Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1932) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Hazy amber with a small slightly off-white head. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. Quite sweet with some subtle bitterness. Caramel, raisin, malts, brown sugar, warming alcohol, spices and herbs. Quite heavy on the alcohol, but still tasteful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
N3lson1 (633) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Drank at Flood’s in Stoudsburgh, PA poured from an 11.2 oz into a fancy glass. Aromas of malt with a slight liquory flavor. Nice smooth but yet pungent oak flavor. For a 14% abv, a really good, complex taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bawelt (190) - Lyon, FRANCE - OCT 15, 2015
Nez puissant, fruits rouges, sirop de fraise avec des notes d’herbes coupées. Bouche très alcoolisé : laisser reposer. On trouve un aspect vineux genre vin cuit du Jura. Côté assez caramelisé qui adoucit et équilibre le tout. Finalement on a une bière très ronde, douce (sic). Très corpulente, elle reste sucrée et potentiellement écoeurante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusil (889) - HUNGARY - OCT 11, 2015
0.33l bottle. Deep ruby body, white head. Aroma of cocoa, figs, caramel, pears and booze. Taste of caramel, cocoa, orange zest, booze and some roasted malts. Sirupy and thick. Quite heavy, but very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (825) - Airvault, FRANCE - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A clear brown mahogany orange beer with a medium white head ; poor retention. Fruits (grape, prune, fig), roast, caramel, bread. Medium to heavy sweet, round, warming. Full heavy body, medium oily texture, average carbonation, sweet warming finish. Overall, enjoyable beer but too clean ; syrupy ; heavy, slightly disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ab29 (50) - - OCT 2, 2015
Pour with almost no obvious bubbles. A dark amber colour and not even the tiniest foam. Estery, raisiny, buttery and vanilla. No real hop flavouring. A medium sweetness, with no bitterness, with a full body thick palate. Not my cup of tea but see the merit. and a whopping 14%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (630) - - SEP 30, 2015
Pours clear, almost brilliant dark amber colour, with tiny yellowish unstable head, which immediately transforms to a ring around the glass. Alcohol note is detectable, but also oak, caramel, pine, and grassy - floral hops. Flavor is sweet, with warmth alcoholic note like cognac, with hints of caramel, of some dark fruits like plums, of oak, and with hoppy notes of pine, herbs and some flovers. Malt sweetness is medium to high, hop bitterness is mild medium, body is sticky, texture is full, mouthfeel, finish is slightly spicy, sweet. Carbonation is low. The comment refer to version Vintage 2014, which is even better than vintage 2011; Rate of this version: Almost purple brown colour without head. Smell of oak, roasty malts, herbs. Taste of caramel, oak, roasty malt with little notes of caramel. Very malty, dense beer almost liquoric, perfect for really cold winter time (6-4-7-4-16. Overall: very proper beer for cellaring

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cthulhu (543) - MARSHALL ISLANDS - SEP 26, 2015
Slight dark amber colour with small head.Nose is intense malt as well prunes and figs.Caramel and malt and red fried fruits. Warm feeling after a few seconds.Not my kind of beer but for the ABV is really well brewed .The strongest one so far I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gonzin (87) - ARGENTINA - SEP 24, 2015
Adquirida en botella de 330 ml en Whole Foods, LES, New York. Fuerte, con sabor caramelizado y un marcado final a alcohol. Ideal para combinar con un postre a base de chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beachmaster (269) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle into a snifter. Pours black, with almost no head. Nose is figs, plums, and dark fruit. taste is plummy, figgy goodness. Hides the very high ABV well. Absolutely delicious, rich flavor. Outstanding.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1  2  3 4 5 » 187

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50