Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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89
very good
2,053 Ratings
Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier
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
Ratings:
2,053
Reviews:
1,101
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
16.54%
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
403
For Trade:
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Photo of einman
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hydrocity2
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mncoinman
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good medium munich malt aroma on opening. Pours a reddish - medium brown in color. Fairly subtle head. Good carbonation upon imbibing. More so than an average doppelbock. I suspect the carbonation does a good job of masking the high level of alcohol in this brew (and it works). Taste runs a little bit on the sweet side for a doppel. Leaves a noticeably warm feeling in the tummy. This beer is better than any eisbock I've had...it does a good job of mellowing out the alcohol into a rather tasty brew. I doubt I would have more than one at a sitting, but this is a really solid choice for warming up the soul on a cold day (too bad I am in Florida right now).

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Photo of RoseHulmanBeerClub
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Beervana
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pingchoi
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arini10
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mongrel
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage.

Pours a beautiful deep amber with hints of purple and a surprisingly fluffy, creamy white head.

The nose is bursting with sweet, bright fruity notes. Macerated berries, caramel, vanilla and faint booze. Smells like a fine liqueur.

Taste is sweet, as expected, but also incredibly deep and nuanced. I don't know where to begin - it's like blueberry cobbler with creamy vanilla ice cream. Grapes, golden raisins, prunes, clove and pie spice.

Mouthfeel is round and creamy but surprisingly light on the palate.

Overall, an incredibly well honed lager that doesn't begin to hint at the HUGE abv. Drinks more like a 8-9% weizenbock with about double the flavor. In a word - awesome. In another word - dangerous.

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Photo of TWINEMINDER
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davidperez
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I know this is a beer highly recommended for extended cellaring, and I am cellaring two; yet I am having right now this bottle with only one year of age to check it out somewhat young and compare afterwards.

Served in a snifter, it pours a dark copper, clear, with some red glare, which is enchanting. The head is short and has low retention.

The bouquet is powerful. Very assertive and complex. Caramel, molasses, cherry, wood, liquor as in rum, slightly biscuity.

Ok, I guess this beer could use some more years, it does feel flat. Samichlaus gives you one thrust of sweetness, which I felt less complex than the aroma, and then it fades somewhat slowly. It seems as if all the aromas blended in the flavor to form one particular sweetness reminiscent of syrup and booze, it is harder to discern the flavors. Rum, molasses and caramel.
Surprisingly for the ABV and the initial sweetness onslaught, this beer's aftertaste is mild and not very long. The mouthfeel is that of a spirit.

I wouldn't have this beer this young again. However, I'm eager to see how Samichlaus tastes with 3 or 5 years on it.

EDIT:
Just had an older bottle after a good amount of months of keeping up the tastings. Palates develop with time, and so does a good beer like this one.
World class beer for sure.
Wood, nuts, coffee, plums and honey add to an already complex lager, whose finish is definitely long.
An aggressive flavor with depth and elegance.

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Photo of briancathy
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has been maturing for a few years (bottled in 2011); last I had it was much younger. I expect this to be better.
Copper very reddish color with a thin head that short lived.
Nice and potent Doppelbock aroma with notes of prunes, brandy, lots of cinnamon, red fruits, caramel and toasted malts, some dark chocolate, wood and bread crust.
Sweet flavor with notes of pudding with lots of caramel, slightly burnt chocolate, red and dark fruits, licorice, apple puree, mild herbal hops, cloves, brown sugar and/or molasses, cinnamon, rum and coconut. Dry aftertaste with a lingering sweet malty and a pleasant alcoholic feeling.
Liquorish body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 14% feels much lower and gives a subtle warming sensation.
Definitely a sipper and a complex Doppelbock. Sweet, but not really cloying given good attenuation. I recommend to age this.

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

Photo of Dentist666
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into lager glass.
Pours clearest dark copper beer with 2-finger beige head, moderate retention.
Smell - sweet malty, caramel, cake, dried fruits, honey, dates.
Taste - sweet, rum, dark fruits, caramel again.
Full syrupy body, soft carbonation, slick.

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

Photo of Jcarriglio
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of KarlHvK
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Gajo74
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown and amber color. Minimal head soon dissipates and leaves a really thin lacing that soon dies out.
The aroma is sweet; initially there is a chocolate and toffee like malt sweetness. One also feels the rum like alcohol in the nose. As the drink progresses, there is a grainy and toasted bread like smell.
The taste is sweet. Normally I do not like beers that are overly sweet, however, this one somehow gets away with it. Sweet malts and dark fruits predominate. The alcohol warming is subtle but really hits you hard. It reminds me of a combination of sherry, rum and port wine. In the finish, there is booze and a hint of hops buttering.
This is certainly a full bodied sipper due to the high ABV, however, the feel is slightly less than full and scarily drinkable. Do not drink this and drive!
As I said, normally I do not like sweet and boozy brews, however, this one felt different. I would love to have this again on a cold and snowy winter night in front of a fireplace.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sherillc
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous red/amber colour. Aromas of fruitcake, cherries, raisins, honey, very sweet on the nose. A sweet beer - a dessert unto itself. Flavour reminds me of treacle (molasses) candy a bit. Stewed prunes, honey. Delicious in small quantities.

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Photo of KennethBlomqvist
2.89/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

My GF was hunting for something nice in Systembolaget and found this on the limited edition shelf. She bought 4 bottles and hid it. On New Years Eve she brought it up and told me she got something rare and we shared one. Was a bit overwhelmed by its taste and the musty aroma of bit everything. This is a beer that I wont taste again this year and after spoken to a guy about it he almost got tears in his eye and asked If I got more. Told him that I got 3 bottles left and he told me to wait a least couple of years before I open another one. Apparently its gets better after some years. Maybe this review will change then.

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Photo of fortyfield
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,053 ratings.
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