THE SWEDISH CHRISTMAS BEERS 1995

It took elven years to make the Christmas Beer a tradtion in Sweden. Before that it was very hard to produce seasonal beers in Sweden. All beers had to be sold through the Systembolaget, and the breweries had to apply for every brand they would like to sell. There was a limited amount of brands the Systembolaget could store so the seasonal beers had to be left out in favour of the all-year brands.

In 1984 one of the breweries (FALCON) decided to make a try with a Christmas Beer and they released their FALCON JULEBRYGD. It was a huge success and the Systembolaget decided to change the rules for seasonal beers. Since then it has grown every year and this year we have 25 different Christmas Beers, 16 of them brewed in Sweden and 9 imported.

The Swedish Beer Writers Guild had their annual Christmas Beer Tasting in the beginning of November and reached this verdict for the beers. (The points are on a scale 0-5, where 5 is a classical beer.)


BANCO JULOL 1,6 p
Banco, Sweden
5,6 % by volume. Red-brown colour. Sweet and malty aroma. Taste of alcohol and malt. A bit sweet.
BLALYS JULEBRYG 1,5 p
Albani, Denmark
7,0 % by voulme. Golden red. Scent of citrous. Some bitterness and malty.
CARLSBERG JULEPILSNER 2,0 p
Falcon (lic), Sweden
4,6 % by volume. Light reddish in colour. Fresh, a bit malty aroma. Nice and sweet taste.
CHRISTMAS ALE 1995 3,1 p
King & Barnes, England
8,0 % by volume. Copper. Fruity aroma with elements of peppermint. Malty and bitter taste.
FALCON JULBRYGD 2,6 p
Falcon, Sweden
5,4 % by volume. Red. Light aroma of roasted malt. A little too sweet but otherwise a good Christmas Beer.
FALCON STRONG CHRISTMAS BREW 2,4 p
Falcon, Sweden
7,0 % by volume. Dark red. Light aromal of roasted malt. A good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Too malty.
FALCONS JULMUMMA 2,5 p
Falcon, Sweden
5,2 % by volume. Dark copper. Strong aroma and taste of cardamom. A very special beer!
GAMMELSTADENS JULOL 2,5 p
Gammelstaden, Sweden
6,0 % by volume. Dark brown. A very fresh aroma of citrous, clove and cinnamon. Strong taste of roasted malt.
HALLSTA JULOL 0,9 p
Hallsta, Sweden
5,0 % by volume. Dark red. Sour and malty aroma. Too sour and a bad taste.
KOPPARBERGS JULOL 3,3 p
Kopparberg, Sweden
5,6 % by volume. Dark red. A fruity nose with some caramel. Chocolate and sweet, roasted malt.
LA CHOUFFE BLONDE 2,6 p
D´Achouffe, Belgium
8,0 % by volume. Light golden, unfiltered. Rich aroma with citrous and bitter orange. Fullbodied and dry with complex bitterness.
LAPIN KULTA JULOL 1,6 p
Hartwall, Finland
5,3 % by volume. Red colour. Light aroma of malt. Very neutral. Taste more like a lager beer.
LEIFMANS GLUHKRIEK 1,2 p
Leifmans, Belgium
6,5 % by volume. Red colour. A bit sour aroma with cherries and bonbons. Sweet, fresh taste with elements of cherries, cardamom and clove. A bitter finnish. Served warm!!!
MACK JULOL 2,0 p
Macks, Norway
6,5 % by volume. Golden. Malty nose with wort. Malty, a bit harsh taste.
PRIPPS JULOL 2,6 p
Pripps, Sweden
5,5 % by volume. Dark red colour. Roasted malt aroma. Very well balanced. A good Christmas Beer.
REGAL CHRISTMAS 1995 3,0 p Du Bocq, Belgium
9,0 % by volume. Dark copper. Very good aroma of apples and malt. Very dry and complex taste. A very special beer!!!
SAMICHLAUS BIER 1995 2,0 p Hurliman, Schwitzerland
14,0 % by volume. Copper. An aroma of fire and madeira!!! Sweet and very malty with elements of burned malt and nuts. The strongest beer in the world!!!
SOFIERO JULOL 1,6 p Sofiero, Sweden
6,9 % by volume. Golden red colour. Butter Scotch aroma (not bad!!!). A sweet beginning and a dry ending.
SPENDRUPS JULBOCK 2,3 p
Spendrups, Sweden
7,0 % by volume. Dark red. Malty aroma with some smoky elements. A malty beer with some sweet and roated malt flavour.
SPENDRUPS JULOL 2,5 p Spendrups, Sweden
4,4 % by volume. Red colour. Nice aroma of bread.A well balanced and good Christmas Beer.
THREE HEARTS JULOL 1,9 p
Appeltofftska, Sweden
5,6 % by volume. Light red. Very fruity aroma with elements of citrous. Sweet beer with low bitterness. A nice Christmas Beer.
THREE HEARTS JULOL EXTRA STRONG 2,3 p
Appeltofftska, Sweden
7,5 % by volume. Copper. Malty aroma and a dry unpleasant taste.
YOUNG´S WINTER ALE 2,8 p Young & Co, England
5,5 % by volume. Dark red colour. Malty and a faint sourness. A taste of bitter almond and good bitterness makes it a grand Christmas Beer.
ABRO JULBOCK 1,0 p Abro, Sweden
6,8 % by volume. Brown colour. Roasted malt and hops. A sweet and malty beer that´s unbalanced.
ABRO JULOL 2,3 p Abro, Sweden
5,2 % by volume. Brown colour. Aroma of malt and bread. Good bitterness. Sweet and a little "wild". Some cardamom. A tasty Christmas Beer.



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