Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
My first 'perfect' beer.The world's most extraordinary beer. It must be, it says so right on the label. Mine was the 2002 batch, bottled in 2001. It
pours out a deep mahogany red color. Absolutely no head at all, due to high alcohol content. Aromas of vanilla, oak, toffee,
caramel, and malt. The aromas are all over the place & change as the beer warms in the glass. It pours out as thick as syrup,
and has a glossy sheen to it. Alcohol taste that clears out the old sinuses really fast. Sweet, malty taste to it at first, then the
alcohol kicks in & warms you all the way down. Very low hops bitterness & aroma. It has a certain undescribeable taste to it,
very sweet on the palate. Sips like a fine cognac. Has an apple cider quality to
it, but it also has the alcohol kick of a mule to go along with it. I can only hope my home brewed clone tastes as good as this
does. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Samichlaus debuted 26 years ago when Swiss brewer Hurlimann AG decided to brew a beer dedicated to old Saint Nick in 1980. This beer was a rich, strong, malty, soothing, and warming lager coming in at a mighty 14% abv. At the time, it indeed was the strongest beer in the world, and today is still one of the strongest lagers in the world. In the Hurlimann days, they brewed both a dark and a light version of Samichlaus, the dark being the most popular of the two. Samichlaus is a German dopple bock by style, but this beer is really in a class of its own. The beer world was shocked and saddened when the brewing of this beer ceased in 1997. Feldschloesschen, Switzerland’s largest brewery, bought Hurlimann a few years ago, and decided to discontinue the brewing of Samichlaus. Austrian brewer Eggenberg came to the rescue, bought the rights to the brand, and started to brew Samichlaus once again in 1999, with a 2000 vintage release. It is brewed once a year on December 6th.
Samichlaus pours to a beautiful, bright, deep garnet color with a slight tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is amazing. Huge sweet malty aromas marry with peppery waves of alcoholic strength. The palate is rich and lush, with tremendously deep sweet malty flavors. This beer is fat and slick on the tongue, the consistency sticky and syrupy. Samichlaus finishes with more huge sweet malty flavors up front, and ends with a glorious, very soothing, very warming, high octane burn.
This beer is the ultimate night cap beer, and a wonderful beer to sip and savor. With its huge malt character and high octane burn, it is the type of beer just perfect for a cold winter’s night. Samichlaus is like a fine wine in the fact that this beer will just continue to improve with age. You can cellar vintages of this beer and drink them up to 10 to 15 years later. The sweet and cloying malty character will give way to some amazingly complex flavors. janubio (852) - SPAIN - DEC 28, 2006
How can one rate a beer when you find different things on it everytime you taste it, even in bottles of the same vintage? Samichlaus was absolutely amazing and wonderful back when it was bottled by Hürlimann and it’s amazing and wonderful now. It was amazing when it came in 25 cl bottles and now in 33 cl. It’s one of my two favorites beers.
Opaque red colour, very very nice when you see against the light. It pours an amazing almost not existing head, you blink and the head is not there anymore. From the very first moment you opne the bottle, a cascade of aromas come to your nose, and, as in the palate it developes and changes as the time passes and the temperature increases: brandy or generous sherry, port, cask aged wine, caramel, figs, dates, vanilla, chocolate, liquor, spices, berries... you name it. Very strong, in aroma and in flavours. Mouth of syrup, sweet, but strong, extraordinary complex, chocolate, brandy, spices... everything I noticed in the aroma is there too. And that final warmness when it gets down your throat...that post-taste that lingers like when you drink a good brandy... Well, I think I’m out of words, I don’t know what can I say next week, when I rate Stille Nacht, my other favorite.
Just drink it slowly to appreciate all the subtles in it. Priorat63 (10) - Redding, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Appearance: Rich, deep, clear copper. Pours with a creamy off-white head, dissipates to a creamy, patchy lace.
Smell: Sweet, syrupy, malty nose, with fruit esters (plum, raisin) and a fumey alcohol.
