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Formerly brewed at Hürlimann (Feldschlösschen)
Style: Doppelbock
Zürich, Switzerland

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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Samichlaus, which means "Santa Claus" in Swiss German, is brewed on December 6th, naturally aged before bottling, and distributed one year later. This beer was once the world’s strongest beer and has been listed in The Guinness Book of Records. Unlike other lagers, it should be stored at cellar temperatures in order to enhance its definite ale-like qualities.
** This beer has been discontinued (last brewed in 1996).**

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3.7
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Getting hard to find, now brewed in Austria. The high alcohol is not as present as expected. Good flavor, smokey and malts.


4.2
kraddel (7775) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2017
Thnx franck ! Pours unclear, dark copper to brown, trough deep amber. No real head; Smell is pure toffee, complex sugars. Taste is very full, mild boozy, extremely rich in figs / dades / raisins compounds. very nice !

3.8
77ships (9632) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2017
Huge thanks to Kraddel for bringing me one of my biggest wants! 250 ml. bottle split between several people. 1997 Vintage (last vintage)! Bottle actually mentiones The Guinness Book of Records! There are bound to be 2 different reactions about tasting a beer like this one, those who have haven’t had many beers of this age will proclaim it unique, those who are in familiar territory will in very family territory. Once full oxidation hits, differences between dark & strong beers like this become quite small in my experience. Dark amber brown with logically no head. Nose is full-on oxidation, near vinous, massive oxidized malts, sugar, bitter bark, sherry leaves, near ditch-water. Nose is usually the lesser side of vintage brews. Taste is massive leaves, porto sherry, bitter herbs, oxidation has taken all over, barely any carbonation, near watery, heavy sherry, thick oily, oxidation is all-around but it is actually still quite fun, needed to change my perspective a bit but it has nice sherry & leaves finish. Long far gone but still pretty neat. Interesting brew, possibly mind-blowing if you are new to beers this old. For what it is worth, I actually rated this higher than the current version. www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-000100.html

4.2
EvNa (298) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle. Bottled in 1991. Color: Very dark brown, no head. Taste: Dark red fruits, plum, caramelized dark sugar, alcohol. Medium sweet, warm mouthfeel. Sirupy, a bit tending to port. Aged very well. Nice beer for slow sipping on a cold snowy day like today.

4.2
beerplace (1599) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2016
250ml bottle, bottled in 1997, at Jamey’s. Pours a dark brown with no head. Aroma is dark fruits, parmesan, aged gouda, fresh black bread. Taste is fresh bread, dark fruits, roasted malt, porto. Wow. Cool!

3.8
jbruner (4688) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2016
1994, 1995, and 1996 side by side tasting. Pours a murky brown from the bottle with little to no head or lace. Aroma of big dark fruits, burnt caramel sugar, molasses, and a hint of spice. Taste follows, a bit oxidized for sure, but the booze and yeast cover up for a lot of it. High burning booziness, thick and viscous, not real carbonation left. Decent for the age, just not what I want to drink really ever.

3.6
GRM (4015) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
Olive bottle, 25 cl, 1996 vintage, best before 11.09.99, savoured on May 1st 2015; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: caramel, malt, molasses, light Madeira; mouth: caramel, malt, molasses, light Madeira, finale in malt with presence of molasses, medium body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, silky texture; overall: nice example of a beer to age FRANÇAIS Bouteille olive, 25 cl, millésime 1996, meilleure avant 11.09.99, savourée le 1er mai 2015; œil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : caramel, malt, mélasse, léger madère; bouche : caramel, malt, mélasse, léger madère, finale en malt avec présence de mélasse, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture soyeuse; en résumé : bel exemple de bière à faire vieillir

3.8
Boutip (6315) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle (1996 vintage): I had tried this one before I was taking notes but glad I was able to try it again although almost 20 years later. Poured a clear dark brown color bock with a small foamy head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of Xeres, caramelized malt with light toffee notes is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by Xeres and port with some caramelized malt notes with light subtle toffee notes and balanced level of residual sugar. Oxidation notes are not overly noticeable. Body is about average with not much carbonation remaining. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one and wish I would have stash a couple of those in my cellar back in the days.

3.4
Gerardgathier (512) - - DEC 5, 2014
Expected more. Boozy caramel aroma. Head quickly dissapates from Red Amber colour beer. Medium To full body. Taste is alcohol and Sugar caramel.

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4.4
Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Thanks Mensch! Bottle vintage 1996. Aroma is dark fruit and burnt sugar with some roast notes. Appearance is a dark faint ruby color--the bottle also has some bits of dark sediment. Taste is also dark fruit but with a tangy, fig like character that is similar to dried plums and sherry. It’s hard to believe that this is 14% as it seems to feel more like 8%. The finish is somewhat sweet with a slight hint of acid...similar to sherry. Awesome!

3
slowrunner77 (11912) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
"i can’t imagine drinking this with food...stronger and more overpowering than even the 14% implies. it’s good to try once or twice, but a little much. Sweet...no balance, and not a ton of complexity. either that or you just can’t taste it over the alcohol."


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