carbonation. Though its 2010 and the bottle is from 2005 so it might have lost some fizz (At the liquor store I had to wipe a huge coating of dust off these bottles before I could even see what kind of beer it was) .

Drink = For such an ostensibly heavy beer it has incredible drink ability. It is hardy yet some how not filling, but maybe that's because it is 14% alcohol so you don't need many before it is time to call it a night.

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Photo of Crosling
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Just poured this into my Thomas Hardy's Goblet. I have to say I am a little intimidated with this beer being 14% and all. I have had bigger beers but I am not really sure what style this beer is and am not sure what to expect. It's listed as a Doppelbock but certainly doesn't look like one. Hmmmm...well see.

Pours with a copperish body with dark purple and burgundy highlight. Fast pour yielded nothing but bubbles and a small ring around the glass. No lacing either but a nice color on this one. Looks odd but really interesting.

Smells deep and exotic. Alcohol is really hidden in the aroma. Smells very sweet with cherries and figs hidden in the aroma.

This will have you naked and running down the street in a hurry! This is a huge beer! But, it goes down so smooth and tastes so refined. Tastes sweet like a fine port. An after dinner sipper for sure. Very malty woven with some deep fruit flavors, toffee, vanilla and alcohol.

For being 14% the alcohol is apparent but hidden very well. Nice warming mouthfeel and it feels heavy in the mouth. Now I am wondering what this is doing to my stomach.

Damn this is potent

I might suggest splitting this with someone.

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Photo of prwill00
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When you get one of these let it set in the wine cellar for a couple of years. The flavors become much more complex

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a dark brown / dark copper with tones of black and dark ruby with minimal head, that barely laced glass.

Smell: Strong tones of dark fruit, figs, grapes, plums etc, with a final strong note of alcohol which smacks the pallate even further. This beer smells big with overall good fruit tones.

Taste: This beer upfront is very sweet. The tones of the dark fruit are extremely present and blow up in the mouth. Towards the end , this beer heats up and warms one's mouth with strong alcohol notes as it finishes, Overall this beer is well balanced with a strong alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Along with this beer's bigness, it is also thick and oily in the mouth.. Quite a complex texture to this beer which matches it's strong attributes of alcohol and fruit. The finishing heat to this beer adds a nice finish..

Drinkability: For such a big beer this goes down pretty easily. You can def tell its a strong beer, but the fruit tones and heat from the alcohol help to hide any harshness.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mavbrew
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, NY. Excellent place to go if you're ever in the area. Bartender indicated that it was a vintage 2008.

A: Poured into a tulip. Color is an amber/dark honey with a massive tan head that slowly dissipates.

S: The smell is very sweet, but a resemblance to soy sauce was definitely apparent. Hints of brown sugar and honey.

T: The taste is much like the smell, minus the soy sauce. It is very sweet, but not too sweet. There is a honey flavor with some caramel malts and brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Very crisp and sweet feel throughout.

D: For being 14% ABV, there is hardly any trace of alcohol. This beer is smooth and sweet and delicious. Ages well and I will be in search for a bottle for myself.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated 2008.

Pours a crystal clear ruby brown with off white lacing that just melts down the sides of the glass.

Alcohol upfront on the nose, followed by a fruity blast of figs, stewed apricots, pears, and ends malty with hints of toasted sugar.

Rich, medium bodied, and the alcohol is surprisingly well masked, only leaving behind a pleasant warmth that lingers in the throat well into the finish. Sticky bright fruits, with toffee caramel malt; approaching cloyingly sweet but thankfully the brakes were put on before the point of no return with some very faint bitterness on the back end.

Medium to low carbonation with an oily feel on the tongue. A very well crafted Doppelbock.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2013. Pours a beautiful clear medium amber with a rich dark ruby cast. Exceptional head volume, lacing and retention for 14% alcohol. Rich nose of dark fruit (plum, raisin, date), caramel, and brown sugar over a rum like alcohol base. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture that is also oily slick, simply superb. Below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is intense, not very balanced (sweetness predominates) and complex. It begins with an assault of dark fruit (plum and raisin mostly) against a very rich sweet caramel malt background. In the middle, the dark fruits fade rapidly while the sweetness blends with a rum like alcohol. Sweetness and rum slowly fade into the finish where a bit of hop bitterness is evident. It leaves you with a surprisingly light alcohol burn at the back of the throat over a lingering sweetness with notes of rum. At room temperature, the rum flavor becomes quite pronounced as does the burn.

