Ever since the Viking era, the Christmas beer tradition has been strong in Norway. As stated in the 'Gulatingsloven' (a regional law text valid until 1274), every farmer was bound by the law to brew beer for Christmas and christen it according to the new faith, otherwise running the risk of losing his assets to the king and bishop. The Christmas beer was normally brewed from the best grain of the season and would be strong with a rich malt flavour. Ringnes Juleøl Sterk (Christmas Strong Beer) is a modern version of the traditional Norwegian Christmas beer of higher alcohol content.
With a deep mahogany colour, Ringnes Juleøl Sterk has a rich malty aroma marked by dry caramel, toffee, chocolate, dried dark berries and nuts. The taste is rich with and full-bodied with a low, but smooth bitterness.
Enjoy with classical Norwegian Christmas dishes such as pork and lamb ribs (Pinnekjøtt), or as an avec with raisins and nuts.