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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage on tap at HAF. Consumed while palate was still fresh.

A: Practically transparent ruby-copper color. Very thin head. Not the prettiest thing in the world, but it’ll do.

N: Very thick brandy, malt , and cherry. Rich caramel and toffee with some brown sugar laced through.

T: Brown sugar, brandy, and molasses. Raisins and prunes, licorice and a slight dark cherry twinge. This is definitely oxidizing though

M: Very heavy with a very noticeable alcohol punch, as expected for a 14% beer.

O: At the tipping point of the aging process, if not already over the peak. (This, after all 8 years old, as it should have been brewed in 2004.) I much prefer a vintage about 2 years old.

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Photo of CB_Crowe
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle and split. Very thick reddish brown with little head. Smells a bit like cherry with alcohol notes. The scent itself is intoxicating. Tastes is very woody and boozy with this slight tartness in the background. It is a bit hard to get down at first but as this beer warms up, you warm up and end up enjoying this a lot but it is still a tough beast to break.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.82/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle

14% ABV

I tried this beer on September 25, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe's' in Toronto. The beer poured a reddish copper colour with a thin white head. The aroma was very sugary, almost maple. The mouthfeel was thick, creamy, and very little hint of carbonation. The taste was very sweet, almost cognacy, with a hint of bitterness.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage 11.2 oz. bottle fairly aggressively poured into a Samichlaus Bier branded snifter

Pours amber with strong ruby red hues. One and a half finger foamy head that recedes fairly quickly; not surprising as the head of high abv brews usually have little to no retention. Boozy, but inviting nose filled with ripe fruit, brown sugar, and phenol alcohol. Initially, a ton of ripe fruit notes: appleskin, pear, cherry, hints of date, joined by caramel and abundant malt with biscuity tones. Finishes fairly dry with continued caramel notes and booze. Smooth, syrupy, full body with moderate to low carbonation that fights its way through here and there. This is just a fantastic sipper and truly a one of kind brew. Appropriately enjoyed on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas Day, the one and only day the new batch of this beer is brewed annually.

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

pours a nice clear brown-amber color, almost no head that fades really quick.

smell slightly sour - has malt, grapes/wine aromas.

taste is very sweet, strong, and alcoholic at first. gets more drinkable about half way through.

overall pretty enjoyable. flavors are a little overpowering at times but definitely can appreciate it.

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Photo of blitz134
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 vintage. This beer has been a lot of places with me.

Touch of haze shows as the light passes through the mahogany colored body. No head, just a smattering of bubbles on top and a ring around the glass.

Notes of candied fruit (cherries, raisins), maple syrup, touch of sherry and port wine, a little fresh apple too. Really no hint of the alcohol level.

Wow, the taste is so much more potent than the aroma hinted at. Lots of the candied fruits again, sugary sweet with maple syrup, dark caramel. Hints of chocolate covered cherries in the finish.

This is a sipper. Low carbonation and almost syrupy thick but extremely smooth. Any alcohol has gone away with time. The sweetness is a bit intrusive for me, this is almost like liquid candy. Ultimately an every once in a while beer. It's just so sweet and heavy that 12oz is probably about all one could handle.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cherry/mahogany color with a bubble white head that dissipates almost immediately. It is clearer almost translucent, which surprised me as I expected it to be darker. It is a beautiful beer.

S-Very sweet, boozy, dark fruits are very present.

T-Extremely sweet and fruity. Dark fruits and some apple and cherry notes come into play. It tastes almost like candy it is so sweet. There is some alcohol presence, but not much considering its abv.

M- Syrupy and thick.

D-This is a sipper all the way. Its sweetness and high alcohol content assure it is not something to session, but more of a night cap as some have remarked or for a time when you just want to slowly sip something complex.

Overall, I don't have much experience with this style, but this is nothing like other examples of the style I have had. To me this drank more like an English Barleywine. Still its very interesting and a good beer.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent rose-amber color with perhaps the most non-existent head I've ever seen (probably due to the massive ABV). Aroma smells of caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and trace amounts of dark fruit. The very first sips takes the concept of "warming alcohol" to new heights. Your palate can track the alcoholic vapors' incursion into the mouth's every nook and cranny, leaving a warm sensation in the throat and all the way down the esophagus. The massive alcohol is nearly matched by the mammoth sweetness of the malt--a blend of caramel, brown sugar, and raw sugar in equal measure. Subtle amounts of dark fruit, anise, and spicy yeast lend some complexity, but it's difficult to appreciate through the assault of sugar and alcohol. I could be persuaded to declare some trace vanilla in the finish as well, though that could be merely an illusion I've associated with the profoundly boozy flavor it so often accompanies. Some bitterness prods the rear periphery of the tongue well into the finish.

The mouthfeel is oddly flat yet tingly at the same time, and a pervasive stickiness coats the lips unapologetically. This beer certainly doesn't lack for boldness, though I'm afraid it may be a bit much for my tastes (and I say this as a man of bold tastes myself). The sweetness becomes cloying as the beer warms, and the 14% ABV certainly isn't going anywhere either. An adventure to be sure, but one may be enough for any but the staunchest alconaut.

