Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #36
Ranked #12,247
3.96 | pDev: 10.1%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: A very hoppy citrus nose leads this beer, with low malt and high hops in flavor. The Belgian yeast leaves the palate creamy instead of dry. This is an awe-some beer for Belgian and hop fans alike.
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LAp from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a style I tend to go for too often, but a fun one to try. Why on earth its abv was this high is beyond me - Kuhnhenn can certainly justify it for their meads, braggots, old ales, eisbocks, and barleywines, but I was surprised to see it in this beer particularly. That high alcohol content is certainly masked by the belgian and hop elements, but the beer doesn't gel enough as a cohesive whole to make it one I'd order again.

Sep 03, 2016
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justinp444 from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter it has a a red body with a 1 and a half inch thick head. Smell of bready malt, citrus, earth, orange, and grass. Taste is citrus, orange, apricot, some belgian esters, grass, and earth. Mouth feel is moderate with a crisp moderate to full body. A interesting ale, not bad but not great.

Nov 27, 2015
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foobula from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle. Have had it for about 1.5 years, thanks Dan. Beer seems close to flat when opening, very little "pop". Apperance is ruby red, no head, the stillness on top tells me it is indeed flat. Nose is sunscreen (in a good way), sweet, malty. Taste is yeast up front (I'll attribute the "sunscreen" smell to the yeast), kind of tangy & slight citrus bitterness on the sides, more bitterness going down with yeast flavors. Nice. Mouthfeel is medium, but very flat. Doesn't seem to be properly carbed, or the seal was not intact. Overall the flatness really hurt my initial impression, but as it warmed I noticed that less and the tastiness took over.

Jun 15, 2014
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MusicaleMike from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Clear red liquid, with little to no carbonation. Coaxing will get a thin layer of very oily bubbles on top, less than a finger deep.

Slightly sweet aroma, with notes of bubblegum. Very faint aroma, with nothing much else.

A viscous liquid, with very little carbonation. Full bodied beer, with such a mild flavor. It almost tastes watered down. It really doesn't taste like a 9.25% abv beer at all. There are deep notes, way in the back of the throat, of caramel malts. Citrusy hops leave a trail. It could really use a bit more carbonation.

The biggest miss of this beer is the extremely low level of carbonation. Then, I thought this beer could also use a boost in aroma and flavor. How does a high octane beer like this one come off as mild? It's a tasty beer, but it feels juvenile.

Nov 19, 2013
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear deep copper with some dark red leanings. No head, minimal carbonation. Very faint hints of off-white bubbles.

Smell: Hops and hops. Big juicy fruity citrus coupled with women distinct fruity esters. Touches of bubblegum and orange juice. Malts are bready and slightly sweet. Almost solvency at times. Toasted with some molasses and caramel. A hint of sherry and dark cherry. Some nuts and dark bread.

Taste: Mega fruity esters with some soft clove and peppery spice. Hints of banana and caramel. Candi sugar or something like if. Toasted biscuit and caramelized malts. Hops are juicy and loaded with citrus. Orange and a touch of grapefruit. A hint of bitterness and some herbal pushes as well. Yeast is clean for a Belgian. Highly hopped and lightly sweet with some solid breadiness. Grassy.

Mouthfeel: Nice and slick. Minimal carbonation with a medium pushing toward full body. Nice and clean.

Overall: A sweet name for a metal band.

If all Belgian IPAs were this interesting, I would consider them worth checking out. Definitely odd, but the hops work really well with the slightly sweet malt body. Solid.

Oct 10, 2013
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kuhnhenn Aldebaran has the appearance of a dark honey: clear but distorting, very deep golden in colour, and, despite a viscous complexion it looks very sheeny when held into the light. Also like a honey, it has tiny pockets of air but no real bubbles or foam. Overlooking the lack of head, a relatively high score can be granted just for its lovely glisten.

Aroma, like appearance, is reminiscent of a dark honey. It combines with fresh-cut grass clippings, pine needles, tree resins, and floral overtones to create an intense herbal quality. This runs simultaneous to notes of pumpkin pie-like spice that includes cinnamon, mace and nutmeg.

