Chaka | Sun King Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade a long while back. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a deep, dark mahogany hue with a nice two finger creamy white head that faded slowly to leave a thin bubbly blanket and light halo.

S - Aromas of cloves, bananas, generic dark fruit, soft grains, nice belgian yeasts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, the cloves are more restrained, as are the darker fruits. Very prominent belgian yeast notes and cloves. Good bananas too and the alcohol is hidden very nicely. Quite tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol very well hidden. Impressive.

O - Overall a well crafted beer. Did not expect much from this particular offering but yeah, really happy with this. Well done!

Serving Type: Can

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4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep maroon with off white head, a collar of head retains throughout. The nose features dark fruit, clove, banana, and grapes. The taste starts with moderate level of sweetness with notes of bubblegum, clove, and bananas. Features the flavors yyou would expect in an abbey ale or a BSDA. Finish is spicy with a lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel is well carbonated with somewhat heavy body. Overall, a nice dark belgian. Reminds me of New Belgium Abbey ale.

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4.12/5  rDev +3%
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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4.04/5  rDev +1%
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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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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Chaka from Sun King Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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