Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 250
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 98
Gots: 35 | FT: 7
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 03-11-2010

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.
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Photo of JoeBeerMan
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome version of an Ode' Bruin. The cherry flavor really comes out but is not too powerful. I just wish it wasn't such a high gravity beer so I could drink more of it :)Get thaer and get yourself some while its still available. Has been going fast! (250 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The flavor has a big punch of tart cherries, a jam like sweetness. A bit of booze comes through, but with tons of tart and acidity. There’s a hint of sweet candy that dances around with the sour cherry and fruit tart flavors. There’s a great drying on the finish.

This is an easy drinking beer with tons of complexity. A few others and I guessed the ABV of this beer at a tasting at around 7-8%. Quite surprised to find out the ABV. (476 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice rusty mahogany with a silky tan head. Nose has tart cherries, ripe pitted fruits, sweet malts and acidic grapes. Taste is also full of fresh, vibrant cherries. Dry, acidic finish. Crisp, refreshing body. Another great beer from Kuhnhenn and my first sour from them! (278 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks goes to one of my Michigan hookups. I received a couple bottles and I'm not sure which one this is from.

A: Pours dark cinnamon brown with blood red edges. Tiny amount of beige head leaves soapy lace.

S: Full on booze soaked black cherries. Bits of pie crust and spices. A tiny amount of play doh and wet wood.

T: The cherry flavors shine. Out of the gate it's tart and has a nice bite. This slowly fades into a smooth sweet cherry pie flavor. A decent amount of cinnamon and tart apples in the finish make this taste exactly like a piece of pie. Not a trace of booze.

M: Smooth creamy body with light carbonation.

D: This is about the most drinkable 11.5 abv beer I've ever tasted. I would keep a case of this in the cellar if I could. (751 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 2010 on the label.

Thanks to Tickwolf77 for sharing this one on our bday!

A - Hazy mahogany amber with a low light khaki head that's retained very well for the alcohol. Spotty lace is left on the glass.

S - Sour green and red apple aroma with a touch of vinegar. Nice light amber malt backing and notes of maple syrup. A hint of alcohol right away that fades quickly.

T - Delicious apple cider vinegar sourness right up front with a fantastic amber brown malt flavor. A mild hop flavor of earth on the finish. I begin getting a tart cherry flavor as the brew warms up.

M - Great sourness up front but a massive dryness arrests the tongue almost instantly. Medium-light bodied but soft in the entry.

D - 11.5%? Are you kidding me? This is by far the most dangerous beer I've ever had. It drinks like it's 4%, no problem. You could get someone absolutely wrecked off this beer. It's not too sour at all. This one has a scary drinkability level. (999 characters)

Photo of MarkIntihar
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kuhnhenn, pretty pumped to catch this on the chalkboard and give it a try.

A - Pours a deep purpleish brown, visibly cloudy. Nice half finger worth of off white head. Looks about right for a bruin.

S - Cherry bomb! Wow, this thing is super cherry! A little bit of sourness to it as well, but the cherry completely dominates. Seriously smells like a freshly picked cherry, impressive!

T - Follows the nose well. Very cherry, but the sourness is more present here. It's a very well done balance between the sweet cherry and the sour bite. A nice showcase of Michigan cherries at their finest!

M - There is absolutely no way this beer is 15%. Only the slightest hint of alcohol bite which is quickly masked by the sweetness of the cherries. Wow!

O - Overall very impressed. Another successful venture into sours for Kuhnhenn! (848 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Schmittymack for generously sharing this one with us last Friday night. Poured a hazy brown color with a bit of tan foam on top. Aromas of sour cherries, tobacco and caramel. On the palate, this one was light bodied and tart, with huge cherry flavors along with light vinegar and caramel. (305 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hopcat.

Served into a tulip.

Served with 1/2 finger of khaki head with the slightest touch of red. Color is ruby hued copper brown.