Aldebaran is an entertaining beer; there's a lot of flavours all going on at once. A smooth and caramelly malt tastes just like chestnut honey: earthy and dark, almost leathery, nutty-sweet but lightly bitter at the same time. But hops are in the spotlight - minty greens, soapy citrus and piny resins are noted. There's also the brown sugar/pumpkin-pie (and actual pumpkin) flavour as well.

The mouthfeel (in this growler sample anyhow) is considerably under carbonated, which would normally be a concern with a beer this high in alcohol. Far from syrupy or boozy however, this beer comes laminated in soapy, minty, resinous, honeyed, and yeasty layers. This multifaceted texture more than makes up for (and is made possibly only by) a lack of serious malt.

Kuhnhenn Aldebaran is both a beer lover's and beer reviewer's dream: it is distinct and offers no shortage of flavour to savour and report on. It is a genius recipe that combines sweet malt, Belgian yeast, and a gluttony of hops to make an ale that somehow, paradoxically, is one that you can easily, casual enjoy yet slowly, contemplatively appreciate. It really impressed me.

Sep 04, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This vintage clocks in at 9.25%. When done well this is one of my fav styles, but if not it can suck. This one thanks to erric (Reddit). 2012 vintage, so probably should have been drunken a while back, but it hasn't been in my possession for more than a couple months.

Pours the smallest dainty dusting of head that flashes instantly gone, no lacing, slightly hazy apple juice light copper brown with a weird watery look somehow.

Nose comes in big time sweet, syrupy, almost a syrupy mess, candi sugar, brown sugar, a dried dark fruit raisin date thing with a fermented plum, and a bit of a bready yeasty dough as well. IT clocks in the booze wafting out quite a bit, with some esters and light phenols as well that bring a bit of bubble gum and slight chemical aroma, a rotten apple aroma as well, and hints of baking spices.

Taste comes on with the big heavy malts again, syrupy sweet, not cloying but not too far away from it, again candi sugar galore, syrup and more syrup with some fermented apple syrup, some dried fruits with hints of raisin and brandy soaked dates but not so much a good way. Booze is plenty rampant, tingly, warming, and even a fusel taste, as well as esters a plenty, bubble gum with that, fruity ester flavors, and some phenolic slight chemicals. The malts bring more sweet reddish candy and toasty amber malts, as well as yeast additions of light baking spices again and a little beady yeasty touch. No citrus, no hops other than mild bitterness and hint of an earthy woodsy pine needle like flavor. Finish is still quite sweet but it at least attempts to dry, candy galore, candi sugar and syrup coats the mouth but not as syrupy as I expected, plenty more tingly booze, fruity esters, etc... but then there is a big earthy chewy spicy hop presence, like I just swigged the wort of a big IPA fresh out of the boil kettle.

Mouth is med to fulled bod with plenty of syrupy feel, lighter disappointing carb, and lots of warming tingly booze.

Overall... sigh, probably the worst Kuhnhenn beer I've had yet, and has to be because it's too old for it's own good. Sorry to say I didn't sit long on it, so it was probably either in erric's cellar or shelf, but I can't complain as it was an extra in a trade of lots of great Kuhnhenn meads which were fantastic. So if this is a small sacrifice to make, so be it. This was just a big sweet mess, like a quad with extra hops, and the hops were all on the finish chewy spicy not so pleasant kind, way too sweet to be a Belgian IPA, all candy no hops, no floral, no citrus, nothing nice really, too much ester presence even for a Belgian beer, well an IPA that is. If this were a quad it might be a bit better, but still a tough swallow.

Sep 04, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cherry cola color with light carbonation trailing upwards. No head or foam on the top

S - Lemon, bubblegum, light clove, caramel malt. Smells a bit like the bubblegum you'd find in the pack of baseball card. Sarsaparilla like root beer. Slight cherry

T - Root beer, sarsaparilla, vanilla, cherry, bubblegum, and light orange peel. The finish has slight booze and vanilla, some heat to it.

M - Light carbonation with a sharp mouthfeel from the strong sarsaparilla flavor

O - Really an interesting beer that has a spicy homemade root beer presence that doesn't come around too often. Definitely a good Belgian presence with lots of bubblegum and clove as well.

