Play In The Hay (Blueberry)
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #385
Ranked #5,789
4.25 | pDev: 5.88%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Brewed with 70% Pilsner malt, 30% Michigan raw organic Wheat and bittered with German Hallertau. German hefeweizen yeast was first used to ferment the wort followed by secondary maturation on 3 strains of Brettanomyces infused with montmorency cherries. The blueberry version was carried out the same but infused with Michigan blueberries.
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn for Summer Solstice '13. It pours a sunburst, vibrant orange color with a somewhat surprising lack of blue hue anywhere. Translucent and served with nearly no head; only a gray-tinted ring outlines the edge of the brew. Several attempts of swirling the glass only result in a wispy skin that fades back to a ring within seconds. I guess it was not meant to be.

The aroma is blueberry, full-force, as it should be. I actually think they're more sweet and fragrant than sour; perhaps there's a slight bit of tartness that's hiding somewhere in there. Think along the lines of blueberry syrup - a very "deep" and sweet and syrupy aroma. A touch of oak-like dryness finishes it off, though I don't know if this beer ever even sat in a barrel. Not quite complex, but it does smell pretty nice.

A little bit of tartness is in the taste, possibly a bit more than the aroma would have you believe, but we're still pretty far from outright puckering levels of sour. The blueberry is contained a bit more and not quite as pungent, but it's still there and still leading the pack. The fruitiness, like many of Kuhnhenn's fruit infused beers, is very pure and authentic, and that's one of the most important aspects.

Light lemon-y tartness, cherries, and a touch of vinegar acidity joins the blueberry in smaller parts to add to the complexity of the flavor just a bit. The tartness actually grows as the beer warms. Though it was made with Brett, I'm not getting much funk at all, or for that matter, any Brett qualities at all, aside from maybe a hint of pineapple on the very back end. Light-bodied with a thin, crisp and dry finish - can't believe this is 9% ABV, because it drinks like less than 5%.

I'm very impressed with Kuhnhenn's ability to hit almost each and every style of beer. I enjoyed this back to back with the pineapple version, and while I liked that one better, this beer was still damn good. Something like this certainly hit the spot on an 85 degree, Friday afternoon. Drinks way too easy for being 9% ABV.

Jun 23, 2013
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joshuaseresse from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz swing top, filled to the brim on 7/11/2011. Thanks Steve! Split with brian23456 yesterday and poured into snifters:

A - A deep purple core with dark red hues throughout. A decent amount of carbonation considering it was filled right off the tap and was a little over a month old. Little bit of lacing.

S - Berries and tartness. Little bit of candy sweetness. Oak and light red wine. Tad bits of hay and barnyard funk.

T - Candy up front followed by blueberries. Oak and vanilla. Light hints of tart funk.

M - Decent tingle from the carbonation. The finish is a bit drying to the tounge and mouth. Pretty refreshing.

O - Pretty awesome. I wish I could have tried this fresh, but even after a month this stuff is still pretty damn good. I've never had a lambic from Kuhnhenns before, so this was pretty damn interesting and quite a treat to try. I'd drink it again if given the chance.

Aug 29, 2011
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Michigan Brewer's Guild Summer Festival 2011. Tasted along side nearly all of the other fruited versions.

Right away I can tell that this batch is a little different that the one previous reviewers sampled at Winter Solstice. The blueberries here had DRASTIC effects on the appearance. This beer was the color of blueberry juice. A deep, cool, blueberry purple. It was quite hazed. The head was a periwinkle blue, but was short lived.

Blueberries don't have a really strong smell, and this beer is an example of that. The leading aroma was brett, grass and hay. I could really only pick out the smell of the skins of whole, fresh picked blueberries.

This taste is quite crazy. It teases you. Things start out all bretty, funky, grassy and dry. And it stays that way. Until a few moments after the swallow. I remember my first sip specifically. I was chatting with someone who was up in line, he asked me how it was. My answer was "Meh...OOOOH wow, BLUEBERRY!" The delay after swallowing til a wall of blueberry flesh is probably about a full 15 seconds. The beauty is that this blueberry aftertaste builds as you drink the beer.

I wish the finish weren't as dry so that the fleeting blueberry aftertaste was longer.

A really fun beer. Not many other brews are this color, and nothing keeps you waiting for the surprise aftertaste like this.

Jul 27, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky orange/apricot color with golden orange hues and a half finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin ring.  Minimal lacing left behind.  

Funky aroma with lots of vinous dark fruit, especially blueberry, blackberry and currant.  Dry earthy brett along with some barnyard, horsey funk.    

Medium bodied that's tart, funky and puckering without being acidic.  Lots of earthy oak along with some vanilla and  vinegary, acetic acid that lingers into a mouth-watering finish.  Dry bretty funk along with lots if vinous dark fruit.  The blueberries are prominent but there's also currant, grape and other dark berries.  Very good!

Jul 12, 2011
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beerhan from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz pour into a snifter at the 2010 Winter Solstice Party. Nice golden color with little head. Smells like blueberries, more specifically blueberry muffins. It tastes exactly like a blueberry muffin as well with a lot of sourness to it. Pretty damn drinkable and one of the coolest beers I have ever had. The alcohol is not hidden that well though I would still like to see more blueberry beers because this was truly delicious.

Dec 21, 2010
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metter98 from New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is dark amber/brown in color with a thin head that quickly fades away.
S: There are strong aromas of blueberries in the nose, but these aren't too overpowering.
T: Like the smell, blueberry flavors dominate the taste, but these are nicely balanced by the underlying malts so they are not overpowering. The blueberry flavors seem to have a little tartness. There is some sweetness in the overall taste, but this seems natural and not artificially sweetened like some other lambics.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and rather refreshing.

May 16, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Winter Solstice. Served in a tulip.

A - One finger of light tan foam that dissipates to a ring, leaving behind some spotty lacing. Murky, sludgy, dark brown body - not so attractive.

S - Blueberries - like blueberry pie or pancakes. Very, very, sweet - just overpowering blueberry. There is just none of the base beer present. Pleasant, but one-dimensional here.

T - Again, mostly blueberry syrup, but with a slight sour note, and a mildly tart finish. The added flavor depth really helps it from getting boring over a full pour, but it still isn't as complex as something like Raspberry Tart.

M - Smooth medium-thick viscous body, with light carbonation tingle. It's totally appropriate for the syrupy taste character of the brew. Sticky-sweet and probably the best element of this brew.

D - This is liquid diabetes in blueberry format. The booze is well-hidden, and if you dig blueberries a lot it's a must-try. However, without any strong sour or tart elements to offset the saccharine qualities it's difficult to put down a full pour.

Dec 21, 2009
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2009 Solstice. Delicious, though a little sour. Brown colour, a bit of lace. Smooth above average mouthfeel. Blueberry scent and taste, it was a little tart in the finish but well smoothed away. Blueberry pie in a glass. Well done and worth seeking out.

Dec 21, 2009
Play In The Hay (Blueberry) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 32 ratings