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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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88
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 23
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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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of aforbes10
4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to kkulacki (actually, thanks to your girlfriend, Konrad, but to you as well i guess). I tried this at the MBG Winterfest and loved it so now its exciting to have a growler to myself. Pours RED. like watered-down blood. Nice puffy yellow-white head. Beautiful sticky lacing. Aroma of fresh hops, noticeable from a distance. Lemony and bready with spiced notes. Also odors of fennel and fresh cut grass. Taste is indescribably delicious, but ill make an attempt. A supurbly delicate but complete hop presence. Tangy bitterness and a biscuity, bready, rye-like body. Citrusy and spices; peppery. Amazingly flavorful. Creamy and medium bodied. This is the best IPA I have ever had. I'm no longer the dedicated hophead i once was, but when hops are used like this its something like a miracle. Fantastic.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep copper color. Minimal of white head.

S: Tons of sticky hop pines. Weird fruit I am geting that I cannot ID.

T: Hops are up front strong. Nice malt backbone.

M: Sticky and syrupy. Nice feel on this.

D: Super drinkable. No real hint of the ABV. One of the better DIPS I have had.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a mild light tan head.

S: Aroma of belgian yeast, pepper , bittered earthy hops and spices.

T: Deep caramel flavors with lots of pepper and herb flavors. I tasted a bit of basil and some vanilla with pepper and dark fruits. Extremely complex flavors coming out of here. Earthy hops that are well rounded and do not take over the malt or yeast backbone. Clove and bubblegum esters along with dark plum flavors. There is also a bit of musty taste here that I picked up at the end along with the caramel flavors that surprisingly come back out after a sip or two warm in your mouth with hop garlic. This beer is similar to a Belgian strong gold ale with steroids propping it up with the depth.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: Definitely a complex beer that is clearly worth a shot. So many flavors are in here that you will want to sip it slowly to make sure you pick them all up.

Photo of BigOldOaf
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of RyanCFriedrich
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of qwe2323
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Lothore
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice auburn hue with a pillowy 2 finger head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S- Smell is absolutely excellent. Hops hit the nose first, followed by sweet caramely malt, followed by just a hint of belgian funk.

T- Wow, this is where it's at. Very sweet, waves of slight fruitiness and deep caramel wash across the tongue with a bit of hop biterness lingering at the end that fades into malty goodness. Phenomenal. It's hard to put a finger on what style this is but whatever it is, I like it.

M- Thick with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- I can honestly say that if I had access to this often, I would drink it at least once a week. One of the best Kuhnhenn brews I have tasted to date. I love this brewery!

Photo of adamant1912
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Pointman
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA with Belgian yeast.

The beer pours a reddish brwon into into a tulip, a very thick head with strong lacing.

Strong pine and juniper hoppiness with that great Belgian yeast finish. Awesome!

Taste was very much like the nose, but the malt came out more in the mouth than on the nose. Other flavors include clove, corriander and the yeast.

The mouthfeel is very full and I just like the way it goes down. The alcohol is well masked.

Photo of drseamus
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber reddish body with a decent white head; especially for a growler beer. Some active carbonation visible.

S: Strong hop aroma right up front in the nose. Some sort of tropical fruit is in there also.

T: It coats my tongue with very thick sweet malty body right before it slaps you with some good hop bitterness.

M: Decently thick but not cloyingly sweet.

D: Very drinkable indeed. Very good IIPA.

Photo of mully
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of Avryle
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark clear orange. Big off-white head dissipates to a small cap

S- Hops...Mmmm. Grapefruit & floral. Sweet maltiness coming through.

T- Sweet & malty with heavy hops. Very Nugget Nectar-like. This is sexy.

M- Medium bodied & creamy.

D- Nice. Very nice. Thanks to littlebreeze & mred137 for bringing to the impromptu consumption.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby into my Kuhnhenn tulip leaving a nice with head and plenty of lacing behind.

Smell: Tangerine, Grass, Bubblegum, Bananas and a bit of Green Onions(I'm looking at you Summit.)

Taste: Grassy hops, pine, caramel, citrus, and spicy yeast.

Smooth creamy and moderately carbonated. Very easy to drink.

This is one of my favorite Kuhnhenn beers in a long time. I hope it becomes a regular on the menu. Sadly, I think it's a little better on tap(probably a 5 on aroma and taste from me.)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Winter Solstice 2010. One year old, so hopefully the sample I am reviewing isn't biased by age.

Body is red-gold with thick sticky yellowish-white head. I love IPAs that are visibly chewy before you even take a sip.

