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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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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV 14%, bottled 2008 and BB 08/2013, poured mahogany hued and clear into a Maredsous glass. Fleeting off white head reduced to a ring with very low carbonation. Smells of cherry brandy, malt, dried fruit but mostly of alcohol. Taste is all malt with a warm gut feel - "malt liquor" on the label proves dead accurate. Lingering alcohol / liquor punch, sweetness that overstays its welcome in my opinion, although I must remind myself that is in keeping with the style. The lack of bitterness makes me think this is hardly a beer ... oh, I'm so conflicted on this one. With the long life this capable of, I'm tempted to lay a half dozen of these down for five years and try it again, particularly if I find myself by a toasty fireplace in a comfy chalet in the dead cold of a freezing winter evening ... a must try but not one of my favourite beer styles.

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Photo of mullenite
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2007

Pours a deep, yet perfectly clear, mahogany. Heavy pour yielded a 1.5 finger white bubbly head similar to a soda with rapid dissipation. Left a very thin ring around the top of the beer after it settled. No lacing sticks but the beer does sort of slide down the side of the glass.

Smell is sweet maple syrup, plum, and a hint of alcohol heat in the background, which I really expected more of.

VERY sweet taste, wow. Maple syrup from the nose hangs around as does the dark fruit sugars. Alcohol is not very noticeable in the taste but has a bit of a heat going down the throat. The bottle mentions a creamy warming finish with age, but I'm getting that right now, almost sherry like finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick but not too sticky. Medium to Low carbonation. Pretty much perfect all around.

Rating this high on drinkability because it is excellent. The ABV is a bit discomforting but having 2-3 bottles over the course of a long cold night with a nice aged Gouda would be excellent.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says malt liquor. Pours a clear, amber/brown, the color of warm maple syrup, with a small off-white head that just sits around waiting for something to happen. The smell is sweet, but not in a sugary way. The sweetness is all malt, with a biscuity note being undercut by a dense caramel sweetness. What else is there? Oh yeah, alcohol. That 14% ABV is right in there screaming, "I'm going to beat you down!" or something to that effect. A toasted seed quality also makes its way to the nose, hinting of a grainier aspect that I would expect from the style.

The first sip is sweet, but not uncomfortably so. Instead, it's more of a background sweetness that plays up front, if that makes sense to anyone but me I'm impressed. The alcohol is nice and smooth, offering a nice burn on the throat at the swallow. A syrup-like cling gives the beer a fuller body than the color would have had me believe...damn tricky if I do say so myself.

This beer is definitely all about the malts and their sweetness. A few more sips and I'm a little less than enthralled with the sweetness. It's a little too sweet, reminiscent of real maple syrup for my tastes, but that doesn't make this a bad beer or a bad drinking experience. Warming does a lot for this beer. It smooths everything out, giving it a creaminess that was barely there before. The sweetness blends well with the malt body, giving it enough punch to be noticeable, but not enough to be overpowering. The alcohol, of course, still warms the throat and body nicely.

All in all this is a pleasant experience for such a strong beer. Hopefully I'll pick another one of these up and cellar it for a good while.

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Photo of srroos
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours maple syrup brown and clear with little head. Smells very, very sweet. Tastes super sweet as well, with a little bitterness to the finish. Medium bodied and well carbonated, but syrupy. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. I like this one, but I guess I've got a sweet tooth!

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A : Gorgeous maple syrup color. Totally transparent. Head is small and quickly dissipates to a small ring.

S: Smell is a bit faint. But, from what I can get, I can smell a lot of maple syrup sweetness. Some dark fruits sweetness too (raisins, plum, etc...). Alcohol is also present as expected.

T: Uber sweet taste (and hey, I love sweet beer). Maple syrup is still there and the dark fruits are stronger than ever! No bitterness at all. Alcohol is nicely hidden in the taste, yet still detectable, and gives a nice warmth. Molasses and vanilla are not to be forgotten too. Very good beer.

F: Bold and syrupy, as expected. Carbonation is low, as expected too.

D: Since the intense sweet character and high ABV, one of these is far enough.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into 0.4 L Kindl Pils mug.

