Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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89
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2,050 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:
2,050
Reviews:
1,099
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
16.54%
 
 
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185
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402
For Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red body that gives off a deep amber red color in the light. Little to no head, fizzles away quickly.

Very sweet smelling. A bit boozy and spicy as well. Also, some dark fruits, maybe some raisins or figs.

Taste is very sweet. Sweet malts and caramel. More dark fruits like plums, raisins and figs. This beer also has a bit of heat on it and leaves a nice bitter bite in the finish.

I would say this beer is just a bit over medium bodied. Its doesnt feel to heavy but keep in mind it is 14%. A bit chewy but not to thick. Goes down pretty smooth but a bit boozy as well. Leaves a very nice sweet and bitter aftertaste.

Overall this beer is probably the best I've had for its style. Highly recommend.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

six ounce tasting for myself and a friend from a bottle recently puirchased at BevMo.

A --- deep amber color with very little foam

S --- malts, raisins and alcohol

T --- the alcohol at first is overbearing, but then I pick up elements of fig and plum. Very nice balance between malts and hops.

M --- Medium-to-full body with perfect carbination.

O --- I really enjoyed it. It has a whiskey likeness to it which I really enjoyed --- not over the top but enough to remind me this is a STRONG beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer. I decided to crack this one open of all the beer in my fridge because I wanted to test out the equation that allows you to determine ABV from Brix and FG. It told me this beer was 12.5% alcohol. Interesting.

Pours a flat toasted amber colour, quite deep and tending to brown. Remarkably clear body, with a very fine ring of insubstantial film forming the head. Definitely weight to the body, giving it a hefty fluidity. Minimal carbonation. It looks very heavy, I'll give it that.

Nose is sweet but brusque with alcohol, lending it an almost phenolic intensity. Sharpness on the back, that smells like a cross between hops and kerosene. Booze has been taken to too high a level, and there isn't enough else to compensate.

Taste is a little better, as there's a big sweetness that sticks throughout, lending an intense toffee character to the slight boozy solvent-like astringency. Still that brandy burn on the back really doesn't allow you to forget how strong it is. Feel is surprisingly liquid and light. And, let's face it, flat.

Nope, this doesn't do it for me. In some senses I respect it for what it is. This was, at one point, the strongest beer in the world, but I've had beers that exceed it in both alcohol and balance. This feels like an outlier, an anomaly, and a beer brewed for the wrong reasons.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with a minimal head that dissipates quickly leaving a very minimal lacing around the outside edge of the glass. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Sweetened malts masking a bit of alcohol in the background, not a whole lot else going on.

T: Again with the sweetened malts and alcohol. Very little else is detectable.

M: Sweet and almost syrupy with a medium amount of carbonation.

O: Not too bad, also not great, it's a nice strong ABV beer with quite a bit of sweetness.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle (2005 vintage) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep amber brown and perfectly clear. Thin, pale khaki head, hold almost no retention at this point-the beer pours almost still, but shows definite legs.

Aroma-Big time positive oxidation notes of sherry and nuts, with distinct almond and hazelnut character. Beyond the oxidation notes lies smooth toffee, toasted caramel, brown sugar, and molasses, with some heady, perfumy alcohol aromas. This has aged quite gracefully.

Flavor-Sweet rock candy sugar, caramel, raisin, molasses, and toffee blend seamlessly on the front of the palate. Candied plums and sherry almond flavors dance through the mid-palate before a smooth yet powerful alcohol presence dries the finish, leaving behind a trace of sherry and almond which carries long into the finish.

Mouthfeel-Full bodied, with low carbonation. Silky smooth with powerful warming and a bit of heat, but without knowing, you would never guess at the 14+ ABV.

This beer wears it's age incredibly well-at nearly 7 years out, it is smooth as can be, with elegant sherry and nutty oxidation flavors and aromas. I would be wary about aging it too much longer as the oxidation characteristics may soon become too prominent, but I think this could easily make it to 10 years (if not further). Delicious, and dangerously easy to drink at this age-a truly wonderful beer.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,050 ratings.
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