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Kuhnhenn Nine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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85
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is a Belgian Dark Strong, black in color, it has aromas of rich dry malt and a slight caramel sweetness. Rich and smooth there is not any bitterness to this full bodied beer. The high alcohol level in this beer provides some balance of it’s malty palate.

(Beer added by: walleye on 06-16-2005)
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Photo of beckje01
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 4-18-05

Had April 07

Just starting WOW, my first Kuhnhenn brew and wow. Wonderful sweet nose, with nice floral. The taste is very nice with floral tastes mixed in sweet and sour notes. Very nice balance of sour not overpowering but up lifting. Just a great beer.

beckje01, May 26, 2007
Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +20%

jsurfs82, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Jakers90
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Jakers90, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of benito
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. This was a treat.

From what I gathered at the brewpub this was a Belgian ale that they aged a wine barrel for the first half of 2006.

It pours like a light cherry wine with little head and virtually no carbonation. The bouquet too points to the wine trace: there's a grape-like fruitiness with some wet, steamed barley and a strong alcohol presence.

This may be the best marriage of wine and beer I've ever tasted. The palate is filled with fruit flavors--cherry, grape--as well as chocolate and nuts. It has the delicate flavors and alcohol presence of a fine red wine as well as the sweet, malty backbone of a good Belgian ale. The body is smooth and full and shows good length.

A wonderful beer that is all too drinkable given its strength. This is one of the best beers I've tried from Michigan (that is not brewed by Bell's).

benito, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Crosling
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught @ Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, Michigan. Dark ruby color with bountiful, creamy and lasting foam. Unbelievably full body with a creamy texture. A delectable range of flavors with a soft yeast character, leathery tones, bready malts with hints of banana, clove, raisins, chocolate and caramel. The brewers at Kuhnhenn are very versatile. This is a very nicely brewed Belgian Ale.

Bottled version: Not nearly as good as when on draught at Kuhnhenn, but my rating still stands.

Crosling, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a stemmed tulip at the source.

Deep dark brown with a good sized head of light tan that shows decent retention but not much lace.

Has all of the yeasty banana aromas that the standard version has along with some dark fruits and a "Simcoe Silly" aroma that approaches medicinal but backs off before crossing the line.

The taste is almost exactly like the bottled version of the regular Nine, but just a bit smoother. Malty with lots of yeasty bread and some fruits. The alcohol is a lot less apparent than the standard. Full bodied and very smooth. It was very easy to order one more than I had intended.

ypsifly, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

DanGeo, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

mzeld, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

mendvicdog, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Supergenious
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Supergenious, Mar 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

JRod1969, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

HarmonMW, May 14, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

oriolesfan4, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle picked up at the pub, drank from De Struise glass... The body is a dark mahogany, amber, nice glassy sheen. A big tan head rises at first, good retention, but lacing is light... Malty aroma with lots of dark fruits, plums and raisins, brown sugar, bread, banana and a hint of nutmeg. Complex with a ton going on but lacks balance, but a decent strong sweet beer... The taste is weak and subdued compared to the aroma, complexity is gone. The taste is just light throughout, but wow that 9% is hidden well. Banana, plums, brown sugar, good but light.... the mouthfeel is as good, smooth, easy to drink, no warmth... This is way to crushable.

This is pretty damn good. Doesn't taste like a whole lot but its not offensive and way to easy to drink.

jrallen34, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of adamant1912
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

adamant1912, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this would be best on tap, but maybe this bottle is an accurate representation of what the brewers were going for. Poured out to a cloudy burnt red color with very low carbonation. A short lived head bubbled down to just a thin layer of foam after less than a minute. Odors of banana, caramel, light spices and some smokey notes were present. Flavor was very good; flavors of unsweetened caramel, earth and dry plumbs and grapes were well mixed, and do quite well together. Mouthfees was very smooth and mellow, making the relatively high 9% ABV go down quite easy. Another winner from the guys at Kuhnhenn. The only change I would make would be to up the carbonation, to make the flavors more noticable. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks northertimber for a growler.. aged in syrah barrels.. is this normal or a one off? either way, its barely detectable. served in my last remaining rapscallion chalice.

pours the color of grade a vermont tree juice, moves slow and bears a darker tan head that spews significance and strength. lacing left in hawaiian dots all around the glass and continental haze swirls on the surface. keen look for a belgian, what i'm looking for when i decant something as dark and sweet.

