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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34434) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle 750ml.
Unclear medium orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate yeasty, leather, brett. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, dry dry finish, leather notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to lively, loads of carbonation. [20091123]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a huge off-white head. Aroma is milky and roasted caramelish malt. Fruity and slight hops spiced. Spiced and dry flavoured, light fruity note. Ends dry and bitter into the finish. Lovely.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29174) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Bottled. A murky orange-brown beer with a huge light tan head. The aroma has sharp notes of acid combined with notes of wood, lacto, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, lacto, brettanomyces, wood, and fruits, leading to a tart finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an almost clear amber with a lively yet dissipating off-white head - comes as a slow gusher. Tart, leathery nose. Medium body, lively carbonation, big champagne-like bubbles. Caramel and tart fruit, leathery astringent - almost Bretty. 231109

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20589) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle at Papsø. Muddy orange red coloured with a medium sized off white head. Light acidic aroma of berries, brett and red wine. Light acidic flavour of berries, brett, red wine, liquorice and oak. Tart and oaky finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20257) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19239) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16460) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (14513) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2011
4th March 2011
ACBF. Hazy red amber beer. Small tan head. Light palate. Sweetish light malt. A liitle dried fruit and some bubblegum underneath. Overall a dissapointingly average beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14350) - 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.


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