Chaka | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

very good
17 Reviews

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 05-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-rust color with a foamy off-white head. Head retention is solid with good lacing. Aroma is of Belgian yeast spice and cloves. The flavor profile follows suite with an addition of banana. Medium consistency, that is smooth for the mouth feel. Overall, it's a very tasty brew.

Served in a 4oz straight glass.

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Photo of KevCan
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was given a screw-top can of this by my mom's friend who lives in Broomfield, CO. No bottling date. This was a gusher! Blew its top all over the place.

Look: Medium-dark amber.

Smell: Smells strongly of wild yeast and malt.

Taste: Very malty and yeasty. Very little hops. Bready. Almost like a cross between a Belgian ale and a German doppelbock.

Feel: Medium body and high carbonation. Crisp finish.

Overall: Pretty good. An interesting take on a Belgian ale.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark amber, almost light brown, color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Thick, semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Lots of sweetness from the yeast, malt and rich Belgian candi sugar. Dark fruit notes plus some banana and spice.

T- Flavor is a lot of the same with a bunch of candi sugar providing a big sweetness. The alcohol is well-hidden but what you get in return is a nearly cloying sweetness. Notes of banana bread, spice and toffee.

M- Slightly thick and a bit sticky. Medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- Though I do like the fact that it's so strong yet easy to drink, it's a bit one-dimensional with the heavy handed sweetness and typical Belgian yeast character. Also I feel like the 16 oz serving is a bit much for a beer of this ABV.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Weathered copper; clean, sizeable head

SMELL: Bready, caramel, cotton candy, medicinal, ripe plums, peppercorn, herbal, yeast, grassy

TASTE: Creamy, malty, peppery, bread crust, nutty, hay, ripe fruit, smooth, taffy, faintly phenolic, broth, chicory, alcohol; dry, long-lingering finish

Collaborations: Everyone is doing them these days. This one has no problem standing out, as the packaging is unique—a resealable pint can from Ball Corp. Oskar Blues Brewery & Sun King Brewing Co. came together and punched out a solid Belgo-American ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My thanks to DenverBeerDrinker for sending me one of these in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: A CANlaboration by: Oskar Blues Brwery [&] Sun King Brewery"; "Pack it in, pack it out"; "Made possible by: Ball,, Silgan White Cap".

No Crack and an overzealous Glug that got some on my keyboard! This created two fingers of dense, light-brown head with decent retention. Color was a cloudy brown, like turgid river water (SRM = > 27, < 34). Nose had a honey-sweetness along with a yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was big, full and thick with a bit of alcohol heat, yeasty spiciness and a taste of dried, dark fruits. Think raisins, prunes, dates and figs. This was more like drinking a Dubbel than a BPA! Heavy lacing began to form in the glass. Finish had it all - fruits, spice and heat to the point that I felt like I was drinking a liquid fruitcake at Christmastime. Phew! This would NOT be a beer for the beach in the summer.

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Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a rich copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, some mild spices. Taste is fruits, alcohol, some yeast, a bit of spice, pretty tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

It took a good amount of self-control to not make a Chaka Khan joke whilst ordering this... Anyway, it pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises banana, light vanilla bean, mild Belgian yeast, and mild toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the yeast-borne spices make a stronger impression, particularly clove and cinnamon. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty nice little Belgian-style job. It's nothing special, but it's worth a return visit.

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Photo of Moose90
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap,
Never heard of it before but OB is always worth a try.

A – Quite dark for what I was expecting, medium-dark amber with orange hues. Had a thin head and left poor lacing, but I may chalk that up to a fault on the establishment's behalf.

S – The nose on this one was wild. Citrus fruits with some sweet malts and belgian yeast.

T – Quite sweet, citrus carries through. Develops into a moderately bitter beer as evidenced by the hops.

M – Medium/Heavy body. Carbonation echoes the same. Overall it is very sweet, cloyingly so.

O – Another big bruiser of a beer from OB. High ABV, and huge on the malts. Filling for what it is, however, a good one and done beer.

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint

A - Pours somewhere between an orange and a brown color. Orangish brown. Head formation is slightly off white, very strong and well retained.

S - Has a unique smell to it, I get a little bit of the belgian yeast - light amounts of bubble gum. THe malts are sweeter, little bit of nuttiness.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, just a hint of citrus and lots of barley. In the middle gets some bitterness (not much) and the tongue form of that nuttiness. Some hops sneak in there, light and noble. Finishes with the most noticeable belgian yeast contributions, the bubble gum like phenols. Aftertaste is very clean.

M - Moderate to heavy body, moderate carbonation. Comes off pretty thick - a little bit clingy and sweet at times.

