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

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RATINGS: 115   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14380) - 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 (20299) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2008
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Hazy, amber colour with brief, frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of orange and raspberries. Malty taste with dried fruit, orange and caramel. Slightly grassy, citrussy finish. A bit sweet, but nice and well balanced. Less exciting than most of the other Ducato beers though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19310) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2008 Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Pale amber, small head. Caramelly and grassy. Dry and surprisngly light and crisp. Toffee undeneath a thin blanket of grapefruit. Moderate resiny bitterness. Well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2008
Bottled at Monk’s Café, Stockholm. Pours out in a hazy reddish amber colour with a small white foam. Fruity and very hoppy aroma of grass, blood-grape, pepper and paint with sweet undertones of blood-oranges. Medium-bodied with hoppy notes of blood-grape and grass with touches cookies and yellow fruits. long bitter finish of wet grass, grapefruit and orange-peels. Tasty!


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