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Photo of rredshift
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nkeckhar
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of BeerAngel
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Vintage: 2001
Pours a clear tea-like color with a small off-white head. The smell is strongly dominated by alcohol and also includes fruity esters. The taste consists of more alcohol with a raison-like sweetness with more fruit and a mild hopping. It has an incredibly creamy mouthfeel and is definitely a sipping beer. It goes great with cold weather as it has a definite warming feeling. Although I like the look, the smell, and the taste, drinkability is not there. It is just too rich to want another. Thanks to Beerluvr for the opportunity to sample this brew! Prosit!

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Photo of Quaffer
2.4/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

11.2 oz. bottle. Bottled on December 6, 2003. Picked this one up in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear amber. A really nice, deep color. The cream colored head rose up to only about a finger with a lot of effort. It was fizzy and dissipated quickly. There was no lacing.

Smell: A heavy, thick malt sweetness dominated the aroma. Right after the pour was the unmistakeable aroma of cough syrup, but that died away quickly. What remained was the aforementioned sweetness, light roasted malt, tart black cherries, and a general sweet candy smell. Almost cotton candy like at times. There were also hints of spicy alcohol combined with a light smokiness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Very syrupy feeling. Really coated the inside of the mouth. Medium bodied and dead feeling in the mouth.

Taste: Holy crap! Sweet beyond all that is holy. There was some tart cherry in the middle and some alcohol on the finish, but other than that, just head shaking sweetness. After the sugar shock wore off, I did notice some spirit-like alcohol flavors as well as some charred wood, but these were mild compared to the mind-numbing sweetness.

Glad I tried it, but it shall never pass my lips again. Didn't even want to finish this.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It didn't pour much head and it disapears quickly along with the lacing. The color is like a dark brown gold...something like a dark A and W cream soda.

Smell is sweet peppermint with a heavy dar fruit such as plum and a slight fig. Slightly hopped, it gives off the fruit flavors.

It has a rich taste of sweet burnt sugar and peppermint that melt in your mouth leaving a wonderful taste behind that's comforting. It even contrastes well with the chips and salsa I had it is that sweet, it actually spiced up the beer in a good way.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and a little syrupy. Very nice on the palate, slightly refreshing and still leaves something behind to enjoy.

This beer is extremely drinkable in all weather in my opinion, but most people think it must be a Christmas seasonal. It would be good for a Christmas warmer, but I still like it all times of the year.

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Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jcarter1221
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of roblowther
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is the 75cl "Limited Edition" bottled 2009. Pours with more fizz than I expected and is a clear burnished copper with very minimal head retention. The smell hits me before I'm anywhere near the glass, with a noticable alcohol whiff followed by cherries, caramel and fruit that makes my mouth water. The taste is intensely sweet and just gets sweeter towards the finish. Pronounced caramel and toffee tastes underpinned by a raisin-like taste that tries to dry things out a bit. It will take a lot more sun after a downpour like that. The finish is where the alcohol becomes VERY apparent, it is a bit warm going down. Mouthfeel is again more carbonated than I thought for such a huge beer, slick and syrupy all at once. It coats your tongue long after it has left your mouth. Drinkability is not bad but you have to expect to be so challenged by the sweetness and the ABV that you just can't really call this very "drinkable". But good? Great, even? Oh yes, you can call it that!

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Photo of gritz147
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Crystal clear amber coloured with a fast vanishing bubbly head.

(4.25) S: Bourbon soaked raisins, orange, banana, nut qualities, figs, and spices (faint cinnamon). Very good.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with boozy raisin, tart orange, caramel, dried dark fruits (figs and dates), spices, and pecans. As expected, the warmth of the alcohol is quite noticeable but it isn’t harsh at all and compliments the dark fruits very well. Mellow and smooth.

(4.25) M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and syrupy with a pleasingly very dry mouthfeel throughout.

(4.0) D: This is very good and I’ll be aging a bottle or two more, along with drinking a couple more as is.

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Photo of Florya
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Psychmusic
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of oakbluff
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage, pours brown/ruby with excellent clarity, minimal head. Nose- white grapes, sweet malts and honey. Taste- nuts, dark fruits , honey. Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very much a dessert type beverage. Drinkability is actually not bad given strength. Its sweet, but not sickly sweet.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-11.2 oz bottle, date on rear label is June 2014. Dark but clear copper w/thin but creamy off-white head...the cap lingers forever though.

S-Sherry, chocolate, dark and red fruits, fig, apple, prune, candy sugar, wood, sweet malt.

T/M-Sweet malt w/thick red apple, fig, vanilla, chocolate, and a slightly dry finish w/apparent alcohol. Sweet at first but short of cloying, and well-balanced at the end. Carbonation is light, body is velvety. Flavors midway complement sweetness nicely. Aftertaste is warm and boozy w/hints of fruit.

D-A delicious beer. I will save the rest for after dinner. This is a real sipper that will kick your ass and deprive you of its qualities if you rush it.

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Photo of davesway10
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,043 ratings.
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