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 abuliarose
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill farmstead tasting glass, revealing decently clear reddish brown body and no head. Very sparkling wine-looking. Smells fruity as well like an oud bruin with cherry cough drops. Lots of cherry there over the sour meatiness.

Tastes sweet up front but shifts into the grainy, almost caramel-y meatiness of the oud bruin that I know. Thread of tartness throughout, but a puckering sort very much like sour fruit. Cherry cough syrup abounds. Mouthfeel is relatively uncarbonated with a slight thickness to it, medium body. Decently drinkable, but the syrupy nature and in-your-face flavors make it more of a sipper.

Overall I'm not disappointed. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of callmescraps
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at an interesting tasting.

Appearance- Light brown. Red highlights. No head, no lacing.

Smell- Wood! Then some cherry.

Taste- More wood. Damn is this woody. Followed by a seriously tart cherry. It's like sweet cherry cough syrup. Has an amaretto finish. It's hot and sweet, and really oaky. Why is this coming in at 11%?

Mouthfeel- Too thin.

Drinkability- No thanks.

This was not a pleasantness.

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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 Reagan1984
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Maskerski for providing this in a recent trade.

I am assuming that I am posting this under the right beer. The label of the bottle I have is different in two different ways. Says "Summer Solstice across the top and 2010 is listed on the upper right. This is different vs. the photo shown. The beer is also titled "Imperial Olde Brune with an abv of 10.5%. I searched the other beers and couldn't find anything closer.

When you are pouring there is a bubbly tan head that forms, but it vanished immediately. The beer is a dull brown color. No lacing.

Aroma is pretty strong and very cherry focused. Really reminds me of a cherry juice.

Flavor certainly follows the aroma. Cherry, cherry, cherry. Pretty sweet with some brown sugar flavors as well. There is some slight tartness here, but I wouldn't call it sour at all. It's on the edge of that strong cough syrup flavor. I think a little more sour and less sweetness would have done wonders for this beer.

Fairly thick body, but not syrup like Tiny carbonation.

I think the sweetness is a little much here to allow you to enjoy an entire bottle.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in an awesome box from goryshkewych, thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a translucent mahogany into my glass with minimal head off of an aggressive pour. Enough however to leave a sheet across the top and also leave a touch of lacing as I drank.

Smell- Wow, smells very rich with lots of vanilla, dark cherry, wood, and warming alcohol showing through as well. Smells very nice.

Taste- Lots of similar flavors, with vanilla, rich chocolate covered cherries, wood, and warming booze on the finish. A big flavor profile but a little bit sweet for me and possibly for the style as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is a touch this for the big flavors this beer is holding and the drinkability suffers a bit from the sweetness of this one as well. Not bad on either accounts though.

Overall, a very interesting and complex take on the style. As I said though, I found this to be rather sweet and lacking the tartness that I generally find in this style.

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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymeal, of course.

Pours a murky mahogany with some reddish hints showing through the edges. The head is small and wispy, receding to a thin collar.

The aroma is big and robust with an overarching chocolate covered cherry character. Light tartness mixed with some hefty brown sugar and caramel sweetness.

Taste is sweet as well, with the sugar coated tart cherries dominating. As in the aroma, lots of chocolate and brown sugar which clings to the palate through the finish. Some alcohol burn going down as well.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, slick and very sugary. Soft carbonation and light dry tartness in the finish.

As usual, Kuhnhenn really makes some great beer when there isn't a quality control issue. This is a hefty, sweet oud bruin with just enough tartness to keep things interesting.

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Photo of klikger
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, dark brown with some red specks, hardly any head, and fair lacing

S - Tart cherry juice, vanilla, bourbon, a bit of prune

T - Sweet/tart cherries, a hint of vinegar --> raisins, tobacco --> more dried Montmorency cherries & slightly sour yeast

M - Low carbonation, thick mouthfeel for an Oud Bruin

D - Good for being fruity; not bad for the listed style

So this isn't exactly an Oud Bruin...points adjusted downward. It's still a crazy tasty beer, and perhaps we get carried away with the judging according to style thing sometimes.
(Although it'd not applicable here, I've reviewed several beers which I'd categorize differently than the person who first reviewed it. I bet you have, too.)

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Photo of nickadams2
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A_Dark burgundy with blood red highlights. Thin red tinted brown head. Not much lacing.

