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 Sammy
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Way high alcohol and it smelled it. 2003 edition and in an ideal world it would have waited closer to its 2008 expiry date. Like a 100 proof. This is the Austria brewed under license and no longer the original and not all that complex. Orange-amber-yellow appearance with some lace. Some syrupy fruit mid-sip.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head on a amber with golden hues clear body. No real lacing. Very spivey with nutmeg and gingerbread notes. Flavor is very sweet and syrupy with a cherry and strawberry note. Medium body and light carbonation. The reviews for this one are off the charts but for me it was too thick and syrupy and sweet. I appreciate the bock contents though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and lots of sweet caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice-like bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite strong.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not sure how to feel about this beer. I've had it 3 times now and each time it was a totally different experience. Once it was awsome (directly from the distributor at a beer tasting), once it was pretty good (from the stuffed sandwich), and once it was completely disgusting (from bevmo).

The beer pours a dark red color that looks more black when not in the light. There isn't much head but the little that does show up is fairly white in color. It dissipates quickly. The beer is fairly flat.

The smell that comes out of solution is either young and possibly light struck or it is aged and sweet. When its had time to age properly it smells very rich and sweet. Partly like a doppelbock and partly like a red ale.

The taste when aged is intensely sweet, more than an english barleywine. You really have to enjoy the sugary goodness of tons of malt and alcohol. No hops to be found anywhere in this beer. There is some alcohol in the aftertaste.

Pretty light body and even though it might taste good you won't be able to drink much at a time. Wether its the sweetness or the kick, it'll get to you.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer I was just starting to dabble in strong beers. At the time this power house was the strongest I had ever tried. This beer poured out as a deep copper color brownish red. The head was non existent. The carbonation was good though. The smell was sweet and boozie, the taste was also semi sweet and rather bitey. Lots of dark berries and malt creating a very complex brew. Overall this beer is pretty damn tasty and rather good for the winter season.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark amber in color and has just a few bubbles floating on the surface. Only a low amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There's a strong aroma of boozy malts in the nose along with some notes of dark fruits.
T: There is a moderate amount of sweetness in the taste, which shares a lot of similarities with the smell. The taste is somewhat complex, and has some notes of caramel, dark fruits and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth, and somewhat syrupy on the palate, along with some warmth from the alcohol.
D: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped, but it's perfect for keeping warm on a winter evening and goes down rather easily.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A must try on tap, but a must-not drive home afterwards. Served in a brandy sniffer at my local pizza pub. The beer came out with a mild, fine carbonation and a light trace of foam atop. A very pale golden / copper color and crystal clear. The viscocity evident with a magnifying effect through the glass and shows heavy legging. Aromas of heavy, syrupy malts, ripe fruits (figs, dates, and pears) with a light nuttiness and strong maple syrup. Lightly buttery, oily and very sweet. The feel is very warm, nearly hot alcohols and a light tingle to the whole mouth. Numbing upon impact. Good beer, and a nice variety from the bottle.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 2007, uh, 'vintage'? The label design - silver and sepia tones - looks quite cold and, well, Teutonic, and the proclamation of "The Strongest Lager Beer in the World", front and center, seems a bit overwrought and unnecessary, if you are able to just read the rest of the text right in front of you.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium orange brick amber colour, with a thin cap of bubbly beige head, which strangely takes a while to disappear, leaving no lacing whatsoever.

It smells of rather sweet fruity malt - raisins and prunes, mostly - warm toffee, mild earthy, leafy hops, and a subdued, but bristling alcohol heat. The taste is big and warm, the caramel/toffee sweetness meshing well enough with the phenolic palate hostage-taker that such a big ABV can be, with an aged dark fruity, earthy, woody maple sap, and resinous character pushing through the mire, providing barleywine/red vinous parallels in spades.

The carbonation is quite subtle, and hardly noticeable at times, the body a big and beefy, stick to your ribs kind of medium-full weight, with a smoothness that is actually patently remarkable - there is no obvious alcohol edge. Hellyeah. It finishes warm and sweet, the malt and black fruitiness lingering all the way down the rabbit hole.

