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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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. This is a dark purple color with half an inch or so of light pink foamy head. Smell has a strong dark cherry presence, along with some other dark fruits (grapes?). Taste is loaded with dark cherries, sour, tart, and acidic. Alcohol is present, finishing with a burn. This is pretty powerful, and a slow-sipper.

A very interesting and very tart change-of-pace beer.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
1.79/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pried the cap and got the tell tale faint hiss of a flat beer. This makes 2 out of 3 Kuhnhenn beers that I purchased that were flat. This is marked Summer Solstice and 2010 so this beer cant be very old at all, yet it was totally flat.

It poured a flat purple, brown, black color. A lot like black cherries. The color was interesting but thats it.

Smell wasnt too bad, mostly just black cherries though.

The taste is awful though. I had to drain pour this one. Painful sour like unripe cherries or some strange wild berries that arent meant for consuption, overly sour plum skin, vinegar and gasoline like alcohol.

Pretty damn awful, one of my very few drain pours. A big disappointment.

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Photo of mothman
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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Photo of coldmeat23
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Chilled at approx 40 degrees, warmed to room temp
Huge thanks goes to mjd83goblue for this super hook-up!!

Pours up a very deep and slightly darkened, red color. Very light tinting of golden brown, especially around the surface edges. A small, thin, filmy head covers the surface, briefly, then fades away. Lacing is minimal and fairly slippery.
Nothing unexpected, as far as the style goes. Especially considering that this clocks in at almost 12.00%abv.

Smells primarily of cherries, both light and sweet and also tart and tangy. Notes of dried dark cherries, soaking in maraschino cherry juice, with a small splash of rum. A decent touch of earthiness, with a slight hint of wood. Slight notes which seem almost Pinot Noir/Merlot like.
This smells absolutely inviting and delicious.

The taste of this one leans way more towards the 'funky' side of things. The cherries are still way up front, but they are overtaken by a decent amount of barnyard funk presence. Sweet hints of caramel blend with very mild sweet cherry traces. These collide with some strong touches of tart and tangy, but not quite sour, cherry notes. Not exactly what I expect from an Oude Bruin, but very delicious, and not too far off the mark, anyway.

This one is full-bodied and nicely viscous. Almost oily. Very light level of carbonation. Extra smooth and almost satin-like.

Despite the high abv, this one is not warming, at all. The taste is quite nicely hidden, as well. I have to go with quite drinkable, here.
Yet another great tasting beer from the guys up at Kuhnhenn. Keep 'em coming, please!!

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown hue with only a thin ring of head that faded within a minute. Bright cherry nose, maraschino like. Smells almost like dulled/watery amaretto. Taste continues with a cherry-forward burst. Booze hidden upfront, but warming and present on the way down. Lip smacking sweetness. Mouthfeel is above average.

It was nice to try this one, but it could have been better with more tart flavors and less sweet cherry.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

THanks Kevin for sharing this brew!

A- Body is a crystal clear walnut hue. Pours with no head. A slight off white collar appears and vanishes quickly. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Slight presence of alcohol, over-ripe dark fruit, aged cheese. Overall impression is very funky and slightly bready.

T- Flavor is slightly sour with a hint of chocolate and vinegar. Finish is quite acidic-but not really tart.

M- Medium carbonation and medium weight slightly acidic body.

D- This brew doesn't seem to meld right on the palate. Its not bad...somewhat drinkable-but it just doesnt blend right.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.92/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a cloudy copper reddish color with an off white dense creamy head.

S-the nose is a little light, lots of earthy tones, sawdust, notes of tart red grapes, merlot, cherries, and a faint touch of acetone with acetic acid in the back.

T-grainy earth, notes of sawdust up front, tart cherries, tred grapes, balsamic vinegar, notes of acetone, but faint, with a ton of acetic acid.

M-soft but a little grainy, medium to light body, enough carbonation but i would have liked to see more.

D-pretty tasty and improves as it warms. notes of metallic phenol in the back when it was first served but faded. balanced, not bad.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 bobsy
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn Imperial Flanders Kriek was supposed to turn up at Mondial de la Biere, but this one arrived instead. Don't know if it was a miscommunication, but this was an awesome substitute. I found a free bottle in the exhibitor's fridge and grabbed most of it.

Ruddy brown pour with a fine off-white head. Some lace spots and streaks as it dies to a film. Intense cherry and vinegar aromas alongside a good amount of candy sugar. Very sweet and intense, almost thick smell. Mindblowingly intense cherry, alternating between sweet and sour on the palate, with the sweetness eventually getting the upper hand and winning out. There's also an interesting fruit vinegar quality to this beer, along with a slight funk and touch of caramel. Slightly boozy. It's a thick, sticky beast, but one more than deserving of some of your time. Extreme for the style, but recommended.

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Photo of koopa
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beerloco opened this last night at a small tasting we did.

Appearance: Pours closer to brown than garnet with a minimal off white crown. The head displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Some sweet honey over sour cherry. Very malty with hints of caramel and the faintest whisper of black licorice.