S_Tart cherry , dark fruits, and a medicinal boozy aroma.

T_Tart cherry upfront. Bittersweet fruits and a hefty alcohol burn. Medicinal aftertaste.

M_Thick and syrupy.

D_Hard enough to choke down one. Perhaps better suited for a smaller serving.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.56/5  rDev -35%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz into chouffe tulip. 2010 bottling.

A- An amazing pour.. deep ruby red highlights in a dark brown beer. A salmon-colored head that laces nicely. 2 fingers but fizzes out.

S- Cherries!

T- Cough syrup cherry tidal wave. Capri sun cherry flavor. I have reason to believe this was brewed with real cherries, so it's a shame they are coming across like this. It's not terrible, it's not Robitussin... but it's no cherry pie either. Stale flavors are peeking through the cherry avalanche.

M- Thick, heavy, pancake syrupy. No sign of ABV, but this elixer doesn't resemble a beer either.

D- Low... there's a few flavors that draw me out of what has the potential to be a stellar beer. Needs some serious tweaking. Each sip I would tell myself it's not that bad, and then the stale flavors would hit me for a second, and then they'd be gone. A befuddling beer.

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

Moved from previous review site, per note from masterski as well.
(From notes - On tap at Blind Tiger)

A - Deep brown mahogany color that's almost black; with a finger of tan head

S - Vinegary; sweet dark fruits/prunes; some sweetish maltiness; bit of soy sauce sneeks in as well

T - Vinegary, tart, and sour up front; nice acidity; sweet maltiness; a little savory overall

M - Medium body; tight bubbly carbonation

D - Really nice drinking; loved the sweet/sour juxtaposition and nice layers of flavors

Overall, found this to be a very unique brew, but also tasty which = high rating

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moved review from (Imperial Olde Brune to "Olde Brune" per instructions from Masterski

Poured a lifeless dark plum red / brown with no head and no carbonation visible. Smell of strong overripe cherries, and tartness from barrel aging. Looks like some others did not like this one as much as myself. Personally I think it is pretty tasty. Comparitive to a cherry Jolly Rancher, but more natural/less artificial flavor tasting.

Oak flavors, dark Cherry explosion, tartness and cherry skins are what this beer is about. Glad to see this listed as a fruit beer as that is exactly how it should be categorized. I assume that with some age, carbonation would build and I have put one away for some time. I will be getting more of these next time I see them. Delicious flavors and enjoyable for someone with a sweettooth.

Thick syrupy mouthfeel and no carbonation take away from my overrall rating, but still enjoyable IMHO.

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

Thanks to jrallen34 for hooking me up with this one.

A - Pours a very dark red, with hints of brown. Head bubbled up just about a 1/2 finger, off white coloring. Receded to a nice cap.

S - Big cherry smell on the nose, some chocolate, there's bit of mediciny smell to this that detracts slightly. There is something unnatural about the smell, but not sure if it is alcohol. Nice oak.

T - Huge deep cherries, nice oak, hints of vanilla. A bit of a cough syrup like taste detracts a little bit. Some sweet chocolate notes in there.

M - Smooth, full bodied, low carbonation.

D - Very high drinkability considering the abv. It gets tastier as you go too, a very nice and tasty brew.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was almost still. The smell was like black cherry jam and booze. The flavor was a little more complex. It had sour cheeries that ended with a boozy cherry pit flavor. Alcohol is strong and this beer is syrupy and coats your tongue. I almost didn't want this to be sour but once my palate adjusted it felt better.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biernutz for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Standard pour yields a thin layer of off-biese head that dissipates quickly into a subtle ring around the glass. Beer is a dark, near opaque blood ruby red. Lacing is spotty and sparse with near no cling.

S: Soy sauce, cherry juice, and ethanol. Deep but not aromatic and the scents seem like they're being suppressed somehow.

T: Soy sauce and vinegar upfront with a hint of fruitiness in the back. The cherry doesn't develop much in this one even though it claims to be a "sour cherry beer". Gets creamier as it warms but acidity never subsides. Sours intensely towards the middle/end with a slight cherry sweetness. Finishes tart with a lingering vinegar aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth with an accented finish and a sticky and filmy aftertaste.

