Posted by jukkahoo
Here in Finland, the Christmas Eve is the day when the Great Feast takes place, presents are given and most of things happen. The following day is quiet, comtemplative affair. Some might say solemn.
Since proper Xmas calendars have 24 windows and the traditionally crateful beginnings of a beer calendar have similar number of bottles, this is the last one. Here goes:
Mikkeller Red White Christmas beer is mix of Pale Ale and Belgian Wheat. And what a mix it is, too!HOPS ahoy and then some! Very citrusy flavour, caramelly and malty, explosive amount of details filling your mouth as you drink this one. I don't find really any witbier from this one, it's much too alcoholic (8%) for that, perhaps? Truly remarkable head that tastes delish itself! A bit gingery even, orange, spicy and malty. Very complex, no beer for casual drinking this one! Still looking for the xmasy though. Very good.
This usually the moment in time, when all the threads and pieces are collected together for some kind of a brilliant conclusion. This is perhaps the time to present the best book/film of the year. Or to have another one of those themes like, say, Xmas? Unfortunately I don't have anything of the sort. The only even remotely xmassy film I remember seeing this year is about half of Love Actually, when came from the telly. I have no recollection of any xmassy moments in any of the books I've read.
I voted for Jo Walton's Among Others at the Hugo Best Novel category, so I'm going to go with it as the best, or at least most intriguing and endearing book of the year for me. Excellent novel about growing up, finding SF and your place in the world. Read the book and then come to Swecon next year, and meet the author as well!
Was Avengers (2012) best film of this year? Probly not, but it was fun nevertheless. After the disappointing Ironman 2, interesting Thor and decently entertaining Captain America, I didn't know what to espect, but clearly something along the lines Joss Whedon had in mind: whedonesque dialogue, thrills, action galore and properly superhero-style banter and cameraderie. Best part? By far: "Puny god"
Was Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) best film of this year? Again, not sure, but it was a great film. Brilliant ensemble cast, where everyone incites everyone else into even more excellent performance. Great stuff! Slow-paced, but rightly so, this is still Usain Bolt action compared to sadate Sunday stroll of the original tv-series with sir Alec Guinness. Both are excellent, as are the Le Carré booksies.
Most excellent and happy holidays to you all! Who knows, what next year brings to us all? Well, Le Docteur does!