Kuhnhenn Simcoe Sillier | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Simcoe SillierKuhnhenn Simcoe Sillier

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Googs on 01-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 90
Photo of ljc973
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simco Sillier on tap 11/13/15. Poured a light, reddish brown with a thin head that dissapated and left moderate lacing arounf the glass. Smelled of malty sweetness and hops. Taste is similar, with fruity notes. Full mouthfeel. Overall, I'm glad I got to try this. It is exceptionally smooth for 12%.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with nice head. Aged a little longer than I'd like in my fridge. Simcoe and Belgian yeast give it a nice sweet malty and citrus flavor. Smooth and easy drinking. Held up well.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Short Review. This is a nice Belgian style DIPA, the hop flavors are big and fruity with lots of tropical and citrus aspects making for a pineapple orange juice like flavor, plus they go great with the Belgian which shows up just enough and it never gets to be too overpowering. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, this would be deadly in the summertime. I was impressed with this one and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian yeast forward. Good tropical fruit flavor but huge, heavy malt syrup backbone......................................................................................

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Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an IPA glass.

(A)- Pours a deep caramel orange amber color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention and lacing too considering this beer's ABV

(S)- A big combo of a spicy yeast met with candied pineapple and apricot citrus. A touch of pine.

(T)- A big burst of candied pineapple, orange, and apricot meets a subtle yeasty spice kick in the middle. Finishes smooth and sweet.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The fruity sweetness might get to be a bit much, but that yeasty kick helps settle it.

(O)- This really reminds me of a more successful, less boozy 120 Minute. Better balanced and more dynamic with the belgian yeast addistion. An exciting and enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3


Smooth apple juice appearance (nice reds) with thin crust of white head. No lacing. Good legs

Phew, Smells hot (still). Lots of pear, red apple, tobacco, leather, and funky european inspired yeast. I'll take-it or leave-it.

Harsh forward carbonation. Lots of juicy pear and hot burn of caramelized sugar. Flavors are rather unthoughtout. Even with a fucked up flavor, there's still some apple flavors that are quite nice. Bitterness is odd and sweetness is too. Bubble-gummy, chewy.

Hum. This is a very odd beer. Highly earthy and undertoned. I can't imagine it was any better fresh, by far the biggest mess I've had from kuhnhenn. Sadly, can't recommend.

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Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to the guy who taught me how to trade properly, beerisheaven, for this, among other, bottle of Kuhnhenn. 12 oz. bottle split with my wife.

First, the bottle is capped Kuhnhenn style - half-assedly, barely intact, like a homebrew where you didn't exert enough force, & the cap edges are all winged out. Not the first Kuhnhenn bottle I've seen like that, but thankfully, there's a serene hiss when I pop it. Pour is straight see-through orange with a low carbonation-to-surface-area ratio. Swirling coaxes mild but varied scents: fruity, almost slightly Belgianesque yeast, bubblegum. Very. Odd.

Simcoe Sillier should be able to something I could snap & blow bubbles with. Bubblegum, the old pink-and-sugar kind, dominates. Underneath is a healthy floral spiciness, sweet honey, faint pine. Slight bitterness in the middle gives way to more sweetness. One more beer that should come in nip bottles - yowza.

Overall this is a wild, wintry beer that outdoes itself. Give the brewery full props for all the crazy shit it pulls. Plenty of huge hits, but some broken noses, too. This is somewhere in the middle, but the bubblegum...decent, but nothing I need to revisit.

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Photo of jlindros
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to erric for this one and lots of goodies from Kuhnhenn. Shared with rudzud.

Light fizzy smaller head, touch of lacing, semi hazy copper slight reddish color.

Nose boozy sweet malt, candy slight syrupy, Belgian esters, light phenols too, big sweet aromas with a bit of honey, simcoe is there but less than I expected, a light musty cat piss but also some tropical fruit with a light pineapple, grapefruit, touch of citrus, light candied orange peel.