A lovely sipper, methinks it would soar with a nice cigar. As for the Santa Claus theme, as well-structured and tasty a strong beer this is, I don't know that ol' Saint Nick would do well to have one of these with the requisite cookies (leaving the milk for the kiddees in the morning), and not be cited for an SUI (Sleighing Under the Influence) - ideally save it for the easy chair and roaring fire. I don't know what my problem is here, then, it being mid-summer and whatnot.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottling sampled in December 2006

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a bubbly head that fails to retain (as one would expect from 14% abv); after the head disappears, it looks like cognac

Smell: Nostril opening aroma of fusel alcohol laced with honey, rum-soaked raisins, orange pith and chocolate covered cherries

Taste: Swirling in the mouth, the honey, chocolate cherry and rum raisin flavors come to the fore; after the swallow, the alcohol blends in with the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Sticky and smooth; the thick body trickles down the gullet with a burst of warmth

Drinkability: I never tasted the original so I cannot compare but this elixir is mighty impressive; kind of a dopplebock cum barleywine, it is well worth seeking out but you have to know what you are getting into - if you don't like after dinner liqueur such as Cointreau or Drambuie, you are not going to like this

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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served from a bottle into an An Brainblasta goblet in the Porterhouse Dublin. Reviewed from notes. Cost me 7.20 quid for feck's sake.

A: 2.5 finger head of fair thickness, lacking cream. Non-transparent hazy light brown colour. Nice bubble show.

Sm: Pineapple! Fermented brown sugar pineapple, a scent very similar to tepache. Alcohol.

T: Delayed pineapple and yeast body. Either unrefined or brown sugar fermentables come through. Complex, yet subtle hoppy notes. Strong taste. Built uniquely. Warms the chest. Evocative of tepache.

Mf: Nice dryness on the climax, though too coarse, holding the alcohol on the tongue, an unpleasant effect.

Dr: 7.20 is far too much for this high ABV beer. It's a sipper, and doesn't conceal its ABV well, though it's not meant to. I'd have it again in Austria if the price were right and I wanted a sipper.


02.06.15: Rereviewed.

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass. Great label art. Branded silver pry-off cap. Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

14% ABV. Reviewed live. Imported by Wetten Importers, Inc.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5-2.0 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Decent thickness/fullness/creaminess. Retention is well above average - ~3 minutes. No lacing.

BODY: Clear translucent copper-amber of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast or sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Biscuit malt, faint spice, graham cracker, graininess, sugarcane, heavy syrupy malt, some faint buttery notes. Vague indistinct fruit. A kiss of maple and/or birch syrup. It's a beast in terms of its malt weight, but it's not unappealing - just a lot to handle.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

Suggests a syrupy sweet beer that needs some serious mellowing. Alcohol is definitely present, but it's not fusel or extraordinarily boozy.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Graham cracker, heavy syrupy malts, a light touch of caramel, sugarcane, indistinct vague fruit, light buttery notes, some faint maple and birch syrup...this is heavy and syrupy, with huge weight and heft on the palate. Butterscotch. It's not as honeyed as it tastes, but boy is there sweetness. Its boozy smoothness is fair for what it is, but why is it so damned thick? More complexity and nuance is needed to justify the viscosity of this brew. It's overcarbonated to boot.

Can I reiterate that this is fucking syrupy?

It's fairly shallow, and lacks enough duration and intensity of flavour. By no means a subtle brew; make no mistake, this is quite overt.

Not oily, gushed, scratchy, rough, or astringent. But it does have ample booziness.

Overall its fundamental lack of balance and relative simplicity really hold it back. I can think of many doppelbocks I prefer to this one. The fruitiness is interesting, but I can't put my finger on what exactly it is...sugarplum? Grape? What is that? It's so faint...

OVERALL: Not a chuggable brew by any stretch. I respect its place in history, and would like to one day try an original Hürlimann bottle, but the Eggenberg iteration is wanting. A boozy syrupy brew I could only justify trying again if it was bolstered by serious cellar aging. Maybe this would mellow out with age, but as is I'm struggling to enjoy it even as I give it little sips.

Probably best as an after-dinner digestif; a small shotglass size amount would be ideal.


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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eggshell foam builds up and crackles audibly, lasts for a second, then dissipates to a thin ring. The body is very high clarity, and shines a bright orange-red.

Sweet apple in the aroma with brandy vapors coming off of it. A touch of fruit cocktail behind that, leading into apple liqueur flavors. The alcohol is strong in the flavor, and warms like whiskey after the swallow. Sweet is the key word, some light caramel and apple notes, smothered under the warming alcoholic blanket. This would definitely cellar well, and would be recommended for a year or more.

It paired well with pecan pie, and i'm sure any sweet dessert would offset the alcohol a bit, making it more palatable.

2007 vintage, $6 from Vrai Amour wine shop in Chicago.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 vintage - bottle: Poured a clear light brown colored beer with a medium head with almost no retention. Aroma is reminiscent of plums with a touch of alcohol. Taste is quite sweet with again the plum taste being quite evident. Alcohol is quite subtle but still noticeable, which is quite good for a 14% beer. Overall, this is very enjoyable and can see some similarities with a good barley wine.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled an '04 next to an '06.

