Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier
2,058 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

Appearance: This is a pretty beer. A beautiful red amber color which just looks menacing and delicious. Carbonation was much more present then I would have expected. The newest vintage helps that out. Zero head retention. Looks like a large glass of brandy. This beer just looks sexy!

Smell: Wow. A huge blast of caramelized malt. The booze undertones provide a very spicy undertone to this aroma. This beer just smells like it is going to pack a full on punch.

Taste: And the punch lands squarely on the chin. Huge sweet malt on the front of this brew. The sweetness just continues for days giving off a wonderful caramel, toffee, maple syrup, molasses flavors. So rich, feels like I'm drinking a glass of syrup. The alcohol blasts through at the end and really knocks you on your butt. All of flavors are rounded together so wonderfully.

Mouthfeel: A thickness very different then a imperial stout thickness. The palette is drenched in a sticky caramel warmth. Goes down easy, so be careful drinking this brew!

Overall: I've put off trying this beer for a long time. What was I thinking?! I would only recommend this to a mature drinker, my girlfriend just about passed out trying this one. Has the feel of drinking a glass of cognanc or brandy. Classics are classics for a reason and this is certainly a good one.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from the SAQ Quebec for 4.50$ - 2011 VIntage

Appearance - Clear light brown colour with a small size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average level of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, peat, butterscotch

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste butterscotch/caramel and malts mixed with dark fruits. There is also a peatiness and I can taste the booze. It ends with a malty sweet and boozy aftertaste.

Overall – A little too much of a wee heavy flavour to this one for me - which isn't my favourite style of beer. It's still an interesting beer that clocks in at 14% and is remains quite drinkable. I've go a few more to see how they develop over the years.

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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

05 vintage

Clear rusted hue, with not much head. Rum raison on the nose, bit of wood, some pretty offensive solvent alcohol.

Thankfull the beer drinks much better than the nose. Smooth like a port wine. Sweet sugary taste balanced with a touch of alcohol heat. Has a sherry like woodiness. Aged amazingly, velvet like mouth feel, incredibly smooth with good balance between sweetness and alcohol. Very impressive.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Crystal clear amber coloured with a fast vanishing bubbly head.

(4.25) S: Bourbon soaked raisins, orange, banana, nut qualities, figs, and spices (faint cinnamon). Very good.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with boozy raisin, tart orange, caramel, dried dark fruits (figs and dates), spices, and pecans. As expected, the warmth of the alcohol is quite noticeable but it isn’t harsh at all and compliments the dark fruits very well. Mellow and smooth.

(4.25) M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and syrupy with a pleasingly very dry mouthfeel throughout.

(4.0) D: This is very good and I’ll be aging a bottle or two more, along with drinking a couple more as is.

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Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dang, and the memories come flooding back...
little to no head, lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface and crackling upon surfacing. true copper/amber/orange color. much more of a 'carbonation' than i was expecting for such a high abv brew.
smell is almost non-existent, but maybe barley?
taste? sweet. alcohol-ly, slightly twangy bitter. i never knew this was classified as a dopplebock.
much thinner than i remember. back before i got into anything too extraordinary or diverse, this was the killer. it had to be crossed off the list along with its sister, the pale, enroute to completing the '101 beers from around the world'at Der Baron's in Las Vegas. this and thomas hardy. and celebrator! but dang i really like celebrator these days... it's also a dopplebock, my favorite style. but this isnt as bad as i remember it. i will still prefer a 9% belgian over this, but i had to try it again after discovering it is classified as a dopplebock.
overall, though, i'd have to say it's a worthwhile endeavor; just dont allow it to get warm, i imagine. the 14% abv will surely come out to bite ya then. it's a stately brew, even while sitting in my pathetic 11oz butwiper clydesdale mug.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark brown with orange tinge, fair carbonation, filtered, almost no head just a white residue from carbonation.

S: Smells like barley, puke, caramel, alcohol.