Nose is sharp and sweet with an almost harsh hop bite. A bit of Belgian-ness is there also.

Flavor is very big. Lots of sweetness here (maybe like a Dreadnaught) but huge hop flavor as well. The Belgian component is noticeable on the finish, but just barely.

Mouthfeel is sticky and rich, with a bit of that hop-strippiness on the tooth enamel.

Overall is very good. It's still a bit hot, and the sweetness may be elevated from age, but it's a really good beer.

I generally love Kuhnhenn's dark beers more than their hoppy beers, but this is an exception. Great stuff!

Photo of glazeman
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This 2010 bottle says 9.5% on the label.

A: Brown in color with a 1 finger off-white head that has moderate retention and excellent lacing. I was quite surprised by the color.

S: A very peculiar, but interesting smell of peanut butter and cinnamon. There's also some basic nuttiness. This wasn't at all what I was expecting for the style as the hops are almost non-existent on the nose. Still, I can't knock it too much as it is still very interesting and complex.

T: I could swear the put some grapes in here, as there is a lot of dark fruit and something that tastes akin to grape skins. There's a little bit of hop bitterness at the finish but not all that much. Overall, this is a very balanced beer, not exactly one for the hop heads.

M: Excellent feel. The viscosity and aftertaste are spot on in my book. There's a nice level of carbonation, though it leans toward the lower end of the spectrum.

D: Super high. The taste is pleasant and the beer does not have the faintest amount of etoh presence. I would be very happy to have multiple of these one right after another.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Kuhnhenn brewery.

Poured a dark red-amber with a creamy tan head.

Aroma of piney hops, Belgian yeast, and sweet malts.

Tastes of pine, rye, Belgian yeast, caramel, tobacco, and malts. A strange mix of flavors that work incredibly well together.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth and creamy, and moderately carbonated.

This was so easy to drink. A nice mix of American IPA with a Belgian twist.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Saucya for the sick trade!! Poured into a sam perfect pint. Pours a deep orange/amber color with a thin white head. Some spicey, peppery hops on the nose. Taste is very different. I was expecting my usual DIPA hop bomb, but this is not that. It takes me a moment to even figure out what I am drinking but it is incredibly good. Some hot candy type flavor with aton of malt to smooth it out. I cant really dexcribe this one. Nice full mouthfeel and very drinkable. I cant wait to try this one again to try to figure it out!

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pous a tawny color with a modest head that laces to some extent

Smell: Tart and herbal, with a Belgian influence that is reminiscent of coriander

Taste: Biscuity and caramel flavors up front followed by a bitter, hoppy (but herbal) character in the middle; everything blends together nicely in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Distinctively different; definitely not a classic DIPA; much more like a Belgian DIPA

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a copper-amber color with a finger-and-a-half of white head that dies down a bit quickly but leaves behind some nice lacing. The nose is strong and loaded with hops, mostly citrus with the dominant components being orange and grapefruit.

The taste is even more hops with a fairly-aggressive amount of bitterness. This leads to a nice dry finish. However, it gets a bit boozy toward the end. Drinkability is pretty good and this is another solid DIPA from them. Interesting that I've really enjoyed their DIPAs but have gotten into their single IPAs quite as much.

Photo of Gigantis
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think I may have had a different experience with this beer than most of the reviewers. I had it on tap at a beer bar near where I live and the bartender, who is very well-connected to the Kuhnhenn folks, told me to be careful with this one since it is 14%abv. That's quite a lot! Certainly more than 8.5% listed here.

But anyway,
The beer is a murky, burnt amber in hue. It sort of looks like a redder Guinness before it sets since the. Sort of looks like swirling swamp water (but darker obviously). The head is a healthy, frothy off-white and quite sticky.
It smells a little like most double IPAs: pine, hops, a little grapefruit. This one has aromas of woodchips, saffron and some serious Belgian yeast quality as well. That is the only characteristic of this beer I would liken to a Belgian IPA, but that is not necessarily a bad thing since I found this rather mysterious beer incredibly enjoyable once I actually started drinking it.
It has a thick, syrupy feel to it. Not that it didn't look thick, but it pulls off this texture quite well. A truly well-balanced beer, the Aldebaran (if that is its real name) gets you nice hops n' tartness and then goes darker as the smoke and carmel come through. It truly tastes more like a barleywine than anything else but what a barleywine it is. It finishes sweeter but this quality is mitigated by the alcohol burn. I wouldn't say it tastes like 14%, but you know it's there.
All in all, I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting because I certainly felt it after I finished this beer. I came back the next night to get another one and had it slower.
Another great one from Kuhnhenn.

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.