Aroma: Sour cherries, dark chocolate. Sweet and malty. Light touch of tartness. Very fresh cherries. Some oak/wood flavors. Amazing.

Taste: Rich, sweet, and malty. Big tart cherry flavor with some chocolate malts. Maybe a hint of spice with some oak flavors. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Tart, smooth, and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more cherries. Fairly clean.

Overall, an amazing beer. So many fresh cherries. Very drinkable for the high abv. Really glad to have tried this on tap. (674 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep, dark, reddish brown color with a very small, off white head that fades quickly.

S- Cherry, cedar, slightly medicinal

T- I was hit with a barrage of flavor. A deep tartness up front moves on to huge, dark cherry notes, sweetness, brown sugar, underlying wood and prickly hints of hop that are almost masked by a slight lingering sourness.

M- Thick with low carbonation.

D- This was an amazing beer that didnt look or smell like it tasted. (458 characters)

Photo of semibaked
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought the bottle at the brewery and poured into a Tulip.

A - Pours an extermely dark brown with some maroon highlights shining through with barely any head on top, not that I really expected much.

S - Big time sour cherries up front with chocolate malts. Also has some sweet bread qualities and a touch of syrup too.

T - Smooth chocolate malts flavors then the sour cherries make me pucker but in a very good way. Dark Molasses and a little citrus peel bitterness.

M - Super smooth and creamy but also has decent carbonation too.

D - Really complex and tasty. Definitely a sipper and totally worth the money. Definitely try to get a hold of this. (652 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of rivesb at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some nice cherry and malt aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink with the nice cherry aromas and flavors. (576 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Azurelimits for sharing this at a recent tasting with bmanning, amyliz4, hhanson, and myself.

A: Pours a very dark crimson with a nice looking head. Absolutely gorgeous color.

S: Nice amount of tart cherries alongside some caramel malt and perhaps a bit of molsasses.

T: Lots of Michigan cherries coming atop plenty of residual sweetness. Caramel and molasses come in with a bit of brown sugar. Nicely put together. Not terribly sour, but enough to give it a very nice edge.

M: Medium bodied with some great sour characteristics balanced by the sweetness. Low carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Not sure on the style classification, but another really impressive beer coming from Kuhnhenn. (702 characters)

Photo of monitorpop
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby red, zero head, with some fine carbination activity.

S: Sweet cherries.

T: Cherries! Starting off malty sweet that shifts to a mildly tart red wine vinegar finish.

M: Juicy, fine carbination, finshing with a gentle sour pucker. 

O: Not overly complex, but it does cherry very well with a nice balance between sweet & sour. Very drinkable, would never guess that is has 12% ABV. Also had this fresh on tap and thought it was a bit sweeter. (456 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn Imperial Flanders Kriek was supposed to turn up at Mondial de la Biere, but this one arrived instead. Don't know if it was a miscommunication, but this was an awesome substitute. I found a free bottle in the exhibitor's fridge and grabbed most of it.

Ruddy brown pour with a fine off-white head. Some lace spots and streaks as it dies to a film. Intense cherry and vinegar aromas alongside a good amount of candy sugar. Very sweet and intense, almost thick smell. Mindblowingly intense cherry, alternating between sweet and sour on the palate, with the sweetness eventually getting the upper hand and winning out. There's also an interesting fruit vinegar quality to this beer, along with a slight funk and touch of caramel. Slightly boozy. It's a thick, sticky beast, but one more than deserving of some of your time. Extreme for the style, but recommended. (868 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (2,354 characters)

Photo of bnieman
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - fleeting lace almost soapy muddy water. Rusty color.

S - newly opened raisin box. Fresh baked cheery pie. Subtle dried apricot sweetness.

T - Sour while directly on the tongue giving way to an incredibly smooth and sweet cherry malt extract. Not hint of tartness. Roasted malt characteristics extremely well blended.

