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Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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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 BGDrock
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: beautiful, rich red brown or deep amber; clear; head fizzles to nothing right away

Aroma: very sweet, dark fruit - figs, raspberry, prune, cherry; not strong; sense of alcohol

Taste & Mouthfeel: the 14% is like a slap to the face and fire to the belly! once the initial burn fades, intense fruit sweetness takes over with flavours matching the aroma, but more like dried and riper fruit - figs, prunes, cherries, like they have been stewed with wine; vanilla and something slightly earthy, like barrel aging was involved; syrupy and silky mouthfeel, medium-heavy, appropriate carbonation

Overall: flavour is fantastic and intricate, very intense and definitely more suited for dessert (and sharing), but the sweetness can be cloying

Edit: had a bottle aged for 1 year and liked it even more - had largely the same thoughts as the first review, but was getting a hint of chocolate that gave a sense of black forest cake; also found the sweetness was cut by carbonation and a slightly dry finish; amazing to have with dark chocolate

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1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

Photo of TheHammer
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Where's the head? It poured with half a finger and then disappeared. The body however boasts steady carbonation and a clear body somewhere between amber and ruby.

Smell: Wow, there is a LOT of malt here as the thick molasses/caramel smell is almost overpowering. Warming made it even stronger.

Taste: Caramel and Toffee malt are dominant through the entire beer, and apparent from showing a little bit of it's high alchohol content at the end of the beer, there's not a lot going on here but that.

Mouthfeel: Points get deducted for the complete lack of head, the aftertaste is unsurprising sweet malt, which is nice, but regrettably the beer turns flat in fairly short order.

Drinkability: Sweet in extreme, and will get you tipsy quick due to the high ABV. That still being said, it conceals it alcohol well, and is light bodied.

Final Thoughts: This one is all about the malt, and if you like sweet malt taste, you will love this beer. It's a bit too cloying for my liking, but it's worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.92/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear chestnut brown. Not much head, just a light cap.

Malty sweet nose; boozy, fruity quality with caramel.

Flavor is crazy sweet like candy. Residual sugars are almost overpowering. I've never tasted a beer this sweet. Tons of brown sugar. Warming and boozy, but 14% ABV is not apparent. Nothing harsh, just lots of sugar saturated fruitiness.

Definitely unique; a sipper for sure, meant to be enjoyed at length.

I would suggest pairing with something to complement the sweetness; not sure what though.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent rose-amber color with perhaps the most non-existent head I've ever seen (probably due to the massive ABV). Aroma smells of caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and trace amounts of dark fruit. The very first sips takes the concept of "warming alcohol" to new heights. Your palate can track the alcoholic vapors' incursion into the mouth's every nook and cranny, leaving a warm sensation in the throat and all the way down the esophagus. The massive alcohol is nearly matched by the mammoth sweetness of the malt--a blend of caramel, brown sugar, and raw sugar in equal measure. Subtle amounts of dark fruit, anise, and spicy yeast lend some complexity, but it's difficult to appreciate through the assault of sugar and alcohol. I could be persuaded to declare some trace vanilla in the finish as well, though that could be merely an illusion I've associated with the profoundly boozy flavor it so often accompanies. Some bitterness prods the rear periphery of the tongue well into the finish.

The mouthfeel is oddly flat yet tingly at the same time, and a pervasive stickiness coats the lips unapologetically. This beer certainly doesn't lack for boldness, though I'm afraid it may be a bit much for my tastes (and I say this as a man of bold tastes myself). The sweetness becomes cloying as the beer warms, and the 14% ABV certainly isn't going anywhere either. An adventure to be sure, but one may be enough for any but the staunchest alconaut.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Wolfhead
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -56.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 10, 2017.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium amber/copper colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Sweet bready and caramel malt aroma up front with some noticeable alcohol.

T - Sweet bready malts with some caramel and toffee notes. A big warming alcohol presence.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2011, drunk February 2013.

Clear, brownish copper. Slight foam when pouring, but there is no lasting head whatsoever. A few bubbles float to the top but it appears very lightly carbonated. After sitting in the glass for a while the bubbles stop and it looks more like a glass of brandy than beer.

The smell is of sugar and heavily toasted malts; figs and and raisins and cherries. Some alcohol in the nose, but not as much as one would expect when considering its high alcohol content. Very clean.

The taste is just as clean, and follows the nose with rich malt, cherries, raisins, and dark fruit. Sugary sweet, almost syrupy. More cherries.

Carbonation is there, but bordering on non-existence.

A squeaky clean dobbelbock with perhaps a little too much sugar, though the extra sweetness helps make it a wonderful digestivo. Reminds me a little of Baladin's Xyauyu'(without the oxidation) and is just as unique. Absolutely worth seeking out if you're into sweet after-dinner drinks. If you don't, you'll probably think it's too sweet.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of peensteen
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage

Clear ruby red-brown, ring of white head, no lace at all. Smell is of fruit and alcohol, cherry, huge malt bill here, dark bread and sugars, caramel and more dark fruits, again more alcohol but restrained for 14%. Taste is malty and fruity, sugar coated dark fruit in alcohol, cherry and a bit medicinal, sweet toffee and bread, more alcohol heat aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, full body, very chewey and syrupy as well. This was pretty good for being so strong and so young, something I can see improving with age, the next bottle I have of this wont see the light of day for the next 5-7 years.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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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%

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,076 ratings
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