Kuhnhenn Aldebaran - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.01/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a dark amber coloring. The head was half a finger tall, composed of creamy tan bubbles. The head bubbled away, showing no real retention, but leaving thick sheets of lacing as the liquid descended. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave smoked bacon greasiness, herbal and soapy hop bite, deep nutmeg, pumpkin, and black pepper spice, spearmint freshness, fusel alcohol, and the bite of wet Belgian yeast. Our first impression was that the flavoring was that the hugely bittered phenolic waves struck a curious contrast against the berry, malty sweetness of the base. As we sipped, strong herbal hops, plastic and clovey phenols, caramel malt sweetness, black pepper, booze, and synthetic cherry syrups mixed for the start. The peak came with bright Belgian yeast twang, continued clovey spiciness and bittered chemical phenols, mixing strawberry and apple sugars, boozy fire, and surprisingly clean pale malts wash. The finish rolled in with soapy and herbal hop bite to the very end, with pale and caramel malts, more black pepper and boozy spice, and a strong aromatic muskiness with warmth. The aftertaste breathed of strong phenolic bite, clove, nutmeg, garlic aromatics, plastics, dust, deeply earthy hops, and acorn nuttiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was higher. There was nice slurp, smack, cream, and pop to each sip, with a cooling coating left around the mouth. The latter bubbled off with a decent fizz, leaving a crisp, but mild astringency to hang on. The abv was easy, and this one sips nicely.
Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the strong pop of flavoring, with that big, spicy, phenolic character. Such boldness is interesting for the style, making it deeper and darker than many other Belgian IPAs. At first sip this beer is beastly, but he warms up nicely, with the spice being easily met by the sweeter caramel maltiness, and the herbal hoppiness by the end. The lack of a beautiful head takes a touch away from the experience, but the longer you sip on this, the better it gets.
Serving type: on-tap
03-01-2013 00:13:43 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.55/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
2012 bottle. Have had it for about 1.5 years, thanks Dan. Beer seems close to flat when opening, very little "pop". Apperance is ruby red, no head, the stillness on top tells me it is indeed flat. Nose is sunscreen (in a good way), sweet, malty. Taste is yeast up front (I'll attribute the "sunscreen" smell to the yeast), kind of tangy & slight citrus bitterness on the sides, more bitterness going down with yeast flavors. Nice. Mouthfeel is medium, but very flat. Doesn't seem to be properly carbed, or the seal was not intact. Overall the flatness really hurt my initial impression, but as it warmed I noticed that less and the tastiness took over.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2014 20:58:14 | More by foobula
2.94/5 rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3
Clear red liquid, with little to no carbonation. Coaxing will get a thin layer of very oily bubbles on top, less than a finger deep.
Slightly sweet aroma, with notes of bubblegum. Very faint aroma, with nothing much else.
A viscous liquid, with very little carbonation. Full bodied beer, with such a mild flavor. It almost tastes watered down. It really doesn't taste like a 9.25% abv beer at all. There are deep notes, way in the back of the throat, of caramel malts. Citrusy hops leave a trail. It could really use a bit more carbonation.
The biggest miss of this beer is the extremely low level of carbonation. Then, I thought this beer could also use a boost in aroma and flavor. How does a high octane beer like this one come off as mild? It's a tasty beer, but it feels juvenile.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2013 16:14:11 | More by MusicaleMike
3.25/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: Clear deep copper with some dark red leanings. No head, minimal carbonation. Very faint hints of off-white bubbles.
Smell: Hops and hops. Big juicy fruity citrus coupled with women distinct fruity esters. Touches of bubblegum and orange juice. Malts are bready and slightly sweet. Almost solvency at times. Toasted with some molasses and caramel. A hint of sherry and dark cherry. Some nuts and dark bread.
Taste: Mega fruity esters with some soft clove and peppery spice. Hints of banana and caramel. Candi sugar or something like if. Toasted biscuit and caramelized malts. Hops are juicy and loaded with citrus. Orange and a touch of grapefruit. A hint of bitterness and some herbal pushes as well. Yeast is clean for a Belgian. Highly hopped and lightly sweet with some solid breadiness. Grassy.
Mouthfeel: Nice and slick. Minimal carbonation with a medium pushing toward full body. Nice and clean.
Overall: A sweet name for a metal band.
If all Belgian IPAs were this interesting, I would consider them worth checking out. Definitely odd, but the hops work really well with the slightly sweet malt body. Solid.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2013 01:05:06 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Kuhnhenn Aldebaran from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.