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Kuhnhenn Stollen Christmas Ale | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Christmas Ale is spicy, slightly sweet, and super fruity. It is like drinking Stollen roll bread.

Added by jampics2 on 03-03-2011

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3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 winter Solstice bottling. Pours hazy deep ruby brown color with a small foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raspberry, cherry, cranberry, raisin, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, spice cake, brown sugar, and licorice. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruit notes with malt and moderate spices. Taste of raspberry, raisin, cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, spice cake, brown sugar, clove, and licorice. Lingering notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, spice cake, cinnamon, nutmeg, and licorice on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruit flavors with big malt sweetness and moderate spices; no cloying sweetness after the finish surprisingly. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and unique winter warmer style. Big robustness and nice balance of fruity, malt, and spice flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a snifter

A: relatively clear raisin brown color until pouring part of the dregs into the glass. I figured Id pour some of the dregs in as well as it would probably have additional flavors, especially from a beer that is supposed to resemble Stollen.

S: Aroma of fruity orange with yeasty hints and belgian scents. To be honest, I dont really like stollen itself in bread form. Maybe I havent had the best that is out there, but this far surpassed my expectations just in aroma.

T: Fruity fruit fruit flavors all over. Orange, banana and clove along with a yeasty brown bread flavor and belgian yeast tastes. Cherry aftertaste and slightly resembling Mad Elf flavors in my opinion of a belgian ale with cherry flavors. Fruit punch cotton candy flavors are also pretty strong and tasty. Anybody with a sweet tooth would clearly enjoy this. There is a nice dry finish at the end with some booze.

M: Dry and medium bodied for an herbed / spiced beer. medium carbonation.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this. I had envisioned a slightly darker beer, but the color is right and the flavors are nice and complex. Not to be understated, I could readily have a few of these without complaints.

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3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the 2012 Winter Solstice.

Dark brown body with some translucence around the edges. Offwhite head, decent retention and quite nice lacing. Nose instantly makes me think of red licorice and gummy bears, some spicy bread character, doughy and very cake-y. Taste continues to present the gummy/licorice on the nose, but is a tad more muddled. Still the cake-y and bready character prevails, spices are subdued. Sweetness abound. Low carbonation and full feel. Interesting, and something I'd definitely have again - but perhaps a full glass of this is a bit much.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had samples of this beer two years in a row, and I found it to be immensely better in 2011 than it was in 2010. On-tap at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

A - Semi-transparent chestnut brown. A finger of white foam settles to a collar and splotchy lacework.

S - Smells like oranges, spiced bread, and cake. Very fruity, with some cherry and plum notes mixed in, as well as a hefty dose of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. It literally smells like Stollen Bread.

T - The taste is a little less compelling, and losses some of the spice and fruity definition. A bit muddled and heavy on the bread and yeast flavors.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation and shockingly well-hidden alcohol - I would have guessed 6% at most. Chewy and bready.

D - The 2011 batch is miles better than Kuhnhenn's first attempt in 2010, which was far too heavy in clove and mint flavors. I happily finished my sample glass and would have considered another small pour had we stuck around a little longer. Still, best enjoyed in small doses.

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3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kuhnhenn Winter, Solstice Night Two. Brown and lacey. Citrus lemon and orange, and ginger, cinammon and nutmeg. A big nose of spices. Some sugar. A sipper, yet drinkability assured. Nothing like any xmas beer had before.A little cider and hops.Worth a try.

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Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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