O/D - A little bit filling due to what I imagine is a huge malt bill. Not at all abusive to the palette and the ABV is high but alright for a short session.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, muddied mahogany colour, with a yellowish coloured head. Left foamy lace. Smells somewhat musky, with a earthy, yeasty ester, dark fruits, with some spicy notes. On the taste, you get that spicy Belgian yeast notes, some mildly funky, musky notes, almost a grape skin, with some figs and dates-like fruity sweetness. The feel is kinda thick and somewhat syrupy for the style, but not bad feeling.

I'd call this more along the lines of a BSDA with a colour and the somewhat sweeter nature, but, what the hey. It's still a quite enjoyable Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can obtained at the Tasty Weasel Tap Room prior to GABF.

Body is a transparent amber gold. An aggressive pour straight into the tulip glass produces just a half inch head. Dissipates quickly to a film and ring, but leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malt with some toffee, light coffee, raisin and citrus notes.

Tastes of caramel malt and citrus hops, with some raisin fruit, cola, and spice. Pretty sweet, but that is balanced somewhat by lightly bitter hops and spiciness. Woody and nutty with a light coffee taste and a note of anise. Those tastes and some of the sweetness might come from the hickory syrup addition. Moderately hoppy by American standards, quite hoppy by Belgian standards.

Body is light and the carbonation is moderate. Has a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

The first in the Oskar Blues--Sun King collaboration. At 8%, this is higher than the typical Belgian pale ale and is probably better classified as a Belgian strong pale ale. The combination of sweet maltiness and spiciness--even if most of that is coming from a hickory addition--helps this come off as a Belgian style ale, albeit an unconventional one.

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Photo of denver10
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cherry red with an off white head. A touch of yeast in the aroma with some sweet fruits of cherry and pear, and a little spice in the rear. Flavor was sweet and fruity with some cherry and pear, a nice usage of Belgian yeast that was somewhat mild but present, and a spicey/peppery finish. A fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice beer. Been wanting to try this for a long time now and glad I finally got the chance to. It lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can served cold at liquids and solids in Longmont.

Poured into a tulip, Chaka is a deep amber color with a slight haze. The head is thin but leaves nice lace behind.

Aroma is fruity, floral, and mildly funky.

Flavor is sweet and fruity up front but leads into a citrusy, floral hop bitterness. It finishes dry leading me into the next sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very nice version of the style. I hope they make this a regular because it certainly would be in my fridge.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can pour at the Better Weather Fest at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, roast, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of bfields4
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber clear body. Light tight off-white caramel colored head. Good retention and lace.

Sweet Belgian aroma. Tart cherry and slight green apple. Spice and caramel as well.

Getting a lot of the sweet caramel malty body. More of a darker sweeter fruit possibly the honey coming through. Certain smokey flavor lingering around providing a bit of complexity.

Chewy beer, good velvety body. Like the flavors and fun idea. Nothing to set the world on fire, but I really enjoyed it. Very drinkable for 8%.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chaka Can!

Happy Tuesday of American Craft Beer Week! For our review today, we have decided to focus on a brewery that has had a BIG impact on the industry since starting operations 15 years ago, Oskar Blues Brewing Company. Aside from an outstanding lineup of BIG and BOLD beers, OB started the Can Revolution, and continues to only can their amazing brews. So ingrained to OB is the can that a few April Fool's Days ago, the company posted a press release on their Facebook page declaring that the flagship Dale's Pale Ale would soon be available in 12-ounce glass bottle, a joke for which I must admit I fell for. OB's newest release is a collaboration with Indianapolis-based brewer, Sun King. In true collaboration form, Chaka contains Shagbark Hickory syrup from Indiana and grains from Colorado. In addition to being the first to can, Oskar Blues is now also the first craft brewery to bottle a can, with a resealable aluminum pint!

Chaka pours a dark ruby color, with a small off-white head, and spotty lacing. Belgian yeast characters are first noticable in the nose, followed by hints of caramel, candi sugar, slight spice and some fruitiness (apples?). The Belgian yeast is again out front, this time with fruity esters in tow before sweet caramel and spiciness blend with some slight piney hop flavors to balance everything out. Well balanced and a little to drinkable at 8% ABV, Chaka is medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Get this while/if you Can!


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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, an aluminum bottle....but it's really a can with a screw top. I'm calling it a can, but I suppose it's a bottle. But it's a can....grrrr...Anywho, it's Oskar Blue's version of the collaboration with Sunking in Indiana.

Pours a dark copper, light brown, amber color. Off white head is soft and dense. Lacing is light

Caramel and orchard fruits. Some spice and sugar.

Most obvious in the taste is the yeast. Some Belgian spices up front. The malt takes over in the middle to provide the bread with the spice. Caramel and red apples come in with a dash of smoke and hickory. This one is closer to a dubbel than a pale, but I was told it's a pale. The hops that OB is known for are there, but not in any dominating way. They do provide a crispness on the end and a hint of grass and pine.

A solid beer overall. Reminds me a bit of Fat Tire, but darker and less bready, with more spice. So I guess it doesn't remind me of Fat Tire at all.

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Chaka from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.91 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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