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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by walleye on 06-16-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
17.38%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
27
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Drake. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a medium brown with a short off-white head. Nose has some dark fruits, bread, and banana. Light carame-toffee in the background. Flavor is malty with some dark fruits and moderate sweetness. Medium body and light carbonation. Interesting.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark brown with a 1 finger thick tan head. Big trails and fingers of lacing on the glass.

A- sweet toffee and caramel, prunes, chocolate.

T- semi-sweet prune, raisins, toffee, chocolate, and slight roast.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Big chewy, creamy feel.

O- good beer with nice raisin/prunes flavors with not too sweet toffee and some chocolate.

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Photo of n2185
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a near-black with very little khaki head that remains as a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Tart and sour cherry aromas dominate at first followed by sweet breads, candy sugar, and subtle roasted malt notes.

T: Tart fruit up front here followed by some roasted malt and slight acetic flavors. The finish is a bit roasted and tart.

M: Medium body with low carbonation, the tartness saves it from being too watery.

O: Perhaps this was an infected bottle with the acetic and sour notes, though it was not over-carbonated like most infected beers. It tastes more like a sour stout than any sort of Belgian style. Not bad, though not particularly enjoyable, either.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The bottle overflows upon opening. This is black in color and very fizzy. Smell is sweet with lots of dark fruits and semisweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet with some earthy/woody-flavors. Not overly complex, but this is surprisingly easy to drink. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

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Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown color with a rather short dense head that settles into a light ring. Not all that impressive for a Belgian style.

The aroma is fruity and spicy. There is a noticable coriander presence to go along with a raisin sweetness. The coriander brings out a bit of a vegetal note. Perhaps some earthy tobacco but it is hard to get past the coriander.

The taste is of prune or raisin with some earthy carob. Big coriander presence which kind of ruins it for me. But looking past that, the beer has a nice bright dark candi sugar flavor and some earthy notes. The malt seems to have some subtle chocolate notes. I think I might detect some grassy bitterness as well.

The feel is light to moderate with very fizzy carbonation. Good balance between sweet and earthy/bitter flavors. ABV fairly well hidden though does pop its head out once in a while.

A solid BSDA but way too strong on the coriander. It is not a boozy mess which is a plus

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, winter 2011 bottling. Pours hazy dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big banana, raisin, molasses, plum, caramel, bread, dark candi sugar, clove, light chocolate, and yeast spices. Nice, well balanced, and fairly complex aromas; with decent strength. Taste of banana, raisin, plum, caramel, toasted grain, dark candi sugar, light chocolate, molasses, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Much more sweetness over the yeast spices; but is not cloying at all. Nice flavor balance. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10% with hardly any warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable Belgian strong dark ale. Nice balance and complexity; and very smooth for a 10% beer.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a black that is non transparent, pours with two fingers of fluffy mocha brown head that dissipates very rapidly, leaves a tiny amount of lacing 3.5
S: nice woody notes with a slight whiskey character 3.5
T: interesting taste, has a distinct sweetness on the forefront then kicks over to a nice maltiness, not chocolate but distinctly sweet, not sure what it is and just can't put my finger on it but nice 4
M: slight carbonation tingle, smooth and syrupy thick as is common with these high abv brews 4
O: a decent enough brew, not much really jumps out at you though, alcohol is nicely masked, happy enough with it 3.5

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to bierenutz for sending this my way. 2011 vintage poured into la trappe chalice.

a - poured a brownish purple with a somewhat thin creamy head that was gone quick. catches somewhat the BSDA look.

s - whoa that's interesting. figs and bakers chocolate with strong cranberry.

t - tastes just like it smells. figs and cranberries and some coconut and banana. not really a fan at first sip, but as i got adjusted to the flavoring i found myself enjoying it more and more. a belgian strong dark or dubbel...perhaps, but not in the traditional sense. some coffee flavors also. an interesting mix of flavors. the heat is there. pretty good beer, but not really anything to write home about.

m - fizzy as opposed to creamy, but not as bad as most american breweries. i can feel the booziness quick.

o - overall, not your classic american miss on a belgian, but far from the classic flavoring and feel. glad i tried it. i have another one of these that i think i'll tuck away and forget about for a year or two and then see what its like.

