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 camil1mj
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle from the Winter Solstice.

A: Reddish-brown. Small amount of off-white foamy head.

S: Tart cherries with a hint of vinegar.

T: Immediate tart cherry followed by malty, vinegar finish.

M: Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

O: Very good beer. The bottled versio is much more sour than the tap version. The tap version tastes a lot more like cherry cough syrup.

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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 warnerry
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful clear deep red with two fingers of creamy head which is surprising for the style. Head has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S -- Huge cherry aroma, has a bit of a cherry candy character, but overall is pretty nice. Slightly tart, but no hints of oak.

T -- Mix of sweet and tart with massive cherry taste. The cherry component has elements of fresh tart cherries, cherry candy and only a slight medicinal aspect. Sweeter than I was expecting, though there is a nice tartness throughout, just not the dryness I prefer.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is slightly sticky but finishes a bit dry and bitter.

O - Knocking the sweetness down would elevate this for me, but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - opened the bottle and filled my unibroue tulip. poured an ominious red brown that settled in the glass almost purple. there was a small head that built upon pour but was gone by the time i checked again leaving only some sparse bubbling around the rim of the surface. some lacing could be seen sliding to the surface after some small swirling.

s - cherry tartness. nutmeg. grape. some vanilla-ish woody notes. smells really nice and has my mouth watering in anticipation.

t - wow. heavy. at first a fruit medley which then falls into an almost sangria-like explosion and then a quick flash of bitterness finishing with an in and out fruit medley explosion and booziness. somewhat brandy like. i really enjoy the flavor of this one. great cherriness.

m - pretty thick and rich. very sangria-like and boozy.

o - overall, a rather interesting beer. the booze is strong in this one, but the flavoring is nice.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. From semibaked. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with very short-lived beige off-white agitation bubbles. I'd peg this as closer to 'still' than 'low-carb.'

S: Sour cherries, vanilla, brown sugar, mild acetic acid (vinegar).

T: Same flavors: sour cherries and vinegar give the beer a light acidity that is more than offset by vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate. There's a lingering burn in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with some pronounced burn in the finish.

O: It's pretty good, but not great.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip.

Appearance: My tulip arrives with a deep crimson brown colored liquid with a frothy pink head. A little bit of lace is left, but the head mostly dissipates before the glass is through.

Smell: This is definitely full in the nose. Sweet brown malt, tart cherries, cranberries, lactic vinegar, some oak, and a general spiciness all contribute. The aroma is much sweeter than sour.

Taste: The flavor follows the sweetness of the nose. There is a very strong malt presence. There is a nice spiciness here from the yeast, but its subdued nature lets me know it was not able to completely handle the full malt bill. Tart cherry flavors provides more of a foil to the sweetness rather than a true complement or dominance. Some cranberry and red grape flavors work with a lactic and vinegar flavor that are, again, in the background. A nice amount of oak and vanilla finish the flavor off. Either some age or a more aggressive yeast would do this beer wonders, I think.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely full bodied for this style, or at least it sits heavier on the tongue than others I have sampled. Kuhnhenn is definitely known for taking a style and imperializing (that is a word now) the hell out of it. The alcohol is slightly noticeable going down my throat, an accomplishment considering how high of an ABV it is. Somewhat lactic and vinegary, but this mouthfeel gets pushed behind the full-bodied sweetness.

Overall: This definitely falls on the sweet side of the spectrum when it comes to Oud Bruins, and it is higher than the normal alcohol range as well. The complexity was there, but I think I would have preferred it to have been toned down just a bit in the alcohol and sweetness department to let some of the other flavors shine through a little bit.

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Photo of jale
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear mahaghony with a finger of tan head.

S: Sweet cherry aroma, like cherry nibs licorce. Only the slightest hint of malt.

T: Cherry nibs licorce upfront followed by a hint of roassted malt then a sharp tartness.

M: medium body with good carbonation.

O: Not sure how I feel about this beer. Very sweet with little malt backbone. I was not sure how to review this.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared by someone at DLD. Don't remember your name, but thanks dude!

A: deep red, creamy tan head, decent retention, good clarity

S: huge waves of acid up front followed by thick oak which is almost musty, ripe cherries come through along with notes of leather and wood on the finish

T:Starts of with a dash of lactic acid, tart cherries and malt some through on the middle, finish is somewhat sweet, very bold complex

Mf: thick and syrupy, heat on the finish

O: huge flavors, a little on the sweet side for the style, some sourness but not enough, intense

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kuhnhenn, pretty pumped to catch this on the chalkboard and give it a try.

