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Review: Mikkeller Kiin Kiin
Mikkeller Kiin Kiin
Posted: 6 May 2015
The lemon and the lime are brewed right the hell into Kiin Kiin, named
after a Thai fusion type of restaurant in Copenhagen, the only Thai restaurant in the world with a Michelin star. I'd probably hate it. Kiin Kiin with supper? Can't can't. Singha honestly probably goes better with my red curry -- frozen or not.
Avg price/liter: USD 21.18
ABV %: 5.0
Everyone knows the old ritual
when you order a Mexican beer. The bartender takes a lime
slice and puts it in the neck of the bottle.
Kiin Kiin saves you the
trouble. The lemon and the lime are brewed right the
Mikkeller's beers don't have
taster's notes. I can't say if that's a good or bad
thing. Some of the brewery's tasting notes are absurd.
Mikkeller straddles the line between labeling his beers for
export and keeping them local for his native Danish market.
The front of the bottles have English names with a little
English text, like for this one "lemon and lime." The
backs, with the ingredients, are entirely in Danish.
So if there were tasting notes, I'd guess they'd be on the
back -- and, well, in Danish.
The label left a clue.
"Flavored by Yde." When you're talking about Mikkeller, yde
could mean some unusual European herb or spice. Who
the hell knows? I poked around the internet and came
up with the name of a Danish fashion designer. Yep.
It would be in Mikkeller's realm to have a fashion designer
flavor his beer, perhaps metaphorically. The fashion
designer Yde gave the Kiin Kiin style.
But no. The Yde that
Mikkeller is probably referring to is Henrik Yde-Andersen, a
Danish restaurateur who runs a flagship Thai fusion type of
restaurant in Copenhagen called Kiin Kiin, the only Thai
restaurant in the world with a Michelin star. I'd
probably hate it. One of his signature dishes is
a frozen red curry. Here in Thailand, you'd go to 7 11
and buy a decently prepared frozen red curry in the frozen
foods section and pay a buck for it. In Copenhagen,
you'd have it deep frozen, enjoy it with a lobster salad,
and pay the same as what I would here for an all-you-can-eat
luxury Indian buffet!
Yde's now opened up a
restaurant at the Kempinski Hotel in Bangkok. If
something has made it in Europe, then it must be better than
anything you can get here, the thinking goes .... even if
we're talking about Thai food.
I imagine Mikkeller brews Kiin Kiin
the restaurant a
signature brew and this beer is it. It doesn't matter
if I am wrong, and it's not
laziness that stops me from finding out exactly what the
connection is. That connection won't alter my opinion
of the beer.
I take it Kiin Kiin is
another Asian-cuisine type of brew, best enjoyed with Asian
cuisine, or why would Mikkeller have named their beer after
a Danish man's Thai restaurant in Copenhagen? And
while it's a decent lager with a faint lemon/lime taste I
won't choose to mock, would I honestly be happy if I paid $15
in a restaurant for this brew? Would Kiin Kiin the
enhance my experience at Kiin Kiin?
Mikkeller set the bar high
for their brews. When they don't live up to it, they
need someone like me who isn't in the chorus of lapdogs
praising everything that comes out of their vats.
Kiin Kiin with supper?
Can't can't. Singha honestly probably goes better with
my red curry -- frozen or not.