Aug 10, 2013
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber brown with minimal tan head, retention and lacing are so so... looks light bodied

S - Woody cherries and medicine-like dark fruit/burn, blegian candied sugars and light hops

T - Very dry hoppy up front transitions into a candy sweet belgian-spiced flavor with a kick of slightly warming dark cherries at the finish. Aftertaste is a burning bitter

M - lightish bodied with decent carbonation, very drinkable

O - A lot of big flavors mixing quite well. Enjoyed this

Jul 11, 2013
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sitarist from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle has 2012 on the label.

Pours a brown color head-on, with nice ruby side-tones. Greyish head, pretty much a light dusting that leaves wisps of lacing that slide back down.

Hops are fading, but blend in well with its sweetness. I get brown sugar, some ripe tropical fruits, toffee, caramel, bubble gum, tea, sarsaparilla roots, and a faint spicy note. Much nicer as it warms. Not sure how old this is, but it seems to be aging well. I would describe the aroma as a Belgian Barleywine.

It has a sweet flavor that ends with a medicinal bite. Starts with the ripe tropical fruits, as the sweet caramel, sarsaparilla roots, tea, and medicinal notes create an almost cloying napalm that coats my tongue.

Medium body coats the tongue, long creamy, but hot finish. It has a scotch-like viscosity. Comes close to being cloying, but never does.

Nice one to sit and ponder to. Could pass as a true Belgian. Another excellent beer from a place that is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Jul 08, 2013
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cosmicevan from New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to steimie for lending a hand with this one. Very much appreciated. Enjoyed in a kuhnhenn snifter.

a - brew poured a fairly still ruby mahogany. Some spotty lacing bjiut really no head to speak of.

s - caramel malts and hops

t - just like the nose. Resembles an american bareley. Nice flavor. Some hints of an amber ale.

m - softcarbonation, bitter body and finish.

o - overall a nice beer. Very amber crossed with an american barleywine. Big toffee and pine cone hoppiness.

May 12, 2013
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks saisonrichbiere for the hook-up

The beer pours a dark rusty amber with flecks of sunset orange held to the light and is topped by a loose off-white head that mildly laces. It's definitely the darkest BIPA I've seen. The nose is citrusy/earthy hoppy, with notes of peppermint/bubble gum, caramelized sugars, and a touch of booze. Honestly the nose is all over the place and shape shifts as the beer warms. The taste is solidly hop-forward with a potent yeast-infused sweetness to match. I catch flavors reminiscent of unripened pear, candi sugar (or some type of unrefined, molassesy sugar), and prunes. The moutheel is predominantly caramelized sugar, medium bodied, boozy, with a lingering sweetness and bitterness. Tasty, beer, but a reminder that I like my Belgian beers separate from my IPAs.

Mar 10, 2013
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smalenberg from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - No head to speak of despite a fairly aggressive pour. Small line of bubbles around the rim isn't thick enough to qualify as foam. (Started to wonder if it is flat, but it isn't, maybe too cold?). Reddish amber.

S - Resiny hops with bubblegum esters and malty sweetness. Somewhat bready giving a hints to the big grain bill.

T - Grapefruity tart/hop bitterness comes first with sweeter maltiness following close behind.

M - Dense and full bodied, with some alcohol heat felt in the chest more so that the mouth. Smooth without the drying character often found in IPAs.

O - A nice brew, but to me, the combination of styles doesn't hold a lot of appeal. I think I'd rather have a DIPA or a Trippel. Blending the styles didn't really add anything for me, but it was pretty well executed nonetheless.

Mar 10, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 Winter solstice bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a small fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of mango, orange, banana, pear, apricot, clove, pepper, bubblegum, caramel, bread, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruitiness, spicy esters, and malt notes. Taste of orange, mango, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, and earthy yeast esters. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tropical fruit, citrus, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, pepper, caramel, toast, brown bread, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruitiness, spicy esters, and malt; with a great balance of sweetness/spiciness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip for being 9.25%. Overall this is a very nice Belgian IPA. Good balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, and malt notes; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 07, 2013
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a mild light tan head.

S: Aroma of belgian yeast, pepper , bittered earthy hops and spices.