A - Pours a deep purpleish brown, visibly cloudy. Nice half finger worth of off white head. Looks about right for a bruin.

S - Cherry bomb! Wow, this thing is super cherry! A little bit of sourness to it as well, but the cherry completely dominates. Seriously smells like a freshly picked cherry, impressive!

T - Follows the nose well. Very cherry, but the sourness is more present here. It's a very well done balance between the sweet cherry and the sour bite. A nice showcase of Michigan cherries at their finest!

M - There is absolutely no way this beer is 15%. Only the slightest hint of alcohol bite which is quickly masked by the sweetness of the cherries. Wow!

O - Overall very impressed. Another successful venture into sours for Kuhnhenn!

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Photo of slentz
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 12oz bottle.

Thanks to GhettoFabulous for this great extra in our not so recent trade. Popped the cap very little hiss seems like low carbonation. Poured into Allagash tulip at about 45 degrees.

A: Aggressive pour down the center of the glass creates a half finger head that is gone within a few seconds. Just a very thing ring remains. This one is dark really deep dark cherry color. Only a hint of light shines through when held to the light. 3.0

S: Smells of pretty strong alcohol, cherries....cough syrup. Smell is strong but fairly one dimensional. 3.0

T: Super sour....puckering...vinegar..ehh..trying really hard to enjoy this one but I'm just not feeling it. I love sours / wild ales but this one is just not that good. 2.5

M: Mouthfeel is prickly with light carbonation. Not too slick or oily. 3.0

O: Overall really not enjoying this one too much. Its tough to put back. But glad I got to try it non the less. The Marrón Acidifié I also got in this trade was a hell of lot better than this one. 3.0

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Photo of emmasdad
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Schmittymack for generously sharing this one with us last Friday night. Poured a hazy brown color with a bit of tan foam on top. Aromas of sour cherries, tobacco and caramel. On the palate, this one was light bodied and tart, with huge cherry flavors along with light vinegar and caramel.

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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 ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ruddy brown with patchy tan wisps. Rustic as hell.

S - Lots of cherry, some caramel and toffee, hints of vanilla and musty wood. It contains many of the same elements as KRE. As it airs out, it smells better and better; as if the olfactory volume is being cranked up.

T - The taste is quite strange; not off-putting, but unusual to say the least. I get a fairly intense cherry flavor from this beer, like unsweet pie cherries. The tartness in this beer, and there is quite a bit, seems to come from the fruit, and not from wild bugs. The sweet maltiness is fairly exquisite, as tends to be the case with Kuhnhenn; notes of caramel, toffee, and rum-butter-vanilla are sublimely expressed. I had heard intitial reports of this beer being way hot and super sweet; it seems that time has interceded kindly for Old Brune. The booze is only present enough to temper maltiness; on the other hand, the sweetness is really enhanced by the alcohol.

M - Thinner, but quite silky. Some soft effervesence is present, despite the somewhat lifeless appearance.

O - This beer is what I imagine Quelque Chose would be like if it had carbonation.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle off my wants from splax23, my generous trading buddy!

Pour- Dark ruby reddish brown with no head at all except for a fine beading of off white "head." this is a syrupy looking beast...looks sort of like Robitussin.

Nose- Dark cherries, cherry twizzlers (very distinct), damp oak, a slighty musty smell (can't quite put a finger on the origin), slight alcohol and brown sugar, perhaps pie crust.

Taste- Alcohol soaked cherries, slightly oaky, cherry twizzlers, slight vinegar and slight vanilla. The taste is actually disappointing...I was hoping for something kind of like consecration but this isn't even sour. I am not sure how anyone could think this is a sour ale...it's not even tart. This is a cloyingly sweet beer.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy for a sour. This is tongue coating like cough syrup and under carbonated.

Overall- This beer was my hope for a good east coast/Midwest sour ale. I'm hoping there are better sours out in that direction. I feel spoiled with RR, LA and Cascade sours at my constant disposal but they are excellent for comparison. This one should be classified as a fruit beer because it is plainly sweet without a sour or tart quality. Glad to try it but disappointed.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice rusty mahogany with a silky tan head. Nose has tart cherries, ripe pitted fruits, sweet malts and acidic grapes. Taste is also full of fresh, vibrant cherries. Dry, acidic finish. Crisp, refreshing body. Another great beer from Kuhnhenn and my first sour from them!

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.78/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Shared by DSC... Served in tulips...

