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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
152
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
15.33%
 
 
Wants:
24
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13
For Trade:
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 152
Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of off-white tan head that shrank down into a great looking layer of creamy retention that left just huge, thick lacing behind. The aroma is a big ole' fume of heavy sweet malts, pine, floral hops, yeasty notes, and rye.

The taste is a well balanced mix of piney hops, floral notes, spice, yeast, deep, sweet caramel malts and a touch of dry rye notes. The mouthfeel has a medium full feel with an excellent rich and creamy texture to it.

Wow, this was solid. They called this a variation of a Belgian IPA at the brewpub and I would be inclined to agree based on the yeasty nature of this. Maybe a Belgian style DIPA? Anyway, whatever it was, I loved the flow of the flavors in this and the overall drinkibility was great for a 9% beer. Definitely don't hesitate to try this if you see it at the brewpub. Great stuff!

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark red copper with a thick head of foam. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Hops. I know, surprising, right? Citrus, grapefruit, pine, and resin all mix together in a hoppy blend.

T: Nice big malt backbone starts this one off before the hops decide they want to punch you in the head... over and over again. This is a damn nice brew. Incredible balance for such a hoppy beer. Lots of citrus, pine, and resin in the hops, balanced by a nice big sweet malt.

M: Thick, viscous, and smooth.

D: This is a damn fine DIPA, and as much I enjoy it, I can't see drinking more than one of these at a time. It's an intense brew.

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Photo of drseamus
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber reddish body with a decent white head; especially for a growler beer. Some active carbonation visible.

S: Strong hop aroma right up front in the nose. Some sort of tropical fruit is in there also.

T: It coats my tongue with very thick sweet malty body right before it slaps you with some good hop bitterness.

M: Decently thick but not cloyingly sweet.

D: Very drinkable indeed. Very good IIPA.

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Photo of Avryle
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark clear orange. Big off-white head dissipates to a small cap

S- Hops...Mmmm. Grapefruit & floral. Sweet maltiness coming through.

T- Sweet & malty with heavy hops. Very Nugget Nectar-like. This is sexy.

M- Medium bodied & creamy.

D- Nice. Very nice. Thanks to littlebreeze & mred137 for bringing to the impromptu consumption.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep copper color. Minimal of white head.

S: Tons of sticky hop pines. Weird fruit I am geting that I cannot ID.

T: Hops are up front strong. Nice malt backbone.

M: Sticky and syrupy. Nice feel on this.

D: Super drinkable. No real hint of the ABV. One of the better DIPS I have had.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to kkulacki (actually, thanks to your girlfriend, Konrad, but to you as well i guess). I tried this at the MBG Winterfest and loved it so now its exciting to have a growler to myself. Pours RED. like watered-down blood. Nice puffy yellow-white head. Beautiful sticky lacing. Aroma of fresh hops, noticeable from a distance. Lemony and bready with spiced notes. Also odors of fennel and fresh cut grass. Taste is indescribably delicious, but ill make an attempt. A supurbly delicate but complete hop presence. Tangy bitterness and a biscuity, bready, rye-like body. Citrusy and spices; peppery. Amazingly flavorful. Creamy and medium bodied. This is the best IPA I have ever had. I'm no longer the dedicated hophead i once was, but when hops are used like this its something like a miracle. Fantastic.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad thanks to Craig (TheBlackMallard) for giving me a couple of these.

A - Dark amber, almost cola colored, with a one finger, creamy white head. Tiny bubbles rise to the surface of my Kuhnhenn tulip. Great lacing.

S - Honeydew, cantaloupe, pear: all an interplay between the belgian yeast and the floral hops. I don't know why, but it smells a little stronger on tap.

T - Fruity yeast profile comes through, as do the dark malts... both providing a wild exchange of flavors in my mouth. The hops aren't very noticeable until the finish, which is slightly oily, but not dry at all.

M - Medium body, med-high carbonation, slick.

D - This is highly drinkable, with a lot of the flavors coming together as it warms, without ever becoming too much. Not really sessionable, but I suppose you could if you wanted.

Notes: This "Belgian-esque" IPA, as Kuhnhenn calls it, is a great example of what the boys over at the big K do. They take a well-known style, tweak it a little bit, and then smack you in the face with something that's out of this world. While this MAY be a little better on tap, the bottle offering is nearly spot on.

I really wish Aldebaran and Simcoe Silly were rotated monthly...

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Photo of Pointman
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA with Belgian yeast.

The beer pours a reddish brwon into into a tulip, a very thick head with strong lacing.

Strong pine and juniper hoppiness with that great Belgian yeast finish. Awesome!

Taste was very much like the nose, but the malt came out more in the mouth than on the nose. Other flavors include clove, corriander and the yeast.

The mouthfeel is very full and I just like the way it goes down. The alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby into my Kuhnhenn tulip leaving a nice with head and plenty of lacing behind.

Smell: Tangerine, Grass, Bubblegum, Bananas and a bit of Green Onions(I'm looking at you Summit.)

Taste: Grassy hops, pine, caramel, citrus, and spicy yeast.

Smooth creamy and moderately carbonated. Very easy to drink.

This is one of my favorite Kuhnhenn beers in a long time. I hope it becomes a regular on the menu. Sadly, I think it's a little better on tap(probably a 5 on aroma and taste from me.)

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Kuhnhenn brewery.

Poured a dark red-amber with a creamy tan head.

Aroma of piney hops, Belgian yeast, and sweet malts.

Tastes of pine, rye, Belgian yeast, caramel, tobacco, and malts. A strange mix of flavors that work incredibly well together.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth and creamy, and moderately carbonated.

This was so easy to drink. A nice mix of American IPA with a Belgian twist.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really interesting concept here by the Kuhnhenn Brothers...an IPA, but with Belgian aspects. The beer pours deep ruby into a tulip, a fairly thick head that sticks around for some time before fading off into the sunset. Big piney hop aromas, which pairs, very interestingly, with the spicy Belgian yeast. Yum.

The flavour on this was similar to the nose: it features a strong malty backbone with a strong, piney hop zing, but then pairs that with the cloves and coriander that one would expect from a Belgian beer. Really unique combination.

The mouthfeel on this is good, full, and enjoyable. Drinkability, also good. Smooth drinking, reasonably priced, good beer.

The bottom line: Aldebaran is yet another interesting brew by Kuhnhenn, combining the typical IPA style with the Belgian yeast has created a tasty new hybrid that I will be having again.

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Photo of mully
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TheBlackMallard for the chance to try this beer.

dark amber red color is very clear, creamy head is a light tan color.
Resiny pine like hops - Savory spices a little malt sweetness shines through
Crisp hops a little residual sweetness and carmel flavor balance the hops well. pepper cloves and a hint of banana

Creamy, great mouth feel smooth small bubbles in the carbonation scrub your mouth go eliminate lingering bitterness

Very drinkable beer Higher gravity but does not taste it, mmmm good.

Thanks again to
TheBlackMallard

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