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Kuhnhenn Nine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 132
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: walleye on 06-16-2005

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.
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Photo of beckje01
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of benito
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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).

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Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of walleye
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of ahking
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of BBP
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of granger10
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky crimson color with a thinner head which dissipates quickly. Unfortunate.

Aroma makes up for appearance with strong raisins and caramel notes. Lots of banana esters. Nutty with some spices coinciding. Smells nice.

Taste is also solid but not quite as good as the aroma. Definitely on the sweet side with dark fruits on top and a deep chocolate toffee flavor underneath.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy but the carbonation is just a bit too weak. Finish has a yeasty spice along with the slightest hint of alcohol burn. The finish saved the sweetness from being too sweet in the end.

I enjoyed this bottle and drank it rather quickly. But I don't know if I'd care to consume many more. I'd like to try a full pint/snifter of this on tap.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2012 vintage, into a tulip.

A: Pours an almost-black very dark brown color with a nice tan head.

S: Some anise, cola, ginger, cloves, prune, toasted grain, crushed grapes, caramel.

T: Taste comprises roasted malt, dried figs, raisin, anise, honeycomb, a bit yeasty, dry caramel, dark bread and a hint of booze in the finish.

M: Thick-boded with moderate carbonation. A bit sticky but the carbonation keeps things drinkable.

O: This is a nice BSDA that I wouldn't mind drinking once and again.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.


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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Caramel brown color with a small white head. Nice bubbles coming to the top with a decent amount of spots on the side.

S - Dark fruits, belgian yeasts, bit of brown sugar and caramel. Smells pretty nice.

T - Was expecting some more alcohol and a bit of a heavier taste. Surpringly light taste with a bit of citrus and some cinnamon and caramel, bit of brown sugar and honey sweetness. Nice dark fruit and some oak.

M - Syrupy and full bodied. Decent carbonation on this one.

D - Really drinkable for the style and a good beer. Would definately drink again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tasting glass. Thanks to Knifestyles for opening this one.

A: Clear deep russet body with a finger of fine tan foam. Ok retention, nice light lace. Attractive.

S: Chocolate, spice, apple, grapes, brandy. Weird, and not bad at all.

T: Sweet + fruity, with cherry + grape tartness on the finish. Strange, intense, and only lightly boozy.

M: Slick, sticky body with plenty of soft carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This beer was unlike any other BSDA I've had (surprise surprise, coming from Kuhnhenn), and I really enjoyed its complexly bizarre nature. I'm not sure how well-integrated the Belgian yeast really was, and I kind of wish Kuhnhenn would stick to Barleywines and Old Ales, especially the barrel-aged variety. Still, a tasty and interesting brew.


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Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cola brown hue with a small off white head. Still looks like there is quite a bit of carbonation for the age of this one.

S- Smells sweet with hints of dark fruits such as fig and has a citrusey character which is followed by belgian yeastiness.

T- Taste is much lighter than expected. Definite hints of citrus from the nose tie into the flavor along with sweet caramel notes that fade away to a long, lingering malt character. Alcohol at the end is more prominent as it warms.

M- Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is another winner from kuhnhenn. I honestly can't say what this one was like fresh but it seems to have aged very well. Very subtle and balanced. The alcohol is barely present in this one which is surprising considering the 9 percent abv. All in all I think I enjoyed the syrah nine a little better because it added another layer of complexity to this brew but the simplistic elegance of this one really works out in the long run.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark root-beer brown. Light barely penetrates. Small, tight, light sandy brown head. Caramel, toasted malts, light sweet-smoke funk. Brown sugar and maple syrup. Sweet caramel and chocolatey malt. Buttery toffee and peaty middle. Toasted marshmallows and herbal hop throughout. Circus peanuts? Interesting. Molasses and herbal finish. Warming. Medium-full body with soft, gentle carbonation.

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Photo of Derek
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery & actually 10.5% abv.

A: Dark-caramel/brownish-black, off-white head, some lace.

S: Banana, caramel, spice.

T: Dark banana bread, plenty of spice, burnt caramel, dark raisin, some phenol and bubblegum esters.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish.

D: It's a sipper.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FourKicks for this bottle.

A: Pours a murky brown/red. This beer is super cloudy with very little head. There is almost no lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of sweet malts, and plums. There is also a noticeable tartness of cherries and Belgian funk. I'm picking up notes of over ripened fruit and dirt, but not in a bad way.

T: The first hit is sweet, with an immediate shift to tart. It's like biting into a juicy peach and having it immediately change to sour cherry. There is an earthiness to this beer (whether wanted or unwanted) that I really like. The finish is sour, but not lip puckering.

M: It's a full bodied beer that leans towards the dry side in the finish.

O: I don't exactly know what to think of this beer, but I find myself liking it more and more as I drink it. It's sweet, and tart, and dry. Yup, I'm into it. Solid brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in the brewery in summer 2011.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a partial collar and a few wisps. Opaque cappuccino-colored body. Minimal lace.

S - Chocolate, cola nut, raisins, some slightly musky and overripe cherries and currants. There's a lactic yogurty character too - I think this may be infected, but it still smells pretty good.

T - Taste is a mixture of cocoa powder, Belgian yeast, roasted malt, tropical fruits, and yogurt. I'm guessing the latter two are from inadvertently introduced wild yeast? Again, it's strangely enjoyable, even though the Belgian Dark character only really shows up in the finish with some roast character.

M - Full bodied, sticky texture, lower carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Alcohol is masterfully disguised, but I'd expect nothing less of Kuhnhenn. Could use a bit more spritz.

D - There are some very unexpected flavors in this beer that I don't remember experiencing when I tried this on draft. That being said I found it pretty enjoyable and had no problem polishing off a bottle as a nightcap. That being said, I suspect mileage may vary from bottle to bottle.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep, cloudy brown body with next to no head. This beer is flat. Aroma is full of bananas and alcohol. Sweet bready flavor with a somewhat bitter finish. Mothfeel would be good if not for the fact it was so flat. It seems like it would be a decent beer if there was a bit more carbonation. Hopefully this is an isolated problem.

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Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!).

Poured a deep and cloudy brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of plums, raisins, stronger yeast, and dark cherries. Tastes of stronger raisins, cherries, yeast and caramel. Starts of lightly sweet in ends in a lightly sour/tart cherry finish. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 7/27/06

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Kuhnhenn Nine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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