Taste is very different than I expected, a bit fruity flavor like generic fruit punch, big booze, esters, phenolic booze, apple and pear like, light cardboard too. There is some simcoe, musty cat piss again, light pineapple, touch of citrus, etc. Fair bitterness. Then sweet syrupy malts, Belgian like golden with a sweet syrupy candy. There is a honey too, but a dried honey, and big earthy dirt like flowery honey flavor. Very strange overall flavor. Finish is still syrupy sweet, fair bitterness, more booze, light phenols and esters, but if sticky candy malts, dried honey, and but of pineapple and simcoe hop flavours, late yeasty flavor too.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, despite tasting the alcohol it doesn't burn, lighter carb too.

Overall not impressed at all.

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Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy amber hue with a thin white blanket that leaves light side lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of light Belgian notes, light esters, simcoe notes are super faint, light booze on the back end.

T - Taste is a tough boozy, faint on the simcoe unfortunately. Good Belgian notes, light Casio malts, slight esters. The finish is quite boozy. Light cardboard notes as well...meh

M - Mouthfeel is average bit hides the alcohol well though.

O - Overall I was rather underwhelmed by this beer. Not much simcoe at all, just a glass of disappointment.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled picked up for me by liamt07. Served in a pint glass at Edward's poker party.

A - White foam settles to a thick cap, collar, and splotches of lace. Transparent amber body.

S - Bubble gum, fruity tropical hops, strong yeast profile that is estery but only slightly phenolic. Candi sugar and caramel malts, a tad doughy. Belgian character comes out more as it warms, and alcohol is quite well-hidden.

T - The taste is similar, but with more emphasis on sweet malt and bubblegum flavors and less of the tangy yeast I picked up in the aroma. I'm guessing the hops have faded a fair bit since December, but it's still on the hoppier side of Belgian Strong Pales. Minimal bitterness and alcohol presence, but perhaps a tad cloying after a while.

M - Sticky, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and a touch of grain to it. Some alcohol warmth that grows as the beer approaches room temperature, but nothing excessive for 11.25%.

D - I wish I could have had this back in December, as I think more dry-hop character would have been more beneficial. As a fruity Belgian it's a pretty good one, but it's not a beer I'd want to drink all that often; I don't really care much for Simcoe Silly either.

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Photo of Etan
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a snifter.

A: Pours a glowing dark honey color with a small off-white head.

S: Simcoe is still going strong in the nose, with notes of juicy grapefruit, honey, marshmallow, lime zest, mango, fresh grain.

T: Taste comprises pineapple, bitterish resin and pine sap, malty vanilla, stone fruit, honey, white cake, cloves, hint of dark alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Even with a few months of age on it, this still feels like a bright and juicy Belgian DIPA. Very tasty.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance: darker amber orange with white half finger head

Smell: simcoe citrus/grapefruit, very floral earthy hops, alcohol, guava and other tropical notes, bubblegum

Taste:you notice the alcohol, not overwhelming but surely not hidden. Lots of clove and bubblegum, some coriander notes as well. Some floral citrus notes blend well with the subtle malt backbone. Hardly bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: decently carbonated, but could possibly use more to make booziness more subtle. Very full bodied beer

Overall: My first Kuhnhenn, i enjoyed this one a lot. Expecting huge floral/simcoe notes but they werent really dominant over the alcohol, has some elements of a scotch ale mixed in. Pretty expensive and wont seek out, but will buy again as it was a refreshing well balanced brew.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured in to Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Cloudy golden orange with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Belgian yeast, clove and peppery spice are complimented by sweet bubblegum, tropical fruit and grapefruit.

T - Yeast esters, spice, clove and a huge bubblegum flavour. Lighter mango and apricot notes. A warming alcohol presence throughout but overall the alcohol is very well hidden for the ABV.

M - Medium body; slightly sticky. Light carbonation.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Copper with orange hues. Small amount of carbonation seen trailing upwards. Small white head that leaves nice lacing

S - Sweet pineapple, mango, light strawberry, bubblegum. Very slight floral notes too with a slight kick of booze. This is one sweet and very powerful nose. Really great to smell.

