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Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 94
Gots: 38 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a Flanders Sour Brown Ale which has the characteristics of sherry with a sweet fruity aroma. It is dark reddish brown in color and is high in acidity, sweetness and sourness. This is a complex beer that should be imbibed with notice to it’s high alcohol content.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 03-11-2010)
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
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4.13/5  rDev +4%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Chilled at approx 40 degrees, warmed to room temp
Huge thanks goes to mjd83goblue for this super hook-up!!

Pours up a very deep and slightly darkened, red color. Very light tinting of golden brown, especially around the surface edges. A small, thin, filmy head covers the surface, briefly, then fades away. Lacing is minimal and fairly slippery.
Nothing unexpected, as far as the style goes. Especially considering that this clocks in at almost 12.00%abv.

Smells primarily of cherries, both light and sweet and also tart and tangy. Notes of dried dark cherries, soaking in maraschino cherry juice, with a small splash of rum. A decent touch of earthiness, with a slight hint of wood. Slight notes which seem almost Pinot Noir/Merlot like.
This smells absolutely inviting and delicious.

The taste of this one leans way more towards the 'funky' side of things. The cherries are still way up front, but they are overtaken by a decent amount of barnyard funk presence. Sweet hints of caramel blend with very mild sweet cherry traces. These collide with some strong touches of tart and tangy, but not quite sour, cherry notes. Not exactly what I expect from an Oude Bruin, but very delicious, and not too far off the mark, anyway.

This one is full-bodied and nicely viscous. Almost oily. Very light level of carbonation. Extra smooth and almost satin-like.

Despite the high abv, this one is not warming, at all. The taste is quite nicely hidden, as well. I have to go with quite drinkable, here.
Yet another great tasting beer from the guys up at Kuhnhenn. Keep 'em coming, please!!

coldmeat23, Aug 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

DanGeo, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%

2010 vintage, bottle labeled "Imperial Old Bruin - Cherry", from Winter Solstice. Very excited to finally crack this one open. Rich walnut color with ruby borders and a darker, red mahogany center. The chubby bubbled, light-tan head concedes to a skin before my eyes and leaves no signs of webbing or lacing as it makes the recession. Looks very barley wine-ish so far.

Well ooh-la-la, what a wonderfully surprising nose. From the build of this brew, and the knowledge of its alcohol content, I wasn't really expecting much intense sourness. The first whiff, however, sends a swift kick of sour cherries to my sensory receptors - I'm in love already. Deep inhales bring out enough tartness to start tickling the saliva glands, even.

Aside from the beautifully sour and fresh cherries, the rest of the aroma leads me to believe that this is a soured, fruited barley wine. Sticky, sweet molasses, light black licorice, and some mild, boozy, sherry-like notes. Warmer temps bring forth more intense sweetness, as well as a bit more sourness, and even a light bit of acidity at the tip.

Just when I thought the sourness was peaking in the aroma, Kuhnhenn Old Brune goes mad swoll and flips the table of tartness, slapping my palate with a backhand of incredibly tart black cherries. The kind even make you wince and pucker just a bit. The sourness is a fantastic element, but it's also quite unique - it's not much like the sour or tart notes you'd get from a lambic or wild ale (and obviously far from the infected kind, as well).

Brash arms of barley wine flavors hold up the heavy cherry weight without much sweat. Sweet molasses and subtle toffee, lots of toasted breads, some other dark fruits aside from cherries, and a finishing sherry kiss. The latter half of the brew seems much more vinous than the first, but I like it. Some added oak, tannin, and acetic acid spruce things up a bit and add a whole different level of complexity.

Sticky and heavy on palate; the body on this brew is as large as the alcohol content suggests, although it drinks insanely easy considering it's nearly 12% ABV. I love the authentic nature of the black cherries, I love the intense and unexpected sourness, and I love the overall execution of this unique and interesting brew. Like an intentionally soured and fruited up, cherry barley wine on crack. So, so dope.

tectactoe, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

SkiBum22, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of nickadams2
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%

A_Dark burgundy with blood red highlights. Thin red tinted brown head. Not much lacing.