This one is hard to review. The first sips are world class (4.6 on the first pass), but after 10 ounces or so over 45 minutes, the sweetness becomes a bit annoying and I have the 750 bottle! So in goes a wine cap and back in the fridge this one goes.

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Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dang, and the memories come flooding back...
little to no head, lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface and crackling upon surfacing. true copper/amber/orange color. much more of a 'carbonation' than i was expecting for such a high abv brew.
smell is almost non-existent, but maybe barley?
taste? sweet. alcohol-ly, slightly twangy bitter. i never knew this was classified as a dopplebock.
much thinner than i remember. back before i got into anything too extraordinary or diverse, this was the killer. it had to be crossed off the list along with its sister, the pale, enroute to completing the '101 beers from around the world'at Der Baron's in Las Vegas. this and thomas hardy. and celebrator! but dang i really like celebrator these days... it's also a dopplebock, my favorite style. but this isnt as bad as i remember it. i will still prefer a 9% belgian over this, but i had to try it again after discovering it is classified as a dopplebock.
overall, though, i'd have to say it's a worthwhile endeavor; just dont allow it to get warm, i imagine. the 14% abv will surely come out to bite ya then. it's a stately brew, even while sitting in my pathetic 11oz butwiper clydesdale mug.

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Photo of AlexRea
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In "The Naked Pint", Perozzi and Beaune describe this beer as a sought-after rarity and I have seen such a reference elsewhere. Alberta is improving by leaps and bounds but we are not a craft beer Mecca yet. Nevertheless, one can find this beer if one looks, in both Cowtown and Edmonchuk. Got mine at Co-op in the former, a nondescript bottle that boldly claims to contain some of the world's finest. Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights, was for some reason excepting pitch black. Aroma is very sweet, like dark fruits, a bit musty like old wine. Palate is indeed complex but largely along a sweetness dimension. There is a bit of an old fermented flavor that veers into brett territory and a twinge of earth and wood, but this is a deep, dark, and rich complex of sweet flavors that hit rum, butter cream, tiramisu, rich toffee, vanilla, and molasses notes ... No clear hops noted. Minimal bitterness and although the body is unexpectedly thin, finish is clingingly sweet. Overall effect recalls port. Awesome "dessert" beer that one could pour on ice cream. My preferences would dictate more bitterness to balance the sweetness but this is not an IPA and should be judged on the basis of what it is: Something that defies style and provides a pretty unique glimpse into what a sweet beer is capable of doing.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Christmas day treat. Bottle poured into an ommegang tulip glass.

Pours reddish amber, light from bottom to a darker top. Low little foam. Nose is plums, raisins, cherries. Dates too. Rich hearty syrupy taste. Heavy and sticky. Burning finish. Syrup sweetness at the beginning. Face puckering - a definite sipper. Warmth ensues. Abounding with flavor - difficult at first and a lot of time to pull down. Unique.

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Photo of clickpush
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 bottling.

Pour: 33cl bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Vibrant orange/red body capped by half finger of white head that depletes almost instantly to a halo and just a smattering of lace, as if it was a race from the center of the glass to the wall. Lots of bubbles coming up throughout the beer.

Nose: Instant lemons and honey as soon as bottle is decapped. Maple syrup and something sour, like old socks. Tons of fruit, apples and dried apricots, sour cherries and grapes. All malt, basically, and some gentle prodding alcohol. Some horse blanket notes. It's as if the more I sniff, the deeper the array of characters for me to choose from... while at the same time the aroma is actually quite faint. Mouth watering nonetheless.

Mouth: Extremely sweet, caramel and maple syrup. Tingly mouthfeel all the way through, even tickling the back of my throat. Sweet but not cloying, warming but not an alcoholic mess. The after taste is more a feeling than a flavor, like putting tiger balm on my tongue, extremely unique and appealing. Fruit notes are rampant, with none of the tart characters of the aroma. Also quite chocolaty, more caramel, and alcohol comes out a bit. Drinkability is as good as could be expected for a young 14% beer.

