Monday, 14 May 2012
Mikkeller In May
14. Mikkeller Dim Sum Beer 5.0%
Here's a thing, a pilsner style lager with lemongrass and coriander brewed especially to pair with Asian food. It was developed in conjunction with Henrik Yde Andersen for his flagship restaurant Kiin Kiin, one of only two Thai restaurants in the world with a Michelin star.
It pours a dark amber with an off-white head that blooms and fades to a snowy dusting on top of the beer. The aroma has the lemongrass and some white pepper very much to the fore but with a coriander seed orange bite lurking menacingly just behind. Smooth creamy and zingy over the tongue but a little thin, it's the coriander pepperiness that's the initial flavour hit, pulling lightly at the tastebuds, before some subtle creamy lemon, lime and orange washes in. The finish has some coriander and white pepper which dries out to leave a modicum of lemon zest lingering awhile.
I didn't have this beer with Asian food, but it works very nicely on it's own. I can see it going down particularly well at summer barbecue and I may well grab a few bottles to try out that theory. This isn't a big beer by any stretch of the imagination and especially by Mikkeller standards, but the balance of light, sharp and zesty flavours all work together extremely well.