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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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88
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 22
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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amalburg

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

05-03-2014 16:17:21 | More by amalburg
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seeswo

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottled shared by CaseyK (thanks!).

Pours a strawberry blonde with an almost pinkish-white head. Weird, but cool looking, I guess. The only other beer that I have ever seen look like this was a wild. The smell is strongly Belgian, with minimal hops. At this point, it was officially unclear what I was about to taste in spite of it not being a blind tasting. Tastes like a very malty dipa mixed with a belgian yeast funk. The hops are not very present. Pretty sweet. Almost a bit chewy in the mouth, with a lingering sweet bitterness. This beer was not very drinkable and altogether wasn't much of a success for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 19:02:17 | More by seeswo
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

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
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -24.1%

02-18-2012 09:01:22 | More by chrispoint
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Romulux

Michigan

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-20-2012 19:17:50 | More by Romulux
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 08:34:29 | More by largadeer
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This vintage clocks in at 9.25%. When done well this is one of my fav styles, but if not it can suck. This one thanks to erric (Reddit). 2012 vintage, so probably should have been drunken a while back, but it hasn't been in my possession for more than a couple months.

Pours the smallest dainty dusting of head that flashes instantly gone, no lacing, slightly hazy apple juice light copper brown with a weird watery look somehow.

Nose comes in big time sweet, syrupy, almost a syrupy mess, candi sugar, brown sugar, a dried dark fruit raisin date thing with a fermented plum, and a bit of a bready yeasty dough as well. IT clocks in the booze wafting out quite a bit, with some esters and light phenols as well that bring a bit of bubble gum and slight chemical aroma, a rotten apple aroma as well, and hints of baking spices.

Taste comes on with the big heavy malts again, syrupy sweet, not cloying but not too far away from it, again candi sugar galore, syrup and more syrup with some fermented apple syrup, some dried fruits with hints of raisin and brandy soaked dates but not so much a good way. Booze is plenty rampant, tingly, warming, and even a fusel taste, as well as esters a plenty, bubble gum with that, fruity ester flavors, and some phenolic slight chemicals. The malts bring more sweet reddish candy and toasty amber malts, as well as yeast additions of light baking spices again and a little beady yeasty touch. No citrus, no hops other than mild bitterness and hint of an earthy woodsy pine needle like flavor. Finish is still quite sweet but it at least attempts to dry, candy galore, candi sugar and syrup coats the mouth but not as syrupy as I expected, plenty more tingly booze, fruity esters, etc... but then there is a big earthy chewy spicy hop presence, like I just swigged the wort of a big IPA fresh out of the boil kettle.

Mouth is med to fulled bod with plenty of syrupy feel, lighter disappointing carb, and lots of warming tingly booze.

Overall... sigh, probably the worst Kuhnhenn beer I've had yet, and has to be because it's too old for it's own good. Sorry to say I didn't sit long on it, so it was probably either in erric's cellar or shelf, but I can't complain as it was an extra in a trade of lots of great Kuhnhenn meads which were fantastic. So if this is a small sacrifice to make, so be it. This was just a big sweet mess, like a quad with extra hops, and the hops were all on the finish chewy spicy not so pleasant kind, way too sweet to be a Belgian IPA, all candy no hops, no floral, no citrus, nothing nice really, too much ester presence even for a Belgian beer, well an IPA that is. If this were a quad it might be a bit better, but still a tough swallow.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 03:02:00 | More by jlindros
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Big blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big grapefruit, banana, pineapple aromas along with sweet malts, candi sugar.

T- caramel, grapefruit, pineapple and oranges, very bitter orange peel, and some coriander and spices.

M- medium body and carbonation. Starts off fairly easy drinking but then abv and bitter, dryness comes in.

O- just a ok beer. Aroma is nice but the bitterness and spice overtakes the sweetness, and this beer isn't as balanced as it needs to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 00:32:21 | More by kawilliams81
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-13-2012 14:27:20 | More by fiedler84
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

09-14-2013 22:01:48 | More by GRG1313
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md655321

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-16-2014 13:49:26 | More by md655321
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-20-2013 02:47:02 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-11-2012 09:53:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-09-2013 19:28:42 | More by Hanzo
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-09-2014 20:16:09 | More by nmann08
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-22-2013 16:46:28 | More by nlmartin
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POTABLE83

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-29-2014 16:03:55 | More by POTABLE83
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gulogulo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-27-2013 02:51:35 | More by gulogulo
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-30-2013 00:36:38 | More by Jas45678
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 23:13:46 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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foobula

Illinois

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
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks, fear025! Into pint glass.

A- Hazy brown with copper/dirty gold highlights. Small head that is dirty looking, thin minimal lacing.

S- Heavy yeast, bit of a raw hop octane quality.

T- Spicy, peppery yeast, very bready. Slightly medicinal. Piny and citrus hops. Some weizenbock qualities. Confusing, but enjoyable. Tropical fruit and cloves in the finish.

M- Boozy, but not overly so. Great carbonation. Moderately heavy body and strong lingering flavors.

O- Interesting, tasty. Strange. Not bad.

637

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 00:21:52 | More by ShogoKawada
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buschbeer

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 23:26:37 | More by buschbeer
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bbothen

California

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Dark reddish/amber/copper color with a small less than 1 finger head. Looks inviting.

S - Smells great. Spicy hops balanced by sweet malt. Very fruity as well. Pineapple. Grapefruit.

T - Unexpected. Sweet maltiness in the forefront. Hops characteristics in the background. Yeasty flavor as well. I wouldn't pinpoint the style blindly.

M - Medium. Smooth with a medium carbonation.

D - As much as I enjoyed this...one is enough in a sitting.

This was an enjoyable brew. Interesting for sure. Kuhnhenn is doing a great job with their unorthadox approach to beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 03:25:26 | More by bbothen
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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.