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Kuhnhenn Play In The Hay - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Play In The Hay
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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 18
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 18
Reviews by brystmar:
Photo of brystmar
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Top Hops.

Dirty brown body, off-white head and lace. Nice retention throughout. Aroma is oddly absent; maybe some faint oak barrels but that's about it.

Soured dark fruits, funky yeast, strong oaky barrel character, mild yeasty bitterness towards the end. Slightly medicinal. Reminds me of the Weyerbacher sours -- but better.

Not sure how much Kuhnhenn has dabbled in sours; if this is their first try then it's a great start. Would be a disappointment for an established program, however.

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Photo of pknyc
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of iadler
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. Thanks to KickInTheChalice for this.

A- Pours a translucent brown with a two finger head that dissipates into a small cap. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Caramel malt, Belgian funk, strawberry, blackberry, cherry and a bit of vinegar.

T- Caramel malt followed by some tart berries, lemon zest, funk and subtle vinegar. Not too sour, but more tart with a bit of sugary fruit sweetness.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. Finishes very dry and fairly clean.

O- I'm not too familiar with American Wild Ales, but I did enjoy this as it was tart but still well balanced. Really no sign of the 8.5% which made it very drinkable.

Thanks again Blake!

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange beer with a with a little bit of a white head. Some minor stick left on the sides.

S - It's fruity, has a bit of funk, some sugary something or other. This one has a bit of an unpleasant brine characteristic that I generally associate with some porters.

T - Funk, lactic notes, a bit acetic. Fruity, a bit tart. The brine comes through a little bit after a while but as I kept drinking it then it went away. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - A little sticky, medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

O - For a wild that has about 9% alcohol this is easy to drink and get messed up on. Had something a little wrong with the smell and taste, but I still enjoyed it. Maybe that taste isn't present on tap.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled on 1-15-10

Pours a very cloudy orange/amber color, with a thin white head and great quickly fading lacing.

Smell is all sweet and fruity funk, tons of caramelized sugar, and lots of sourness. Very strong, with a hint of booze at the end.

Taste is outstanding. Much smoother than I expected. The sweetness and sourness are perfectly balanced. The finish is slightly boozy and sweet, with a great floral quality.

Mouthfeel is very tart and refreshing, maybe a little thin, but it suits the flavors.

Drinkability is very good, unbelievable considering the abv and the strong sourness.

Overall, a fantastic beer, any many thanks to david131 for sharing his growler with me.

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Photo of Mishkan
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at tap at Rattle N' Hum in NYC. The beer came out a nice dark orangey/red typical of a flemish brown. The smell had the right amount of funk to it and was very tantalizing. The taste was definitely sour with some of the brett fruity notes to it and extremely smooth.

Loved it, recommended it to a few people that never had a sour before and they loved it as well. I'm sad that I may never be able to find it on tap again.

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Photo of david131
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A murky orange liquid with a very thin splotchy white head. Not a lot going on here. If there was a little more to it, it would be amazing.

S- Cider, funk, vinegar, and cotton candy. Very aromatic and appealing.

T- Same as the aroma. An excellent balance of sweet and sour.

M- Acidic, but wicked smooth. Very refreshing.

D- The alcohol is not apparent at all. Refreshing and as tasty as they come.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Spartan213
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of syu3003
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at kuhnhenn in one of their snifters
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A: pours a hazy orange with a slight rim and lacing. When agitated this is a nice looking beer

S: a bit sour and funky. Tarty... Taste probably follows the nose. Nothing over the top.

T: and it does. Mild sourness, it's no jolly rancher, but a straightforward sourness Hits the palette and leaves a residue of cherries, And then disappears fairly quickly

M: balanced, again not super sour, but definitely drinkable

O: this is a yes. I could drink this and be happy. Sure there are better sours out there, but on a Friday night with nothing to do.... This is satisfying. I would order this again. Cheers!

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Photo of brbrocc
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Kuhnhenn's Winter Solstice party. This is the "no fruit" version as it proudly stated on the tap handle.

A - Almost no carbonation, but a touch of lace is left behind as it is consumed. Hazy orange-brown color that isn't very attractive

S - Vinous, a little sour lemon, funky barnyard, with only a touch of tart apple. There's also a lot of Belgian-style bubblegum flavor that comes out as the brew warms. Perhaps a touch of burnt char from the barrels. Tastes more like a funky barrel-aged Belgian Pale.

T - More funky, with only the lightest tartness. There's a touch of lactic character, but it's not overly sour. A decent amount of banana and Belgian yeast flavor, as well as a touch of the character Kuhnhenn malt bill that evokes chocolate truffle. If you go in expecting "lambic" you're going to be disappointed, but if you think funky Belgian then this is actually pleasantly complex and adventurous.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth and slightly sticky in the finish. Could use more dryness or tannic character.

D - One glass was nice. There's light sweetness, but it's not cloying like the blueberry version (where the base beer was totally obliterated). The low carbonation makes it go down smooth and easy, but the lack of sweetness or tartness makes it get a little dull after a while.

Talked to Bret about this beer, and it's a Belgian-style beer (Mayhem perhaps?) inoculated with Brett and Lactobacillus. There is no Pediococcus or Acetic acid, as the brothers aren't really "into" those flavors. It's a tentative first step for Kuhnhenn into the world of wild beers and I look forward to them broadening their palate and horizons.

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Photo of readbaron
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KickInTheChalice for sharing this one.

Pours a translucent dark amber brown with a bit of white foam. Darker than most sours, but not excessively so.

Nose is funky, but in a barnyard sort of way, lots of grass and even - dare I say it - hay. Theres also some tartness and a bit of sour cherry in the nose.

Taste is very nice. Sour cherries, some grassy barnyard funk, a bit of tartness, but not puckering or overly sour. It finishes a tad bit sweet with some malty grain at the end.

Feel - It's a bit sticky, and medium bodied. Could use a touch more carbonation to make it more crisp feeling, but still, nicely done.

A solid beer. I wasn't sure what to expect from a Kuhnhenn sour, but this held up nicely.

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Photo of sleazo
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap Rattle N Hum NYC

A_Pours a cloudy brown with hints of red and a nice foamy head. Decent retention as it settles into a nice cap.

S_Mild vinegar with some vague fruit hints. Smells very inviting on a warm day.

T_much more potent than the smell would indicate. It first hits with an intense sourness which is followed by a nice hit of cherry sweetness. This balances out the tart quite well. The aftertaste has both flavours follow with a bit of microbial funk.

M_light bodied and efervescent.

D_a very well balanced lambic if there was one. Intensely drinkable with nary a trace of alcohol as it should be present in relation to the percentage.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

Appearance: The color is a full brown, almost entirely transparent with a bubbly froth of a white head on top. Pretty good retention and lace for a wild ale from a growler.

Smell: Lots of funk initially, after the pour sits for a minute it becomes more subtle. Brown malts with a soft caramel sweetness, tart lactic cherry, and vinegar.

Taste: The toasted grain and caramel sweetness up front lingers for a second, but the focus is on the lactic vinegar tartness, which brings some nice cherry flavor with it. A bit of funk at the end. It finishes on the tart side, but still fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: This definitely creates some salivation. The vinegar pulls at the inside of my cheeks and dries them out. The body is on the full side of medium for a wild, with carbonation on the lighter side.

Overall: When we popped the cap off the growler, the funky aroma was pretty spectacular. It didn't quite hold up to that standard, but this was a very good wild, considering it is fresh and I normally like these with some age to let the funk develop. A win for Kuhnhenn for sure.

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Kuhnhenn Play In The Hay from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.