Great beer, will be getting several to stow away. Interesting because I drank two extremely different dopple bocks earlier in the day...

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Photo of mikechance
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

six ounce tasting for myself and a friend from a bottle recently puirchased at BevMo.

A --- deep amber color with very little foam

S --- malts, raisins and alcohol

T --- the alcohol at first is overbearing, but then I pick up elements of fig and plum. Very nice balance between malts and hops.

M --- Medium-to-full body with perfect carbination.

O --- I really enjoyed it. It has a whiskey likeness to it which I really enjoyed --- not over the top but enough to remind me this is a STRONG beer.

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Photo of tappangordo
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. 750 ML. Shared amongst a group of people. Perfect beer for a Christmas celebration.

A- Light orange/light amber. Somewhat cloudy. Very bright hues. Not much head. The head that was there was off white. No lacing.

S- Candied sugars, molasses. This one smelled like traditional Christmas candy and fruits.

T- Extremely malty and very sweet. The abv is well hidden by the sugars and sweet flavors. Candy apples, vanilla. Dark soy sauce and cookies. This one will stretch your palate to the max. Mostly sweet and sugary. This is not for everyone.

M- Thick, sticky, nice carbonation. Tough going down at times due to the burning sensation.

D- Tough to take a lot of this stuff, but enjoyable in small amounts. I can see how this beer could be a fun beer to drink every Christmas. I'll pick up a bottle and let it sit around for a while. I would have loved to have done a side by side taste test with the 93 bottle that I had over the summer.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

May not be everyone's cup of Joe, but the sweetness and high alcohol just mean it's a sipper. Classic holiday beer.

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Photo of Kromes
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark amber with swirls of white bubbles on top and lots of carbonation coming up the glass.

S: Earthy peat, fruity esters and caramel malt with a bit of alcohol.

T: Continues from the nose. A nice, sweet caramel malt flavor with some earthy and fruity tones to it. Very smooth flavor. The alcohol burn is there, but the flavor hides behind the sweet caramel flavor.

M: Medium-heavy, a little bit syrupy, sweet finish with a warmth to it.

O: You know a quality beer when you taste one. I was worried that the alcohol would take over this beer when I saw the ABV%, but this beer was all flavor....and no off flavors.

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Photo of mullenite
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2007

Pours a deep, yet perfectly clear, mahogany. Heavy pour yielded a 1.5 finger white bubbly head similar to a soda with rapid dissipation. Left a very thin ring around the top of the beer after it settled. No lacing sticks but the beer does sort of slide down the side of the glass.

Smell is sweet maple syrup, plum, and a hint of alcohol heat in the background, which I really expected more of.

VERY sweet taste, wow. Maple syrup from the nose hangs around as does the dark fruit sugars. Alcohol is not very noticeable in the taste but has a bit of a heat going down the throat. The bottle mentions a creamy warming finish with age, but I'm getting that right now, almost sherry like finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick but not too sticky. Medium to Low carbonation. Pretty much perfect all around.

Rating this high on drinkability because it is excellent. The ABV is a bit discomforting but having 2-3 bottles over the course of a long cold night with a nice aged Gouda would be excellent.

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Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the 2008 brewing served in a stemmed tulip glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The color reminds of a medium reddish brown finish on a fine piece of cherry wood furniture. The thin, light head is almost non-existent and recedes almost immediately, leaving nothing behind. Throughout the beer sipping leaves no lacing or only very occasional small speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma clearly contains alcohol but it is almost buried in fruity, malty component that does dominate the aroma as the beer warms. The fruity part of the nose reminds me of dark cherries and fruitcake without the rum.

Taste: The flavor is rich, sweet, full and complex with the fruity part holding its own against the alcohol until a bit of underlying hop bitterness comes slicing its way through the sweetness to prevent the beer from being too sweet. While the alcohol is clearly present here there is only a light alcohol burn and the presence of the alcohol is really as much in some of the sweetness as anything else.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth from soft and light, but persistent, carbonation that is really only a faint prickling sensation on the tongue and in the mouth. The finish is long and begins with the sweetness from the malt and alcohol but then turns into a long dry ending tapering off in bitterness.

