Chaka | Sun King Brewing Company

64 Ratings

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by indiapaleale on 05-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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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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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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