T - Bubblegum and clove with a slight floral aspect as well. Don't get as much sweet fruit as I did in the nose. There is a slight alcohol that comes near the end which when mixed with the bubblegum reminds me of cough syrup. Not a big fan of the taste.

MF - Lots of carbonation with a medium, slightly sticky body.

O - This was an intriguing beer as I loved the smell but the taste was too much bubblegum and booze together. This made it taste off and a bit like medicine.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, Winter Solstice 2012 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, mango, banana, clove, bubblegum, pepper, pine, honey, herbal, and floral hop earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester notes. Taste of tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, mango, banana, clove, bubblegum, pepper, honey, floral, and herbal earthiness. Light peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, banana, clove, bubblegum, pepper, honey, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and yeast esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for 11.25%. An extremely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn goblet. 2012 vintage. Thanks goes out to Bob, for the beer and the glass.

A - Pours an orange copper color with perfect clarity. Shows just wisps of carbonation on the surface. Some thin streaks of lacing show down the walls of the glass.

S - Smells of spicy cloves and bubblegum coupled with vibrant notes of mango and pine. Black pepper and raisins are also present. The simcoe brightens up the typical belgian aromas and offers the complexity of citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Tropical fruits burst from the first sip. Mango, pineapple, and tangerine are followed up by peppery clove and sweet belgian yeast. The honey offers some body and a nice floral character. There is nearly no bitterness on the back end. The finish is very clean, something that sets this apart from some of the other BPA/BSPA I have had. You would be hard pressed to recognize the alcohol in this 11+% beer.

M - Slick and medium bodied. Mellow carbonation and a surprisingly clean finish with no astringency.

O - This was a pleasant surprise from a recent trade. Sort of a hybrid BPA/BSPA/DIPA/Tripel but it works very well. The citrus and tropical notes of the simcoe hops play well off the belgian yeasts and spices. I have found that Belgian beers this big tend to become cloying, but this one stays balanced and drinkable. It was gone before I knew it. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of liamt07
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by solidfunk (RB), 12oz into a tulip. From the most recent Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice.

Orangey red hues, offwhite head with light retention and head. Nose has Belgian yeast, some herbal and citrus notes. Orange and tangerine is at the center of the action. Taste has sweet tangerine, orange and clementines, honey and a beautiful drying Belgian yeast character. Full, sweet body and the alcohol is disguised. So sad I passed up on this on draught at the Winter Solstice :( (good thing though as I probably would've died).

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Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big orange citrus taste up front. Very good orange aroma. Cushioned mouthfeel. Yeast in the finish. Very good for style. Could also pass as a Belgian IPA. Honey bulks up mouthfeel, makes it smooth. Dangerously drinkable at this alcohol level.Thanks for sharing Josh.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a burnt orange with a 1 finger white head. Some trails and cliffs of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, honey, citrus, nice Belgian fruit and spice notes from the yeast.

T- similar to nose. Sweet caramel followed by citrus, then the Belgian yeast comes in with the fruit and spices along with some bitter citrus rind.

M- medium body and carbonation. Abv is hidden very well.

O- very nice Belgian ipa, especially given the high abv. This beer drinks closer to 8% than 11+%.

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Photo of Googs
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into Kuhnhenn glass.

A: Body is a rich, golden-bronze color. Small froathy head that dissipated quickly leaving a small layer of bubbles. Tons and tons of lacing on my glass. Damn this beer look good.

S: Bursting fruits from the yeast and hops. Really getting the pineapple, mango and bubblegum they're talking about. A sweet, flowery bouquet.

T: Complex. A lot of clashing flavors coming from the belgian yeast and simcoe hops. The hops aren't an overwhelming factor here, which I think is a positive. I didn't think it was overly overly bitter, the hops provide the earthy and floral flavors to this brew while still somehow keeping it true to it's Belgian roots. This is a big beer, and the alcohol is present but not overwhelming for my taste.

M: Smooth, drinkable, tasty as fuck.

O: I like this brew a lot and I'm looking forward to laying one down for a couple years which should help mellow it out. If I had more, I'd drink it fresh,

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