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Whistler Cheakumus Chai Maple Ale

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Brewed by Whistler Brewing Company
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Whistler, Canada

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A mild ale with all the freshness of maple syrup – and a little bit of springtime spice for good measure. This dark bronze ale is made with real maple syrup added right to the mash. Then, a trace of chai tea is added during the filtration process. The result is a highly complex, mildly spiced palate structure. One taste, and a simple truth is clear: complexity can be a very beautiful thing.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1590) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2014
This one falls in that group of beers that I appreciate for being different, yet don’t really need to have again. It does have chai and faint maple notes but not much else going on.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hidden_Pooch (276) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle. This beer lives up to its name exactly. It taste like chai tea and maple, but in a nice balanced malt body. It has a nice sweet aftertaste and is perfect for warming up. Sure you couldn’t drink a lot, but you can really enjoy one bottle a lot.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kvanrij (6) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013 does not count
This bear is meant to pair with dessert if you ask me. Wonderful dark taste that is coffee like.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sulawang (601) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2013
Visual: beautiful artwork on the label, lovely colour scheme. Pours dark cola brown with a sizable somewhat lasting creamy head, lots of barely visible fast activity. Nose: sweet maple syrup and chai (clove, cinnamon, coriander, ginger) on the nose - very inviting Attack: cream-fizzy, 5/10-sweetness Mid-palate: watery mouthfeel, cola/root beer, caramel malts Finish: bitter black tea, maple exhale, burnt roast bitter off-dry finish. Summary: A gimmicky try-one-time-only beer. It lacks finesse, real depth, body and balance to be a winner. Exciting on paper but falls short on delivery.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
Pour is dark brown with fluffy beige head and decent lacing. Aroma of strong maple, spices from the chai, light herbal hops. Taste is really sweet with some maple pie and chai, roasted and caramel malts, light earthy hops. Medium body and low to medium carb. The maple and chai taste are overpowering and makes this one really hard to drink. Drain pour.

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jrieger (3) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2013 does not count
I don’t know what the people who gave this beer a poor rating are smoking... Excellent, flavorful beer. It’s unique for sure. And delicious. Caramel, clove, vanilla, chai is how I would describe the taste. TRY IT!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4106) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
650ml bottle pours brown in color with a 2 finger light brown head that settles slowly to reveal some thin spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by maple with a light chai tea presence and mild hops. Taste is maple sweetness with hints of chai tea and a mild hoppy bitterness. Light to medium body with abundant carbonation leaving a nice tingle on the palate. A very well done brew by a brewery not known for quality beers in the past. I was quite surprised by this one.

2.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
zeek (167) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
Huge amount of carbonation powers a very chai like aroma. Anticipation while waiting for head to subside for first sip, will it live up to the aroma? Taste is sweet, slight bitter finish. Strange taste, not for me.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer_monkey (3) - - JUN 17, 2012 does not count
Extremely fragrant with the essence of the chai and maple. Great flavour from the mzple and chai. Not a heavy beer good summer ale. Beer flavour is not strong.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
WheatKing (1279) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2012
Fantastic chai aroma and great lingering maple aftertaste... but unfortunately the most important part -- the taste of the actual beer -- leaves very much to be desired; it’s like tonic water. If they fixed this part IMHO this could be a 4+ beer. Maybe that would be impossible, though, as it would drown out the chai. Really wish I could give this a higher rating.


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