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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3058) - 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
acaffar2 (40) - - MAY 22, 2016
I didn't hate it, but I also didn't love it. It's just beer. Slightly savory, but no complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Funky and fruity with orange citrus and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThirstyBird (2858) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Thanks to Jennifer for sharing!! Pours a hazy reddish gold color with a small tan head. The aroma is fruit, savory elements, wet grain. The taste is earthy, savory, sweet fruit, caramel malt then ending tart and slightly sour. The body is medium and a bit chewy with fine carbonation. Interesting whatever the hell it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (25572) - 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 (16347) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GenDV138 (6983) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (15915) - , 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (4148) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (3399) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sampled at Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a copper color with white head. Cardboard, brown sugar flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (10584) - 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.

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