Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud BruinKuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin

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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of womencantsail
2.54/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Derek for sending me this one. Kuhnhenn rarely disappoints, so I've been looking forward to this one.

A: The pour is a deep mahogany color with plenty of red running through the beer. The head is thin and off-white.

S: A surprisingly strong vanilla component to the nose. A bit of alcohol, which isn't surprising considering how robust this beer is (11.5%). Some over ripe dark fruits, mainly cherries, raisins, and prunes.

T: This is quite a strange flavor profile for an Oud Bruin. A definite caramel sweetness and sweet, sticky, sugary fruits. Almost cough syrupy. The cherry flavor isn't necessarily pronounced, and this really isn't very tart at all. I know oud bruins aren't super sour, but this really only has a hint on the finish, and it's quite convoluted with all the sweetness and alcohol.

M: The body is a bit on the full side and the beer is thick, chewy, and sticky on the tongue. Carbonation is low to moderate.

D: Not really sure what is going on here. This was not all that good and I'm sorry to say I would not want to try this one again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/14/12 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, spices, fruity malts, vinegar, light oak.

t - Tastes of sour cherries and dark fruits, vinegar, oak, earthy notes, fruity malts, and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Definitely did not feel like 12% ABV.

o - Overall a very nice flanders. Not super sour but very tasty, and definitely did not feel like 12% ABV. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a light brown hue with a tiny head that leaves no lacing. Aromas of cherries and alcohol are the dominating scents. The beer tastes very good, with a decent balance of tartness to sweetness. The cherry flavors, which are very forward, and the high abv make this beer too sweet for me to indulge in more than one serving. Perhaps a couple of years in the cellar would enhance the drinkability factor. Overall, this was a good beer, and one I would have again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rlcnmeyer for grabbing a few of these at the brewery for me. Served in a champagne flute.

A - Pours with a dime of pink-brown foam that dissipates to a ring and a pervasive haze. Beautiful transparent mahogany body with lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. One of the better looking Kuhnhenn brews I've had.

S - Cherries! The maraschino variety here. There's some light tartness and acetic acid but they are well in the periphery. There's a touch of sweet funk and oaky vanilla happening as well. Alcohol is very well-hidden if it is truly 11.5%

T - Sweet. Lots of pie-crust malt, oaky vanilla, and maraschino cherry. Kind of like a funked up Belgian Red, or an attenuated Enigma. Again, alcohol is masterfully hidden.

M - Carbonation provides a light tingle, but it's fairly low in general. Very sticky, medium-full body, and some warmth after half a bottle.

D - If anything, the sweetness might get a bit tiring. If you have a sweet tooth this would get you drunk pretty fast, as the alcohol is very hard to detect. Not really what I expect from an Oud Bruin, but a very good fruit beer instead. Maybe one of these days the Kuhnhenn brothers will take the plunge and make something more to style - it needs some lactic sourness and a bit more vinegar here guys.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/5 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight herb, (jello-like aroma), and cherries. Fits the style of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness and slight dryness. Tastes of tart malt, cherries, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight herb. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a recent tasting, thanks. Beer is brown and clear with a broken white head. No lacing and carbonation is moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet with a slight cherry note. Smells good.

Beer is big and sweet with a quick acetic sourness that follows quickly. Cherry, very cherry, almost candy like flavors in the back, some tartness at the corners of the mouth. Beer is thin and there is low carbonation on the palate. Slight sour finish with a slightly dry back palate. Pretty good.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanx to fear025 for this one

A: poured a deep plum hue into my tulip that had a thin head and with very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: right away I get a funky vinager aroma with some syrup molasses that blend well with dark cherry notes.

T: a blend of brown sugar and vinegar hit me up front with swirls of cherries coating the palate on the end of a sip. Not too acectic or tart but has a good cherry punch. It's more sweet then it is sour.

M: meduim to full body that carries a good amount of carbonation to accent the overall flavor of the beer.

D: Drinks good but would only drink one due to the sweetness of the beer. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of liamt07
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at HopCat for the Wood and Wild Ale Festival 2012, into a tulip.

Deep brown, with burgundy highlights. No head, no lace. Nose of black cherries, currants, subtler chocolate covered berries and a light almost cranberry light tart note. Taste has more black cherry, light medicinal notes, chocolate covered cranberries, light tartness but a sweet Flanders Red-esque like malting. Sweet and sour, with a fuller thicker feel that appears less than 12.0%. A very drinkable Flanders Red/Oud Bruin.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with oglmcdgl, bought up in NY state at De cicco's (cliff notes)

A- This has a brownish red color that looks the part for the style but not much in terms of head or lacing, not a problem considering the alcohol.

S- A sweet beer that smells like heaven really. Reminds me of some holiday drinks in the wintertime. Tart cherries, oak, more cherries, berries, no hops, caramel, chocolate, slight spices.

T- My god this is great. A sweet and sour masterpiece in that order, sweet with malt galore and some dark fruit, sour in between with oak and some tannins. Im just going to stop short here and say this is amazing. Get some. Oh yeah, cherrries.

