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 AleWatcher
1.78/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Shared by DSC... Served in tulips...

The first sip was awful.

But it gets better... Slightly...

A VERY murky beer-- reddish brown in color. Small tan head. Spots of lacing... Meh.

The smell is insanely sweet. Wow. Sour cherries... Vinegar... The taste is only slightly better-- huge sweetness, vinegar, sour cherries, and a mustiness that I can't place...
The sourness is intense-- but the sweetness trumps it! This beer is WAAAY too sweet. This is like cough syrup with some sourness..
The body is undercarbonated... It is syrupy. Not something I like,

Overall-- this is one I could skip the next time around... It isn't TERRIBLE, but is doesn't wow me in any aspect. I am sorely disappointed in this beet. (713 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
1.79/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pried the cap and got the tell tale faint hiss of a flat beer. This makes 2 out of 3 Kuhnhenn beers that I purchased that were flat. This is marked Summer Solstice and 2010 so this beer cant be very old at all, yet it was totally flat.

It poured a flat purple, brown, black color. A lot like black cherries. The color was interesting but thats it.

Smell wasnt too bad, mostly just black cherries though.

The taste is awful though. I had to drain pour this one. Painful sour like unripe cherries or some strange wild berries that arent meant for consuption, overly sour plum skin, vinegar and gasoline like alcohol.

Pretty damn awful, one of my very few drain pours. A big disappointment. (692 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Derek for sending me this one. Kuhnhenn rarely disappoints, so I've been looking forward to this one.

A: The pour is a deep mahogany color with plenty of red running through the beer. The head is thin and off-white.

S: A surprisingly strong vanilla component to the nose. A bit of alcohol, which isn't surprising considering how robust this beer is (11.5%). Some over ripe dark fruits, mainly cherries, raisins, and prunes.

T: This is quite a strange flavor profile for an Oud Bruin. A definite caramel sweetness and sweet, sticky, sugary fruits. Almost cough syrupy. The cherry flavor isn't necessarily pronounced, and this really isn't very tart at all. I know oud bruins aren't super sour, but this really only has a hint on the finish, and it's quite convoluted with all the sweetness and alcohol.

M: The body is a bit on the full side and the beer is thick, chewy, and sticky on the tongue. Carbonation is low to moderate.

D: Not really sure what is going on here. This was not all that good and I'm sorry to say I would not want to try this one again. (1,072 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.56/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz into chouffe tulip. 2010 bottling.

A- An amazing pour.. deep ruby red highlights in a dark brown beer. A salmon-colored head that laces nicely. 2 fingers but fizzes out.

S- Cherries!

T- Cough syrup cherry tidal wave. Capri sun cherry flavor. I have reason to believe this was brewed with real cherries, so it's a shame they are coming across like this. It's not terrible, it's not Robitussin... but it's no cherry pie either. Stale flavors are peeking through the cherry avalanche.

M- Thick, heavy, pancake syrupy. No sign of ABV, but this elixer doesn't resemble a beer either.

D- Low... there's a few flavors that draw me out of what has the potential to be a stellar beer. Needs some serious tweaking. Each sip I would tell myself it's not that bad, and then the stale flavors would hit me for a second, and then they'd be gone. A befuddling beer. (861 characters)

Photo of slentz
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 12oz bottle.

Thanks to GhettoFabulous for this great extra in our not so recent trade. Popped the cap very little hiss seems like low carbonation. Poured into Allagash tulip at about 45 degrees.

A: Aggressive pour down the center of the glass creates a half finger head that is gone within a few seconds. Just a very thing ring remains. This one is dark really deep dark cherry color. Only a hint of light shines through when held to the light. 3.0

S: Smells of pretty strong alcohol, cherries....cough syrup. Smell is strong but fairly one dimensional. 3.0

T: Super sour....puckering...vinegar..ehh..trying really hard to enjoy this one but I'm just not feeling it. I love sours / wild ales but this one is just not that good. 2.5

M: Mouthfeel is prickly with light carbonation. Not too slick or oily. 3.0

O: Overall really not enjoying this one too much. Its tough to put back. But glad I got to try it non the less. The Marrón Acidifié I also got in this trade was a hell of lot better than this one. 3.0 (1,020 characters)

Photo of Spider889
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Kuhnhenn beer thanks to iceicebaby.