T: Pleasantly surprised. I get the barley, some sweet caramel, crème brule, some floral fruitiness, heavy hit of alcohol makes me think I am drinking a liquor. There is an underlying sweetness that backs this all the way. Almost an orange and a cherry blossom quality.

M: Thick and syrupy, alcohol burn, medium carbonation.

O: Bottled in 2012. Loving this one. I think its great, like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. Love the sweetnes and the complex flavours, as well as the bottle with the pic. Definitely a sipper or dessert beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two-finger, bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal ruby/amber color. Light carbonation and light - medium bodied. Nose is sweet raisins and alcohol, flavor is smooth and sweet dark fruit and honey. NOT a session beer - the 14% ABV is quite noticeable . . . savor this beer. $5.10 for a 330ml bottle, from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. Bottled in 2010 - cellars well.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle, 2012 vintage. Glad to see this in the LCBO after being rejected a few years back. Enjoyed as an after-supper sipper on the first cold night in a couple of weeks.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Nice bright caramel-ruby in colour, with about a half inch of head that burns away in a matter of seconds. For a brew that is at 14%, this doesn't surprise me, but regardless of the reason it ain't the best looking brew to come out of the fridge.

Smells sweet and boozy, nice rich caramel, lightly burned sugar, vanilla, plum, and cherry.

Damn this is one tasty brew. Lovely and sweet, very rich - a real pleasure to sip. Big sweet caramel and vanilla flavours, with the booze and fruit coming in later. Light puckery finish, not as bold as I'd have thought, but still delicious. Like a sweet barleywine. I know it's a doppelbock, but honestly at this strength it shares so many similar characteristics to other similar styles. Whatever it is, I'm really enjoying it. Great mouthfeel to it as well - not overly thick or heavy, but with a nice balanced carbonation to keep things in check. A fine sipping beer.

Great winter brew - definitely planning on holding on to a few of these for next Christmas.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A treat to see at my local LCBO...

A - Pours a crystal clear ruby red colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Dark fruits, dried raisins, hints of apricot, candied sugar and a touch of toffee and leather on the finish.

T - The sweetness took me by surprise, syropy butter caramel and toffee, the dark fruit notes of raisins and plums come through, vinous red wine notes, candied apple and apricots, and alcohol sweetness lingers on the palette alongside a hint of leafy hops and bready malt.

M - Lighter bodied and a tad syropy for my liking, ABV heat is present but not overwhelming.

O - This stuff is not for the faint of heart. More of an after dinner dessert type drink, and a sweetness reminiscent to ice wine. It's a sipper and the first of the style of brew that is genuinely unique and memorable. Well worth seeking out, but certainly not something I could drink more than one of in a single sitting.

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4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2011 bottle - tasted early Jan 2013, poured into a snifter)

A: small bit of tan head, no retention, no lacing - liquid is a deep copper color, quite clear - reminds me of maple syrup

S: melanoidin-rich malt, somewhat bold - toasty, sugary-sweet dense bread - fresh, invigorating alcohol, in the background at first and balanced real well, which eventually comes to the fore, exhibiting a vaguely floral, medicinal edge

T: alcohol is way more apparent on the palate, but buffered wonderfully by the malt - the decidedly bock-like malt character shows nice depth - fruity aromatics create some complexity - the aftertaste is the best part, as the malt slowly resurfaces from beneath the herbal alcohol warmth

M: almost shockingly sharp (booze) up front, gives way quickly to a mildly syrupy body (w/o cloying sweetness) - the alcohol seems to float above the medium-dense malt foundation - really smooth - a warming flush starts seconds after ingesting, washes away, stays warm mid-chest - the alcohol lightly burns and lifts off the palate, out up into the nose - surprising level of dryness in the finish, tastebuds experience slight dessication

O: definitely a sipper - I could imagine how aging this would mellow out the overall burn of the alcohol, establishing the malt more, finding balance, very likely turning this into a 5-start brew somewhere down that line

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,058 ratings
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