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

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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”.
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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear orange color with a small white head.Has a fruity malty aroma with some hoppy citrus hints. Fruity malty caramel flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (4888) - ITALY - JUL 7, 2009
ambrato carico maltata un tocco di diacetile lievi tostaure caramello un ppoco etilica in bocca abbastanza dolce un po frutta secca

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial de la Biere 2009
Appearance: fine haze on dark amber , lighter fine creamy top. 3-
Nose: Refreshing hop aroma, bit citric , amber sweet malts , hint of alcohol.
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied. Clean , bit plain with citric hoppy character. Bit green on top with light malts. Light yet noticeable alcohol content.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial 2009. Aroma is sweet candied malt, some wheat notes, deep copper, small toffee head. Taste is a big roasted malt, caramel and nutty. Medium bodied, lucious mouthfeel. Terrific!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2009
0.33 l bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2008. Hazy amber color. Sweet aroma with honey, toffee, orange marmelade and solvent. Sweet worty, toffeish and honeyish flavor with orange marmelade, chocolate and nuts. Too sweet with some disturbing solvent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2008
A Mes rate. Gravicask at Pigs Ear. An excellent clean mid amber colour with a thin white head and excellent condition. Well balanced white English bread like malt and some lovely faint tropical fruit notes. Delicate sweetness. Really good hint of caramel. Slight oxidised notes. Clean finish. Really good. Thanks Alex.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (10770) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours a magnificient deep, metallic red with a giant, staying, creamy head. It is white, but there are tones of yellow and pink. Aroma is sweet, some red berries, red currants, peach, caramel, some apples. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is mild, actually a bit underwhelming. Some yeast - like Tongerlo actually. The fruitiness gets more apparent as it settles. Light cherry and marzipan. Quite nice, actually.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2008
No head, copper-foxy beer. Solvent, diacetyl, powerfull and imposing - and not pleasing. Sharp MF, not finished, worts in full fermentation, hence the diacetyl, etc. Slick, buttery MF... Finish the beer, please.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 <i>2008-12-03, draught at Pig’s Ear Festival 2008, London, 6-3-7-3-13=32</i>
Cloudy amber color, poor head. Regular ale, grainy, a bit malty, sweetish, low bitterness. Enjoyable, correctly brewed but a bit simple.

<i>2008-08-22, bottle at Enoteca Decanter, Milan, 6-4-6-3-12=31</i>
Cloudy dark amber color. Light malt aroma, caramel, yeast, glue, vegetables; simple. Lightly sweetish, some malt flavor, average bitterness. Simple.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2008
Bottled@SBWF2008. Amber colour, mediumsized beige fluffy head. Aroma is fruits, caramel, yeast and some mild toffeeishness. Flavour is hops, fruits, caramel and some mild notes of grass. Wellbalanced, but a bit boring.


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