LarsHolmer (113) - 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. 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. Wischylini (356) - Praha, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 13, 2017
Appearance Pours a clear deep brownish red, with a dense tan head with good lacing Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 28, 2003
Aroma Fruity English ale yeast, dried fruits, liquorice, burnt sugar, nuts, and hints of spices
Taste Sweet up front, with a dry finish, and a well-rounded bitterness
Palate Medium-full body, mild carbonation
Oily, fruity with a hint of honey, amber-colored ale designed special for winter. Very cool label (very thin paper though :) 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.
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.ekstedt (6977) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
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.
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.
rarbring (2290) - 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.