Taste: Extremely full-bodied, thick, rich and chewy. Mouthfeel is creamy, as well as smooth ~ like a fine aged scotch whiskey. Caramel/toffee, asian plum sauce, raisiny, dates, grape, honey, sweet chocolate and light biscuity flavours come to the front. The overall malt profile is very sweet and fruity. Alcohol notes are definately there and spicy, and it warms your whole body after the first sip! There’s little detectable hop bitterness, however there is a wonderfully floral hop flavour that melds in with the malty sweetness creating a sweet tea-like flavour that rides the entire deal. Finishes with alcohol fumes and a light grain flavour with créme de cacao notes. Sheer bliss!
9er (92) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 Classic written on label. Best dayum beer that I ever consumed! Bottle v2009 had ittle or no head, yet light aroma of caramel, honey, apricot, brown sugar and rum with a ourbon zest. This is a nice balanced malt, full bodied mild carbonated, amber brew. Each sip is truly welcoming of vanilla and quite the mellow sweetness on would expext of this highly righ abv abv beer. The key is to hold these bottles as long as possible. The longer the hold on your vintage the more mellow the brew- quite a beautiful brew worthy of royalty.
Grzesiek79 (4294) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 22, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 Vintage 2004. bread, chocolate, coffee, nuts, herbs, floral, cheese, basement aromas, leather, cough drop, skunky, rotten eggs, licorice, raisin, vanilla, sparkling, hazy, red, white foam, rocky head, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, full body, slick feel, flat, long finish, astringent, Great Bier UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Absolutely delicious beer! The aroma is invigorating and all flavor notes are in perfect harmony. Smooth and clean finish. I will definitely age my next bottle and see how it tastes in a few years. HellesBunny666 (243) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Intense nutty aroma, very sweet, brown sugar. Thick body. Drinks very creamy, smooth, and you can’t taste the alcohol at first, just a warming finish. Super interesting, raisins, brown sugar, rum, vanilla. Liquid alcoholic dessert, so lovely, I am disappointed at myself for not trying it a long time ago. Petrosian (9) - - SEP 2, 2014 does not count
Creamy full body amber beer. Strong caramel/nuts flavours. Sweet mouth end. 14% álcool. corkyrory66 (1986) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2015
Bière extraforte d’hiver, brassée à la Saint Nicolas et mûrie 10 mois avant embouteillage.
Bière qui n’est donc brassée que le jour de la St Nicolas … Ils doivent avoir très soif !!!
Il paraît d’ailleurs que certains se couchent sous les tonneaux après les 10 mois de maturation
pour recueillir les premiers décilitres du nectar en direct !!! C’est ce que l’on appelle la part des anges...
Bref, mon exemplaire était de la St Nicolas 2013 et donc embouteillé en octobre 2014.
Titre abv à 14 % : on est dans la haute classe... Cette bière est parfois catégorisée en doppelbock,
mais c’est en fait une quadruple. Nous n’en voudrons pour preuve que sa date de validité prévue
par le brasseur en septembre 2019. Donc à laisser vieillir...
Couleur roux sombre profond avec des reflets châtains.
Clarté nette. Bulles très fines partout moyennement vives mais bien régulières.
Mousse qui tombe immédiatement, et laisse le liquide totalement vierge (c’est rare à ce point là, mais ceci rend cette bière très belle).
1ère bouche très douce à l’impression très liquoreuse, avec du malt noir, des épices, une pointe de girofle.
Arrière-bouche remarquable, vineuse, avec une pointe de citron vert. Superbe.
2ème sur du vin de pêche de vigne avec de la cannelle, des raisins secs.
Arrière-bouche forte, à l’harmonie délicieuse.
3ème au remarquable ensemble où tout se trouve : vin, bois , épices, fruits des bois, ..
Arrière-bouche à l’impact superbe, longue.
La longueur tourne sur le cognac, mais dans un assemblage très original.
Jambes parfaitement lisses.
Alcool impeccable, soutien exceptionnel aux saveurs.
Finale en constante découverte.
CONCLUSION : une bière en tous points remarquable : le brassin annuel, la maturation longue,
la force abv, le niveau élevé des saveurs, la complexité, la longueur. Bière au top niveau, forte,
très construite. Du grand œuvre.