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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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2564) - Edmonton, Alberta, - DEC 23, 2012
330ml brown bottle from Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Brown pour, some haze. Nicely formed beige head, creamy edges, good stickiness. Spicy nose, caramel, some chocolate malt, nutty, hints of fruit. Taste has chocoalte and nutty malt notes, cherries and assorted fruits. Dries right out at the end, late yeasty notes. Carbonation is on the high side, body is medium. The alcohol stays well hidden. Overall a drinkable Belgian ale, but nothing I would seek out again.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6909) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes rötlichbraunes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig fruchtig, blumig, würzig. Geschmack stark malzig, fruchtig, Gewürze, blumig, reife Früchte.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zaf (239) - ITALY - APR 27, 2014
birra da sufficienza..non mi ha colpito piů di tanto..aroma e gusto sono deboli e non da grande birra (la ricordo anche poco..)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (3106) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Poured deep reddish brown with a dense tan head. Aroma of spice, yeast, dark fruit, caramel malt. Medium body, quite sweet, nuts, raisins, berries. Dry, bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
paologalloni (102) - ITALY - FEB 11, 2014
color tonaca di frate con sfumature rubino e rame. Schiuma nocciola labilissima. Aromi nettiu di prugna, frutta fresca. si sente forte il tostato. Labile il cacao. Ben presenti note di ciliege (marasche?) Gusto pieno inizialmente amaro con finale chiaro di sherry e di nuovo ciliege. Difetti principlai sono l’eccessiva frizzantezza che sacrifica soprattutto il gusto che ho apprezzato di piů a fine bevuto quando la CO2 se ne era un pň andata. Pregio principale č non cadere negli aromi e nei gusti medicinali. (che per esempio trovo nella rochefort 10)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgajdaczewa (457) - Katowice, POLAND - FEB 3, 2014
W aromacie spora alkoholowość, nawet lekki rozpuszczalnik, nuty karmelowe, lekkie suszone śliwki, ogólnie niezbyt powalająco. W smaku już lepiej, dość wytrawne jak na styl, dobrze przykryty alkohol, kremowe w teksturze, pozostawiające lekką nutę, której najbliżej do migdałów, orzechowość, lekkie przyprawy, przyjemna goryczka ziołowa. Dobrze pijalne, co przy mocy jest zdradliwe. Całkiem udane piwo.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (3697) - Freising, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
(bottle) pours black in colour with a frothy light beige head. aroma of caramel, pigsty, peaches, sugar icing, light grass, bubble gum and green peppers, with heavy notes of pears and walnuts. flavour is mostly brown sugar and roasted malts, with a hint of liquorice, more pears, fudge and light sugar icing. medium to heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danielecamo (402) - ITALY - DEC 18, 2013
In bottiglia 33cl. Colore marrone con ampi riflessi ramati. Aroma di frutta sotto spirito, prugna, frutta rossa e lievito. Al palatocorpo medio, carbonazione corretta, troviamo sentori di caramello, frutta rossa, con un finale secco e non stucchevolmente dolce.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zer0 (1126) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours deep brown with a light brown head. Aroma is yeast, plums, raisin, somewhat floral and alcoholic. Taste is moderate sweet and light bitter. Pretty decent but not my cup of tea.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamedra (447) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2013
Láhev 330 ml. Aroma je znát po uzeném sladu, bukovém dřevě a kávě. Pěna je středně vysoká, lehce hnědé barvy, jemná a nedržící. Barva samotného piva je temně měděná, proti světlu krásně tmavě rudá a čirá. V chuti je znát kvalitní hořká čokoláda, má lehčí kyselejší okraj a sladší střed, finišuje kávovým spádem a konče lehkou hořkostí na patře.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle at a pavement bar in the heart of Trastavere, 21/06/13. Light black with a thin tan head. Nose is dark malt, dark fruits, roasted tones, touch of cocoa powder. Taste compries dates, figs,dark fruit, light spice, chocolate malteser light, touch of roast. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, a little booze in the finish. Decent enough Belgian offering.


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