Nine
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #276
ABV:
10%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,213
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 10.79%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
136
From:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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SCORE
86
Very Good
NineNine
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 MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 2011 vintage, Winter Solstice. I got this in a trade. Served in a tulip glass.

Kuhnhenn's Nine pours with a dark brown body, showing off attractive ruby highlights through the cloudy beer underneath a thick tan head. The head retention could be improved, and while the beer is murky looking, it is so dark it doesn't quite matter.

As the beer warms, a malty, toasty aroma unfolds, with hints of fig pudding and a slightly oxidized wet cardboard aroma as well, though this is minimal. It promises to be a deep, rich experience.

The flavor is a mix of contrasting flavors. Up front is a rich, malty flavor reminiscent of raisins, grapes and dates. It has a slightly tangy mid-palate, almost like an Oud Bruin, but not quite so lactic. Past that vinous, vinegary flash, the finish is full of residual sugar and a sticky bread pudding flavor. The carbonation is somewhat dull for the medium bodied beer, and could use some livening up.

Alcohol is not present in the aroma or the flavor. Extremely well-hidden. The beer itself tastes past the prime, and it come off as messy, with a strange yeast funk or something that went off in the aging process. I would not recommend this beer, though I certainly think it deserves another try, with a fresher batch.

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Photo of Etan
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of travMI13
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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Photo of DMarlinJ
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
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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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Nine from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 136 ratings