Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

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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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3.82/5  rDev -5%
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 +11.9%
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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3.74/5  rDev -7%
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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3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: On-Tap poured in to Samichlaus Tulip. Medium dark color with a slight off white head that dissapates quickly which was not a surprise considering Alcohol Content.

S: Aroma was wonderful, Serious Malt and definite alcohol. minimal Hop aroma

T: Very Smooth, not quite what I expected from a beer, in a class by itself.

M: Very full body, lightly carbonated. Feels very smooth, almost scotch like.

O: This is a hell of a beer. May be categorized as a Doppelbock but it is so much more. May not suit everyone's taste but I will be buying as much of this as I can to see how it grows with age

6 oz serving, at 42F, enjoyed so much had to try it twice..

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I like doppelbocks. I like Celebrator and Maximator a lot. Sam Adams is pretty good. I like Korbinian well enough. Spaten, one or two others. The style seems like a nice one. But this one tasted like balsamic vinegar mixed with something sweet. So did the Ettaler Curator doppelbock I tried after that to a somewhat lesser extent. Both were sour and vinegary. Do not like. Couldn't get through a 4 oz taster. I wonder what makes these two come out like this.

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3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear amber with reddish hues. Cream-colored head, not much of it, fades fast and leaves little lacing.

Smells kinda like cognac. Dark fruits, some raw sweet juiciness that's hard to pin down, and a light boozy kick. Like liquor but without the burn.

Taste is fairly similar. Dark fruit - figs, plums. Some sugary robustness. Finishes slightly bitter as the alcohol asserts itself - but that alcohol is shockingly well hidden for such a potent beer.

Medium-bodied, definitely heavy, but not as much as I expected. Nice warming alcohol, as expected.

An interesting beer. Like a doppelbock on steroids. Definitely a bruiser, but not as boozy as I thought it might be. Glad I tried it, and might drink it occasionally, but 330 mL is too much for me. A sipper for sure.

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4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this in Tokyo about a month after its Dec. 2011 release. Served in a flaring tulip glass, it was dark amber in color with a bit of carbonation around the edge of the glass. No lacing, but the bit of foam persisted for the 20 minutes it took to drink it.

The smell is very sweet, phenolic and dried-fruity, raisins or prunes. Lets you know this is not your ordinary lager.

The taste is very sweet, like raisin bread. It reminded me of a 9-year old J.W. Lee Harvest ale I had last year, even though it had only been aged 10 months.

However, the mouthfeel is quite different from an aged barley wine. The body is medium in weight rather than heavy, and the greater alcohol percentage fogs the upper mouth and sinuses. That same alcohol warms the finish, and there's also a bit of hot pepper spiciness. Also, it was not the least sticky on the lips.

I was happy to be able to try this unique lager. I drank it with pizza, and it complemented that pie like a fine triple. If I see it again, I'll know what to do with it!

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,090 ratings
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