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.
DrnkMcDermott (2718) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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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