Tried 17 Jan 2009.

Med off white head, quickly dissipates. No lacing. Lightly carbonated clear honey oak color. Lots of molasses and alcohol in aroma, vanilla. Very sweet, sugary, almost bourbonlike (A's comment). While alcohol is strong, it is not hot. Not bad but really seems like only two notes of sugar and alcohol.

Towards the end of the glass as the temperature increases, the flavor improves a bit with more caramel and some esters.

First attempt at immediate online reviewing. Procedure needs work.

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Photo of JamesS
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper, fairly see-through, with just a bit of head (goes away quickly) and no lacing; quite a bit of carbonation. Deep scent, very malty with obvious alcohol aromas, and a bit of caramal and a hint of spice. Deep taste, huge malts with a very noticable alcohol hit. Goes down a bit thick, pretty good except for the over-alcohol flavor.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.7/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle says 14% abv. This might just knock me out for the night... Deep ruby red, clear, with a smallish head - doesn't look particularly formidable. Aroma is rich fruitiness which pretty much obliterates anything else that might be here. First sip is very sweet, with a surprisingly well hidden alcohol. Lots of fruit with almost no carbonation and a syrupy body. Bitterness is extremely low, or perhaps more accurately balanced out by the intense sugary sweetness. Flavour is red berries and a hint of cherry and maybe some medium-dark sugars. Had enough balance to keep one bottle from being cloying, but the second may be undrinkable. Far too sweet to have as anything but a dessert/digestif. FWIW, it's quite a good big, sweet beer. OTOH, it's awfully big and sweet... Matches well with chocolate...

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Photo of Spidey13
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage pours a crystal clear, beautiful deep red/amber color with a very small head, which is to be expected in a beer of this strength. Very nice malty nose; sweet, with maple syrup, brown sugar, and alcohol.

The flavor is very complex with lots of sweetness and alcohol warmth. It really coats the mouth with molasses and some earthiness. A bit of cherry flavor shows up about two minutes post-swallow. The mouthfeel is thick with very low carbonation.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It drinks more like a liquor and was nice to have by my side to sip for over an hour.

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Photo of Rayek
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with garnet hues. The small tan head quickly disappears to a ring at the edge of the beer. Leaves no lace.

S: Quite sweet. Chocolate, dark fruits and enough alcohol to keep it from being over the top in the sweetness department.

T: The sweetness continues. Lots of chocolate and dark fruits up front. Almost like a chocolate wine. Bitterness is mostly held up by the alcohol, with maybe a hint of clove. Without the bitter bite, this beer would be beyond sweet. Finishes very warm.

M: Heavy body is syrupy and literally coats the mouth.

D: Certainly a unique experience that I won't soon forget. A good brew to visit once a year.

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Photo of epistax
1.23/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Every taste and smell that this beverage is supposed to have is completely masked by an extreme sweetness (incomplete fermentation?) and a strong alcohol flavor. I've enjoyed beverages with similar and higher ABV ratings, and this was awful. There are very popular beers known to be bad, and this trumps them all. I would not recommend this beverage to anyone but a masochist. .

This is my first review of a beer on BA. You can try this beer, but I advise you only try a single bottle and have other beers as backups. You aren't proving anything by drinking this thing.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium carbonation with no head..a clear dark caramel color.

Smell: Alcohol, whiskey, some earth, some dried fruit

Taste: sweet then bitter..taste of dried fruit then alcohol.

Mouthfeel: sweet, but I can feel the burn of the alcohol going down

Drinkability: I can taste the alcohol and could not have more than one at a time due to the abv...This is a good dopplebock, but not my favorite in the style

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown color with a small head and a lace that fizzles away rather quickly.
The aroma of fruits,raisins,malts and alcohol.

The fist sip was malts,sweetness followed by a taste of dark fruits,figs,raisins and a dose of chocolate hints.
Alcohol was there,but contained.

The feel was medium heavy body with an almost oily,syrup like finish. Carbonation was low and balance was incredible.