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Photo of fvernon
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of travMI13
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of BBP
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

Pours chestnut brown with nice head and retention. Lacing is good as well.

The aroma is full of caramel and dark malts. Dark fruit as well.

The taste matches the smell minus a bit of intensity. Very balanced and tastefully done. Less extreme than I'd expect from kuhnhenns but still quite nice.

The body is medium full and medium light in weight. The finish is moderately dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, a decent beer. Tremendously drinkable and well balanced. I just didn't think it stood out as much as it could.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Metallic with coca-cola and caramel. Underneath there is plum, currant, and raisin fruitiness with hints of Christmas spices.

3.0 T: Like the nose. Lots of metal, coke, and caramel. Fruits in the form of plum, currant, cherry, and raisin. There's a fairly strong tartness in the taste. I'm not sure if this is infected or if there is actual fruit additions in this. Either way, it isn't bad, but isn't good either.

3.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit light for the style and not spritzy enough. Reasonably creamy though.

3.0 D: I do enjoy me some Kuhnhenn, but this was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark raisin color with a creamy tan edging around my snifter

S: Aroma is metallic and slightly ashy clashing with a tartness that is hard to describe mixing with an earthy musty scent.

T: Taste did not surprise. I definitely pick up some belgian spicey esters, but they clash with dark roasted slightly ashy malt and a cherry tartness. Nearly none of the flavors go together well. It reminds me of sweet and sour sauce where it is interesting enough tasting that you want to keep sipping on it but neither refreshing nor that fulfilling, just more of a curiosity.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation

O: I do think this is oxidized due to the mettalic finish mixing with roasty malts. It really is a different beer and I can applaud that, but nearly a train wreck that most people would love to watch.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in the brewery in summer 2011.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a partial collar and a few wisps. Opaque cappuccino-colored body. Minimal lace.

S - Chocolate, cola nut, raisins, some slightly musky and overripe cherries and currants. There's a lactic yogurty character too - I think this may be infected, but it still smells pretty good.

T - Taste is a mixture of cocoa powder, Belgian yeast, roasted malt, tropical fruits, and yogurt. I'm guessing the latter two are from inadvertently introduced wild yeast? Again, it's strangely enjoyable, even though the Belgian Dark character only really shows up in the finish with some roast character.

M - Full bodied, sticky texture, lower carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Alcohol is masterfully disguised, but I'd expect nothing less of Kuhnhenn. Could use a bit more spritz.

D - There are some very unexpected flavors in this beer that I don't remember experiencing when I tried this on draft. That being said I found it pretty enjoyable and had no problem polishing off a bottle as a nightcap. That being said, I suspect mileage may vary from bottle to bottle.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/23/2011

Extra from OHLRangers, thanks! Snifter.

A: Dark brown with a slight reddish tinge and a small light brown head.

S: Sugary peach accompanies grape, currant, plum, and cherry. The fruit is sweet and expressive, with a little tartness and some lactic notes. Malt is bread and caramel. Alcohol is well masked.

T: Tart grape and currant with a little cherry. I get a little chocolate and quite a bit of peach. Malt is bready with notes of sugar and a little caramel. There's a touch of alcohol and vinegar near the end. Quite sweet.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I'm not sure if the beer is supposed to be tart, but it sort of works with the fruit notes. Ultimately, this is far too sweet to drink more than a few ounces.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FourKicks for this bottle.

A: Pours a murky brown/red. This beer is super cloudy with very little head. There is almost no lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of sweet malts, and plums. There is also a noticeable tartness of cherries and Belgian funk. I'm picking up notes of over ripened fruit and dirt, but not in a bad way.

T: The first hit is sweet, with an immediate shift to tart. It's like biting into a juicy peach and having it immediately change to sour cherry. There is an earthiness to this beer (whether wanted or unwanted) that I really like. The finish is sour, but not lip puckering.

M: It's a full bodied beer that leans towards the dry side in the finish.

O: I don't exactly know what to think of this beer, but I find myself liking it more and more as I drink it. It's sweet, and tart, and dry. Yup, I'm into it. Solid brew.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - red/brown body, moderate brown head.

S - smells like a butt...uh oh.