Bottle says 2010 on the label with "2/10" marked on the cap.

Once more I am greeted with a Kuhnhenn label that tells me little. At least this time I get an approximate date and a style. But abv would be very welcome (and I know they include this on some of their beers). What I do get is a nifty little picture of (I presume) George Washington chopping down a cherry tree with an axe the size of the Buster Sword (or the axe/hammer weapon that the executioner uses in the newest Resident Evil movie). Nevertheless, my policy of not reading reviews prior to reviewing myself meant that I just cracked an 11.5% beer at 5am (after a long shift at work) when I otherwise might have saved the beer for later. Guess I just need to be more careful of researching my Kuhnhenns.

Boy is this an ugly beer. Poured at height and still no head. It looked very hazy and yeasty as it left the bottle, and it collects in my snifter as a murky concoction that seems like a mixture of cola and Bordeaux.

The smell is something to ponder. It certainly has complexity. What it lacks, however, is subtlety and elegance. There's an initial wave of bourbon-y heat and caramel malt. Heavy, dense malt in fact. Vanilla and oak then work their way in. But underneath all of that is a raging sweetness just itching to spring forth. Licorice can be found, but not as much funk as I'd expect.

The taste is where the funk decides to make its stand. Very sour, puckering in fact. There's some significant must and damp dead earth. Additionally I am reminded of beers that use pedio or other bacteria. Cherry is certainly part of the flavor as well. However, Olde Brune expresses the cola flavors that I am continually exposed to by the style. Cherry cough syrup and strong boozy alcohol finish off the plethora of flavors here.

Boy is this beer boozy. Wait, am I in hell? With the caves and ragged clothing?? And the heat, my god, the heat! This beer burns and stings all the way down. The mouthfeel is thin and without significant body - the lack of carbonation is the likely culprit. Very dry and coating, the beer is showing the tell-tale signs of a sour. I am not acquainted with the style well enough to say if the sourness has gone overboard, but this is certainly the most sour (and most boozy) Old Bruin I have had to date.

Overall this is a big-time sipper because of the high alcohol and heavy sourness. But the flavor doesn't do enough for me to handle sipping on this for the hour plus that it necessitates. Sadly I don't think I will be finishing the bottle. (2,592 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.92/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a cloudy copper reddish color with an off white dense creamy head.

S-the nose is a little light, lots of earthy tones, sawdust, notes of tart red grapes, merlot, cherries, and a faint touch of acetone with acetic acid in the back.

T-grainy earth, notes of sawdust up front, tart cherries, tred grapes, balsamic vinegar, notes of acetone, but faint, with a ton of acetic acid.

M-soft but a little grainy, medium to light body, enough carbonation but i would have liked to see more.

D-pretty tasty and improves as it warms. notes of metallic phenol in the back when it was first served but faded. balanced, not bad. (668 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at an interesting tasting.

Appearance- Light brown. Red highlights. No head, no lacing.

Smell- Wood! Then some cherry.

Taste- More wood. Damn is this woody. Followed by a seriously tart cherry. It's like sweet cherry cough syrup. Has an amaretto finish. It's hot and sweet, and really oaky. Why is this coming in at 11%?

Mouthfeel- Too thin.

Drinkability- No thanks.

This was not a pleasantness. (410 characters)

Photo of waltersrj
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle off my wants from splax23, my generous trading buddy!

Pour- Dark ruby reddish brown with no head at all except for a fine beading of off white "head." this is a syrupy looking beast...looks sort of like Robitussin.

Nose- Dark cherries, cherry twizzlers (very distinct), damp oak, a slighty musty smell (can't quite put a finger on the origin), slight alcohol and brown sugar, perhaps pie crust.

Taste- Alcohol soaked cherries, slightly oaky, cherry twizzlers, slight vinegar and slight vanilla. The taste is actually disappointing...I was hoping for something kind of like consecration but this isn't even sour. I am not sure how anyone could think this is a sour ale...it's not even tart. This is a cloyingly sweet beer.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy for a sour. This is tongue coating like cough syrup and under carbonated.

