Kuhnhenn Sol Invictus Saison | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Sol Invictus SaisonKuhnhenn Sol Invictus Saison
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Kuhnhenn Sol Invictus SaisonKuhnhenn Sol Invictus Saison

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 12-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of MDDMD
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Bottle grabbed as I left the brewery back in June of 2013. The appearance was a clear orange/amber body with a one finger white foamy head, some light lacing but slides down into the body. The smell had a slightly tart/spicy/floral all combined nicely and leaving a sort of herbal-ness to it. The taste had a mostly the same with some citrusy/malty thing goin’ on, tart aftertaste and a dry finish. The palate had a light to medium in body, came across somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is adequately felt for the style and for me. Overall, pretty nice "tart" saison, I could come back to.

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Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of djrn2
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Auslander
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle is apparently old.

Appearance - Amber body with an ample white head and some chunks. Medium collar.

Smell - Caramel malt and a little yeastiness. Apple fruitiness. A little oxidized.

Taste - Very yeasty. Hefty caramel malt. A little bitter from the yeastiness. Slight apple fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Low carbonation. Bitter.

Overall - Old and not very exciting.

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Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Presentation is pretty amazing. Poured into a stemware glass with a wide body. Massive off-white head, three fingers thick, like sea foam that won't go away. Clings immediately to the glass. The body of the beer is a deep amber gold color, hazed and showing good carbonation.

A pungent herbal aroma, unfortunately a bit reminiscent of floor cleaner for me. But to parse it out, there is a strong herbal aroma of sage and lemongrass, over top of a sweet orange and grapefruit aroma. Maybe a vague Saison yeast aroma right up front.

Oh god, this is a beast of a beer. I am immediately struck by how full bodied this beer is and how absolutely necessary that high carbonation is to lighten the body a little bit. Pretty dry finish for a big beer. Up front is a rich, full bodied sage and citrus beer, slightly sweet, but never heavy. Alcohol expresses itself on the swallow and at first comes across the palate kind of harshly. It smooths out and becomes more mellow. The mid palate is filled with a grainy, yeasty flavor, followed by a herbal aftertaste and finish.

I'm not really a fan of imperialized Saisons but this one was well crafted enough that I could finish the glass. I'm not sure what the point is of having such high abv beers. Is it really that cold in Michigan? I wouldn't buy this if I saw it again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Fluid Ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled November 21, 2012

A - It is orange with golden highlights. I looks like an "invincible sun." It was topped with about an inch of off-white head.

S - I get some orange and bread. I also smell some coriander.

T - It tastes like an orange flavored saison. As the bottle indicates, it is made with orange peel. The orange seems to mask the spiciness of this beer. The spices come through more in the finish.

M - It is highly effervescent with a medium body.

O - It is a pleasant beer if you like orange flavor. It is the dominant scent and taste for me.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.9.13

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a huge, foamy yellow head that fades slowly.

S - Very lemony and lots of heavy spices. Unique.

T - Lots of Belgian spice with a crisp lemony-citrus finish.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Heavy spices with lots of citrus.

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Photo of klipper
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

(Aged for ~1 year)

A clear dark amber. Moderately-sized, large white head that dies down fairly quickly. Streaky spiderwebs of lace left down the glass.

Interesting combination of caramel sweetness, moderate bread, and lots of sage character. It doesn't really turn vegetal at all, but the spice and herb notes come out nicely.

The flavor is similar, with sage, bread, and caramel sweetness combining. A touch of an alcohol presence. This would probably succeed more if there was a touch less of an alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with very high carbonation. It's probably too highly carbonated, especially on the first few gulps.

Tasty, but slightly flawed, in my opinion.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Liam I believe. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, solid collar, and minimal lace. Lightly hazed peach-colored body.

S - Lots of sage and peppery yeast here, with a note of citrus peel. Adjuncts and yeast rule the day, with very low malt sweetness; what's there is comprised of fairly neutral grain and bread flavors.

T - Taste is similar, albeit a tiny bit sweeter. Citrus peel recedes, allowing some grassy and hay-like hop character to peek through and join the heavy doses of sage and peppery farmhouse yeast. No alcohol to be found.

M - Dry, medium body, with zesty, crisp, and refreshing carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth at this stage, but not excessively so for 8.5%.

D - I actually kind of enjoyed this. I'm glad I let it sit for a few months, as I imagine it may have been to heavy on the sage and spice when fresh. Slightly overcarbonated for my tastes, but one of the best Belgian offerings I've had from Kuhnhenn. I'd like to see them try their hand at making more Saisons.

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Photo of garuda
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden, hazed, white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Yeast funk, candy sugar, herbal hops. Abv stays well hidden.

M - Medium/light body, high carbonation, stays smooth, finishes with a bit of residual sugars, not completely clean.

O - While a good, tasty beer, it really didn't have enough barnyard-y funk to it for me. More like a strong pale/tripel.

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Photo of fishmich
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sitarist
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing, yet cloudy amber to orange color. A whirlpool of tiny bubble race up to half a glass worth of thick off white head. The head takes its time falling leaving sheets of lacing.

The aroma has a strong floral / herbal character, with some light fruit notes as well. I get pear, white grape, herbs, lemongrass, pepper, and lime. Clean, and pleasant with just the slightest phenolic weirdness.

Its flavor pretty much falls in line with its aroma. Not as nicely balanced though, maybe time will fix that. It starts of with apple, grape, and then lime transition to a peppery herbal finish. Nice flavors, just a little bite at the end. As the beer warms it taste, and finishes better!

Light to medium in body. The carbonation scrubs my tongue. It has a dry finish.

A nice example in style. I wish I would have picked up a few more of these. Put a ghost on the label, then everyone would rate this one higher. It could use a few months to mellow IMO, but I'm happy non the less.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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