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Birrificio del Ducato Chimera

Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This is a top fermented beer which undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle. It draws inspiration from the great Belgian Abbey beers. With the color of a friar’s robe, it has aromas of caramel and alcohol preserved fruit (pear, plum and morel) with light roasts. The mouth is warm and complex with an unexpected dry finish that makes drinking easier.
“To all those who still hold dreams and will never cease to search for the happiness they deserve”.

Perfecting this beer was certainly challenging. Countless variations were jettisoned before arriving at the refined version we are proud to brew today. The current Chimera is most easily compared to a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. I travelled frequently in Belgium as a young man and I always enjoyed very much its beers. Today’s Chimera resembles those beers that awakened a lifelong fascination with the creation of this wonderful drink.
“It is like following an illusion we fell in love with a long time ago leaving us with the realization that when we pursue our dreams the immortality of spirit is found”.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
On tap at Kick. A dark brown beer with a small beige head. Caramel, prunes, a touch of blackberries and a touch of chocolate on the nose. Some spiced, cellar hints too. Spiced hints. Some cigar. It’s full bodied, soft and lightly warming, with a nice carbonation level. Nutty, caramel flavor with roasted notes, blackberries and a hint of cellar. Low on bitterness. Lasting caramel and roasted malts finish. Not bad at all, but far from my favorite Ducato beer. 151022

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4897) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany brown body with a medium creamy light beige head. Nose is blue plums, raisins, figs, dark malts and hints of caramel, candi sugar and rum. Taste is figs, dates, rum, dark malts, raisins and hints of caramel and candi sugar. Medium to full body, high to fizzy carbonation. Decent and pretty classical BSA, without much more on offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dexcansino (518) - Andalucía, SPAIN - SEP 28, 2015
La etiqueta lo dice todo, iluso por una noche, feliz para toda la vida. Riquisima!!!!! Viva Venezia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianza_ale (196) - ITALY - SEP 16, 2015
75cl bottle, teku glass. Pours an average white to beige and creamy head; slight ruby to really murky brown colour. Smells huge: ripe fruits, lots of pears, raisins, yeast, brown sugar. Tastes very fruity, pears, plums, caramel, sweet cocoa, spices; medium plus sweetness followed by a balancing bitterness that just cleans off the mouth, leaving a dried fruit and roasted malt finish. Medium bodied, sticky and silky. Strong character, balanced and very complex, enjoyed it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1371) - Nevada, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Really murky brown but a smooth, creamy head that really lasts. Raisins, plums, and caramel flavors make up a full body and a rich finish. This is a respectable brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ration (2048) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
280815. Tap at Gastropub Kaleva, Tampere. Pours dark brown/black with a small head. Aroma Belgian yeast, some spices. Slightly sweet strong body. Almost chocolatey like after taste. Not Bad. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (8197) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2015
Tap @ Gastropub Kaleva.
Pours murky brown color with a small head. Caramel malt aroma, some ripe fruit notes, some yeast. Flavor is fruity, some berries and earth, mild yeast. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2015
11.2 oz. bottle from Supermarket Liquors. Appearance: finger tan head, brown and copper, opaque, no lacing. Aroma: raisin, prune, light licorice, slight vanilla, chocolate. Palate: medium full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, dry finish. Taste: sweet molasses and chocolate with notes of prune and raisin coming through, finishing with vanilla and mild chocolate and light booze. Overall, pretty different, pretty complex, but not the best. Maybe a little too much going on and not enough balance for the sweetness. Still very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silvan7 (926) - Samarate, ITALY - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle @ barbaresco, Legnano. Ramata carica, velata, riflessi rubino. Schiuma beige abbastanza fine e mediamente persistente. Aroma fruttato, frutti rossi sotto spirito. Caramello, alcool, speziatura (zenzero su tutti) .Gusto amabile, tostato (cioccolato), caramello e di nuovo speziatura. Molto carbonata mediamente corposa rotonda calda ed equilibrata.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (930) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JAN 4, 2015
11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with one inch tan head. Taste is of roasted malt, barley, caramel, chocolate, wood, fruit, sugar, yeast and wheat. Similar aroma. Has a mostly full body with a fruity and woody finish. A pretty good brew.

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