M - Smooth like freshly squeezed fruit juice.

D - Lack of over the top sourness makes this brew an easy drinker.

2010 Edition
Thanks to beefwolf77 for sharing (484 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured right down into the center of the glass from six inches above and still no head, no lacing either. Deep muddy brown colored liquid, like you'd expect to find catfish swimming around the bottom of the glass, sort of yellows around the rims, curiously lots of visible bubbles inside yet no head. Sour pie of wild cherries, not the type of sweeter cherries you get in the store, you even get the flakes of hard crust, baking spices and a light blood orange infusion, before it's gone you get a damp kind of forest floor vegetation, that said, it's all about the cherries. Very full-bodied, dense and muscular mouth presence, the carbonation adds a tight tickle to stir the pot ever so slowly. Comes close to identically replicating the nose, those sour cherries have a golden honey dappled flakiness, haphazard flourishes of vanilla bean, ginger and chamomile. Here you get more white grapefruit than orange, takes the pucker factor to "eleven." Not as earthy or green as in the nose. Most effective when warmed up some, gains staying power in both the nose and palate. Admirable clarity of purpose here. (1,108 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with oglmcdgl, bought up in NY state at De cicco's (cliff notes)

A- This has a brownish red color that looks the part for the style but not much in terms of head or lacing, not a problem considering the alcohol.

S- A sweet beer that smells like heaven really. Reminds me of some holiday drinks in the wintertime. Tart cherries, oak, more cherries, berries, no hops, caramel, chocolate, slight spices.

T- My god this is great. A sweet and sour masterpiece in that order, sweet with malt galore and some dark fruit, sour in between with oak and some tannins. Im just going to stop short here and say this is amazing. Get some. Oh yeah, cherrries.

M- Above medium, slight carbonation, slick, a bit oily, sour aftertaste with oak, no problems. This is one of those high alcohol beers that I would drink a ton of just because.

Hey Kuhnhenn, why aren't you in Philly yet, what's the holdup. Your in NYC and the surrounding areas up there, what's the holdup? What are you brewers, chicken? ya scared, get your beers down here and all is forgiven. Same goes for goose island, get your acts together guys. Come on, I know you want to. (1,148 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Kuhnhenn, 12% ABV, 10oz tulip, $7. The menu describes it as "Flanders Sour Brown Ale with characteristics of sherry with a sweet fruit aroma. Dark reddish brown in color and high in acidity, sweetness, and sourness."

Dark brown, nearly opaque, ruby-tan foam that dissipates quickly. Tart cherries, very fruity and sweet smelling. Sort of clean, in that it presents mainly with cherries, not much from the malt or hop. It tastes sweet but tart, a very nice combination and perfect for the style. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen, you have to be careful with this or you'll overdo it. Really nice and accessible, not cloying, just balanced.

The body is thicker than normal maybe, not too thick but you can tell that lots of fermentables went into this (thus the 12% ABV). Too drinkable for the ABV, dangerous stuff. (837 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MasterSki. Alex sent this along as an extra. Bottle is from summer 2010, and reads "Imperial Olde Bruin." ABV is 10.5% rather than 11.5%, but I am assuming that this is where this review belongs.

Poured into my tulip glass, the color is a deep purple-infused brown. There is a fleeting head that disappears as soon as I stop pouring. Around the edges of the glass, when in the presence of light, there is a rich ruby hue highlighted by bright amber edges.

The aroma is delicious. Sour cherries, cocoa powder, sherry grapes, and balsamic sweetness highlight the bouquet. Very little funk or acetic sourness, the sourness that manifests itself here is much more subdued. The flavor follows suit very well. Sour cherries are extremely prominent, but I also get strong notes of sherry and cocoa. There are hints of vanilla in the finish. Again, there is a sweetness from balsamic notes, and it comes close to nullifying the sourness from what tastes like lactic bacteria. One of the more balanced and enjoyable oud bruins that I have been able to enjoy. And for the 10.5% ABV, there isn't the slightest hint that this could do it to ya.