Drinkability: No question about it. This is a sipping beer to spend a long time with. Both with this ABV and complexity of the flavor, a small sip goes a long way. I can also see now why some people love this beer and some people hate it. But it is also clear that this is a beer to set aside until its 2nd or 3rd birthday before even thinking about tasting it. Also don't even look at buying this beer if you can't stand after dinner liqueurs.

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Photo of iLovehops23
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shout out to John at Dennis Bros. for the hook up on this one. im about to open a vintage 2005 version.... ok right out of the gate I see a really nice carmel color, slightly cloudy for a db. Not much of head but nice lacing, kind of diffrent yet it works. smells is nice and strong like a 14% 2005 should.

taste... damn! this baby is like a regular db on hgh. must say this has a nice balace with a high sipping quality to it. half way down and it gets better with every taste, might be to the temp rising. great sipper worht giving this Austrian dp a crack sometime.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a clear bright amber-brown with very little foamy head. There is a moderate amount of sudsy, transitory lacing. The nose is unsurprisingly heavy on the dark malts, with bits of figs, brown sugar, molasses, and plums. A slight hint of booziness is also present. The taste emphasizes the brown sugar and molasses, with the figs and malts pushed back a bit, and toffee and maple syrup beginning to come through. Again, a hint of alcoholic burn is present, but not as powerful as one would expect from such a high ABV. The body is pretty hefty, with light carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Still, though, it covers the tongue very thickly, but not obtrusively, leaving a very satisfied drinker behind. Despite the ABV, this brew's drinkability stands very high, albeit more appropriate for sipping than everyday drinking.

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great nightcap or winter slow sipper. Pours a totally clear amber/brown color with a small white head that fades to a ring around the glass. Smell of sugar, dark fruit and alcohol.

Tastes great. Sweet, dark fruit and a little alcohol burn. The alcohol is mellow enough to enhance the flavor rather than be off-putting. There is some bready malt to soften the whole effect. There is a cognac like quality to the overall experience.

Mouthfeel is rich with some alcohol presence. Drinkability is good given that you know from the start this is a one-and-out beer. An enjoyable slow drinking treat for a winter evening.

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Photo of animal69
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 2008 vintage, pours a clear med. brownish amber color w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving a decent coat of lace in my ommegang goblet

S- smell is mostly fruity alcohol when cool, as it warms bready and deeper roasted grains, plum/prune, and even some floral hops creep out, other fruit like cherry and some wood and vanilla also noted

T- taste also improves w/ temp, initially super sweet caramely malt and brandied cherry-ish alcohol prevail but soon give way to a dried fruit like figs or plum and that woody vanilla flavor, anise and hot alcohol finish this one off

M- a thick, syrupy mouthfeel for body, not really unexpected for the gravity, still a good amount of co2 at a little over a year

D- my first Sami from eggenberg, also my youngest, still quite hot at a year, but surprisingly quite complex and drinkable for summin' 14% ABV, overall a great nostalgic beer for me, can't wait to put some age on these

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Photo of turkob
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer is unique. It says malt liquor right on the bottle, but this really is a unique malt. Also the lightest bottle I've ever held. Not sure why.

A: Almost no head at all. It looks almost completely flat but it bubbles a little at first.

S: Sweet cola, though lighter on the malt than I'd expect. A lot of raisin and a hint of caramel.

T: Whoa, what a sweet beer. But I like it. It's strong as hell, but it goes down really really smooth. Has a significant coca cola taste and a good dose of deep raisin. Not the breadyness I'd usually associate with a doppel.

M: Finishes dryer than you'd expect. Pretty thin though the bubbles are refreshing (and a little surprising considering how flat it looks). It's a strong beer but it doesn't taste that hot.

O: This is truly a unique beer. The closest beer I've tasted to coca cola. Very sweet, a dessert beer. But remarkably drinkable for something so potent. This thing will age like a champ.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,037 ratings.
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