Chaka | Sun King Brewing Company

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Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by indiapaleale on 05-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a handsome reddish brown color with an off-white head. The lacing on the sides of the pint glass was evident.

Smell - I thought the aroma was fairly muted for something with the Belgian notation. There was a sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - On the initial, I detect banana, clove, cinnamon, and a certain bread/biscuit flavor. The banana grows progressively more sour toward the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. The sticky thick mouthfeel really allows this one to linger.

Mouthfeel - I think the most remarkable aspect of this beer is the mouthfeel. The manner in which it coats the tongue makes me want to call it a sticky beer.

Overall - I do not think the taste in this one is as full as I would like it to be. Still, it is a very good beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of menacho1
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of farlieonfootie
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Billed as a "CANlaberation between Oskar Blues Brewery of Longmont, Colorado and Sun King Brewery of Indianapolis, Indiana, Chaka Belgian-Style Ale marries the king of craft beer in a can (Oskar Blues) with a true up-and-comer in the brewing world (Sun King), and represents the first -- to my knowledge -- of Oskar Blues' new 16 ounce line of cans. With it's bold new shape -- including a resealable cap, which can be screwed back on to save some beer for later-- and four extra ounce of quality product, this is an advancement that will be warmly greeted by the craft beer drinking public. With that out of the way, let's get down to the taste:

Chaka pours a clear-as-a-bell reddish brown, almost amber, with a lively off white head.

The smell is yeast and bready maltiness. A certain sense of Belgian candy sweetness also comes through, as well as a tangy sourness that reminds me of apples -- it could be the Shagbark Hickory Syrup, which was added to the beer by Sun King.

Chaka has a rich and tangy flavor -- definitely reminiscent of the many Belgians I've drunk over the years, but also representing something new. It's got some cidery notes upfront, and a bit of sourness on the tail, but in between it's all rich, yeasty and spicy sweetness.

Chaka's got a medium mouthfeel and sufficient carbonation to keep the taste buds involved.

At approximately $16 per 4-pack, it'll be interesting to see how this relatively rare beer is received, but I've made up my mind already: I'll have another. A-

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Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Chaka from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 64 ratings