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Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 185
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2007)
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Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -1.5%

chrispoint, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

klipper, May 14, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

I believe this is the 2007 vintage, bottled in 12oz bottles. Received from goryshkewych and TheBlackMallard. Thanks, guys.

In my snifter this sits a beautiful deep crimson, briefly adorned with a brown head that dissipates rapidly leaving no lace. The nose is really, really good. Yes, it's syrupy and sweet, bringing to mind cough syrup, but the fruit character here is really interesting and enjoyable. Bursting with ripe acidity with currants, half-ripe grapes, but also with berries, specifically black cherries and raspberries. Some chocolate is also present, making this increasingly cough syrup-like. Despite its age, this smells surprisingly fresh, with no oxidative off-flavors. All said, the single most dominant characteristic of the nose is the fruit. There's even a little bit of prune character here.

The palate opens with a blend of big fruity sweetness, berry tartness, alcohol and syrup. The sweetness profile here is complex, with sugar, sugar syrup, brown sugar, caramel and a little toffee with a touch of molasses-like complexity. The fruit is really dominant on the mid-palate, with berries (black cherries, raspberries) and currants, with the cat pee-like muskiness. Sweet on the finish with a lingering chocolate, caramel and vanilla sugar sweetness, this beer is full in body with noticeable alcohol and softly carbonated. The alcohol does lend a little bit of bitterness and some bite. Despite the sweetness, the vibrancy and acidity of the berries make this really drinkable, more so than the much more lauded Raspberry Eisbock IMO.

DefenCorps, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.25/5  rDev -20%

hoppymcgee, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
1.93/5  rDev -52.5%

182nd Review
Bottle to FredFest taster

From notes. Shared a while back with some excellent dudes one summer night in CO.

A: Dull, dark cranberry. No head on vigorous pour.

S: Yuck. Smells like burnt rubber, rotten veg, and over-ripened mixed berries. Not a good start.

T: The unpleasantness continues...mild fruit/berry sweetness up-front with bitter chocolate and toffee middle. The end is absolutely miserable though and I needed another beer to cleanse my palate. So much going on here, but the ABV overshadows the taste. Not enjoyable whatsoever and I was hard-pressed to finish my 1.5 ounce sample if that says anything. Simply putrid.

M: Full bodied with zero carbonation.

O: I was stoked to get two bottles of this beer in a trade a while back and was waiting for the "right time" to open it. I don't think I waited too long, I just think this beer was off (probably just the bottle). Not sure what the cellaring conditions were prior to it coming into my possession, but I was terribly disappointed with this - so much that I traded my other bottle away. Won't be returning to this anytime soon. A darn shame because I really like a lot of their other beers.

spdyfire83, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jbuddle
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jbuddle, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of travMI13
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%

2007 vintage, obtained at 2011 Winter Solstice. 6 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Deep, murky reddish-brown. No head whatsoever. Could certainly be confused with a red wine based upon appearance.

S: Red grapes, black currant, chocolate, and booze. This is a very interesting smell.

T: Red grapes, black currant, raspberries, and oak up front. There is a chocolate-covered raspberry flavor on the finish. Significant amount of booze, which is to be expected for 15%, but it is hidden well. The sweetness lingers, and there is certainly a warming effect. Make no mistake: this is a dessert beer, and an incredibly complex one at that.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel with no carbonation. Sweet and slick. This really reminds me of a sweet red wine.

O: What a complex beer this is. Fantastic for dessert. I really took my time and savored this one. In all honesty, I probably could have shared this bottle with someone else because a little goes a long way. I prefer the Raspberry Eisbock, but I will be having this again if it is ever released again. Another great experimental brew from Kuhnhenn.

travMI13, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Bottle shared at yourefragile's the other day. At the time of this review, this beer is the #9 top beer on the best of Fruit / Vegetable Beer list. Fun, top 10 beer! Thanks!

Beer is dark ruby wiht a little haze, tan thin weak head, small bubbles. No lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, raspberries, chocolate, currants (although at the time I guessed cherries, I wasn't sure what I was drinking), smells really nice. Perhaps a slight oxidation.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, with strong fruit flavors. The finish is a little bitter, the chocolate comes up in the back half of the palate, an interesting beer.

drabmuh, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of NikkoE82
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

NikkoE82, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz bottle, thanks Fred.

