Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

very good
2,051 Ratings
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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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010; poured into snifter.

A: looks amber brown, clear, and full of head with the pour and the lacing stays for the glass.

S: bread/grain, sweet malt, and booze. Some fruity smell.

T: huge taste, but very sweet. It wasn't like this last year, seemed more complex and less sweet.

M: very smooth, some carbonation still but not as much as it was last year.

O: not worth waiting another year - just have it when you buy it. This is too sweet.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one was bottled in 2008 and shared by Andy. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear reddish amber color with a thing layer of head. Looks like a cognac after it's all said and done.

Enjoyable rich aroma. Purple grapes with a good caramel boozy sweetness rounding this out. Very fruity in the aroma. The pallet has a lot of the same going on as the aroma. A grape or raisin flavor with caramel and lots of booziness. This one is very sweet.

The body is full and sticky with somewhat sharp carbonation. This really coats the tongue.

Not a bad idea to share this one. This one is very sweet and the flavors are very pronounced with lots of sharp alcohol. Good to look at and smell but drinking this can be a little overbearing. I suppose it would be nice to share this small bottle several ways.

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2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in 2008. Drank in 2012. The color is golden amber. There are small white bubbles. This is a nice clear looking beer.

The aroma is full of bread with a hint of punch. This smells sweet.

The taste is sweet with lots of bread and a hint of tropical fruit to round it out. The sugariness leaves a bit of a less than desirable aftertaste. I should note that after a few sips and I get further into my half of the bottle, this doesn't seem nearly as cloying as the first taste indicated.

The body is full with nice carbonation. This is alright. I don't think I would get it again though. It's just a bit too sweet.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear reddish dark caramel like colour with no head or lacing.

S - Very complex. Sherry, candied raisins, rum, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, cherry and red berries.

T - So sweet and quite medicinal. Sherry, raisins, prune, apricot, candied orange peel, burnt caramel and toffee apple.

M - Masses of complexity in each taste, syrupy full body, low to moderately carbonated and plenty of heat.

O - Sweet, fruity, spicy and seriously hot, this is a sipper if Ive ever come across one. There is plenty to savour though. If you like them sweet then get yourself one of these when they pop up.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a very reddish brown with no head. Smell is thickly of sugary dried fruits with a hint of sharp spices, not much though.
Tasted very sugary and fruity with some bitterness and some spices, but not enough to counter the fruity sweetness at all. They were so subtle that I don't even recall what spices I tasted specifically. Great beer. I'd say one of the best. But only if you're in the mood for something VERY sweet.

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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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4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know I committed a faux pas, but poured this from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass; however, I don't think it overly affected my impression of it. Anyway, the beer poured a light caramel color and had NO head and virtually no lacing. It looked kind of thin too.

The smell was amazing- dark fruit, caramel, malty but a bit boozy too. Of course with 14% alcohol you probably should expect that.

The beer was crazy sweet with caramel and figs coming through to me. Despite it appearing to be thin the beer had a nice thick coating mouthfeel and a bit of carbonation, so it wasn't totally like drinking syrup.

I don't think I could do more than one of these in a sitting, but definitely worth a try if you're into big sweet, malty, beers!

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

The beer is a glowing ruby-mahogany. The head quickly dissipates to nothing, with a few minuscule dots of lacing. This beer smells amazing. After the initial whiff of alcohol, there is a bouquet of dark fruits -- dark cherries, raisins, figs, apples. Minimal yeast is also found with a noticeable cinnamon (like candy) aroma on the back end. The beer tastes just as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Again, after the initial sting of alcohol, there is a definite cinnamon burn and I think of cinnamon candy. Dark fruits fill out the rest of the profile. The mouthfeel is dominated with alcoholic burn, beginning and at the finish.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this. It had a year of age on it. Very drinkable for 14% ABV.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,051 ratings.
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