The first sip was awful.

But it gets better... Slightly...

A VERY murky beer-- reddish brown in color. Small tan head. Spots of lacing... Meh.

The smell is insanely sweet. Wow. Sour cherries... Vinegar... The taste is only slightly better-- huge sweetness, vinegar, sour cherries, and a mustiness that I can't place...
The sourness is intense-- but the sweetness trumps it! This beer is WAAAY too sweet. This is like cough syrup with some sourness..
The body is undercarbonated... It is syrupy. Not something I like,

Overall-- this is one I could skip the next time around... It isn't TERRIBLE, but is doesn't wow me in any aspect. I am sorely disappointed in this beet.

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Photo of Lothore
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep, dark, reddish brown color with a very small, off white head that fades quickly.

S- Cherry, cedar, slightly medicinal

T- I was hit with a barrage of flavor. A deep tartness up front moves on to huge, dark cherry notes, sweetness, brown sugar, underlying wood and prickly hints of hop that are almost masked by a slight lingering sourness.

M- Thick with low carbonation.

D- This was an amazing beer that didnt look or smell like it tasted.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks goes to one of my Michigan hookups. I received a couple bottles and I'm not sure which one this is from.

A: Pours dark cinnamon brown with blood red edges. Tiny amount of beige head leaves soapy lace.

S: Full on booze soaked black cherries. Bits of pie crust and spices. A tiny amount of play doh and wet wood.

T: The cherry flavors shine. Out of the gate it's tart and has a nice bite. This slowly fades into a smooth sweet cherry pie flavor. A decent amount of cinnamon and tart apples in the finish make this taste exactly like a piece of pie. Not a trace of booze.

M: Smooth creamy body with light carbonation.

D: This is about the most drinkable 11.5 abv beer I've ever tasted. I would keep a case of this in the cellar if I could.

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

Thanks to MasterSki. Alex sent this along as an extra. Bottle is from summer 2010, and reads "Imperial Olde Bruin." ABV is 10.5% rather than 11.5%, but I am assuming that this is where this review belongs.

Poured into my tulip glass, the color is a deep purple-infused brown. There is a fleeting head that disappears as soon as I stop pouring. Around the edges of the glass, when in the presence of light, there is a rich ruby hue highlighted by bright amber edges.

The aroma is delicious. Sour cherries, cocoa powder, sherry grapes, and balsamic sweetness highlight the bouquet. Very little funk or acetic sourness, the sourness that manifests itself here is much more subdued. The flavor follows suit very well. Sour cherries are extremely prominent, but I also get strong notes of sherry and cocoa. There are hints of vanilla in the finish. Again, there is a sweetness from balsamic notes, and it comes close to nullifying the sourness from what tastes like lactic bacteria. One of the more balanced and enjoyable oud bruins that I have been able to enjoy. And for the 10.5% ABV, there isn't the slightest hint that this could do it to ya.

Slick on the palate, but light enough in texture from the low residual sugars, this is pretty much spot on in my eyes. While it could use more carbonation, the lack thereof does not really detract from the feel, though I do wonder if there wouldn't be a bit more complexity with some carbonation to open it up a little. Extremely enjoyable and easy drinking, this could be dangerous, as it doesn't show a hint of the booze.

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

A huge thanks to erikkoppin for this generous beer. A 2010 version labeled "Imperial Olde Brune Summer Solstice" and is 10.5% rather than 11.5%.

Appearance - Pours a dark copper color into my RR Tulip. Less than a finger of head is achieved with a relatively vigorous pour that leaves little lacing.

Smell - Wow, cherries and cherry flavored licorice (not so much the "black" licorice smell but the kind of cherry licorice you could buy growing up at the candy store). Slight molasses, oak, and honestly reminds me a bit of cough syrup. [edit] Also reminds me of Belgian Red from NG.

Taste - Damn! I freaking loved the first sip. After letting it warm a bit and allowing the flavors to fully reveal themselves, I can honestly say this is a damn good beer. Tart, yet sweet, cherries dominate the palate. Slight oak and raisins as the beer warms, though the dominate flavor is cherry (again, reminds me of Belgian Red). There is no medicinal factor to this flavor as I was afraid with the nose. There is definite sweetness (I honestly don't mind most sweet fruity beers like this) but the slight tartness from the cherries just makes this a pleasure.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - Insanely drinkable. I get just an ever so slight warming of the throat from this beer, and this is the 2010 version. I can't even imagine how drinkable this will be in a year or two. I am most definitely going to ISO this beer asap.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 2010 on the label.

