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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn AldebaranKuhnhenn Aldebaran

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BA SCORE
89
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%


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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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip.

Appearance: The tulip arrives with an amber brown beer inside, with a thick white head that slowly fades to a ring, leaving spots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sweet candy, bubblegum, and citrus and herbal hops. More robust aroma as it warms - some alcohol, floral and more herbal notes peak through.

Taste: The flavor starts out with some caramel malt, candy sweetnessm and citrusy hops. Bubble gum and some Belgian yeast, there is such a champagne like dryness here, then some herbal hops pop through.

Mouthfeel: The feel is dry and lightly sticky, with medium carbonation and a fuller than medium body for the style.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper, this was an enjoyable example of a Belgian IPA. I would definitely like to go back and try this again, Belgian IPA's may take a few tries to get the full flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 18:35:01 | More by KickInTheChalice
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 05:32:43 | More by MasterSki
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap yesterday at the Winter Solstice release, and tonight I'm cracking open my first bottle. I figured I'd start with the IPAs as everything else is built to age.

This pours very clear from the bottle, a little hazier on tap for some reason. It's got a dark orange-copper color and a decent if short-lived head.

Really nice nose, maybe a little more like a Belgian IPA than an American version, or maybe the correct style is DBIPA. The hops present with a little age maybe, still imparting nice pine and leaf aromas, spicy like many good Belgian IPAs. Every few whiffs I get a little chocolate too, which proves I'm getting drunk tonight.

It tastes exactly as expected from the smell, a really nice mix of spicy and sappy hops, with a noticeable alcohol burn in the back (no real alcohol taste though). Some sweetness in there too, seems a lot of malt was added after all.

Thick for the style, not so much as to hurt drinkability but enough to again prove that the gravity was high. Very nice overall, if anything I'd like less ABV or at least less burn. But that's what you get with Kuhnhenns, sticking to what they do best.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:13:25 | More by TurdFurgison
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 12:24:20 | More by Thorpe429
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 03:05:43 | More by jrallen34
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Tone

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 22:35:19 | More by Tone
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 13:25:30 | More by brentk56
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bbothen

California

3.73/5  rDev -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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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 13:02:23 | More by DrDogbeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 03:05:32 | More by DefenCorps
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Lothore

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 00:25:17 | More by Lothore
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 16:55:48 | More by Kegatron
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 23:42:55 | More by YonderWanderer
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SaucyA

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 21:43:15 | More by SaucyA
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Pointman

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2008 21:10:29 | More by Pointman
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 01:20:10 | More by TheBlackMallard
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 23:34:32 | More by Monkeyknife
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CortexBomb

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 16:49:06 | More by CortexBomb
Kuhnhenn Aldebaran from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.