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, thin, short-lived head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled boozy, very boozy! The 2006 version was a little more calm. There were tons of caramel malt aromas.

T - Wow, this had some powerful alcohol heat. Tons of sweet caramel taste with hints of raisin. The 2006 version was far smoother and more balanced than the 2004 edition.

M - A soft, smooth beer with a very warm alcohol heat. It was medium-bodied.

D - The '06 brew is much better tasting and much easier to drink. The older version was too over the top, but '06 was a great, smooth, powerful beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage thanks to bmanning. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a faint caramel color with a few bubbles here and there, but not too much of anything going on. Pretty color, though, I suppose. A few legs on one side of the glass. The nose is pretty strong with a really nice amount of super-sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruits. The taste is more toward the sweet end of the spectrum and adds in a bit of light alcohol, though not too much. Feel is nice with the sweetness and alcohol combining well. Not cloying. Really tasty and a nice sipper. Glad my first taste of this brew was a vintage version and not something fresh, which I've heard can be quite hot.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass; bottled in 2006. Pours fairly clear red orange color with a small foamy off white head that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Expected for a beer of this magnitude. A decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge caramel, molasses, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, vanilla, toasted grain, light herbal, wood, and a touch of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, biscuit, raisin, molasses, plum, vanilla, wood, and slight herbal. Slight herbal spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, raisin, biscuit, and herbal on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors with nice complexity; and no cloying sweetness at all. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is extremely well hidden at 14%, with almost no warming at all. Extremely smooth to sip on. Overall this is a delicious doppelbock at its current age. Big flavor and balance; and very smooth to sip on, with the alcohol level extremely well hidden.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a thin head that is gone quite quickly this badboy seems to be more carbonated than expected,whoo the alcohol is very prevelant in the aroma almost whisky-ish along with some raisin and dried fruit.With this being a 2003 bottle this needed more time to mellow I think before opening,big and chewey with huge alcohol tones.Pretty darn sweet but it doesnt coat the mouth,has a nice mouthfeel not to thick but it may be hard just to finish this one I have.Like I said this beer could stand to age another year but no doubt this is a badass mofo beer, will get again and hold for awhile.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, this was supposed to be a winter beer, but it's been sitting at the back of the beer fridge for a while and I'm behind tonight so I figured this would help me catch up.

A: A light fizzy 1/3 finger head arrives and fades semi quickly to barely a head covering. The beer is a crystal clear darker ruby red auburn color.

N: Lots of dark malts, fruits, nuts, etc. THere is quite a heavy malt base, Belgian and German malts I think. Then some candi sugar, a little heavy sweetness. THen some fruits too, raisin, candied dark fruits, etc. I also get a little nutty aroma too.

T: Wow, that's heavy. Super thick, syrupy, malty. Lots of heavy malts, like it contains the weight of a black hole in density. Some sweetness, actually a lot of sweetness, with candi sugar, molasses, etc. It has so much heaviness and sweetness, crazy. Some fruits again, mostly raisin, candied nuts and dark fruits. A very slight spice, like nutmeg and cinnamon. A decent boozy taste too, like pure booze taste, and some alcohol warmth and tingly feel. It has some nice flavors, but its just way too friggen sweet.

M: Pretty thick, very syrupy and heavy, lower carbonation.

F: Still very sweet. The syrupy feel leaves a big thick layer that tickles the tongue as it slowly drips off. Some lingering sugar and syrupy sweetness, slight bitterness with that too. Lingering fruits and nuts, as well as the booze. A super heavy and rich beer, slow sipper. Great for sitting by a fire in the winter, which I'm dreaming of doing now in this blazing heat outside.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.33l bottle purchased and consumed in Vienna on the same day. Bottled 2011 with best by date of 9-2016. Label says "Samichlaus Classic".

Pours a clear brown-copper color with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma: medium and light malt with a clear alcohol presence and hint of white grapes and apple juice.

Taste: Smells sweet but tastes sweeter. Surprised that it largely avoids being cloying sweet or medicinal. Faint, at best, hop notes with a more obvious malt component. Somewhat spicy in the finish.

M: full bodied; a bit syrupy; medium/light carbonation; warming but quite soft with a remarkable lack of harshness for an ABV of 14%.

O: extraordinary for sure. A bit high in alcohol for my tastes, but handles it with aplomb.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, I finally got around to reviewing the "new" Samichlaus from Castle Eggenberg, and I was disappointed.

It's still an excellent beer that's intensely rich, full and malty - but the alcohol shows where it didn't before, and it's lost alot of character.

