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Kuhnhenn Nine - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn NineKuhnhenn Nine

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BA SCORE
85
very good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%


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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HopHead84

California

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/23/2011

Extra from OHLRangers, thanks! Snifter.

A: Dark brown with a slight reddish tinge and a small light brown head.

S: Sugary peach accompanies grape, currant, plum, and cherry. The fruit is sweet and expressive, with a little tartness and some lactic notes. Malt is bread and caramel. Alcohol is well masked.

T: Tart grape and currant with a little cherry. I get a little chocolate and quite a bit of peach. Malt is bready with notes of sugar and a little caramel. There's a touch of alcohol and vinegar near the end. Quite sweet.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I'm not sure if the beer is supposed to be tart, but it sort of works with the fruit notes. Ultimately, this is far too sweet to drink more than a few ounces.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 22:17:30 | More by HopHead84
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 03:30:03 | More by trxxpaxxs
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - red/brown body, moderate brown head.

S - smells like a butt...uh oh.

T - cloyingly sweet malts, some dark fruit

M - syrupy, drying, pretty mediocre.

O - this is a pretty bad beer, methinks. It changed a bit over the course of the glass, and got a bit better, and less butt-like, but still wasn't too good

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 18:13:07 | More by ColdPoncho
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddigh brown. Orange halo around the edges. Some light tan head. Smells like a fruity oxidized mess. Some earth aromas as wlel. Tastes sweet... overly sweet and oxidized. Rusty almost. Fruity notes peak through. Overall not that exciting but drinkable. Another oxidized Kuhnhenn offering

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 14:50:52 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 00:19:13 | More by brew3crew
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 17:42:42 | More by woosterbill
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Spider889

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Black with a very short mocha head on it. Very light carbonation though there are some visible bubbles rising from the glass's laser etching. Rootbeer highlights in the light.

Smells of strong cinnamon initially. Then comes fig and some mild raisin. The bottle didn't state what style this was, but I was able to guess a BSDA only this far in. There's also some mild roasted malt as well as sweet fragrant vanilla. I was reminded of french toast.

The taste was a little off. I was now guessing a flanders old bruin or something. The flavor had a very potent cola quality to it. Hints of cherry syrup and green fruit tartness was on the sides of my tongue. Maybe this is showing some degree of infection?

The carbonation feels much stronger than it looks. Slightly boozy. There's an odd combination of sticky yet watery textures in the mouthfeel. I attribute this to undercarbonation.

If the above seems contradictory to you, you're not alone. My notes state, "the carbonation doesn't know whether it wants to be non-existent or too pronounced." It was a strange combo of feeling too strong, but in reality being quite low on carbonation. Being Kuhnhenn, I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised by this.

Overall not my cup o' tea, but again, there's a chance this bottle is infected to some degree. Who knows? I hate the Kuhnhenn labeling as it essentially tells you zero about the beer inside. Seeing as this was an extra in a deal, I had no real expectations of this coming in.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 16:59:37 | More by Spider889
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to Masterski for providing this beer. I always love trying Kuhnhenn's stuff.

A foamy tan head with tiny bubbles forms and slowly settles. Beer is a very dark burgundy color that to almost brown in the center and more maroon at the edges. Not much lacing.

Aroma was initially of Coca Cola. The hints a of sweet soda remain. A deep almost black pepper and dank malt aroma.

Well, I almost typed above that I detected a bit of almost metallic aroma. After tasting the beer this is reinforced.  A plum, sweet flavor with some Coca Cola flavors too. The black pepper makes itself known in the flavor as well. (Not saying there is actually pepper in this) some black cherry flavor as well.

Medium bodied, foamy is how I describe the carbonation.

This is not my favorite offering from this brewery. Oh well, can't win them all

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 00:58:44 | More by Reagan1984
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:17:44 | More by AgentZero
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 00:42:45 | More by jrallen34
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 14:18:20 | More by hopdog
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 00:19:06 | More by weeare138
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Lothore

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 00:43:15 | More by Lothore
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beckje01

Minnesota

4.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 18:36:08 | More by beckje01
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-10-2007 19:29:23 | More by ypsifly
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2006 22:55:54 | More by alexgash
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benito

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 13:22:20 | More by benito
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 02:01:28 | More by Derek
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed on 4-18-05. 9% abv per the label. Pours from the 12oz bottle, with a stylized number 9 on the front, into my glass a dark, murky, deep brown color with only a ring of light tan head around the top. Seems to be a bit on the undercarbonated side here unfortunately. Brown sugar hits me first with plenty of caramel and a spicy baked bread. Dark fruits with a definite banana aroma in there. Yeasty tones round out the aroma.

First sip brings a nice sweet brown sugar, toffee, caramel maltiness with a fruity following that's lead by a nice banana flavor. I am getting a slight sourness throughout. A bit syrupy slick, it finishes with a hint of clove and a lingering yeasty afterthought.

Mouthfeel has a very mellow carbonation with a good body and a smooth, creamy finish. Goes down quite quickly actually. An interesting brew that I'm happy to have sampled, I wish I could try it fresh off tap sometime and see the differences with this aged bottle. Thanks to Crosling for sending this my way.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 18:47:16 | More by orbitalr0x
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Chocolate malts and on the sweet side, nitro but still spicey and decent taste. A head,brownish colour lots of lace, middling mouthfeel. The alcohol is there in aroma and taste. Quaffable.The nitro is there but not overdone and may be a twist to make it more interesting from initial batch. Nice Belgian that may turn out different with age.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-28-2006 19:40:37 | More by Sammy
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granger10

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 11:06:17 | More by granger10
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Crosling

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2006 03:20:20 | More by Crosling
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice solid cloudy brown color with no head and no bubble. Nose is slightly banana, slightly almondy, slightly alcoholic. Interesting. Flavor is thick, almost syrupy. There are bits banana esters in there with a brown sugar sweetness, but I can't get past the big syrupy sweetness. Feel is majorly thick. Its almost like this didn't ferment out all the way. I'm really not enjoying this one so much. I've had much better from these guys. .

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 02:33:46 | More by kmpitz2
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 23:56:19 | More by Frozensoul327
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 08:12:28 | More by Gaisgeil
Kuhnhenn Nine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.