Kuhnhenn Aldebaran | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn AldebaranKuhnhenn Aldebaran
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Kuhnhenn AldebaranKuhnhenn Aldebaran

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mikesgroove on 03-19-2008

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of alpinebryant
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of CHickman
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Kuhnhenn Aldebaran from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82.8% out of 100 with 157 ratings
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