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Whistler Cheakumus Chai Maple Ale

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


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (16187) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
Draught at Darby’s Public House, Vancouver
Dark brown color, almost no head. Light aroma of maple and spices, a bit artificial like a donut. Dry mouthfeel, a bit of caramel flavor, maple, and light spices. The lack of sweetness doesn’t go well with the maple.
Not interesting, a bit weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (7043) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
Draft - Maple, vanilla and chai spices. Deep clear brown with a rich light brown head. Graham cracker, syrup, some clove and light cardamom. Weird for sure, but surprisingly balanced and not as bad as it should be. Tastes like a maple gingerbread cookie.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weordie (235) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2015 This pours a nice dark colour with a latte coloured head. The aroma is strong of maple. The initial taste is exactly as the name suggests chai tea with a delightful maple syrup aftertaste. I wish I could find this in the UK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2170) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hidden_Pooch (410) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sulawang (698) - 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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4614) - 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.

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