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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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88
very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
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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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 60 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

nlmartin, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BlissJunkie, Jul 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Gtg642, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

beergorrilla, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

duceswild, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

mendvicdog, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber brown with minimal tan head, retention and lacing are so so... looks light bodied

S - Woody cherries and medicine-like dark fruit/burn, blegian candied sugars and light hops

T - Very dry hoppy up front transitions into a candy sweet belgian-spiced flavor with a kick of slightly warming dark cherries at the finish. Aftertaste is a burning bitter

M - lightish bodied with decent carbonation, very drinkable

O - A lot of big flavors mixing quite well. Enjoyed this

MacQ32, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of sitarist
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle has 2012 on the label.

Pours a brown color head-on, with nice ruby side-tones. Greyish head, pretty much a light dusting that leaves wisps of lacing that slide back down.

Hops are fading, but blend in well with its sweetness. I get brown sugar, some ripe tropical fruits, toffee, caramel, bubble gum, tea, sarsaparilla roots, and a faint spicy note. Much nicer as it warms. Not sure how old this is, but it seems to be aging well. I would describe the aroma as a Belgian Barleywine.

It has a sweet flavor that ends with a medicinal bite. Starts with the ripe tropical fruits, as the sweet caramel, sarsaparilla roots, tea, and medicinal notes create an almost cloying napalm that coats my tongue.

Medium body coats the tongue, long creamy, but hot finish. It has a scotch-like viscosity. Comes close to being cloying, but never does.

Nice one to sit and ponder to. Could pass as a true Belgian. Another excellent beer from a place that is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

sitarist, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

gratefulbeerhead, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

DanGeo, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

safaricook, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

HarmonMW, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

TheBeerDad, May 13, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to steimie for lending a hand with this one. Very much appreciated. Enjoyed in a kuhnhenn snifter.

a - brew poured a fairly still ruby mahogany. Some spotty lacing bjiut really no head to speak of.

s - caramel malts and hops

t - just like the nose. Resembles an american bareley. Nice flavor. Some hints of an amber ale.

m - softcarbonation, bitter body and finish.

o - overall a nice beer. Very amber crossed with an american barleywine. Big toffee and pine cone hoppiness.

cosmicevan, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

BeerBucks, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

mjw1200, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Rand_ale_Thor, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Michigan, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks saisonrichbiere for the hook-up

The beer pours a dark rusty amber with flecks of sunset orange held to the light and is topped by a loose off-white head that mildly laces. It's definitely the darkest BIPA I've seen. The nose is citrusy/earthy hoppy, with notes of peppermint/bubble gum, caramelized sugars, and a touch of booze. Honestly the nose is all over the place and shape shifts as the beer warms. The taste is solidly hop-forward with a potent yeast-infused sweetness to match. I catch flavors reminiscent of unripened pear, candi sugar (or some type of unrefined, molassesy sugar), and prunes. The moutheel is predominantly caramelized sugar, medium bodied, boozy, with a lingering sweetness and bitterness. Tasty, beer, but a reminder that I like my Belgian beers separate from my IPAs.

ThePorterSorter, Mar 10, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - No head to speak of despite a fairly aggressive pour. Small line of bubbles around the rim isn't thick enough to qualify as foam. (Started to wonder if it is flat, but it isn't, maybe too cold?). Reddish amber.

S - Resiny hops with bubblegum esters and malty sweetness. Somewhat bready giving a hints to the big grain bill.

T - Grapefruity tart/hop bitterness comes first with sweeter maltiness following close behind.

M - Dense and full bodied, with some alcohol heat felt in the chest more so that the mouth. Smooth without the drying character often found in IPAs.

O - A nice brew, but to me, the combination of styles doesn't hold a lot of appeal. I think I'd rather have a DIPA or a Trippel. Blending the styles didn't really add anything for me, but it was pretty well executed nonetheless.

smalenberg, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

superspak, Mar 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

shigg85, Mar 05, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +15%
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.

alpinebryant, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

TheBrewo, Mar 01, 2013
Kuhnhenn Aldebaran from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.