Kuhnhenn Nine Braggot - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Nine BraggotKuhnhenn Nine Braggot

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 02-04-2011)
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Photo of garuda
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany, cloudy, cola like spritzy head has little retention and little lacing.

S/T - Honey sweetness all around. Some brown and burnt sugar, little spiciness.

M - Medium to full body, low carbonation. Finishes with residual sweetness left behind.

O - This is my first braggot and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Seems like its on par from descriptions of the style, just lacking a little in spice and hop content (maybe?). Worth a try, I may get another at some point, but not really worth the price of admission in my book.

Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had to sacrifice the last ounce or so in order to preserve the loveliness of this beer's complexion; real honey is rarely perfectly clear and transparent but Kuhnhenn Nine Braggot - thanks to my selfless forfeiture - is both those things in addition to being a lustrous tawny-amber colour.

The aroma is a remarkably syrupy and sweet spotlight of all layers of honey flavour. This Braggot uses local Michigan Star Thistle honey which is noted as being slightly sharp and pungent, with distinct notes of anise, cinnamon, molasses and prune. I get hints of all of that as well as maple, nuttiness (possibly the malts) and spice (perhaps aided by the 9.2% alcohol).

What's in the glass is a blend of 2/3 honey and 1/3 malt but the tastes tips way in favor of the honey. Little graininess is noted. Instead, there are repeat notes of nectar, cinnamon, and dried fruits. All the sweetness is chased away in the finish by a zestful ginger-like spice and an aftertaste that has (very) minor elements of savoriness akin to wild mushrooms.

The lack of carbonation may seem odd for what is technically considered an ale, but trust me, it's preferable. There's enough bubbles to lift up what would otherwise be syrupy, but any more of them and this would taste too much like a ginger ale (it has the spice and, lords knows, the sweetness too). As for the alcohol, it is a factor but not too much of one.

The concept of 'terroir' - the reflection of climate, geography, and vintage in taste and character - is unanimously and often exclusively used in reference to wine, but in fact there may be no product truer of terroir than honey. And this Michigan braggot showcases the unique tastes and textures of where it's from as well as any Bordeaux or Barolo I've tried.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clearer than regular Nine. Not much of a head. No collar.

Smell - Bright honey. Apple. Some cherry. Smells like an ice wine.

Taste - Bright fruit. Apple. Again it's like an ice wine. Complex honey that comes off as an apple flavor. Booze.

Mouthfeel - Thinner, surprisingly. Low carbonation.

Overall - This is quite tasty. Really nice and complex.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the most recent release (2011 I believe) into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to Chris and Tony for sharing this one as part of a Nine/Nine Braggot/Nine - Syrah Cask tasting.

A: Clear, flat chestnut body. Nice color, but nothing special.

S: Dirty mead. Some rotten fruit, musty earth, and sweet fermented honey. Unpleasant.

T: Better here, as the unpleasant beer elements are entirely subordinated to the sweet meed ones. Clean finish, surprisingly enough. Unbalanced but not at all bad.

M: Flat, slick, light-to-medium body. At least it's not too heavy.

O: Not a very enjoyable beverage, really. By far the least pleasant of the three, and no better than average for the style. Disappointing.

Cheers!

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jtingue
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Dark murky reddish brown in color with a very viscous appearance. Pours with a finger of thin tiny-bubbled mocha head.

Smell. A combination of fresh strawberries and blueberries starts to meld with a buttery nuttiness. A little honey comes in at the very end.

Taste. Starts out fruity, but more like freshly made jam, thick and syrupy with a bit of yeasty spiciness. Some more sugary sweetness comes in and it thins out a bit as far as sweetness. A more pronounced, fresher, fruit returns and is joined by an ever so slight nutty undertone. The finish is very sweet, but not to a point where it lingers forever.

Mouthfeel. This is the key to this beer. It starts out very syrupy and viscous as noted in the taste. This then transitions to a more moderate body. Finally it ends up a bit prickly making the fruit seem very fresh and juicy.

This one was really set off by the mouthfeel for me. It really makes a lot of flavors, that would normally be annoying to me, very complex and tolerable. Cant say I've really had another beer like this. It straddles the line between quad and fruit lambic.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of womencantsail
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks for the bottle, Steve.

Pours a murky amber color with minimal head. The aroma is intensely sweet to say the least. Just almost like pure sugar and caramel. Maybe some dark fruit to it. The flavor is, well, sugar, pure sugar. There is a bit of dark fruit, maybe some caramel and brown sugar. Just far too sweet. Almost no carbonation doesn't help.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. From semibaked. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear amber with short-lived off-white head. Like the other Kuhnhenn bottles we opened that day, this is nearly still.

S: Pineapple, yeast, flowers (mead-like), caramel, and something herbal (ginger?). Interesting.

