Kuhnhenn Sol Invictus Saison | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Sol Invictus SaisonKuhnhenn Sol Invictus Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the owner. Just released. A sage based saison. Very decent for the style, good drinkability. Carbonation a bit aggressive. I liked the farmhouse yeast character to it. Not as complex as the sage used by Great Lakes and Amsterdam this summer in Toronto, or as smooth as the Stillwater.

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Photo of acurtis
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of djrn2
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 11/21/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger foamy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, sage, orange zest, grass, floral, light funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of spicy/earthy yeast esters with fruitiness and spicing; with good complexity. Taste of pear, apple, grape, orange zest, pepper, clove, sage, grass, floral, light funk, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, sage, grass, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate herbal spicing notes; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, prickly, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Finish is moderately dry due to carbonation, but still flavorful. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced saison. All around well balanced fruity/spicy esters with herbal spices; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of MasterSki
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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 liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle at the 2012 Winter Solstice, into a pint glass.

Hazy orange, with some golden yellow highlights. White head with good retention and some lacing. Nose is spicy, floral, coriander, sage and some other herbal/floral notes I'm not sure about. Taste is spicy similar to the nose, zesty, wheat and spicy into the finish. Not terribly drying, moderate sweetness. Medium feel, good texture. Alcohol is detectable, medium high carbonation. A nice spicy imperial saison.

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Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tectactoe
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite a few of these bottles have passed through my grip without me ever actually trying one, so I figured it was time to finally give it a shot. The body has a nice amber and orange gradient; translucent and foggy all around. An enormous amount of tiny carbonation bubble streams jet from the bottom of the glass to the top of the brew where a huge, volatile, and eggshell colored head perches and stays, cloudy and lumpy with lots of lace left in its path.

A nice multitude of spices is the first thing I'm getting from the aroma. The sage is heavy, much like the bottle notes. Sage is one of the few spices I can pin-point, but it seems to me there are a few more spices in the aroma that my untrained nose can't quite recognize. Quite hoppy, with a largely floral and herbal profile that meshes nicely with the large amount of spice.

The latter half of the aromatic profile includes a small resurgence of light lemon peel and orange zest; just slightly tart with a backbone made of thick, heavy, Belgian-style yeast. The yeast contributes quite a bit to the aroma, and may even be responsible for some of the "unidentifiable" spices earlier. Clove, bread, sweet esters, light phenol, and sticky bubblegum close out the nose. Complex, different, intriguing.

Despite the sizable amount of spice in the aroma, I'd say the spiciness is even more relevant on the palate. The sage comes out HUGE; leafy, herbal, and peppery, the first sip tastes something like a hodge-podge kitchen spice rack turned liquid. Mild tartness jolts in immediately after the spice assault; light lemon, orange peel, and tart apple skins provide a nice, swift kick to the taste buds.

The finishing touches of Sol Invictus introduce a bit of thick yeast and a smell helping of funk. Coriander, clove, and large waves of bread followed up by an aftertaste with a faint cheesy, musty, and dingy funk, akin to a cob-web filled, damp cellar. A like the addition of funk, but wish it were a little more balanced in the final moments. Thick bodied with a surprisingly spritzy mouth feel and heavy carbonation.

Not a bad saison at all, but far from one of the better examples of the style. It's definitely a bit different, I'll give it that. Lots of spices going on - sage is definitely the strongest, and the yeast provides some spicy, phenol esters to the mix, too. Possibly a little overwhelming with the spice and unadulterated funk finish, but still solid overall.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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 MinorThreat
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of garuda
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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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3.75 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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