D: A decent beer that gets much much better as the carbonation leaves and it warms a little. The fruitiness seeps through a bit more and this one actually becomes quite drinkable. Still, lacking the vinegary kick and real sourness that I've come to enjoy from the style.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask as the Great Taste. Pours a rosy red slightly cloudy color with a slight tan head. Tart, sweet cherries just absolutely dominates the nose with some sour notes as well. Tart bite on the tongue followed by a full fruity taste of cherries with both sweet and tart tastes. Very well balanced. Light mouthfeel.

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Photo of 7ways
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours muddy, dark, and sinister with almost no head. Maroon around the edges while swirling. This looks like a big ass Oud Bruin.

Aside from sour cherry, it smells like spiced rum, vanilla, red wine and damp wood. Kind of one dimensional actually, but pretty great. The taste is the opposite, layers upon layers of cherry vanilla coke and spiced rum, pinchy red wine and apple cider vinegar, and rhubarb. Pretty sweet, but I've had plenty of great Oud Bruins/Flanders Reds that were just as sweet or more. What the hell, it's 11.5%. Finishes dry and oakey with a surprisingly mild burn for all the alcohol and perceived acidity.

Mouthfeel reminded me of Monk's Cafe on steroids, pretty full and seems to swell and invade every corner of the mouth. It really wants you to now you're drinking a damn beer here. About perfect.

This sour monster is firing on all cylinders and I would happily drink myself into a massive hangover with it.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flanders Oud Bruin, really? Its a great beer no doubt, but it is fairly sweet for the style. Something that I have found with Kuhnhenn is that you really never know what you're going to get. Its always kind of up in the air, but when they do something well it is very tasty.

The appearance is a dark ruby color with some floaters in the pour. It has a light pink head, but with the soda like carbonation the head vanishes.

The smell is of straight berries and bit of vinegar. The berries is a mix of raspberries, strawberries, and with the vinegar and tart smells it reminds me of cranberry.

THe taste is great, but if I were to review to style this would get a grade of D. It is very sweet and reminds me of Selins Grove Kriek. It has a lot of cherry and raspberry tastes that are so delightful, I almost wanted to pour it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Some tart cherries with a nice 'vinegarette' flavor that reminds you that this is an Oud Bruin attempt.

The mouthfeel was almost cloyingly sweet, but it was still enjoyable. It came is a 12 oz. bottle and that was good for two people. Oh Kuhnhenn, its almost hysterical what you call quality control.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a really like the label of this one. An old english press look of some yank cutting down a cherry tree.

Had it at hop cat in grand rapids

Pour looks so nice in a sherry dark red with of mild murk. Nose is intensely of cherry pie and the palate is back with so much nice malt that it just sits on your tongue. Although i must say it is a bit elixer like when it comes to the feel. For some the abv and the intense cherry richness may come off as tussin like. But its more meaty than that. Its has a nice english barley wine finish and hints of coconut sweet and thyme bitter. A nice one. Seek it out strong sour fans.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a super dark red with a small tanish head

S- Smells like a cherry winter warmer. Lots of cherries up front with a nice holiday spice backbone almost like cinnamon.

T- Taste is a huge amount of tart cherries on the first sip with a nice warm oak flavor. Very well balanced between the sour and the sweet.

M- Not to much carbonation feels just right.

D- Split a 12oz 3 ways and really did not want more. Perfect for a rainy dreary night.

Overall great beer glad i bought a couple of them i cant wait to see how it changes over the years.

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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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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 JoeBeerMan
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome version of an Ode' Bruin. The cherry flavor really comes out but is not too powerful. I just wish it wasn't such a high gravity beer so I could drink more of it :)Get thaer and get yourself some while its still available. Has been going fast!

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

A 12oz bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a small fizz of tan head from a hard pour. Head settles almost instantly and leaves a small island of suds floating on top. Deep ruby red brown in color with good clarity.

S- sweet candied cherries and a touch of tart funk.a bit of grilled fruit cake with cherry jam on top.

T- bold and vinous with sweet and sour cherries. Old wood, some funk and a hint of rhubarb. The oak really show in a few ways that really impresses. No hops that I can pull out. I just keep coming back to the interplay between sweet and sour.

M- A hair above medium in body and a nice mellow carb that let's the brew sit just right on the palate. Nice pucker and a semi dry finish.

D- not a bit of heat from this beast of a sour. Sour but not to much sweet but not to much. Complex and enjoyable. I wish I had scooped another one of these.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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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