Notes: Wow,this was 2007 Vintage and if this gets better with age then I can't imagine how good it would be if I cellared it.
Amazing in that I did not feel the 14% ABV. Balance was great and taste was more than above average.

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Photo of baos
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fluid ounces into bottle.

A: Three finger tan head over dark reddish amber body. Nice to look at. Head disappears and virtually no lacing.

S: Wow reminds me of Raison D'etre from Dogfish head. Dark dried fruits and brandy. Pepper notes as well

T: Dark and deep fruitiness with big booziness. Kind of a spicy-peppery vodka finish.

M: Medium to heavy in body with thick syrupy feel.

D: This is no wee brew lads. A sixer of these will knock ye on ye backs. But you can sip on one for over an hour and it just grows in flavor. So I'd say slow drinkable but very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of PdxBeerNut
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage

A) copper red hints of plum. Poured with little head but nice lacing.

S) predominately smells like raisins.
T) if madeira were a beer, this would be it. Very sweet and warming (due to the high alcohol content, 14%)

M) slightly sticky, this is a big beer.

D) @ 14% this is not a sessionable beer. Take it easy. It does however go down very easily.

Easily one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass (Bottled in 2006)

Apperance- Dark amber color, decent head that dissapated to nice lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt aroma almost fruity

Taste,Mouthfeel- Very complex taste, sweet and warm because of the alochol, I taste rasins, brown sugar, and a plethera of other things going on. (I have a young palate not used to all these different flavors)

Drinkability- Very good beer, but take them one at a time..

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is certainly a sweeter doppelbock, but I tend to think those are the better ones (compared to, say, Optimator with its more earthy flavor..)
Pours a very nice ruby brown with a white head which settles but remains somewhat present.
Aroma is sweet- malty and fruity. Standard sweet doppel affair, what I expected without any particular unique quality, but good nonetheless.
Taste is very sweet, a bit syrupy. Malty and fig/raisin-like. Brown sugar, vanilla, and cinammon-liek spice a bit. Quite caramelly and molasses-like and, in fact, a bit cola-ish like Pepsi or coke. Has a certain spice or something which I could not put my finger on but was very present in the back of each sip. Especially in the aftertaste.
Mouth is a bit viscous, a little on the thicker side of medium, a bit chewy.
Overall its very good. If you like sweeter doppels then you should enjoy it quite a bit. I'm not positive if I like that extra spice or whatever that was in the flavor, but it certainly didn't take away form the drink.
The high ABV adds a little warmth.
I'll definitely be buying it again.

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Photo of cvfish
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a dark brownish red color that produced a nice sized tan head that disappeared slowly and produced a nice lacing

S - The aromas produced by this beer were smoked wood chips, dark fruit, and the burn of booze

T - The taste of this beer had a good start with a nice, rich caramel malts profile, edged in some mild dark fruits, maybe some sweet chocolate, and a burn of alcohol at the end

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a slight amount of carbonation

D - This really could be a great beer, and from all accounts it used to be, but the alcohol comes in at the end, where I wish they would have put some smoky characteristics to hide it

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Photo of TMB0424
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 9.4 fl oz poured into a Celebrator glass. Vintage 2007

Pours a fizzy, small off-white head that QUICKLY reduces into nothing. Basically no lacing at all. Body is a crystal clear light ruby red with tons of carbonation rising up.

Smell is outstanding. Tons of sweet, caramel, creamy malts. Raisins, dark fruits, a hint of toffee. Sugary rum, sweet butter... very unique. Alcohol is there, but its not extreme by any means.

Taste is out of control good. Rum-soaked raisins, dark ripe fruit, creamy malts. Honey dipped grapes as well. Extremely creamy and smooth. The alcohol content only adds to the greatness, as it accentuates the dark fruit flavor and proves a welcoming warmth afterward with a nice spice. Almost a chocolate, maple syrup like flavor tossed in the background somewhere. Splashes of port, crisp green apples... every sip seems like a different flavor, its unreal. So complex, absolutely amazing.

