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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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 womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As usual with a Kuhnhenn beer, this one comes courtesy of Derek. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of soapy, off-white head and some mild lacing.

S: Quite hoppy, much more American hop driven than I was anticipating. Nice citrus hop nose up front. As the beer sits for a moment, the incredible amount of phenolic contributions from the yeast come through. Tons of spices, almost a cinnamon type smell. Some big toasty bread in there as well.

T: The flavor reminds me of a beer brewed closer to home: Mischief (from the Bruery). Big time yeast contribution with lots of spicy phenols and yeast. There is some nice citrus hop flavor and a moderate bitterness. A slight pineapple flavor on the back end along with some bitterness and a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium in body, however the carbonation is a bit on the low side. Really the only drawback.

O: Surprisingly well done. Usually Belgian IPAs are a style I could live without, but this does a great job of incorporating both Belgian and American characteristics.

Photo of largadeer
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 jlindros
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am revisiting my review for this one, as I now have a fresh sample. The original review was of a nine month old bottle. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip glass. This batch is 9.5%

Original score 3.5/4.0/3.5/4.0/3.5 for a total of 3.65

A - One-fingered of off-white foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves plenty of glass-coating lace. Body is a hazed dark reddish-brown.

S - Grapefruit a tropical hop notes, herbaceous hops, Belgian yeast, and some bready malt and burnt sugar character.

T - Taste is actually more hop-forward, which is a surprise. Lots of ripe citrus and tropical fruits mingle with some stone fruit esters, spicy Belgian yeast, and a bready malt backdrop. Bitterness is mild.

M - Extremely dry finish, moderate carbonation. Creamy, and relatively easy to drink. Some warmth, but not overt alcohol flavor.

D - This was a substantial improvement in my book, although my score didn't increase a huge amount as I've tried nearly a thousand beers in the interim. If you're into Belgian IPAs, I'd recommend picking this up instead of Lunar Eclipse.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 Winter solstice bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a small fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of mango, orange, banana, pear, apricot, clove, pepper, bubblegum, caramel, bread, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruitiness, spicy esters, and malt notes. Taste of orange, mango, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, and earthy yeast esters. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tropical fruit, citrus, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruitiness, spicy esters, and malt; with a great balance of sweetness/spiciness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip for being 9.25%. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Good balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, and malt notes; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of biegaman
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kuhnhenn Aldebaran has the appearance of a dark honey: clear but distorting, very deep golden in colour, and, despite a viscous complexion it looks very sheeny when held into the light. Also like a honey, it has tiny pockets of air but no real bubbles or foam. Overlooking the lack of head, a relatively high score can be granted just for its lovely glisten.

Aroma, like appearance, is reminiscent of a dark honey. It combines with fresh-cut grass clippings, pine needles, tree resins, and floral overtones to create an intense herbal quality. This runs simultaneous to notes of pumpkin pie-like spice that includes cinnamon, mace and nutmeg.

Aldebaran is an entertaining beer; there's a lot of flavours all going on at once. A smooth and caramelly malt tastes just like chestnut honey: earthy and dark, almost leathery, nutty-sweet but lightly bitter at the same time. But hops are in the spotlight - minty greens, soapy citrus and piny resins are noted. There's also the brown sugar/pumpkin-pie (and actual pumpkin) flavour as well.

The mouthfeel (in this growler sample anyhow) is considerably under carbonated, which would normally be a concern with a beer this high in alcohol. Far from syrupy or boozy however, this beer comes laminated in soapy, minty, resinous, honeyed, and yeasty layers. This multifaceted texture more than makes up for (and is made possibly only by) a lack of serious malt.

Kuhnhenn Aldebaran is both a beer lover's and beer reviewer's dream: it is distinct and offers no shortage of flavour to savour and report on. It is a genius recipe that combines sweet malt, Belgian yeast, and a gluttony of hops to make an ale that somehow, paradoxically, is one that you can easily, casual enjoy yet slowly, contemplatively appreciate. It really impressed me.

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2012 Winter Solstice, into a tulip.

Orange brown with some offwhite head, moderate lacing and retention. Nose is spicy and yeasty with sharp citrus nose and a big dose of sweet bready malt that linger just behind the hops. Taste has more sweet malt, beautiful Belgian yeast character, huge fruity hop character and some spicing lingers into the finish. Some dryness, medium full feel and alcohol is well disguised. Medium carbonation is great for this beer. A very pretty American take on the Belgian IPA.

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