Monday, December 22, 2008

Eleventh Beer o'Xmas '08: Samichlaus

All I have to say for today is "14.0%"... Well that's not all I have say. I mean c'mon what kind of beer dork would I be if I didn't spew forth a little more of this "Diarrhea of the Pie-hole" that I call beer information. Anyway, yeah that's right today's beer packs one hell of kick in the groin.

Once upon a time this was the strongest beer in the word according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Now, it's not even in the top ten. Still this is one potent som'bitch.
Samichlaus hails from Austria where it's brewed only once a year, on December 6th. It's stored and matured afterwards for over 10 months before it is bottled. Samichlaus is strong enough where it can mature for many years which many would say(including myself) brings out it's best qualities.

Ahemm. The third Beer o' Xmas that the Beer Lush pushed on thee. Samichlaus from Brewery Castle Eggenberg.

Pours a dark, clear orange/amber with not much of a head that turns to zero head.
The nose is like a fruity rum punch apple, maple, orange peel, molasses and toffee.
The taste is quite sweet. it's starts with a rich buttery maple syrupy caramel. Next comes brown sugar, pear, raisin, plum, fig and cooked apples. The finish is sweet and boozy with a little vanilla and oak. The carbonation is very soft and it feels a little slick in the mouth. It has Qualities similar to Gand Marnier and is available throughout Utah. Kippis!

5 comments:

Douglas said...

Nice choice. I've always heard that the original version of this, brewed in Switzerland, was amazing. It needs at least a few years to mature I guess, but a nice brew. You are right about the high ABV beers, there are now 17 beers on ratebeer.com over 20% alcohol! The highest is 30%! Wow.

kent said...

So this is available at the liquor store? I'm going to have to grab a couple.

Mikey said...

Yeah. I've seen it at most stores.

Brook said...

I went to the State store in Logan last night (same day as you published) and they were out of Samichlaus. I wonder how many readers you have up our way ;). Thanks for the recommendations.

Mikey said...

Sorry Brook, keep an out for it in the future and let me know what you think. Happy Holidays and thanks for checking out my rants.