Tavour has many faults – many, but it does have a few redeeming features. One of those redeeming qualities is access to a handful of breweries that I know from 20+ years ago, and Kuhnhenn is one such brewer. Couple that with a style that I generally enjoy, even at the ridiculous price a single can demands on Tavour I’ll swing fro one of these without too much thought.
Oddly the beer has been on in the beeradvocate database since 2003, but the reviews and ratings are mostly from the 2011-14 period with only a few recently, and the picture is of the modern can. I wonder if this has been re-vamped of late, and if it has been around every year since 2003. BA’s pattern would suggest a spotty appearance for the beer over the last 20 years.
Chillhaze on the mid-amber pour. Nice head, good sticky qualities that lead to both spotty retention and nice lace. Looks solid.
Plenty of warm breads in the nose. The tastes have some extra hoppy notes for the style that don’t really infringe on the style paramaters too much, but that definitely push the beer toward the more bitter end of a style-spectrum. Of course the beer is still maly forward and round, and the toasted, slightly buttery feel is always present. Plenty of very light caramel and toffee with some lingering, nutty bitterness too.
Low to average carbonation, and again a little more bitterness that I was expecting in the back end and finish.
It’s a notch below being a classic version of the style for me, or least it feels more like a US brewed Oktoberfest, which I suppose is absolutely appropriate.