great nose, absolutely wonderful. treated leather meets an old port wine.. all the while, carried through with sophisticated air of booziness and belgian malt sweetness. perfect. raisiny with slight clove/lavender accents, this belgian strives for accuracy and presents really nice aromas. nothing off here to speak of.

smooth and silky, with adequate carbonation, this beer starts off with some banana. i question that, but at least it fits in line with belgian flavor territory. woody and vinous without being tart, heavy and slow-drinking without being overly sweet. impressive in its tameness yet still a big beer with unique character. banana begins, but brighter red fruits emerge on a bed of candied dates and figs. vanilla comes from the oak and really becomes noticeable in the finish. surprisingly no bretty funk overall. this beer picks up wood without the critters. nice.

drinkable? probably not. i wouldn't recommend this in 85 degree heat, like im drinking it in. still, im enjoying the hell out of it. so it must be good. avoid kuhnhenn bottles, drink fresh.

goodbyeohio, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of walleye
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from my favorite brewery, from the tap on the release night of 6/11. poured a cloudy brown with a small off white head. aroma a nice blend of caramel and bannanas, with some malts and a hint of apple. flavor caramel and those bannanas, and a nice sweetness with just a touch of bread and it does have that nice creamy finish. another good one.

walleye, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of Mavigo
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a sucker for belgian ale's so I had to try this when I was at Kuhnhenn's last night. Served in a tulip.

A: Is a cloudy, basically opaque dark brown, almost black color with minimal head, limited to a thick tan ring holding on to the rim of the glass followed by some lacing.

S: Smells phenomenal, dark fruits, bananas in particular, plums, brown sugars, yeast, barley, malts

T: Tastes phenomenal as well, flavors well balanced with the ABV, smooth flavor, very sweet, brown sugars, fruity, banana being the most discernible to me, belgian yeast, malts, warmth of the alcohol as well

M: Very smooth, rich beer right here, carbonation is on the lower side, great for me, very wholesome beer, good balance of flavors

O: Overall, this was a great beer, good representation of the style, though I have had better, this was still top notch and a reasonable price too, I was very pleased and would of course have this again.

Mavigo, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for this one...
Appears a dark mahogany with a small, off white ehad that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cinnamon, oak, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, and cherries.
Taste is of the mentioned cinnamon, oak, vanilla, nutmeg, along with plenty of ripened fruits up front.
Mouthfeel is sweety, syrupy, vniuous, oaky, lowly carbonated. Pretty damn good beer.

weeare138, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of ahking
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a sucker for big beers so this may be a biased review. One of the best aromas I have ever encountered - smells like cherries and alcohol. Bannanas and apple fruitiness attack your taste buds. Not sure what kind of hops are used in this beer, but they are mild and of nobility. Obviously, at 9 percent ABV, the malts in this beer dominate. Very sweet overall which limits drinkability ( that and the alcohol). Aromatic and biscuit malts make this beer taste like fresh baked bread. Perhaps a Rochefort 9 clone? I like it a lot.

ahking, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of BBP
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

Pours chestnut brown with nice head and retention. Lacing is good as well.

The aroma is full of caramel and dark malts. Dark fruit as well.

The taste matches the smell minus a bit of intensity. Very balanced and tastefully done. Less extreme than I'd expect from kuhnhenns but still quite nice.

The body is medium full and medium light in weight. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, a decent beer. Tremendously drinkable and well balanced. I just didn't think it stood out as much as it could.

BBP, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hm, paradoxical.

This one has definate potential, but is suffering from the Kuhnhenn bottling problems I think. They definatly need to get it together in that regard or just stop bottling because it's honestly hurting them in the perception of quality department, but I digress...

Pours a murky deep brown in color with little to no head to speak of. Nose is of banana bread, doughy and sugary. Quite strong in character. Taste doesn't disappoint, belgian candy sugar, overripe bananas. Very malty with a bitter kick toward the end. Not as many flavor layers as you'll find in real deal belgians, but quite enjoyable nontheless.

As I said, bottling issues hamper this one and it could do with some age as well. I bet this was killer on tap despite all.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- maroon brown body with no head what so ever

S-sweetness little bit of maltiness

T-very sweet caramel that finishes light and fluffy almost

M-light body and smooth. Very nice

O-very good beer. Glad I got it sent to me. The opinions varied widely on this one. Lots of people said it smelled and tasted like ass but i like it

brew3crew, Sep 15, 2011
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Kuhnhenn Nine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.