Taste: Same as the nose. The interplay of the sweet malt and sour cherry works, with the sour side being a bit more prominent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and low on carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent but I'm not digging the mouthfeel.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.54/5  rDev -35.7%
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 younger35
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew as an extra from the ever generous Northernbrews. I LOVE almost any beer with fruit in it so this has got me excited. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Glugs a super dark reddish brown with a small half finger dirty white head. No cap remains but a teeny tiny collar manages to hang around. Zippo lacing.
Smell- Super dark and earthy smelling with a bit of raisin and dark tart cherries. The fruit is definitely luscious smelling and honestly if I didn't know better I'm not 100% sure that I'd guess this was cherries in here. Has an Old Ale nose to it and smells slightly medicinal and slightly sweet. Plenty of caramel is noticeable and just a hint of chocolate. Nothing about the nose says sour in the least, but it's still a solid nose.
Taste- Interesting. The cherries are more on the dark fruity side than on the brash tart side but are definitely the focal point. Probably the most cherry flavor I've tasted in a beer since New Glarus's Belgium Red. A bit of sweetness is present from a liberal amount of caramel as is a touch of coffee (yes, coffee). A bit of light spice and something that seriously reminds me of cinnamon. The beer isn't sour in the least but I have a really hard time believing this is 11.5% because I don't get even the lightest amount of warming.
Mouthfeel- Big thick brew that has little to no carbonation and an almost syrupy feel.
Drinkability- Kind of a strange brew overall but still enjoyed the shit out of it. The cherries are front and center just how I like em. Not sure if this will sour up a bit more with some age on it but I'm glad I enjoyed fresh. Thanks much Jeff!

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewerDan picked this up for me while he was out in Michigan...thanks again Dan! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Allagsh tall chalice/snifter. Pours an extremely dark brown with a slight tinge of red torwards the rim. Appearance is murky and dark...with a creamy tan head, about half a finger, resulted from an aggresive pour. Head has decent retention but only leaves only patchy..and very light fizzy/quick sliding lacing.

Aroma isn't quite what I expected for the style, but not bad. Has a hearty wheat smell. You can notice the cherries, but their rather faint...and not all that tart.

I have to say, this is really good...but not at all what I expected for the style! Its not really a tart vinegar like beer...rather its a sweet/tart cherry flavor, slightly malty, booze is pretty well hidden, carbonation mild to low. Mouthfeel is medium body, and overall very drinkable. Another great beer from Kuhnhenn!

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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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Photo of pmccallum86
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark cherry color with a tiny head. Very syrupy looking in appearance.

Smell is of rich malts and licorice. Very rich, unlike many other flanders oud bruins.

Taste is very rich, lots of licorice and rich malt notes. Rich syrupy flavors with a slight tartness. The syrupy feel and taste results from the low carbonation. Seems like there is some cherries too, sour cherries.

Mouthfeel is very full with low carbonation. A very full bodied beer, rich and thick, slightly syrupy.

Drinkablility is good for such a big beer, it's hard to believe this beer is 11.5% alcohol.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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 buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured into my glass to absolutely no head. It is brown in color. The aroma reminds me of wine. It has a tart cherry smell and taste. I get a hint of vinegar in there, too. I get some cranberry on the taste. This is a new experience for me, and I like it.

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Photo of nickd717
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle via trade thanks to sarro. Shared at a tasting.

Pours mostly clear deep crimson with a light tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is great - intense cherries dominate, maybe some spice.

Flavor is also great cherries, but pretty sweet and syrup-like, even medicinal. Maybe a little chocolate and caramel. A little weird.

Smooth and fairly sweet on the palate. Good carbonation level.

Overall, I thought this was pretty good, although others who shared it were not as keen on it. The fruit flavor was nice, but it wasn't sour like it claimed to be and was slightly medicinal. This detracted from the drinkability.

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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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Photo of farrago
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured right down into the center of the glass from six inches above and still no head, no lacing either. Deep muddy brown colored liquid, like you'd expect to find catfish swimming around the bottom of the glass, sort of yellows around the rims, curiously lots of visible bubbles inside yet no head. Sour pie of wild cherries, not the type of sweeter cherries you get in the store, you even get the flakes of hard crust, baking spices and a light blood orange infusion, before it's gone you get a damp kind of forest floor vegetation, that said, it's all about the cherries. Very full-bodied, dense and muscular mouth presence, the carbonation adds a tight tickle to stir the pot ever so slowly. Comes close to identically replicating the nose, those sour cherries have a golden honey dappled flakiness, haphazard flourishes of vanilla bean, ginger and chamomile. Here you get more white grapefruit than orange, takes the pucker factor to "eleven." Not as earthy or green as in the nose. Most effective when warmed up some, gains staying power in both the nose and palate. Admirable clarity of purpose here.

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Photo of berkey
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle received as an extra from a generous BA. Poured into a tulip 04/22/10.

With a fairly rough pour I'm able to coax up a small light tan colored head but it doesn't stick around long. Body is a fairly dark brown with a very slight garnet tint.

There's a restrained pungent aroma that's followed by a sweet and sour cherry-like character. Right on point for the style. There are some faint soy sauce notes in the background that may be a sign of oxidation but they're not that noticeable.

Have to admit this is a good deal sweeter and maltier than I expected. Cherry flavors are so strong I might think they actually added the fruit during the brewing process if I didn't know what I was drinking. Pleasantly subtle tart and woody notes keep the sweetness from running wild and help achieve a level of balance.

Soft and fine carbonation is very nice despite the complete lack of a head. Not exactly a clone of my favorite Belgian versions of the style but a very tasty and enjoyable brew. This only my second beer from this brewer and the first I've reviewed but so far I have to say I'm very impressed.

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Photo of sarro
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Label is a bit cheesy, but describes itself as a "Sour Cherry Beer" & lacks a print of ABV.

Appearance is an incredibly dark red, blood-like color with little head after a delicate pour.

Smell is of deep dark cherries and some molasses...perhaps a bit medicinal too.

Taste is of dessert cherries that are sweet with a tart relief. Alcohol burn accompanies the tartness & let's you know what you're messing with.

The mouthfeel is thin, but with velvety, light carbonation. The finish will make you pucker slightly.

Enjoyed this one alone, but probably should have split it. I can easily drink all 12oz, but it really does get a bit sweet by the last few ounces. I'm sure it will age well and it goes down as another great beer by Kuhnhenn's for me.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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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