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Chaka - Sun King Brewing Company

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very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: indiapaleale on 05-05-2012)
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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a very modest head that delivers some wispy lace

Smell: Slightly vegetal, with a big malt bill that delivers molasses-dipped bananas; bready and yeaty, almost like a sticky bun

Taste: I have never tasted Shagbark hickory syrup but I am guessing that this beer provides a good hint as to what it tastes like - sweet, molasses and banana tones, leathery and earthy; slightly fruity, with a sweet apple character; the finish is the same as the start as the sweetness really doesn't permit for any other elements to shine through

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Certainly a very different beer and an interesting collaboration but I am not really a fan of shagbark hickory syrup in my beer; I probably would like it a lot more on my pancakes

Thanks, TheGordianKnot, for the opportunity

brentk56, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Mebuzzard, May 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

drummermattie02, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Hopheadjeffery, May 20, 2013
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from an aluminum screwtop can, Chaka pours a medium bodied hazelnut brown in color with a soft and light light beige lacing around the glass. The nose is sweet and malty with a good amount of candied Belgian yeast. There is plenty of brown sugar. It's somewhere between a dubbel and a tripel, yet more on the side of a dubbel. The flavors are sweet and malty as well. There is brown sugar, maple syrup, candied yeast, and light raisin. It's definitely in dubbel territory. The alcohol isn't present at all. It drinks lighter in body, somewhat similar to Leffe Brune. Overall this is a nice Belgian. I would say that it's sessionable if not for the 8% abv. This is a well done collab.

aasher, May 08, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Big thanks to cocoapuph for this CAN!

Pours a medium dark colour, with a light tan coloured head. Dissipated very quickly.

The aroma is fruity, and spicy, with a Belgian yeast kick, no alcohol noticed, some brown sugar and figs. Smells paler than it looks lol.

The taste is somewhat candied figs, with a herbal spicy note, more fruitiness, and nuts. Hints of booze with a warming finish.

Feel is somewhat light, but slick and creamy. Minimal carbonation.

Not sure which iteration I like better, but both are treats.

EgadBananas, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

smartassboiler, May 25, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Can (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, barkingelectron!

Hazed amber brown with a quickly fading dark khaki colored head that leaves the glass with an oily sheen.

Aroma of distinct, pleasant Belgian yeast, banana, mild clove, and sweet toffee malts. Unexpected, and quite nice.

A very classic BSDA: dark fruits, sweet malt and bread, mild banana, Belgian yeast, low to moderate bitterness, and a bit of burnt sugars. Really quite nice.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

I've been very impressed with Sun King's Belgian offerings. I think this beer is better than the sum of its parts, and comes together remarkably well in the end.

ehammond1, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%

Thanks for this extremely cool looking 16oz aluminum bottle(?) can thing, Mark!

A: Pours a deep ruby brown with a rather thin light tan head that quickly faded into nothingness. This is pretty dark for the style, and definitely seems under-carbonated.
S: Very spicy and sweet smelling with notes of spiced fruits and Belgian yeast. Pears, apples, cloves and holiday spices fill my nose.
T: Big spicy and fruity notes of apple juice, spiced pears, red grapes, coriander, clove, bananay esters, and an assortment of Belgian spices come through nicely. I get a touch of bready yeast and earthy hops in the finish, and the aftertaste is sweet and fruity. Spiced pears dominate in my opinion, and flavors are rich and spicy. Did I mention the spice?
M: Despite the pour the carbonation is done perfectly. The body is fairly thick and the mouthfeel is soft and fluffy.
O: Flavors are awesome. This is a very rich beer, however, and it took some time to get through the glass. Thanks again, Mark, for this delicious treat!

scottfrie, May 27, 2012
Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

MSandahl23, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of JamesS
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%

Bought a single from Kahn's Fine Wines on Keystone. Poured a very nice deep golden color with some very nice initial head and some decent lacing throughout. Nice thick strong peppery and sweet scent, lots of spices in the nose. Same with the flavors, a huge malt sweetness with a huge clove, peppery spicy, and slight dark candied fruits. Hugely thick and sweet and creamy going down. Very nice Belgian strong ale.