Overall- This beer was my hope for a good east coast/Midwest sour ale. I'm hoping there are better sours out in that direction. I feel spoiled with RR, LA and Cascade sours at my constant disposal but they are excellent for comparison. This one should be classified as a fruit beer because it is plainly sweet without a sour or tart quality. Glad to try it but disappointed. (1,216 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage

Poured into a wine glass. A light fizzy head appears, but then fades quickly, leaving only a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The body is a clear, dark plum, maroon-red. A few tiny spots of lacing form with a swirl of the glass.

Lots of cherry, almost like hard candy cherry cough drops on the nose. A little bit of ethyl alcohol, toffee and sweet bready malts.

Like the nose, there is quite a bit of cherry in the flavor. Sour, somewhat tart, very sweet. Kind of like cherry cordial. Some toffee and sweet malt. A little too sweet and boozy in my opinion and lacking in complexity.

Mouthfeel is thick, slimy, viscous and laced with warming alcohol. Not bad, but kind of makes this seem like cherry syrup.

Drinkability is average. There is sour cherry in this beer, so Kuhnhenn does deliver that, but in a very one dimensional way. The high ABV is somewhat noticeable and the thickness for this style also cuts down on drinkability. Not necessarily a bad beer, but with beers like Rosso E Marrone in this category, this one doesn't come close. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. From semibaked. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with very short-lived beige off-white agitation bubbles. I'd peg this as closer to 'still' than 'low-carb.'

S: Sour cherries, vanilla, brown sugar, mild acetic acid (vinegar).

T: Same flavors: sour cherries and vinegar give the beer a light acidity that is more than offset by vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate. There's a lingering burn in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with some pronounced burn in the finish.

O: It's pretty good, but not great. (540 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was almost still. The smell was like black cherry jam and booze. The flavor was a little more complex. It had sour cheeries that ended with a boozy cherry pit flavor. Alcohol is strong and this beer is syrupy and coats your tongue. I almost didn't want this to be sour but once my palate adjusted it felt better. (317 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

THanks Kevin for sharing this brew!

A- Body is a crystal clear walnut hue. Pours with no head. A slight off white collar appears and vanishes quickly. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Slight presence of alcohol, over-ripe dark fruit, aged cheese. Overall impression is very funky and slightly bready.

T- Flavor is slightly sour with a hint of chocolate and vinegar. Finish is quite acidic-but not really tart.

M- Medium carbonation and medium weight slightly acidic body.

D- This brew doesn't seem to meld right on the palate. Its not bad...somewhat drinkable-but it just doesnt blend right. (605 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Maskerski for providing this in a recent trade.

I am assuming that I am posting this under the right beer. The label of the bottle I have is different in two different ways. Says "Summer Solstice across the top and 2010 is listed on the upper right. This is different vs. the photo shown. The beer is also titled "Imperial Olde Brune with an abv of 10.5%. I searched the other beers and couldn't find anything closer.

When you are pouring there is a bubbly tan head that forms, but it vanished immediately. The beer is a dull brown color. No lacing.

Aroma is pretty strong and very cherry focused. Really reminds me of a cherry juice.

Flavor certainly follows the aroma. Cherry, cherry, cherry. Pretty sweet with some brown sugar flavors as well. There is some slight tartness here, but I wouldn't call it sour at all. It's on the edge of that strong cough syrup flavor. I think a little more sour and less sweetness would have done wonders for this beer.

Fairly thick body, but not syrup like Tiny carbonation.

I think the sweetness is a little much here to allow you to enjoy an entire bottle. (1,111 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,174 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks for this one, biga7346. 2010.

A: A rough pour yielded no head. The liquid is murky and very dark cherry in color.
S: Huge dominating notes of cherries. Black cherries, cherry juice, Maraschino cherries, sherry, you name it. If it’s got cherry, it smells like it’s in this beer. I get a hint of almond as well.
T: Black cherries dominate but there is a good amount of sweet fruit juice and sugar as well. The finish is full of lightly tart cherry skins, woody cherry pits and oak, and a hint of vanilla. This basically tastes like pure dark cherry juice concentrate with a splash of water. The alcohol is hidden very well. I was expecting some tartness, but there is hardly any.
M: Almost as flat as cherry juice. The body is very thick and the mouthfeel isn’t overly syrupy.
O: Too bad there weren’t some more bubbles in this one. Flavors were rich but nothing too special. The cherry flavors were authentic tasting though, and not syrupy. I was expecting more oak, more tartness, more bubbles. Not a bad beer, and it was fun to sip on, but I don’t need to have this again. (1,132 characters)

Photo of nickadams2
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (338 characters)

Photo of jale
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear mahaghony with a finger of tan head.

