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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8886) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a slight brown hue and a light brown head that lasts and laces nicely. Aroma has a slight wine note that combines surprisingly well with a strong sweet malt backbone with sweet grain and biscuit. Flavor began surprisingly wine forward with dry near tart red fruits that mellowed to allow caramel, biscuit and sweet grains come out for an interesting finish. Different but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (708) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle @ ACBF 2011. Pours brown with a red shine, sweet estery nose, banana... Belgian trappist yeast strain?? Taste is not sweet but ends rather dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zita (5866) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
bread, fruit,amber, hazy, light brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, fizzy, alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber cloudy colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Slightly sour. Intended? Moderate bitter sour flavor. Average moderate bitter slightly soapy finish. Oily palate. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Off? Brown and unclear, sediments. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Acidic flavor, light sweet, light bitter. Dry, watery texture. Sharp. Lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13468) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown/amber with tiny beige head. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast, dark fruit, sour and tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15408) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle from Aakjærs. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are yeast, fruits, malt, caramel and hops. Slightly sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (5254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle. Brown pour with light head, dissipating. Sweet malty aroma with no hop character. Sweet malt and light alcohol bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. High creamy and long lasting white head. Hazy dark amber body. Mildc malty nutty hay bread aroma. Mild malty flavor with caramel and a touch of cocoa as well as notes of plums and raisin. Low carbonation, long sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
330ml bottle, hazy dark amber hue, with a thick beige head, yeasty, toasted, caramel, biscuity, bready malt, cookie dough nose with some fruity dark dried raisin, fig and toffee accents, with a soft winey, oaky, tannic note, with some spicy, cakey, wheat muffin aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth yeasty, faint winey, fruity, sweet caramelized, toasted, biscuity malt character with some dried raisin, fig, date, cookie dough, toffee backbones, with some faint oaky, tannic undertones and some bran cake, subtle nutmeg spicy accents, leading towards a warming, malty, caramel, toffee, faint lingering winey, vinous, fruity finish.

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