T: Deep caramel flavors with lots of pepper and herb flavors. I tasted a bit of basil and some vanilla with pepper and dark fruits. Extremely complex flavors coming out of here. Earthy hops that are well rounded and do not take over the malt or yeast backbone. Clove and bubblegum esters along with dark plum flavors. There is also a bit of musty taste here that I picked up at the end along with the caramel flavors that surprisingly come back out after a sip or two warm in your mouth with hop garlic. This beer is similar to a Belgian strong gold ale with steroids propping it up with the depth.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: Definitely a complex beer that is clearly worth a shot. So many flavors are in here that you will want to sip it slowly to make sure you pick them all up.

Mar 02, 2013
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TheBrewo from New York

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a dark amber coloring. The head was half a finger tall, composed of creamy tan bubbles. The head bubbled away, showing no real retention, but leaving thick sheets of lacing as the liquid descended. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave smoked bacon greasiness, herbal and soapy hop bite, deep nutmeg, pumpkin, and black pepper spice, spearmint freshness, fusel alcohol, and the bite of wet Belgian yeast. Our first impression was that the flavoring was that the hugely bittered phenolic waves struck a curious contrast against the berry, malty sweetness of the base. As we sipped, strong herbal hops, plastic and clovey phenols, caramel malt sweetness, black pepper, booze, and synthetic cherry syrups mixed for the start. The peak came with bright Belgian yeast twang, continued clovey spiciness and bittered chemical phenols, mixing strawberry and apple sugars, boozy fire, and surprisingly clean pale malts wash. The finish rolled in with soapy and herbal hop bite to the very end, with pale and caramel malts, more black pepper and boozy spice, and a strong aromatic muskiness with warmth. The aftertaste breathed of strong phenolic bite, clove, nutmeg, garlic aromatics, plastics, dust, deeply earthy hops, and acorn nuttiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was higher. There was nice slurp, smack, cream, and pop to each sip, with a cooling coating left around the mouth. The latter bubbled off with a decent fizz, leaving a crisp, but mild astringency to hang on. The abv was easy, and this one sips nicely.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the strong pop of flavoring, with that big, spicy, phenolic character. Such boldness is interesting for the style, making it deeper and darker than many other Belgian IPAs. At first sip this beer is beastly, but he warms up nicely, with the spice being easily met by the sweeter caramel maltiness, and the herbal hoppiness by the end. The lack of a beautiful head takes a touch away from the experience, but the longer you sip on this, the better it gets.

Mar 01, 2013
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
served in a tulip glass

A - It is a deep amber color and clear. I got virtually no head. I got aggressive towards the end of the pour to managed a quarter inch of beige head.

S - I get a weird smell that I can't quite place. I do get some alcohol. The bottle described a banana and bubblegum aroma. I don't get that. I do get some citrus and maybe a little pine.

T - The taste is a weird meld of citrus flavors. Now I do get some banana in the aftertaste. The more I sip, the more I become aware of some pine. I has a clean finish.

M - It is moderate with low carbonation for an IPA. Almost slick on my tongue.

O - I bought this right after the Winter Solstice party. I thought it was a Belgian pale ale. I may have sit on it too long. Oops. It wasn't a bad beer, but the hops have probably faded. It is my fault if that is the case. When you have over a hundred varieties of beer some are going to fall through the cracks.

Feb 18, 2013
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Big blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big grapefruit, banana, pineapple aromas along with sweet malts, candi sugar.

T- caramel, grapefruit, pineapple and oranges, very bitter orange peel, and some coriander and spices.

M- medium body and carbonation. Starts off fairly easy drinking but then abv and bitter, dryness comes in.

O- just a ok beer. Aroma is nice but the bitterness and spice overtakes the sweetness, and this beer isn't as balanced as it needs to be.

Jan 05, 2013
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cfrances33 from Illinois

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

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. Served in a tulip.

Pour: Deep amber, with a finger of light rusty head. Head recedes and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts up front, followed by a nice citrus. No super strong hop presence, but nice. A little bit of booze, and a nice Belgian yeast comes through with clove and banana.

Taste: Bitter citrus hops up front, followed by an overwhelming caramel malt presence. Lots of triple attributes with substantial Belgian yeastiness, cloves, pepper, and bananas. Booze is pretty substantial at first, but everything becomes better incorporated as the glass warms.

Mouthfeel: Light bitterness, and a pretty full body. Booze presence is pretty substantial throughout and really hurts this beer.

