Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud BruinKuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a Flanders Sour Brown Ale which has the characteristics of sherry with a sweet fruity aroma. It is dark reddish brown in color and is high in acidity, sweetness and sourness. This is a complex beer that should be imbibed with notice to it’s high alcohol content.

Added by tpd975 on 03-11-2010

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, second night of the Winter Solstice. A nice drinkable beer, in the style but a little on the sweeter side than the best examples of the style. Reddish, lacy. Good cherry, very malted ameliorating the potential sourness I would expect and like. Worth a try.

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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of rivesb at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some nice cherry and malt aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink with the nice cherry aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured very dark red with just a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are rather strong aromas of tart cherries and some sweetness in the nose.
T: The initial taste is filled with lots of malty sweetness, tart cherries and just a little bit of sourness. There are also notes of brown sugar and molasses.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, very rich and has little carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is very well masked. I would have never thought it was 11.5% unless I looked on the bottle. However, the strong tart taste of cherry flavors makes this one a sipper.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Often compared to flanders red ale, the oude bruin usually gets a bad wrap. In a world where we prize high acidity, the later pales in comparison. But its toasty, woodsy, earthy nuances are enough to have the style to stand up for itself. And that's what the brewers at Kuhnhenn have done. ...except for the cherry part.

Cherry Oud Bruit uses that cherry influence of flanders red ale to make those comparisons even more direct as its scent of the pitted berry-like fruit lead the way. A russet brown pour shows a hazy garnet glow and topped with a light creamy froth before the nose picks up on additional woodsy, winey, nutty, peppery and toasted scents. A toasty sweetness creeps onto the tongue with light toffee, cocoa, pecan, coffee and cola with its first and malty impressions.

As the ale encroaches on the middle palate, it loses its sweetness but the toasty remnants of malt remain. Toast, cocoa, coffee, peanut skins and a mossy tree bark character soon follow in anticipation of the cherries. Tangy, tart and nearly sour, the cherries fuse with the beer's natural acidity for a piquant character of sherry, balsamic and soy sauce for a sweet, sour and savory taste heading into the late palate.

Spicy in its bitterness, the medium bodied sour ale carries a lasting taste of cola and peanut brittle with a medium length winey aftertaste. Oddly compelling, the style pairs well with mussels and beef stew, but often leaves the palate unsatisfied. This example suffers the same fate. So bring on the food!

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart/sour cherry, cranberry, lemon, raisin, plum, red grape, green apple, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, pepper, leather, tobacco, vanilla, funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast, sour cherries, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste big tart/sour cherry, cranberry, lemon, raisin, plum, red grape, green apple, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, pepper, leather, tobacco, vanilla, funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/acidic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, cranberry, lemon, raisin, plum, red grape, green apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, pepper, light toffee/leather/nuttiness, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast, sour cherries, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from acidic/tannic flavors as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly acidic, and lightly slick/syrupy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 10.5%. Overall this is an outstanding imperial Flanders brown ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast, sour cherries, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the ABV, with the balanced acidity. Was expecting more sourness after the nose profile; but this was still highly complex and spot on to the style. Extremely well balanced. Label states only Brett was used for the wild yeast, so most of the sourness is likely coming from the cherry juice. A highly enjoyable offering, regardless.

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2010 bottling

Appearance: Just a smattering of foam raises above the coffee brown liquid; leggy, with a few dots here and there

Smell: Cherry jam, Oloroso Sherry, caramel, vanilla and a hint of oak

Taste: Sweet and tart dark cherry jam flavors, with a touch of Oloroso Sherry in the middle; caramel and vanilla flavors add sweetness, after the swallow, but are subsumed, to some extent, by the oak and vinegary sourness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with no carbonation

Overall: One of those unique style-bending fruit beers from Kuhnhenn; not really an Oud Bruin but I guess it comes closer to that style than any other

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hopcat.

Served into a tulip.

Served with 1/2 finger of khaki head with the slightest touch of red. Color is ruby hued copper brown.

Aroma: Sour cherries, dark chocolate. Sweet and malty. Light touch of tartness. Very fresh cherries. Some oak/wood flavors. Amazing.

Taste: Rich, sweet, and malty. Big tart cherry flavor with some chocolate malts. Maybe a hint of spice with some oak flavors. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Tart, smooth, and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more cherries. Fairly clean.

Overall, an amazing beer. So many fresh cherries. Very drinkable for the high abv. Really glad to have tried this on tap.

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3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to rudzud

No real head, nice legs, murky dark cherry red almost rosy hue.

Nose tons of sour malt and fruity, tart cherry, sweet candy syrup cherry, little cough syrup, an almost grape must and weird gristy malt and some weird funk, malt vinegar, cereal grain.

Taste brings sweet syrupy cherry, little tart cherry, candy notes, then biscuity toasted gristy grainy, plenty of caramel with it, a little vanilla and cherry flesh but tart cherry, cherry cough syrup, finish cherry halls candy, flemmy sticky little acidic, malt vinegar, weird and icky, little bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, syrupy flemmy, lighter carb.

Overall eh.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for Azurelimits for sharing this at a recent tasting with bmanning, amyliz4, hhanson, and myself.

A: Pours a very dark crimson with a nice looking head. Absolutely gorgeous color.

S: Nice amount of tart cherries alongside some caramel malt and perhaps a bit of molsasses.

T: Lots of Michigan cherries coming atop plenty of residual sweetness. Caramel and molasses come in with a bit of brown sugar. Nicely put together. Not terribly sour, but enough to give it a very nice edge.

M: Medium bodied with some great sour characteristics balanced by the sweetness. Low carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Not sure on the style classification, but another really impressive beer coming from Kuhnhenn.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 303 ratings