S_Tart cherry , dark fruits, and a medicinal boozy aroma.

T_Tart cherry upfront. Bittersweet fruits and a hefty alcohol burn. Medicinal aftertaste.

M_Thick and syrupy.

D_Hard enough to choke down one. Perhaps better suited for a smaller serving.

nickadams2, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

A- Pours a beautiful clear deep red with two fingers of creamy head which is surprising for the style. Head has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S -- Huge cherry aroma, has a bit of a cherry candy character, but overall is pretty nice. Slightly tart, but no hints of oak.

T -- Mix of sweet and tart with massive cherry taste. The cherry component has elements of fresh tart cherries, cherry candy and only a slight medicinal aspect. Sweeter than I was expecting, though there is a nice tartness throughout, just not the dryness I prefer.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is slightly sticky but finishes a bit dry and bitter.

O - Knocking the sweetness down would elevate this for me, but still quite enjoyable.

warnerry, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of boatshoes
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Received this in an awesome box from goryshkewych, thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a translucent mahogany into my glass with minimal head off of an aggressive pour. Enough however to leave a sheet across the top and also leave a touch of lacing as I drank.

Smell- Wow, smells very rich with lots of vanilla, dark cherry, wood, and warming alcohol showing through as well. Smells very nice.

Taste- Lots of similar flavors, with vanilla, rich chocolate covered cherries, wood, and warming booze on the finish. A big flavor profile but a little bit sweet for me and possibly for the style as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is a touch this for the big flavors this beer is holding and the drinkability suffers a bit from the sweetness of this one as well. Not bad on either accounts though.

Overall, a very interesting and complex take on the style. As I said though, I found this to be rather sweet and lacking the tartness that I generally find in this style.

boatshoes, Oct 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

stereosforgeeks, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

freehafe, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

acurtis, Jan 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

weonfire, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

king75, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at the brewpub, second night of the Winter Solstice. A nice drinkable beer, in the style but a little on the sweeter side than the best examples of the style. Reddish, lacy. Good cherry, very malted ameliorating the potential sourness I would expect and like. Worth a try.

Sammy, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Insubordinator, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

danp14, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%

Thanks to biernutz for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Standard pour yields a thin layer of off-biese head that dissipates quickly into a subtle ring around the glass. Beer is a dark, near opaque blood ruby red. Lacing is spotty and sparse with near no cling.

S: Soy sauce, cherry juice, and ethanol. Deep but not aromatic and the scents seem like they're being suppressed somehow.

T: Soy sauce and vinegar upfront with a hint of fruitiness in the back. The cherry doesn't develop much in this one even though it claims to be a "sour cherry beer". Gets creamier as it warms but acidity never subsides. Sours intensely towards the middle/end with a slight cherry sweetness. Finishes tart with a lingering vinegar aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth with an accented finish and a sticky and filmy aftertaste.

D: A decent beer that gets much much better as the carbonation leaves and it warms a little. The fruitiness seeps through a bit more and this one actually becomes quite drinkable. Still, lacking the vinegary kick and real sourness that I've come to enjoy from the style.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 28, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

schmidtmattsays, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
Photo of magnumpoppy
5/5  rDev +25.9%

magnumpoppy, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz bottle via trade thanks to sarro. Shared at a tasting.

Pours mostly clear deep crimson with a light tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is great - intense cherries dominate, maybe some spice.

Flavor is also great cherries, but pretty sweet and syrup-like, even medicinal. Maybe a little chocolate and caramel. A little weird.

Smooth and fairly sweet on the palate. Good carbonation level.

Overall, I thought this was pretty good, although others who shared it were not as keen on it. The fruit flavor was nice, but it wasn't sour like it claimed to be and was slightly medicinal. This detracted from the drinkability.

nickd717, May 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

beergorrilla, Jan 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

mzeld, May 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hendy-son, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Danielr26, Dec 21, 2013
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Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.