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79 84 74 2 2 2
Chaka by Sun King Brewing Company
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
8.00 % ABV

Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery and
Indiana-based Sun King Brewery have
created a CANlaboration project to unite
the brewer’s friendship and passion for
pushing the boundaries of craft beer in
a can.

The end result is an 8 percent A.B.V.
Belgian-style ale crafted with a blend
of ingredients from each brewery’s home
state: Shagbark Hickory syrup from
Hickoryworks in Trafalgar, Ind.; grain
from Colorado Malting Company; and a
special yeast blend from Brewing Science
Institute, also in Colorado. Brewers
from both breweries worked together to
formulate the recipe and traveled
between Colorado and Indiana to brew at
both locations. 

Latest news for Chaka
Press Release: Ball Corporation Wins Four "Can of the Year" Awards, Including Two Gold Awards
Press Release: Oskar Blues Brewery and Sun King Brewery Collaborate in Craft Beer's Newest Can Package
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Last 5 Drinks Consumed
Review by orbitalr0x on 08/01/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2012
Thanks to Howard for leaving this one at BunsFest. Finally got around to cracking it! Pours into the glass a slightly hazy reddish brown with a nice creamy eggshell head on top of the brew. Aromas of aromatic malts with a nice fruity Belgian yeast backbone. A touch of earthy spiciness as well. Smooth and clean.

First sip is smooth aromatic malts with a light sweetness that moves into a fruit salad taste. Belgian yeast shines through and lends a mild earthy spice. Finishes clean with a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is solid with a medium body and smooth carbonation. Pretty darn drinkable for sure. Overall, a really tasty brew and a good collaboration. Glad I got the opportunity to try this.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 06/16/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 16 3 7 2012
Got one of these new, snazzy 16 oz resealable can/bottle thingies from the great Howard. Served up in a tulip.

A: Pours a mahogany brown with lots of red hues to brighten things up a bit. Held to the light, more reds push through but the color mostly holds. The body is clear with a light but steady carbonation activity. The pour got me almost a finger of off white colored head. Sadly it doesn't hold much retention. No lace to speak of. Extra marks are given for this awesome can.

S: Light Belgian yeast character doing its thing first and foremost. A little sugary sweetness along with some cherry syrup aroma. Lightly earthy and floral. This is followed by more syrup sweetness, light banana, and just a touch of spice. Subtle but very nice.

T: The taste works pretty hand in hand with the nose. Yeast starts things off but it is a bit more pronounced than in the nose. The sweetness kicks up with some fruit notes: pear, cherry, a little grape. Has a light, woody booziness to it. Just a touch of floral note is followed by the banana and some clove. Rounds out with a light syrup sweetness. It rides the sweetness/malt train all the way, it is one note, but very tasty and enjoyable.

M: High side of medium bodied with a very light carbonation. Sweet on the palate, coats but isn't overly aggressive in that sense. ABV is light for such a sweet beer, brings a little heat on the throat. Aftertaste is some syrup coated fruit.

OA: It works on all levels but it is a little one dimensional at times. The sweetness dominates above all else. With that said, still enjoyable and actually pretty easy drinking when you account for all the sweetness. The can is revolutionary, the beer is not quite as impressive though.

Served In: Tulip

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