Mouthfeel is light despite it's medium-heavy body. Crisp, silky smooth. Sticky on the palate, syrupy as well. Buttery in the mouth. Goes down extremely well despite it's ABV - very drinkable - but it needs to be sipped. Carbonation is somewhat light, but it's a perfect fit. It's amazing how many different flavors I found sipping a glass of this. Awesome. Truly an outstanding brew, a fantastic dopplebock.

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Photo of Shaon94
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2004

Appearance - Light Amber with very little head (surprised there is any at all to tell you the truth) what does make an appearance quickly disappears with no lacing left behind. Swirling leaves a nice coating that slides back down. This beer just looks thick!

Smell - Maple, Molasses, cinnamon and a hint of some other spices as well. (Of course I had this on Christmas day so who knows maybe some of it was in my head)

Taste - It tastes like sweet spiced liquor, but not so heavy on the alcohol. The alcohol content on this one is high and you can definitely taste it, but not as strongly as I had feared. This coats you all the way down with a warming sensation that is pleasant. Also the taste sticks with you for a while after.

MouthFeel - Here is the one knock I have on this beer. It has a mouthfeel of cough syrup. The one saving grace is this still had some carbonation left in it.

Drinkability - Drinkable, but only a little at a time. High enough alcohol content where it does not have you running back for a second. Heck I may store the other 3 I have from this vintage and see how they taste in the coming years.

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Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear dark amber color with virtually no head.

Aroma - Light molasses and caramel aromas with wisps of apple cider.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew that finishes sticky.

Taste - pretty much the way it smells. Caramel and molasses with notes of apple cider with a warming alcohol finish.

Overall - Noticeably different but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage, pours brown/ruby with excellent clarity, minimal head. Nose- white grapes, sweet malts and honey. Taste- nuts, dark fruits , honey. Thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very much a dessert type beverage. Drinkability is actually not bad given strength. Its sweet, but not sickly sweet.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. 750 ML. Shared amongst a group of people. Perfect beer for a Christmas celebration.

A- Light orange/light amber. Somewhat cloudy. Very bright hues. Not much head. The head that was there was off white. No lacing.

S- Candied sugars, molasses. This one smelled like traditional Christmas candy and fruits.

T- Extremely malty and very sweet. The abv is well hidden by the sugars and sweet flavors. Candy apples, vanilla. Dark soy sauce and cookies. This one will stretch your palate to the max. Mostly sweet and sugary. This is not for everyone.

M- Thick, sticky, nice carbonation. Tough going down at times due to the burning sensation.

D- Tough to take a lot of this stuff, but enjoyable in small amounts. I can see how this beer could be a fun beer to drink every Christmas. I'll pick up a bottle and let it sit around for a while. I would have loved to have done a side by side taste test with the 93 bottle that I had over the summer.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 batch, am 6. Dezember 2007 gebraut, natürlich. The beer is brewed only once a year, after all. Enjoyed as the perfect finish to Weihnachten.

Rich, deep amber in color, with a small off-white, creamy head that disappears quickly and leaves just a ring of bubbles around the rim of the beer. Cling is virtually non-existent, though the beer is so thick that it holds on to the glass on its own.

Aroma is sugary sweet, with just a hint of maple.

Thick and viscous as oil, this enormous nuke of a malt bomb hammers the tongue with a heavy sweetness that dominates all, pierced only by the vague hint of alcohol presence. Finishes very sweet with a full, warming essence all the way down, both of which linger long afterward.

In the flavor arena, this is one damnably drinkable beer. Each sip pains for another, and it all goes down smooth as silk. After one bottle, though, the alcohol, which is well-hidden on the palate, breaks through the mold and makes is presence known, slowing down all mental functioning and making this Triple Bock's review decidedly difficult.

This one is an instant classic, and world-renowned for good reason.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Samichlaus poured a dark brown color that was popping out of the glass with a fizzy behavior but left no lacing or foam head.

The aroma was of licorice and brown sugar. Dates and dark fruit came to the nose party as well. The taste was really sweet and malt dominated. There was a tinge of burn at the back of the throat but the syrupy sweetness seemed to quell that fire. It had a full body and was definitely a sipper.

After a while the abv does pop you in the jaw but overall this is a fun beer to get once in a while.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,073 ratings
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