JamesS, Jun 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

MinorThreat, Oct 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

mikeincharleston, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

CelticAleMan, Jun 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

UltimateLivewire, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ssimpson89, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

neckbracesub, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

robwestcott, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pour - dark reddish amber in appearance with a half inch of off white foam on top that is quick to sink. Pretty cool to pour this beer out of this container!

Aroma - as this filled the glass there was a very apparent Belgian-yeast arom and some sweetness like caramel and cotton candy. Sticking a nose in the glass you can pick out some spiciness and sweet, bready aroma. There is also the essence of apples and pears present. Very aromatic and quite obviously Belgian-esque.

Taste - from the first sip the spiciness from the Belgian yeast strain presents itself and stays in the background. There is a tangy sweetness to this beer as well as a hard to define sour or tart flavor that comes at the end of every sip. Perhaps that's the hickory syrup? Not sure. Regardless, it is a positive. As this warms and settles the flavors tucked away in this beer come out. The sweet, soft fruit flavors, the spiciness (ripe bananas and cloves) and the maltiness all meld together very nicely.

Overall - calling a beer simply a "Belgian-style Ale" certainly leaves a lot to be discovered by the consumer. There are so many options that fit the category. This is a great example of two well-established breweries sharing a passion for trying new things and bringing in some special ingredients to make a special beer. Packaging certainly plays a part in today's craft beer world but irregardless of how this is presented to you, what is inside is truly exciting and altogether fantastic.

Note - The story behind "shagbark hickory syrup" is a modern Americana legend that has roots in a 200+ year old mysterious recipe. You have to read THIS to really appreciate how unique this product is to the state of Indiana and to two people in particular. You can check also check out the Hickoryworks website if you want to know even more about shagbark hickory syrup. I had no idea just how special of an ingredient this was in this beer.

indiapaleale, May 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Phillyz, Sep 05, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

A re-sealable aluminum can is just what I’d expect from the can-only brewers Sun King and Oskar Blues; it’s just unusual enough to pique interest.

A: The body is a ruby red with an amber overtone, shining gleefully in the light. The head is quick to form and even quicker to dissipate, leaving only a trace of foam around the glass. The retention is nothing but an island of white film over the nucleation site, as if someone dropped a bit of wax paper into my glass. Lacing is nice and stringy, though.

S: HUGE malt aromas in this one, much more than anything else: lots of corn and leafy grain, so crisp you can almost taste them. Still, it’s a more-than-prominent Belgian character, rich in banana and a dry background of estery Band-Aid, chamomile, coriander, and lemon-lavender. The brightness is not lost, but subdued as a strawberry and mango profile – gentle but juicy. An appetizing first impression.

T: This is one big, bold Belgian ale. Upon first sip, it wanders all over the tongue, coating the entire palate with a vanilla syrupiness. Brown sugar, molasses, roasted dates, crisp corn husk, coriander, blueberry, dried banana, and whipped cream come out in this malt-fest of a brew. It’s a complex sweetness, but syrupy all the same. The yeast is not necessarily funky, but herbal with a bit of dry white bread. It finishes with some dark vinous fruit and a taste of pure, unfiltered yeast.

M: Mouth-coating and syrupy; wow, what a presence. The thickest out-of-can beer I’ve had yet.

O: This beer caught me completely off-guard. This is one of the best collaborations I’ve tasted – bar none. These two breweries have put out an admirable, if not enviable Belgian strong pale ale; what a beer.

BarryMFBurton, May 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

freduardo, Jun 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

HumanParaquat, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

cosmonick, Nov 21, 2012
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Chaka from Sun King Brewing Company
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