Kveik - Thai Tom Kha
Shades Brewing

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Herb and Spice Beer
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4.35 | pDev: 0%
Shades Brewing
Utah, United States
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this won a gold medal at gabf in herb and spice beer, so i added it there, but the base is more like a berliner or a gose or something, its a sour, which for me usually comes before the herb and spice aspect when picking a style, but what do i know. the beer is amazing, and i am over the moon to have these guys sending some beer to boise now! they make great stuff, and this is what they do best as far as i am concerned. this is done with coconut, lemongrass, and galangal (!!!), and its just fabulous, truly like nothing i have ever tasted, and actually very similar to the famous soup, like it almost makes me want to drink this beer hot. its smells awesome, but its the flavor that really pops, the coconut is like coconut milk from the can, rich and fatty in here, neat above the citric tartness, the lemongrass is fresh muddled, natural as heck, and really forward as well. the galangal kind of works like ginger and turmeric put together in here, earthy, wet, spicy, fragrant, really sensational in combination with everything else going on here. the base is wheaty it seems, a little soupy and starchy to me, but i like the body this has, its needed for all the flavor i reckon, the tartness is offset by the richness of the coconut as well, but i want more carbonation here, a little refinement in texture would make this world class, if its not already. creamy and herbal and fresh and challenging but addicting at the same time. if this is kveik yeast, which the series name certainly suggests, its one of the best applications of it i have seen yet. its rare to me that a beer is really ever all that unique, i mean, we say unique a lot, like tasting a new hop or something, but at the end of the day, its usually always just in another dry hopped hazy beer or something, unique only in profile, not a whole unique entity, and really more of a new nuance than a new idea or anything. this beer is unique to its core, like nothing i have ever come across in more than a decade of heavy beer drinking, i loved it, and the crazy thing is how easy it would be to make this better still. blown away, this is a gem, not to be missed! sounds like a gimmick, but wait until you taste it!

Mar 03, 2020
Kveik - Thai Tom Kha from Shades Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1 ratings