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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An amazingly awesome beer! First off, when poured into a pint glass, you notice the rich, deep amber color, and the aroma of sweetened malts. The beer comes to a frothy halt at the top of the glass and settles with the perfect amount of head and lace, with not being over-carbonated. The beer's taste is sweet with ripe malts and barley with an obvious note of grains and alcohol. The mouthfeel is to die for as you swallow the beer, you still have a presence of the brew in your mouth and a note of the aroma in your nose. What an amazing beer!

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

A delayed, rocky head builds out of a cascading pour to form an off-white cream over a clear, dark amber to chestnut brown beer. Big bubbles of carbonation cling to the antique pilsner, as does a coating of lace.
The aroma is heavily sweet, malty, with nuts and lots of spice. Molasses, bread dough, vanilla, honey, and fresh cut wood are accented by cognac.

Very sweet, as expected, with caramelized sugar, dates, pears and malt. The finish is modest with light bitterness.

Alcohol is far below the advertised 14% in this full-bodied, syrupy, smooth beer with modest carbonation.

This was a 2007 bottling. An enjoyable sipping beer for relaxation.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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

2009 Vintage Poured into Tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a dark brown / dark copper with tones of black and dark ruby.

Smell: Strong dark fruit, figs, plums etc, with a final strong note of alcohol. This beer smells big with overall good fruit tones.

Taste: This beer is very sweet. The dark fruit are extremely present in the mouth. This beer heats up and warms the mouth with strong alcohol as it finishes, well balanced with a alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: It is thick and oily in the mouth. 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: A big beer that goes down easily. You can 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 woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'03 bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Thanks, Matt, for sharing this nicely-aged bottle.

A: Clear deep amber body with a few stray tan bubbles. Surprisingly light in color, but not too bad.

S: Huge. Tons of bread, toast, raisins, and toffeeish booze. Big, sweet, malty, and impressive.

T: Gigantic. So sweet, fruity, bready, toasty, warm, vanilla-soaked, and generally decadent. Incredibly complex, sweet, and tasty.

M: Sticky, almost flat, and thick. Appropriate.

O: I'm surprised it's taken me this long to try this storied (but relatively available) beer. Once the strongest beer in the world, Samichlaus is still a force to be reckoned with - it takes the maltiness of Doppelbock and cranks it to 11. I thought the sweetness bordered on being overbearing, but it's tough to penalize a beer like this for being too flavorful. I think I might start setting up a vertical...


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2/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2010

Pours a clear amber with hints of gold. A small off white head disappears rather quickly with almost no lacing, though expected.

Smell is deep and huge. Dark candy and roasted malt. Very boozy and downright scary.

Taste is cloyingly sweet and syrupy rich. Big roasted malt and booze.

Feel is thick and syrupy. The viscosity and the alcohol make this very difficult to drink. A slow drink with an almost cough medicine like burn, my least favorite part of the beer.

When I was first getting into craft beer, this was a drain pour, now, while still extreme, it's palatable, which surprised me. I just wish it didn't kick me in the throat when I drank it.


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Photo of phishgator
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately this is Vintage 2002 bottle, from the old brewery. Poured into a goblet with slight white head that dissipates quickly. The color is of light copper and there is faint appearance of syrup much like a schnapps. The nose is of warm caramel and fusel alcohols. the taste is farmiliar to in content to a "fresh" Samiclhaus with the thick sryupy body of big malt. It's just that it is completely smooth! the heat of alcohol is gone. I am glad I aged this for 10 years and now there is only one left from my 2002 six pack.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of 57md
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark copper with a finger of head that dissipated quickly and left only some fizziness behind. The nose is distinctly of the candied fruits of the Christmas season. Sweet malt dominates and the sweetness grows as one goes along. There is a slight alcohol burn in the finish that is not unpleasant. The entire offering is certainly interesting, but not terribly well balanced either.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tuliped snifter. Pours a dark amber (maple syrup) with a thin, whispy head. Aroma had a and hints of dark dried fruits. Silky mouthfeel and the taste was very seductive with rich booziness, caramel malt notes and some sweet dark dried fruits, a good dark estery sweetness (think dried dates and figs).

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage poured into a tulip

A- translucent mahogany with slight ruddy brown hue. soft thin head from aggressive pour quickly dissipates leaving a small, frothy, film of sitting atop. a few tiny bubbles float continuasly up from the bottom.

S- wow, awesome. BIG dark fruit aromas. dried figs, soft prunes, raisons and underneath are sweet white grapes. just a faint note of solvency and a good bit of sherry.

T- Big, bold, and rich. Everything from the nose is amplified by degrees of sugar. Caramel. hot, sticky molasses. sweet licorice. A drop of vanilla extract. amazing smooth and sherry like warming towards the finish, but it's actually not quite enough to give the necessary balance.

M- Thick, luscious, creamy and syrupy. The fine carbonation provides just enough lift.

O- very nice beer, but it comes up well shy of being great. The potential is there, but with 5 years on it there's not enough uumph from the alcohol to counter the massive sweetness. It never gets to be cloying, but darn it is close. Thankfully the deep, warm sherry notes are still enough to keep it from going over the edge.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a single bottle of this at a pretty good liquor store (Discount Wine and Beer in Totowa). I hadn't ever heard of this beer, but the label looked pretty interesting. Why not try something new?

I poured it into a snifter. I don't really know why, but when in doubt that is what I use.

It smells pretty rich. I get dark fruit, like plum/prune. There is also a ton of wine-like quality. I like the smell, but I can imagine that this fills a very particular contingent. There was also a decent amount of sour in the glass.

The flavor isn't as good as the smell. The alcohol presence is very strong. It overwhelms the rest of the flavor. It is very aggressive. I've got to be honest, it doesn't really work.

The beer flavor goes away immediately. It really just burns the back of my throat.

I am glad for the new experience. However, I won't pick up this beer ever again. It is just too overwhelming.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,052 ratings.
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