Overall: Interesting group of flavors, but just too much booze for this to be enjoyable.

Dec 29, 2012
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2012 Winter Solstice, into a tulip.

Orange brown with some offwhite head, moderate lacing and retention. Nose is spicy and yeasty with sharp citrus nose and a big dose of sweet bready malt that linger just behind the hops. Taste has more sweet malt, beautiful Belgian yeast character, huge fruity hop character and some spicing lingers into the finish. Some dryness, medium full feel and alcohol is well disguised. Medium carbonation is great for this beer. A very pretty American take on the Belgian IPA.

Dec 26, 2012
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CHickman from New York

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oon tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC: pours opaque Tootsie Roll brown with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded slowly and left excellent lacing coating the glass and a creamy layer on top; the color was odd, but it was a great looking beer.

Smells of sweet caramel, piney hops, pine cone, syrup, toffee, floral hops, orange peel, brown sugar and booze like rum; not your typical IPA nose with a lot of sugary sweetness and booze basically muting the hops.

Tastes like caramel, piney hops, pine cone, grains, syrup, toffee, floral hops, herbs, orange peel, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and booze like rum or merlot; like the nose, the taste is more like a porter than an IPA, rich with sweetness and booze and light on the hops.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, smooth and boozy, with a heavy chewy feel, light fizzy carbonation and an overall thick feel. It was quite dense for a beer in a good way.

Overall it was not a very good representation of a classic IPA, but the style is evolving and this was average tasting and did a great job of hiding the high ABV. Worth a try, this was a slow sipper that was misclassified at the bar as a DIPA, but still a good beer all in all. This does not have IPA hop bite or a Belgian beer's funky yeast presence, but again it's worth a try as it was a solid effort.

Sep 14, 2012
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aasher from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my coworkers brought this back from his weekend trip up to Michigan. Wowzers!

This beer pours a light bodied and very clear dingy copper in color with a soapy one finger head. The nose is incredibly fresh and has a really nice floral hoppiness to pair with a touch of yeast near the end. The nose is really nice and pungent. The flavors are nice and yeasty with slight caramel malt and almost a slight candied malt aspect before finishing moderately dry with a nice hop bitterness. It drinks light in body with a nice flash of flavor before going on the hoppy side. It doesn't drink like an imperial Belgo either. The alcohol is well masked. Overall this is a really interesting beer. I've never really seen a 10%+ Belgo before and this is done nicely.

Mar 08, 2012
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ghostwalker from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Winter Solstice 2010. One year old, so hopefully the sample I am reviewing isn't biased by age.

Body is red-gold with thick sticky yellowish-white head. I love IPAs that are visibly chewy before you even take a sip.

Nose is sharp and sweet with an almost harsh hop bite. A bit of Belgian-ness is there also.

Flavor is very big. Lots of sweetness here (maybe like a Dreadnaught) but huge hop flavor as well. The Belgian component is noticeable on the finish, but just barely.

Mouthfeel is sticky and rich, with a bit of that hop-strippiness on the tooth enamel.

Overall is very good. It's still a bit hot, and the sweetness may be elevated from age, but it's a really good beer.

I generally love Kuhnhenn's dark beers more than their hoppy beers, but this is an exception. Great stuff!

Dec 23, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with good amounts of pine and herbal hops. Also present are slight amounts of indistinct spices and bready aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly grainy caramel malts up front are joined quickly by good amounts of pine hops. Midway through slight spices and hints of medium fruits come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer but there wasn’t enough Belgian in the Belgian IPA to make it worth revisiting.

Aug 25, 2011
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jmunsters from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, in a snifter, at Hopcat in Grand Rapids, MI.

A - Poured a cloudy copper color. Barely transparent. Arrived at our table with a bit of head left from the pour. Lacing clings to the glass throughout drinking it.

S - Caramel, citrus, sugars. Not getting a lot of a Belgian yeast.

T - IPA for sure. Hints of Belgian yeasts on the palate fades to a crisp malty backend. It's hopped, but not crazy. A little boozy. Very balanced.

M - Nice carbonation. Easy sipping. The bit of booziness (and the high ABV) keeps it from being incredbly refreshing.

O - I enjoyed it quite a bit. So much so I'm reviewing it from a growler fill at home.

Aug 21, 2011
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