T: This is an odd flavor, for sure. Pineapple and muscat grape are noticeable; this reminds me of some meads. Caramel, rose petal, and something that reminds me of ginger again. As in the nose, this is interesting, but it's pretty disjointed.

M: Light-medium bodied, with low carb.

O: I didn't really know how to review this; I couldn't peg its style while I was drinking, and seeing that it's classified as a braggot doesn't help. Just arbitrarily ranking it against Belgian Strong Dark Ales. It was a pretty "ehhh" beer that didn't stack up to others on the table.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-orange color with a few white bubbles floating on top. The aroma is heavy on the honey with some caramel, toffee and brown sugar mixed in.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of honey and orange citrus notes, as well as some toffee and caramel. The beer is fairly dry for a braggot/mead and the alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FlanderNed for this bottle, one of few remaining from a winter trade.

Appears as odd as any Kuhnhenn brew; pours solid darkness, no shadows, pure white head that exits quietly & quickly. Peering into the bottle is a favorite hobby, & this might be the first & only sludge I've ever seen that blocked out light completely. Nothing coming through. Zilch. Nada. Smell is lots of sweets, primarly honey, soaking a brown leather bomber jacket. Maybe it was left in a clover field.

Kuhnhenn 9 brings a howitzer melange of flavors. Honey of course, dark honey, whispering to a strong spicy component including cinnamon, white pepper, who knows what else. Caramel that isn't smooth but carries a wicked bite to it, almost in lieu of hops? Odd. Finish is sweet malt twining its fingers lovingly with its honey. Result is a sticky mouthfeel reminiscent of a good grade of honey, surprisingly easy to down for a healthy ABV. Haven't found braggots to be nearly this drinkable.

Very good beer. I'm still looking for a braggot that defines the category & blows my tiny little mind, but I'd take this one anyday. Can't wait to try the barrel-aged version.

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times, most recently thanks to thetomG. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white late-rising foam, that settles to a thin collar, leaving spotty lace. Transparent brown body.

S - Smells like mead alright. There's a note of chocolate and Belgian yeast, as well as as grain in there, but it's mostly the floral and honey character from the mead.

T - Taste is again largely mead - even more so than the aroma. Honey, floral, and citrus flavors, with only the faintest hint of the Belgian dark ale component.

M - Very low carbonation, sticky and viscous full body. Reminds me of mead. Surprise!

D - This is a mead in disguise. The Kuhnhenn 9 element has been obliterated by the Orange Blossom Mead. Since I prefer the latter this is actually a positive, but why bother blending them at all? I suppose the cost per ounce to the customer was improved by doing so. In any case, I enjoyed this and would have it again.

Photo of rye726
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, really great stuff. Thanks my friend for the chance to try this one!

Pours a dark amber with a thin beige head. Nice lace. Nose has sweet mead and fresh oranges along with a touch of a Belgian strong ale.

Taste also has lot of honey and oranges along with fruitsy malts and peppery Belgian yeast.

Medium body is very well carbonated. I could drink this any time. Really crisp and refreshing.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just had my first few Braggots from a local homebrewer and they were amazing so I decided to find the one bottle I had in my cellar and see how it fared. Big thanks to OHLRangers for this. Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: I'm not sure what the rules are for the style, but this one appears to be mighty low in carbonation. I didn't really get any head. Clear deep amber mahogany color.

3.5 S: This is definitely the most interesting aroma I've ever smelled in a beverage. It smells pretty much exactly like a shoe store/new shoes. Honey in there too, but mainly shoes. I don't think there are any other aromas in there, so I guess I should stop at that.

3.5 T: It tastes the way it smells for the most part. I feel like I'm drinking liquified shoe store. There's a strong honey component with tons of residual sweetness. In fact, it tastes like not all of the honey fermented out.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Carbonation is on the lower side, but it works. A bit chewy and reasonably smooth.

3.5 D: This scratched the itch I had, but it isn't as good as the homebrews I had. Of course, I don't have much experience with the style so for all I know this is a perfect example. In any case, this was enjoyable and I will look forward to having another Braggot sometime soon.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours hazy brown with a small creamy head that leaves no residual lacing.

S. Apple/ pear fruitiness with some brown sugar.

T. Lots of the flavors similiar in the nose. Some of the honey from the mead comes out, but not like other braggots I've had.

M. Thin to medium mouthfeel with a fairly low carbonation.

D. Not a huge fan, but it's decent.

Photo of brew3crew
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-odd look to it. Dark in middle when held up to light and light on the top and bottom deep brown with white lacing/head
S-light honey. Very well blended with malt and honey
T-light honey and caramel. Nice malt backbone. Little bit of fruitness throughout
M-medium bodied and very smooth
D-very drinkable at 9.2%. My first mead, and a good one at that

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Kuhnhenn Nine Braggot from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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