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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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a clear reddish amber with a decidedly ruby tone and a fine-bubbled pale tan head. Rich, spicy, malty aroma has tones of cloves, cinnamon and apple. Strong, mouth-filling flavor has malty, peppermint, apple and cloves notes plus hints of caramel and horehound, and is rather sweet but not cloying. Syrupy texture is quite fizzy.

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3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into over oversized snifter.

Appearance: dark amber to light brown colored beer. Super thin layer of head that recedes down to nothing.

Smell: smells like spicy pears with a grain like smell and booze.

Taste: This one is really sweet. This is just past being cloyingly sweet and I love malt bomb beers. It super hot and boozey right away too. It tastes like concentrated caramel and also quite fruity. Pears, dates, rasisins and figs. I also taste Karo corn syrup. The booze really burns hard in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. It got a little bit of a creaminess to the beer. This beer is massive because of the boozy nature of this beer, but the creaminess help to break it up just a little bit.

Overall: Really unique Doppelbock. Never had one this big and high in alcohol. It just not for me. Tame the booze down and that might help. The entire time I am drinking this beer ithiknk its missing something, but I can't figure out what it would be...

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of CrazyMike
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber appearance with a small amount of brown head that quickly settles down leaving little head. Smell consists of dark fruit (raisins and apples), brown sugar and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is like the smell, but times 10. It's an uppercut fruit (mainly raises), lots of caramel and booze. Picked up grain, chocolate and roasted malt as well. My lips went numb from the first sip. Heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a very dry raisin taste.

Overall, this has to be one of the most powerful beers out there. At 14%, it's something that should be savored and not chugged. Still, it's amazing and the flavors go well with it. This is a must try.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a glass stein.

Appearance- The beer pours a very light gold. It is a little weird to see a doppelbock pour so light! The body settles in at a dark copper / light amber. The head is a bright white, but the soapy foam is barely a pencil-width.

Smell- This nose is very balanced between the fruity raisin and apple notes and the slightly spicy and herbal notes. The mesh works extremely well, giving it just enough raisin for a dopplebock.

Taste- There is much more booze present on the palate. It is more of a brandy, but that is probably due to the fruitiness inherent in doppelbocks.

I will say, this just oozes raisin and apple. Although it is just as herbal and sort of peppery. A really nice balance is struck , making a fantastic drink.

Mouth feel- A big medium body that is incredibly creamy. There is a decent amount of coating, and for such a high alcohol content, it goes down very well.

Overall- This doppelbock is quite wonderful. The smell and taste strike a wonderful balance between spices and ester, raisin notes. The mouth feel is also fantastic. If ever in the mood for a higher alcohol sipper, you could hardly do better.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner style glass. Bottled in 2009?? woah I missed that part!

Very foamy off white to light caramel colored head. Some retention. A very nice colored body of perfect brown chestnut with lots of rising carbonation and sticky cola like bubbles on the glass. Head falls somewhat quickly.

Nose is a real big rush. Mild sticky toffee with a light little malt sense in the background. Kind of airy. Nice

Taste, holy carp this is sweet as all get out. Ridiculous brown sugar rush and toasted caramelized sugar on the palate. Luckily not a real big syrupy body for the mouthfeel, and not a trace of alcohol heat or booze. Taste is almost vinous and with a sense of after dinner liquer.

Overall real special drink. Unfortunatly for myself this is way too sweet for my tastes, this really could use a food pairing I think. But I sure wouldn't turn one down, got to be in the right mood for this one I think.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy, dark honey color with good carbonation with a nice tan cap

S: Sweet brown sugar, dark fruits, booze

T: Immediate sugar blast and booze. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, candy and faded dark fruits, hint at wheat and overly ripened bananas

M: Medium to big body with nice carbonation.

O: Very drinkable for a 14% ABV beer

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is in honor of my wife, whom was born on December 6th. 2007 bottling. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a clear amber color that seems to vary some depending on the light you look at it through. A very light tan 1/8 inch head forms and quickly reduces to essentially no lacing.

The aroma is solid with a dark fruit/malty sweetness. Alcohol definitely comes through. Some interestingly hoppy notes are present.

The taste is again quite malty with a raisin and caramel malt presence. There is no lack of alcohol. Sweet and just again a little tickle of hops.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation. It actually goes down quite smooth and leaves an alcohol burn with a little dryness.

Overall, I like the maltiness of this beer. The alcohol could be a little more hidden but I still find this quite enjoyable. I am biased somewhat by my wife's birthday and the date of this beer and still enjoy it quite a bit.

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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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