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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn AldebaranKuhnhenn Aldebaran

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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 24
Gots: 12 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 03-19-2008

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.
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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 143
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery into a tulip...Pours a super dark orange, good retention and lacing...The aroma is light, medium fresh hops a little bubblegum and pine, slight alcohol finish...The taste is ok, nothing special not a great dipa, too much alcohol, pine presents but not too much but still distracting...The bartender told me this was his favorite beer. Its ok, nothing special, but a decently drinkable dipa.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and slight lacing. Smells of floral hops, yeast, dough, citrus, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong floral hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, and slight yeast. Overall, a good aroma and body, but lacking in appearance.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of bbothen
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as extra from TheBlackMallard - this is the most ridiculous extra i've received - thanks a million! Poured into my Urthel tulip

A: Crystal-clear deep crimson-amber with a dense off-white head. Great retention and nice lace work.

S: Spicy hops up front with pine and a definite mint component. Mild fruitiness with some pineapple and a solid malt backbone with some dark sugar and plums. A mild alcohol note is present on the nose

T: Strange, unlike any DIPA i've had. There's some hoppiness up front with pine and lemon. The body is thin in an appealing way with a dry finish but I'm not sure there are enough hops to carry this one through. There's an earthy feel to it in the middle. Puzzling, almost like a cross of an old ale and an IPA.

M: The carbonation is spot on and goes well with the dry finish

D: A rather novel DIPA and an interesting take but I'm not sure i'd drink too many too often.

Note: My rating on taste is purely according to style. If i were to rate this beer on it's own, i'd give it a 4/5 for taste. However, I cracked it hoping for a DIPA and I'm reviewing it in this light

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Photo of Lothore
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark red copper with a thick head of foam. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Hops. I know, surprising, right? Citrus, grapefruit, pine, and resin all mix together in a hoppy blend.

T: Nice big malt backbone starts this one off before the hops decide they want to punch you in the head... over and over again. This is a damn nice brew. Incredible balance for such a hoppy beer. Lots of citrus, pine, and resin in the hops, balanced by a nice big sweet malt.

M: Thick, viscous, and smooth.

D: This is a damn fine DIPA, and as much I enjoy it, I can't see drinking more than one of these at a time. It's an intense brew.

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Photo of drseamus
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Avryle
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad thanks to Craig (TheBlackMallard) for giving me a couple of these.

A - Dark amber, almost cola colored, with a one finger, creamy white head. Tiny bubbles rise to the surface of my Kuhnhenn tulip. Great lacing.

S - Honeydew, cantaloupe, pear: all an interplay between the belgian yeast and the floral hops. I don't know why, but it smells a little stronger on tap.

T - Fruity yeast profile comes through, as do the dark malts... both providing a wild exchange of flavors in my mouth. The hops aren't very noticeable until the finish, which is slightly oily, but not dry at all.

M - Medium body, med-high carbonation, slick.

D - This is highly drinkable, with a lot of the flavors coming together as it warms, without ever becoming too much. Not really sessionable, but I suppose you could if you wanted.

Notes: This "Belgian-esque" IPA, as Kuhnhenn calls it, is a great example of what the boys over at the big K do. They take a well-known style, tweak it a little bit, and then smack you in the face with something that's out of this world. While this MAY be a little better on tap, the bottle offering is nearly spot on.

I really wish Aldebaran and Simcoe Silly were rotated monthly...

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Photo of Pointman
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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.)

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of mully
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.