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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy weak yeasty aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy weak yeasty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Thanks for a rare mushroom style ale, Frank. Somewhat of a copper/orange pour with a white head. A touch earthy, but a lot of sweet bread and brown sugar on the nose. Some vanilla, plum, and sweet orange juice. Flavor is quite sweet, but there is a subtle earthiness and some citrus. A bit woody and some dark fruits. Interesting beer. Not sure it quite works, but it’s not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle Grand Tasting. RBSG St. Louis. Pours orange with white head. Nose/taste of earth, orange candy and brown sugar. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (11401) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Twangy, pineapple, citrusy aroma. Brown sugar, thickly sweet, tangerine flavor. Not that great. Candy like.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GenDV138 (6099) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. Golden brown with off-white head. Aromas of funk. Tastes of pears and funk. Medium-light body with a dry 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Randy Mosher is a homebrew author and is in charge of something or other at 5 Rabbit. I recall reading in one of his books about brewing w/ mushrooms and thinking it seemed like a pretty ridiculous idea and ever since I have wanted to drink a mushroom beer w/o having to brew that beer myself. For this reason, I am very thankful for Ki Chun and now I know what mushroom beer tastes like. I figured this would be all black but it’s a clear orange w/ a mixed bubbled head. It has mild nose and seems to be slightly oxidized. It is very sweet and malty which really rubs me the wrong way when combined w/ the earthiness of the mushrooms (I presume it’s the mushrooms). I have to admit that I was biased in thinking I probably wouldn’t like this before I tried it but it just really doesn’t seem like the kind of thing anyone would want to drink more than once.

   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.

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