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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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88
very good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 21
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A very hoppy citrus nose leads this beer, with low malt and high hops in flavor. The Belgian yeast leaves the palate creamy instead of dry. This is an awe-some beer for Belgian and hop fans alike.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 03-19-2008)
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Reviews by LilBeerDoctor:
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber brown with a thick white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and rich sweet malt. Flavor of spices, Belgian yeast and citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel malt in the finish. A nice blend between a Belgian ale and IIPA - both styles make their presence in this beer (perhaps IIPA wins out). Pretty tasty and enjoyable overall.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

DanGeo, May 28, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cherry cola color with light carbonation trailing upwards. No head or foam on the top

S - Lemon, bubblegum, light clove, caramel malt. Smells a bit like the bubblegum you'd find in the pack of baseball card. Sarsaparilla like root beer. Slight cherry

T - Root beer, sarsaparilla, vanilla, cherry, bubblegum, and light orange peel. The finish has slight booze and vanilla, some heat to it.

M - Light carbonation with a sharp mouthfeel from the strong sarsaparilla flavor

O - Really an interesting beer that has a spicy homemade root beer presence that doesn't come around too often. Definitely a good Belgian presence with lots of bubblegum and clove as well.

jeonseh, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with good amounts of pine and herbal hops. Also present are slight amounts of indistinct spices and bready aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly grainy caramel malts up front are joined quickly by good amounts of pine hops. Midway through slight spices and hints of medium fruits come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer but there wasn’t enough Belgian in the Belgian IPA to make it worth revisiting.

glid02, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of mully
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TheBlackMallard for the chance to try this beer.

dark amber red color is very clear, creamy head is a light tan color.
Resiny pine like hops - Savory spices a little malt sweetness shines through
Crisp hops a little residual sweetness and carmel flavor balance the hops well. pepper cloves and a hint of banana

Creamy, great mouth feel smooth small bubbles in the carbonation scrub your mouth go eliminate lingering bitterness

Very drinkable beer Higher gravity but does not taste it, mmmm good.

Thanks again to
TheBlackMallard

mully, Mar 29, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

DruC4, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Mondiale 2011. Double IPA level of hop assertiveness. Slight head, lacey, hop aromas. Extremely bitter, citrus,slightly above average mouthfeel.Piney, minty, essence of lemon. Not getting noticeable Belgian nor rye spice characteristics. Good drinkability.

Sammy, Jun 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

fiedler84, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of off-white tan head that shrank down into a great looking layer of creamy retention that left just huge, thick lacing behind. The aroma is a big ole' fume of heavy sweet malts, pine, floral hops, yeasty notes, and rye.

The taste is a well balanced mix of piney hops, floral notes, spice, yeast, deep, sweet caramel malts and a touch of dry rye notes. The mouthfeel has a medium full feel with an excellent rich and creamy texture to it.

Wow, this was solid. They called this a variation of a Belgian IPA at the brewpub and I would be inclined to agree based on the yeasty nature of this. Maybe a Belgian style DIPA? Anyway, whatever it was, I loved the flow of the flavors in this and the overall drinkibility was great for a 9% beer. Definitely don't hesitate to try this if you see it at the brewpub. Great stuff!

Kegatron, May 06, 2008
Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

beergorrilla, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

zonker17, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

ScottRansom, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

GRG1313, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

md655321, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of CortexBomb
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really interesting concept here by the Kuhnhenn Brothers...an IPA, but with Belgian aspects. The beer pours deep ruby into a tulip, a fairly thick head that sticks around for some time before fading off into the sunset. Big piney hop aromas, which pairs, very interestingly, with the spicy Belgian yeast. Yum.

The flavour on this was similar to the nose: it features a strong malty backbone with a strong, piney hop zing, but then pairs that with the cloves and coriander that one would expect from a Belgian beer. Really unique combination.

The mouthfeel on this is good, full, and enjoyable. Drinkability, also good. Smooth drinking, reasonably priced, good beer.

The bottom line: Aldebaran is yet another interesting brew by Kuhnhenn, combining the typical IPA style with the Belgian yeast has created a tasty new hybrid that I will be having again.

CortexBomb, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of jmunsters
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, in a snifter, at Hopcat in Grand Rapids, MI.

A - Poured a cloudy copper color. Barely transparent. Arrived at our table with a bit of head left from the pour. Lacing clings to the glass throughout drinking it.

S - Caramel, citrus, sugars. Not getting a lot of a Belgian yeast.

T - IPA for sure. Hints of Belgian yeasts on the palate fades to a crisp malty backend. It's hopped, but not crazy. A little boozy. Very balanced.

M - Nice carbonation. Easy sipping. The bit of booziness (and the high ABV) keeps it from being incredbly refreshing.

O - I enjoyed it quite a bit. So much so I'm reviewing it from a growler fill at home.

jmunsters, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to death to be able to try this one last night. had a lovely growler sent to me and felt there was no better way to enjoy it then to bust it out at the bday party. served cold and in many a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/02/2010.

the pour was a nice rich amber color with a nice two finger creamy head of off white that dominated the top of the profile. really nicely one and left loads of lacing down the sides of the glass.

the nose is dominated by lovely earthy tones that mixed in with luscious piney hops and a well rounded and incredibly sweet malt base. warming really starts to bring this out as notes of candied sugar, sweet caramel and floral notes all start to rear their head. smooth, even flavor is tremendously well balanced and simply phenomanal. rich palate is fresh with resin filled hops and light notes of alcohol that are quickly balanced with sugary malts and a lovely candy flavor. smooth, creamy feel lets the flavor really steal the show as it becomes increasingly drinkable to the point of insanity.

overall just a fantastic big ipa. this was really a hit last night and went head to head with super friends to steal the show.

mikesgroove, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
served in a tulip glass

A - It is a deep amber color and clear. I got virtually no head. I got aggressive towards the end of the pour to managed a quarter inch of beige head.

S - I get a weird smell that I can't quite place. I do get some alcohol. The bottle described a banana and bubblegum aroma. I don't get that. I do get some citrus and maybe a little pine.

T - The taste is a weird meld of citrus flavors. Now I do get some banana in the aftertaste. The more I sip, the more I become aware of some pine. I has a clean finish.

M - It is moderate with low carbonation for an IPA. Almost slick on my tongue.

O - I bought this right after the Winter Solstice party. I thought it was a Belgian pale ale. I may have sit on it too long. Oops. It wasn't a bad beer, but the hops have probably faded. It is my fault if that is the case. When you have over a hundred varieties of beer some are going to fall through the cracks.

buschbeer, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to masterski for sending this my way. Much appreciated. 2010 winter solstice release.

The beer pours a murky greyish brown with red highlights. It's an odd, frankly unappetizing color, but the head makes up for it a bit, rising to a two finger height and showing solid retention.

The smell of baking bread hits the senses first; the malt profile is very bready and grainy. There's plenty of Belgian yeast character, too, bringing to mind cotton candy, Pepto-Bismol and herbal remedies. Odd, yeah, but not necessarily unpleasant.

Bready and medicinal on the tongue, like fresh bread dipped in Pepto-Bismol. Cotton candy, clove, herbal hoppiness, faint citrus. The alcohol is shockingly well hidden, but I can't say that I care for the yeast flavor much - it's too far on the cotton candy / cough syrup side of things. The finish presents a mild bitterness that's almost overwhelmed by spicy, coriander-like phenols.

largadeer, Feb 25, 2011
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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.