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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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88
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
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:
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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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 60
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oon tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC: pours opaque Tootsie Roll brown with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded slowly and left excellent lacing coating the glass and a creamy layer on top; the color was odd, but it was a great looking beer.

Smells of sweet caramel, piney hops, pine cone, syrup, toffee, floral hops, orange peel, brown sugar and booze like rum; not your typical IPA nose with a lot of sugary sweetness and booze basically muting the hops.

Tastes like caramel, piney hops, pine cone, grains, syrup, toffee, floral hops, herbs, orange peel, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and booze like rum or merlot; like the nose, the taste is more like a porter than an IPA, rich with sweetness and booze and light on the hops.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, smooth and boozy, with a heavy chewy feel, light fizzy carbonation and an overall thick feel. It was quite dense for a beer in a good way.

Overall it was not a very good representation of a classic IPA, but the style is evolving and this was average tasting and did a great job of hiding the high ABV. Worth a try, this was a slow sipper that was misclassified at the bar as a DIPA, but still a good beer all in all. This does not have IPA hop bite or a Belgian beer's funky yeast presence, but again it's worth a try as it was a solid effort.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my coworkers brought this back from his weekend trip up to Michigan. Wowzers!

This beer pours a light bodied and very clear dingy copper in color with a soapy one finger head. The nose is incredibly fresh and has a really nice floral hoppiness to pair with a touch of yeast near the end. The nose is really nice and pungent. The flavors are nice and yeasty with slight caramel malt and almost a slight candied malt aspect before finishing moderately dry with a nice hop bitterness. It drinks light in body with a nice flash of flavor before going on the hoppy side. It doesn't drink like an imperial Belgo either. The alcohol is well masked. Overall this is a really interesting beer. I've never really seen a 10%+ Belgo before and this is done nicely.

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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!

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Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with good amounts of pine and herbal hops. Also present are slight amounts of indistinct spices and bready aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly grainy caramel malts up front are joined quickly by good amounts of pine hops. Midway through slight spices and hints of medium fruits come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer but there wasn’t enough Belgian in the Belgian IPA to make it worth revisiting.

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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, in a snifter, at Hopcat in Grand Rapids, MI.

A - Poured a cloudy copper color. Barely transparent. Arrived at our table with a bit of head left from the pour. Lacing clings to the glass throughout drinking it.

S - Caramel, citrus, sugars. Not getting a lot of a Belgian yeast.

T - IPA for sure. Hints of Belgian yeasts on the palate fades to a crisp malty backend. It's hopped, but not crazy. A little boozy. Very balanced.

M - Nice carbonation. Easy sipping. The bit of booziness (and the high ABV) keeps it from being incredbly refreshing.

O - I enjoyed it quite a bit. So much so I'm reviewing it from a growler fill at home.

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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.

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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.