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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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3.4
   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle at Bistro l’autre oeil. Red brown with a medium beige head with good retention. Aroma is fruity with malt, balsamic, sugar and caramel. Flavor is fruity with red fruits, caramel, malt, minimal herbal notes, sugar and yeast. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kronebryg (1039) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
Little.non lasting head brown. Brown sugar. Prune, liquorice .medium body and some length. Sweet with a light prune and brown sugar. Pleasant and lightly drunk!?!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1029) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Amber pour from bottle shared by bu11zeye. Aroma is fruity, featuring sour apples. Taste is slightly sour fruit, pumpkin pie spices and carbonated fizz. Light, hoppy finish. Not bad at all for an Italian beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear amber colored with a small bubbly lacing off white head. Aromas of cereal, caramel and dried fruit. Flavors of grainy malt, caramel and herbs. Tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wolfbass (901) - Firenze, ITALY - JUL 12, 2011
Colore mogano con persistente schiuma beige. Al naso deciso tostato, caramello e leggero sentore terroso. In bocca invece mi sorprende abbastanza, quasi vinosa, con frutta sotto spirito in evidenza, e diminuzione del sentore tostato che prevaleva all’aroma. Termina con un bel finale secco, che fa ancora riapparire la tostatura nel retrogusto. Tutto sommato un discreto prodotto.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle from Da Aldo. Poured murky, with a brown-amber color and a tan head. Spices, raisins, licorice, nuts and lcohol in the aroma. Medium bodied and carbonated with a roasty, soury finish. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcot (771) - Campomorone, ITALY - JUN 14, 2010
Bevuta in bottiglia sotto il marchio "birrificio artigianale italiano - strong ale" con un bassotto disegnato, sono pressochè certo che sia questa. Colore ramato, parecchia schiuma persistente, un gusto che mi ricorda tantissimo la brooklyn lager, ma più corposa e leggermente più alcoolica; un forte amaro sul finale (dry hopping?). Mi è piaciuta moltissimo

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RumRunner101 (764) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
Deep brown pour with a frothy tan head. Aroma is dried fruits, roasted malts, subtle red wine nuances. Flavours replicate the nose with sour notes and a red wine barrel-esque finish. Alcohol provides a little bit of warmth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (627) - 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.


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