Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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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

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#3,728
Reviews:
1,121
Ratings:
2,115
pDev:
16.17%
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4.5
 
 
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Photo of Julieanne231290
1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tastes like a concoction of drinks that one would have to drink as a forfeit at the end of a game of kings

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Photo of Voss
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my God...
This is the easiest thing to find that is between a beer, a wine and a digestive.
Clear bronze in the glass, small head that vanishes in a while, looks so thin...
Reveals the right carbonation that says "hey, I'm a beer", smells of ripe fruits, figs and prunes, tastes great, not so big in body as a Belgian Quadruple but so smooth, full and so round, rich and tough.
It could be a liquor, but it's 3am and I would have another despite 14 ABV.
Great with brie de meaux, good even with apfelstrudel, walnuts and peanuts.
Simply spectacular.

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Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a dark purple-red with a very small tan head and no lacing.

S: Notes of bourbon and brandy are forefront, a little bit of nail polish remover, some cherry and dark stone fruits, mixed with heavy malt, but the alcohol is forefront.

T: Strong bourbon and brandy notes, lots of sweet cherries, some vanilla, some prune, and raisin. Major alcohol burn. Sweet malt. This beer is from 2012 and the alcohol is still very strong in this one.

F: Fully heavy body, with a little bit of prickly carbonation.

O: I bought this 4 pack in 2013 and back then this one had too much alcohol it is getting better as it ages, but I still feel like it needs another 1 or 2 years to hit peak, will try my last bottle in a year or two.

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Photo of goodbeergoodfood
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look as a ruby red when held to the light very little carbonation as you might expect
Aroma is alcoholic with deep dark heavy malls dark fruits and burnt sugar.
Taste is extremely sweet the sweetest beer I've ever had deep dark malts and burnt sugars.
Mouth feels very nice some carbonation to tickle the tongue in the palate.
Overall a very nice beer with a very nice story to tell it is extremely sweet and can only be consumed once or twice a year during very cold weather or holiday occasions.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a flute glass from a vintage 2009 bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber color which comes off almost opaque with medium bubbles to the body and a heavy orange tinted white head rising just about half a finger's length dropping after one sip with almost zero lacing.

Smell: sweet fruit aroma which might make you think of wine.

Taste: Heavy alcohol feel which feels a tad subtle with hints of yeast and hard hints of grapes. A touch sour but a honey sweetness which offsets the brew.

Mouth: After taste lingers and the sweetness is just a bit overpowering. Light to medium carbonation but very sticky.

Overall: I've had this beer for about two years or so and was thinking of an excuse just to drink it. Happy New year's and grab it if you're lucky, Salud!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

**
12/31/17

Bottle to sample glass.

LOOK: reddish brown, decent white head.
AROMA: mostly just Bread/grains some weak spice maybe cinnamon or nutmeg or pepper?.
TASTE: Brandy, spice, chemical finish.

Thin.

Interesting, but not smooth.

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Photo of Vader444
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass.

A lovely dark red/brown yet surprisingly clear beer. Smells of stewed fruits and a little bit nutty. Taste follows suit; incredibly sweet caramel, raisins, prunes and figs. Alcohol is barely noticeable. This is like the Pedro Ximenez of the beer world. A true desert beer, I could only manage one bottle of this I a sitting. Delicious stuff. Cheers!

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Photo of jcubz
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgrifs
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skitaos
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of muchos
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle
L. Dark red to brown with a decent off-white head, carbonation streaming up the sides.
S. Caramel/brown sugar, dried cherries, dates, vanilla, leather.
T. Sweet cherry, molasses, vanilla custard, dates and figs, rich sweet caramely toasted malts, burnt sugar toward the end.
F. Rich, smooth feel which is balanced by a decent carbonation and a slightly drying warmth.
O. One of the sweetest beers I've had, but I'm really enjoying it and I would buy it again. Cheers ! !

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Photo of jkblr
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottled in 2015 poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp 14% ABV. The beer pours reddish brown in color with short lived khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and and not much else. No lacing. The aroma is burnt sugar, caramel, dark fruit and booze. The flavor is rich sweet dark fruit, brown sugar, burnt sugar, bread and a little booze on the back end. There is no perceived bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, lowly carbonated, a bit sticky and undry in all respects. Overall, excellent. This would be over the top sweet for some. I love it with a few years on it.

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Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jhrozek
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deg
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Shade1951
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't expecting the sweetness. It's the sweetest beer I've ever tasted. But I found that I liked it. The taste is of sweet sherry, but bubbly. The color is very clear medium burgundy. It doesn't smell as sweet as it tastes.

Definitely not an everyday beer, but obviously isn't meant to be. A really nice holiday treat.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and must have something going on in the bottle like conditions
Pours like brandy and as the tan head disappears this is a good analogy
Smells of malt grain cereal
Pure boozy sugar flavour
Syrupy

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,115 ratings