T - cloyingly sweet malts, some dark fruit

M - syrupy, drying, pretty mediocre.

O - this is a pretty bad beer, methinks. It changed a bit over the course of the glass, and got a bit better, and less butt-like, but still wasn't too good

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddigh brown. Orange halo around the edges. Some light tan head. Smells like a fruity oxidized mess. Some earth aromas as wlel. Tastes sweet... overly sweet and oxidized. Rusty almost. Fruity notes peak through. Overall not that exciting but drinkable. Another oxidized Kuhnhenn offering

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Photo of brew3crew
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- maroon brown body with no head what so ever

S-sweetness little bit of maltiness

T-very sweet caramel that finishes light and fluffy almost

M-light body and smooth. Very nice

O-very good beer. Glad I got it sent to me. The opinions varied widely on this one. Lots of people said it smelled and tasted like ass but i like it

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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tasting glass. Thanks to Knifestyles for opening this one.

A: Clear deep russet body with a finger of fine tan foam. Ok retention, nice light lace. Attractive.

S: Chocolate, spice, apple, grapes, brandy. Weird, and not bad at all.

T: Sweet + fruity, with cherry + grape tartness on the finish. Strange, intense, and only lightly boozy.

M: Slick, sticky body with plenty of soft carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This beer was unlike any other BSDA I've had (surprise surprise, coming from Kuhnhenn), and I really enjoyed its complexly bizarre nature. I'm not sure how well-integrated the Belgian yeast really was, and I kind of wish Kuhnhenn would stick to Barleywines and Old Ales, especially the barrel-aged variety. Still, a tasty and interesting brew.

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to Masterski for providing this beer. I always love trying Kuhnhenn's stuff.

A foamy tan head with tiny bubbles forms and slowly settles. Beer is a very dark burgundy color that to almost brown in the center and more maroon at the edges. Not much lacing.

Aroma was initially of Coca Cola. The hints a of sweet soda remain. A deep almost black pepper and dank malt aroma.

Well, I almost typed above that I detected a bit of almost metallic aroma. After tasting the beer this is reinforced.  A plum, sweet flavor with some Coca Cola flavors too. The black pepper makes itself known in the flavor as well. (Not saying there is actually pepper in this) some black cherry flavor as well.

Medium bodied, foamy is how I describe the carbonation.

This is not my favorite offering from this brewery. Oh well, can't win them all

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Caramel brown color with a small white head. Nice bubbles coming to the top with a decent amount of spots on the side.

S - Dark fruits, belgian yeasts, bit of brown sugar and caramel. Smells pretty nice.

T - Was expecting some more alcohol and a bit of a heavier taste. Surpringly light taste with a bit of citrus and some cinnamon and caramel, bit of brown sugar and honey sweetness. Nice dark fruit and some oak.

M - Syrupy and full bodied. Decent carbonation on this one.

D - Really drinkable for the style and a good beer. Would definately drink again.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle picked up at the pub, drank from De Struise glass... The body is a dark mahogany, amber, nice glassy sheen. A big tan head rises at first, good retention, but lacing is light... Malty aroma with lots of dark fruits, plums and raisins, brown sugar, bread, banana and a hint of nutmeg. Complex with a ton going on but lacks balance, but a decent strong sweet beer... The taste is weak and subdued compared to the aroma, complexity is gone. The taste is just light throughout, but wow that 9% is hidden well. Banana, plums, brown sugar, good but light.... the mouthfeel is as good, smooth, easy to drink, no warmth... This is way to crushable.

This is pretty damn good. Doesn't taste like a whole lot but its not offensive and way to easy to drink.

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Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!).

Poured a deep and cloudy brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of plums, raisins, stronger yeast, and dark cherries. Tastes of stronger raisins, cherries, yeast and caramel. Starts of lightly sweet in ends in a lightly sour/tart cherry finish. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 7/27/06

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for this one...
Appears a dark mahogany with a small, off white ehad that quickly fades into a gentle collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cinnamon, oak, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, and cherries.
Taste is of the mentioned cinnamon, oak, vanilla, nutmeg, along with plenty of ripened fruits up front.
Mouthfeel is sweety, syrupy, vniuous, oaky, lowly carbonated. Pretty damn good beer.

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