M- Above medium, slight carbonation, slick, a bit oily, sour aftertaste with oak, no problems. This is one of those high alcohol beers that I would drink a ton of just because.

Hey Kuhnhenn, why aren't you in Philly yet, what's the holdup. Your in NYC and the surrounding areas up there, what's the holdup? What are you brewers, chicken? ya scared, get your beers down here and all is forgiven. Same goes for goose island, get your acts together guys. Come on, I know you want to.

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Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The flavor has a big punch of tart cherries, a jam like sweetness. A bit of booze comes through, but with tons of tart and acidity. There’s a hint of sweet candy that dances around with the sour cherry and fruit tart flavors. There’s a great drying on the finish.

This is an easy drinking beer with tons of complexity. A few others and I guessed the ABV of this beer at a tasting at around 7-8%. Quite surprised to find out the ABV.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle from Masterski, thanks! From the 2011 Winter Solstice release. Snifter.

A: Dark reddish brown with some transparency and a finger of beige foam.

S: Pronounced cherry skin and flesh aroma that's quite sweet. There's a little vanilla as well. The cherry is really strong. Malt is bready and lingers in the background. There's an evident lactic sourness and a touch of wood and vinegar. Smells nice but the fruit seems a little artificial. Some alcohol is apparent.

T: Big cherry and vinegar notes with accompanying vanilla and a very light acidity. This is lactic in character with a mild tartness. Very sweet with some pie crust and bread notes. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for the ABV. There's an insistent cherry cough syrup cordial note that is somewhat detracting.

M: Medium body with lower medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good but the cherry flavor is straddles the medicinal line. Way out of style, obviously, and very sweet, but worth a try.

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Photo of rudzud
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros, 2015 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark chestnut hue with a thin off white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of tart malts, nice cherry, fair amount of vinegar, dirty caramel malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of vanilla, huge caramel. Cherry throat lozenge on the finish, flemmy.

M - Mouthfeel is rather heavy, sticky, flemmy. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a really mediocre beer, excellent fake cherry notes. Just really sub par.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2010 Vintage. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark brown burgundy color. Produced some tan colored froth that is sticking around for a bit. Plenty of lace here and there.

(S)- A nice earthy fruity profile. Some mild funk with a great sour/acid background. A really nice dry oaky middle too.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A great dry oaky cherry sourness with some tart acidity and vinous vinegar-like characters behind it.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A brilliant balance of oak, fruit, and sour. The high ABV is also expertly hidden.

(D)- A great Oud Bruin to say the least. Oaky, fruity, and sour with a great balance and drinkability. A great example for the style even though it carries a hefty ABV level for the style.

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Photo of mltobin
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was from Gfunk720 , thank you ! (first Kuhnhenn)
The appearance is a reddish brown color with a thin head that has a pink hue to it. Taking a whiff of it, presents scents of vinegar, cherry, alcohol, as well as some vanilla. It tastes very rich and sweet, along with the presence of malt and those tart cherries, not too sour. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation. Drinkability is very good for this midwestern oud bruin. I am glad that I had the opportunity to drink this & look forward to trying other beers from Kuhnhenn in the future.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Blind Tiger last night.

Dark brown with a dense tan head, retention is great. Nose has vanilla, brown sugar and plenty of it, like an oud bruin on steroids. I also get some burnt sugar, toffee, grapes and port. Palate opens sweet and wine-like, almost dessert wine like with brown sugar, vanilla, light acetic tartness but mostly, overwhelming sweetness. Long fruity finish with berries , this is full in body with light carbonation, almost exquisite in this aspect. Solid stuff.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is a semi clear brown with very little carbonation. Only a whisp of light tan head ries, gone right away, light lacing.

The aroma is super sweet with caramel, vanilla and mostly sourish cherries. There is a very light tartness at the end.

The taste is also super sweet, too sweet for me, especially this style of beer. There is a ton of cherry flavor, almost like juice. Sort of reminds of kre, this is a total sipper. Not a bruin, wish it was more balanced with more tartness.

The feel is light, slightly warm to the touch.

Overall, decent, tasty but sweet and overpowering, not a bruin but worth a shot to split a bottle with someone.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Kuhnhenn, 12% ABV, 10oz tulip, $7. The menu describes it as "Flanders Sour Brown Ale with characteristics of sherry with a sweet fruit aroma. Dark reddish brown in color and high in acidity, sweetness, and sourness."

Dark brown, nearly opaque, ruby-tan foam that dissipates quickly. Tart cherries, very fruity and sweet smelling. Sort of clean, in that it presents mainly with cherries, not much from the malt or hop. It tastes sweet but tart, a very nice combination and perfect for the style. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen, you have to be careful with this or you'll overdo it. Really nice and accessible, not cloying, just balanced.

The body is thicker than normal maybe, not too thick but you can tell that lots of fermentables went into this (thus the 12% ABV). Too drinkable for the ABV, dangerous stuff.

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