Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #276
Ranked #29,102
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 fvernon:
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fvernon from Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 as a nice extra from camil1mj - thanks much! Poured at 50 degrees into a Deschutes snifter.

Pours a currant purple-black with a generous tan head that takes quite a while to settle down but leaves very little lacing. A nice galaxy of thin bubbles remains in the center of the otherwise dark purple/black universe after about five minutes. While still cold and coated the aroma is of caramel, toffee, and raisins, but as it warms and the beer begins to breathe a bit of fig, a strong dose of belgian sugar and yeast, and a slight astringent burn comes through. Over time the astringent quality becomes more dominant.

The taste is heavy on currants, cranberry, and green apple - that is, a sort of sweet-and-sour unripe tartness - and is more muted than I was expecting in terms of sweet malt. There is a slight juniper flavor in the background, and as I get into it there is more of a woody flavor... not oak, but more like paper. Dare I say this tastes a bit watery? There isn't a lot of body (at least for the style), and feels a bit unbalanced, although to be fair I'm still sipping away with a smile.

My end thought: it's nice and enjoyable, but feels like a shot at a belgian ale from someplace whose strengths are in other styles.

Feb 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
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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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Docrock from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Dec 27, 2013
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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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