The color is lighter than it used to be at Hurlimann (it's gone from a brownish red with reddish orange highlights to a deep-amber that borders on chestnut with orange and gold highlights); not that that really matters, but it does appear as if there are fewer kilned malts used in its production, and that comes through in the flavor. It's no longer superbly cerealish (like Ovaltine), lightly chocolatey, fudgey, and creamy coffee-like. And the cocoanut notes only arise in the late finish.

In fact, it's a totally different beer in my opinion; one that's much closer to their Urbock 23º. It's rich and full with some caramelish notes, and there's also more fruitiness to it, but it's lost the richness of the dark malts and the alcohol comes through too easily. Otherwise it's fairly similar in appearance, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Which leaves me with one major difference... the different vintages of Hurlimann's Samichlaus seemed to age a bit, softening and improving, but I don't give this one much hope other than a softening of its alcohol.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, caramelized malts, some spice, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet, with flavors of dark fruit and caramel. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and very little trace of the 14.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this beer is flavorful and as drinkable as any beer you'll find with an ABV this high. It's a very good beer to drink for as long as you can handle the strength.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color approaching copper with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is very sweet and with lots of dark fruit present - definitely some plum/fig presence. This beer has a smell that is reminiscent of a port wine with the cloying sweetness.

T: THe taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by the cloying/syrupy sweetness. There is a light underlying presence of malts with the flavors of the dark fruits really dominating - mostly a plum/fig presence. There is some alcohol present in the flavor and very little bitterness or hops.

M: Full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Syrupy and thick/sticky. Some gentle alcohol warming with this beer.

O: This is not a real easy drinking beer and is much more of a sipping beer, similar to a cordial or dessert wine. The beer is very sweet in smell and taste, cloyingly so, which definitely does not make it a sessionable beer. Enjoyable but a slight bit too much alcohol warmth to be easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA

A: Dark brown / mahogany with reddish highlights.

S: Light and sugary sweet.

T: Fruitcake sweetness, with a bit of spice.

M: Medium body, a tad syrupy, but still clean enough. A little tartness and alcohol bite.

D: Moderately drinkable. Very tasty, but not worthy of an entire drinking session.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2007. Dark ferric oxide orange with the slimmest of beige colored crowns after an increasingly high-altitude pour. With negligible hop esters and such a high ABV, a large lid and loads of sticky lace were never in the cards.

The nose is medium-dark malty and has its alcohol hidden... acceptably well. Trouble is, there isn't much power and there's even less personality. Warming helps, but we're still looking at merely average for a doppelbock.

Samichlaus Bier is so unique that it's almost its own style. This BSE beast tastes more like cloyingly sweet date-and-fig liqueur than it does beer. Can't see the monks downing too many of these bad boys during their fasts. Not unless they wanted to be constantly smashed and at risk of developing diabetes.

Although warming improves flavor intensity to some extent, there isn't much depth or complexity. Specifics include figs and dates in sugar syrup, steely caramel, leather and a few shots of Absolut. There's plenty of warmth, but no real heat this long after bottling.

The body/mouthfeel is lightly syrupy-sticky. Unfortunately, the beer doesn't expand in the mouth, but rather slides across the tongue and deflates soon thereafter. Sparkly bubbles add even more sensory dissonance. It's all rather odd.

For whatever reason, beer from this venerable Austrian brewery has never really floated my boat. Samichlaus Bier is supposed to be their flagship offering, but it too sinks under the weight of too much residual sugar and too much alcohol. A curiosity maybe, but light years away from being great beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2004

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a 1 finger deep head. No lacing or head retention, what a suprise!

S: Intense sweetness & syruppy (maple & praline)& a hint of alcohol

T: Caramel, pecan & bourbon up front with some alcohol burn present from the get go. Rich caramel & a hint of smokeyness follows. Finishes with a butterscotch/alcohol twang

MF: Super thick with a hint of carbonation. Impossible to define balance with a bier like this IMO

Drinks pretty easy considering the abv. I can discern no difference between this & the hurliman version from back in the day when this was THE strongest bier in the world. Got to try just for the sake of repsecting the extemism. The original triplebock !

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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Virtually no head, certainly no lasting lace. The color is a slightly dark amber and clear.

Appealing molasses aroma predominates. Some alcohol warmth, too.

The flavor is extremely sweet with almost a cidery flavor and texture. Strong brandy-like alcohol warmth in the swallow with a lingering peppery mouthfeel on the tongue. Very full bodied with full carbonation.

This is an interesting double bock. More potent and fascinating than other DB's I've had. Still, I could not drink more than one of these in a single night. Perhaps, it's too much of a good thing.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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