Brewed by Jämtlands Bryggeri
Style: English Strong Ale
Pilgrimstad, Sweden


on tap


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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
The best Swedish Christmas Ale 2002 according to all (3) tastings I had in december: A fullbodied ale with a perfect balance between the sweetness and the bitterness.But in my opinion not a beer for the Swedish Smorgosbord, this ale is best enjoyed as an apertif or a digestif.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ch1mpy (15) - Ystad, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 First a warning, this one is stronger than what one would expect. This is genuine christmas with strong elements of caramel, fruit, chocolate and not least malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 28, 2003
Oily, fruity with a hint of honey, amber-colored ale designed special for winter. Very cool label (very thin paper though :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ulla (17) - Halmstad, Nebraska, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2003
This is almost a meal in a glass. Full of flowers in the nose and a complex palate. Fullbodied with a sweet and bitter ending.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle. The colour is clear dark brown with a small tint of red. The pale beige foam is finger thick with a small crater.

The smell is explicit “Jämtlands Bryggeri” with lots of aroma hops. Otherwise, it is quite bitter, but there are also some roasted malts, dried apricots, oranges, and a delicate sour chemical hint.

The carbonation is pleasant and fresh with small bubbles.

The taste is loaded with a balance of sweetness and a grand bitterness. There are some flavours of roasted malt, dried fruits (apples, apricots, raisins). The bitterness is quite complex. I noted that I couldn’t even trace any alcohol, which is quite impressing at 6.5%. If I should try to summon this well crafted taste, it would be something like “A straightforward and very skilful winter brew”. The long and pleasant aftertaste got lots of aroma and bitter hops, mixed with some slowly developing citric notes.

Oh yes, you have probably already guessed it: Jämtlands Bryggeri has won my testing of all available Swedish Christmas beers. No one should be surprised, really: This is the perfect way to end a hard Christmas day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (6422) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2008 <i>Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget</i>. Deep copper color with a thick off-white, almost beige head. Very fruity, complex malt aroma with dried friuts, prunes and figs, and a little roasted note. All backed up by a steady hop character. Medium bodied, with a distinctive bitterness in the aftertaste. The relatively high abv does not reveal itself. An excellent christmas ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (2217) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2012
Aroma: The smell has a mixture of sweet, honey, tones and fruit, like grapefruit, with a malty, grass-like, stamina.
Appearance: This beer pours with a light tan compact foam that leaves some lace. It is very dark with a ruby red tone.
Taste: The taste is very pleasantly balanced, leaving a good long bitterness. The sweetness reminds you of dried dates and figs, acid from citric fruits like Seville oranges.
Palate: A good refreshing carbonation makes the beer high-scoring in all aspects.
Overall: Serving type: bottle
Note: bottle Reviewed 2010-01-01.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (23008) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2002
Dark nut brown with rich head. Flowery and chocolatey aroma. Fruity and full bodied with nice malt profile. Surprisingly dry. Finishes like dark bitter chocolate. More on the malty side and less hoppy than the average ale from Jämtlands Bryggeri, and one of my very favourite Swedish brews.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (17322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 RERATE: On tap at Plain Kitchen, Goteborg, Sweden. This is a good example of how a very good beer gets even better on tap. Great toffee and vanilla aroma with butterscotch. Malty butterscotchy flavor with vanilla notes, mixed with a nice hoppy bitterness. A favourite, thats for sure. Old rating: Amber color, with a nice creamy and lasting brownish head. Aroma is very good from toffee and caramel, maybe some citrus in it as well. Has a good palate and flavor starts in a rather mild way. Then it turns into quite a bitterness. A little roasted, maybe just a little too bitter. (8/3/6/4/15)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Spicy and strong aroma of cloves, cinnamon, cardemom and orange. Flavour starts with an exploding spice and herb combination. Then moves over to a mild and dry middle and a deliciously soft finish. The aftertaste keeps on for long with a combination of citric fruits and dry, roasted cocoa and coffee notes. The palate is overwhelming and stabile. A very delicious brew!

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