5 Rabbit Ki’ Chun Cerveza con Chanterelles
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
According to the ancient Maya the current 13th baktun cycle of 5,126 years will end as a new one begins on this years’ winter solstice, December 21, 2012. What better way to celebrate than with a strong beer made with a very unusual ingredient: chanterelle mushrooms? The Mayan name, Ki’ Chun reflects this, meaning “tasty start.

We know you’d rather be hunkered in your bunkers waiting for the end to come, but we’d like to encourage everyone to step out out and celebrate this cosmic event on Friday, December 21. Would you really want to let the world-as-we-know-it end without ever having a sip of this nectar of the gods?

Ki’ Chun blends the apricot perfume of chanterelles with three malts and toasted oats, all tied together by the exotic fruitiness of New Zealand Rakau hops, accented by a Belgian yeast strain. Dark Thai palm sugar lightens the body a bit and makes this 9.5 % alc/vol beer dangerously drinkable, dry and creamy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Random sample at DLD 14. Mushrooms! Light colored pour. Smallish head. Aroma of nuts and yeast. Taste is earthy, crisp and fruity. Nice nutty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (5468) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle pour. Clear copper with a white head of foam. Semi salty and meaty. Umami and a bit sweet taste. Medium carbonation and medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
Sample at the Brew Kettle on 3/23/14. Pours clear amber with a thick beige head. Aroma of banana, caramel and clove. Malty and caramelly flavor with banana before a spicy and sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Another interesting beer, this one a bit more fruity and lighter drinking despite the higher abv. The apricot thing isn’t precise but I can see the intent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Draft. A strong and sweet brew, definitely some fruit notes and some mushroom but a malt bomb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zebra (1800) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014
on tap @ farmhousechicago. my friend turned up his nose, but i liked it. wouldn’t have been able to tell you it had mushrooms in it, though. sweet more than dry, if you can say that about beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Draft at Maria’s, pours bright reddish gold with white head. Aroma is earthy seemingly from the fungus, spicy clove phenols dominate, some bubblegum, alcohol, and plum raisins. flavors are sweet beady malts, spicy clove phenols, big malt character with some caramel, raisin, and a tad toasty. Big body, bit syrupy. Finish is spicy and fairly dry. This one walks the line almost falling over at times but eventually ends held together and it all works. Could use a little more drying out as the middle is fairly thick and sweet. A nice take on a Belgian tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
On tap at State & Lake @ the Wit, Dec. 23. 10 oz. stemmed glass for $7. Hazy brown body, with a thin lace around the edge. Smell carries light, bready malts and a slight hint of lemongrass. Taste is spritzy and malty. I think there’s a tiny bit of chile pepper as a part of the bitterness. Drinks kind of like a Belgian tripel. Subtle savory clues, like beef stock and stone fruit compote. Good umami aftertaste, with a bit of yeast around my soft palate. Alcohol is almost nowhere in the taste, but I am starting to feel my toes tinkle. Slightly exoctic, but I truly could drink this one all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
On tap at Hopleaf. Pours a cloudy, glowing red-orange colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty earthy and fruity with a kumquat tropical fruitiness. Some apricots, a bit of a zesty citrus, Belgian yeast, and a lightly sweetened, smooth and somewhat bready caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is similar. Fruity up front with some Belgian yeast, apricots, earth, an herbal essence, and a light malt sweetness. Touches of bread, some zesty citruses, and more kumquat tropical fruits before this finishes smooth and clean with a light bitterness. Lots of fruits and earth with a light caramel note before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium, smooth body that is somewhat chewy at times with a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, another interesting, but well balanced beer from these guys. The fruitiness from the hops goes well with the yeast and the earthiness from the mushrooms isn’t too weird. Not bad.

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