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Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 92
Gots: 38 | FT: 9
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 04:12:19 | More by Sammy
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:59:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 17:21:22 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured very dark red with just a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are rather strong aromas of tart cherries and some sweetness in the nose.
T: The initial taste is filled with lots of malty sweetness, tart cherries and just a little bit of sourness. There are also notes of brown sugar and molasses.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, very rich and has little carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well masked. I would have never thought it was 11.5% unless I looked on the bottle. However, the strong tart taste of cherry flavors makes this one a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 12:57:05 | More by metter98
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2.53/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 04:24:11 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-10-2012 13:40:44 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

05-13-2014 23:17:41 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-11-2013 05:00:11 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-13-2014 23:18:12 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

11-19-2011 22:04:34 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-01-2014 06:10:51 | More by largadeer
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1.75/5  rDev -56%

11-14-2011 21:55:04 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rlcnmeyer for grabbing a few of these at the brewery for me. Served in a champagne flute.

A - Pours with a dime of pink-brown foam that dissipates to a ring and a pervasive haze. Beautiful transparent mahogany body with lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. One of the better looking Kuhnhenn brews I've had.

S - Cherries! The maraschino variety here. There's some light tartness and acetic acid but they are well in the periphery. There's a touch of sweet funk and oaky vanilla happening as well. Alcohol is very well-hidden if it is truly 11.5%

T - Sweet. Lots of pie-crust malt, oaky vanilla, and maraschino cherry. Kind of like a funked up Belgian Red, or an attenuated Enigma. Again, alcohol is masterfully hidden.

M - Carbonation provides a light tingle, but it's fairly low in general. Very sticky, medium-full body, and some warmth after half a bottle.

D - If anything, the sweetness might get a bit tiring. If you have a sweet tooth this would get you drunk pretty fast, as the alcohol is very hard to detect. Not really what I expect from an Oud Bruin, but a very good fruit beer instead. Maybe one of these days the Kuhnhenn brothers will take the plunge and make something more to style - it needs some lactic sourness and a bit more vinegar here guys.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 01:49:09 | More by MasterSki
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a recent tasting, thanks. Beer is brown and clear with a broken white head. No lacing and carbonation is moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet with a slight cherry note. Smells good.

Beer is big and sweet with a quick acetic sourness that follows quickly. Cherry, very cherry, almost candy like flavors in the back, some tartness at the corners of the mouth. Beer is thin and there is low carbonation on the palate. Slight sour finish with a slightly dry back palate. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 20:55:46 | More by drabmuh
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-13-2014 07:23:17 | More by SocalKicks
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/14/12 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, spices, fruity malts, vinegar, light oak.

t - Tastes of sour cherries and dark fruits, vinegar, oak, earthy notes, fruity malts, and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Definitely did not feel like 12% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice flanders. Not super sour but very tasty, and definitely did not feel like 12% ABV. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 01:42:12 | More by mdfb79
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

03-08-2014 04:53:55 | More by oline73
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

04-12-2014 15:09:52 | More by mendvicdog
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-14-2012 20:45:20 | More by yourefragile
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-05-2014 23:08:22 | More by XmnwildX12
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2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

03-07-2014 14:42:22 | More by duceswild
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 18:38:22 | More by mothman
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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 06:57:01 | More by BARFLYB
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District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 16:41:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-24-2014 07:15:58 | More by drewone
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Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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