Pours a clear and thick dark ruby brown with minimal head or lace. Aroma is like DFH but appealing; very sweet without being cloying, heavy on currants, licorice, raspberry, and butterscotch. Flavor has a subtle bitterness in the finish and undercurrent of chocolate and licorice to cut the intense berry fruit that dominates. Thick and viscous body with minimal carbonation, covering the palate like an oil slick. Very enjoyable.

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of 321jeff
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz bottle from Fred. Much thanks for this original bottling of this rarity.

Pours a reddish brown with almost no head. It's kind of pretty like some kind of brandy.

Aroma is still very hot with lots of sweet dark fruits and alcohol. Much more like a fruit based spirit than any beer I've ever smelled.

taste is sweet up front, and really all the way through with a finish that kind of reminds me of nyquil, but in a good way...

Mouthfeel is thick all the way through with no carb. Really drinks more like a spirit than a beer. Very interesting...

321jeff, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of starrdogg
4.1/5  rDev +1%

12 oz. bottle shared by Fred.

Beer pours a dark reddish brown with very little head and hardly any lacing. Smell is extremely fruity and fantastic with booze hiding in there. Flavor is certainly unique, berries and tootsie rolls and very big, definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Overall this is very interesting, not a beer you need a whole lot of, but very nice.

starrdogg, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of ChrisPro
3/5  rDev -26.1%

ChrisPro, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours a very dark plum color that's completely opaque with a miniscule off-white head that lingers for a minute before disappearing. No lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma that's bursting with currant, dark cherry, blueberry, grape and other dark berries. This is countered by a nice malt character with hints of chocolate cake, fudge and toffee. Slightly syrupy/medicinal character but not overpowering and although the ABV is really high, there us little to no booze in the nose. Smells like dessert!

Medium bodied with a very prominent vinous, dark fruit flavor that's countered by dark malt notes and boozy sweetness. Lots of sweet currant flavor along with some grape, blackberry, blueberry and other dark berries before being countered by hints of toffee and chocolate cake. Even with the maltier notes it's still too sweet for my liking. The ABV is decently masked considering its 15% but there still a decent amount of boozy warmth throughout.

corby112, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Ruby with a fair amount of transparency. Very little head or retention.

S - Sour with hints of dark fruits, including cherry. Alcohol definitely comes through in the aroma.

T - Cough syrup is a perfect description for how this beer feels. The dark fruits provide a very juicy backbone, and there is a cherry edge which gives it an almost artificial tasting bite. It all combines to taste a lot like a cherry cough syrup, which sounds disgusting but tastes quite good. A very all encompassing flavour that mostly drowns out the alcohol, though the booziness comes through partway through the taste and lingers in the finish. Sweet chocolate also comes through in the finish, with an edge of the dark fruit. The finish is a smooth jammy sweetness that is neither too sticky or sweet. Strange but satisfying.

M/D - High carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Never had anything quite like it. A very unique beer that manages to make drinking cough syrup for intoxication seem classy.

StarshipPoopers, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -1.5%

6.3oz bottle from 2007, review #1000 on BA.

Pours cloudy brown with some large bubbles kicked up from a stretch pour. A placid surface with zero lacing throughout the glass. This beer is almost still.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of alcohol laced with dark fruit. Nose-clearing in nature with sweet malt, dark caramel, currants, fusels, and cough syrup.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a syrupy, slick mouthfeel.

Currants, alcohol, carmelized malt, and dark fruit start the palate. Sweet fruit and malt follow through, riding atop a wave of throat-warming alcohol. Low bitterness or other hopping for that matter.

Finishes with lingering alcohol and jammy fruit.

A strong beer for sure, the alcohol is not too fusel-laden and there is plenty of throat warmth, but no burn. Loads of sweet, dark fruit but the beer would benefit greatly from any amount of carbonation.

brewandbbq, Dec 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photekut, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
Kuhnhenn Tenacious Cassis from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.