Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #274
Ranked #29,251
3.8 | pDev: 10.79%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: This beer is a Belgian Dark Strong, black in color, it has aromas of rich dry malt and a slight caramel sweetness. Rich and smooth there is not any bitterness to this full bodied beer. The high alcohol level in this beer provides some balance of it’s malty palate.
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Reviews by Docrock:
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Docrock from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Dec 27, 2013
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Etan from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2012 vintage, into a tulip.

A: Pours an almost-black very dark brown color with a nice tan head.

S: Some anise, cola, ginger, cloves, prune, toasted grain, crushed grapes, caramel.

T: Taste comprises roasted malt, dried figs, raisin, anise, honeycomb, a bit yeasty, dry caramel, dark bread and a hint of booze in the finish.

M: Thick-boded with moderate carbonation. A bit sticky but the carbonation keeps things drinkable.

O: This is a nice BSDA that I wouldn't mind drinking once and again.

Jun 21, 2013
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zonker17 from Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Apr 22, 2012
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Zaphog from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Jan 22, 2012
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rsitarski from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Jan 14, 2012
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NikkoE82 from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Jan 21, 2012
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mikediesel124 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jan 28, 2012
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travMI13 from Michigan

3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Winter Solstice vintage. 12 oz. bottle, poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

A: Deep, murky, chocolate brown with a very slight tan head. Head recedes very quickly. Moderate lacing.

S: Currant, plum, fig, raisin, and yeasty bread. This smells very true to the style. Nice.

T: Bread, candied sugar, plum, raisin, and Belgian yeast again. Again, very true to style. Very smooth. Not really detecting any kind of heat.

M: Slick and smooth with medium carbonation. Some sweetness, but I think it's just enough. Not cloying at all.

O: A nice example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Is it the best Kuhnhenn beer I have had? No. But it is a very good example of the style, and I am enjoying this very much. Will definitely need to try it out again, possibly with some age on it.

Feb 03, 2012
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 18, 2016
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HarmonMW from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

May 14, 2013
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BeerBucks from New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Sep 14, 2013
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RebornStussy from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Aug 18, 2014
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Hanzo from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Nov 09, 2013
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mtrog313 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Apr 19, 2012
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mzeld from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Aug 18, 2013
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KGMIbeer from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Mar 18, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Mar 18, 2014
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jbnla from Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Apr 10, 2012
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Googs from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Jan 06, 2013
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Mar 06, 2014
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beernads from Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jan 09, 2014
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Mister_Joshy from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Nov 05, 2012
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DMarlinJ from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 Winter Solstice vintage.

Was afraid this would be dead, finding on store shelf today, but it still had life.
Nice looking foamy 1 finger head that stayed for a good while. I poured it a bit too cold into a tulip glass and let it warm. It had ample lace too. Totally black no light would shine through when held up to it. I think it looked pretty good for a dark ale, what else could I expect?

The smells lasted to the very end. Very pungent. Malts and fruitiness. Belgian.

Nice carbonation and for as sweet as it was not too sticky on the mouth
This tasted a lot like their double bock. Dark fruit plum, raisin figs. Malty and a bit sour. Got the alcohol too but not bad. This is a sipper or it gets overbearing for me. It took a long time to finish. I did not really enjoy it overall but it was worth a try.

Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jul 26, 2012
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Mavigo from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a sucker for belgian ale's so I had to try this when I was at Kuhnhenn's last night. Served in a tulip.

A: Is a cloudy, basically opaque dark brown, almost black color with minimal head, limited to a thick tan ring holding on to the rim of the glass followed by some lacing.

S: Smells phenomenal, dark fruits, bananas in particular, plums, brown sugars, yeast, barley, malts

T: Tastes phenomenal as well, flavors well balanced with the ABV, smooth flavor, very sweet, brown sugars, fruity, banana being the most discernible to me, belgian yeast, malts, warmth of the alcohol as well

M: Very smooth, rich beer right here, carbonation is on the lower side, great for me, very wholesome beer, good balance of flavors

O: Overall, this was a great beer, good representation of the style, though I have had better, this was still top notch and a reasonable price too, I was very pleased and would of course have this again.

Dec 30, 2012
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 136 ratings