One of the most interesting things about this beer is that this is the first time I've used the "ø" in Character Map since I reviewed Aass Juleøl over 9 years ago. When not in Sweden or Norway, the only time you usually see this letter is when reading the small print in Monty Python's Holy Grail, and reading how a møøse bit the guy's sister. This was a Christmas season joint venture between Nøgne Ø brewery in Norway, Jolly Pumpkin in Michigan and Stone Brewing in California. All 3 breweries use the same recipe each year (using ingredients found locally in those 3 locations), but change the brewing location each year. What you get is a fairly good seasonal ale with a nice hop content, a fairly good alcohol kick at 8.5% ABV, and a nice spicey background. It uses malted barly, rye and oats, so it's a rich ale yet still with a nice citrus background that compliments the spices. Try this beer, or a møøse will totally bite your sister.
Reviewed: January 16, 2010