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Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde BruneKuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 98
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:
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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Ratings: 248 | Reviews: 97
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish ruby with slight head and lacing.

The aroma has a very sharp cherry to it, and smells considerably sugary sweet

The taste is first and foremost cherry. This is where it really shines. Soon after the cherry really fades into the base beer which is earthy and subtle. It's a bit tart in the finish, but the introduction is very nice and sour. The tap version reminded me a bit of cherry coke, but the bottled version tasted a lot more natural. Perhaps it was the extra carbonation.

The body is medium full and medium heavy in weight. The finish is mildly dry and sticky.

Overall, this was a very nice offering from Kunhenns. The drinkability is insane for the alcohol. I feel like I'm drinking a 6% beer. I'd love to have a couple of these, but it's a little pricey. For what it is, it's a pretty good value though.

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3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle from the Winter Solstice.

A: Reddish-brown. Small amount of off-white foamy head.

S: Tart cherries with a hint of vinegar.

T: Immediate tart cherry followed by malty, vinegar finish.

M: Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

O: Very good beer. The bottled versio is much more sour than the tap version. The tap version tastes a lot more like cherry cough syrup.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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1.75/5  rDev -55.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - opened the bottle and filled my unibroue tulip. poured an ominious red brown that settled in the glass almost purple. there was a small head that built upon pour but was gone by the time i checked again leaving only some sparse bubbling around the rim of the surface. some lacing could be seen sliding to the surface after some small swirling.

s - cherry tartness. nutmeg. grape. some vanilla-ish woody notes. smells really nice and has my mouth watering in anticipation.

t - wow. heavy. at first a fruit medley which then falls into an almost sangria-like explosion and then a quick flash of bitterness finishing with an in and out fruit medley explosion and booziness. somewhat brandy like. i really enjoy the flavor of this one. great cherriness.

m - pretty thick and rich. very sangria-like and boozy.

o - overall, a rather interesting beer. the booze is strong in this one, but the flavoring is nice.

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3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip.

Appearance: My tulip arrives with a deep crimson brown colored liquid with a frothy pink head. A little bit of lace is left, but the head mostly dissipates before the glass is through.

Smell: This is definitely full in the nose. Sweet brown malt, tart cherries, cranberries, lactic vinegar, some oak, and a general spiciness all contribute. The aroma is much sweeter than sour.

Taste: The flavor follows the sweetness of the nose. There is a very strong malt presence. There is a nice spiciness here from the yeast, but its subdued nature lets me know it was not able to completely handle the full malt bill. Tart cherry flavors provides more of a foil to the sweetness rather than a true complement or dominance. Some cranberry and red grape flavors work with a lactic and vinegar flavor that are, again, in the background. A nice amount of oak and vanilla finish the flavor off. Either some age or a more aggressive yeast would do this beer wonders, I think.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely full bodied for this style, or at least it sits heavier on the tongue than others I have sampled. Kuhnhenn is definitely known for taking a style and imperializing (that is a word now) the hell out of it. The alcohol is slightly noticeable going down my throat, an accomplishment considering how high of an ABV it is. Somewhat lactic and vinegary, but this mouthfeel gets pushed behind the full-bodied sweetness.

Overall: This definitely falls on the sweet side of the spectrum when it comes to Oud Bruins, and it is higher than the normal alcohol range as well. The complexity was there, but I think I would have preferred it to have been toned down just a bit in the alcohol and sweetness department to let some of the other flavors shine through a little bit.

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3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Kuhnhenn Cherry Olde Brune from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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