Samichlaus Bier

We came across an article somewhere talking about beers with interesting stories behind them.  Samichlaus Bier was one of those beers.    Samiclaus Bier is brewed by Castle Brewing in Eggenberg, Austria.  Here is the back story:

Samichlaus is brewed once a year on December 6, and is aged for 10 months before bottling.  This specialty lager is perhaps the rarest in the world.  Samichlaus may be aged in the bottle for many years, older vintages become more complex with a creamy, warm finish.  This beer can be served with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particularly with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself.  (Castle Brewing)

We were extremely intrigued by a beer that is brewed once a year and is then aged for 10 months.  We happened to walk into our go-to specialty beer supplier and they had it in 22 oz bottles.  So one was purchased and shared amongst The Next Bar Stool’s beer panel (2 women, 5 men).  Some loved it, some thought it was OK, but nobody hated it.  After discussion it was thought that this would be best served as mentioned above, as an after dinner nip or in the realm of a port or cordial.

The flavor is sweet and strong.  It had a wonderful caramel flavor with a sweet after taste that is balanced with the hops and malt.  We could easily see drinking this on Christmas Eve next to a fire or after the Christmas dinner.  It comes in at 14% ABV so a 22 oz bottle is worth sharing (we got 6 out of 1 bottle with 2 people sharing) because it is technically Malt Liquor because of it’s ABV.

The final piece is the recommendation from the brewer and our salesperson.  If you buy this, buy 2-3 bottles.  Consume 1 and age the other 1 or 2.  We will be heading back to get one for Christmas and one for next year.

Yes, this is the actual bottle we consumed.

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