Slick on the palate, but light enough in texture from the low residual sugars, this is pretty much spot on in my eyes. While it could use more carbonation, the lack thereof does not really detract from the feel, though I do wonder if there wouldn't be a bit more complexity with some carbonation to open it up a little. Extremely enjoyable and easy drinking, this could be dangerous, as it doesn't show a hint of the booze. (1,569 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2010 Vintage. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark brown burgundy color. Produced some tan colored froth that is sticking around for a bit. Plenty of lace here and there.

(S)- A nice earthy fruity profile. Some mild funk with a great sour/acid background. A really nice dry oaky middle too.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A great dry oaky cherry sourness with some tart acidity and vinous vinegar-like characters behind it.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A brilliant balance of oak, fruit, and sour. The high ABV is also expertly hidden.

(D)- A great Oud Bruin to say the least. Oaky, fruity, and sour with a great balance and drinkability. A great example for the style even though it carries a hefty ABV level for the style. (808 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a small fizz of tan head from a hard pour. Head settles almost instantly and leaves a small island of suds floating on top. Deep ruby red brown in color with good clarity.

S- sweet candied cherries and a touch of tart funk.a bit of grilled fruit cake with cherry jam on top.

T- bold and vinous with sweet and sour cherries. Old wood, some funk and a hint of rhubarb. The oak really show in a few ways that really impresses. No hops that I can pull out. I just keep coming back to the interplay between sweet and sour.

M- A hair above medium in body and a nice mellow carb that let's the brew sit just right on the palate. Nice pucker and a semi dry finish.

D- not a bit of heat from this beast of a sour. Sour but not to much sweet but not to much. Complex and enjoyable. I wish I had scooped another one of these. (862 characters)

Photo of sarro
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Label is a bit cheesy, but describes itself as a "Sour Cherry Beer" & lacks a print of ABV.

Appearance is an incredibly dark red, blood-like color with little head after a delicate pour.

Smell is of deep dark cherries and some molasses...perhaps a bit medicinal too.

Taste is of dessert cherries that are sweet with a tart relief. Alcohol burn accompanies the tartness & let's you know what you're messing with.

The mouthfeel is thin, but with velvety, light carbonation. The finish will make you pucker slightly.

Enjoyed this one alone, but probably should have split it. I can easily drink all 12oz, but it really does get a bit sweet by the last few ounces. I'm sure it will age well and it goes down as another great beer by Kuhnhenn's for me. (790 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a light brown hue with a tiny head that leaves no lacing. Aromas of cherries and alcohol are the dominating scents. The beer tastes very good, with a decent balance of tartness to sweetness. The cherry flavors, which are very forward, and the high abv make this beer too sweet for me to indulge in more than one serving. Perhaps a couple of years in the cellar would enhance the drinkability factor. Overall, this was a good beer, and one I would have again. (476 characters)

Photo of 7ways
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours muddy, dark, and sinister with almost no head. Maroon around the edges while swirling. This looks like a big ass Oud Bruin.

Aside from sour cherry, it smells like spiced rum, vanilla, red wine and damp wood. Kind of one dimensional actually, but pretty great. The taste is the opposite, layers upon layers of cherry vanilla coke and spiced rum, pinchy red wine and apple cider vinegar, and rhubarb. Pretty sweet, but I've had plenty of great Oud Bruins/Flanders Reds that were just as sweet or more. What the hell, it's 11.5%. Finishes dry and oakey with a surprisingly mild burn for all the alcohol and perceived acidity.

Mouthfeel reminded me of Monk's Cafe on steroids, pretty full and seems to swell and invade every corner of the mouth. It really wants you to now you're drinking a damn beer here. About perfect.

This sour monster is firing on all cylinders and I would happily drink myself into a massive hangover with it. (937 characters)

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Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.