Thanks to Tickwolf77 for sharing this one on our bday!

A - Hazy mahogany amber with a low light khaki head that's retained very well for the alcohol. Spotty lace is left on the glass.

S - Sour green and red apple aroma with a touch of vinegar. Nice light amber malt backing and notes of maple syrup. A hint of alcohol right away that fades quickly.

T - Delicious apple cider vinegar sourness right up front with a fantastic amber brown malt flavor. A mild hop flavor of earth on the finish. I begin getting a tart cherry flavor as the brew warms up.

M - Great sourness up front but a massive dryness arrests the tongue almost instantly. Medium-light bodied but soft in the entry.

D - 11.5%? Are you kidding me? This is by far the most dangerous beer I've ever had. It drinks like it's 4%, no problem. You could get someone absolutely wrecked off this beer. It's not too sour at all. This one has a scary drinkability level.

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Photo of bnieman
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - fleeting lace almost soapy muddy water. Rusty color.

S - newly opened raisin box. Fresh baked cheery pie. Subtle dried apricot sweetness.

T - Sour while directly on the tongue giving way to an incredibly smooth and sweet cherry malt extract. Not hint of tartness. Roasted malt characteristics extremely well blended.

M - Smooth like freshly squeezed fruit juice.

D - Lack of over the top sourness makes this brew an easy drinker.

2010 Edition
Thanks to beefwolf77 for sharing

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Photo of jampics2
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Wow, this is 11.5%?!?!? I never would have guessed. The booze is very well hidden. This is an enjoyable beer - I should have picked up a few more on my last trip to MI, but, alas, I failed to - probably because these were like $5.99 a bottle.

To the review - the beer looks great in the snifter, certainly one of the best colors I've seen in a bruin. It's a ruby red with brown hints, almost like cherry juice. The beer also has a nice bit of head, really impressive for an 11.5. What a great looking beer.

Kuhnhenn Olde Brune smells of cherries - lush, juicy cherries. There's also a healthy dose of acetic acid, giving balsamic vinegar notes. Some oak adds depth and a touch of vanilla. The booze does peek out a bit, but is masked well by the vinegar notes.

This beer tastes great! Probably the best I've had from Kuhnhenn. Seriously, this tastes like fresh, plump cherries and some light vinegar sprinkled on top a caramel malt base. There's a hint of chocolate too, perhaps the malt and the oak teamed up and decided vanilla wasn't enough. What a great tasting offering!!

Mouthfeel is syrupy because of the low carbonation, but it never becomes sticky or reminiscent of cough syrup. That's saying a lot since this is such a cherry-driven beer. The drinkability is nice, especially since this is such a big beer. Very well done! I'm looking out for more next spring in MI!

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Romulux for trading me this one!

A - A murky brown body with a small tan head htat quickly dissipates.

S - Very nice cherry aroma. A mix of sweet and sour cherry aromas with a hint of booze at the end.

T - Nice cherry flavor at first. Decently sour but quickly gives way to a malty meaty type flavor that is hard to describe. Pretty sweet in general. Kind of like a heavy red wine in the finish. The cherry up front though is fantastic.

M - pretty thick low carbonated beer.

D - I'm glad this is in a 12oz serving because I don't think I could drink much more. It's certainly a solid beer and provides some nice cherry notes but it's pretty thick and the finish leaves a flavor that I still can't decide if I like or not. I might pick more of this up if I had the chance so I could see how it ages.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage

Poured into a wine glass. A light fizzy head appears, but then fades quickly, leaving only a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The body is a clear, dark plum, maroon-red. A few tiny spots of lacing form with a swirl of the glass.

Lots of cherry, almost like hard candy cherry cough drops on the nose. A little bit of ethyl alcohol, toffee and sweet bready malts.

Like the nose, there is quite a bit of cherry in the flavor. Sour, somewhat tart, very sweet. Kind of like cherry cordial. Some toffee and sweet malt. A little too sweet and boozy in my opinion and lacking in complexity.

Mouthfeel is thick, slimy, viscous and laced with warming alcohol. Not bad, but kind of makes this seem like cherry syrup.

Drinkability is average. There is sour cherry in this beer, so Kuhnhenn does deliver that, but in a very one dimensional way. The high ABV is somewhat noticeable and the thickness for this style also cuts down on drinkability. Not necessarily a bad beer, but with beers like Rosso E Marrone in this category, this one doesn't come close.

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Kuhnhenn Cherry Oud Bruin from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
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