S: Sweet cherry aroma, like cherry nibs licorce. Only the slightest hint of malt.

T: Cherry nibs licorce upfront followed by a hint of roassted malt then a sharp tartness.

M: medium body with good carbonation.

O: Not sure how I feel about this beer. Very sweet with little malt backbone. I was not sure how to review this. (408 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/28/2012

Bottle from Masterski, thanks! From the 2011 Winter Solstice release. Snifter.

A: Dark reddish brown with some transparency and a finger of beige foam.

S: Pronounced cherry skin and flesh aroma that's quite sweet. There's a little vanilla as well. The cherry is really strong. Malt is bready and lingers in the background. There's an evident lactic sourness and a touch of wood and vinegar. Smells nice but the fruit seems a little artificial. Some alcohol is apparent.

T: Big cherry and vinegar notes with accompanying vanilla and a very light acidity. This is lactic in character with a mild tartness. Very sweet with some pie crust and bread notes. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for the ABV. There's an insistent cherry cough syrup cordial note that is somewhat detracting.

M: Medium body with lower medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good but the cherry flavor is straddles the medicinal line. Way out of style, obviously, and very sweet, but worth a try. (976 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 edition courtesy of Madvike. Thank you, Matt! The bottle shows the abv at 10.5%, not the 12% listed here.

Poured hard after an initial soft pour in order to produce some head. Puffed a full finger of almond fluff atop dark ruby base. Head is short lived and dissipates to still surface. Lacing isn't much to speak of.

Massive black fleshy cherry on the nose. I am an absolute sucker for hard black cherries and this fits the bill. Thankfully there's fresh vibrant fruit here and not disgusting medicinal flim flam.

Cherry hard up front, but more of the slightly tart lighter red cherry variety. Lactic with only a light tartness. Acidity is surprisingly low and I was hoping for more. The finish does display some artificial flavoring not unlike a cherry Jolly Rancher.

Carbonation is tame, body is medium and syrupy.

Overall, cherry is a bitch in a beer. I am fussy when it comes to the flavor and this beer, like Mr. Cash himself, walks the line. Not the best and not the worst. (992 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (623 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Blind Tiger last night.

Dark brown with a dense tan head, retention is great. Nose has vanilla, brown sugar and plenty of it, like an oud bruin on steroids. I also get some burnt sugar, toffee, grapes and port. Palate opens sweet and wine-like, almost dessert wine like with brown sugar, vanilla, light acetic tartness but mostly, overwhelming sweetness. Long fruity finish with berries , this is full in body with light carbonation, almost exquisite in this aspect. Solid stuff. (495 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beerloco opened this last night at a small tasting we did.

Appearance: Pours closer to brown than garnet with a minimal off white crown. The head displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Some sweet honey over sour cherry. Very malty with hints of caramel and the faintest whisper of black licorice.

Taste: Same as the nose. The interplay of the sweet malt and sour cherry works, with the sour side being a bit more prominent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and low on carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent but I'm not digging the mouthfeel. (539 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is a semi clear brown with very little carbonation. Only a whisp of light tan head ries, gone right away, light lacing.

The aroma is super sweet with caramel, vanilla and mostly sourish cherries. There is a very light tartness at the end.

The taste is also super sweet, too sweet for me, especially this style of beer. There is a ton of cherry flavor, almost like juice. Sort of reminds of kre, this is a total sipper. Not a bruin, wish it was more balanced with more tartness.

The feel is light, slightly warm to the touch.

Overall, decent, tasty but sweet and overpowering, not a bruin but worth a shot to split a bottle with someone. (704 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared by someone at DLD. Don't remember your name, but thanks dude!

A: deep red, creamy tan head, decent retention, good clarity

S: huge waves of acid up front followed by thick oak which is almost musty, ripe cherries come through along with notes of leather and wood on the finish

T:Starts of with a dash of lactic acid, tart cherries and malt some through on the middle, finish is somewhat sweet, very bold complex

Mf: thick and syrupy, heat on the finish

O: huge flavors, a little on the sweet side for the style, some sourness but not enough, intense (564 characters)

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Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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